Trinity Welcomes New Faculty Members, Announces Faculty Promotions

Nine Faculty Members Promoted; Six New Faculty Members Join the Trinity Community

Hartford, CT, July 1, 2015 (updated Sept. 3, 2015) – When students return to campus this fall, they will be welcomed by six new faces, assistant professors who officially join the Trinity College faculty today. In addition, nine current faculty members promoted this spring begin their new roles today: three full professors and six new associate professors.

Three associate professors today assume the position of full professor: Wendy Bartlett, professor of physical education; Christoph Geiss, professor of environmental science and physics; and Thomas Harrington, professor of language and culture studies.

Bartlett, the head coach of Trinity’s women’s squash team, earned her bachelor's degree from Rollins College and her master's degree in physical education from Central Connecticut State University. She joined Trinity in 1984. Geiss graduated from Ludwig Maximilians Universität and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He joined Trinity’s faculty in 2001. Harrington joined the Trinity faculty in 1997, after earning his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross, a master’s from Middlebury College, and his Ph.D. from Brown University.

Awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor are Rasha Ahmed, associate professor of economics; Ciaran M. Berry, associate professor of English; Shafqat Hussain, associate professor of anthropology; Lida E. Maxwell, associate professor of political science; Dan Román, associate professor of music; and J. Prakash Younger, associate professor of English.

The six new tenure-track hires, to be introduced at the first faculty meeting in September, include:

  • Jen Jack Gieseking, Assistant Professor of American Studies
    B.A., Geography and Urban Studies, Mount Holyoke College
    M.A., Psychiatry and Religion, Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University
    Ph.D., Environmental Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
    Dissertation:  Living in an (In)Visible World: Lesbians’ and Queer Women’s Spaces and Experiences of Justice and Oppression in New York City, 1983-2008.
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital and Computational Studies, Bowdoin College

  • Timothy R. Landry, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Religion
    B.S., Anthropology, University of Houston
    M.A., Anthropology, University of Houston
    M.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Dissertation:  When Secrecy Goes Global: Vodún, Tourism, and the Politics of Knowing in Bénin, West Africa

  • Rachel L. Moskowitz, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Law
    B.A., Political Science, Grinnell College
    M.A., Political Science, Northwestern University
    Ph.D., Political Science, Northwestern University
    Dissertation:  Race, Equality, and Community in Local Education: How Complex Beliefs and Values Shape Educational Attitudes, Votes, and School Policy

  • Henry Robert Outten, Assistant Professor of Psychology
    B.A., Psychology and History, York University
    M.A., Social Psychology, Simon Fraser University
    Ph.D., Social Psychology, Simon Fraser University
    Dissertation: To Engage or Disengage? How Group-based Coping Options Explain the Relationship between Group Identification and Well-being for Disadvantaged Groups
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

  • Per Sebastian Skardal, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., Mathematics, Boston College
    M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Dissertation: Periodic Behavior in Cardiac Tissue: Dynamics of Spatially Discordant Calcium Alternans
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

  • Nicholas Woolley, Assistant Professor of Economics
    B.A., Philosophy and Economics, Cornell University
    M.Phil., Economics, Oxford University
    D.Phil., Economics, Oxford University
    Dissertation: Big Effects of a Little Sector: The Structural Impact of Venture Capital on the Macro-economy

A complete listing of new faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year was released by the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs on September 3, 2015.

New Faculty Listing for 2015-2016