Hampshire alumni take on challenges--and the world--with skills and abilities that work across fields and in any environment. An education shaped by a student’s own interests produces remarkable results:
|Andrew Paul Leonard combines science with art to produce stunning photographs of the microscopic world. Photos by Leonard have graced Time magazine’s cover and been chosen among the best photos of the year.|
|Alex Rivera uses film and new media to explore issues that shape our world.|
Karen Goodman and Kirk Simons won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject for their film, Strangers No More.
Physicist Lee Smolin is one of the world's leading gravitational theorists and author of The Life of the Cosmos, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, and The Trouble with Physics.
Paul Sternberg was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. His research has helped develop new insight into the molecular circuitry of cancer cells.
Melissa Hoffer represented detainees held at Guantánamo and is among attorneys who contributed powerful personal narratives to the book The Guantánamo Lawyers.
Gary Marcus, director of the NYU Infant Language Learning Center and professor of psychology at New York University, is author of Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind, The Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates the Complexities of Human Thought, and The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science.
Fiona Otway edited Hell and Back Again, winner of the World Cinema Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Buck, edited by Toby Shimin 78F, received the Audience Award for Documentary.
Research scientist Walter Greenleaf specializes in neuro and cognitive rehabilitation. Viewed as a founder of the medical virtual reality field, he is CEO of InWorld Solutions, a leader in the application of virtual environments for treatment of a wide range of neuromuscular, cognitive, and behavioral disorders.
Nancy Grimm, a past president of the Ecological Society of America, co-directs the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Project.
Dr. Miriam Cremer founded Basic Health International, a leading voice in the fight to eradicate cervical cancer in El Salvador.
Dr. Njeri Cruse is chief veterinarian for New York City Animal Care and Control. The city-affiliated nonprofit rescues, cares for, and finds homes for some 50,000 homeless and abandoned animals each year.
|A Special "View"
|Rave reviews, as usual, for Hampshire alumnus and actor Liev Schreiber in A View from the Bridge. Pictured with Schreiber on opening night is his Hampshire theatre professor Elly Donkin, dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, and her daughter, Gracie Winship. Sigmund Roos 73F, chair of the college's board of trustees, also attended the opening and took the photograph.
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Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble is one of six distinguished women who received 2009 Women Leaders in Medicine Awards from the American Medical Student Association. Read more >>
Florentine Films has produced some of the most honored documentaries ever made:
Documentary filmmaker Rob Epstein’s credits include two Academy Awards, for The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads. His latest film is Howl.
Actor Liev Schreiber is known both for his work in films--Daytrippers, Defiance, The Painted Veil, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Taking Woodstock--and on stage. The Tony and Obie Award recipient has been called “the foremost Shakespearean actor of his generation in America.”
Artist E.V. Day’s installations have appeared in prominent museums and galleries throughout the United States and internationally for the past decade.
Author Leah Hager Cohen’s nonfiction works include Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World, Behind the Curtain of an American Community Theater, and Without Apology: Girls, Women, and the Desire to Fight. Her novels include Heat Lightning; Heart, You Bully, You Punk; House Lights; and The Grief of Others.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes is author, most recently, of Garbology. His best-selling books include Eco Barons, Force of Nature, Monkey Girl, No Matter How Loud I Shout, Mississippi Mud, Mean Justice, and Baby E.R.
Jon Krakauer is author of Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, Into Thin Air, Into the Wild and Under the Banner of Heaven.
Alaska Writer Laureate Nancy Lord’s latest book, Rock Water Wild: An Alaskan Life, is a collection of environmental essays. Read more >>
No Man’s Land, a collection of essays on race by Eula Biss, won the Graywolf Prize for nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism.
Jeff Sharlet wrote C Street and The Family: Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. He co-authored Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best religion titles of 2004.
Lê Thi Diem Thúy, award-winning poet, novelist, and performer, and author of The Gangster We Are All Looking For, was named a 2008 USA Fellow in literature.
Gary Hirshberg founded Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer. The CE-Yo speaks frequently on sustainability, climate change, the profitability of green and socially responsible business, organic agriculture, and sustainable economic development. He is author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World.
Jeffrey Hollender co-founded Seventh Generation, the country's largest distributor of nontoxic, all-natural cleaning, paper, and personal care products.
Aaron Lansky, recipient of a 1989 MacArthur Fellowship, founded the National Yiddish Book Center, which has in the past three decades rescued a million endangered Yiddish books. He is the author of Outwitting History.
Playwright Naomi Wallace (One Flea Spare, Slaughter City, and The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek) was a 1999 MacArthur Fellowship recipient.
Poet and translator Peter Cole received a 2007 MacArthur Fellowship. Cole was the keynote speaker at Hampshire College’s 2010 commencement ceremony. Read his keynote speech >>
Awards and Higher Degrees
Hampshire graduates have won numerous prestigious academic fellowships, including 15 Fulbrights in the past 10 years alone.
Interested in history? According to data compiled for the most recent national Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Report (2000-2004), Hampshire College is number one in the percentage of its graduates who have earned Ph.D.s in history, when figures are adjusted for institutional size.
That same report shows Hampshire at 16th in percentage of graduates who have earned Ph.D.s in sociology, and 20th in anthropology.
Hampshire is 30th in the percentage of its graduates who have earned Ph.D.s in all fields combined. Data for the Report is drawn from two sources, the National Science Foundation and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium.
Hampshire College is among the top 50 schools whose graduates went on to receive a Ph.D. in science or engineering, according to a 2008 report by the National Science Foundation.
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