November 15, 2022

Introducing: five tenure-track faculty

This year, Beloit added five scholar-teachers to the ranks of tenure-track faculty in anthropology, biology, economics, and sociology.

Jason Alley

Jason Alley, assistant professor of anthropology. Jason Alley, assistant professor of anthropology.
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Jason Alley
, previously a visiting professor at Beloit, transitioned this fall to assistant professor of anthropology. Alley earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from the University of California-Santa Cruz and his B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley. His research interests include aging, health inequalities, visual anthropology, race, and feminist and queer studies.

Allan Farrel

Allan Farrell, assistant professor of sociology. Allan Farrell, assistant professor of sociology.Allan Farrell, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Rice University, joined the college as an assistant professor of sociology. Farrell’s research and teachings are rooted in racial identity and perception and their relationship with racial inequality. Farrell earned a master’s degree in sociology at Rice and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Gonzaga University.

Gana Ndiaye

Gana Ndiaye, assistant professor of anthropology. Gana Ndiaye, assistant professor of anthropology.Gana Ndiaye, a doctoral candidate in sociocultural anthropology at Boston University, is now an assistant professor of anthropology. Ndiaye’s research and teachings focus on migration, transnational Islam, Ajami literature, African languages, race, and ethnicity. Ndiaye completed a master’s degree in French studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Science degree in intercultural mediation at KU Leuven, in Leuven, Belgium, and a bachelor’s degree from Mohammed University in Morocco.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith, assistant professor of economics. Kevin Smith, assistant professor of economics.
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Kevin Smith
, a doctoral candidate in economics from Lehigh University, joined Beloit’s economics department as an assistant professor. Smith attended the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in economics. Smith focuses on quantitative methods, econometrics, health economics, labor economics, and economic history.

Helen Werner

Helen Werner was promoted from visiting assistant professor of biology to a tenure-track position... Helen Werner was promoted from visiting assistant professor of biology to a tenure-track position.Helen Werner was promoted from visiting assistant professor of biology to a tenure-track position. Werner is a physiologist and molecular biologist with interests in human osteology, paleopathology, and infectious disease. She holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her current research interests include examining how the soil biome impacts the use of molecular biology in archaeology.


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