Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties

Carol Y. Bailey was appointed a professor of Black studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She was a professor of English at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Her latest book is Writing the Black Diasporic City in the Age of Globalization (Rutgers University Press, 2022).

Professor Bailey is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where she majored in English literature. She holds a master’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Bakirathi Mani is the new Penn Presidential Compact Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously taught in the department of English literature at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Dr. Mani is the author of Unseeing Empire: Photography, Representation, South Asian America (Duke University Press, 2020) and Aspiring to Home: South Asians in America (Stanford University Press, 2012).

A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Mani earned a master’s degree in modern Indian history from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a Ph.D. in modern thought and literature from Stanford University

Ebonya L. Washington, the Laurans A. and Arlene Mendelson Professor of Economics and professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, was elected vice president of the American Economic Association. Before coming to Columbia in 2022, she was a professor of economics at Yale University.

Dr. Washington is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she majored in public policy. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carrie Fearer is a new assistant professor in the department of forest resources and environmental conservation at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on forest health and ecosystem adaptions to invasive pests and pathogens.

Dr. Ferrer holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D., all in environmental science and all from Ohio State University.

Mya Roberson is a new assistant professor of health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Roberson’s research includes work on population-level trends in cancer treatment, survivorship care for people living with metastatic breast cancer, and improving access to genetic and genomic services delivery for marginalized populations.

Dr. Roberson holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She earned a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cassandra Moseley has been appointed vice president for research at Colorado State University. Dr. Moseley has served for more than 20 years as an accomplished administrator and research professor in the Institute for Resilient Communities, Organizations, and Environments at the University of Oregon. Her academic expertise is in wildfire and climate resilience, rural communities, and national forest policy.

Professor Moseley earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and government from Cornell University and her master’s degree and doctoral degree in political science from Yale University.

Kristen Baum was named director of Monarch Watch, an international program at the University of Kansas dedicated to the conservation and study of monarch butterflies. She will also serve as a senior scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research and a professor in the department of ecology & evolutionary biology. She was a professor in the department of integrative biology and associate dean for research at Oklahoma State University.

Professor Baum is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she majored in environmental science. She holds a master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science and a Ph.D. in entomology from Texas A&M University.

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