Faculty

The cover of Dune Song by Anissa Bouziane depicts the closed door of a Moroccan house.
Winter 2020
Dune Song , the debut novel by Anissa Bouziane ’87, shares the spiritual and physical journey of Jeehan Nathaar, a Moroccan-American Muslim woman who seeks healing and affirmation after witnessing the 9/11 attacks.More
Genevieve Clutario
Winter 2020
Pulling from a range of sources—from the personal to pop-cultural to academic—is not only a feature of Genevieve Clutario’s teaching style, but of her academic research and education path as well.More
Portrait of Professor Rebecca Bedell
Winter 2020
Rebecca Bedell’s most recent book is Moved to Tears: Rethinking the Art of the Sentimental in the United States (Princeton). In it, she aims to uproot what she terms “the still tenacious modernist prejudice against sentimental art.”More
A photo portrait of philosophy professor Ifeanyi Menkiti
Fall 2019
Ifeanyi Menkiti, professor emeritus of philosophy, died on June 16. He liked to recall the old saying that philosophers bake no bread, but only to smile and disagree with it. He believed that philosophers could bake bread and should: that philosophical thinking should make a difference to everyone.More
A photo portrait of Ruth Anna Putnam
Fall 2019
Despite the power of words, they cannot do justice to the life, accomplishments, or character of Ruth Anna Putnam, a professor of philosphy at Wellesley for 35 years. Ruth Anna passed away peacefully at home in Arlington, Mass., on May 4, surrounded by all four of her children.More
A photo portrait of Luther "Terry" Tyler
Fall 2019
Luther T. Tyler—“Terry” to his friends and colleagues—died on July 24, after a long period of illness. Terry joined the English department in 1978, where he was a Pinanski Prize-winning teacher and a treasured colleague.More
Susan Ellison, assistant professor of anthropology
Fall 2019
Debt was not something Susan Ellison, assistant professor of anthropology, ever expected to write a book about. “I came kicking and screaming to that,” she says. “But when you ‘follow the ethnographic,’ as we say,”—as…More
Portrait of Brenna Greer
Fall 2019
On the cover of Brenna Greer’s recent book, Represented: The Black Imagemakers Who Reimagined African American Citizenship , a fashionably dressed young African-American couple relax on a midcentury modern couch in front of a coffee…More
A photo inside the Global Flora conservatory shows a flourishing banyan tree. In the background, a student prepares to hand-water plants.
Fall 2019
The Global Flora Conservatory at the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses, it steel frame clad in high-tech plastic, rides the curve of the ridge outside the Science Center and soars to 40 feet at its southwest end. The new structure is breathtaking inside and out.More
Professor Filomina Steady
Summer 2019
As she prepares to retire after 22 years in the Africana Studies department, Professor Filomina Steady isn’t slowing down. She has a new book, The African Diaspora Returns Home , in the pipeline, and her research remains very much on her mind.More