For the 2021–22 academic year, Amherst welcomes 28 professors, lecturers and fellows in 18 different departments and programs. Together, these new faculty members (and faculty new to their positions) hold degrees from institutions across 23 U.S. states, as well as Canada, Romania, Syria, India and Bangladesh.

Among the 11 new tenure-line faculty members, topics of inquiry and teaching range from rocks deep within the Earth’s crust and mantle, to slavery and the abolitionist movement in antebellum Massachusetts, to intersections between artificial intelligence and the liberal arts. 


Portraits of 11 new faculty members

(top row, l to r): Rachel Bernard, Mekhola Gomes, Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, Katrina Karkazis, Jared Loggins, Russell Lohse; (bottom row, l to r): Thirii Myint, Christine Peralta, Lee Spector, Princess Williams, Ren Wiscons. [Learn more]


Robert Augustine, visiting lecturer in biology.  B.Sc. (2005) State University of New York at Binghamton; Ph.D. (2011) University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Rachel Bernard, assistant professor of geology.  B.S.E. (2009) Princeton University; Ph.D. (2018) University of Texas at Austin.

Stefan Bradley, visiting professor of Black studies and history.  B.A. (1996) Gonzaga University; M.A. (1998) Washington State University at Pullman; Ph.D. (2003) University of Missouri at Columbia.

Mekhola Gomes, assistant professor of history and Asian languages and civilizations.  B.A. (2006) University of Delhi; M.A. (2008), M.Phil. (2011), Ph.D. (2018) Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, associate professor of Black studies and history.  A.B. (1999) Harvard University; M.A. (2001), M.Phil. (2003), Ph.D. (2007) Columbia University.

Kirun Kapur, lecturer in English and director of the creative writing program.  A.B. (1997) Amherst College; M.A. (2000) Boston University.

Katrina Karkazis, professor of sexuality, women’s and gender studies.  B.A. (1991) Occidental College: M.P.H. (1995), Ph.D. (2002) Columbia University.   

Monika Islam Khan, visiting assistant professor of economics.  B.S. (2016) North South University at Dhaka; M.S. (2017), Ph.D. (2021) University of Kentucky.

Rose Lenehan, center for humanistic inquiry fellow and visiting lecturer in philosophy.  A.B. (2011) Amherst College; M.A. (2015), Ph.D. (2019) Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jared Loggins, postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor of political science and of Black studies (tenure-track appointment to begin in a future academic year).  B.A. (2015) Morehouse College; Ph.D. (2021) Brown University.

Russell Lohse, associate professor of Black studies.  B.A. (1995) Metropolitan State College of Denver; M.A. (1997), Ph.D. (2005) University of Texas at Austin.

Mihaela Malita, visiting associate professor of computer science.  B.S. (1977), M.S. (1977), Ph.D. (1990) University of Bucharest.

Trent Masiki, Center for Humanistic Inquiry fellow and visiting lecturer in English.  B.S. (1992) Southern University at Baton Rouge; M.A. (1996) Texas A & M University at College Station; M.F.A. (2001) Emerson College; Ph.D. (2017) University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Katherine Moore, visiting assistant professor of mathematics.  B.A. (2012) Kenyon College; M.A. (2017), Ph.D. (2018) Dartmouth College.

Adam Moreno, visiting assistant professor of mathematics.  B.S. (2008) Michigan State University at East Lansing; M.A. (2013) Central Michigan University at Mount Pleasant; M.S. (2016), Ph.D. (2019) University of Notre Dame.

Thirii Myint, assistant professor of English.  A.B. (2011) Brown University; M.F.A. (2015) University of Notre Dame; Ph.D. (2019) University of Denver.

Christine Peralta, assistant professor of history and sexuality, women's and gender studies.  B.A. (2009) St. Mary's University at San Antonio; M.A. (2011) University of British Columbia at  Vancouver; Ph.D. (2019) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Watufani Poe, Center for Humanistic Inquiry fellow and visiting lecturer in Black studies and in Latinx and Latin American studies.  B.A. (2013) Swarthmore College; A.M. (2018), Ph.D. (2021) Brown University.

Tyler Porter, visiting assistant professor of economics.  B.A. (2015) Kent State University; M.A. (2018), Ph.D. (expected 2021) Cornell University.

Aamir Rasheed, visiting assistant professor of mathematics.  B.S. (2013) State University of New York at Plattsburgh; Ph.D. (2019) Florida State University at Tallahassee.

Kristina Reardon, director of the intensive writing program and lecturer in English.  B.A. (2008) Providence College; M.F.A. (2010) University of New Hampshire; M.A. (2013), Ph.D. (2019) University of Connecticut.

Paul Rieckhoff, Karl Loewenstein Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Political Science.  A.B. (1998) Amherst College.

Jude Sandy, visiting assistant professor of theater and dance.  A.B. (2005) Brown University; M.F.A. (2009) Brown/Trinity Repertory Company.

Lee Spector, professor of computer science.  B.A. (1984) Oberlin College; Ph.D. (1992) University of Maryland.

Dennis Sweeney, lecturer in English.  B.A. (2010) Washington University at St. Louis; M.F.A. (2015) Oregon State University; Ph.D. (2020) University of Denver.

Princess Williams, postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor of political science (tenure-track appointment to begin in a future academic year).  B.A. (2014) Jackson State University; Ph.D. (2021) University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Ren Wiscons, assistant professor of chemistry.  B.A. (2015) Oberlin College; M.S. (2016), Ph.D. (2019) University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Janice Yu, Center for Humanistic Inquiry fellow and visiting lecturer in art and the history of art.  B.F.A. (2007) Otis College of Art and Design; M.A. (2008) University of California at Santa Barbara; Ed.M. (2009) Harvard Graduate School of Education; Ph.D. (2021) University of California at Berkeley.

Basileus Zeno, Loewenstein fellow and visiting lecturer in political science.  B.A. (2006), M.A. (2011) Damascus University; M.A. (2015) Ohio University at Athens; Ph.D. (2021) University of Massachusetts at Amherst.