New Tenure Line Faculty 2014


African American Studies

Roderick Ferguson (University of California-San Diego, PhD) joins the departments of African American studies and gender and women's studies this fall. Professor Ferguson comes to LAS from the University of Minnesota's department of American studies (where he was previously chair of the department). His research interests include African American literature and history, queer theory, the sociology of race, and classical and contemporary social theory. Professor Ferguson joins UIC as part of the Racialized Body Cluster.

Jane Rhodes (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, PhD) will be assuming the post of professor and head of the African American Studies Department starting in January 2015. Professor Rhodes comes to LAS from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where she served as professor and chair of American Studies and as dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the college. Rhodes has also served on the editorial boards of multiple academic journals, and specializes in the fields of media history, cultural history, African American history and culture, ethnic studies, and gender studies.


Asian American Studies

J. Lorenzo Perillo (University of California-Los Angeles, PhD) will join LAS in August 2015 as an assistant professor in the Asian American studies program. Previously, Perillo worked as the Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, where he was affiliated with the Asian American Studies and American Studies programs. He holds research interests in Asian American studies, Hip-hop studies, dance studies, performance studies, and critical race theory. Perillo will be part of the Racialized Body Cluster, concentrating in visual culture.


Biological Sciences

Chieh Chang (California Institute of Technology, PhD) comes to LAS this fall as an associate professor in biological sciences, with research interests in understanding how neurons connect with each other to form functional neural circuits, how neurons regenerate and repair themselves after injury, and how age influences the intrinsic axon growth ability. Professor Chang was previously faculty at the University of Cincinnati and head of the Laboratory of Assembly and Regeneration for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation at the University of Cincinnati. He joins UIC as part of the Integrative Neuroscience Cluster.

 

Chiou-Fen Chuang (California Institute of Technology, PhD) joins LAS as an associate professor in the department of biological sciences this fall. Her research interests focus on molecular and genetic analysis of two mechanisms identified for generating sensory neuron diversity. She previously served as head of the Laboratory of Sensory Diversity and Connectivity for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation at the University of Cincinnati.


Chemistry

Stephanie Cologna (Texas A&M University, PhD) comes to LAS from the National Institutes of Health, where she is a post-doctoral fellow in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, working on the areas of developmental endocrinology and genetics. Cologna will join the department of chemistry in August 2015 as an assistant professor.

Xiaojing Yang (The University of Chicago, PhD) joins the LAS department of chemistry as an assistant professor this fall. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow in macromolecular crystallography at Northwestern University and, most recently, served as a senior research professional at The University of Chicago.


Communication

Dmitry Epstein (Cornell University, PhD) joins LAS as an assistant professor in the department of communication this fall. He was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at Cornell University Law School, advancing research agendas related to global Internet governance institutions and policy deliberations. Epstein’s research interests include internet governance, information policy, and policymaking.


Economics

Benjamin Feigenberg (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD) has joined LAS in the department of economics as an assistant professor. Feigenberg is a development economist whose research includes work on education in Chile, as well as in the field of labor economics.

Erik Hembre (University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD) joins LAS this fall as an assistant professor in the economics department. His primary research fields include public economics, labor economics, and applied microeconomics, with a focus on the US housing crisis. Hembre is also a recipient of the UW-Madison Gengler Dissertation Fellowship and Robock Award.


English

Peter Coviello (Cornell University, PhD) has joined LAS as a professor in the department of English. Previously, Professor Coviello served in various faculty positions at Bowdoin College, specializing in pre- and post-1895 American literature, critical theory, and poetry. He is the author of three books, multiple scholarly essays, and currently serves on the advisory council of the American Literature Section of the MLA.


Hispanic and Italian Studies

Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro (University of Florida, PhD) joins the LAS Department of Hispanic and Italian studies as an assistant professor this fall. Specializing in the field of language acquisition, Cabrelli Amaro’s work includes the areas of multilingual acquisition of phonetics and phonology, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese phonology and morphosyntax, and heritage speaker bilingualism. She comes to LAS from the Department of Foreign Languages at the United States Air Force Academy.


History

Lynn Hudson (Indiana University-Bloomington, PhD) will be joining LAS in January 2015 as an associate professor in the department of history. Previously, Professor Hudson served as chair and associate professor of the history department at Macalester College. Her first book, The Making of ‘Mammy Pleasant’: A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco, was awarded the Barbara Penny Kanner Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians. Her current research interests center on investigations of the legal, cultural, and social manifestations of Jim Crow discrimination in California in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Latin American and Latino Studies

Andreas Feldmann (University of Notre Dame, PhD) joins the departments of Latin American and Latino studies and political science as an associate professor this fall. He was previously faculty in the Institute of Political Science at the Catholic University of Chile. Feldmann’s research interests include population uprooting and refugee affairs, migration and human rights, armed conflict, guerilla movements, and terrorism, and international organizations. Professor Feldmann is part of the Global Urban Immigration Cluster.

Patrisia Macías-Rojas (University of California-Berkeley, PhD) joins LAS with joint appointments as assistant professor in the departments of sociology and Latin American and Latino studies in January of 2015. Her research focuses on international migration, border controls, human smuggling, the penal state, race relations, ethnographic methods, and social theory. Macías-Rojas is currently writing her first book, Making Crime and Criminals: Race, Rights, and Security on the US-Mexico Border. She is part of the Global Urban Immigration Cluster. 


Mathematics

Benjamin Antieau (The University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD) will join LAS this fall as an assistant professor in the department of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. His research background includes a broad research program intersecting algebraic geometry, noncommutative algebra, and homotopy theory. Most recently, Antieau worked as an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington.

Yanki Lekili (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD) has joined the department of mathematics, statistics, and computer science as an assistant professor. Previously, he held the positions of the Herchel Smith post-doctoral fellow in the department of mathematics at the University of Cambridge and junior research fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Lekili’s research interests include symplectic topology, low-dimensional topology, and algebraic geometry.

Andrew Suk (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD) has joined the department of mathematics, statistics, and computer science as an assistant professor. Most recently, Suk worked as a NSF post-doctoral fellow and applied mathematics instructor at MIT, and holds research interests in discrete geometry and extremal combinatorics. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Philosophy

Will Small (The University of Chicago, PhD) joins LAS as an assistant professor in the department of philosophy. He works primarily in the area of philosophy of action and ethics, as well as in self-knowledge and self-consciousness. Previously, Small worked for the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo, Norway.


Physics

Hyowon Park (Rutgers, PhD) joins LAS as an assistant professor in the department of physics this fall. His research interests lie in theoretical condensed matter physics, with a focus on novel electronic properties in strongly correlated electron systems. Most recently, Park worked as a post-doctoral research scientist at Columbia University.


Psychology

Michael Motyl (University of Virginia, PhD) joins the LAS department of psychology as an assistant professor this fall. His research interests include ideology, intergroup relations, social cognition, and social ecology, with a further focus on understanding why many groups struggle to communicate with one another.

Amanda Roy (New York University, PhD) joins LAS as an assistant professor of community psychology in the department of psychology. Her research background includes community psychology, developmental psychology, and quantitative methods. Previously, Roy held the position of post-doctoral research associate at the Chicago School Readiness Project of New York University.

Karl Szpunar (Washington University, PhD) will be joining the LAS department of psychology as an assistant professor of cognitive psychology in the fall of 2015. His work, published in 39 scholarly journals, focuses on research related to human learning and memory, cognitive psychology, research methods, and cognitive neuroscience. Previously, he worked as a post-doctoral research scholar at Harvard University.


Sociology

Patrisia Macías-Rojas (University of California-Berkeley, PhD) joins LAS with joint appointments as assistant professor in the departments of sociology and Latin American and Latino studies in January of 2015. Her research focuses on international migration, border controls, human smuggling, the penal state, race relations, ethnographic methods, and social theory. Macías-Rojas is currently writing her first book, Making Crime and Criminals: Race, Rights, and Security on the US-Mexico Border. She is part of the Global Urban Immigration Cluster.