College Educators (A-G)

There are scores of SYAers whose careers are focused on early childhood, academia and community-centered instruction.

Following is the first installment of SYAers who teach at the college level, with last names beginning with A-G.

SYAers in secondary education

Brooke Ackerly FR’84 is an award-winning professor of political science, philosophy and law at Vanderbilt University where she studies political theory and integrates her theoretical work with empirical research on activism. She is currently working on the intersection of global economic, environmental and gender justice. Her publications include Political Theory and Feminist Social CriticismUniversal Human Rights in a World of Difference and co-authored Doing Feminist Research. Brooke is the founder and principal investigator of the Global Feminisms Collaborative, a group of scholars and activists developing ways to collaborate on applied research for social justice. (Read more.)

Seth Alper FR’68 is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and is a principal investigator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His lab researches the molecular pathophysiology, disease genetics and physiology of plasma membrane ion transporters and channels in renal, gastrointestinal, and other epithelial cells and in red blood cells.

Amanda Amarotico ES’79 is an English language instructor at the American University of Iraq. After receiving her bachelor’s in education and Spanish language, she received her master’s in teaching Spanish as a second language. Starting at a public school in the U.S. teaching Spanish, Amanda has taught internationally since, including in Oman, Algeria, Ecuador and now Iraq.

Allison Amend ES’91 is a professor in English at Lehman University where she teaches creative writing. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of the Independent Publisher's Award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love, and the novels Stations West (a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award) and A Nearly Perfect Copy. Her novel, Enchanted Islands, about spies in pre-WWII Galapagos, was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award. Visit her website.

Irene Appelbaum ES’79 is a professor of linguistics in the anthropology department at the University of Montana. She began her academic career as a philosopher interested in linguistics as a higher-level science, with a focus on the foundations of speech perception research. For the past several years, her research has focused on the Ktunaxa language, a language isolate spoken by a handful of people in Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. She holds a bachelor’s from Princeton, master’s in linguistics and philosophy from the University of Chicago, where she also received her PhD with honors in philosophy.

Bill Bailey ES’87 is an associate professor of materials and science and engineering in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia. He received the National Science Foundation Career award in 2003 and the ARO Young Investigator award in 2002. He graduated from Brown University with high honors and received his master’s and PhD from Stanford. (Read more.)

Sophie Beal ES’99 is an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota. Prior to her appointment, she was an affiliate of Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on literary and cultural analysis within the Portuguese-speaking world, primarily analyzing questions related to public space and urban development in Brazil. She authored the book Brazil under Construction: Fiction and Public Works and has published articles in several academic journals, as well as contributing chapters about Portuguese-language literature. Sophie earned her PhD in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University; was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Tulane University in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and received a Fulbright Grant to study Mia Couto's fiction in Maputo, Mozambique. 

Molly Beisler ES’91 is a professor at the University of Nevada-Reno, where she the director of Collections and Discovery and provides leadership to technical departments. A Fulbright Scholar (Madrid), she holds degrees in Middle East Studies (Brown University), Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Indiana University) and a master’s in library science from SUNY-Albany.

Sam Bloom FR'83 is an adjunct assistant professor in Modern Languages and Cultures at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.  In addition, he is a verbatim reporter at the United Nations. 

Greg Bloomquist ES’69 is professor emeritus at Université Saint-Paul in Ontario. His area of expertise in New Testament studies and the early Christian world. He holds several degrees in areas including philosophy and comparative literature, Medieval studies and New Testament. (Read more.)

March Boal FR’72 is a professor of economics and department co-chair at Drake University Zimpleman College of Business. He holds a bachelor’s in mathematics-economics from Wesleyan University and a PhD in economics from Stanford. Prior to joining Drake, he taught at Stanford, The Ohio State University and Iowa State University. March’s research area is labor economics and he teaches undergraduate courses in microeconomic theory, regulation and antitrust, labor economics, as well as a senior seminar. His non-academic experience includes two years at Pacific Bell Corporation and two years at the World Bank.

Hilary Bok FR’77 is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Bioethics and Moral & Political Theory at the Johns Hopkins University. Bok received her bachelor's in philosophy from Princeton University and her PhD from Harvard University. She has been the recipient of a Laurance S. Rockefeller fellowship. She is the author of Freedom and Responsibility as well as several articles. Her areas of interest are ethics, bioethics, freedom of the will and Kant.

Emery Brown ES’74 ES’16P, former trustee, is the world’s leading physician-scientist in anesthesiology. He is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computation Neuroscience, and Investigator in The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Institute for Medical Engineering & Science at MIT. Emery has been internationally recognized for using statistics in the development of signal processing algorithms in order to study how systems in the brain represent and transmit information and for his use of functional neuroimaging to study in humans how anesthetic drugs act in the brain to create the state of general anesthesia.  In 2020, he received the John and Elizabeth Phillips Award at Phillips Exeter Academy. (Read more.)

Todd Brown FR’85 is an associate professor and a clinical investigator at John Hopkins School of Medicine who focuses on body composition, metabolic and skeletal abnormalities in HIV-infected patients and their interaction. Through several ongoing epidemiologic studies, he has been interested in clarifying epidemiology and risk factors for insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, and anthropometric changes in HIV-infected patients and their relationship to antiretroviral therapy. In addition, he is also actively involved in multiple studies evaluating novel treatments for the metabolic and skeletal abnormalities in HIV-infected patients, including the use of complementary and alternative medicines. (Read more.)

Joe Bryan ES’91 is at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is an associate professor of geology; indigenous politics in the Americas; human rights; and critical cartography. His work focuses on the politics of indigeneity in the Americas, with particular attention to questions of land, territory and rights. He developed these interests through research on titling and demarcation of indigenous lands in eastern Nicaragua and has recently shifted his work to Oaxaca. This work is broadly informed by his longer involvement with indigenous rights, as both an advocate and a researcher, in Ecuador, Chile, Honduras and the western United States. (Read more.)

Steele Burrow FR’71 is an instructor in languages and translation studies at The University of Auckland. He is part of the management team at The Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific, which encourages research into the historical and contemporary links between Northern and Central Europe, and New Zealand and the Pacific.

Cheryl Butler ES’84 is a visiting professor at Washburn University School of Law. She is an associate attorney with the John Chiles Law Firm in Houston, where she handles contingency employment discrimination and tort claims including worker's compensation, sexual harassment, sexual assault and race discrimination. Prior to Washburn, she taught at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Margaret Chang ES’86 is as an associate dean of the college at Brown University, supporting the full range of academic advising services. As director of the Curricular Resource Center for Peer Advising, she oversees peer advising and mentoring efforts dedicated to helping students navigate the Open Curriculum, build academic communities, and find pathways for defining and achieving learning goals. In addition, Peggy is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Independent Concentrations and chairs the Independent Concentrations and Independent Studies subcommittees for the College Curriculum Council. She holds degrees in American civilization and public humanities from Brown. She is a doctoral candidate in the Executive Doctor of Education (Higher Education) program at Boston College.

Allegra Chen-Carrel CN’07 is an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management. Additionally, she works as a project lead of a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Antiracism and Justice consulting team based out of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. She previously has taught courses at Columbia University's Teachers College, worked as a program manager for a research program centered around sustaining peace, and in community organizations in New York, the Dominican Republic and San Francisco.

Rebecca Richman Cohen ES’97 is an Emmy Award nominated documentary filmmaker and has been a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School since 2011. This semester, she is teaching Human Rights and Humanitarianism through the Lens of Documentary Film. (Read more.)

Alice Conklin FR’74 FR'07P is an award-winning professor of history at The Ohio State University, where she specializes in the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century France and its empire. She is a cultural and intellectual historian of Modern France and its Empire with a focus on the 20th century. In addition to teaching, Alice has authored several books and articles. Prior to her appointment at OSU, Alice was at the University of Rochester for thirteen years, received several national and international awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a German Marshall Fund Fellowship and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship. In 2016, she was one of six OSU faculty to receive a Distinguished Scholar Award. (Read more.)

John Crimaldi FR’83 is a professor of engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder where he runs the Ecological Fluid Dynamics Lab. His research focuses on interactions between fluid physics and ecological or biological processes. The group uses a combination of experimental and numerical approaches to study fluid stirring, mixing, and reactions, and to investigate how organisms have evolved and adapted to opportunities and constraints associated with their physical environment. The group’s research makes advances and contributions in the fields of fundamental fluid mechanics as well as aquatic science, ecology and biology. (Read more.)

Timothy Dalton FR’84 is the director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab at Kansas State University. He leads a global consortium that links agricultural and food science researchers from the USA, Germany and France with collaborators in West Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Haiti. They focus on two cereal crops, sorghum and pearl millet, that are staple foods for hundreds of millions of people living in semi-arid regions of the world.  An agricultural economist by training, he built this interdisciplinary network of geneticists, plant breeders, agronomists, food scientists and economists over the past ten years through a $29.5 million grant from USAID.  His 25+ year career has focused on agricultural development in Africa through assessing the welfare impacts of technological innovation and its impacts on poverty reduction. (Read more.)

Annie deSaussure FR’05, an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Francophone Studies at Bowdoin College, has been teaching French and Francophone cultures for over five years at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. While completing her degrees in literary studies at the University of Rennes, she began to research the region’s history and literature. Her current project, Global Brittany: Breton Literature and the Francophone World, examines the intersection of contemporary Breton literature with postcolonial literature and theory. Specifically, her project examines the influence of the Québécois Révolution Tranquille and the work of Négritude author Aimé Césaire on a generation of Postwar Breton authors, including Paol Keineg, José Le Moigne and Michel Le Bris. 

Amy Dooling ES’85 is the dean of Strategic and Global Initiatives and professor of Chinese at Connecticut College. A scholar of modern Chinese literature, Amy has published books on 20th century women’s writing and feminist literary culture. As dean, Amy works with offices and individuals across campus to coordinate Connecticut College’s global education efforts. In addition to partnering with senior administrators and directors to advance the goals of full participation, she contributes to the development of the global-local engagement dimensions of the college’s Connections program, promotes curricular integration of study away and advances innovations in the College’s world language programs. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in East Asian Studies from Columbia University, where she also earned her master's degree and PhD in Chinese literature. (Read more.)

Laura Dudley FR'89 serves as Assistant Clinical Professor and Program Director for the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at Northeastern University. She is a Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed Applied Behavior Analyst who earned her in master's in Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University and her PhD at Simmons College. Laura has more than 20 years of experience in designing, developing, implementing and monitoring quality programs for children with autism and related disabilities within public school systems. She co-created the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia, an online curriculum for individuals with autism that currently serves thousands of children with autism around the globe. Laura’s research interests include experimental functional analysis of challenging behaviors, conditioned reinforcement, inclusion and best practice in online teaching.

Gita Dunhill ES’83 is a lecturer in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Cal State East Bay. Her courses include topics such around the science of global change and sediment stratigraphy.

Duncan Earle ES'70 is an associate professor of International Development at Clark University. His current research centers on the Zapatista movement as a form of alternative development. He has done field work in the tropical rainforest region of Chiapas, Mexico, particularly on settlement relations with NGOs, as well as alternative development projects. He is carrying out in-depth study of Zapatista efforts at self-development, especially environment, gender and decision-making processes, self- government, health, education, ideology and identity. Duncan is also engaged in research on the Texas and New Mexico border with Mexico. (Read more.)

John Edwards ES'71 ES'17P is an associate professor of economics and director of graduate studies at Tulane. A microeconomist with a strong interest in Latin America, he grew up in Uruguay and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. He holds degrees from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Maryland. (Read more.)

Andrew Ehrgood FR'79 FR'18P is a lecturer at Yale University where he teaches expository writing in the English Department. A former trusts and estates lawyer, Andrew also teaches an undergraduate introduction to legal reasoning and writing. Before teaching in the English Department, Andrew taught Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. In 2018, he received the Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence. His earned his bachelor's in French and his master's in East Asian languages and literatures from Yale, and his law degree from Michigan.

Joe Elias ES'04 joined the faculty of Simmons University in 2022 as an assistant professor of chemistry and physics. Prior to Simmons, he was an instructor of chemistry at Lasell University, earned his PhD in inorganic chemistry from MIT. His research interests lie at the intersection of inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry and materials science. He is interested in developing novel inorganic materials for their application as catalysts for electrochemical reactions related to sustainability and clean energy.

Sarah Eron ES'99 is a professor of English at the University of Rhode Island and specializes in the literature, culture, and philosophy of the long eighteenth century.  Her book, Mind over Matter: Memory Fiction from Daniel Defoe to Jane Austen brings theories about “memory error” from today’s scientific culture into conversation with literary historical perspectives to argue for a new vision of memory and mediation in the early English novel. She received her PhD at Cornell University where she studied eighteenth-century literature, with a particular focus on Enlightenment and Romantic philosophies of the mind and aesthetics. (Read more.)

Gabe Finkelstein FR'80 is an associate professor of history at the University of Colorado Denver where he teaches the history of Europe, Germany, science, exploration and war. He studied physics at Amherst and history at Princeton and prior to his current position he held posts at UPenn, Göttingen, UCLA and Princeton. He has spent ten years abroad in France, Germany and China. His biography of Emil du Bois-Reymond received an Honorable Mention for History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the 2013 PROSE Awards, was shortlisted for the 2014 John Pickstone Prize (awarded every two years by the British Society for the History of Science “to the best scholarly book in the history of science") and was named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as one of the Best Books of 2014. He recently was on sabbatical at the Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bordeaux. (Read interview.)

Lora Fleming ES'73 IT'06P is a professor at the University of Exeter and former director at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, a position she held for 10 years. She is a an environmental health physician and epidemiologist, and is a board certified occupational and environmental health physician and epidemiologist with over three decades of experience and expertise in environment and occupational exposures and human health. After over two decades of working at the University of Miami, she is an Emerita Professor at both the Miller School of Medicine and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. (Read more.)

Sarah Fortune FR'86 is the John LaPorte Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Director of the TB Research Program at the Ragon Institute of MGH, Harvard and MIT and Chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. She received a bachelor’s in biology from Yale University and a medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and clinical fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She did her postdoctoral work under the joint mentorship of Drs. Barry Bloom and Eric Rubin before joining the faculty in 2007. Sarah is supported by awards from the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation, NIAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Aeras. (Read more.)

Jamie Galbraith FR’69 is an American economist and holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a professorship in Government at The University of Texas at Austin. He was executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress in the early 1980s, and before that, an economist for the House Banking Committee. He chaired the board of Economists for Peace and Security and directs The University of Texas Inequality Project. Jamie has authored several books and articles, and is a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. (Read more.)

Peter Gegenheimer ES’67 is an emeritus associate professor at Kansas State University. In the department of Molecular Biosciences. His research focused on the role of ribozymes and enzymes in tRNA processing.

Sarah Gimbel-Sherr FR’88 ES’22P is a professor in the Department of Child, Family and Population Health Nursing at the University of Washington. She also co-directs the UW’s Center for Global Health Nursing and holds an adjunct position in the Department of Global Health. She is an established implementation researcher with extensive experience leading and supporting complex, multi-country implementation research in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Her research expertise includes the development and testing of interventions to strengthen health systems and improve the reach and quality of health services. She has ongoing projects in Mozambique, Kenya, Peru and Washington State, and works in the areas of HIV/AIDS, hypertension and primary health care.

Rachel Goldberg ES’94 is an associate professor of sociology at UC Irvine’s School of Social Sciences. Her research spans the areas of health, children and families, the transition to adulthood, homelessness, and emerging methods in survey research. Prior to joining the faculty at UCI, she was a postdoctoral associate at Princeton University. She received her PhD in sociology from Brown University and her master’s in public health from Columbia University.

Nikki Greene ES’92 is an associate professor of art history at Wellesley College. She is an art historian examining African and African American identities, music, the body and feminism in 20th century and contemporary art. She has traveled internationally to deliver lectures on the Arts of the African diaspora. Her forthcoming book, Grime, Glitter, and Glass: The Body and The Sonic in Contemporary Black Art presents a new interpretation of the work of Renée Stout, Radcliffe Bailey and María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and considers the intersection between the body, black identity, and the sonic possibilities of the visual using key examples of painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and installation. Grime, Glitter and Glass was awarded a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant. She is currently organizing an exhibition on contemporary performance art by Black femme artists. (Read more.)

Meredith Meyer Grelli IT’02 is an assistant professor at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. She is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University's Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. She founded, led and sold two craft beverage companies, Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider & Mead. She is a two-time James Beard Semi-Finalist for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, Beer Professional and was named 100 Women to Watch in the US by the Business Times. (Read more.)

Crystal Griffith ES’81 is an associate professor of Film/Media Production at Arizona State University. She was recruited in 2006 to help build the film program, now the Sidney Poitier New American Film School, where she designed the original production, postproduction, cinematography and documentary courses. An award-winning filmmaker with more than three decades of film production experience, she teaches introductory to advanced fiction and non-fiction production courses. (Read more.)

Tim Dalton FR'84
Gabe Finkelstein FR'80