Welcome Additions

Rhonda Frederick

Asst. Prof. Rhonda Frederick (English), a scholar of Caribbean literature, spent the 1997-98 academic year at the University of Pittsburgh on a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Frederick is teaching a core course in literature and classes on Caribbean and black women writers. Her research interests include the contributions of Caribbean writers to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, and the legacy of colonialism on issues of race, class and gender articulated in the work of women writers of African descent.

She received a bachelor's degree in 1987 and a master's degree in 1994 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a doctorate in English in 1997.

She has presented papers on Caribbean literature at conferences at the universities of Pittsburgh and Miami and Duke University, among other venues, and her essay "The Ethnic Consciousness Movement" appears in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States .

Prasannan Parthasarathi

Asst. Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi (History), a specialist in the economic history of southern Asia, is teaching courses on religion and politics in 20th-century India, colonialism, and Mahatma Gandhi.

His current area of research is the economic and social history of 18th-century South India, with special focus on the late pre-colonial and early colonial periods.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Williams College in 1983 and a master's degree in development economics from Boston University in 1985. He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University in 1992.

Parthasarathi held three appointments at Harvard between 1992 and 1998 as a lecturer. He also served one-year terms as a visiting scholar at the International Institute of Social History, a visiting research fellow at Tilburg University, and as a visiting lecturer in history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ana Martínez Alemán

Asst. Prof. Ana Martínez Alemán (SOE) arrives from Grinnell College in Iowa, where she spent the past six years as an assistant professor of education, and the past three as chairwoman of the gender and women's studies concentration.

Among the courses Martínez Alemán will teach are Philosophy of Education, Gender Issues in Higher Education, and Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Her research interests include the philosophy and theory of higher education; the impact of race, culture and gender on college teaching and learning; feminist theory and pedagogy; and cross-cultural studies.

She received her doctorate in education in 1992 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and Spanish language and literature, and a master's degree in social sciences from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1979 and 1983, respectively. Martínez Alemán also was an assistant director of admissions at SUNY-Binghamton from 1981-86, and an associate dean of admissions at Amherst College from 1986-91.

Peter Ireland

Assoc. Prof. Peter Ireland (Economics) has been appointed with tenure to the Boston College faculty, and is teaching graduate courses this year in his specialties of monetary economics and macroeconomic theory.

An assistant professor of economics at Rutgers University from 1996-98, Ireland received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago in 1988, 1989 and 1991, respectively.

Ireland was an economist and associate research officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from 1991-1996. He currently serves as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and as a member of the editorial board of Economic Inquiry . He serves as a referee for numerous other journals, among them the American Economic Review , Economica and the Journal of Economic Theory .

He has authored articles for publications such as the Canadian Journal of Economics , Journal of Money, Credit and Banking , and Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and has another forthcoming in the Journal of Macroeconomics .

-Mark Sullivan

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