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September 5, 2003

New Assistant Professors Add Depth and Breadth to MHC Faculty

As the driving force behind Mount Holyoke’s academic excellence, faculty bring the liberal arts to life in unique and award-winning ways. Starting this fall, 13 new assistant professors will be making their own mark on the curriculum and furthering the College’s tradition of innovative teaching and research.


The tenure-track hires reflect The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2010’s pledge to “keep faculty ranks vital, strong, diverse, and renewed.” In addition, another 36 scholars, with specialties ranging from Indian cinema to international child welfare, will be on campus as visiting faculty and fellows. Visiting appointments range from a semester to three years.


“Our new faculty members, those visiting as well as the splendid group of assistant professors, are stunning in the range of their interests, the depth of their scholarship, the spark of their teaching,” associate dean of faculty Sally Sutherland said. “We are delighted to have them and enormously impressed by the hard work our faculty did last year to find them.”


Of the 13 new assistant professors, 11 began teaching this semester. The remaining two, English professors Siraj Ahmed and Jeffrey Santa Ana, will take up their posts in the spring after completing fall grants. In keeping with Mount Holyoke’s commitment to teaching excellence, the 13 were selected not only for their stellar academic records, but also for their enthusiasm for working closely with students.


Future issues of the College Street Journal will introduce the new faculty to the MHC community in more depth. What follows is an alphabetical listing of their names and areas of specialization:


Siraj Ahmed, assistant professor of English
Eighteenth-century literature, empire, postcolonial studies


Justin Crumbaugh, assistant professor of Spanish Spanish literature, culture, and gender; international studies, tourist economies


Ombretta Frau, assistant professor of Italian Pirandello, the comic in Italian Renaissance theatre


Durba Ghosh, assistant professor of history South Asian history, British imperialism and colonialism


Maria Gomez, assistant professor of chemistry Compact vibrational wave functions in Monte Carlo simulations


Christian Gundermann, assistant professor of Spanish Twentieth- century Latin American film and literature


Matthew McKeever, assistant professor of sociology Economic sociology in South Africa, social inequalities


Dorothy Mosby, assistant professor of Spanish Afro-Hispanic literature and culture, Caribbean and African diaspora literature


Susanne Mrozik, assistant professor of religion Buddhist ethics,
bodies, gender; the Bodhisattva ideal


Megan Núñez, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry DNA-mediated charge transport chemistry


Sami Rollins, assistant professor of computer science Application support for data management in resource-constrained, pervasive computing environments


Jeffrey Santa Ana, assistant professor of English and American studies Asian American literature, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, gender, and sexuality


Jessica Sidman, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Mathematics Algebraic geometry, computational algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, combinatorics.


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