Adj. Asst. Prof. Jeffrey Hanson (Philosophy)
PhD, Fordham University
Fields of interest: 19th and 20th Century continental philosophy of religion
Courses: Philosophy of the Person
Before coming to Boston College, Hanson taught in Texas. Last year he presented papers to the Soren Kierkegaard Society and at the Centre of Theology and Philosophy in Nottingham, England. This year he will present a paper at the annual meeting of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology and will speak to the Centro Hans Urs von Balthasar in Italy.
Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Young (English)
PhD, Yale University
Fields of interest: African Diaspora culture and thought; American left culture and politics; US ethnic literature
Courses: Black Cultural Studies
Young is director of Boston College's African and African Diaspora Studies Program [see story on page 1]. Prior to joining BC, she taught in the English Department at the University of Southern California. Young is the author of Soul Power: Culture, Radicalism and the Making of a US Third World Left, a consideration of the intellectual and cultural contributions of leftists of color in the United States. The recipient of numerous fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, she also won a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities and a Yale University Fellowship.
Asst. Prof. Tao Li (Mathematics)
PhD, California Institute of Technology
Fields of interest: Geometry and topology
Courses: Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry; Calculus
Li was a Bing instructor at the University of Texas at Austin from 2000-01 and an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University from 2001-05 before coming to BC. His current research projects are various topics on the geometry and topology of low-dimensional manifolds. The research is partially supported by a National Science Foundation research grant.
Asst. Prof. Natasha Sarkisian (Sociology)
PhD with distinction, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Fields of interest: Race, Class and Gender; Quantitative Methods; Family Sociology
Courses: Advanced Statistics; Topics in Multivariate Statistics
Sarkisian's research examines the differences and similarities in family experiences by race/ethnicity and gender, and explores the structural circumstances and cultural values that may account for these differences and similarities. Her recent publications include an article on race differences in extended family help in American Sociological Review. She has received a number of awards from professional associations, including the American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Eastern Sociological Society, and Carework Network.
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