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Two Faculty Members Earn Tenure in 2012

Story posted February 14, 2012

Two Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2012. The Board of Trustees voted on their promotion during their Feb. 9-11, 2012, meeting.

Those faculty members are: Tess Chakkalakal (Africana Studies and English) and Belinda Kong (Asian Studies and English).

The Board of Trustees also approved the hire of a new faculty member in government, with tenure: Andrew D. Rudalevige, who is currently Walter E. Beach Distinguished Chair in Political Science at Dickinson College, will join the Bowdoin faculty July 1, 2012. Rudalevige has written extensively on presidential-congressional relations, presidential management strategies, and federal policymaking, especially in secondary and higher education.

About the promoted faculty members:

Tess Chakkalakal

Tess Chakkalakal is a scholar of 19th century African-American literature and a leading expert on the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe. She is the author of Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Illinois Press, 2011) and is co-editor of the forthcoming volumes: Critical Edition of the Novels of Sutton E. Griggs (West Virginia University Press) and Literature and Jim Crow: New Essays of Sutton E. Griggs (University of Georgia Press). She has published widely in scholarly journals. Chakkalakal earned her B.A. in English/History, M.A. in English, and Ph.D. in English from York University, Toronto. Among her courses at Bowdoin are African-American Literature and the Law, Introduction to the Black Novel in the United States, and Reading Uncle Tomís Cabin. Chakkalakal has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship; Visiting Faculty Fellow, Duke University; and Mellon Foundation Collaborative Faculty Enhancement, among others. She is faculty director for Bowdoinís planned commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the associated alumni college. Chakkalakal joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2008. Read story.

Belinda Kong
Belinda Kong

Belinda Kong is a scholar of Chinese diaspora fiction; transnationalism and Asian American literature; and theories of translation, race and displacement. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Tiananmen Fictions Outside the Square: The Chinese Literary Diaspora and the Politics of Global Culture (Temple University Press, 2012). Kong has presented widely at conferences around the country and is author of numerous peer-reviewed articles. She earned her B.A. in English and Philosophy at the College of William and Mary, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her courses include Orphans of Asia, Forbidden Capital: Contemporary Chinese and Chinese Diaspora Fiction, Asian Americaís Aging, and Writing China From Afar. She is an active faculty member who has served on the Governance and Faculty Affairs Committee, Faculty Development Committee and Oversight Committee on Multicultural Affairs. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2005. Read story.

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