Trinity Welcomes New Faculty Members, Announces Faculty Promotions

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

Hartford, Connecticut, August 3, 2016 – As of July 1, three associate professors have assumed the position of full professor at Trinity College: Jack Dougherty, professor of educational studies; Anne Lambright, Charles A. Dana Research Professor of Language and Culture Studies; and Peter Yoon, professor of computer science.

Dougherty earned his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College, and his master's degree and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the faculty at Trinity in 1999. Lambright earned her bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University, and her master's degree and Ph.D. from University of Texas. She has been a part of Trinity's faculty since 2000. Yoon earned his bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University, his master's degree from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He has been a member of the Trinity faculty since 2000.

Awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor were: Brett E. Barwick, associate professor of physics; Kifah Hanna, associate professor of language & culture studies; Laura Holt, associate professor of psychology; Sara Kippur, associate professor of language & culture studies; Seth M. Markle, associate professor of history & international studies; Jennifer M. Regan-Lefebvre, associate professor of history; and Yipeng Shen, associate professor of language & culture studies and international studies.

Denver Williams was promoted to associate professor without tenure in physical education.

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

  • Michael A. Grubb, Assistant Professor of Psychology 
    B.A., Psychology, The University of Oklahoma
    M.A., Global Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
    M.A., Experimental Psychology, New York University
    Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, New York University
    Dissertation: Spatial Attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Neural Science, New York University

  • Mareike Koertner, Assistant Professor of Religion
    B.A., Arabic Studies and Political Science, University of Leipzig, Germany
    M.Phil., Arabic and Islamic Studies, Yale University
    Ph.D., Arabic and Islamic Studies, Yale University
    Dissertation: We Have Made Clear the Signs – Dalā’il al-Nubūwa: Proofs of Prophecy in Early Ḥadīth Literature
    Koertner has been a visiting assistant professor in religion at Trinity for the last two years.

  • Luis A. Martinez, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
    B.S., Psychology, University at Buffalo
    M.S., Neuroscience, Georgia State University
    Ph.D., Neuroscience, Georgia State University
    Dissertation: Neural Regulation of Sexual Solicitation in Female Syrian Hamsters: Role of Oxytocin
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota 

  • Amber L. Pitt, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Biology
    B.A., Zoology, University of Vermont
    M.S., Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida
    Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida
    Dissertation: Freshwater River Turtle Populations Influenced by a Naturally Generated Thermal Gradient
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Wetlands Project Manager, School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University 

  • Ewa Syta, Assistant Professor of Computer Science   
    B.S., Computer Engineering, Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
    M.S., Computer Engineering, Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
    M.S., Computer Information Technology, Central Connecticut State University
    M.Phil., Computer Science, Yale University
    Ph.D., Computer Science, Yale University
    Dissertation: Identity Management through Privacy-Preserving Authentication 

  • Vincent Tomasso, Assistant Professor of Classics
    B.A., Classics, University of Washington
    Ph.D., Classics, Stanford University
    Dissertation: ‘Cast in Later Grecian Mould’: Quintus of Smyrna’s Reception of Homer