Trinity College Announces Tenure for Six Faculty Members

Board of Trustees Approves Promotions to Take Effect July 1

​Hartford, Connecticut, May 1, 2018—The Trinity College Board of Trustees voted recently to promote six faculty members to the position of associate professor with tenure. The vote took place during the Board of Trustees meeting on April 28 and the promotions will take effect July 1, 2018, for Cheyenne Brindle, chemistry; Shane Ewegen, philosophy; Meredith Safran, classics; Kari Theurer, philosophy; Thomas Wickman, history and American studies; and Abigail Fisher Williamson, political science and public policy and law. 

“The award of tenure is a very significant moment in the life of a professor, and the life of the college, said Tim Cresswell, Trinity College dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs. We hope and trust that these six scholars will be with us for decades to come, providing invaluable service to their departments, to their disciplines, and, most of all, to their students. We are lucky to have them.”


Cheyenne Brindle, Chemistry

Brindle is an organic chemist who investigates novel catalyst designs based on replacing costly and expensive metals with “greener” organic molecules capable of catalyzing a wide variety of reactions. Since arriving at Trinity, she has published six papers in peer-reviewed journals, including a major review article in Chemical Reviews and a forthcoming video paper in The Journal of Visualized Experiments. She also has served on collegewide committees such as the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee and performed important roles with Phi Beta Kappa and the Trinity Chemical Society.

Brindle earned her B.A. at Reed College and her doctorate in chemistry at Stanford University before moving east to take a position as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. At Trinity, she has taught introductory through advanced courses, both in lecture and lab formats, and a first-year seminar.


Shane Ewegen, Philosophy

Ewegen’s area of expertise is ancient Greek literature and culture, with research and teaching interests focused mostly on ancient philosophy, 20th century continental philosophy, phenomenology, and their intersections. Since he arrived at Trinity, he has published a monograph, Plato’s Cratylus: The Comedy of Language (2013, Indiana University Press), and four papers in peer-reviewed journals. He also has published three book chapters since 2015 and two translations of Heidegger.

After receiving a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado (Denver), Ewegen relocated to Boston, where he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston College. He spent a year as visiting assistant professor at Stonehill College (Easton, Massachusetts). He has taught a variety of Trinity courses both in philosophy and outside of it—in the Humanities Gateway Program and in classics. 



Meredith Safran, Classics

Safran specializes in Roman literature and culture and has established herself as a leader in the relatively new area of reception studies. Her publications include three edited volumes published by Edinburgh University Press, an edited issue of a journal, and a series of essays. Her monograph, Battlestar Galactica: 21st Century American Aeneid, is nearing completion and she has several forthcoming articles. Beyond her work in classics, she has co-directed the Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, organized the annual Wassong Memorial Lecture, and taken a leadership role in restructuring Trinity’s Humanities Gateway Program.

Safran received her B.A. from Columbia University and her master’s and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Prior to her arrival at Trinity, she spent two years as a visiting assistant professor at Drew University (Madison, New Jersey). Safran teaches courses in classical civilization and Latin language.


Kari Theurer, Philosophy

Theurer works in the field of analytic philosophy, where she focuses on the philosophies of science and mind. She works on the nature of explanation, linking her philosophical training to her knowledge of biology and history. Theurer has published four papers in peer-reviewed journals, with another accepted and forthcoming, and one pending final revisions. She also has published a chapter in a Routledge Handbook. Theurer publishes in leading journals such as Philosophy of Science and Minds and Machines. She has provided service to her department, the college, and her profession in equal measure, including through service on the Faculty Research Committee, the Institutional Review Board, and the Neuroscience Coordinating Committee. Outside of Trinity, she has served on the Executive Board of the Midsouth Philosophy Conference, a meeting she has co-organized.

Theurer received a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Cincinnati and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington.


Thomas Wickman, History and American Studies

Wickman received a B.A. from Harvard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

He is a colonial and environmental historian working on the histories of indigenous people in New England. As a scholar in the humanities, the main focus of his scholarship is his forthcoming book, Snowshoe Country: An Environmental and Cultural History of Winter in the Early American Northeast (under contract with Cambridge University Press). Wickman has also published in a leading journal—The William and Mary Quarterly—and in a “state-of-the-art” Handbook on Climate History. He is also an active thesis adviser and many of his students have gone on to win prizes for their essays. He has helped form an Indigenous Studies Working Group, worked on the Facilities and Environmental Sustainability Subcommittee of the Bicentennial Strategic Planning Commission, and served as faculty liaison for the basketball team.



Abigail Fisher Williamson, Political Science and Public Policy and Law

Williamson focuses on the politics of immigration and the responses of local government to immigration. Since coming to Trinity, she has produced an array of publications and attracted outside grant funding for her work. Highlights include the edited volume, The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations: Transatlantic Perspectives (with fellow Trinity faculty members Stefanie Chambers, Diana Evans, and Anthony Messina; Temple University Press, 2017), and the forthcoming monograph, Welcoming New Americans? Local Government and Immigrant Incorporation (The University of Chicago Press). She has won grants from the Pew Charitable Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has served on several collegewide committees including the Learning Spaces Committee and the Information Technology in Education Committee. She also has served as a panel chair and discussant at a number of professional conferences and works with refugee communities in the Hartford area.

Williamson received a B.A. from Williams College, an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She received Trinity’s Dean Arthur A. Hughes Award for Achievement in Teaching.