New Tenure-Track Faculty: 2015

Tenure-track faculty | Non-tenure track faculty

Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Blake Allison
Assistant Professor, Economics
Blake Allison received his PhD in Economics from University of California, Irvine (2015), before joining the faculty at Emory. He is a microeconomic theorist whose current research studies the implications of the use of arbitration as a means of settling disputes in place of a process of negotiation, the role consumer decisions play in the competition between firms, and the composition of youth gangs and their emergent patterns of violence. He has published in the Journal of Economic Theory, the top theory journal in economics.

Sari Altschuler
Assistant Professor, English
Sari Altschuler completed her PhD in English Literature at City University of New York (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held positions at the University of South Florida, the American Antiquarian Society, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary research focus is medicine and literature, science studies, and disability studies. Her articles have been published in journals including Journal of the Early Republic and Disability Studies Quarterly.

Gordon Berman
Assistant Professor, Biology
Gordon Berman completed his PhD in Physics at Cornell University (2009). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held a position at Princeton University. His primary research focus is in the quantitative analysis of animal behavior. His articles have been published in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Experimental Biology, and the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

John Duncan
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
John Duncan completed his PhD in Mathematics at Yale University (2006). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held positions at Harvard University, Cambridge University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Tokyo. His primary research focus is number theory, with an emphasis on moonshine, vertex algebras, finite groups, modular forms, and string theory. His articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Number Theory, Research in the Mathematical Sciences, and Communications in Number Theory and Physics.

Jia-Chen "Wendy" Fu
Assistant Professor, Russian and East Asian Languages and Culture
Jia-Chen Fu completed her PhD in History at Yale University (2009). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she was an assistant professor of history at Case Western Reserve University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Her primary research focus is the history of science and medicine in modern China. Her articles have been published in journals including the European Journal of East Asian Studies.

Seth Goss
Assistant Professor, Russian and East Asian Languages and Culture
Seth Goss completed his PhD in Japanese Linguistics at the Ohio State University (2015). His primary research focus is on experimental approaches to second language acquisition, with an emphasis on how learners of Japanese acquire both word and sentence-level sound features such as pitch accent and intonation. His articles have been published in Japanese Psychological Research and Second Language.

Ellen Gough
Assistant Professor, Religion
Ellen Gough completed her PhD in Asian Religions at Yale University (2015). Gough's primary research focus is Jainism. Her articles have been published in journals including the International Journal of Jaina Studies.

Hao Huang
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Hao Huang completed his PhD in Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, Huang held positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, DIMACS at Rutgers University, and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. His primary research focus is discrete mathematics, with an emphasis on extremal combinatorics, random structures, spectral graph theory, and structural graph theory. His articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Probability and Computing, Random Structures and Algorithms, and Combinatorica.

Ross Knecht
Assistant Professor, English
Ross Knecht completed his PhD in English at New York University (2011). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held a position at the University of Queensland. His primary research focus is Shakespeare and his contemporaries, with additional interest in early modern discourse of the passions, the philosophy of language, and the history of pedogogy. His articles have been published in journals including ELH: English Literary History and Comparative Literature.

Ruixuan Liu
Assistant Professor, Economics
Ruixuan Liu received his PhD in Economics from University of Washington (2015). He is a theoretical econometrician whose research focuses on optimal stopping time problems, duration analysis, and shape constrained estimation, with applications to industrial organization and labor markets. His articles have been published in journals including Journal of Econometrics and Econometric Reviews.

B. Pablo Montagnes
Assistant Professor, Political Science
B. Pablo Montagnes completed his PhD in in Managerial Economics and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (2010). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he was an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. His primary research focus is formal political theory and political economy. His articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Public Economics and Political Science Research and Methods.

Zachary Peskowitz
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Zachary Peskowitz completed his PhD in Political Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held a position as an assistant professor at the Ohio State University. His primary research focus is American politics, with particular interest in how elections affect policy outcomes. His articles have been published in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Juan Rubio-Ramirez
Acting Professor, Economics
Juan Rubio-Ramirez received his PhD in Economics from University of Minnesota (2001). Prior to joining Emory University in 2015, he was a full professor at Duke University. He also held a full-time appointment at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is a macroeconomist who focuses on dynamic equilibrium macroeconomic models and Bayesian econometrics. His articles have been published in journals including Econometrica, American Economic Review, and Journal of Econometrics.

Murray Rudd
Acting Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences
Murray Rudd completed his PhD in Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University, Netherlands (2003). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held positions at York University (UK), Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and at Canada's Fisheries and Oceans Policy Branch. His primary research focus is environmental economics, resource management, conservation, policy, and sustainability on the local to global scale. His articles have been published in journals including BioScience, Conservation Biology, and Ocean and Coastal Management.

Meredith Schweig
Assistant Professor, Music
Meredith Schweig completed her PhD in Ethnomusicology at Harvard University (2013). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and a Hyperstudio Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her primary research explores 20th- and 21st-century music of East Asia, with a particular emphasis on popular music and its role in storytelling and cultural politics in Taiwan and China. Her articles have been published in CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature.

Falguni Sheth
Acting Associate Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Falguni Sheth completed her PhD in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research (2003). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held positions at Hampshire College and Middlebury College. Her primary research focus is in the philosophy and political theory of race, gender, and the law. Her articles have been published in journals including Foucault Studies, Hypatia, Hastings Women's Law Journal, and International Studies in Philosophy.

Jessica Thompson
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Jessica Thompson completed her PhD in Archaeology at Arizona State University (2008). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland and Arizona State University. Her primary research focus is paleoanthropology, origins of modern humans, and early hominin subsistence. Her articles have been published in journals including Journal of Archaeological Science, Archaeometry, and Archaeology in Oceania.

Michael Treadway
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Michael Treadway completed his PhD in Clinical Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Vanderbilt University (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he was an instructor in psychiatry at the McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His primary research focus is understanding the molecular and circuit-level mechanisms of psychiatric symptoms related to mood, anxiety, and decision-making including multimodal neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, MRS, and PET), behavioral paradigms, computational modeling, and clinical/personality assessment. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed publications including Nature, Neuroscience, and Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Daniel Weissman
Assistant Professor, Physics
Daniel Weissman completed his PhD in Physics at Stanford University (2010). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held positions at the Institute of Science and Technology, Austria and the University of California, Berkeley. His primary research focus is modeling biological populations to predict their future evolution. His articles have been published in journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Genetics, and Evolution.

Avani Wildani
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Avani Wildani received her PhD in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2013). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held positions at the University of California-Santa Cruz, Storage Systems Research Center, and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Her research focus is information science, with an emphasis on the duality between computer storage and neuroscience, visual classification methods, biophotonic data analysis, and machine learning for cancer subtyping. Her articles have been published in journals and conferences including ACM Transactions on Storage, Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunications Systems.

George Yancy
Acting Professor, Philosophy
George Yancy completed his PhD in Philosophy at Duquesne University (2005). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held a position at Duquesne University. His primary research focus is critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, and philosophy of the black experience. In addition to writing and editing 17 books, his articles have been published in philosophy journals including Philosophia Africana, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and The Journal of Social Philosophy.

Neil Yu
Assistant Professor, Economics
Neil Yu received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University (2015). He is a microeconomic theorist by training, but also has a strong interest in political economy of China. He has five peer reviewed publications and a number of working papers. His publications include a paper on Arrow's Impossibility Theorem in Economic Theory, a leading journal in this area. He has also published about Land-Use Rights and Endowment Insurance in China and published the paper in China Economic Review.

Oxford College

Tasha Dobbin-Bennett
Assistant Professor, Art History
Tasha Dobbin-Bennett completed her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University (2014). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held a position at Yale University. Her primary research focus is the social, religious, and historical context of ancient art with a focus on the interaction between the visual and textual components. She has contributed chapters to a number of volumes including Rich in Years, Great in Victories: Studies in Honour of Tony Spalinger, and Echoes from Egypt: Conjuring the Land of Pharaohs Exhibit.

Sarah Fankhauser
Assistant Professor, Biology
Sarah Fankhauser completed her PhD in Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard University (2013). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held positions at Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Her primary research focus is on the interaction of the bacterium, Burkholderia. Her articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Immunology and Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports.

Joshua Mousie
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Joshua Mousie will complete his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Guelph (2015). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held a position at Georgetown College. His primary research focus is environmental philosophy and social and political philosophy. His articles have been published in journals such as Environmental Philosophy and Analecta Hermeneutica.

Benjamin Purkis
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Benjamin Purkis completed his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Colorado (2014). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held positions at Rhodes College and at the University of Colorado. His primary research focus is multiresolution analyses. He has published an article in the journal Contemporary Mathematics.

Goizueta Business School

Michelle Andrews
Assistant Professor, Marketing
Michelle Andrews completed her PhD in Marketing at Temple University (2015). Her primary research focus is on mobile technologies and consumer insights. Her articles have been published in journals including Marketing Science, Management Science, and Harvard Business Review.

Gonzalo Maturana
Assistant Professor, Finance
Gonzalo Maturana completed his PhD in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business (2015). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, he held positions at the University of Chile and IM Trust, a Chilean investment bank. His primary research focus is in corporate finance, securitization, and real estate. His recent research has been published in the Journal of Finance.

Suhas Sridharan
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Suhas Sridharan completed her PhD in Business Administration at Stanford University (2013). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held a position as an assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her primary research focus is on valuation in equity and options markets with a particular focus on how investors use corporate disclosures in their asset allocation decisions. Her research has been published in The Accounting Review.

Karen Ton
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Karen Ton completed her PhD in Accounting at University of Southern California's Leventhal School of Accounting (2015). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held positions at the University of Southern California and Price, Waterhouse, Coopers LLP. Her primary research focus is related to financial accounting, auditing, and corporate restructuring.

School of Law

Deborah Dinner
Associate Professor, Law
Deborah Dinner completed her JD at Yale Law School (2005) and her PhD in History at Yale University (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she was an associate professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Her scholarship examines the historical relationship between social movements, political culture, and legal change. Her articles have been or will be published in journals including the Virginia Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Law and History Review.

School of Medicine

Hee Cheol Cho
Acting Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Hee Cheol Cho received his PhD in Physiology from the University of Toronto (2003). Prior to joining Emory, he held positions at the University of California Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His research work is focused on biological pacemaker engineering. His articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Hypertension, Nature Biotechnology, and Heart Rhythm Journal.

Douglas Graham
Acting Professor, Pediatrics
Douglas Graham received his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology and MD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1994, 1996). His postgraduate medical training included a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant at the Children's Hospital of Colorado. His clinical work is focused on the biology of childhood cancer. His articles have been published in journals including Cell Growth & Differentiation, Blood, and Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Delores Hambardzumyan
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Dolores Hambardzumyan received her PhD in Biochemistry from the Institute of Biochemistry, Armenian National Academy of Sciences (2002). Prior to joining Emory in 2015, she has held positions at the Cleveland Clinic, Department of Neuroscience at Learner Research Institute, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Her postgraduate medical training included fellowships in Cancer Biology and Radiation Oncology at MSKCC and a fellowship in Neuronal Plasticity and Transplantation at the L'Université de Nantes. Her research work is focused on pediatric neuro-oncology. Her articles have been published in journals including Cancer Research, Cell, and Oncogene.

Shamim Nemati
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics
Shamim Nemati received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2013). His research work is focused on machine learning, physiological signal processing and control for real-time clinical decision making, computational neuroscience and brain machine interface. His articles have been published in journals including IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics and Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology.

Sheila Rauch
Acting Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Sheila Rauch received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of North Dakota (2000). Prior to joining Emory in 2015, she held positions at University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, University of North Dakota, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interest focuses on the development, access, and treatment of anxiety disorders, including PTSD with an emphasis on veteran readjustment. Her articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Eric Sorscher
Acting Professor, Pediatrics
Eric Sorscher received his MD from Harvard Medical School (1985). His postgraduate medical training included a fellowship with University of Alabama-Birmingham and Massachusetts General Hospital and a residency with Massachusetts General Hospital. He will be a member of the Children's Center for CF and Airways Diseases Research.

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Rasheeta Chandler-Coley
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Rasheeta Chandler-Coley completed her PhD in Nursing at the University of South Florida (2008). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held positions at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida. Her primary research focus is HIV/AIDS and health disparities. Her articles have been published in journals including the American Journal of Health Behavior, Journal of Community Health, and Journal of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Vicki Stover Hertzberg
Professor, Nursing
Vicki Stover Hertzberg completed her PhD in Biomathematics (Health Statistics track) at the University of Washington (1980). Prior to joining the NHWSON in 2015, Hertzberg held positions at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and the University of Cincinnati. Her primary research focus is "big data" and its impact on health care. Her articles have been published in journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, PLoS ONE, and Pediatrics.

Janice Withycombe
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Janice Withycombe completed her PhD in Nursing at University of Arizona (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held positions at University of Phoenix-Columbia Campus, Palmetto Health, Pediatric Services of America, and Greenville Hospital Alliance. Her primary research focus is pediatric oncology with studies focusing on physical activity during childhood cancer therapy, as well as developing instruments to measure pediatric patient reported outcomes. Her articles have been published in journals including Pediatric Blood and Cancer and Nature Medicine.

Kathryn Wood
Associate Professor, Nursing
Kathy Wood completed her PhD in Physiological Nursing at the School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco (1996). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held positions at Duke University School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Her primary research focus is cardiovascular health. Her articles have been published in journals including the American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Rollins School of Public Health

Natalie D. Crawford
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Natalie Crawford completed her PhD in Epidemiology at Columbia University (2011). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Michigan and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Georgia State University School of Public Health. Her primary research focus is on social factors in substance abuse, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. Her articles have been published in journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine and Annals of Epidemiology.

Kellie Stidham Hall
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Kelli Stidham Hall completed her PhD in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology at Columbia University (2010). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, she completed postdoctoral training at Princeton University and was an NIH BIRCWH Career-Development Scholar at the University of Michigan. Her primary research focus is maternal and child health and reproductive behavior. Her articles have been published in journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine and Journal of Adolescent Health.

Kelli A. Komro
Acting Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Kelli Komro completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota (1994). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, she was professor of health outcomes and Policy and associate director of the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida. Her primary research includes group-randomized trials and natural experiments on community and policy-level interventions to address the social determinants of child and adolescent health and health disparities. Her articles have been published in journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Prevention Science, and the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Jessica McDermott Sales
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Jessica Sales completed her PhD in Psychology at Emory University ((2004). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, she was a research associate professor of behavioral sciences and health education in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. Her primary research focus is HIV/AIDS-related risk behaviors among adolescents and maternal and child health. Her articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and JAMA Pediatrics.

Adam S. Wilk
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Adam Wilk completed his PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan (2015). Prior to attending Michigan, he served as a consultant and researcher at The Lewin Group and The Brookings Institution. His primary research focus is the application of health economics in the assessment of quality, expenditures, and decision-making in health services. His articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law, Inquiry, and JAMA Internal Medicine.

Kate Winskell
Associate Professor, Global Health
Kate Winskell completed her PhD in Art and Cultural History at the University of London (1995). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, she served as a founding manager of Scenarios from Africa/Global Dialogues. She also served as research assistant professor in the Rollins School of Public Health and as assistant director of Emory's Center for Health, Culture and Society. Her primary research focus is communication for social and behavioral change as it relates to HIV, gender, sexuality, and stigma with a particular interest on children and youth in sub-Saharan Africa. Her articles have been published in journals including Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, and Culture, Health and Sexuality.

Qiang Zhang
Associate Professor, Environmental Health
Qiang Zhang completed his PhD in Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut (2003). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, he was research investigator and director of the Center for Dose Response Modeling at the Institute for Chemical Safety Sciences and The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences. His primary research focus is computational systems biology and toxicology. His articles have been published journals including Toxicology, Environmental Health Perspectives, and BMC Systems Biology.