30 Arts & Sciences faculty honored with endowed professorships

By: Kathy Hovis,  A&S Communications
Wed, 09/09/2020

The College of Arts & Sciences has made it a priority to recognize faculty for their accomplishments, both in research and in the classroom, through endowed named professorships. The College is able to bestow these honors to outstanding faculty thanks to generous gifts from alumni, parents and friends.

“In the past two years, 30 of our faculty members have been appointed to these prized positions, which help the College with its efforts to recruit and retain the best and most impactful professors at Cornell,” said Ray Jayawardhana, Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “It’s a pleasure to honor this group of well-deserving colleagues.”

Many of these professorships have been made possible through the Winokur Future Faculty Initiative, launched in 2017, which has enabled the college to replace retiring faculty, retain stellar junior faculty and recruit mid-career and senior faculty to provide leadership in areas of strategic importance.

The following faculty have been named to endowed professorships within the last two years:

Levon Barseghyan
Robert Julius Thorne Professorship of Economics
Professor, economics

Andrew H. Bass
Horace White Professorship of Neurobiology and Behavior
Professor, neurobiology and behavior

Cathy Caruth
Class of 1916 Professorship of English
Professor, English

Carole Boyce Davies
Frank H.T. Rhodes Professorship of Humane Letters
Professor, Africana studies

Joseph Fetcho
Dr. David and Dorothy Joslovitz Merksamer Professorship of Biological Sciences
Professor, neurobiology and behavior

Paul A. Fleming
L. Sanford and Jo Mills Reis Professorship of Humanities
Professor, German studies

Andrew Galloway
James John Professorship of Medieval Studies
Professor, English

Christine L. Goodale
Frank H.T. Rhodes Professorship of Environmental Science
Professor, ecology and evolutionary biology

Kim Haines-Eitzen
Paul and Berthe Hendrix Memorial Professorship of Jewish Studies
Professor, Near Eastern studies

Natasha Holmes
Ann S. Bowers Assistant Professorship
Assistant professor, physics

Sabrina Karim
Hardis Family Assistant Professorship
Assistant professor, government

Sarah Kreps
John L. Wetherill Professorship
Professor, government

Douglas Kriner
Clinton Rossiter Professorship of American Studies
Professor, government

Peter Lepage
Tisch Family Distinguished University Professorship
Professor, physics

Lionel Levine
Frank Spitzer and Narahari Umanath Prabhu Professorship
Assistant professor, math

Olga Litvak
Laurie B. and Eric M. Roth Professorship of Modern European Jewish History
Professor, history

Jared Maxson
Joyce A. Yelencsics Rosevear ‘65 and Frederick M. Rosevear ‘64 Assistant Professorship
Assistant professor, physics

Thomas Pepinsky
Tisch University Professorship
Professor, government

B. Franklin Pugh
Greater Philadelphia Professorship of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Professor, molecular biology & genetics

Brad Ramshaw
Dick and Dale Reis Johnson Assistant Professorship
Assistant professor, physics

Noliwe M. Rooks
W. E. B. Dubois Professorship of Literature
Professor, Africana studies

Suman Seth
Marie Underhill Noll Professorship of the History of Science
Professor, science and technology studies

Kyle M. Shen
James A. Weeks Professorship of Physical Sciences
Professor, physics

Michelle Smith
Ann S. Bowers Associate Professorship
Associate professor, ecology & evolutionary biology

James Spinazzola
Barbara and Richard T. ’50, MD ’53 Silver Assistant Professorship
Assistant professor, music

Eric Tagliacozzo
John Stambaugh Professorship of History
Professor, history

Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Richards Family Assistant Professorship
Assistant professor, English

Alex Townsend
Goenka Family Assistant Professorship
Assistant professor, math

Michelle D. Wang
James Gilbert White Distinguished Professorship of the Physical Sciences
Professor, physics

Margaret Washington
Marie Underhill Noll Professorship of American History
Professor, history

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