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Meet Pomona College's New Faculty Members for 2009-10

This year, we welcome 11 new faculty members, including two professors who have moved from visiting professor positions into full-time positions and a lecturer who has been promoted to assistant professor.

Lisa Anne Auerbach, assistant professor of art, has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including the recent “Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A.” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Auerbach, who received a California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists in 2007, incorporates both photography and knitting into her artistic practice. A political activist and bicycling advocate, Auerbach knits political jokes, riddles and iconic images into sweaters. Teaching both beginning and advanced photography this fall at Pomona, the artist has taught at USC, Los Angeles City College and the Art Center College of Design.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Colin J. Beck,, a 2008-09 affiliated fellow with Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, focuses his research on political sociology and volatile political situations. Beck is currently studying the ideological dimensions of revolution, movement radicalism and political violence; his current Pomona course list includes Radicals, Revolutionaries and Terrorists and Politics and Society. Beck earned his B.A. from Lewis & Clark College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University, where he was a 2008 recipient of Stanford’s Centennial Teaching Award. His forthcoming articles “State-Building as a Source of Islamic Political Organization,” and “The Contribution of Social Movement Theory to Understanding Terrorism,” will appear in the peer-reviewed journals Sociological Forum and Sociology Compass respectively.

Jessica L. Borelli, assistant professor of psychology, comes to Pomona after having completed the past year as a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Her expertise includes attachment, traumatic stress disorder and emotional experience in adults and children. She focuses on the specific ways in which parent and child relationships are internalized and influence future patterns of emotions regulation and relationships. Having clinical experience working with both adult and child patients, Borelli spent a year with UCLA’s Neuropsychiatic Institute as a case coordinator and therapist for children aged 5-12 in 2007-08. A graduate of Yale University, Borelli received her Ph.D., Master’s of Philosophy and Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology.

Assistant Professor of Physical Education Bruce Kerr Brown is the new head men’s and women’s swimming coach. Coach Brown first joined the Sagehens as a visiting professor in 2008. During his career, he has coached two U.S. Olympic Trial Qualifiers, 17 male NCAA Division III All-Americans, seven female NCAA Division III All-Americans, two SCIAC Swimmers of the Year and an NCAA Division III National Champion. Brown is a graduate of Occidental College and UCLA and has served as a swim coach with Stanford University, San Francisco State University, CSU San Bernardino, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Occidental and Whittier.

Pierangel De Pace, assistant professor of economics, specializes in econometrics (mathematics in economics), time series econometrics and macroeconomics. His research interests include international finance and open economy macroeconomics. A Johns Hopkins University fellow from 2003-09, De Pace earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Johns Hopkins and a B.A. and M.Sc. from Milan’s Bocconi University.

Hillary Gravandyk, instructor in English, is teaching American Nature: Poetry in/and the 19th Century and Singing to Each Other: 20th-Century Collaborative Art Works. Her publication projects currently in process or under review include: Through, Plain by Larry Elgner (with critical introduction) and The Holloway Anthology: 30 Years of Poetry at Berkeley (co-writer/editor with Lyn Hejinian). Her poetry has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Barnstorm, The Bellingham Review, Berkeley Poetry Review and The Colorado Review. Gravandyk earned her B.A. from Tulane University, M.A. from University of Washington, M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.

Jonathan King, director and assistant professor of neuroscience, comes to Pomona after a two-year postdoctoral grant with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research interests include learning and memory, stress physiology and neurophysiology. King earned his Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University and was the recipient of a five-year National Institutes of Health, Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology Training Grant in 2000.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience Jonathan Matsui, a recipient of Pomona’s Wig Curriculum Development Grant in 2009, is teaching introduction to neuroscience and developmental neuroscience. A postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, in 2006, he was later promoted to lecturer on molecular and cellular biology and earned Harvard’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching in 2007 and 2008. Interested in regeneration, he is currently researching how cellular pathways regulate how receptors in the eye and ear die with the possibility that therapeutics may be designed to prevent blindness and deafness.

Char Miller, director of environmental analysis and W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, has been with Pomona since 2007 as a visiting professor. His field of expertise ranges from fire in the American West and Western water politics to immigration and border security. Miller is the author of six books, editor of 14 anthologies and collections, and author of more than 400 journal articles, book chapters, essays and opinion pieces on conservation, environmental politics, water policy and water scarcity, urban planning and development, and wild land fire. He is also a contributor to the Que Pasa Media (North Carolina), Rio Grande Guardian (Texas), Texas Observer and Forest Magazine.

Anthony Shay, assistant professor of theatre and dance, first joined Pomona’s Department of Theatre and Dance in 1998 as a lecturer. Shay’s upcoming course list includes Traditions of World Dance, History of Social Dance and Crossing the Iron Curtain: Dancing in the Balkans. He traveled to Croatia in 2008 with a Rockefeller Foundation Trust for Mutual Understanding Fellowship. His expertise includes folk dance, belly dancing, men and dance, Balkan dance and dance in the Middle East.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Julie Tannenbaum, whose area of expertise include ethical theory, moral psychology and bioethics, is currently a co-writer and consultant for the Office of Science Education and the National Institutes of Health’s Department of Bioethics project producing a bioethics curriculum supplement to the U.S. high school biology curriculum. Tannenbaum, who came to Pomona after two years with CSU Northridge and one year postdoc with the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Bioethics Department, earned her Ph.D. from UCLA. Her article, “Categorizing Goods,” will be included in the forthcoming book in the series Oxford Studies in Metaethics.