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10 Faculty Members Across the Disciplines Recognized with Tenure, Promotions

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Ten faculty members were approved for tenure or promotion at the Board of Managers meeting this past weekend.

Two tenured faculty members were promoted from associate to full professor:

Erin BronchettiErin Todd Bronchetti, Economics
Research Economist Erin Todd Bronchetti’s areas of interest include public health and economics, labor economics, and public policy. She uses field experiments to explore topics in health economics and behavioral economics. Bronchetti’s work has been published in EconometricaFood Policy, American Economic Association Papers & Proceedings, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review among others. She was also a visiting research fellow at Princeton University’s Office of Population Research and Center for Research on Child Wellbeing.

Lynne SchofieldLynne Steuerle Schofield ’99, Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematician Lynne Steuerle Schofield’s research focuses on psychometrics and latent variable analysis and the way we use latent variables to predict later-life outcomes, with a particular interest in the measurement and development of human capital. She previously served as Swarthmore’s associate dean of faculty for diversity, recruitment, and retention. Schofield’s work has been published in numerous academic journals, such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Language and Cognition, Annals of Applied Statistics, IZA Journal of Labor Economics, and The American Statistician.

Six faculty members received tenure or promotion:

Sa'ed AtshanSa’ed Atshan ’06, Peace & Conflict Studies
Anthropologist and peace & conflict studies scholar Sa’ed Atshan focuses his research on contemporary Palestinian society and politics, global LGBTQ+ social movements, and Quaker studies and Christian minorities in the Middle East. Atshan is the author Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique (Stanford University Press) and co-author ofThe Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (Duke University Press). He is also the co-editor (with Katharina Galor) of Reel Gender: Palestinian and Israeli Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2022).

Before joining Swarthmore’s faculty in 2015, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. From 2020 to 2021, Atshan served as visiting assistant professor of anthropology and senior research scholar in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California-Berkeley. He is now returning to the College after spending the past two years as associate professor of anthropology and director of undergraduate studies and at Emory University.

Megan BrownMegan Brown, History
Megan Brown is a historian of Modern Europe who focuses on 20th-century France, European integration, and empire. Her research interests include post-World War II politics, decolonization, the history of France and Algeria, and questions of citizenship. Brown is a former Fulbright Scholar to France and was a teaching fellow at Sciences Po in Reims. In addition to her book, The Seventh Member State: Algeria, France, and the European Community (Harvard University Press, 2022), her work has appeared  in in Modern & Contemporary France and French Politics, Culture & Society.

Eva-Maria CollinsEva-Maria S. Collins, Systems Biology
Biologist and trained physicist Eva-Maria S. Collins uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the emergent properties of biological systems. She has won a National Science Foundation Career Award and her research, which focuses on biomechanics, neuroethology, and neurotoxicology, is funded by the NSF, the NIH, and private foundations. Collins’s award-winning work has been published in a variety of scientific journals including Biophysical Journal and Toxicological Sciences. Prior to joining Swarthmore’s faculty, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and as a tenured faculty member at UC San Diego.

Daniela FeraDaniela Fera, Biochemistry
Biochemist Daniela Fera’s research focuses on developing an understanding of the immune response to viral infection. Her long-term goal is to merge biochemical studies and three-dimensional structures to create models for guiding the development of vaccines and therapies. Fera’s work has appeared in several academic journals including Viruses, Biochemistry, Frontiers in Immunology, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, and Nature Communications. Fera has served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School’s Department of Molecular Medicine.

Josh GoldwynJoshua Goldwyn, Mathematics & Statistics
Mathematician Joshua Goldwyn’s research is primarily focused on specialized neurons and neural circuits in the auditory system. He uses mathematical and computational methods to understand the dynamics and function of neural systems, modeling and analyzing the activity of neurons to understand the dynamics of the brain. His work has appeared in eLife, Computational Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Public Library of Science Computational Biology. He previously served as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University's Rinzel Laboratory.

Maria Pia OliveroMaría Pía Olivero, Economics
Economist María Pía Olivero’s research interests include macroeconomics, international finance, credit markets, and Latin American economies. She previously taught at Haverford College and Drexel University. Olivero’s work has been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, European Economic Review, IMF Economic Review, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and Economics Bulletin.

Two non-tenure track faculty members also received promotion:

Ben GellerBen Geller ‘01, Physics & Astronomy
Physicist Ben Geller  was promoted to associate professor (non-tenure track). His research interests include the relationship between physics and the life sciences, as well as how curricula can be made coherent across those disciplines. At Swarthmore, Geller has also served as a postdoctoral research associate in physics education and a visiting associate professor of physics and astronomy. He currently serves as the director of the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program and the coordinator of the Natural Sciences and Engineering educational support initiatives. Prior to joining Swarthmore’s faculty, Geller taught at the University of Maryland, Columbia University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Jon KochaviJon Kochavi, Music Theory
Music theorist Jon Kochavi was promoted to professor (non-tenure track). His areas of research include diatonic theory, transformation theory, the interconnections between music and mathematics, music theory pedagogy, and music and disability. In addition to teaching at Swarthmore, Kochavi serves as the program annotator for the Marin Symphony, the Sun Valley Music Festival, and the Edgar Bronfman Chamber Series. Prior to joining Swarthmore’s faculty in 2003, he taught at Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, and SUNY Buffalo. Kochavi’s work has appeared in the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum, and Music Theory Online.

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