Academic Affairs

2007-2008 Tenured Faculty

The Wesleyan University Board of Trustees affirmed the promotion with tenure, effective July 1, 2008, of the following members of the faculty:

Katja Kolcio

Katja Kolcio, Associate Professor of Dance, was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Wesleyan in 2001. Prior, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Interim Chair at Antioch College, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Ohio State University. Katja was awarded a University Fellowship and was honored for Top Graduate Research in the Fine Arts at Ohio State University and has been the recipient of numerous grants including an Artist-in-Residence grant from the Kobzarska Sich Ukranian Bandura Music Summer Program. A presenter of many invited lectures, panels and performances, she has also conducted choreographic research at Wesleyan, the Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors La Casita Festival, Wittenberg College, and Duke University, in addition to other venues.

Katja's scholarship is focused on social somatic theory, the role of somatic creative experience in practices of knowledge production, namely pedagogy, research methodology, and technology.

Having earned certificates in both Ukrainian Studies and Ukrainian Dance, Katja then received an M.A. in Political Science at the University of Georgia, an M.A. in Dance and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies/Somatics at the Ohio State University.

Edward Moran

Edward Moran, Associate Professor of Astronomy, joined the Wesleyan faculty in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Astronomy. Previously, he served as a Distinguished Visitor at the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, a Chandra Fellow in the Department of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, an IGPP Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and as an engineer in the Space Science Division of the Perkin-Elmer Corporation. Edward has received many Telescope Time Awards including 12 orbits (19 hrs) on the Hubble Space Telescope, 2 nights on the Kitt Peak 4 m telescope, and 29 nights on the MDM 1.3 m telescope. A member of the American Astronomical Society, the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the AAS, and of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Edward has presented research talks at a number of institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia and Harvard Universities, the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Cruz), the University of Maryland, and Caltech.

His area of specialization includes cosmic x-ray background radiation, obscured active galactic nuclei, black holes in the nuclei of dwarf galaxies, and the nature of power source in LINER galaxies.

Edward earned a B.S. in Astronomy/Physics at the Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in Astronomy and his Ph.D. in Astronomy at Columbia University.

Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento

Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento, Associate Professor of Theater, has been an Assistant Professor of Theater at Wesleyan since 2001. Previously she was affiliated with Wesleyan's Latin American Studies Program. Among the grants and fellowships Cláudia has been awarded are the Fredric March Award and the Helen K. Herman Award at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities Fellowship. She is a member of AÏÔN, the American Society for Theater Research, the International Federation for Theater Research and its Performance Working Group, and the Latin American Studies Association.

Cláudia's teaching and research interests lie in the intercultural and avant-garde performance, ritual and performance, and in Brazilian theatre.

Cláudia earned an Acting Conservatory Degree at Casa das Artes de Laranjeiras, a B.A. in Acting at Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, an M.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Akron and a Ph.D. in Theater and Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Christiaan Hogendorn

Christiaan Hogendorn, Associate Professor of Economics, was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wesleyan in 2001. Prior, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Public Policy and Management Department at the Wharton School. Christiaan was the recipient of a Sloan Industry Center Fellowship and the Carol A. Baker Memorial Prize for development and recognition of the accomplishments of junior faculty at Wesleyan. He has offered many presentations at both academic and professional conferences, is the author of numerous publications and is active in professional economic journals and societies. Christiaan is the President of the Transportation and Public Utilities group of the Allied Social Science Association.

Christiaan's scholarship focuses on applied microeconomic theory in the field of industrial organization. His course offerings include Microeconomics, Introduction to Economic Theory, Economics of Technology, Regulation and Anti-trust, and Industrial Technology.

He earned his B.A. in economics with highest honors from Swarthmore and his Ph.D. in management science and applied economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Allan Isaac

Allan Isaac, Associate Professor of English, joined the Wesleyan faculty in 2000 as Assistant Professor of English. Allan previously served as Fulbright Visiting Professor in the Department of Literature at De La Salle University-Taft in the Philippines and as a Visiting Scholar/Affiliated Faculty in Asian/Pacific/American Studies at New York University. He has earned a number of academic honors including a Dean's Fellowship, Henry Mitchell MacCracken Fellowship and the Anaás Nin Travel and Research Award at New York University. Allan's book, American Tropics, was the winner of the Association for Asian American Studies' 2006 Book Award in Cultural Studies.

Allan's area of specialization is Asian American literature and culture. At Wesleyan, among the courses he has taught are: Asian Diaspora in the Americas, Asian American Literature and Its Discontent, Reading Race and Representation, and American Tropics: Imperial Desires and Postcolonial Realities.

Allan received his B.A. in political theory and literary studies from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Comparative Literature from New York University.

Andrea Patalano

Andrea Patalano, Associate Professor of Psychology, became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan in 2002. Her prior academic appointments include Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ohio University and Teaching and Research Assistant at the University of Michigan and Brown University. Andrea was awarded a Department of Psychology Graduate Fellowship at Michigan, a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, a Cognitive Science Award for Distinguished Research at Brown and the Apple Corporation and University of Michigan Instructional Software Award.

Andrea's teaching and research interests lie in the psychology of reasoning and decision making. Courses she has presented include an Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Decision Making, Quantitative Methods in Psychology, and Seminars in Thinking and in Reasoning.

She earned her B.A. with honors in cognitive science at Brown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Michigan.

Aradhana (Anu) Sharma

Aradhana (Anu) Sharma, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, joined the Wesleyan faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor. Prior, Anu was an instructor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. She has also served as a consultant to the Mahila Samakhya Program in India, the Small Sector Development Council of Belize and as coordinator of the Micro-Enterprise Loan and Assistant Program at the Church Avenue Merchants Block Association in New York. She is an active faculty colleague, having been a member of several committees, both in governance and academic areas. Anu was honored with the Littlefield International Graduate Fellowship and a Departmental Fellowship at Stanford, Teaching and Research Assistant Fellowships at Columbia University and was a Milano Scholar at the Eugene Lang College at The New School for Social Research.

Anu's work has focused on ethnographic studies in rural India. Anu has led courses on Gender and Political Economy in the Developing World, Gender in a Transnational Perspective, Anthropology of Globalization, and Critical Perspectives on the State.

She received her B.A. in economics and politics, and feminist studies from The New School for Social Research, an M.I.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University.

Gina Ulysse

Gina Ulysse, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, joined the Wesleyan faculty in 2001 as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies. She had served as an Instructor at the Center for African American Studies at the University Michigan and as Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Bates College. Gina has received two Mellon Faculty Development Grants while at Wesleyan and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Africa Business Development Corp Fellow at the University of Michigan in addition to having been awarded several other fellowships and research grants.

Gina's research and teaching focus on gender, transnational feminism, political economy, representation, race and class performance, migration, spirituality, and spoken word in the Caribbean, the United States and South Africa. Gina's course offerings have included: Black Feminist Thoughts and Practices, Contemporary Anthropological Theory, Blurred Genres: Feminist Ethnographic Writing, Color in the Caribbean, and Rereading Gendered Agency: Black Women's Experience of Slavery.

Gina earned her B.A. in anthropology and English at Upsala College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Michigan.