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Celebrating Faculty


Through leading research, scholarship and the arts, Smith faculty push boundaries with unprecedented ways of thinking and ideas, inspiring students to find their own voices and ask hard questions.

February 2022

Geology Professor Sara Pruss, says fossil reefs found on a Nevada mountaintop point to an abrupt change in climate millions of years ago—and they're also a clue to the decline of modern reefs. Read more here.

Professor James Lowenthal says we must rely on the government to protect the "resource and the global commns" of space near Earth's orbit. Read more here.

Carrie Baker, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Chair of American Studies and Professor of the Study of Women and Gender, is the author of “Access to Medication Abortion Among Massachusetts’ Public Universities” published in Contraception: An International Reproductive Health Journal.

Annaliese Beery, associate professor of psychology, neuroscience and biology, recently published “Social selectivity and social motivation in voles” in Neuroscience.

Justin Cammy, professor of Jewish studies and world literatures, discussed his new translation of Avrom Sutzkever’s “From the Vilna Ghetto to Nuremberg”on a recent episode of The Schmooze, a Yiddish Book Center podcast. Cammy's book has been named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

A video lecture course by professor of physics Gary Felder, “The Big Bang and Beyond: Exploring the Early Universe,” has been selected for inclusion on the Wondrium (formerly The Great Courses) website.

Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Government, recently published “The status quo in the Taiwan Strait is edging toward conflict: Here’s how to stop it,” in the Brookings Institution’s Taiwan Quarterly Analysis series.

“The Long Field,” a memoir by Pamela Petro, lecturer in English language and literature, was named one of the six best books of 2021 by The Financial Times. An exhibition of photographs by Petro, “The Blink of Our Lifetimes, the Ecology of Dust,” will be on display from February 4 to March 5 at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.

A portrait of Sara Pruss, professor of geosciences, was featured in The Bearded Lady Project, a  traveling exhibit from the National Museum of Natural History that was on display in December at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The exhibit challenges stereotypes about scientists through a series of black-and-white portraits of women paleontologists.

Loretta Ross, associate professor of the study of women and gender, was interviewed recently on PBS’s Amanapour and Company on “Is There Room for Redemption in Our Cancel Culture?” Ross also gave this year’s MLK day lecture on “Calling in the Calling Out Culture” at the University of Kansas.

Vera Shevzov, professor of religion, Russian, East European and Eurasian studies, gave a presentation in November on “George Florovsky and the Changing Paradigms of Modern Orthodox Theology” for the American Academy of Religions.


“In my second year, I curated a student exhibition at the Cunningham center, and I emailed most of my professors inviting them to come see it. The exhibition was only up for an afternoon, and I didn’t quite expect them to stop by, but to my surprise, my advisors and three other professors who were teaching me at the time or had previously taught me all showed up. It was a lovely surprise and reminded me how most professors at Smith actually do care for your well-being and aspirations.”
—Mosa N. Molapo ’22, Art History and African Studies


The Sherrerd Teaching Prizes

The annual Kathleeen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching were established in 2002 to recognize sustained and distinguished teaching by longtime faculty members, as well to as encourage younger faculty members whose demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence influences students and colleagues. Read more about the most recent prize winners.


Grants and Awards (May 2022)


Pablo Frank Bolton, 2022-23 Visiting Scholar, at the UCLA Institute of American Cultures

Ibtissam Bouachrine, 2022-23 Visiting Scholar: The Digital Lives of Muslim Women, at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Candice Price, 2022-23 Falconer Scholar in Residence, Spelman College

Steven Williams, Technology Transfer of Real-Time PCR Assays for River Blindness to Endemic African Nations, from the End Fund

Steven Williams, Production and Distribution of Filarial Research Reagents, from the National Institutes of Health through a subaward with the University of Georgia


New Members of the Smith Teaching Community

Welcome to the 2021–22 academic year. The following individuals joined the Smith College community as tenure-track professors.