Master Scholar Teachers at Duke University
Jack H. Neely Associate Professor of Biology (2007-2012)
How and why animal behavior has evolved is the central focus of the work in Dr. Alberts’ lab. The research centers on two populations of large mammals — savannah baboons and elephants. Dr. Alberts is the co-director of the Amboseli Baboon Research Projects in the Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya. She is interested in understanding how behavior in these populations has animpact on individual fitness, based on information about individual behavior and life histories. She also examines the relationship between genes and behavior; how behavior affects population genetic structure and how genes influence behavior.
Supportive Moms and Sisters Boost Female Baboon’s Rank.
Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology (2006-2011)
Dr. Allison is a cultural anthropologist who researches the intersection between the political economy and imaginative dreamworld(s) of everyday life in contemporary Japan. She has published three books: Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club; Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan and Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination. Currently, she is researching Japanese kids, family, and affect in the 21st century.
Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Professor Baker is a researcher of race whose two books, “From Savage to Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954” and “Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture,”present a new perspective of the discipline of anthropology. The dean of academic affairs of Trinity College also makes time to mentors many Duke students.
Marcello Lotti Professor of Theater Studies (2003-2008)
Dr. Beckwith is the chair of Theater Studies and directs the Duke in London program. Her interests are in late medieval religious culture, especially culture in performance. Her publications include work on medieval mysticism and gender, Corpus Christi theatre, sacramental culture, and ritual theory and practice. She is currently working on the interrelationship between church and theater as performative cultures in the transition from medieval to early modern theatre.
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Professor Bennett helped create the global health co-major. His research focuses on social factors, cognitions and motivations that contribute to obesity. He has twice in four years been recognized as one of the top 5 percent of instructors in Trinity for his energy, support and effective teaching skills.
Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry
Professor Bernhardt is one of the leading stream-water ecologists in the world, with high-impact publications. She fosters cross-departmental collaboration, in addition to demonstrating excellent teaching and mentoring. Her presence at Duke, including her efforts in getting donors to fund the Duke River Center, has convinced tenured faculty at other universities to join this institution. Bernhardt is full of ideas and excitement about research and constantly strives to make her teaching relevant to students. She redesigned the Biology Department’s core ecology class to become a flipped classroom, in hopes of encouraging students to think more deeply and independently. Her teaching and mentoring make students constantly seek her as an advisor and mentor at various levels.
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Professor Board is currently Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Professor of Computer Science, and director of the recently founded Center for Computational Science and Electrical Engineering. He teaches introductory and advanced courses in computer design, digital logic, and web technologies. His research group studies the use of advanced computers coupled with novel algorithms to solve practical computational problems, especially in the life sciences. Dr. Board received the 1990 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award from the School of Engineering and the 1993 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award from the School of Engineering.
Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor David Brady leads the Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program (DISP), which builds computational imaging systems. Current DISP projects focus on snapshot gigapixel photography using multiscale optics, x-ray scatter tomography, millimeter wave diffraction tomography, focal tomography and compressive spectral imaging. His research specializes in optical imaging, photonics, sensing and sensor systems, and homeland security. He is distinguished in his field, having received various titles such as IEEE Fellow and ARCS Foundation Fellow.
Sally Dalton Robinson Professor of Computer Science (2011-2016)
Professor Conitzer is a leader in the intersection of computer science and economics, specializing in computational aspects of game theory, voting, and mechanism design. His work has contributed to the solution of real-world problems, such as the automated randomized scheduling of security assets and the running of combinatorial auctions with many items. Professor Conitzer has created new courses in the context of a new interdisciplinary minor in computational economics. He does an excellent job of integrating research into the classroom and has even used Sudoku as a tool in teaching linear and integer programming.
Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor of Chemistry (2007-2012)
Professor Craig’s group’s research interests link the chemistry of small molecules to the engineering of macroscopic materials, particularly polymers. He is a highly effective, demanding and popular teacher of Organic Chemistry. Over 25 undergraduates, from first year students to seniors, have worked on mentored independent research projects in Professor Craig’s lab, and ten have gone on to receive Graduation with Distinction honors under his supervision. He received the David and Janet Vaughan Brooks Teaching Award in 2005-06.
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Chemistry (2008-2013)
Professor Crumbliss is an inorganic chemist who studies the reactivity patterns of metals and their various compounds, including metalloproteins. He and his students and collaborators have developed models for how iron is mobilized in the environment by microbes and how these microbes use and store this essential nutrient. They have also studied iron acquisition by humans and bacterial pathogens in the human host, and the relationship of these processes to human health and disease. Dr. Crumbliss integrates his research with teaching and has opened his laboratory to researchers from high school students to international faculty.
Jeffrey N. Vinik Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2007-2012)
Professor Cummer’s research explores the interaction of electromagnetic fields with complicated structures and environments. In Professor Cummer’s other primary research, his group engineers materials that have electromagnetic properties that are not easily obtained or controlled in natural materials. His group has developed experimental techniques to probe these engineered materials and it was the among the first to demonstrate that the materials can have the unusual properties predicted theoretically. Using these techniques along with computer simulations, Professor Cummer’s group contributed to the design of a material that can smoothly bend radio waves around an object, rendering it effectively invisible.
Mary Milus Yoh and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. Associate Professor of
Professor John Dolbow’s research concerns the development of new numerical methods that enable the investigation of emerging theories in applied mechanics, with emphasis on the roles of interfaces and defects. He is actively involved in many professional and engineering societies and a reviewer for archival journals such as Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics.
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature (2013-2018)
Professor Donahue specializes in modernism and Holocaust literature. He is a leader in the field of German literature and culture in North America. He has created new undergraduate courses, such as “Jewish Berlin, Berlin Theater” and “Berlin Since the War” for the Duke-in-Berlin Program.
William and Sue Gross Professor of Computer Science (2006-2011)
Professor Bruce Donald, as the author of over 100 publications, has made significant contributions to several fields in computer science. His research has varied from topics such as robots, microelectromechnical systems, computational geometry to structural molecular biology. Currently, Professor Donald and the members of the Donald Lab are aiming to build microsystems that can accurately interact and change the physical world.
Earl D. McLean, Jr. Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology (2016-2021)
Professor Drea is a highly interdisciplinary researcher with work lying at the intersection of three disciplines: organismal biology, comparative psychology, and evolutionary anthropology. She is also well-known for her excellent teaching and the high standards that she insists that her students meet. Her students praise her classes as being thought-provoking, even though they are considered to be among the most challenging in her department. Besides post-docs and graduate students, nine of her recent papers include undergraduate authors, four with undergraduates as first authors.
Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History (2010-2015)
Professor DuBois is the Director of the Center for French and
Francophone Studies at Duke and is considered one of the foremost experts on
the history and culture of the French Caribbean. In his courses, Professor Dubois
emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary approaches in the study of
history, literature and culture, inviting students into scholarly discussion
and debate and stressing the importance of writing skills.
Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Political Science (2004-2009)
Professor Feaver is an international leader in the field of civil-military relations and the politics of national security. He is a political scientist who examines how policy is made at the intersection of the civilian and military worlds with a focus on how civilian politics affect national security. He has served two stints on the National Security Council staff at the White House, one in 1993-94 and the other in 2005-2007. His courses emphasize the intersection of theory, history, and policy, encouraging students to engage in realistic learning assignments that incorporate the kinds of skills and challenges policy makers must utilize. He is the winner of both the Trinity and Alumni teaching awards and has co-written a book entitled Getting the Best Out of College.
Frances Hill Fox Professor in Humanities in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences (2011-2016)
Professor Thomas Ferraro is an aficionado of great Americans such as Emily Dickinson, Edward Hopper, the Marx Brothers, and Nina Simone. He writes on literature, film, and the performing arts. He is the author of Ethnic Passages: Literary Immigrants in 20th-Century America , the editor of Catholic Lives, Contemporary America. He has contributed to The Columbia History of the American Novel, Scribner’s Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. Prof. Ferraro’s book, Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America (NYU, 2005), explores the Italian aesthetic seduction of the United States and won the 2006 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies (2013-2017)
Professor Forte is an Italian-trained archeologist-scholar who focuses on digital archaeology and digital heritage, evolving and rapidly changing fields that straddle culture-history archaeologies, computer science, engineering and visual studies. Hallmarks of his teaching involve students working in teams and interacting with 3D models with a digital technology system he designed to make vivid recreations of ancient sites.
Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Zoology
Professor Forward teaches courses in marine animal navigation and physiology of marine animals. His area of research is broadly described as the biology and ecology of marine invertebrates, and his current research focuses on the larval development and movement of two very important components of the Mid-Atlantic coastal fishery, the menhaden and the spot. A former Fulbright Scholar, professor Forward has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Chemistry (2014-2019)
Professor Franz’s research focuses on bio-inorganic chemistry, with a particular emphasis on understanding the structural and functional consequences of metal binding in biological systems. She also has been a recipient of a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award that recognizes excellence in both teaching and research.
E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies (2012-2017)
Professor Gabara’s main scholarly area of specialization is the relationship between literature and the visual arts in modern and contemporary Latin America. She has made major contributions to the development of the curriculum of the Department of Romance Studies, creating courses on 20th century Mexico; Mexican feminist thought, art, and literature; Latin American modernism; and US Chicana feminists. Reflecting her secondary appointment in Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Dr. Gabara has introduced students to visual culture through a course on photography in Latin America. In addition, her curatorial experience with major museums has prompted her to use the Nasher as a pedagogical tool, teaching classes on pre-Columbian art or Mexico’s “Social Sculpture.”
W. H. Gardner, Jr., Associate Professor of Engineering (2006-2011)
Professor Henri Gavin has distinguished himself as an international leader in the field of earthquake engineering. He seeks to determine the risks posed by earthquakes to critical and fragile components of our infrastructure network (such as data centers and telecommunication hubs) and how these risks may be mitigated. Gavin’s principal pedagogical goal is to guide students to develop methods founded on basic engineering principles to solve contemporary problems, and to appreciate the role of uncertainty in this endeavor. In doing so, he and a colleague conceptualized and implemented WEAVE: the Web-based Educational framework for Analysis, Visualization, and Experimentation, in cooperation with the Center for Instructional Technology, which allows students to conduct experiments through their web browsers and to observe the results to their inputs. Professor Gavin was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2008.
Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Political Science (2003-2008)
Professor Michael Gillespie specializes in modern continental theory and the history of political philosophy. He is among the most prominent American scholars of German Philosophy. Professor Gillespie is both a serious scholar and outstanding teacher. Professor Gillespie was the founder of the Visions of Freedom Focus Program that aims to give first-year students a comprehensive introduction to the humanities and social sciences. His courses are demanding, with readings that include difficult philosophical material, literary and historical texts, and autobiographical works, as well as substantial writing assignments. Professor Gillespie’s enthusiasm for teaching has inspired many of his students to undertake further study of political philosophy.
Frances Hill Fox Professor in Humanities (2004-2009)
Professor Bryan Gilliam is a historical musicologist specializing in music of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially the hundred year period ending in 1950. Professor Gilliam explores the areas where music intersects with 20th century politics, especially in Germany. Additionally, Professor Gilliam studies Hollywood film music, a field largely neglected by historically trained scholars, which is now receiving attention.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Kristin Goss is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and founding director of the Duke in DC program. As a political scientist, her research has influenced several fields of study including social movements, gender politics, and the policymaking process particularly in areas of gun control and women in politics. Through her work she has addressed broad questions of importance in multiple disciplines. As a teacher, she has developed and successfully executed various undergraduate courses that have earned her stellar course and instructor ratings. She has been described as skilled in challenging students to dig deeply and develop well-founded arguments based upon factual evidence. This teaching has translated into high demand for her to serve as an advisor. Overall, her efforts are described as a “potent triple threat”: a great teacher, and a nationally recognized scholar of political science who connects her research and scholarship to real-time political engagement in a nonpartisan and balanced manner.
Addy Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2009-2014)
Professor Grill directs his research towards understanding and controlling neural function. His specific interests are in two related areas: electrical stimulation to restore function after serious peripheral nerve injury and deep brain stimulation. Professor Grill is at the forefront of the novel application of the use of electrical currents to improve the quality of lives of patients with neuromuscular dysfunction.
Theodore Kennedy Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2016-2021)
Professor Gunsch is recognized as a leading expert in the microbiological aspects of environmental engineering. She is also considered an excellent principal investigator and teacher. Gunsch been the primary mentor for nine Ph.D. students and 21 undergraduate researchers at Duke. She has also been recognized nationally with the prestigious NSF CAREER award and an invitation to the National Academy of Engineering’s US Frontiers in Engineering Symposium. A stalwart volunteer who has never declined a request from her department, she manages to also conduct her teaching and research at the highest level.
Fred W. Shaffer Associate Professor of History (2001-2006)
Professor Hacohen works in the field of Modern European intellectual history and uses Karl Popper’s work as his focus and his reference point for other issues. He’s written a massive monograph entitled Karl Poppe–The Formative Years 1902-1945 . More than a life of Popper, the book demonstrates a wide-ranging engagement with the history of Austro Marxism and Central European socialism and various strands of nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy. Professor Hacohen won the Lublin Distinguished Teaching Award of 1996-97.
Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy
Professor Hamilton is not only a professor of economics and political science but also the Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. His works reflect his interests in the media, environmental policy, the economics of regulation, and political economy. He has written, coauthored, or edited eight books including All the News That’s Fit To Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News.
Jack H. Neely Associate Professor of Literature (2005-2007)
Professor Hardt’s domain is critical theory and twentieth century French and Italian philosophy and political theory. Dr. Hardt explores politics, trade, culture, and literature with a remarkable intellectual maturity. Professor Hardt has also earned a laudatory reputation as a teacher. His students roundly praise him for his strengths as a listener as well as a lecturer and his willingness to go the extra mile and beyond to help them. One went so far as to label him “the perfect college professor,” combining humor, understanding, intelligence, and accessibility.
Alexander F. Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Computer Science (2009-2014)
Alexander Hartemink works at the interface of computer science, biology, and statistics, specializing in the relatively new field of computational biology. His research focuses especially on applications of statistical machine learning to understanding the way in which transcription and replication are coordinately enacted on a eukaryotic genome. A former Duke undergraduate, Professor Hartemink has been a deeply committed teacher since returning to his alma mater, as reflected in his being named the recipient of the David and Janet Vaughn Brooks Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007.
W.H. Gardner, Jr. Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2001-2006)
Professor Henriquez’s received both his BSE and his PhD right here at Duke. He has distinguished himself in cardiac bioelectric analysis models. He has used these models to study other arrhythmias and the relationship between tissue damage and arrhythmia. Professor Henriquez is a remarkable teacher and a practitioner of project-based learning. This hands-on approach demonstrates the concepts presented in lecture and allows students to develop independently. His students find his courses demanding but enjoyable.
Mary Milus Yoh & Horald L. Yoh Jr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2014-2019)
Her main research interest is water chemistry, with emphasis on the mobility, transformation, and bioavailability of metals. She has built a world-class research program here at Duke in water chemistry, helping to expand the body of knowledge surrounding the impact of mercury and other metals in fish and the food chain.
Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Scott Huettel has focused his research career on the process of decision-making and neuroeconomics. In so doing, he has bridged the natural and social sciences, leveraging the methods of psychology, economics, neuroscience, physiology, and genetics to understand how people think and interact. By measures of interest, commitment, investment, and record of accomplishment, Professor Huettel is an outstanding teacher. He has developed an array of courses in Psychology, such as “The Study of Consciousness” and “Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” and been a regular professor in the FOCUS program. He has advised more than 20 undergraduate independent studies and/or graduation with distinctions projects.
Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Religion (2006-2011)
Professor Richard Jaffe is a pioneer in the study of Japanese Buddhism from the Meiji period through the end of World War II (roughly 1868-1945). Professor Jaffe has an enviable grasp not only of modern and classical Japanese but also of classical Chinese and other Asian languages. A highly regarded teacher, Professor Jaffe has inaugurated a variety of courses in Buddhism and related topics. His students recognize him as an authority in his field but also as a caring and approachable person.
Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy (2011-2016)
Andrew Janiak is a gifted scholar and philosopher whose research interests include the history of early modern philosophy and the history and philosophy of science. He has edited Newton’s philosophical writings, and his book Newton as Philosopher argues that Newton saw himself first and foremost as a philosopher, though we consider him as a mathematician and physicist. As a teacher, Professor Janiak has already had an equally impressive impact. He has been a faculty fellow at Duke’s Franklin Humanities institute and is affiliated with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Students describe him as a funny, passionate and engaging teacher. He won the Richard K. Lublin teaching award in 2009.
Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Public Policy (2012-2017)
Judith Kelley is a path-breaking researcher with appointments in both the Sanford School and in the Department of Political Science. Her work focuses on two main questions: how can international actors and organizations influence governments to promote domestic political reforms, and what roles do international norms and law play in constraining state behavior. Within the discipline of Political Sciences, her subfield is European politics, with emphasis on policies regarding ethnic conflict and the interaction with institutions. She has excelled in teaching all stages of the public policy major: the introductory course, advanced seminars, and the honors project seminar. Students describe her as a “great instructor with a high level of enthusiasm, always well-organized and interesting.” One student writes “Kelly was by far the best lecture professor I have had so far. I’m majoring in Public Policy now because the program is so strong and the material so interesting. Another comments “I love the way she ties current issues with theoretical issues.” And yet another, “she motivated us to use what we learned out of class and get involved in keeping aware of international politics.”
Gilhuly Family Professor of Sociology (2013-2018)
Professor Keister’s research concentrates on two cross disciplinary areas in economic sociology: the study of wealth inequality and the study of complex organizations, particularly in China. Her teaching philosophy involves including the research process in class curriculum.
Lee Hill Snowdon Associate Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment (2005-2009)
Professor Emily Klein is a geochemist who studies the earth’s mantle and the processes of melt generation and accretion. She uses the tools of major and trace element analysis and isotopic analysis to study the geochemical variations among the ocean ridge basalts and the underlying crustal rocks. Her excellent reputation as a classroom teacher extends beyond Duke.
Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies (2007-2012)
Professor Robert Korstad is an expert on social policy from a historical perspective and issues such as labor, poverty, and civil rights. His research interests include twentieth century U. S. history, labor history, African American history, and contemporary social policy, and he is the co-director of a major documentary research project at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, “Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South.
Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor of Physics (2012-2017)
Mark Kruse is a recognized international leader in the field of high-energy particle physics at the energy frontier. Not one to shy from risk, he has taken on one of the most pressing problems in elementary particle physics – the search for the path to understanding the origin of mass. In addition to his scholarly accomplishments and collaborations with colleagues in Geneva and Australia, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching: he has been instrumental in the creative redesign of the introductory physics course and developed new courses in astrophysics. Mark has also served as an excellent mentor to undergraduate researchers and to students in the Student Physics Society. Students commend him for his organization, clarity, and ability to bring current events into his courses. He pushes students, particularly non-majors, beyond what they thought they could accomplish in class. Students often report on his class, “One of my favorite classes at Duke” or “Best class I have taken at Duke.”
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Mathematics (2013-2018)
Professor Layton’s work applies mathematics to biological systems, specifically, mathematical modeling of renal physiology. Her work involves the development of mathematical models of the mammalian kidney and the application of these models to investigate urine. Students rate highly her clarity and enthusiasm both in class and as a thesis advisor.
Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Music (2002-2007)
Professor of Music and Vice Provost for the Arts (2008 – )
Professor Lindroth’s specialty within the greater field of music is composition. He has been described as a brilliant orchestral composer, and his compositions have been widely performed in the United States and Europe. In addition to composing concert music, Dr. Lindroth has enjoyed several fruitful collaborations with video artists and choreographers. Dr. Lindroth is a gifted and popular instructor, whose courses attract students from the sciences and other humanities, in addition to music. He teaches music theory to undergraduates and has designed and implemented several new courses for the Department including Music 153 Computer Music.
Professor of Chemistry (2007-2012)
Professor Jie Liu and his laboratory conduct research on four major projects focused on the chemistry and material science of nanoscale materials. More specifically, his current interests include self-assembly of nanostructures and developing carbon nanotube based chemical and biological sensors. His laboratory team is composed of post-docs and visiting scholars as well as graduate and undergraduate students.
Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Professor Lozier is a physical oceanographer with interests in large-scale ocean circulation. Her current research focuses on the ocean’s role in climate variability and climate change. Professor Lozier’s primary pedagogical goal is for students to develop a physical understanding of how and why the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans move. At another level, her goal is for students to become facile with physical concepts of natural systems. She was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Career Award in 1996, received a Duke University Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2007, and was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2008.
Jeffrey N. Vinik Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (2012-2017)
Brian Mann is a recognized leader in the area of dynamic systems. He specializes in the broad area of nonlinear dynamics, with particular subspecialties of time delay dynamics and energy harvesting applications. His career has been distinguished by the winning two of the most prestigious young investigator awards in his field (the NSF CAREER and the ONR Young Investigator Award). Although he has only been at Duke for three years, he has made strong contributions to the school’s undergraduate and graduate teaching missions, teaching courses such as “Engineering Innovation” and “”Dynamics.” Students have commented on the excellence of his teaching, as reflected by the receipt in 2009 of the Pratt School’s Lois and John L. Imhoff Distinguished Teaching Award.
Jack Neely Professor of Biology (2012-2017)
Paul Manos is a talented teacher-scholar whose work emphasizes woody plants, especially the systematics of the oak and walnut families, as well as the related wind-pollinated families of flowering plants. He has excelled in teaching a course on “Biological Diversity,” which is required for majors, and a lab course on “Plant Communities of North Carolina.” His research and teaching program thus may be characterized by the aphorism “Think globally, act locally.” In recent years he has participated in major efforts to synthesize phylogenetic, population genetic, and geological history in Northern Hemisphere plants. Paul’s presentations are described as a model of clarity and organization. He is currently serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies and is widely recognized for his deep commitment over time to undergraduate teaching.
Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology
Professor Meyer is recognized as a prolific researcher in environmental genomics and taxology. He is also considered an outstanding, highly sought-after teacher and advisor at the Nicholas School. Meyer has received the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist award from NIEH and has more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, including 28 over the last three years. As one of the best teachers and mentors, Meyer has created courses for undergraduate students including a first-year Bass Connections seminar, which he developed with one of his PhD students. Meyer has also been a key catalyst for vertically integrating the student body. His charisma, excitement for his subject matter, and excellent pedagogy continue to earn him outstanding student reviews.
Marcello Lotti Professor of English
Professor Mitchell is known for the interdisciplinary nature of his research that has broadened and diversified the relationship between literature and the history of science. He directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science and Cultural Theory at Duke. He has developed a reputation for doing an excellent job of reaching out to students who tend to avoid humanities courses and successfully leading them through demanding material.
Robert O. Keohane Professor of Sociology (2011-2016)
Professor Moody works primarily in the areas of social networks, formal sociological theory, and quantitative methodology. He has brought new theoretical innovation to the study of social networks. His research on adolescent social networks analyzes their impact on health, delinquency, and substance abuse. Most elegant is his working operationalization of social cohesion in networks. He conceptualizes cohesion as the degree to which a group’s coherence and character are not dependent on a particular person or small set of ties. His paper on this topic won the American Sociological Associations Mathematical Sociology Section award for best article.
Earl D. McLean, Jr. Professor of Political Science (2006-2011)
Professor Michael Munger’s research includes the study of ideology, legislative institutions, elections, and public policy, especially campaign finance. A good portion examines the effect of incentives in human behavior and the nature by which such choices aggregate into social outcomes. Professor Munger has won two University-wide teaching awards: an NAACP Image Award for teaching about race, and the Howard Johnson Award for Inspiring Respect for the Traditions of Democracy and Free Enterprise. He currently serves as co-director of the newly established Program in American Values and Institutions. In 2008, Professor Munger gave the Keynote Speech at the Libertarian National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Later that year, he ran for governor of North Carolina.
Anderson-Rupp Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2003-2008)
Professor Barry Myers is an internationally recognized expert in the field of head and neck trauma. He is regarded as the most influential authority on neck injury in the United States. He is also a gifted teacher,
as his outstanding evaluations attest. Beyond popularity, however, he is a
committed educator and mentor, supervising a number of undergraduates’ independent research projects as well as serving on the Departmental Curriculum Committee for the better part of a decade. Additionally, he volunteered to chair the Pratt School Curriculum Review Committee.
Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor of Economics (2002-2007)
Professor Nechyba is a specialist in the field of Public Economics which is concerned with taxation and public expenditure. His particular interest is local public finance and the peer effects of neighborhood externalities. With exquisite tact, he has led the Economics Department through an extensive reconsideration of the curriculum.
Professor Nechyba is also an excellent classroom teacher. He is a gifted speaker with impressive technical skills and a flair for creative applications. He leads lively workshops, and his seminar presentations are exceptional.
Eads Family Professor of Cultural Anthropology in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences (2011-2016)
Professor Diane Nelson began fieldwork in Guatemala in 1985, exploring the impact of civil war on highland indigenous communities. From then, her interests have developed to the realms of cultural studies and cyborg anthropology. Her new project explores science and technology development in Guatemala and Latin America with a focus on research on vector and blood-borne diseases and the intersection of this research with health care and neo-liberal reforms.
Eads Family Professor of Mathematics
Lenhard (Lenny) Ng is an associate professor in the math department and a top-level researcher whose work focuses on mathematical knot theory. Ng’s research specialty is often considered difficult and abstract, but he has been successful in both getting published in prestigious journals as well as making his work highly accessible to undergraduate students. Ng is devoted to teaching at a lower level, using strategies that expand “pure” theory to include possible applications. This passion and commitment for teaching extend beyond Duke’s campus and are reflected in Ng’s mentorship work with local students from the North Carolina School of Science and Math.
James L. and Elizabeth M. Vincent Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2011-2016)
Professor Kathryn Nightingale heads the Nightingale Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering where she and her team investigate ultrasonic imaging methods for clinically-relevant problems using experiments and simulations. She is currently focused on the development of a novel method to generate images of the mechanical properties of tissue. In order to keep her research clinically-relevant, her team collaborates with the Duke University Medical Center in order to translate technology into actual, clinical practice.
Earl D. McLean Professor of Biology (2011-2016)
Professor Noor’s work focuses on evolution, genetics, and genomics. He investigates mechanisms that contribute directly to biological diversity and result in the biosphere’s ability to fill disparate ecological niches on the planet. In 2009, Professor Noor was presented with the Darwin-Wallace medal, which honors the evolutionary biologists who have made the greatest contributions to the field in the past 50 years. Known as an outstanding teacher – he teaches a basic genetics course to classes of almost 300 students — he is actively engaged in pedagogical innovation through departmental workshops on Scientific Teaching and Active Learning. Last year, he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Biology
Stephen Nowicki is the Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and a professor in the departments of biology. He serves as Duke’s
principal voice on undergraduate education, responsible for leading and
coordinating all aspects of undergraduate life. Before this role and his
previous one as Dean of Natural Sciences, Steve strengthened several large
courses in the biology department including “Principles of Neurobiology” and
“Introductory Biology” through an innovative approach to TA sections.
Fred W. Shaffer Associate Professor of History (2006-2011)
Professor Gunther Peck is acknowledged to be one of the leading scholars in the field of American history. His research interests include 19th and 20th century American social and cultural history; comparative immigration and labor studies; and environmental history. Professor Peck has participated in dramatic revisions of the History department’s core graduate curriculum and the Robertson Scholars program in Public Policy. He has been instrumental in launching a new three-year History and Public Policy initiative that aims to bring together policy makers and historians on major issues of the day.
William and Sue Gross Associate Professor of Mathematics
Professor Petters joined the Duke faculty in the fall of 1998 after teaching in the mathematics department at Princeton. At Duke, he teaches multivariable calculus. His primary area of research interest is the mathematical theory of gravitational lensing, a subfield of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Dr. Petters has won an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the two highest awards for young math/physics professors.
Eads Family Professor of English (2005-2010)
Professor Thomas Pfau is one of the major figures in English and German Romanticism in the United States today. His courses are challenging and intense. The demand level is high, but so is student motivation. Some may find him daunting, but they respond to his remarkable care–his manner is accessible and lucid. Professor Pfau not only engages students in his work; he engages them in their own thinking.
Professor of History (2001-2006)
Professor Piot has undertaken extensive fieldwork among the Kabre people of Togo, and this forms the foundation for much of his scholarship. He is currently expanding his areas of interest to include Togolese political culture and venturing into American anthropology with research on children and violence. He is among the University’s finest teachers, equally at home with undergraduates in large introductory classes or advanced seminars on colonialism, transnationalism and globalization. He is very popular with his students who praise him as being concerned, knowledgeable and helpful.
Addy Family Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (2014-2019)
Porporato is a leading expert in the field of Ecohydrology, the interactions between water and ecosystems, and his work is fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature. His research is known for being rigorous, wide-ranging and cutting-edge, and many credit him as the originator of the field of Ecohydrology.
Truman and Nellie Semans/Alex Brown & Sons Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences (2011-2016)
Widely cited for his research and teaching on energy and energy systems, Dr. Pratson is director of the Nicholas School’s Energy & Environment Program as well as the Duke University Energy Hub. He co-leads a research group on carbon capture and storage. Working with students, he is conducting research into integrating different forms energy storage and renewable energy generation into the electricity delivery system, assessing current and future water use in thermo-electric power generation. In 2011, he was named a Leopold Leadership Fellow, a national honor awarded to outstanding, mid-career academic researchers in critically important environmental fields who engage in public outreach.
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Mathematics (2003-2008)
In his career, Professor Reed has made fundamental
contributions in several areas of mathematics including the mathematical
foundations of physics, especially quantum mechanics. A consummate educator,
Professor Reed has been very successfully involved with curriculum
development. The improved calculus course continues to be fruitful.
Professor Reed has a well deserved reputation as an inspired teacher.
Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Statistical
Dr. Reiter teaches undergraduate courses in statistics, including both large introductory courses with over 100 students and small advanced courses designed for students pursuing a major or minor in statistical science. In all courses, Reiter teaches students that statistical science is not simply application of formulas; rather, it is the search for data-based answers to real-world problems. He uses genuine questions from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities to help students learn statistical thinking, thereby enabling them make better decisions in the presence of uncertainty. Professor Reiter was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2007 (and nominated multiple times before and after 2007). He is also a leading researcher on methods of protecting confidentiality in shared data and on methods of handling missing data. He has involved undergraduates in this research, resulting in peer-reviewed publications co-authored with Duke undergraduates.
Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Ecology (2009-2014)
Daniel Rittschof is a chemical ecologist interested in the mechanisms and evolution of signaling systems in marine organisms. The recipient of the 2007-2008 Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, Professor
Rittschof was also honored by a group of former students, who printed tshirts
emblazoned with a photograph of their Professor and the slogan, “Dr.
Dan is the Man.”
Fred W. Shaffer Professor of Economics (2016-2021)
Professor Roberts is gaining respect in the field of industrial organization. His early granting of tenure was based on the fact that his publication record and research pipelines exceeded those of anyone in his immediate cohort for his field. James has also served as an adviser and committee member for more than 16 Ph.D. students. His teaching evaluations rank among the top 5 percent university-wide. He has advised many undergraduate senior theses, particularly those interested in going on to graduate school. Known for bringing research alive for his students in the classroom, and in his advising and mentoring with a mix of lecture and discussion-based teaching methods, Roberts’ courses are connected to and informed by recent research.
Fred W. Shaffer Professor of History in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences (2011-2016)
Professor Robisheaux, who received his undergraduate degree from Duke in 1974, is an award-winning teacher and interdisciplinary scholar of medieval and early modern history. He is a fiercely independent thinker who stands out in his field for embracing his historical subjects on their own terms. His book The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village, takes the “micro-history,” as he calls it, of a witchcraft trial in a small town in Germany and extrapolates meaning to inform his broad cultural analysis. Professor Robisheaux’s teaching is on a par with his scholarship. He received Duke’s Howard D. Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006 and is widely regarded as one of the best undergraduate instructors on campus.
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Associate Professor of Physics (2008-2013)
Prof. Scholberg’s broad research interests include experimental elementary particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Her main specific interests are in neutrino physics: she studies neutrino oscillations with the Super-Kamiokande experiment, a giant underground water Cherenkov detector located in a mine in the Japanese Alps. She involves as many undergraduate students as possible in her research. In the classroom she explores the use of technology to improve student engagement and learning, with help from the Center for Instructional Technology. A recent successful example has been the use of web surveys for “minute questionnaires”, to enable prompt feedback to student questions and comments.
Mary Milus Yoh and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2004-2009)
Professor Lori Setton’s field is biomechanics where she brings together expertise in orthopaedics and tissue engineering. She has investigated how pharmacologic strategies and new injectable biomaterials may be successful in inhibiting the progression of joint disease. Professor Setton is an outstanding teacher, consistently receiving excellent evaluations from her students despite the rigor of her courses.
W. H. Gardner Jr. Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2017-2022)
Marc Sommer is an avid researcher of neuronal circuits of the brain. He aims to understand how individual areas process signals and how multiple areas interact to cause cognition and behavior.Students have noted how they appreciate his “teaching of problem-solving skills” and his accessibility outside the classroom. Sommer is considered among the best teachers in the department. He also serves the department as a director of undergraduate studies, while continuing to demonstrate productive and exemplary research, despite his conceptually deep, and experimentally difficult specialty.
W.H. Gardner Jr. Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2012-2017)
Daniel Sorin has made outstanding contributions to the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering, specifically in computer architecture and fault-tolerant computing. The body of work he has produced clearly indicates that he has been instrumental in changing the way the field thinks about error detection and how recovery should be performed in modern computing systems – a research topic which is becoming ever more prominent. Professor Sorin, a Duke alum, is an effective mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students. He has taught the core undergraduate course “Introduction to Computer Architecture,” as well as three upper- level courses taken by both undergraduate and graduate students. His is consistently ranked as one of the department’s top teachers.
Sally Dalton Robinson Professor of Cultural Anthropology (2005-2010)
Professor Orin Starn is lauded both as a scholar and as a teacher par excellence. In his much acclaimed book Ishi’s Brain: In Search of America’s Last “Wild” Indian , he writes of the last survivor of the Yahi tribe, who became virtually a living museum exhibit in 1911. Professor Starn is the 2004 winner of the Robert B. Cox Teaching Award. He presents complex ideas with a refreshing lucidity. His students describe him with words such as brilliant, passionate, and stimulating.
Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology (2013-2018)
Professor Stein is a leading scholar in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. Her work focuses on better understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the unique lenses of tourism, mass media and popular culture. Stein’s first book, Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke University Press, 2008) received critical acclaim in several published reviews and her work is some of the most widely cited in the field of Cultural Anthropology. Her numerous journal and book articles, in addition to two co-edited volumes, represent an exemplary record of both excellence and productivity.
Sally Dalton Robinson Associate Professor of History
Professor Stern has contributed greatly to the history of colonialism. Breaking from more traditional narratives, he has asked a series of fundamentally new questions about the intellectual and institutional construction of sovereignty of the British Empire in Asia. He is also known for involving and engaging others in original research. This year he led a group of undergraduate students in the creation of a Nasher exhibit of early colonial maps.
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Associate Professor of Chemistry
Professor Toone joined the faculty at Duke University in 1990 as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and today is Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Professor Toone’s interests embrace physical organic and synthetic organic chemistry, primarily in the context of biological molecules and their interactions. His group continues to work in the fields of biocatalysis, or the use of enzymes for organic synthesis, and protein-carbohydrate interaction as it pertains to biological recognition. Professor Toone has been the recipient of several awards, including the Camille Dreyfuss Teacher Scholar Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor Gregg Trahey, a specialist in medical imaging research, has made various contributions to the development of ultrasounds, image guided surgery, and radiation force imaging. His distinguished laboratory uses state-of-the-art clinical phased array scanners to design custom transducer arrays, produce novel methods of signal transmission, and conduct trials of these methods. One of his distinguished accomplishments is the creation of Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) imaging that is used to detect liver cancers and guide minimally invasive surgeries of liver and kidney cancer.
Theodore Kennedy Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2011-2016)
Professor Wax has earned a national reputation as one of the best scholars in his discipline and the field of biomedical optics. His research involves the use of light to characterize cells and tissues, which helps detect disease. Professor Wax is also committed to undergraduate education. He has taught five different BME courses, playing key roles in the development of new lectures and laboratory materials. Perhaps his most important curricular contribution is a set of biophotonics courses, taken by undergraduate and graduate students.
Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy (2014-2019)
Weinthal specializes in environmental policy, international environmental cooperation and conflict, and environmental security. She has also developed innovative interdisciplinary projects with the Franklin Humanities Institute such as ”Mapping the World’s Refugees and Displaced Persons” and a project focusing on environmental human rights.
Robert O. Keohane Professor of Political Science (2016-2021)
Professor Wibbels studies comparative politics, with a specialty in comparative and international political economy. His research focuses on development, redistribution and political geography and has been published by Cambridge University Press, World Politics, International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review and other journals. Currently, he is attempting to combine surveys and satellite imagery to identify slums in India and understand the conditions under which residents achieve formal recognition and successfully attract public services. He is also conducting an impact evaluation of a large, district-level governance program in Ghana. Since his arrival at Duke in 2007, he has proved popular with both undergraduates and graduate students in smaller and larger settings.
Sternberg Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (2012-2017)
Professor Zauscher is an international leader in the broad field of colloids and interface science and the emerging field of biointerface science. His research achievements have been reflected in his exemplary scholarly productivity, his establishment of a state-of-the-art laboratory in the biointerface science at Duke, his ability to attract and sustain significant research funding, and his success in engaging in cross-disciplinary and collaborative research. Professor Zauscher has been the lead instructor for the department’s introductory course in Materials Science, which is required for all majors, and he has mentored undergraduate students and visiting students, working on various research projects including industrially funded projects and ongoing research in his lab.
Anderson-Rupp Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (2013-2018)
Professor Zhong studies the emerging field of therapeutic ultrasound, which is located at the interface of engineering, biology and clinical medicine. This fundamental research focuses on achieving a mechanistic understanding of the stress response of biological cells and tissues induced by ultrasound exposure. He teaches the core fluids mechanics course for undergraduates.