The Board of Directors grants tenure to 8 professors
Eight faculty members were named tenured by the Board of Trustees at its last meeting. Their promotions will be effective on July 1, 2022.
These professors include Claire Grace, associate professor of art history; Han Li, associate professor of mathematics; John Murillo, associate professor of English; Paula Park, associate professor of Spanish; Ying Jia Tan, Associate Professor of History; Jesse Torgerson, associate professor of humanities; Danielle Vogel, Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing’ and Joseph Weiss, Associate Professor of Anthropology.
Brief descriptions of their research and teaching areas are given below:
Claire Grace is a scholar of American and contemporary art who focuses on the intersections between aesthetic practices and social and political intervention. His first book, Art Demonstration: Band Material and the 1980s (MIT Press/October Books, forthcoming), examines a series of key works by the influential New York-based artist collective, Group Material. It offers courses on Art since 1980; Art After 1945; Disturbing American Art, 1600–1900; Artists design exhibitions; Thresholds of Art and Activism; and Memory Image: Introduction to Art History (as).
Han Li’s area of research is homogeneous dynamics and the application of the principles of homogeneous dynamics to problems in number theory, arithmetic of quadratic forms and geometry. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation, and his work has been published in Advances in Mathematics, Math composition, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Societyand Geometric and functional analysis. It offers courses in calculus, probability, linear algebra, discrete math, and analysis.
John Murillo is the author of two collections of poetry, Jump the boogie (Cypher, 2010) and Contemporary American Poetry (Four Ways, 2020). He has received numerous awards, including the Four Quartets Prize, the Larry Neal Writers Award, the Pushcart Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and his poems have been published in American poetry magazine, Poetryand Best American Poetry 2017, 2019, and 2020. He teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in reading and writing poetry, including Owning the Masters: Twentieth-Century Poetry for Twenty-First-Century Poets.
Paula Park’s the fellowship focuses on Latin American literature and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as Filipino literature in Spanish, with particular emphasis on writers in exile, Asian diasporas, transpacific studies, and sound studies. His work has been published in Hispanic Review, Symplokeand Transmodernityand his first book, Intercolonial intimacies: reconnecting Latin America to the Philippines, 1898-1964, is forthcoming with University of Pittsburgh Press. She offers American Spanish lessons modernismmultilingual Latin American writers and intercultural encounters between Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.
Ying Jia Tan is a historian of science and technology whose research focuses on the history of energy in modern China. His book, Recharging China in War and Revolution, 1882–1955 (Cornell University Press, 2021), examines electrification and how politics and war have shaped the energy industry in China. He is a recipient of the Taiwan Fellowship (summer 2017) and the D. Kim Foundation Fellowship (2018-2019). Professor Tan offers courses in traditional and modern Chinese history, maritime East Asia, cartography and the Anthropocene.
Jesse Torgerson is a specialist in medieval history whose research focuses on the Byzantine Roman Empire, on exchanges and interactions across the Mediterranean basin, as well as on the theory and practice of history and digital humanities. His interdisciplinary revisionist study the Chronography of George the Synkellos and Theophanes (Brill, forthcoming) explains how an account of the history of time itself justified a revolt in Constantinople in the ninth century. He is co-founder of the Traveler’s Lab and offers courses in Roman History, Medieval Travel, Medieval Empire, Gender and Historiography, and COL’s interdisciplinary FYS: Great Books Unbound.
Danielle Vogel is a poet, lyrical essayist and interdisciplinary artist who has published three books of poetry, The way a line hallucinates its own linearity (Red Hen Press, 2020), Edges and frayed (Wesleyan University Press, 2020), and Between Grammars (Noémi Press, 2015); two collections and artists’ books; and many critical essays and reviews. Her work focuses on the intersections of queer ecology, somatics and ceremony. She teaches introductory advanced poetry workshops on documentary, innovative and ecological poetics, creative non-fiction courses on lyrical essay, memory and memoir, and advanced workshops focusing on composition in all arts.
Joseph Weiss is a sociocultural and political anthropologist whose research focuses on autochthony and colonialism. His book, Shaping the Future on Haida Gwaii: Life Beyond Settler Colonialism (University of British Columbia Press, 2018), is an ethnographic study based on his years of field work with the Haida community. It explores how the Haida Indigenous Nation of Western Canada deals with political and social change in a colonial society that insists on the disappearance of Indigenous peoples. He teaches courses focusing on ecological anthropology, settler colonialism, anthropological methods and temporality.