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Williams Names Six Associate Professors With Tenure

12:00AM / Thursday, February 15, 2007

Williamstown - Williams College has announced the promotion of six assistant professors to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2007.

They are Magnus Bernhardsson (modern Middle Eastern history), Satyan Devadoss (mathematics), Soledad Fox (Spanish and comparative literature), Eric Goldberg (medieval history), Marjorie Hirsch (music), and Darel Paul (political science).

Bernhardsson

Bernhardsson's research is concerned with modern Iraqi history, U.S.-Iraqi relations 1900-2000, archaeology, and nationalism in the modern Middle East.

Winner of many academic honors, he graduated from the University of Iceland at Reykjavik in 1990 and received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1999. His doctoral dissertation, "Reclaiming a Plundered Past, Archaeology, and Nationalism in Modern Iraq, 1808-1941," was awarded the Theron Rockwell Field Prize in 2000.

At Williams since 2003, Bernhardsson has taught The United States and the Middle East, Iran and Iraq in the 20th Century, The Modern Middle East, and Apocalypse Now and Then: A Comparative History of Millenarian Movements, among others.

He is co-editor of "U.S.-Middle Eastern Encounters: Beyond the Stereotypes," author of "Reclaiming a Plundered Past: Archeology and Nationalism in Modern Iraq" and "Martyrs of Modernity: Religion and Politics in Iran and Iraq," which was nominated as the best non-fiction book of the year in 2005 by the Society of Icelandic Authors and Scholars. He is the author of numerous articles, conference papers, book reviews, and newspaper articles on Middle Eastern Affairs.

Devdoss

Satyan Devadoss's research is primarily focused on algebraic and geometric topology and computational geometry.

His research has appeared in numerous academic journals, including Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Annals of Combinatorics, Topology and Its Applications, and Computational Geometry. He has been invited to give presentations on his work at MIT, the University of Michigan, Boston University, University of North Carolina, University of Rutgers, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Sigma Xi Lectures at Williams in addition to many other invitations.

Devadoss is the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants, a three-year grant titled Geodetic Surfaces: Understanding their Geometry and Topology and a grant to the International Conference of Mathematicians in Beijing, China in 2002.

At Williams since 2002, he has taught Computational Geometry, Geometric Group Theory, and Knot Theory, among other courses.

He has also taught at Ohio State University and Johns Hopkins University, where he won the Willima Kelso Morrill Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received his B.S. from North Central College in 1993 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in May 1999.

Fox

Soledad Fox's scholarship focuses on modern peninsular literature and culture, the Spanish Civil War, and autobiography and the exile. She received a Fulbright Research Grant in 2004 for her project "Three Spanish Women Writers: Maria Teresa Leon, Constancia de la Mora and Merce Rodoreda" and is the recipient of a Williams World Fellowship.

Fox is the author of numerous scholarly articles and chapters in edited volumes. Her research has appeared in Cultura Moderna, The New England Review, and Moenia Revista de Critica Literaria y de Cultura. Her book, "Constancia de la Mora in War and Exile: International Voice for the Spanish Republic," was published in January. She is currently working on a study of U.S. reactions to the Spanish Civil War.

Among other courses, Fox has taught Spain and Its Cultures, The Spanish Civil War, and The Fallen Woman in Literature and Film at Williams.

She previously taught at MIT, Sara Lawrence College, Hunter College, and Hostos Community College. Before coming to Williams, she lived in New York City, where she worked in film.

Fox received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1990 and her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the City University of New York in 2001.

Goldberg

Eric Goldberg specializes in the history of late antique and early medieval Europe. His research interests include early medieval kingship, aristocratic culture, monasticism, and the empire of Charlemagne. He teaches courses on the Vikings, the Middle Ages, the early medieval Church, Charlemagne, and the First Crusade.

His first book "Struggle for Empire: Kingship and Conflict under Louis the German" offers an important reinterpretation of the reign of Charlemagne's grandson, Louis the German, one of the longest-reigning and least understood Carolingian kings. Goldberg is currently working on a second book about early medieval aristocratic culture with the title "Hunting and the Birth of Europe."

His articles have appeared in such journals as Speculum and Viator. One of those articles, "Popular Revolt, Dynastic Politics, and Aristocratic Factionalism in the Early Middle Ages: The Saxon Stellinga Reconsidered," was awarded the Medieval Academy of America's Van Courtlandt Elliot Prize.

Goldberg has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Deutsches Institut fur Erforschung des Mittlealters.

Goldberg received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1998.

Hirsch

Marjorie Hirsch focuses on text-music relations in the songs of Franz Schubert and other German Romantic composers.

She is the author of "Schubert's Dramatic Lieder" and the forthcoming book, "Romantic Lieder and the Search for Lost Paradise" (Cambridge University Press), and of numerous scholarly papers, which she has delivered at national and chapter meetings of the American Musicological Society.

Her current research looks at romantic yearning for antiquity, childhood, and folksong in nineteenth-century German Lieder and portrayals of myth in music. Her research has been supported by a 2004 fellowship at the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

She received her B.A. in 1982 and her Ph.D. in music history and theory in 1989 from Yale University. Before joining the Williams faculty in 2001, she was associate professor of music history and chair of the music department at Hartwick College.

At Williams, she has designed and taught courses in Listening to Music, Music in History (1750-1900), Storytelling in Music, and a senior seminar, Schubert and Brahm's.

Paul

Darel Paul studies political economy, international relations, comparative politics, and contemporary processes of urbanization.

His current research focuses on north-south relations and in particular the interconnections between globalization and urbanization, analyzing global financial and resource flows, commodity price deflation, and the concentration of global power in "world cities."

Paul's work has appeared in Urban Studies, Review of International Studies, Review of International Political Economy, political geography, and perspectives on politics. He is the author of the book "Rescaling International Political Economy: Subnational States and the Regulation of the Global Political Economy," published in 2005.

He has been an Oakley Center Fellow and is a recipient of a Williams World Fellowship as well as of several grants to study politics in Quebec.

At Williams, Paul teaches courses on world politics, global political economy and imperialism. He has also taught at the University of Minnesota and Macalester College.

Paul received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1990, his M.A. from George Washington University in 1994, and his Ph.D. in international relations and comparative politics from the University of Minnesota in 2001.
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