New Faculty: 2015-2016
Professor and Director, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Ed Carr comes to Clark from the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina, where he directed the Humanitarian Response and Development Lab (HURDL) and served as the associate director of the Walker Institute for International and Area Studies. From 2010 to 2012, he was an AAAS fellow serving at the United States Agency for International Development, first as the climate change coordinator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and later as a climate change science advisor on the Climate Change Team in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment (E3). Ed is a lead author of two global environmental assessments (the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UNEP's Fourth Global Environment Outlook) and was review editor for a chapter of Working Group II of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. For more than 15 years he has worked in rural sub-Saharan Africa on issues at the intersection of development, adaptation to global change, and rural livelihoods. He earned a bachelor's degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia, a master's and doctorate in anthropology from Syracuse University, and a doctorate in Geography from the University of Kentucky.
BARBARA CAPOGROSSO SANSONE
Assistant Professor, Physics
Barbara Capogrosso Sansone's research focuses on many-body strongly-correlated systems, in particular as realized in cold atomic and molecular experiments. At cold enough temperatures, exotic phases may be realized in multi-component systems (for example, systems comprising different atomic species) and/or systems with long-range interactions such as dipolar interaction. This type of system can be engineered in Atomic-Molecular-Optical laboratories. Much of her work is based on large scale quantum Monte Carlo techniques. She is interested in developing new algorithms capable of efficiently simulating many-body systems at equilibrium, and studying their properties across quantum phase transitions. She has been using the Worm Algorithm and has adapted it to study multi-component systems. The efficiency of the algorithms allows for the treatment of large-scale systems and offers the opportunity for one-to-one comparison with experimental data. Barbara holds a doctorate in Physics from UMass–Amherst.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Wiebke Deimling is a philosopher and a historian of philosophy. Her teaching and research concerns 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century figures and texts, the philosophy of art, and ethical questions. Her primary research focuses on theories of emotion and on the role of emotions in our moral lives and in our response to art. She studies how our understanding of emotions has changed over time, and how philosophical questions about them interact with questions in anthropology, psychology, and biology. Weibke received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and her master's from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Before coming to Clark, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University-Bloomington.
Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management
John Dobson is an international entrepreneur. As an 18-year-old he drove from Nova Scotia, Canada to Oaxaca, Mexico, to buy handicrafts from indigenous producers. The venture grew into a multi-million dollar international business, which he recently sold to pursue a second career in academia. He studied international development at the London School of Economics and completed his doctorate at the University of Manchester (U.K.). His research focuses on development informatics, and he currently is researching micro and small enterprise firm strategy, related to the adoption of information and communication technologies for development. As a professor of practice he develops experiential learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the community. He believes that entrepreneurship is not a career but a world-view, and entrepreneurial skills are the tools needed to effect positive change.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Jackie Dresch's research focuses on modeling transcriptional regulation in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). She is interested in many topics at the interface of mathematics and biology, including reaction-diffusion equations, numerical solvers, sensitivity analysis, parameter estimation, image processing, and bioinformatics. Since earning her doctorate in mathematics and quantitative biology from Michigan State University, she has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvey Mudd College and as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Amherst College.
Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
Usha Iyer's research focus is on Indian cinema, particularly film dance, stardom, and the construction of gender in popular Hindi cinema. In her book project, she examines the role of dance in the construction of female stardom from the 1930s to the 1990s. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Figurations in Indian Film, Movies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films; The Blackwell Companion to Indian Cinema; and in the feminist film journal, Camera Obscura. Prior to arriving at Clark, Usha taught for a year at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. She holds a doctorate in film studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
RINKU ROY CHOWDHURY
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Geography
Rinku Roy Chowdhury is a geographer with interests in land systems science and political ecology. She joins us from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she was an associate professor in the Department of Geography and co-director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT). Previously, she taught at the University of Miami's Department of Geography and Regional Studies. Her research focuses on institutional, ecological, and spatial diversity of human-environment interactions in forest-agricultural mosaics (Mexico), urbanizing ecosystems (multiple cities in the U.S.), and coastal mangrove vulnerability to anthropogenic and climate change (Americas, South Asia). She is active in the U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network and as a member of the Global Land Project's scientific steering committee. Her work is currently funded by research grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation. Rinku holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and environmental science (Wellesley College), a master's in conservation ecology and sustainable development (University of Georgia), and a doctorate in geography (Clark University).
DONALD E. SPRATT
Assistant Professor, Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Don Spratt is a biophysicist and structural biologist. His research aims to determine the mechanisms of enzymes and protein-protein interactions that participate in intracellular signalling pathways. Specifically, his work focuses on understanding how E3 enzymes handle and selectively attach ubiquitin to their substrates for efficient protein turnover by the cell. Clarifying the mechanisms that govern how these E3-substrate complexes assemble will help to decipher the molecular causes of various cancers and neurological disorders. Prior to arriving at Clark, he was a research associate at Western University. His work on the molecular basis of parkin-linked Parkinson's disease was published in Nature Communications and was highlighted on the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research website. Don earned his bachelor's in biochemistry from Mount Allison University and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Waterloo.
ROSALIE A. TORRES STONE
Associate Professor, Sociology
Rosalie A. Torres Stone's research focuses on the effect of sociocultural factors on health disparities along racial, ethnic, social class lines. She has specific training and expertise in qualitative research and secondary data analysis. Her earlier research directly identified risk and protective factors for economic and psychosocial and behavioral health outcomes in Latino youth and young adults. Her recent work, with an interdisciplinary team of collaborators, directly examined the impact of race/ethnicity, culture, and economic and social factors on access and use of mental health services and cancer screening. The findings from this research inform the design of effective interventions to engage and retain underserved minority populations in services and in the design of cultural competency training seminars. She's been a co-investigator on university-, NIH-, and state-funded grants. She holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Connecticut and bachelor's in social relations from Lehigh University, and has been an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at UMass Medical School, Worcester.
Assistant Professor, Economics
Magda Tsaneva is an economist who likes to think about the way poor people make decisions and how these decisions impact their lives. Her research so far has examined how preferences and constraints affect household investments in health and education in developing countries. She is also interested in issues of skill accumulation at school and at work, and the returns to different skills in the labor market. Magda earned a bachelor's in economics from Colby College and a doctorate in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland.