Teaching and research by Wesleyan faculty encompasses much of the world. Wesleyan professors are leaders in their scholarly fields and bring their first-hand experiences in many countries into the classroom. Here are just a few of Wesleyan's faculty whose research and teaching explore diverse cultures:
Gina Athena UlysseAssociate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies; Director, Center for African American Studies
Born in Pétion-Ville, Haiti, Gina Athena Ulysse is a feminist activist, poet/performance and multi-media artist. At Wesleyan, she teaches courses including "Post-Quake Haiti: Myths & Realities," "Key Issues in Black Feminism," and "Contextualizing Inequity: An Interdisciplinary Approach." She is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, A Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica (Chicago 2008), an ethnography of independent international traders. Her most recent work, Why Haiti Needs New Narratives, a bi-lingual collection of her post-quake op-eds, will be published this fall. She is currently developing a performance-installation project titled, VooDoo Doll, What if Haiti Were a Woman, and is completing a book of essays, titled, On What (Not) to Tell: Reflections of a Haitian Feminist.
She has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Ao WangAssistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures and East Asian Studies
Originally from Qingdao, China, Ao Wang specializes in Chinese literature and Medieval Chinese poetry. He came to Wesleyan in 2010 as a visiting professor, and was hired full-time in the 2011-12 academic year. His courses include "Introduction to Chinese Poetry," "Gender Issues in Chinese Literature and Culture," and "Man and Nature in Chinese Literature." Wang’s own research focuses on Medieval Chinese poetry. He is co-editing an anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry.
He has a PhD from Yale in East Asian languages and literatures.
Hari KrishnanAssistant Professor of Dance
Hari Krishnan is a dancer, choreographer and dance scholar. He teaches courses in Bharatanatyam (classical South Indian dance), as well as modern dance and introduction to dance.
Krishnan is artistic director of the Toronto-based dance company, inDANCE. He draws from popular culture, 21st century global realities and gender identity politics, and is frequently commissioned to create works in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Singapore and India. His research areas include colonialism, post-colonialism and Indian dance, contemporary dance and hybridization, globalization and the arts of India, Bharatanatyam in Tamil cinema, and the history of devadasi-courtesan dance traditions in South India.
He has a master’s degree in dance from York University (Toronto) and is currently completing his PhD in the Dance Department at Texas Women’s University.
Giulio GallarottiProfessor of Government; Tutor, College of Social Studies
Giulio Gallarotti has taught in Wesleyan’s Government Department since 1987. His courses include "International Politics," "International Political Economy," "Globalization in the Modern World System," and "Decision-making and Diplomacy."
He is the author of three books: The Anatomy of an International Monetary Regime: The Classical Gold Standard, 1880-1914 (Oxford University Press, 1995); The Power Curse: Influence and Illusion in World Politics (Lynne Rienner Press, 2010); and Cosmopolitan Power: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism, and Constructivism (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His research interests include international political economy, power studies, international monetary relations, monetary history, economic theories of international politics, and U.S. foreign policy.
Gallarotti has a PhD in international relations, with a focus on international political economy, from Columbia University.
Stephen AngleProfessor of Philosophy and East Asian Studies
Stephen Angle teaches Chinese philosophy from its beginnings (with Confucius and Laozi), through its sophisticated later developments (Chinese Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism), up to contemporary Chinese thinking, especially contemporary Confucianism. He also has broad interests in moral and political philosophy, especially cross-cultural perspectives on human rights and on virtue ethics. His courses include "Classical Chinese Philosophy," "Philosophy as a Way of Life," and "Human Rights Across Cultures," among others.
He is the author of several books, including Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy (Cambridge, 2009) and Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy: Toward Progressive Confucianism (Polity Press, 2012).
He has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Michigan.
Vera SchwarczMansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, Professor of History
Vera Schwarcz’s research and teaching focuses on Chinese history. She is the author of eight books, including the prize-winning Bridge Across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory (Yale University Press, 1999), as well as Time for Telling Truth is Running Out: Conversations with Zhang Shenfu (Yale, 1986), The Chinese Enlightenment (Berkeley, 1984), and, most recently, Place and Memory in Singing Crane Garden (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). She also has written three books of poetry.
Her courses at Wesleyan include "The History of the Jewish Experience in China," "Modern China," and "Traditional China."
Schwarcz has a PhD from Stanford University, an MA from Yale University, an MAA from Wesleyan University, and a BA from Vassar College.
Mary Alice HaddadAssociate Professor of Government, East Asian Studies and Environmental Studies
Mary Alice Haddad studies politics in East Asia. She is currently working on a project about environmental politics in East Asia, and spent the 2010-11 academic year in the region conducting interviews. She is the author of two books published with Cambridge University Press: Building Democracy in Japan (2012) and Politics and Volunteering in Japan: A Comparative Perspective (2007).
At Wesleyan, Haddad teaches a wide range of courses covering comparative politics, East Asia, and environmental studies and the intersection of all three. Specific courses include "Environmental Politics and Democratization," "Politics and Political Development in the People’s Republic of China," "Politics in Japan," and "Democracy and Dictatorship: Politics in the Contemporary World."
She received her MA and PhD in political science from the University of Washington, and her BA from Amherst College.
Alex DupuyJohn E. Andrus Professor of Sociology
Alex Dupuy has published broadly on social, economic and political developments in Haiti and the Caribbean. He is the author of The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti (2007), Haiti in the New World Order: The Limits of the Democratic Revolution (1997), and Haiti in the World Economy: Class, Race, and Underdevelopment Since 1700 (1989), as well as numerous articles in professional journals and anthologies.
At Wesleyan, he teaches classes including "Sociology and Social Theory," "Sociology and Social Justice," and "Theories of Capitalism and Globalization." Dupuy is frequently called upon by the media to comment on Haitian affairs. He is particularly interested in issues of Caribbean political economy and social change.
He has a PhD from the State University of New York-Binghamton, an MA from Brandeis University, and a BA from the University of Connecticut.
Masami ImaiProfessor of Economics
Masami Imai’s teaching and research focus on economies of East Asia, and Japan, in particular; political economy; money, banking and financial markets; and quantitative methods in economics. He has published numerous scholarly papers in journals such as American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics; Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; Journal of Financial Intermediation; Journal of Law and Economics; Journal of Public Economics; and Journal of Development Economics. He is a member of the Japanese Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee.
He has a PhD in economics from the University of California-Davis, and wrote his dissertation on, “The Banking Sector Problem and the Credit Crunch in Japan.” He earned his BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Peter RutlandColin and Nancy Campbell Prof. in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, Prof. of Government, Russian and Eastern European Studies
Peter Rutland is a specialist on Russia and the former Soviet Union, as well as the role that nationalism plays in different political systems around the world. At Wesleyan, he teaches courses on Russian politics, nationalism, the evolution of war, and democracy and dictatorship. Rutland blogs at Nationalism Watch and is the editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers.
Rutland received a BA from Oxford University and a DPhil from York University.
Andrew CurranProfessor of French, Dean of the Arts and Humanities
Andrew Curran’s research focuses on the 18th century life sciences and medicine, with particular interest in human monstrosity and the science of the French empire. He is currently working on a book titled, Diderot: The Art of Thinking Freely. He is the author of two other books: The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011/ paper 2013), and Sublime Disorder: Physical Monstrosity in Diderot’s Universe (SVEC: University of Oxford, 2001). He was also the guest editor of Faces of Monstrosity in Eighteenth-Century Thought, Eighteenth-Century Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997). At Wesleyan, Curran has taught classes on, among other things, the history of race, the epistolary novel, Molière, libertinage, and travel writing.
Curran received a BA from Hamilton College, an MA from New York University in Paris, an MA from Wesleyan University, and a PhD from New York University.