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   Date: 7/19/12 Bookmark and Share

Three Faculty Appointed Chaired Professors

The Board of Turstees recently conferred chaired professorships on three Smith faculty members. The appointments became effective July 1, 2012. They are:

Elliot Fratkin, professor of anthropology, Gwendolen Carter Chair in African Studies

Elliot FratkinProfessor Fratkin received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London and his Ph.D. degree in Anthropology from the Catholic University of America. He arrived in the Department of Anthropology at Smith in 1995 and was promoted to professor in 2002. The central focus of his research is development and social change among the nomadic Ariaal pastoralists of northern Kenya, including a three-year study that examined the health and nutrition effects of settling on the Ariaal and Rendille people. His research directly informs his courses, including “Africa: Population, Environment, and Health” and seminars on the NGOs, Health issues in Africa, and Traditional Medicine. He has served the College on major campus committees and led Smith alumnae abroad where they visited Bambara, Dogon, Fulani and Tuareg people. He has held Fulbrights at the University of Asmara, Eritrea (2002-2003) and Hawassa University, Ethiopia (2011-2012) and has served as a consultant with the World Bank Inspection Panel on the building of the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline and the India Coal Sector Environmental & Social Mitigation Project. In addition to his position at Smith, he is a member of the Graduate Faculty at UMass-Amherst and editor of the African Studies Review.

Ruth Haas, professor of mathematics and statistics, Achilles Professor

Ruth HaasProfessor Haas received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. She came to Smith as an assistant professor in 1989 and was promoted to professor in 2002. Her research is both algebraic and combinatorial, and spans both theoretical and applied topics, including combinatorics, splines, commutative and computer algebras and operations research. She has published most recently on admissible sequences for twisted involutions in Weyl groups and on Grünbaum colorings of toroidal triangulations. Professor Haas is a Contributing Editor, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) News. In 2008 she was elected to a 4 year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of Women in Mathematics, and is a current member of the Human Resources Board of the American Institute of Mathematics and the Committee on Consultants of the Mathematical Association of America, and is chair of the Meetings and Programs Portfolio of the Association of Women in Mathematics. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, and General Electric and has organized and presented at numerous conferences on undergraduate education, outreach and mentoring. She has been instrumental in the establishment and implementation of the prize-winning Smith College Center for Women in Mathematics.

Gregory White, professor of government, Mary Huggins Gamble Foundation Chair

Greg WhiteGreg White received his A.B. from Lafayette College, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware, and the M.A. and Ph.D. (with a minor in African Studies) in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He arrived at Smith in 1993 and was promoted to professor in 2007. He is Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard '69 Faculty Director of the Global Studies Center and teaches courses on international political economy, global environmental politics, migration and refugees, and North African politics. He is the author of Climate Refugees or Mere Migrants: Climate-Induced Migration, Security, and Borders in a Warming World (Oxford University Press, 2011) and has authored articles in the Review of International Political Economy, Perspectives on Politics, Middle East Journal, and Middle East Policy. He is currently associate editor of the Journal of North African Studies and serves on the boards of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies and the Tangiers American Legation Museum & Research Center in Morocco. He serves of the advisory committees of African Studies, International Studies, and the Environmental Science & Policy Program at Smith, and a member of the Political Science Graduate Faculty at UMass-Amherst. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the Mellon, Ford and MacArthur Foundations, as well as two Fulbrights, and has served in residence at Columbia University’s Earth Institute (2009-10) and as the Class of 1946 Visiting Distinguished Professor in International Environmental Studies at Williams College (2011). In 2011, Professor White also received the Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching at Smith.


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