St. Paul, Minn. – Macalester College has granted tenure status to Vittorio Addona, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Darcy Burgund, Psychology;  Liang Ding, Economics; Laura Smith and Dan Trudeau, Geography; Christopher Wells, Environmental Studies and Chuen-Fung Wong, Music.

Addona, who specializes in survival analysis, sports statistics, and election audits, received his PhD, MSc and BSc from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Burgund, who specializes in high-level visual cognition and memory, with a particular focus on object recognition and reading, received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and her BA from Skidmore College.

Ding, a native of China whose research focuses on the impact of market structure and market participants’ behavior on asset prices in financial markets, received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his BA from Nanjing University, P.R. China. 

Smith, whose recent research projects have focused on mortgage foreclosure patterns in the Twin Cities, transportation and development, and on issues of American Indian land ownership, received her PhD and MA from the University of Minnesota, and her BA from Macalester College. 

Trudeau, an urban social geographer whose research examines urban political economy, cultural landscapes, and social justice, received his PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder, his MA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his BA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Wells, who specializes in U.S. environmental history, with additional interests in the history of technology, cultural history, and urban history, received his PhD and his MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his BA from Williams College.

Wong, a native of Hong Kong whose research focuses on the music of the Uyghur (Central Asian Turkic Muslims in northwest China) and concerns issues of musical ethnicity and minority nationalism, received his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles and his M Phil and BA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,978 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Learn more at

January 23 2012

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