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The Penn Fellows Program provides leadership development to select Penn faculty in mid-career. Begun in 2009, it includes opportunities to build alliances across the university, meet distinguished academic leaders, think strategically about university governance, and consult with Penn’s senior administrators.
Tami Benton, Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine, studies pediatric psychosomatic illnesses and minority health, specifically Sickle Cell Disease and HIV, and comorbid depressive disorders.
Julia Hartmann, Professor of Mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences, focuses on algebraic structures and their symmetries. She in now the faculty sponsor of Penn’s Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) chapter.
De’Broski Herbert, Associate Professor of Infectious Immunology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, researches regulatory networks, immunity, inflammation, tissue repair, and mucosal interface.
Rebecca Hubbard, Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Perelman School of Medicine, focuses her research on development and application of statistical methodology for studies that use observational data from clinical medical practice.
Daeyeon Lee, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, focuses his research on developing deep understanding of the interactions between soft materials.
Christopher Lengner, Associate Professor of Cell and Development Biology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, is the Associate Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Director of the Center for Animal Transgenesis. His lab is broadly interested in the mechanisms by which stem cells acquire and maintain developmental potency.
Julia Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences, focuses her research on the politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective, with a focus on the countries of Western Europe and the United States.
Matthew McHugh, Professor and Independence Foundation Endowed Chair for Nursing Education in the School of Nursing, has advanced the field of nursing outcomes and policy research by showing the value of investing in nursing as a vehicle to achieve a higher functioning health care system.
Raina Merchant, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, conducts research at the intersection of digital media and health. Much of her work also bridges new technologies in the field of cardiovascular health and resuscitation science.
Masao Sako, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences, focuses on observational cosmology with supernovae (SNe). He is also interested in several aspects of high energy astrophysics including X-ray spectroscopy and observations of gamma-ray bursts, X-ray binaries, supermassive black holes, and clusters of galaxies.
Ebony Thomas, Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division in the Graduate School of Education, focuses on children’s and adolescent texts (broadly construed), the teaching of African American literature, history, and culture in K-12 classrooms, and the roles that race, class, and gender play in classroom discourse and interaction.
Franca Trubiano, Associate Professor of Architecture in the School of Design, conducts funded research in the areas of Advanced Energy Retrofits and Building Information Modeling.
Rachel Werner, Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, is a practicing general internist and a PhD-trained health economist. Her research seeks to understand the effect of health care policies and delivery systems on quality of care.
Benjamin Abella, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Center of for Resuscitation Science in the Perelman School of Medicine, studies sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death that claims over 300,000 lives each year in the United States. He is also the developer and Medical Director of a novel training course for therapeutic hypothermia use in the hospital setting.
Ritesh Agarwal, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, is developing techniques for the rational synthesis of functional nanostructural materials for applications in nanophotonic and electronic devices. His interests include growth of self-assembled nanostructures, nanoscale physical behavior, and hierarchical assembly of nanostructures into integrated nanosystems.
José A. Bauermeister, Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, researches comprehensive HIV/STI prevention and care programs for high-risk adolescents and young adults, including young gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (YGBMSM); perinatally HIV-infected and HIV-affected youth; and racial/ethnic minorities living in urban centers.
Elizabeth Brannon, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor in the Natural Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences, researches the evolution and development of quantitative cognition, studying how adult humans, infants, young children and nonhuman animals without language represent number.
Samantha Butts, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Perelman School of Medicine, is a reproductive epidemiologist who has made research contributions towards developing a better understanding of how key micronutrients and environmental chemicals affect reproductive health in women and their offspring. She also investigates conditions that impact how women age reproductively and the intersection of race, genetic background, and environmental factors on this process.
André Dombrowski, Associate Professor of History of Art in the School of Arts and Sciences, focuses his research and teaching on the arts and material cultures of France and Germany, and their empires, in the mid to late nineteenth century. He is particularly concerned with the social and intellectual rationales behind the emergence of avant-garde painting in the 1860s to 1880s, including Impressionism.
Zahra Fakhraai, Associate Professor of Chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences, focuses on understanding the influence of surfaces and interfaces on the properties of amorphous materials at nanometer length scales. Her research group’s studies on the properties of glasses at nanometer length scales has provided fundamental insight into the length scales of correlated motion in glasses that allows one to engineer glasses with significantly improved properties.
Tulia Falleti, Class of 1965 Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program in the School of Arts and Sciences, is a scholar of comparative politics with a focus on Latin America whose research interests include democratization, federalism and decentralization, community participation, qualitative research methods, and historical institutionalism.
Autumn Fiester, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics in the Perelman School of Medicine, is Director of the Penn Program in Clinical Conflict Management, which promotes conflict resolution training for formal clinical ethics consultations and ethics conflicts at the bedside. Dr. Fiester is a consultant for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Ethics Service, and she conducts workshops in conflict management around the country.
Michael Hanchard, Professor of Africana Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, is a scholar of comparative politics specializing in nationalism, social movements, racial hierarchy, and citizenship. He has done field in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, and Jamaica.
Jennifer Kogan, Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, focuses her research on assessment in medical education, particularly feedback, competency assessment, and developing and assessing the effectiveness of new approaches for faculty development in workplace-based assessment (training faculty to observe and provide feedback about learners' clinical skills).
Serguei Netessine, Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions in the Wharton School, focuses his research on business model innovation and operational excellence. He uses a broad set of econometric tools to analyze data that focuses on strategic customer behavior in operational settings.
Rose Nolen-Walston, Associate Professor of Medicine in the School of Veterinary Medicine, has a clinical specialty of large animal medicine and her research focuses on equine encephalitis, equine endotoxemia/sepsis models, equine pulmonary function, histamine bronchoprovocation and large animal emergency.
Melissa Sanchez, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the School of Arts and Sciences, studies and teaches sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, with a particular focus on gender, sexuality, and constitutional and religious history.
Eric Stoopler, Associate Professor of Oral Medicine in the School of Dental Medicine, focuses on the advancement of oral medicine as an integral component of health education and clinical care through the development of postdoctoral oral medicine education.
Deborah Thomas, R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology in the School of Arts and Sciences, is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on the Caribbean whose research interests include political anthropology, multi-modal and visual anthropology, sovereignty, violence, the afterlives of imperialism, transnationalism and diaspora, race and gender, performance and popular culture, culture and political economy, and popular culture.
Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, Professor of Law and Psychology in Penn Law, studies the psychology of legal decision-making. Her research addresses the role of moral judgment, with a particular focus on private contracts and negotiations. She uses experimental methods from psychology and behavioral economics to ask how people draw on their moral intuitions to motivate or inform legal choices.
Ezekiel Dixon-Román, Associate Professor and Chair, Data Analytics for Social Policy Certificate Program in the School of Social Policy and Practice, rethinks the use of quantitative methods from a critical theoretical lens, particularly for the study of social reproduction in human learning and development, such as inheritance and the social reproduction of “difference” and critical inquiry on social policies that seek to address issues of inequality, social mobility and education.
Daniel Gillion, Presidential Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Arts & Sciences, studies racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public policy and the American presidency, including the role of protest and how political dialogue on race alters the public policy process and shapes societal and cultural norms to improve the lives of racial and ethnic minorities.
Carolina B. Lopez, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, studies the signals that turn on and regulate the immune system during infections with common respiratory viruses (such as the influenza virus or the respiratory syncytial virus), aiming to better understand the factors that modulate virus pathogenesis and develop better vaccines and antiviral therapies.
Christopher Marcinkoski, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, PennDesign, is a licensed architect and urban design consultant who studies “speculative urbanization”–the implications of urbanization activities that are out-of-sync with economic and demographic realities, most recently projects in Africa emulating speculative building in places such as Spain, Ireland, Dubai and China.
Katherine L. Nathanson, Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, studies the genetics of human cancer, both germline changes which confer susceptibility to cancer and somatic genetic changes associated with outcome, including germline genetic changes associated with breast cancer susceptibility, genetic changes associated with testicular cancer susceptibility and somatic genetic markers in melanoma as determinants of response to therapy.
Sandra Ryeom, Associate Professor of Cancer Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine, studies the molecular mechanisms that regulate the tumor microenvironment, with a particular focus on the vasculature, and how the tumor microenvironment is assembled and maintained, with particular focus on the generation and maintenance of the tumor blood supply (tumor angiogenesis), a dynamic process involving continuous elaboration and remodeling of blood vessels.
Maurice Schweitzer, Cecilia Yen Koo Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions in the Wharton School, studies emotions, ethical decision-making and the negotiation process, with a focus on trust and deception, including the recent co-authored Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both, which examines how to maximize success by navigating between cooperation and competition.
Susan Yoon, Associate Professor in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division in the Graduate School of Education, focuses on instructional improvement of complex systems in middle and high school science courses through the integration of learning tools such as mobile technologies and multi-computational models. She has worked in conjunction with the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Franklin Institute of Science Museum.
Angela DeMichele, Alan and Jill Miller Professor in Breast Cancer Excellence in the Perelman School of Medicine, focuses on developing biomarkers, surveillance strategies and new therapeutic approaches to prevent and treat recurrent, metastatic breast cancer, as well as on research about survivorship.
Hanming Fang, Class of 1965 Term Professor of Economics in the School of Arts & Sciences, is an applied microeconomist focusing on public economics, including topics ranging from discrimination, social economics and welfare reform to public good provision mechanisms, auctions and health insurance markets.
Michael Horowitz, associate professor of political science in the School of Arts & Sciences and associate director of the Perry World House, studies military innovation, the future of war, the role of leaders in international politics, the relationships between religion and politics, and other topics with direct implications for public policy.
Hyun (Michel) Koo, professor of orthodontics in the School of Dental Medicine, focuses on understanding the assembly principles and virulence determinants of oral biofilms, as well as developing therapeutic approaches to prevent biofilm-dependent oral infectious diseases such as dental caries.
Sophia Lee, professor of law and history and deputy dean in the Law School, is a legal historian whose scholarship synthesizes labor, constitutional and administrative law, including such topics as challenges to workplace discrimination during the early Cold War and conservative legal movements in the post-New Deal era.
Jason Moore, Edward Rose Professor of Informatics in the Perelman School of Medicine and director of the Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics, studies genetics and biomedical informatics, especially the development, evaluation and application of novel computational and statistical algorithms for identifying combinations of DNA sequence variations and combinations of environmental factors that are predictive of common disease endpoints.
Christian Terwiesch, Andrew M. Heller Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions in the Wharton School, studies innovation, especially in healthcare and in innovation tournaments, which provide innovation opportunities for product designers, entrepreneurs and others in such areas as packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, financial services and technology.
Marija Drndic, Professor of Physics in the School of Arts & Sciences, studies nanoscale and mesoscopic structures—including nanocrystals, nanowires and biomaterials—especially nanoelectronics and related quantum mechanical effects that arise when electrons are confined in small volumes.
Chao Guo, Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management in the School of Social Policy & Practice, studies the intersection of government with nonprofit and voluntary initiatives, especially in such contexts as nonprofit organizations, nonprofit advocacy, nonprofit governance, social entrepreneurship and volunteerism.
Lisa Lewis, Associate Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, studies racial disparities in blood pressure control, especially psychosocial factors that contribute to medication adherence among African-Americans, such as spirituality, depression, social support and perceived discrimination.
Joshua Plotkin, Professor of Biology in the School of Arts & Sciences and professor of computer and information science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, studies questions in evolutionary biology and ecology using techniques drawn from mathematics and computation, focusing primarily on adaptation in populations.
Alejandro Ribeiro, Associate Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, studies wireless networks, especially the development of theoretical foundations for wireless networks and the application of signal processing to network and wireless communications theory.
Nancy Rothbard, David Pottruck Professor of Management in the Wharton School, studies the impact of emotions on work, especially in such areas as workplace motivation, teamwork, work-life balance and the multiple roles that people play at work and in families.
Emily Steiner, Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts & Sciences, studies medieval English literature, including the 14th century allegorical poem “Piers Plowman¸” the relationship between literature and legal practice and medieval “macrogenres” such as encyclopedias and universal histories.
Kevin Turner, Gabel Family Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, studies surface and interface mechanics in micro- and nano-scale systems and processes, including microelectronics and semiconductor manufacturing.
Paulo Arratia, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, studies the flow behavior of complex fluids, such as human blood, polymeric solutions, and colloidal suspensions.
Jennifer Blouin, Associate Professor of Accounting in the Wharton School, studies taxation, including the effects of taxes on asset pricing, capital structure, corporate payout policies, and multinational firm behavior.
Sara Cherry, Associate Professor of Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, studies the cellular factors that regulate viral pathogenesis, especially in such mosquito-borne viruses as West Nile virus and Rift Valley Fever virus.
Justin Khoury, Associate Professor of Physics in the School of Arts and Sciences, works at the intersection of particle physics and cosmology, especially alternative theories of the early universe designed to address traditional problems of “big bang” cosmology.
Emilio Parrado, Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences, studies migration, both within and across countries, including immigrant adaptation, international migration, and social and demographic change in Latin America.
Laura Perna, Professor in the Higher Education Division of the Graduate School of Education, studies the forces that may limit and the ways to promote educational attainment, especially among members of historically underrepresented groups.
Adriana Petryna, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Anthropology in the School of Arts and Sciences, studies the social and political dimensions of science and medicine in the United States and Eastern Europe.
Ronald Rubenstein, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine, studies novel drug therapies for cystic fibrosis, especially the use of pharmaceuticals to overcome molecular defects and “repair” dysfunctional proteins.
Elisabeth Barton, associate professor of anatomy & cell biology in the School of Dental Medicine, studies muscle physiology, especially skeletal muscle repair, with the goal of developing therapies to aid in combatting muscle disease and enhance repair after injury.
William Burke-White, professor and deputy dean in the Law School, is an expert on international law and global governance who served from 2009-2011 on the Policy Planning Staff of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Adam Grant, associate professor of management in the Wharton School, studies work motivation, job design, employee initiative and proactivity, leadership, and burnout and is the author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.
Carmen Guerra, associate professor of medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, specializes in cancer control, especially the barriers to physician recommendation and patient acceptance of cancer screening tests and procedures and the impact of literacy barriers on cancer screening.
John MacDonald, associate professor and chair of criminology in the School of Arts & Sciences, studies a wide variety of topics in criminology, including interpersonal violence, race and ethnic disparities in criminal justice, and the effectiveness of social policy responses to crime.
Kim M. Olthoff, Donald Guthrie Professor of Surgery in the Perelman School of Medicine and director of the Liver Transplant Program at the Penn Transplant Institute, focuses on adult and pediatric liver transplantation, living donor transplantation, and surgery for hepatobiliary malignancies and benign liver tumors.
Eve M. Troutt Powell, associate professor and graduate group chair of history in the School of Arts & Sciences, is a cultural historian of the modern Middle East who is the author of A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain and the Mastery of the Sudan.
R. Polk Wagner, professor of law in the Law School, is an expert in intellectual property law and policy, with a special interest in patent law, and is the co-author of Patent Law (Concepts and Insights).
Patricia D’Antonio, Killebrew-Centis Professor in Undergraduate Education and chair of the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing, who studies the work and worth of nursing in American hospitals and in the fabric of families and communities.
Mark Duggan, professor of business and public policy in the Wharton School, who studies the effect of government expenditure programs, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, on the behavior of individuals and firms.
John Hogenesch, associate professor of pharmacology in the Perelman School of Medicine, who studies the mammalian circadian clock, using both genomic and computational tools.
Benjamin Horton, associate professor of earth and environmental science in the School of Arts and Sciences, who studies the external and internal mechanisms of sea-level change, especially its relationship to climate change.
Marisa Kozlowski, professor of chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences, who studies the design of new methods and catalysts for organic synthesis, including both novel computational tools and traditional methods of screening and development.
Jennifer Lukes, associate professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, who studies the thermal transport phenomena that emerge in nanostructures and nanostructured materials.
Beth Winkelstein, professor of bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, who studies the mechanisms of injury that produce whiplash and sports-related and other painful injuries.
Vijay Balasubramanian, Merriam Term Associate Professor of Physics in the School of Arts and Sciences, a theoretical physicist who specializes in string theory, black holes, quantum gravity, and applications of neuroscience.
Karen Beckman, Jaffe Professor of Cinema Studies and Art History in the School of Arts and Sciences, a scholar of interdisciplinary visual culture, focusing on the connections among film, photography, and modern art.
Gerard Cachon, Sullivan Professor and Chair of Operations and Information Management in the Wharton School, an expert in supply chain management, especially the impact of new technologies on competitiveness.
Marwan Kraidy, Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication, a scholar of global communication, primarily in Arab media, including reality television, music videos, and the structure of the television industry.
John Lapinski, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences, a scholar of Congressional lawmaking and a senior election analyst for NBC News.
Erle Robertson, Professor of Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine and Director of the Tumor Virology Program at the Abramson Cancer Center, a molecular biologist and virologist whose research centers on Epstein-Barr and Kaposi’s sarcoma viruses.
Lisa Bellini, Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Resident and Faculty Affairs in the Perelman School of Medicine, an expert on medical education, especially the effects of fatigue and sleep deprivation on patients, residents, and faculty.
Camille Charles, Edmund J. and Louis W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Africana Studies, an expert on race in America, especially in universities and urban environments.
Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine, an expert on cancer prevention, especially among minority and other underserved populations.
Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, Associate Professor of Pathology in the School of Dental Medicine, an expert on interdisciplinary approaches to the function and dysfunction of neurons, especially in HIV infection.
Randall Mason, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation in the School of Design, an expert on urban planning and the historic preservation of American cities.
Peter Struck, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair of Classical Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program, an expert on the intellectual history of ancient Greece.
Eric Bradlow, K.P. Chao Professor and Professor of Marketing and Statistics at the Wharton School, an expert on applying statistical models to mathematical problems and real-world topics, such as hit songs, Internet search engines, grocery store coupons, and baseball statistics.
Charles Branas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, an expert on improvements to public health, especially reducing gun violence and advocating for better emergency and trauma care.
Robert Carpick, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Penn Director of the Nanotechnology Institute, an expert on the nature and origins of tribology (friction) at the atomic or molecular scale.
Marybeth Gasman, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education, an expert on issues of leadership, fundraising, and philanthropy at historically African-American colleges.
John Jackson, Jr., Richard Perry University Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, an expert on racial identity, especially in Harlem and Brooklyn and among Black Jews.
Joshua Metlay, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, an expert on respiratory tract infections and treatments, especially antibiotic resistance, risks, and optimal practices.
Sharon Thompson-Schill, Professor of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences, an expert on the neurological basis of memory and language, including both normal cognition and cognition in those suffering from stroke, degenerative diseases, and congenital blindness.
Sarah Tishkoff, David and Lyn Silfen University Associate Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, an expert on human genetics, especially in Africa.