Press Release: Faculty Recruitment Campaign Nets Intellectual Capital for Graduate Center

The CUNY Graduate Center is marking its 40th anniversary year with the culmination of a faculty recruitment drive that has brought some of the country's most prominent academics and public intellectuals to the school's already renowned roster of scholars. Ten new core appointments added this year ‹ two in the spring, seven last fall, and one to come next fall ‹ join more than a dozen who arrived over the past few years, all acclaimed leaders in their respective fields. In addition, two outstanding philosophers will be coming as long-term visiting professors.

Founded in 1961 as the City University's doctorate-granting institution, The Graduate Center has attained a highly respected academic stature in a relatively short period of time, and these recently recruited faculty will help ensure a noteworthy foundation of intellectual capital for many years to come. The essence of the school's success is a nationally unique consortial structure in which faculty are drawn from a pool of 1,600 leading scholars based on CUNY undergraduate campuses, augmented by a core of about 115 professors who are based solely at The Graduate Center.

The 2001/2002 recruits include (link to bios):

André Aciman, Comparative Literature (formerly at Bard College), whose memoir Out of Egypt is considered one of the great literary works of the 1990s;

Jean Anyon, Urban Education (formerly at Rutgers), known for her groundbreaking studies on inner-city education in the context of other social issues;

Sergei Artemov, Mathematics and Computer Science (formerly at Moscow State University and Cornell University), one of the world's leading authorities in logic and proof theory;

Martin Davies, Philosophy (Visiting, starting 2003), a renowned philosopher of language, mind, and psychology;

Mitchell Duneier, Sociology (formerly at the University of Wisconsin), has attracted widespread attention for his extraordinary participant-observer approach to socio-ethnographic studies;

Gabor Herman, Computer Science (formerly at Temple University), a pioneer in image processing for medical applications;

Victor Kolyvagin, Mathematics (Mina Rees Chair beginning fall 2002, formerly J. J. Sylvester Professor of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University), known for a series of papers that fundamentally transformed number theory;

Saul Kripke
, Philosophy (Visiting, retired from Princeton), an acclaimed genius in logic;

Glenis Long, Speech and Hearing Sciences (formerly at Purdue University), conducts important research based in sounds generated by the human cochlea (inner ear);

Robert Reid-Pharr, English (formerly at Johns Hopkins University), combines African American studies and queer theory into an important new perspective on both;

David Savran, Theatre (formerly at Brown University), among the country's top scholars of contemporary American theater

Domna Stanton, French (formerly Elizabeth M. Douvan collegiate professor at the University of Michigan), a preeminent feminist scholar of 17th-century French studies.

The new appointments join a movement already in process. The Graduate Center attained a distinguished reputation relatively soon after its founding with such faculty names as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, and Sir Isaiah Berlin, and more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs achieved a top 20 ranking for scholarly reputation in the latest National Research Council survey. But with a stunning new campus in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, a $30 million capital campaign, and the dynamic leadership of President Frances Degen Horowitz, The Graduate Center is entering a new era of distinction. Spearheaded by Provost William Kelly, the school's recruiting efforts attract top professors by combining the above advantages with an outstanding faculty already in place, the unparalleled resources of New York City, and the school's unique environment as a doctoral studies institution.

Last year's new arrivals included cultural geographer David Harvey, formerly Professor of Geography at Johns Hopkins, Senior Research Fellow at Oxford, and Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics; human rights scholar and statesman Francis Deng, formerly Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Representative of the UN Secretary General on Internally Displaced Persons, and former Sudanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the United States, and Permanent Representative to the UN; foreign policy scholar Susan Woodward, previously with King's College in London; modern European historian Richard Wolin, who was D. D. McMurtry Professor of History at Rice; Spanish literature scholar Lía Schwartz, formerly Dartmouth Professor of Spanish; world renowned philosopher Paul Horwich from the University College London; and computer scientist Robert Haralick, who had been the prestigious Boeing Egtvedt Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington.

Other recent additions include queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick from Duke, cultural critic and writer Wayne Koestenbaum from Yale, international studies scholar Thomas Weiss from Brown, sociocultural anthropologist Talal Asad from Johns Hopkins, cultural geographer Neil Smith from Rutgers, philosopher Michael Devitt from Maryland, musicologist Richard Kramer from SUNY-Stony Brook (where he had been Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts), and mathematician Lucien Szpiro from the University of Paris.

All the above recruits top off an impressive body of scholars already in place. Central faculty even before the recent recruiting drive included such names as Louis Menand (English), Edouard Glissant (French), Vincent Crapanzano (Comparative Literature), David Nasaw (History), John Patrick Diggins (History), John Mollenkopf (Political Science), and Frances Fox Piven (Political Science). Faculty members who also teach on CUNY undergraduate campuses include such names as Morris Dickstein (Queens) and Nancy Miller (Lehman) in English; John Corigliano (Lehman), Thea Musgrave (Queens), Ron Carter (City), and David Del Tredici (City) in Music (this Ph.D. program ranks 4th in the country and first in NYC and state); Blanche Weisen Cook (John Jay) in History; and literally dozens of other outstanding scholars.

The Graduate Center will be holding a 40th Anniversary Celebration with a convocation on Wednesday, March 20, 2002. Featured speakers include Council of Graduate Schools President Debra Stewart and Harvard University Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature Jame Kugel. Kugel, who earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center in 1977, will be the first recipient of the President's Distinguished Alumni Medal.

Bios of 2001/2 Graduate Center faculty appointments (beginning fall 2001 unless otherwise noted)

Professor André Aciman is an expert in seventeenth-century French literature, the contemporary Arab world, modern literature, and philosophy. His book, Out of Egypt: A Memoir (1995), an account of his Jewish-Turkish-Italian family's life in Alexandria, was called a "a classic memoir of modern Jewish life" by The New York Times. Aciman received his B.A. from CUNY's Lehman College, his Ph.D. from Harvard, and most recently taught at Bard College. He was a fellow at the New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers and edited a collection of essays based on a series of lectures he organized there, entitled Letters of Transit: Reflections of Exile, Identity, Language, and Loss (1999). His recent book, False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory (2000), is a collection of his own essays that further explore themes of identity, home, and exile.

Professor Jean Anyon is the author of the influential book, Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Educational Reform. Published in 1997, and positively reviewed by The New York Times Book Review, the book is in its third printing. Anyon is widely regarded as an expert on urban education and inner city revitalization. She has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programs, and has been an invited speaker at universities throughout the U.S. and England. Anyon has published many scholarly articles on educational issues involving the confluence of social class and race. Several of her articles are widely reprinted - including a piece from 1980 now reprinted in 28 collections edited by others. She attended the University of Pennsylvania as an All-University Scholar, and carried out doctoral research at Penn and New York University, where she received her Ph.D. Previously at Rutgers University, she joined the faculty of The Graduate Centers new Ph.D. program in Urban Education in the spring of 2002, teaching courses in educational and social policy and urban schooling .

Distinguished Professor Sergei Artemov has recently worked on the automatic detection of flaws in mathematical proofs, a process that is used to help ensure that critical software (for air traffic control or banking, for instance) is free of errors. He comes to The Graduate Center from Moscow State University, by way of a visiting professorship at Cornell from 1996 to 2001. Artemov received his Ph.D. from Moscow State University in Mathematics. His areas of expertise are logic and proof theory, knowledge representation, and automatic deduction and verification. Among many honors, Professor Artemov has received the Russian President Award to an "outstanding scientist" in 1994 and the Spinoza Lecture from the European Association for Logic, Language, and Information in 1999.

Visiting Professor Martin Davies is internationally renowned for his contributions to the philosophies of language, mind, and psychology and his ability to bridge conceptual and empirical issues. Beginning Spring 2003, he will be joining The Graduate Center faculty for one semester each year. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australia National University and last fall was Marshall Weinberg Distinguished Visiting Professor in Philosophy at the University of Michigan. He has also served as Professor of Philosophy and Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy at the University of Oxford, was a tenured lecturer at the University of London, and was a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has published dozens of books, articles, chapters, reviews, and encyclopedia entries.

Distinguished Professor Mitchell Duneier's dissertation and first book, Slim's Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity (1992) won the American Sociological Association's award in 1994 for Distinguished Scholarly Publication, an unheard of achievement for a dissertation. In researching the book, he spent four years eating at a cafeteria in Hyde Park, Chicago and listening to the stories of the men who gather there. For Sidewalk (2000) he spent five years observing the world of street vending among booksellers in Greenwich Village, and the book won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the C. Wright Mills Award. He is now working on Andrea's Dream, a book drawn from a series of articles he wrote for The Chicago Tribune about Chicago word processors that will include comparisons with analogous workers in third-world countries. Professor Duneier most recently taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and he received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He serves on the advisory board for National Public Radio's "This American Life." Professor Duneier began teaching this spring semester, 2002.

Distinguished Professor Gabor T. Herman is a pioneer in the field of computerized tomography (an important medical diagnostic procedure) and the author of more than a dozen books and over 100 articles including several classic works in the field. He is recognized internationally for his major contributions to image processing and its medical applications. Coming from Temple University, Herman earned his Ph.D. from the University of London in Mathematics. He was the leader of successful image processing groups at SUNY Buffalo and at the University of Pennsylvania and has garnered millions of dollars in research funding. Professor Herman is a highly accomplished scientist of international distinction and has been awarded honorary degrees from Haifa in Israel, Szeged in Hungary, and Linkoping in Sweden. Last fall he is a visiting research professor at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, and began teaching at The Graduate Center this spring.

Victor Kolyvagin will become, in the fall of 2002, the first to hold the Mina Rees Chair in Mathematics, named for The Graduate Center's first President, who was a distinguished mathematician. He is famous for a series of papers over several years culminating in one on "Euler Systems," which is considered a fundamental breakthrough. Among the most significant discoveries in number theory in the past quarter century, his discovery of Euler Systems continues to be used in the ongoing development of the field. Most recently he was J. J. Sylvester Professor of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Moscow State University. In 1990, he received the USSR Academy of Science Chebyshev Prize.

Visiting Professor Saul Kripke is an eccentric genius who is recognized as one of the country's leading philosophers. In 2001, he won the Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy, which is given by the Swedish Academy of Sciences and is the equivalent in its field of a Nobel. He was a Junior Fellow at Harvard, was on the faculty of Rockefeller University, was John Locke Lecturer at Oxford (1973), and recently retired from Princeton, where he spent much of career. Known for delivering brilliantly clear lectures without notes, Professor Kripke rarely writes for publication, but some of his lectures have been recorded and transcribed into highly significant, influential publications, including Naming and Necessity (Harvard University Press, 1980) and Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language (Harvard University Press, 1982). Professor Kripke will be teaching an intensive half-semester course each year, beginning Spring 2002.

Professor Glenis Long's hearing research specializes in otoacoustic emissions, which are sounds generated by the human cochlea (inner ear) that provide a noninvasive way of evaluating cochlear mechanics. She comes to The Graduate Center from Purdue University, where she was a director of the Otoacoustic Emissions Research Laboratory. Her work represents an unusual combination of mathematical modeling with laboratory research. Professor Long received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Princeton University. She has been visible in a broad spectrum of journals, professional organizations, and government agencies, as well as academia.

Professor Robert Reid-Pharr brings an important perspective on African-American literature and queer theory to The Graduate Center. His first book, Conjugal Union: The Body, The House, and the Black American (1999), is a study of nationhood, domesticity, the black body, and gender in antebellum African American literature and culture. His second book, Black Gay Man: Essays (2001), explores his own emotional and intellectual confrontations with the modern world, and his next work, tentatively titled Once You Go Black, is a study of African American cultural and intellectual history in late twentieth century America. Most recently on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, Reid-Pharr received his Ph.D. from Yale in American Studies. He has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Professor David Savran, one of the country's leading theater scholars, has shown how contemporary American theater engages cultural issues and conflicts. An expert on modern American theater and drama, the sociology of culture, and gay/lesbian studies, he was previously a professor of English; Modern Culture and Media; and Theatre, Speech, and Dance at Brown. He earned a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from Cornell, an M.F.A. in Directing from Carnegie-Mellon, and has a background in directing theatre and opera. Among his seven books, Taking it Like a Man: White Masculinity, Masochism, and Contemporary American Culture (1998) analyses how white males have viewed themselves as victims from the Beat Generation to Timothy McVeigh, and Communists, Cowboys, and Queers: The Politics of Masculinity in the Work of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams (1992) offers insights on the intersection of tradition, radical politics, and sexuality.

Distinguished Professor Domna Stanton is a renowned scholar of seventeenth-century and early-modern French studies with an influential feminist perspective. Her first book, The Aristocrat as Art: A Study of the Honnête Homme and the Dandy in Seventeenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Literature (1980), is considered a classic, and her impact on the fields of French studies and cultural studies has continued to grow. Her edited volumes include The Defiant Muse: French Feminist Poems from the 12th to the 20th Centuries; The Female Autograph; and Discourses of Sexuality from Aristotle to AIDS. Her most recent book as author is Women Writ, Women Writing: Gendered Discourse and Differences in Seventeenth-Century France (2001). Among her extensive professional accomplishments, she was the first female editor ever of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association. Previously the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, she received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Stanton is also a strong advocate for human rights and an active member of the board of Human Rights Watch.


Submitted on: FEB 1, 2004

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