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New Professorships Announced

Monday, August 23, 2004

AMHERST, MASS. — Hampshire College announces three new professorships that continue the college's leadership role in fostering interdisciplinary scholarship. All three positions are being established through grants to Hampshire and are in academic areas more frequently associated with graduate programs than with undergraduate, liberal arts colleges.

A neuroscientist joins the faculty this fall. A professor already at Hampshire has been named the Luce Assistant Professor of Global Migrations, teaching and conducting research on the history of global migrations related to Asia. And, the college has begun a search for a professor whose work lies at the intersection of the humanities and the sciences.

Jane W. Couperus has been appointed as assistant professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience and will have significant responsibilities within Hampshire's Culture, Brain and Development (CBD) program. Established one year ago with a $1 million grant from the Foundation for Psychocultural Research, CBD is an academic program that strives to sharpen understanding of human behavior and human development. It draws on professors and resources from across the college to try to understand better how biology and culture intersect with and influence one another.

With a background that blends neuroscience and developmental psychology, Couperus is well suited to Hampshire's interdisciplinary approach. Her doctoral work was recently completed at the Institute for Child Development at the University of Minnesota, with her primary research in neuropsychological development of attention in children. At Hampshire, she will teach courses on the biological foundations of development, sex and the brain, and neural plasticity, and conduct research in the college's event-related potential (ERP) and cognitive development laboratories.

Lili Kim, who has been teaching at Hampshire as visiting faculty in the Global Migrations program, has been named the Luce Assistant Professor of Global Migrations, thanks to a grant awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The professorship enhances Hampshire's Asian studies program by linking the study of Asian cultures and history more closely to the college-wide Global Migrations project, and is the only faculty position in the history of Asian Diasporas throughout the Five College consortium. Kim completed her doctoral work at the University of Rochester, specializing in Asian American history.

An anonymous donor has provided funding to establish a professorship that integrates the humanities and the sciences. The position will begin in July 2005 and a search is underway for a professor with a record of accomplishment in both areas. Examples of the types of research and scholarship that would be appropriate for the position would be a cosmologist interested in world religions or a microbiologist with expertise in ethical theory, although college officials stress that these are just examples and that the specific interdisciplinary work will be defined by finding the ideal candidate.

Other new professors Hampshire College welcomes to its faculty this fall are Visiting Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing Nathalie Arnold, Assistant Professor of Theater Natalie Sowell and Assistant Professor of Sociology Wilson Valentin-Escobar.


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