2018 Penn Fellows
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.