Six Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Zeynep Tufekci is a new professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. She previously was on the faculty at the Graduate Schoo of Journalism at Columbia University. Earlier, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Tufekci is the author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protests (Yale University Press, 2017).

Professor Tufekci is a graduate of Istanbul University in Türkiye. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Viviana Gradinaru, the Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Neuroscience and Biological Engineering and director of the Center for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology, has been named the new director of the Richard N. Merkin Institute for Translational Research at the university. She joined the Caltech faculty in 2012.

Dr. Gradinaru is graduate of Caltech. She earned a Ph.D. at Stanford University.

Carmen Lanos Williams was named director of the Honors College at Arkansas State University. She is an assistant professor of English and heritage studies at the university.

Dr. Williams holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education as well as a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in heritage studies, all from Arkansas State University.

Lynne Carpenter-Boggs was appointed chair of the department of crop and soil sciences at Washington State University. She is the first woman to lead the department. Dr. Carpenter-Boggs’ research focus is on soil science, primarily studying more natural systems of agriculture like organic farming.

Dr. Carpenter-Boggs holds a master’s degree in soil microbiology from Iowa State University. She earned a Ph.D. in soil science from Washington State University.

Stephanie Harris was named director of the Africana studies program at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She was the executive director of the Amistad Commission for New Jersey’s Department of Education. Earlier, she taught African American history at Richard Stockton College and Rowan College.

Dr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in African American studies from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Angela M. Eikenberry, the D. B. and Paula Varner Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, was appointed director of the school. She is the co-editor of the textbook Reframing Nonprofit Management: Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change (Melvin & Leigh, 2018).

Dr. Eikenberry holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies, a master’s degree in nonprofit management, and a Ph.D. in public administration, all from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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