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Barbara Laskin

Macalester welcomes largest number of new tenure-track professors in three decades

This fall, Macalester is welcoming 16 new tenure-track faculty members to campus. This is the largest cohort of new faculty to begin in at least 30 years.

According to Provost Kathleen Murray it is also one of the most talented new groups. “We have attracted many of the best and brightest in their fields and in most cases were able to hire our very top candidate,” she said.

Many colleges and universities imposed hiring freezes last year in the wake of the global economic downturn. Macalester, however, ended the fiscal year with a balanced budget and was able to hire top candidates in a less competitive environment.

The last big faculty hiring wave was in the mid-1960s, when the college was growing to meet the demand of post-war baby boom students. Now, those faculty are retiring and the college is filling their open positions.

Please join the college in welcoming our new tenure-track faculty:

ron barret


Ron Barrett, Anthropology, taught at Stanford and Emory Universities and researches the social stigma of infectious diseases, religious healing, and health decision-making at the end of life.

randall bauer

Randall Bauer, Music, taught at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and Skidmore College and is a composer whose works have been performed by the Brentano String Quartet, the Nash Ensemble of London, eighth blackbird, Synergy Vocals, and others.

andrew billing

Andrew Billing, French and Francophone Studies, taught at Macalester last year and researches the animal/human relations as well as the intersections between literary fiction and moral and political philosophy in the French Enlightenment.


Louisa I. Bradtmiller, Environmental Studies, was a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole, Mass., and is an isotope geochemist and paleoclimatologist/paleoceanographer interested in the ocean's role in climate change over glacial-interglacial timescales.

darcy burgund

Darcy Burgund, Psychology, taught at Rice University and researches high-level visual cognition and memory, with a particular focus on object recognition and reading in adults and young children.

neil chudgar

Neil Chudgar, English, researches the ways books and poems can keep modern people in contact with the reality of the tangible world and is currently working on a book about the sense of touch in early 18th-century British literature and philosophy.

frederik green

Frederik Green, Asian Languages and Cultures, is interested in Chinese literature from the late imperial period until the present, Chinese cinema and contemporary culture, as well as Mandarin Chinese language.

corie hammers

Corie Hammers, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, taught at Armstrong Atlantic State University and researches non-normative sexualities and queer sexual spaces and the intersections of feminist and queer theory.

marlon james

Marlon James, English, published his second novel, The Book of Night Women, earlier this year to rave reviews and is interested in post-colonial and southern literature, Latin American fiction and blogging which he occasionally does at

alicia johnson

Alicia Johnson, Mathematics and Computer Science, worked at the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Collins, Colo., and researches Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms.

jean pierre karaegeye

Jean-Pierre Karegeye, French and Francophone Studies, is the director and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC) in Kigali, Rwanda, and Berkeley, Calif., and has organized or co-organized several major conferences about the Rwandan genocide and the arts.

john kim

John Kim, Humanities and Media and Cultural Studies, taught at the University of San Francisco, Stanford University and Williams College, and is interested in how new media, from cell phones and Web 2.0 to video games and mobile computing, are reshaping how we live, create and work.

rachel lucas-thompson

Rachel Lucas-Thompson, Psychology, is interested in developmental psychology and researches the ways marital and parent-child relationships influence child and adolescent development.

jamie monson

Jamie Monson, History, taught African History at Carleton College and just completed two large-scale research projects: a monograph on the history of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority; and a history of the Maji Maji War, a violent anticolonial conflict that took place in German East Africa between 1905 and 1907.

alicia munoz

Alicia Munõz, Hispanic and Latin American Studies, was a writing instructor at Cornell University and is interested in 20th century Latin American literature, with a special interest in Mexican literature, women’s literature, popular culture and visual arts, gender studies, and feminist literary theory.

brett wilson

Brett Wilson, Religious Studies, studied in Turkey and Egypt and researches Qur’anic studies, Islam in the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Turkey, translation studies, Islamicate print history, and Islamicate conceptions of vernacular and cosmopolitan.