Five Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Akiko Iwasaki, Sterling Professor of Immunobiology and of Molecular, Cellular &
Developmental Biology and professor of epidemiology and of dermatology at Yale Medical School, was named director of the the Center for Infection and Immunity at the university.

Dr. Iwasaki received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Canada and conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health.

Samantha Clinkinbeard, an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, has been given the added duties of assistant dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Dr. Clinkinbeard has taught at the university for 15 years.

Dr. Clinkinbeard is a graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she majored in psychology. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Kristie Bluett was appointed assistant professor of clinical law and director of the Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic at the University of Cincinnati School of Law. Her research focuses on international human rights law, women’s and children’s rights, immigration law and policy, family law, and lawyering skills. She was a visiting assistant professor and acting director of Georgetown University’s International Women’s Human Rights Clinic.

Bluett is a graduate of George Washington University, where she majored in international relations. She holds a juris doctorate and a master’s degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Emily Walton, an associate professor of sociology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, is the new director of the Society of Fellows at the university. The society was founded in 2014 to foster intellectual innovation across the institution. Dr. Walton joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2012.

Dr. Walton is a graduate of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she majored in biology. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington.

Bridget Diamond-Welch will serve as the inaugural director of research and innovation in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Diamond-Welch was most recently associate director of the Center for Rural Health Improvement in the Sanford School of Medicine at the university. Prior to that, she was an associate professor of criminal justice.

Dr. Diamond-Welch holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in sociology from Iowa State University.

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