The Colorado College Board of Trustees approved the promotion of five associate professors to full professor during their June meeting. The promoted faculty members are Lori Driscoll ’94, Psychology; Henry Fricke, Geology; Daniel Johnson, Business and Economics; Eric Perramond, Southwest Studies and Environmental Science; and Andrew Price-Smith, Political Science.
Lori Driscoll, Psychology
An alumna of Colorado College, Driscoll earned her B.A. in psychology, magna cum laude, and earned her Ph.D. in biopsychology with minors in Nutritional Biochemistry and Neuroanatomy at Cornell University. Several of her publications are co-authored with undergraduate students. Driscoll teaches Introduction to Psychology, Research Design, Neuroscience, Neuropharmacology and the Science and Ethics of Biotechnology in the psychology department. Her research focuses on cognitive function and neurotoxicology.
Recent coauthored publications include “‘Ecstasy’: A Party Drug as a Breakthrough Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?” in National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (in press), “Assessment of attention and inhibitory control in rodent developmental neurotoxicity studies” in Neurotoxicology and Teratology (2015) and “Spared and impaired aspects of motivated cognitive control in schizophrenia” in Journal of Abnormal Psychology (2013). In 2007 she received the Bob Pizzi Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, and she recently was appointed the Robert C. Fox Professor based on her outstanding teaching, scholarship and service.
Henry Fricke, Geology
Following two postdoctoral fellowships at the National Science Foundation Geophysical Laboratory and the Smithsonian Institution, Fricke joined the CC faculty as an assistant professor in 2000. He received a B.A. at the University of Chicago and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of Michigan. Fricke’s teaching and research interests focus on “stable isotope and other low-temperature geochemical techniques as applied to the study of terrestrial environments and ecology of the past and present.”
He regularly teaches Historical Geology, Mineralogy, Earth as a Chemical System, and Introduction to Geology. In 2014, his article titled “Stable isotope patterns found in early Eocene equid tooth rows of North America: Implications for reproductive behavior and paleoclimate” appeared in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. This co-authored article was one of 15 pieces Fricke has published since he became an associate professor in 2006. His recent grant proposal, “The effects of the ETM2 and H2 Hyperthermals on Continental Earth Systems,” currently is under review by the National Science Foundation.
Daniel Johnson, Business and Economics
Johnson became an assistant professor at Colorado College in 2004 after teaching at Wellesley College. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at Yale University, his Master of Science in economics at the London School of Economics, and his Bachelor of Social Sciences in economics, summa cum laude, at the University of Ottawa. Johnson regularly offers courses on Public Economics and Policy, Microeconomic Theory II, Econometrics, and Health Economics.
Since becoming an associate professor in 2008, Johnson has authored or co-authored 24 publications. In 2016, his peer reviewed articles included “Viral Economics: An Epidemiological Model of Knowledge Diffusion in Economics,” in Oxford Economic Papers, “When a Mature Technology Company Pivots: A Case Study of Logitech” in Journal of Economic and Financial Studies, and “‘Davids’ are not small ‘Goliaths’: R&D and Technology Licensing in Brazilian Production” in Journal of Economic Development.
Currently the Gerald L. Schlessman Professor of Economics, Johnson also was a Fulbright Specialist in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Myanmar and was invited to give a TEDx talk at Yale University in 2016. Johnson has served on the inaugural board of directors of the CC Innovation Institute since 2014, and on the boards of Reduce Resale Recycle (environmental startup), FitFurnace (technology accelerator), and Kadi Energy (technology startup) since 2015.
Eric Perramond, Southwest Studies and Environmental Science
Perramond came to Colorado College in 2005 after teaching as an assistant professor at Stetson University. He earned his Ph.D. in geography at The University of Texas, his M.A. in geography at Louisiana State University, and his B.A. at Mary Washington College.
Perramond’s courses reflect his deep interest in the U.S. Southwest and his expertise in environmental and ecological issues. He teaches Environmental Management, Political Ecology of the Southwest, and Nature, Region, and Society of the Southwest. Perramond also has taught two courses, Nature, Culture, and the Metropolis and Representing the Other in the Americas at the ACM Newberry Research Semester in Chicago.
An active scholar, Perramond’s most recent publications include two peer reviewed articles, “Oyster Feuds: Conflicting Discourses in Point Reyes (CA)” in the Journal of Political Ecology and “Adjudicating hydrosocial territory in New Mexico” in Water International. These articles are among the 11 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters he has published since becoming an associate professor in 2009. He also is the author of a book, “Political Ecologies of Cattle Ranching in Northern Mexico: Private Revolutions” (2010), and the co-author of “An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography: Local Dynamics and Global Processes” (2013).
In the past two years Perramond has served as the W.M. Keck Director of the Hulbert Center and Southwest Studies Program and the director of the State of the Rockies.
Andrew Price-Smith, Political Science
Price-Smith joined the Political Science Department at Colorado College in 2005 and received tenure in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Toronto, his M.A. at the University of Western Ontario, and his B.A. (with honors) in political science at Queen’s University.
Specializing in international relations, national security and political economy, Price-Smith has taught courses that reflect his expertise in the subfields of energy, global health, and environment. These courses include The International Politics of Energy and Climate Change: Sustainability and Security, The Politics of Global Health, Introduction to International Relations, and Global Environmental Politics: Protection of the Commons (Oceans and Atmospheres).
In 2016 Price-Smith published “Fear, Apathy, and the Ebola Crisis (2014-15): Psychology and Problems of Global Health Governance,” in Global Health Governance and co-authored an article titled “Cybercare 2.0: Meeting the challenge of the global burden of disease in 2030,” in Health and Technology. Two of Price-Smith’s books, “Oil, Illiberalism, and War: Analysis of Energy and US Foreign Policy” (2015) and “Contagion and Chaos: Disease and National Security in the era of Globalizations” (2009) were nominated by MIT Press for the Grawemeyer Award in 2016 and 2012, respectively. The latter won the Choice Magazine Award, Outstanding Academic Title in 2009.