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First-Year Studies


First-Year Studies faculty serve a critical role at the College, advising new students as they transition to college life.

  • Amy Abe
    Senior Lecturer in Physics

    NMR Consultant

  • Carla Arnell
    Associate Professor and Chair of English

    Areas of Study: ancient and medieval literature, history of the English novel

  • Anne F. Barry
    Assistant Professor of Music

    Areas of Study: choral, music education, international music education

  • Stephanie Caparelli
    Lecturer in Politics

    Areas of Study: criminal law, trial law, politics

  • Shubhik DebBurman
    Disque D. and Carol Gram Deane Professor of Biological Sciences and Chair of Biology

    Areas of Study: cell biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, biology of human disease 

  • Elizabeth W. Fischer
    Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

    Areas of Study:  natural science, organic chemistry, biochemistry

  • Richard Fisher
    Associate Professor of German, Chair of Classical Studies

    Areas of Study:  Goethezeit, modern German literature, literary genres, epic literature, comparative studies

  • Benjamin Goluboff
    Associate Professor of English

    Areas of Study: American literature, nineteenth-century literature, literature and the environment

  • Rebecca Graff
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Urban Studies (spring), Chair of American Studies

    Areas of Study: historical archaeology, U.S. urban archaeology (19th- and 20th- century Chicago), modern and contemporary material culture, world’s fairs and expositions, anthropology of time and temporality, archaeology of tourism

  • Kent Grote
    Assistant Professor of Economics and Business

    Areas of Study:  finance, investment analysis, industrial organization

  • Chloe Johnston
    Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance Studies

    Areas of Study:  performance studies, performance art 

  • Anna Trumbore Jones
    Professor and Chair of History

    Areas of Study: ancient and medieval history

  • Matthew R. Kelley
    Professor of Psychology, Chair of Neuroscience

    Areas of Study: cognitive psychology, learning and memory, research methods and statistics

  • James Marquardt
    Associate Professor of Politics, Chair of International Relations

    Areas of Study:  American politics, international relations

  • Janet McCracken
    Professor and Chair of Philosophy

    Areas of Study:  aesthetics, history of philosophy, gender studies, film

  • Donald Meyer
    Professor of Music, Chair of Cinema Studies (spring)

    Areas of Study:  music history, music theory, film music, electronic music, music composition.

  • Rachel Ragland
    Professor of Education

    Areas of Study: secondary education

  • Catherine Sardo Weidner
    Senior Lecturer in History

    Areas of Study: American history

  • Camille Johnson Yale
    Assistant Professor of Communication

    Areas of Study: critical media studies, new media and communication technologies, media history

  • Rui Zhu
    Professor of Philosophy

    Areas of Study:  Asian and comparative philosophy, Plato, philosophy of mind