Academic journal article Human Ecology

The New Class: A Quartet of Professors Add to the College's Eclectic Mix

Academic journal article Human Ecology

The New Class: A Quartet of Professors Add to the College's Eclectic Mix

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This year, the college welcomed four new professors, each choosing Human Ecology for its diverse, multidisciplinary approach.

There's an epidemiologist focused on improving lives in resource-poor regions; a sociologist who's a leading expert on the effects of mass incarceration on child welfare; a fashion design scholar and documentary filmmaker who examines clothing and culture; and an architect who uses design to bolster human health and environmental sustainability.

With the additions, the college has hired 37 professors since Alan Mathios became dean in 2007, yielding a bumper crop of new faculty members who are expected to lead the college for decades to come.

Julia L. Finkelstein, assistant professor, nutritional sciences, and Follett Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow

Academic focus: Design and conduct of randomized trials and cohort studies in resource-limited settings; role of vitamins B12, iron, and folate in the etiology of anemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes; applications of epidemiological and GIS methods to improve surveillance and public health.

Previous positions: Research scientist, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell; faculty fellow, Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University.

Academic background: BS, psychology and humanistic studies, McGill University; MPH, public health, Brown University; MS, epidemiology, and PhD, nutritional epidemiology, both at Harvard.

Last book read: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

In her own time: Music, photography, yoga, and exploring Ithaca.

I chose Human Ecology: for its multidisciplinary approach to nutrition and outstanding research opportunities.

Christopher Wildeman, associate professor, policy analysis and management

Academic focus: Child welfare, children with incarcerated parents, and demography.

Previous positions: Associate professor of sociology, Yale University; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, University of Michigan.

Academic background: BA, philosophy, sociology, and Spanish, Dickinson College; MA and PhD, both in sociology and demography at Princeton University. …

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