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Five Faculty Members Earn Tenure in 2008

Story posted March 31, 2008

Five Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2008. The Board of Trustees voted on their promotion during their Feb. 7-9, 2007, meeting on campus.

Those faculty members are: Dallas G. Denery II, assistant professor of history; Kristen R. Ghodsee, assistant professor of gender and women's studies; Matthew W. Klingle, assistant professor of history and environmental studies; Anne McBride, assistant professor of biology and biochemistry; and Stephen G. Perkinson, assistant professor of art history.

The Board of Trustees also approved the hire of four new faculty members, with tenure, who will join the Bowdoin faculty July 1, 2008: Roger Bechtel, associate professor of theater and dance; Robert G. Morrison, associate professor of religion; Daniel Joseph O'Leary, professor of chemistry; and Olufemi ("Femi") Vaughan, professor of Africana studies and history. (Read more about them in an upcoming Academic Spotlight.)

About the promoted faculty members:


Dallas Denery is a Medieval scholar, with a specialty in early modern intellectual and religious history. He has published widely in academic journals and is the author of Seeing and Being Seen in the Later Medieval World: Optics, Theology and Religious Life, (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He is a highly original teacher and scholar whose investigations into the intellectual world of the Middle Ages has resulted in such challenging courses as, Science, Magic and Religion; Monsters, Marvels and Messiahs; and The History of History. Denery has received fellowship support from the National Endowment for the Humanitites, Mellon Foundation, and Stanford University, as well as a Kenan Fellowship from Bowdoin. He earned an M.A. in philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. Denery taught at Stanford University before joining the Bowdoin faculty in 2002. Read more.


Kristen Ghodsee is a highly accomplished scholar whose research focuses on women's labor in transition economies, post-socialist cultural studies, transnational feminism, gender and Islam in Eastern Europe, and tourism and economic development. An expert on Bulgaria, Ghodsee has made several international media appearances, including a 2007 BBC radio interview for "The World." She is widely published in professional journals and is a frequent invited speaker at academic conferences internationally. Her first book, The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism and Postsocialism on the Black Sea, was published by Duke University Press in 2005. A second book, tentatively titled, Minarets and Miniskirts: Gender, Ethnicity and Islam in Bulgaria's New Europe, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press. Among her honors are a Residential Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a post-doctoral fellowship from the American Council of Learned Society, and visiting scholar at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. She earned her B.A. at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies and Education at UC, Berkeley. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2002 and teaches courses ranging from Women and World Development to Sex and Socialism. Read more.


Matthew Klingle is an environmental historian whose research interests include American modern consumerism and culture; urbanization/urban history and environmentalism; and natural and social causes and consequences. He is author of the acclaimed book, Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle (Yale University Press, 2007), and is co-primary investigator on the Merrymeeting Bay Long-Term Ecological Research Project. A passionate researcher and teacher, Klingle encourages students to develop as active scholars and frequently includes service-learning curriculum connecting their research to the greater community. He has received fellowship support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For his distinction in teaching, he won the coveted Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty in 2006. Klingle earned his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2001. Read more.


Anne McBride is a microbiologist/biochemist whose primary research centers on the effects of arginine methylation on protein function, using yeast as a model system. Her primary teaching areas are in microbiology and immunology. A highly engaged researcher, McBride has published widely in journals including Journal of Biological Chemistry, and frequently includes Bowdoin undergraduate researchers as her co-authors. She earned a B.S. in chemistry from Yale University, a M. Phil. in biochemistry from University of Cambridge (UK), and a Ph.D. in cellular and developmental biology from University of Colorado. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. McBride joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2001.


Stephen G. Perkinson is a Medieval art historian whose primary research focus is on portraiture. Other research interests include the art of the French courts, illustration of secular manuscripts in the later middle ages and early Renaissance, and the artistic interactions between Christians, Muslims, and Jews. He has published widely in journals, curated several exhibitions, and recently contributed to Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Art, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. Perkinson's highly popular courses, such as Illuminated Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, bring students into firsthand contact with Medieval treasures from the collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and Department of Special Collections. He earned his B.A. from Colgate University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University. His fellowship support includes grants from the Getty Foundation and Chateubriand. Perkinson joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2002. Read more.

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