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Fourteen faculty members join College

October 08, 2001

Lewis & Clark College welcomed 14 new tenure-track faculty members to its ranks this fall.


Lisa Claypool, assistant professor of art history, Ph.D., 2001, Stanford University; M.A., 1994, University of Oregon; M.A., 1990, University of Chicago; B.A., 1986, cum laude, Kalamazoo College. Her dissertation is titled “Figuring the Body: Painting Manuals in Later Imperial China.” Claypool specializes in histories of East Asian art since 1600.


Rebecca Copenhaver, assistant professor of philosophy, Ph.D. to be awarded in 2001; M.A., 1998, Cornell University; B.A., 1993, University of California at Santa Cruz. Her dissertation is titled “Perceptual Objectivity in the 17th and 18th Centuries.” Copenhaver specializes in modern philosophy, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Reid and philosophy of the mind.


Keith Dede, assistant professor of Chinese, Ph.D., 1999; M.A., 1993; B.A., 1988, cum laude, University of Washington. His dissertation is titled “Language Contact, Variation and Change: The Locative in Xining, Qinghai.”


Isabelle DeMarte, assistant professor of French, Ph.D., 1999; M.A., 1993, Michigan State University; M.A., 1992, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Fd, France; B.A., 1990, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her dissertation is titled “Diderot et la problématique des genres littéraires.” DeMarte’s research interests include 17th- and 18th-century literature, Diderot, literary genres, the conte, language and knowledge, fiction and reality, narratology, psychoanalysis and psychocriticism.


Brian Detweiler-Bedell, assistant professor of psychology, Ph.D. to be awarded in 2001; M.Phil., 2000; M.S., 1998, Yale University; M.A., 1995; B.A. with distinction, 1994, Stanford University. His dissertation is titled “Emotion and Performance: Mood as Input to Judgments of Consensus.” Detweiler-Bedell’s teaching interests include general psychology, social psychology and applied social psychology.


Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell, assistant professor of psychology, Ph.D., 2001; M.Phil., 1998; M.S., 1997, Yale University; M.A., 1995; B.A. with distinction, 1995, Stanford University. Her dissertation is titled “Motivating Mood Repair Using Differentially Framed Messages.” Detweiler-Bedell’s teaching interests include introductory, abnormal, social, health and personality psychology; research methods and statistics; psychology of emotion and gender; and decision and judgment.


Greg Hermann, assistant professor of biology, Ph.D., 1998, University of Utah; B.S., 1992, magna cum laude, Gonzaga University. His dissertation is titled “Mitochondrial Inheritance and Morphology in Yeast.”


Arthur O’Sullivan, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., Professor of Economics, Ph.D., 1981, Princeton University; B.S., 1975, University of Oregon. His dissertation is titled “Public Policy in an Urban Economy: A General Equilibrium Approach.” O’Sullivan’s research and teaching fields include urban and regional economics, environmental economics and public economics.


Tamara Perkins, assistant professor of East Asian studies, Ph.D., 1999; M.A. and M.Phil., 1994, University of California at San Diego; B.A., 1984, Oberlin College. Her dissertation is titled “Back to the Future: Well-Being in a Rural Tianjin Township.”


Gordon Silverstein, associate professor of political science, Ph.D., 1991, Harvard University; A.B., 1981, Cornell University. His dissertation is titled “Constitutional Constraints? How Constitutional Interpretation Shapes the Making of American Foreign Policy.” Silverstein’s research and teaching fields include American and comparative public law; constitutional interpretation and judicial review; and American politics, government and political thought.


Stepan S. Simek, assistant professor of theatre, M.F.A., 1995, University of Washington; B.A., 1991, San Francisco State University.


Bruce Suttmeier, assistant professor of Japanese, Ph.D. to be awarded in 2001; A.M., 1994, Stanford University; B.S., 1991, magna cum laude, University of Rochester. His dissertation is titled “Seeing Past Destruction: War, Memory and Visuality in 1960s Japanese Fiction.”


Juan Carlos Toledano, assistant professor of Spanish, Ph.D., 2001, University of Miami; B.A., 1996, Universidad de Granada. His dissertation is titled “Cuba y el proyecto nacional del hombre nuevo socialista en la novela de ciencia ficción.” Toledano’s teaching and research interests include 20th-century Spanish American literature with an emphasis on the Hispanic Caribbean; 19th-century Spanish American literature; 19th- and 20th-century peninsular literatures; critical theory, cultural studies and gender studies; the fantastic in literature, art and the media; and Latin American historiography.


Dr. Yueping Zhang, assistant professor of psychology, Ph.D., 1996; M.A., 1992, University of New Hampshire; M.D., 1985, Shandong Medical University, China. Her teaching and research interests include physiological psychology, brain and behavior, and drugs and behavior.

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