Story posted February 17, 2006
Assistant Professors Mark Battle, Aviva Briefel, Jorunn Buckley, Elena Cueto-Asin, Songren Cui, Katherine Dauge-Roth, James Mullen, Arielle Saiber and Krista Van Vleet have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2006. The Board of Trustees voted on their promotions during their February 9-11, 2006, meeting on campus.
Mark Battle, physics and astronomy, is conducting ongoing field research on atmospheric composition and climate change, some of which includes analysis of firn (snow pack) air in Antarctica. He has published widely, including a March 2000 article for the journal Science that was named one of the most influential articles in environmental science by Essential Science Indicators. Battle earned a B.S. in physics from Tufts University while simultaneously earning a B.M. in clarinet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Rochester. Battle joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2000 and has taught a range of courses, including Physics of Particles and Nuclei and Methods of Experimental Physics.
Aviva Briefel, English, is a multidisciplinary scholar whose research interests span Victorian literature, art forgery in literature, and film studies. She has taught widely on Victorian literature and introduced a highly popular course on horror films into the Bowdoin curriculum. Briefel's publications appear in a variety of professional journals and her book, Fake Ids: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteenth Century, is forthcoming from the Cornell University Press. She earned her B.A. in English and American literature from Brown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Briefel joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2000.
Jorunn Buckley, religion, is the world's leading scholar on the Mandaeans, an ancient Gnostic religious sect based in Iraq and Iran. Originally from Norway, Buckley earned degrees from Oslo University and Bergen University, before earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Divinity School. She has taught widely at institutions including Pennsylvania State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Syracuse University. She has published dozens of papers and is the author of five books, including The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Contemporary People, (Oxford University Press, 2002). In recent years, Buckley has been sought by international human-rights organizations as an expert witness for exiled Mandaeans seeking asylum. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1999.
Elena Cueto-Asin, romance languages-Spanish, studies contemporary Spanish theater and film, about which she has presented and written widely. She is the author of Autos para siluetas de Valle-Incián: Simbolismo y caos sobre el espejo cóncavo (Pentevedra: Editorial Mirabel, 2005). She earned her undergraduate degree from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, before earning her M.A. and Ph.D, in comparative literature from Purdue University. A highly multidisciplinary teacher, Cueto-Asin teaches a wide range of language and culture classes, including Spanish Cinema Under Franco and Modern Hispanic Literature. Cueto-Asin joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2000.
Songren Cui, Asian studies, is an expert in Chinese syntax and pedagogical grammar, rhetoric and discourse analysis, teaching methodology, learning strategies, language testing, and Chinese culture. He is the author of the textbook, Business Chinese: An Advanced Reader (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2004) and co-author of Shifting Tides: Culture in Contemporary China (Boston: Chen and Tsui Company, 2003). Originally from Guangzhou, China, Cui received degrees from Zhongshan University and graduate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught at institutions including UCLA, Harvard University, and Middlebury College. Recently, he expanded Bowdoin's curriculum by offering a fourth-year Chinese class, Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese. Cui joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1999.
Katherine Dauge-Roth, romance languages-French, has a wide range of teaching and research interests. Her work in French 17th century studies includes examinations of early tattooing practices, literature and medicine, representations of the occult, and the lives of women. Dauge-Roth earned her A.B. from Colby College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in romance languages and literatures from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has published and presented widely, and in 2005 organized the annual conference of The Society of Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies, which was held at Bowdoin. Her book, Signing the Body in Early Modern France, is forthcoming from Ashgate Press. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1999.
James Mullen, visual art, earned his B.F.A. in sculpture from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and his M.F.A. in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington. A prolific and widely admired landscape painter, Mullen has exhibited extensively, both in group and solo shows, most recently at the Sherry French Gallery in New York City. His work is in many private and public collections, including the Wichita Center for the Arts and Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences. Before joining the Bowdoin faculty in 1999, Mullen taught at Indiana University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the University of Evansville, in Indiana.
Arielle Saiber, romance languages-Italian, has scholarly interests that bridge mathematics and literature, science and literature, the literary fantastic, and early modern scientific studies. She recently published a book about a 16th century philosopher titled, Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of Language (Ashgate, 2005). Saiber earned her B.A. in philosophy from Hampshire College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian literature from Yale University. She has presented papers internationally and serves on the executive committees of the Modern Language Association's Division of Literature and Science, and the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Saiber joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1999.
Krista Van Vleet, sociology and anthropology, has studied kinship, gender and sexuality, religion, and popular culture among Andean South Americans and other cultures in Latin America. Van Vleet has published and presented widely, and a book, Relative Intimacies: Performing Kinship and Narrating Violence in the Andes, is forthcoming from the University of Texas Press. Because of her wide-ranging explorations of culture and gender, many of her courses are cross-listed in Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, and Gay and Lesbian Studies. Van Vleet earned her B.S. in biochemistry from Beloit College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1999.