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Three Faculty Members Earn Tenure in 2011

Story posted February 16, 2011

Three Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2011. The Board of Trustees voted on their promotion during their Feb. 10-12, 2011, meeting.

Those faculty members are: Connie Y. Chiang (history and environmental studies); Gustavo Faverón-Patriau (romance languages--Spanish); and Rachel Sturman (history and Asian studies.)

About the promoted faculty members:

connie chiang
Connie Y. Chiang

Connie Y. Chiang is an environmental historian who specializes in the American West. Her research examines the relationship between environmental change and social history, particularly as they relate to race, ethnicity, gender, and labor. She earned two major prizes for her doctoral dissertation, which she expanded and published as, Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast (University of Washington Press, 2008). Currently, she is preparing a new book, tentatively titled: Nature Behind Barbed Wire: An Environmental History of World War II Japanese American Incarceration. Chiang earned her B.A from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of Washington. She first came to Bowdoin as a Coastal Studies scholar-in-residence in 2002, then joined the faculty in 2003. Her courses include: Asian American History, History of the American West, and Memoirs and Memory in American History. A highly involved community member, Chiang's service positions include the Governance and Faculty Affairs Committee, Bowdoin College Children's Center Advisory Board, and Coastal Studies Center Advisory Committee.

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Gustavo Faverón-Patriau

Gustavo Faverón-Patriau is a specialist in 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and political history, with a special focus on Andean and Southern Cone literature. He has published widely in both Spanish and English-language journals and presented talks at conferences around the world. He was recognized as Cultural Journalist of the Year in 1998, by El Comercio, Lima, Perú. Faverón-Patriau is editor of Dissidences, an online Hispanic journal of theory and criticism sponsored by Bowdoin's Department of Romance Languages and Latin American Studies program. He is author of two books, the forthcoming, Contra la alegoría. Hegemonía y disidencia en la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XIX (Georg Olms Verlag) and Rebeldes: Sublevaciones indígenas y naciones emergentes en Hispanoamérica en el siglo XVIII (Editorial Tecnos, 2006). Among the courses he has taught: Letters from the Asylum: Madness and Representation in Latin American Fiction, Introduction to Hispanic Poetry and Theatre, and Borges and the Borgesian. Faverón-Patriau earned a B.A. in linguistics and literature and a Licenciatura in Spanish and Spanish American literature from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in romance studies from Cornell University. He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2005.

rachel sturman
Rachel Sturman

Rachel Sturman is an historian of modern India with a focus on colonial and post-colonial history. She earned her A.B. in history from the University of Chicago and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis. Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled, Law and Governance in Colonial India: The Politics of Personhood, Property and the State (Cambridge University Press) examines ways in which colonial law defined personhood and property by adjudicating property through religious law. A highly engaged scholar, Sturman has published many reviews and articles and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences around the country. Her courses include Gandhi and His Critics, Globalizing India, The Politics of Inequality of Modern India, and Law and Society in Colonial India. Sturman's grants and fellowships include Bowdoin's Kenan and Freeman Faculty Fellowships, American Institute of Indian Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. She was awarded a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Society of Fellows. Sturman joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2004.

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