New Faculty

Spotted on campus this fall? Fifteen new tenured and tenure-track professors and four lecturers. Mount Holyoke is delighted to welcome them — and to introduce them to our community.

Like the faculty members they join, the newest cohort includes scholars, researchers and artists who are innovative and creative teachers. They bring a deep appreciation for the cross-pollination of ideas across disciplines and a keen respect for the scholarship of the past. Plus a passion for the insights and ideas of the future academics and scholars — the students of the present.

Our new faculty bring expertise in computer science, the philosophy of physics, soundscape engineering and the feminist scholarship of Jewish studies. They study physical education and  physics, theater arts and art studio, computer science and biological sciences, Asian studies and Latino/a and Latin American studies — and so much more.

Thomas Ciufo, Assistant Professor of Music
“I’ve always been drawn to music and sound. My fundamental engagement with listening to and creating sound informs my work, research and teaching.”
Photo of Gina Siepel
“I like that Mount Holyoke students are integrating their liberal arts curiosities and criticality with their artistic work.”
Mara Benjamin, Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to make the case for the relevance of Jewish studies in a truly multicultural environment.”
Evan Ray
“Teaching statistics empowers students to use data to learn about the world. It’s exciting and fun to share this with my students.”
Rebeccah Lijek, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
“Witnessing someone learn something — to go from not understanding to understanding — is one of life’s greatest pleasures.”
Ren-yo Hwang, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies
“I am excited that Mount Holyoke is sharpening a practice and vision towards supporting scholarship that is oriented toward social justice.”
Peter Klemperer
“The Makerspace has been an amazing opportunity to work with students relating computing to the physical world.”
Nina Emery
“I came to MHC for the opportunity to teach such a diverse group of brilliant undergraduates and work on a campus with such a strong sense of community.”
Thomas Ciufo, Assistant Professor of Music
“Economics is a great tool for understanding why environmental problems arise and what policies can be used to overcome them.”
Valerie Barr, Chair of Computer Science; Jean E. Sammet Professor of Computer Science
“I love the 'aha!' moment and when I can get students as excited as I am about all the cool stuff you can do with computing.”
Kyae-Sung Park Configure Five College Lecturer in Korean
"I am very proud of my students who begin with little or no knowledge in Korean and become fluent Korean speakers."
Rick Feldman Visiting Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society
“Mount Holyoke has a wonderful environment of collaboration, collegiality and exchange of ideas among faculty, students and staff.”
John Tawa, Assistant Professor of Psychology
“I’m interested in what gives rise to prejudice, what causes people to draw boundaries and create positive, healthy relationships across groups.”
Spencer Smith Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
“I grew up around art so I view physics through an aesthetic lens. The beauty of the equations. You can explain so much with such a small set of ideas.”
André White, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
“The opportunity to teach a diverse student body is very appealing. I was a student of color and supportive faculty were integral to my development.”
Christopher Mitchell, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Politics
“I’m very excited about being able to forge direct connections with the students I teach, and to teach bright students in a small-class environment.”
Vanessa Rosa
“Sharing the classroom with Mount Holyoke students and getting to know them around campus has been a gift and transformed me as a teacher and a scholar.”