Rachel Mesch, Director of the Core. Dr. Mesch is delighted to be serving as the first director of the YC Core, having participated in the intensive process that led to its creation. She teaches regularly in the INTC ("Parisian Views") and CUOT ("France and Its Others") categories, and hopes to teach an FYSM in coming semesters. A graduate of Yale College with a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mesch has been a member of the YC faculty since 2007. She is a specialist in French cultural and literary history, with a focus on women writers and the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and also serves as Chair of YC's Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. Her most recent book, Having it All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women's Magazines Invented the Modern Woman, was released from Stanford UP this past July. Dr. Mesch's blog, “Plus ça change…,” features fun finds from her research. If you have any questions about the Core, feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty teaching in the Core come from across the college and a wide variety of backgrounds and research interests. See below to find out more about your professors.
Jamie Aroosi (CUOT Cultures of Revolt) recently completed a manuscript on Søren Kierkegaard and Karl Marx and is interested in the relationship between religion and politics.
Fabiola Barrios-Landeros (NAWO Frontiers of Science) conducts research in the areas of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.
Noyes Bartholomew (INTC Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky), known casually as Bart, currently performs with four jazz bands in three different styles in the greater New York City area; his work, like "wind on the buffalo grass: Crazy Horse in memoriam," was performed recently in San Jose, San Francisco, Eugene, Portland and Seattle by the University of Oregon Percussion Ensemble. His new string quartet will be performed next year in New York City.
Ruth A. Bevan (COWC Political Geography) recently lectured in Macau on "The Golden Triangle? Obama's 'Pivot to Asia,' the European Union and Asia,” afterward traveling to mainland China.
Barbara Blatner is a poet, playwright and musician. Her play Years of Sky debuted at the 59E59 Theatre last winter; her two books of poetry are The Still Position and Living with You.
Gabriel Cwilich (NAWO Frontiers of Science) is a theoretical physicist who works in problems of condensed matter and statistical physics. He is also involved in issues of popularization of ideas of science in the theater and film, and advises playwrights and theater companies in New York City and beyond. He has been the Director of the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Honors Program for the last few years.
Carl Feit (NAWO Frontiers of Science) holds the Ades Chair in Health Science. His research is in the field of identifying tumor antigens on sarcoma cells. He is also interested in the interface of science and religion and is a founding member of the International Society of Science and Religion.
Lauren Fitzgerald (FYWR) directs the Wilf Campus Writing Center and is currently coauthoring The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research with Dr. Melissa Ianetta, Univ. of Delaware. Her recent publications include a discussion of writing instruction in general education that draws upon her work helping to develop YC's Core.
Elias C. Grivoyannis’ (HBSI Economics, Efficiency and Justice) current research focuses on forensic and litigation economics, the economics of global medicine and epidemics, and the economic dynamics of emerging economies. His courses Forensic Economics and The Economics of the Law have been of special interest to our prelaw students, and his course on Health Economics of great benefit to our premed students.
Erin Heiser (FYWR) has taught composition and literature at CUNY and NYU for over a decade. She is currently working on a dissertation which draws on Autobiography Studies, Working Class Studies, and feminist theory, and looks at issues of class and sexuality in the autobiographical writing of Dorothy Allison, Eileen Myles, and Audre Lorde.
Amish Khalfan (EXQM Health Hazards and Diseases) is interested in aspects of mathematical physics as they relate to quantum mechanics.
Daniel Kimmel (HBSI Violence, Schools, and Education) studied sociology of education at the University of Chicago with a focus on violence and bullying problems in schools. He has held fellowships from the Institute for Education Sciences and the American Education Research Association.
Tsering Lama (FYWR) is currently at work on a novel examining the lives of Tibetan exiles living in Nepal and Canada.
Ariel Malka (HBSI Psychology and Public Opinion) is a social/personality psychologist who studies political psychology and public opinion. His research involves the use of survey and experimental methods to examine the psychological and social factors that underlie people's political opinions.
Richard Nochimson (CUOT Classical to Renaissance; INTC Fiction, the Artistic Imagination, and the Creative Process) is a generalist as a teacher; as a scholar, he is a Shakespearean, most notably as the general editor of the Pegasus Shakespeare Bibliographies series (11 volumes published between 1995 and 2008). In recent years, he has been writing short stories and novels.
Jess Olson (CUOT The Idea of Self) is interested in the material and intellectual expressions of Jewish culture in central Europe, including Germany and Austria-Hungary. He is currently involved in research projects on the reception of Schiller in German-Jewish culture, the development of Orthodoxy and the history of the Jews of Vienna.
Mareleyn Schneider (COWC Introduction to Literary Folk Traditions) recently coedited Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side. While working on this book, researching new courses and updating class material, she has also continued her lifelong volunteer efforts in her community.
Liesl Schwabe is a nonfiction writer interested in all kinds of personal narrative, including her students'. She writes book reviews and essays and is also at work on her first book, a memoir, which reflects on Buddhist pilgrimage in northeast India.
Gillian Steinberg (INTC Frankenstein in the Modern World; First Year Writing) just published a book on Thomas Hardy's poetry. Her recent writing has focused on American confessional poetry (in Women and the Material Culture of Death), contingent labor in English departments (in The ADE/ADFL Bulletin) and teaching literature (in Pedagogy). She is also the Director of Writing at YC.
William Stenhouse (CUOT Roman Empire in Theory and Practice) works on how people have understood and been influenced by the classical world, including Augustus, in the Renaissance.
Elizabeth Stewart (COWC, Diaspora Literature) teaches and writes about modern, postmodern and global literature, art and cultural theory. She has published work on Lacan, Walter Benjamin, Derrida and others.
Fred Sugarman (INTC The Imperial Self) recently published an article titled “The Prophets in America,” which looks at the relationship between Jeremiah, Jonathan Edwards and the American Renaissance. He is delighted to join the INTC faculty for the fall by offering a course devoted to Edwards, Emerson and Whitman and the realization of the American “Imperial Self” in the emblematic triumph of the Brooklyn Bridge. Although Sugarman lives in Riverdale, he is a son of Brooklyn, and the course will represent a voyage back to his roots.
Bella Tendler (CUOT Islam and the West) works on the construction of orthodoxy and heresy in Islam, gender and sexuality studies, and inter-religious polemics in the medieval Islamic world. Her recent publications explore the initiatory rituals and secret religious beliefs of the Nusayri-'Alawis, the heterodox Shiite sect currently in power in Syria.
Ria Van Ryn (COWC Race, Ethnicity and Religion) loves to think, teach and learn about the social world, especially how people experience religion. She is currently working on a book about Jewish and Islamic day schools in the American South as well as a new project on youth interfaith activism.
Manfred Weidhorn (FYWR) has just concluded fifty years as a professor at Yeshiva and is now working on his second fifty. No bets taken. Has published thirteen books and over a hundred essays. Subjects of interest are Shakespeare, Milton, Churchill, Galileo.
Christopher John Williams (FYWR) graduated from Yale University and then earned an MFA in Writing from Columbia. Over the past few years, he taught creative and critical writing at various colleges and programs in the tri-state area. He is currently completing his first novel titled "God of Bacchanal."
Carin Jean White (FYWR) is a theatre and visual artist. Recent projects include adapting Hamlet and directing a production entitled HAMLET CU3ED that bridged art installation and theatre; DEALING WITH OPHELIA, a dance-theatre piece presented at Governor's Island and the DUMBO Arts Festival.
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