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CC Welcomes 12 Tenure-Track Faculty Members

Colorado College is pleased to welcome 12 new tenure-track faculty members, including three who are current faculty moving into tenure-track positions. This diverse and talented group represents all disciplines - humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Please welcome and get to know them:

Rebecca Barnes, Environmental Program
Barnes earned her Ph.D. (2008) and M.Phil. (2005) in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University. She also earned her M.S.E.S. in Water Resources (2003) and M.P.A. in environmental policy and natural resource management (2003) from Indiana University, as well as her B.A. in geology and Environmental Studies (1998) from Oberlin College. Her research interests include organic matter quality and aquatic ecosystem metabolism and the role of warming on organic matter and nitrogen cycling.

Amanda Bowman, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bowman received her Ph.D. in chemistry (2010) from Cornell and earned her B.S. (2005) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has teaching experience dating back to 2005, including a year at Colorado College as a visiting assistant professor. While at CC she taught general chemistry I and II. Bowman's expertise includes synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, single crystal X-ray diffraction, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy and SQUID magnetometry. She has been published numerous times and given several presentations at conferences in Greece, Germany, as well as the United States.

Elizabeth Coggins, Political Science
Coggins recently earned her Ph.D. in political science (2013) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also earned her M.A. in the same discipline (2010). She also has an M.A. in political science (2008) from the University of Georgia, and earned her B.A. from Wake Forest (2004), where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. Her research interests include macro behavior and longitudinal issue and political psychology. Her teaching interests are introductory American politics, public policymaking, and minority politics, among others.

Idris Goodwin, Theatre and Dance
A two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at CC, Goodwin received his B.A. in film, video, and screenwriting from Columbia College, an MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and attended the University of Iowa's Graduate Playwrights Workshop. His plays have been staged at Steppenwolf Theatre and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, and the Kennedy Center. He has performed on HBO, Discovery, and Sesame Street. He is the recipient of numerous national awards, fellowships, and honors.

Kevin Holmes, Psychology
Holmes earned a Ph.D. in psychology (2012) from Emory University, and an M.A. in psychology and B.A. in human biology from Stanford. Following his Ph.D., Holmes returned to California as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He recently was awarded the National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and has received a number of other awards such as the American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award. He is a prolific author, with more than half a dozen journal articles published and manuscripts in progress.

Purvi Mehta, History
Mehta, who was a Riley Scholar in Residence at Colorado College last year, holds a dual Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in history and anthropology. She earned a B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.Sc in South Asian politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research focuses on caste, gender, and human rights issues in India, and her specialty is recent activism among dalit ("untouchable") women.

Vanessa Muñoz, Sociology
Muñoz recently earned her Ph.D. in sociology (2014) from Brandeis University. Her dissertation is titled "Managing Children's Food Allergies: Negotiations About Adherence Among Families and Medical Providers." She earned an M.A. in sociology (2007) from the University of Maryland at College Park and a B.A. in both Spanish and International Studies (2002) from Emory University. Her research and teaching interests include medical sociology, sociology of families, and the sociology of education. In addition to English, Muñoz is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese-based Creole.

Devaka Premawardhana, Religion
Premawardhana was a Riley Scholar in Residence at Colorado College last year. He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School (2005), and a M.A. (2010) from Harvard University. He is an anthropologist of religion who studies the various expressions of Christianity in the global south, including Pentecostalism, liberation theology, and Christian engagements with other religions. His secondary interest is indigenous religious traditions, particularly those of sub-Saharan Africa.

Emma Powell, Art
Powell received her MFA in photography (2010) from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and her B.A. in studio art (2008) from The College of Wooster. Following her MFA she worked at Iowa State University as a fulltime lecturer and artist in residence. She has had works published every year since 2009, and has been featured in galleries almost every year since 2006. Powell also has experience working as a graphic designer and exhibition consultant. Her photography work has taken her all over the world, including Greece and Afghanistan.

Pamela Reaves, Religion
Reaves earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies (2013) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her field is ancient Mediterranean religions, with a focus on the New Testament and early Christianity. She also received her M.A. in Religious Studies (2003) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. from Centre College, where she was a history and religion major (1998) and graduated cum laude. In addition to her studies, she has extensive writing experience. She also can read six languages, including ancient Greek and biblical Hebrew.

Christiane Steckenbiller, German and Comparative Literature
Steckenbiller earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature (2013) and an M.A. in German Studies (2006) from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She also studied extensively in Germany. She has given multiple presentations and served as a panel moderator in several conferences across the United States and Canada. Steckenbiller has a working knowledge of six languages, and her teaching and research interests include space and identity, foreign language teaching, and new media and popular culture.

Benjamin Ylvisaker, Mathematics and Computer Science
Ylvisaker received his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering (2010) from the University of Washington. His thesis topic focused on the programmability of massively parallel coprocessors. He earned both his M.S. (2004) and B.S. (2001) in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon, where he minored in computer science. He has taught at Swarthmore College, Cornell University, and Danang University of Technology in Vietnam. In addition to his teaching experience, Ylvisaker has worked for companies such as IBM.

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