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A quartet of professors add to the college’s eclectic mix

From left: Mark Vorreuter (3); Provided

This year, the college welcomed four new professors, each choosing Human Ecology for its diverse, multidisciplinary approach. There’s an epidemiologist focused on improving lives in resource-poor regions; a sociologist who’s a leading expert on the effects of mass incarceration on child welfare; a fashion design scholar and documentary filmmaker who examines clothing and culture; and an architect who uses design to bolster human health and environmental sustainability. With the additions, the college has hired 37 professors since Alan Mathios became dean in 2007, yielding a bumper crop of new faculty members who are expected to lead the college for decades to come.

Julia L. Finkelstein, assistant professor, nutritional sciences, and Follett Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow  Academic focus: Design and conduct of randomized trials and cohort studies in resourcelimited settings; role of vitamins B12, iron, and folate in the etiology of anemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes; applications of epidemiological and GIS methods to improve surveillance and public health. Previous positions: Research scientist, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell; faculty fellow, Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University. Academic background: BS, psychology and humanistic studies, McGill University; MPH, public health, Brown University; MS, epidemiology, and PhD, nutritional epidemiology, both at Harvard. Last book read: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. In her own time: Music, photography, yoga, and exploring Ithaca. I chose Human Ecology: for its multidisciplinary approach to nutrition and outstanding research opportunities.

Christopher Wildeman, associate professor, policy analysis and management Academic focus: Child welfare, children with incarcerated parents, and demography. Previous positions: Associate professor of sociology, Yale University; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, University of Michigan. Academic background: BA, philosophy, sociology, and Spanish, Dickinson College; MA and PhD, both in sociology and demography at Princeton University. Last book read: On the Run by Alice Goffman. In his own time: Playing soccer and spending time with his wife and two kids. I chose Human Ecology: because I was thrilled to move to Ithaca and work in a multidisciplinary department.

Denise Green ’07, assistant professor, fiber science and apparel design Academic focus: Using ethnography in combination with archival and museumbased research methods to explore cultural aspects of style, fashion, and dress. Previous positions: Graduate research assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia; patternmaker, ORRA Active; textiles teaching assistant, UC Davis. Academic background: BS, fiber science and apparel design, Cornell; MS, textiles, UC Davis; PhD, anthropology, University of British Columbia. Last book read: Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas edited by Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jennifer Kramer, and Ki-ke-in. In her own time: Yoga, skiing, mountain biking, trail running, and other outdoor activities. I chose Human Ecology: because the emphasis on multidisciplinary research allows me to explore cultural, economic, and social justice aspects of fashion and dress.

Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, professor, design and environmental analysis Academic focus: Health care design, sustainability, and design process. Previous positions: Professor of architecture and director of the Center for Health Systems and Design, Texas A&M University; associate and architect, The Design Partnership, San Francisco. Academic background: BA, art history, and M.Arch., both at Columbia University; MA, psychology, and D.Arch., both at University of Michigan. Last book read: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. In her own time: Dancing, bicycling, sailing, and writing. I chose Human Ecology: for the college’s academically diverse faculty and interest in supporting design research.


Human Ecology Magazine, Spring 2015  

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