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Gene Bell-Villada, Professor of Romance Languages

Gene Bell-Villada has been a professor of Spanish at Williams since 1975.  Having spent his childhood in Puerto Rico, Bell-Villada, whose mother was Philippine-Chinese, moved first to Cuba and Venezuela, and then to the United States for college.  At the University of California, Berkeley, he became interested in Spanish and Latin American literature.  His specialties more »

Magnus Bernhardsson, Professor of Middle Eastern History

Magnus Bernhardsson is an Associate Professor of History at Williams and is Chair of the International Studies Program. He came to the United States from his native Iceland in 1990 to receive a Master’s degree in comparative religion at Yale, later receiving a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history, also from Yale. He specializes in the more »

Christopher Bolton, Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature

Christopher Bolton, Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature and Chair of the Comparative Literature Department, specializes in 20th and 21st century Japanese literature and animation.  In 2012-2013, he will teach a course on the end of the world in Japanese literature, as well as a tutorial on postmodernism and a team-taught course on traditional Japanese more »

Michael Brown, Professor of Anthropology

Michael Brown, Lambert Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, specializes in ritual and religion, medical anthropology, and the native peoples of North and South Americas. In 2012-2013, Brown will teach an introductory Anthropology class, as well as a seminar on the indigenous peoples of Latin America and a tutorial on cultural evolution.   What, more »

Julie Cassiday, Professor of Russian

A Professor of Russian who wishes to travel to Iran! Read on to find out why.

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María Elena Cepeda, Associate Professor of Latino/a Studies

“To understand me completely, Spanglish proficiency is a must,” according to Professor María Elena Cepeda. Growing up speaking both Caribbean Spanish and English at home (her parents are immigrants from the Columbian Caribbean), Professor Cepeda prefers to live in the mix. Read on to find out what other languages Professor Cepeda speaks–and why she is thrilled to be a part of Williams’s burgeoning Latino/a Studies Program.

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Darra Goldstein, Professor of Russian

Professor Goldstein is planning a trip to Russia’s Far North and has just finished reading Edmund de Waal’s “The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss.” Hungry for more? She is also a pioneer in the academic field of food studies. This is only a taste…read on!

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Doug Gollin, Professor of Development Economics

What is your specialty? My work focuses on the economies of developing countries, and I am particularly interested in the role that agriculture plays in the development process.  I do some very micro work that essentially involves documenting and measuring the spread of new agricultural technologies (such as crop varieties and natural resource management practices) more »

Kim Gutschow, Professor of Sociology

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Kim Gutschow specializes in Medical Anthropology, South Asian Studies, and Reproductive Health in India and the U.S.  Throughout her career, she has worked not only in the U.S., but also in India for twenty-three years, Thailand for two, and Nepal and Pakistan for shorter periods of time.  Gutschow also teaches more »

Thomas A. Kohut, Professor of History

Professor Kohut writes about the importance of being interested in international issues–and not simply as stepping stones to a successful career.

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