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Beloit College

New Faculty 2014-15

BELOIT COLLEGE

NEW FACULTY

2014-15

Tenure-Track

Rachel Bergstrom, Assistant Professor of Biology,earned a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at the Mayo Graduate School and a B.S. in biology at North Park University. Rachel’s research focuses on the neurobiology of disease. 

Kieran Bezila, Assistant Professor of Sociology, holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University and a B.A. in sociology from Boston College. His research interests include sociological theory, sociology of organizations, and research methods. Kieran joined the Beloit College faculty as a teaching fellow in 2012-13.

Shatanjaya Dasgupta, Assistant Professor of Economics, completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition, she holds an M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, and a B.Sc. in economics from Presidency College, University of Calcutta.  Shatanjaya studies developmental economics, economics of gender, labor, and health, and economic demography.

Arielle John, Assistant Professor of Economics, holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, and a B.A. in economics from Hood College. Her research focuses on how formal and informal institutions affect the economic performance of disparate ethnic groups. Arielle joined the Beloit College faculty as the Upton Teaching Fellow in spring of 2012.

Tes Slominski, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, earned her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at New York University.  She also holds an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick and a B.A. in literary and cultural studies from The College of William and Mary. Tes’s research investigates post-colonial identity, gender, and sexuality in musics of the North Atlantic. Tes joined the faculty as a teaching fellow in fall of 2012.

Leslie Williams, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, completed a Ph.D. in anthropology at The Ohio State University.  In addition, she holds an M.Sc. in human osteology and funerary archaeology from the University of Sheffield and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.  Leslie’s research focuses on the impact of long-term disaster and violence on human populations.

 

Teaching Fellows

Aaron Gurlly, Teaching Fellow in Media Studies, earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of California, San Diego. He also holds an MFA in film from Boston University, and a B.S. in English and B.A. in English and French from Truman State University. Aaron’s most recent research explores the ways in which stigmas associated with queer identities shape individual experience and affect group identity.

Courtney Patterson, Teaching Fellow in Critical Identity Studies, completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in African-American studies at Northwestern University, as well as a B.A. in Afro-American studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Courtney’s research and teaching focus on the relationship between persistent patterns of inequality and the lived experiences of black women across national and international contexts.

 

Visiting

Kyle Fruh, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. in philosophy from Amherst College.

Jennifer Gray, Visiting Instructor of French, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in second language acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned an M.A. in French at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and a B.A. in French at Truman State University. Jennifer joined the Beloit College faculty in spring of 2014.

Christopher Jones, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in the Hebrew Bible from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He earned a M.T.S. in the Old Testament from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and a B.A. in English from Oklahoma Baptist University. Christopher joined the Beloit College faculty in spring 2014.

A.J. Keller, Choral Director, is currently completing a Master of Music in choral conducting at Northwestern University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Gwendolyn Kelly, Visiting Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.A. in Anthropology at Oberlin College. Gwen began teaching at Beloit College in spring 2014.

Kristin Labby, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University and a B.S. in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Megan Milks, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, completed a Ph.D. in English studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in addition to an M.A. in literature and fiction writing at Temple University and a B.A. in English at the University of Virginia.

Heejung Park, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Oscar Pérez, Visiting Instructor of Spanish, is completing his Ph.D. in Spanish literature at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he also earned an M.A. in Spanish and an M.S. in statistics. 

Crispian Sievenpiper, Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, holds a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He also earned an M.S. in statistics at SUNY-Buffalo, and an M.S. in computer science and a B.S. in biology and chemistry at SUNY-Albany.

Deanna Soper, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, holds a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and behavior from Indiana University. In addition, she earned an M.B.A. at Indiana University and a B.S. in biology and science education at Tri-State University. Deanna began teaching at Beloit College in spring 2014.

Jonathan Warnock, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology, completed his Ph.D. in geology at Northern Illinois University, after earning an M.A. in geology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and B.S. degrees in geology and biology at Northern Illinois University.

Nicki Werner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, earned an MFA in studio art at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BFA in studio art and BA in art history at Drake University.