CC Welcomes New Faculty Members and Riley Scholars

This fall, Colorado College welcomes eight new tenure-track faculty members and two Riley Scholars-in-Residence to campus. Among them are two CC alumni, Chet Lisiecki '07 (German) and Michael Kim '05 (philosophy). Additionally, CC welcomes Jason Weaver, a tenure-track faculty member in the Psychology Department who started in the spring of 2018.

The new faculty members are:

  • Pallavi Sriram, Dance Studies
    Sriram received her Ph.D. (2017) in culture and performance from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.S. in chemical engineering (2010) from Northwestern University where she also majored in dance. Her teaching, research, and performance interests include critical histories of performance in South Asia and Indian Ocean, theories of corporeality and politics, Early Modern networks and globalization, political economies of sensuality, and urban space/place. In the past 10 years, Sriram has performed at numerous events and venues in the U.S. and India. She also is the co-founder of Pallavita, a non-profit that engages youth in the performing arts. This year the courses she will teach at CC include Cultural Perspectives in Dance and Historical Perspectives in Dance.

  • Najnin Islam, English
    Islam received her Ph.D. (2018) in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Benjamin Franklin Fellow from 2012 to 2017. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English literature from Jadavpur University. Her dissertation, "Reading the Coolie: Race, Caste, and Narratives of Asian Indentureship," examines colonial archival documents and Anglophone fiction to show how 19th-century conceptions of race and British imperial discourses on caste produce the figure of the South Asian coolie. Islam's research interests include postcolonial theory and literature, global Anglophone literature, race, caste and empire, Atlantic and Indian Ocean studies, South Asian, and Caribbean literature. She has taught The English Novel and the World, and Tales of Travel. Introduction to Literary Theory is among the courses she will teach at CC.

  • Chet Lisiecki, German
    Lisiecki received his Ph.D. (2014) in comparative literature from the University of Oregon. A 2007 graduate of Colorado College, he majored in comparative literature with psychology and minored in German. His research interests include modernism, aesthetics and politics, philosophy and literature, and trauma studies. Currently, he is undertaking two projects. "Complicity: Lyrical and Political Failure in Fascist Europe" investigates the categories of "fascist" and "conservative" in relation to the works of modernist poets such as Stefan George and T. S. Eliot. "Object Trauma" considers how objects facilitate, reflect, and constitute complicity (in bystanders), empathy (in perpetrators), and forgiveness (in survivors). This year Lisiecki will teach German Cultural History I and II: Monsters, Robots, and Cyborgs, a language course in Germany as part of the Luneberg Program, Queer Science Fiction, and Intermediate German I and II.

  • Paul Adler, History
    Adler received his Ph.D. (2014) in history from Georgetown University and his B.A. (2004) in politics, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University. Adler's forthcoming book, "For People and Planet: U.S. NGOs and Global Inequalities," shows how a "fair globalization coalition" of U.S. nonprofits, liberal legislators, and unions challenged international corporate power from the 1970s through the 1990s. His article, "The Basis of a New Internationalism: The Institute for Policy Studies and North-South Politics from the NIEO to Neoliberalism," was published in Diplomatic History. A lecturer at Harvard University since 2014, Adler has taught Work and Culture and Narratives of Global Inequality. He received the Derek Bok Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 2017. At Colorado College he will be teaching courses on the Global South and the Cold War, Social Movements in American Southwest, U.S. History since 1860, and Contemporary U.S. History.

  • Amanda Minervini, Italian
    Minervini holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown University (2013), a M.A. in comparative literature from University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2007), and a Laurea in Lettere from Universita di Bari (2002). Her research interests include religion and politics and political theory, Holocaust representations, and modern and contemporary Italian culture and film. In addition to translating numerous articles and essays, she has contributed an article, "Face to Face: Iconic Representations and Juxtapositions of St. Francis of Assisi and Mussolini during Italian Fascism" to the coauthored book, "TOT Art: The Visual Arts, Fascism(s) and Mass Society." A visiting assistant professor of Italian at Colorado College from 2014 to 2017, Minervini has taught Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Italian, Elementary German, Come to Hell: Dante and His/Our World, and courses on Italian and German cinema and culture.

  • Flavia Sancier-Barbosa, Mathematics
    Sancier-Barbosa received her Ph.D. (2011) and M.S. (2006) in mathematics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and her B.S. (2004) from Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Since 2014, she has been an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at Antioch College. She also has consulted with Ka Wa Mamua on the development of a history app and with RapidSOS on predictive analytics for emergency response management. A recipient of the 2017 SOCHE Excellence in Research Award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, Sancier-Barbosa's research interests include probability and stochastic analysis, mathematical finance, mathematical biology, and games. This year she will teach Probability and Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, and Probability and Statistical Modeling.

  • Iddo Aharony, Music Technology
    Aharony received his Ph.D. (2016) in music composition from the University of Chicago, an M.M (2007) in computer music composition from Indiana University, and a B.A. in music composition and philosophy (2005) from Tel Aviv University. A composer of contemporary electronic and acoustic music, his recent compositions include "…the way nets cannot hold water," "Echo and Abyss," and "Knock-petal-scissors." These and other compositions have premiered and received recognition at concerts and festivals over the past 10 years. Since 2014, Aharony also has served as artistic director for Fused Muse Ensemble. Focusing on social and environmental issues, the non-profit organization fosters the creation and performance of works that fuse music with different media. Aharony will teach Digital Music Production, Songwriting, Technologies of Popular Music, and a senior capstone this year.

  • Douglas Edlin, Political Science
    Edlin received his Ph.D. (2002) in public law from the University of Oxford and his J.D. (1993) from Cornell Law School. He also holds an M.A. (1990) in philosophy and a B.A. (1988) in philosophy, cum laude, from Hobart College. After studying law, Edlin gained extensive experience in class action, commercial, computer, environmental, intellectual property, and real estate litigation at Friedman Siegelbaum LLP. In 2004 he joined the faculty of Dickinson College as an assistant professor of political science, and became a full professor in 2017. Edlin has published numerous articles and three books, "Common Law Judging: Subjectivity, Impartiality, and the Making of Law" (2016), "Judges and Unjust Laws: Common Law Constitutionalism and the Foundations of Judicial Review" (2008), and "Common Law Theory" ed. (2007). He is the McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College and will teach The Judiciary, Comparative Law, American Politics, and Race and the Judicial Process.

  • Jason Weaver, Psychology
    Weaver received his Ph.D. (2013) in social psychology from the University of Minnesota and his B.A. (2007) in psychology, magna cum laude, from Carleton College. He joined the Psychology Department at CC as a visiting assistant professor in 2014, and became an assistant professor in spring 2018. Weaver teaches Research Design in Psychology, Japanese Americans during WWII, Introduction to Psychology, and Social Psychology. His research focuses on identity and the effects of consistency motivation, self-fulfilling prophecies, and stereotype threat. Weaver has engaged 14 CC students in his research collaborations. His publications include a co-authored piece, "Confabulation: A beginner's guide for criminal justice and forensic mental health professionals," in an edited volume (2018) on forensic mental health, and "Self-fulfilling prophecies in ability settings," a co-authored article (2016) in The Journal of Social Psychology.

In addition, CC welcomes two new Riley Scholars-in-Residence. They are:

  • Lina Basal, Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Basal received her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry (2018) from Wayne State University and her B.S. (2013) in chemistry, cum laude, at the University of Detroit Mercy. She has coauthored several publications, the most recent of which is "Oxidation-Responsive, Eu(II/III)-Based, Multimodal Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance and Photoacoustic Imaging" in ACS Omega. Her research interests and areas of expertise include LC-MS use and maintenance, nuclear magnetic resonance, fluorescence spectroscopy, and multi-step organic synthesis and purification. Basal has presented her work at ANACHEM/SAS symposia in 2016 and 2017. She teaches Metals in Biology, General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.

  • Michael Kim, Philosophy
    Kim currently is working toward a Ph.D. in philosophy at Villanova University where he holds an M.A. A 2005 graduate of Colorado College, he received his B.A. in philosophy, summa cum laude. His research interests include history of philosophy, phenomenology and logic, social and political philosophy, and literature, critical theory, and aesthetics. The working title of his dissertation is "Image and Phenomenon: For a Critique of Appearance." Kim has taught at Colorado College, CU Denver, Rowan University, and Villanova. This year he will be teach Feminist Philosophies, Ethics, and Formal Logic.
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