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Brown welcomes talented group of 62 new faculty members – Brown University

Representing a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds, the scholars join the Brown community this year to guide student-centered learning and engage in high-impact research.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — As the 2022-23 academic year begins at Brown and more than 3,203 new undergraduate, graduate and medical students arrive on College Hill, the University also welcomes a group of 62 dynamic new scholars and educators to the Brown faculty.
With research and teaching expertise on topics ranging from global health security to climate change, brain science to diaspora studies, and architecture to algorithms, Brown’s newest faculty members represent a wide range of fields, backgrounds and viewpoints. Welcoming faculty with such diversity of experience comes at a time when Brown is developing an operational plan for significantly growing its research enterprise.
“Our faculty are accomplished researchers, creative artists and educators whose work expands knowledge at the leading edge of their disciplines and, in partnership with Brown students and staff, makes a positive impact in communities both locally and across the globe,” said Provost Richard M. Locke. “I’m delighted to welcome this cohort of talented scholars to Brown to build on and amplify efforts across campus to develop solutions to many of the most vexing questions faced by society today.”
The arrival of 62 new faculty members reflects Brown’s strategic efforts to recruit top scholars from research areas — articulated in the Building on Distinction strategic plan and related operational plans — in which the University is uniquely poised to have a meaningful impact. And with nearly 30% of this year’s new faculty members coming from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, strategic investments in actions outlined in Brown’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan are helping to ensure that faculty represent the varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences critical to advancing knowledge, learning and discovery.
In addition, multiple new deans (including those with interim appointments) will lead schools and academic units in their first full academic years in 2022-23: Ronald Aubert, interim dean of the School of Public Health; Tejal Desai, dean of the School of Engineering; Dr. Mukesh K. Jain, dean of the Warren Alpert Medical School; Thomas Lewis, interim dean of the Graduate School; Shankar Prasad, dean of the School of Professional Studies; and Leah VanWey, dean of the faculty.
Desai, who began her tenure at Brown on Sept. 1, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Opening Convocation ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 10.
The new professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers will serve across the University’s academic departments, divisions and schools. The full listing of new faculty, with links for more information about each of them, follows below.
Acton_Leslie
Leslie Acton
Lecturer in Environment and Society
Alvarez_Christelle
Christelle Alvarez
Assistant Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology
Baldoz_Rick
Rick Baldoz
Associate Professor of American Studies
Barnes_Sandra
Sandra Barnes
C.V. Starr Professor of Sociology
Blain_Keisha
Keisha Blain
Professor of Africana Studies
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Jayna Brown
Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Choi_Donghyun_Danny
Donghyun Danny Choi
Assistant Professor of Political Science
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Becci Davis
Lecturer in Visual Art
Diamond_John
John Diamond
Professor of Sociology and Education Policy
Dipoppa_Gemma
Gemma Dipoppa
Assistant Professor of Political Science
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John Eason
Watson Family University Associate Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs
Gallon_Kim
Kim Gallon
Associate Professor of Africana Studies
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Macarena Gomez-Barris
Professor of Modern Culture and Media
 
Grasso_Chris
Chris Grasso
Professor of History
Jung_Heeyeong
Heeyeong Jung
Lecturer in East Asian Studies
Kelly_Tricia
Tricia Kelly
Lecturer in Education
Kleinman_Kent
Kent Kleinman
Faculty Director of the Brown Arts Institute, Professor of the Practice of History of Art and Architecture
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Nell Lake 
Lecturer in English
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Shelley Lee 
Professor of American Studies
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Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo
David S. Josephson Assistant Professor of Music
Macchi_Elisa
Elisa Macchi
Assistant Professor of Economics
Moon_Kyuwon
Kyuwon Moon
Lecturer in East Asian Studies
Ocegueda_Mark
Mark Ocegueda
Assistant Professor of History
Schneider_Mindi
Mindi Schneider
Lecturer in Environment and Society
Shenoda_Matthew
Matthew Shenoda
Professor of Literary Arts
Talusan_Grace
Grace Talusan
Lecturer in English
Tan_Ivan
Ivan Tan
Lecturer in Music
Vollbrecht_Timo
Timo Vollbrecht
Lecturer in Music
Weheliye_Alexander
Alexander Weheliye
Malcolm S. Forbes Professor of Modern Culture and Media
Wulf_Karin
Karin Wulf
Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library, Professor of History
Ayanian_Nora
Nora Ayanian
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Bai_Yusong
Yusong Bai
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Budde_Gerrit
Gerrit Budde
Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Cheng_Yu
Yu Cheng
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
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Kim Cobb
Professor of Environment and Society and Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
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Nicholas DeMarinis
Lecturer in Computer Science
DiLorenzo_Emanuele
Emanuele di Lorenzo
Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science
Gomez-Serrano_Javier
Javier Gomez Serrano
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Keith_Brendan
Brendan Keith
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
Kizer_Megan
Megan Kizer
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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Matthias Kuehne
Assistant Professor of Physics
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Harriet Lau
Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Miao_Peihan
Peihan Miao
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
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Jesse Morin
Lecturer in Chemistry
Pradhan_Shekhar
Shekhar Pradhan
Lecturer in Data Science
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Emily Sprague-Klein
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Tabrizian_Peyam
Peyam Tabrizian
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
Vasilakis_Nikos
Nikos Vasilakis
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Venkatasubramanian_Suresh
Suresh Venkatasubramanian
Professor of Data Science and Computer Science
Holmes_William
William Holmes
Lecturer in Biology Education
Lawler_Sean
Sean Lawler
Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
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Sofia Lizarraga
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Monteiro_Kristina
Kristina  Monteiro
Lecturer in Biology Education
Zhou_Yang
Yang Zhou
Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Ansari_Hamzah
Hamzah Ansari 
Lecturer in Engineering
Bessa_Miguel
Miguel Bessa
Associate Professor of Engineering
Caretta_Lucas
Lucas Caretta
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Curtin_William
William Curtin
Professor of Engineering
Baker_Rachel
Rachel Baker
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
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Michael Silverstein
George Hazard Crooker University Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice
Nuzzo_Jennifer
Jennifer Nuzzo
Professor of Epidemiology
Tovar_Alison
Alison Tovar
Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
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