Four Women at Swarthmore College Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure

Swarthmore College, the highly selective liberal arts educational institution in suburban Philadelphia, has announced the promotion of six faculty members to the rank of associate professor. All six were granted tenure. Four ot the appointment went to women.

Megan Brown is a historian of modern Europe who focuses on 20th-century France, European integration, and empire. Her research interests include post-World War II politics, decolonization, and the history of France and Algeria. She is the author of the book, The Seventh Member State: Algeria, France, and the European Community (Harvard University Press, 2022). Dr. Brown received a Ph.D. in history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Daniela Fera was promoted to associate professor of biochemistry. Her research focuses on developing an understanding of the immune response to viral infection. Her long-term goal is to merge biochemical studies and three-dimensional structures to create models for guiding the development of vaccines and therapies. Dr. Fera is a graduate of New York University, where she majored in chemistry and mathematics. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eva-Maria S. Collins uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the emergent properties of biological systems. Before coming to Swarthmore, Dr. Collins was a tenured faculty member at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on biomechanics, neuroethology, and neurotoxicology. Dr. Collins is s graduate of the University of Konstanz in Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany.

María Pía Olivero was named associate professor of economics. She previously taught at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her research interests include macroeconomics, international finance, credit markets, and Latin American economies. Dr. Olivero is a graduate of Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina, where she majored in economics and was ranked first in her graduating class. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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