2009-2010 Faculty Promotions and Appointments
Wesleyan has announced the following promotions of faculty, effective July 1,
B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, was
appointed Adjunct Instructor in 2003. He specializes in South Indian vocal
music, which he performs throughout the United States and internationally. His
musical recordings have been featured in Indian and Canadian television and in
documentary films produced by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts
(New Delhi). He has delivered 10 papers and lectures and is author, with Joseph
Getter, of "Tamil Film Music: Sound and Significance" in Global Soundtracks,
edited by Mark Slobin (Wesleyan University Press, 2008). He holds a B.A., M.A.,
M.Phil., and Ph.D. from the University of Madras.
Holly Wheeler, Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Education, was
appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in 2000. She is head coach of women’s
lacrosse as well as assistant coach of women’s soccer. Wheeler is a
well-respected lacrosse clinician who has been active in promoting the game at
college, high school, and club levels. She has been involved in organizing the
Connecticut Lacrosse Super Juniors, she is a member of the coaches’ council to
the Intercollegiate Women’s Coaches Lacrosse Association, the Regional
All-American Selection Committee, and she is the Wesleyan representative to US
Lacrosse. She also is the director of the Lacrosse School, a camp for middle
school and high school girls. She holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an
M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University.
Promotion with Tenure
During the academic year, the Wesleyan Board of Trustees maintains an ongoing
process of tenure case consideration. During its most recent review, the Board
awarded tenure to two faculty effective July 1, 2010.
Matthew Kurtz, associate professor of psychology, was appointed assistant
professor of psychology at Wesleyan in 2007. Previously, he has held
appointments at the Institute for Living in Hartford, Trinity College, Hartford
Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania, the Kessler Institute for
Rehabilitation and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He has been awarded
numerous grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Hartford Hospital
His research focuses on schizophrenia, specifically the neurocognitive and
psychosocial deficits of individuals diagnosed with the disease. His work has
important clinical applications through the development of rehabilitation and
treatment strategies that can enhance the success of those individuals in
everyday life. Significantly, his research approach isolates the different ways
in which the range of learning potentials among schizophrenic patients are
affected so that treatments can be more effectively targeted. Kurtz has
published 29 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Kurtz earned his B.A. in psychology at Reed College; his M.A. and Ph.D. are from
Princeton University, in psychology and neuroscience.
Typhaine Leservot, associate professor in the College of Letters and of
Romance Languages and Literatures, was appointed instructor in the College of
Letters and of Romance Languages and Literatures in 2003 before becoming
assistant professor of both a semester later. She previously served as a
teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her research addresses issues of globalization, gender, and the post-colonial
experience within the large framework of French-language literary fiction. Her
book, Le Corps mondialisé: Marie Redonnet, Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar (Paris,
Harmattan, 2007), analyzes the fiction of three authors from France, North
Africa, and the Caribbean, engaging them together as a way of bridging French
studies and francophone studies in the context of globalization. She is also
author of several articles and book chapters.
Leservot completed her undergraduate studies in English literature at Caen
University (France), and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and
Literatures at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Michael Singer, Associate Professor of Biology, was appointed
Assistant Professor at Wesleyan in 2004. Previously he was postdoctoral fellow
at the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science, in Tucson.
Singer’s research examines the evolutionary ecology of tri-trophic interactions
between plants, herbivores and carnivores. In considering how herbivores can
adjust their diet both for nutrition and also in response to predators and
parasites, he has demonstrated self-medication behavior in woolly bear
caterpillars in response to their lethal parasites. His work seeks to elucidate
the mechanisms for this behavior as well as ecological and evolutionary
consequences of a broader array of tri-trophic interactions within and across
forest ecosystems. He has authored or coauthored 30 peer-reviewed journal
He holds a Ph.D. from the Center for Insect Science at the University of
Arizona, Tucson, and a B.S. from the University of Southern California.
As the Board continues its practice of reviewing additional cases for tenure
throughout this academic year, more announcements may be forthcoming.
Promotion to Full Professor
Ann Burke, Professor of Biology, came to Wesleyan in 1999. Burke is a
prominent researcher in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo).
Her work on the EvoDevo of the musculoskeletal system in vertebrates, especially
how changes in expression of Hox genes leads to morphological evolution and the
identification of the lateral somitic frontier in embryos, is now incorporated
into basic texts of developmental biology. She has been awarded several major
research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science
Foundation. She has authored or coauthored more than 35 publications, serves or
has served on the editorial boards of seven journals, has organized six symposia
in her areas of research, and has delivered papers and given talks at more than
30 national and international conferences in her field. She earned her B.A. from
New York University, and her A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Andrew Curran, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, came to
Wesleyan in 1998. Curran's research focuses on a variety of topics related to
the early-modern era, including the history of human monstrosity and the history
of race in the eighteenth-century life sciences. He is the recipient of the Paul
Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine at the New York Academy of
Medicine (2009-10) and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
(2002). He is author of The Anatomy of Blackness: Theories of the African in
Enlightenment Thought (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press) and
Sublime Disorder: Physical Monstrosity in Diderot’s Universe (Voltaire
Foundation: University of Oxford, 2001). He also edited a collection of essays,
Faces of Monstrosity in Eighteenth-Century Thought (Eighteenth-Century
Life, Johns Hopkins University Press), and has published more than 10 articles
and essays. He earned his B.A. from Hamilton College, and his M.A. and Ph.D.
from New York University.
Natasha Korda, Professor of English and current Chair of the Feminist,
Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, has taught at Wesleyan since 1995. Her
scholarship centers on Renaissance drama, particularly, the work of Shakespeare
and his contemporaries, with a focus on the subjects of labor and property,
especially women’s labor and property, in Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatic
literature and theater history. She was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Fellowship at the Huntington Library in 2002, and was a fellow at the Folger
Shakespeare Library in 1996 and 2002. She is author of Shakespeare’s Domestic
Economies: Gender and Property in Early Modern England (University of
Pennsylvania Press, 2002), co-editor with Michelle Dowd of Working Subjects
in Early Modern English Drama (forthcoming from Ashgate Press), co-editor
with Jonathan Gil Harris of Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama
(Cambridge University Press, 2002), and author of more than 20 essays and
articles. Her most recent book, Labors Lost: Women’s Work and the Early
Modern English Stage (forthcoming), argues that the purportedly "all-male"
stage of Shakespeare's time relied on the labor, capital and ingenuity of women
behind the scenes of theatrical production. She received her B.A. from Barnard
College, and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
Ellen Nerenberg, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, has been
at Wesleyan since 1994. She is a specialist in twentieth century Italian
literature and contemporary Italian cultural studies. She was awarded the
Millicent McIntosh Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation (2005-06), and
received the 2001 Howard R. Marraro prize, awarded biannually by the Modern
Languages Association for the best book published in North America on an Italian
subject, given for her book Prison Terms: Representing Confinement During and
After Italian Fascism (University of Toronto Press, 2001). In addition to
this award-winning book, Nerenberg is editor, with Carole Gallucci, of
Writing beyond Fascism: Cultural Resistance in the life and Works of Alba de
Céspedes (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000), and author of
Making a Killing: Murder, Media, and Contemporary Italian Culture (Indiana
University Press, forthcoming). She has published more than 20 articles and book
chapters and delivered more than 50 conference papers and talks. She earned her
B.A. from Stanford University, and her A.M. and Ph.D. from the University of
Appointment to Endowed Professorships
Mark Slobin, the Richard K. Winslow Professor of Music, is an
ethnomusicologist whose research interests span the music of Afghanistan and
central Asia, the music of eastern European Jews in Europe and North America,
general theory of ethnomusicology, and ethnomusicology of film. He has served as
President of the Society for Ethnomusicology, as President of the Society for
Asian Music, as Editor of Asian Music, and as Series Editor of American
Musicspheres (Oxford University Press). His awards include the the Seeger
Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology (1969), the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award
(1983 and 2001), Lifetime Achievement in Jewish Studies from the Foundation for
Jewish Culture (2006), and Honorable Mention (with Chana Mlotek)—the Curt
Leviant Award in Yiddish Studies from the Modern Languages Association (2008).
He has been awarded grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National
Endowment for the Arts, the Lucius Littauer Foundation, and the International
Research and Exchanges Board. He is author of more than 40 articles and author
or editor of 18 books, most recently Music at Wesleyan: From Glee Club to
Gamelan (forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press); Folk Music: A Very
Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010); Global Soundtracks:
Worlds of Film Music (Wesleyan University Press, 2008); American Klezmer:
Its Roots and Offshoots (University of California Press, 2002); and
Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World (Oxford University Press,
2000). He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Magda Teter, the Jeremy Zwelling Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, a
scholar of Jewish history and early modern Europe, focuses on the multifaceted
topic of Jewish-Christian relations, especially in the religious and cultural
history of Poland. Her work has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim
Foundation, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, YIVO Institute, and the
Yad Ha-Nadiv Foundation (Israel), among others. In 2002, she was a Harry Starr
Fellow in Jewish Studies at Harvard University, and in 2007-2008, an Emeline
Bigelow Conland Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies also at
Harvard University. Her first book, Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland: A
Beleaguered Church in the Post-Reformation Era (Cambridge University Press,
2006) was awarded the Jewish Studies Publication Prize by the Koret Foundation.
She is also author of From Bread to Blood, from Sin to Crime: Sacrilege and
Jews after the Reformation (Harvard University Press, forthcoming) and
editor, with Adam Teller, of Early Modern Poland: Borders and Boundaries, in
Polin, v. 22 (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2009). She is
author of more than 15 articles in English, Hebrew, and Polish, and has
delivered more than 35 conference papers. She serves on the editorial board of
The AJS Review, the Sixteenth Century Journal, and Polin. She received an M.A.
from the School of Oriental Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, and her
M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.