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Meet the 2023 tenured professors within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Meet the 2023 tenured professors within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences



In 2023, 11 college have been granted tenure within the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Isaiah Andrews PhD ’14 is a professor within the Department of Economics. He is an econometrician who develops dependable and broadly relevant strategies of statistical inference to deal with key challenges in economics, social science, and drugs. He is the recipient of the celebrated John Bates Clark Medal, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Sloan Research Fellowship. Andrews earned his PhD in economics from MIT and served as an assistant and affiliate professor within the Department of Economics from 2016 to 2018. He returned to MIT as a full professor in 2023 after spending 5 years at Harvard University.

Joshua Bennett is a professor within the MIT Literature Section and Distinguished Chair of the Humanities. He is the creator of 5 books of poetry, criticism, and narrative nonfiction, together with most just lately “Spoken Word: A Cultural History” (Knopf, 2023) andThe Study of Human Life” (Penguin, 2022), which is being tailored for tv in collaboration with Warner Brothers Studios. He earned his PhD in English from Princeton University, and an MA in theater and efficiency research from the University of Warwick, the place he was a Marshall Scholar. For his inventive writing and scholarship, Bennett has acquired fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

Megan Black is an affiliate professor within the MIT History Section. She is a historian of U.S. environmental administration and overseas relations within the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her pursuits span the fields of environmental historical past, overseas relations historical past, historical past of capitalism, science and know-how research, and histories of the U.S. West. She is the creator of “The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power,” which analyzes the shocking position of the U.S. Department of the Interior in pursuing minerals all over the world — in Indigenous lands, formal territories, overseas nations, the oceans, and outer house. The work garnered 4 prizes in numerous subfields. Professor Black beforehand taught on the London School of Economics and accomplished postdoctoral fellowships on the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and the John Sloane Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. She earned her BA from the University of Nebraska and her PhD from George Washington University.

William Deringer is an affiliate professor within the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. His analysis examines the historical past of these strategies and applied sciences of calculation that set up trendy financial, monetary, and political life. His work ranges broadly throughout time, from early compound-interest tables and altering social relations within the English countryside within the early 1600s to the place of pc spreadsheets within the tradition of Wall Street within the “go-go” Eighties. Deringer acquired his BA summa cum laude in historical past from Harvard University in 2006, and his MA (2009) and PhD (2012) in historical past of science from Princeton University. Before graduate faculty, he was an funding banking analyst on the Blackstone Group in New York. At Princeton, he was awarded the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton’s highest honor for graduate college students. From 2012 to 2015, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow within the Society of Fellows within the Humanities at Columbia University, earlier than becoming a member of the MIT college in 2015.

E.J. Green is an affiliate professor within the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy and the Class of 1948 Career Development Chair. He joined the MIT college in 2017. He acquired his PhD from Rutgers University in 2016, then spent a 12 months as a postdoc at New York University earlier than arriving at MIT. His analysis pursuits are within the philosophy of thoughts and philosophy of cognitive science, with a main deal with notion.

Nathaniel Hendren PhD ’12 is a professor within the Department of Economics. His analysis quantifies the variations in financial mobility and alternative for folks of various backgrounds, explores why non-public markets usually fail to supply financial alternative, and gives new instruments for presidency policymakers evaluating the effectiveness of social applications. Hendren based and co-directs Policy Impacts and Opportunity Insights. He has acquired the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and a Sloan Research Fellowship. Hendren earned his PhD in economics from MIT and returned as a full professor in 2023.

Caley Horan is an affiliate professor within the History Section. She is an historian of the twentieth century United States within the social lifetime of financial concepts. Her analysis and instructing deal with enterprise historical past and the historical past of capitalism, threat and uncertainty, and American tradition within the post-1945 period. Her first e book “Insurance Era: Risk, Governance, and the Privatization of Security in Postwar America,” gained the 2022 Hagley Prize for greatest e book in enterprise historical past. “Insurance Era” examines the position of the insurance coverage business in shaping social, political, and financial life within the United States in the course of the second half of the twentieth century. Horan is at the moment at work on a brand new venture on the historical past of astrology and uncertainty within the trendy United States. She earned her BA from Stanford University in 2003, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2011. 

Robin Wolfe Scheffler is an affiliate professor within the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is an historian of the trendy organic and biomedical sciences and their intersections with developments in American historical past. The widespread purpose of his initiatives is to indicate the mutual affect of society on science and science on society. His first e book, “A Contagious Cause: The American Hunt for Cancer Viruses and the Rise of Molecular Medicine,” follows the historical past of most cancers virus analysis from laboratory to legislature, displaying the intimate connections between well being coverage and the emergence of a molecular imaginative and prescient of life. He is at the moment at work on a National Science Foundation-supported venture to put in writing the primary historical past of the Boston-area biotechnology cluster and the spatial relationships between technological innovation and the manufacturing of inequality. He earned undergraduate levels in historical past and chemistry from the University of Chicago, an M.Phil within the historical past and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge, and a doctorate from Yale University in 2014.

Frank Schilbach is an affiliate professor within the Department of Economics. He researches the connection between poverty and financial habits by investigating components comparable to psychological misery, sleep deprivation, and substance use. He additionally research behavioral boundaries to the diffusion of knowledge in creating nations. Schilbach is an affiliate on the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and he helps lead the Behavioral Development Lab in India. Schilbach joined the Department of Economics in 2015 after incomes his PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Caitlin Talmadge PhD ’11 is an affiliate professor within the Department of Political Science. She additionally serves as a senior nonresident fellow in overseas coverage on the Brookings Institution; a member of the Defense Policy Board on the U.S. Department of Defense; and a collection editor for Cornell Studies in Security Affairs at Cornell University Press. During the tutorial 12 months 2023-24, she is on depart from MIT as a fellow on the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington. Talmadge’s analysis and instructing deal with nuclear deterrence and escalation, U.S. navy operations and technique, and safety points in Asia and the Persian Gulf. Talmadge is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, authorities, summa cum laude) and MIT (PhD, political science). Previously, she has labored as a researcher on the Center for Strategic and International Studies; a advisor to the Office of Net Assessment on the U.S. Department of Defense; and a professor on the George Washington University and Georgetown University.

Leslie Tilley is an affiliate professor within the Music and Theater Arts Section. She is a music analyst and ethnomusicologist whose pursuits in musical transformation span a large spectrum of areas and approaches, from ethnographically-based music analyses of collective improvisations in Bali, Indonesia, to comparative, multi-modal analyses of canopy songs. Her e book, “Making it up Together: The Art of Collective Improvisation in Balinese Music and Beyond,” (University of Chicago Press) presents shut analyses of the Balinese improvised types reyong norot and kendang arja whereas providing broad-reaching analytical frameworks for inspecting improvisation and collective creativity throughout genres and cultures. The e book gained the Society for Music Theory Emerging Scholar Award in 2022.

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