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Nine Professors Earn Tenure

Story posted February 13, 2004

Assistant professors Pamela Ballinger, Rachel J. Beane, Eric L. Chown, Thomas D. Conlan, Peter Coviello, Paul Friedland, Marc J. Hetherington, Barry A. Logan, and Michael F. Palopoli have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2004. The promotions were voted by the Board of Trustees during their February 5-7 meetings on campus.

Pamela Ballinger, anthropology, works on questions of memory, identity, refugees and displacement, Italian fascism, and the methodological intersections between history and anthropology. Her geographical areas of specialization are Italy and the former Yugoslavia/Balkans. She is the author of the book History in Exile: Memory and Identity at the Borders of the Balkans (2002). Recent awards include a Policy Research Fellowship, National Council for Eurasian and east European research. She earned her B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University, an M.Phil. in social anthropology from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology and history from The Johns Hopkins University. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1998.

Rachel Beane, geology, teaches courses in physical geology, geological field methods, mineralogy, structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and mountain belts. All her courses emphasize problem solving and writing, and include field trips to examine local geology. She was awarded the 2003 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty. While at Bowdoin she has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation: one involving a petrotectonic study of Casco Bay, and the other the use of a low-vacuum scanning electron microscope with an energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer. She is a graduate of Williams College, and earned her Ph.D. in geological and environmental sciences at Stanford University. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1998.

Eric Chown, computer science, teaches courses in artificial intelligence, cognitive architecture, and computer programming, and researches learning in both humans and machines. In 2001 he was awarded a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Grant to support his project "Computational Models of Space in Navigation and Other Domains." Part of the grant was used to purchase high-performance robots that have been integrated into several Bowdoin courses. Chown earned his B.A. and M.S. degrees from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, where he specialized in artificial intelligence. Before joining the Bowdoin faculty in 1998, he served for four years as a postdoctoral assistant in machine learning at Oregon State University.

Thomas D. Conlan, history and Asian studies, teaches courses that span the range of Japanese history, but specializes in ancient and medieval Japanese history. Courses include seminars examining the nature of medieval warfare, the role of the samurai, surveys of Japan's courtly society of the Heian period and explorations of the creation of a notion of "Japan." He recently published the book State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth-Century Japan, and the monograph In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan. He earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan, his M.A. and Ph.D. at Stanford University, and also studied at Kyoto University. He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1998.

Peter Coviello, English, has taught courses in antebellum American literature, early American literature, poetry and poetic form, the Harlem Renaissance, psychoanalytic theory, lesbian and gay studies, and women's studies. He is the author of Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press, and the editor of a new edition of Walt Whitman's Civil War memoir Memoranda During the War, both due in 2004. He earned his B.A. from Northwestern University. He went on to Cornell University where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English, with a major concentration on pre-1865 American literature and studies in critical theory, poetry, and post-1865 American literature. He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1998.

Paul Friedland, history, has taught courses on the French Revolution, modern France, the 18th century and the birth of the "age of reason," the concept of modernity and its critics, and crime and punishment in modern Europe. He is the author of Political Actors: Representative Bodies and Theatricality in the Age of the French Revolution (2002) and "Beyond Deterrence: Cadavers, Effigies, Animals and the Logic of Executions in Pre-Modern France" forthcoming in Refléxions Historiques (2004). He earned his B.A. in history and Russian studies from Brown University, his M.A. in history from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to coming to Bowdoin in 1997, he taught Loyola University of Chicago.

Marc J. Hetherington, government and legal studies, teaches courses in American government, American political behavior, public opinion, and research methods. He was awarded the 2002 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty. His research centers on the sources and effects of declining trust in government among ordinary citizens. He has written a forthcoming book on the subject titled Why Trust Matters: Declining Political Trust and the Demise of American Liberalism, and he also co-authored the ninth edition of Parties, Politics, and Public Policy in America (2003). He earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1998.

Barry A. Logan, biology, has taught courses in plant physiology, plant responses to the environment, and free radicals and antioxidants. His research focuses on plant physiological ecology, photosynthesis, and antioxidants. He was among a team of researches awarded a USDA grant for "Testing Transgenic Cotton with Elevated Antioxidants," and also was awarded an NSF CCLI A&I grant to support "Bringing Chromatography and Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum." He earned his B.A. in biology at Cornell University, where his concentration was animal physiology and anatomy, and his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Colorado. Prior to joining the Bowdoin faculty in 1998, he served as a professional research associate and instructor at the University of Colorado.

Michael F. Palopoli, biology, teaches courses in evolutionary biology. His diverse teaching and research interests are centered within the field of evolutionary genetics. Current research projects focus on nematode species in the genus Caenorhabditis, work funded by a three-year National Science Foundation grant. Other research projects with students and fellow faculty include the molecular identification of ectomycorrhizal fungi across a dune chronosequence and the molecular population genetics of human follicle mites. He earned his B.S. in psychology and M.S. in biology from the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. in ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago, and won a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1998.

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