Four Women Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles

Lilya Yatsunyk was promoted to full professor of chemistry at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She supervises a lab at the college that is focused on antitumor drugs, Professor Yatsunyk joined the faculty at Swarthmore in 2007.

Dt. Yaysunyk is a graduate of Chernivtsi State University in Ukraine. She earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Arizona.

Olga Sendra Ferrer was promoted to associate professor of Spanish and granted tenure at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Dr. Ferrer is an expert in modern literature and culture from the Iberian Peninsula and Catalonia. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Barcelona, City of Margins (University of Toronto Press, 2021).

Dr. Ferrer is a graduate of the Universidad de Barcelona in Spain. She holds a master’s degree from North Carolina State University and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in New Jersey.

Chryl Laird has been named the Marvin H. Green Jr. Assistant Professor of Government at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A professor at Bowdoin since 2017, Dr. Laird studies American politics with a specialization in race and ethnic politics and political psychology. She is the coauthor of Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Political Behavior (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Dr. Laird is a graduate of the University of Maryland–College Park, where she majored in government and politics and African American studies. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University.

Jennifer Redfearn is a professor of documentary and director of the documentary film program at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. An Academy Award nominee, Professor Redfearn previously taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Boston University.

Professor Redfearn is a graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she majored in environmental studies. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

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