Faculty

A photo portrait of Rodney Morrison, professor of economics
Spring 2022
Rodney J. Morrison, emeritus professor of economics at Wellesley College, passed away on Dec. 16, 2021, in Chicago at the age of 87. Throughout his career, Rod was a productive and internationally recognized scholar. He was a NATO Fellow in economics and published many articles in respected journals and several influential books, including Portugal: Revolutionary Change in an Open Economy (1981), a work that synthesized economics, international relations, and history.More
Chipo Dendere
Spring 2022
“The one thing I hear most from students is this idea that you can learn about Africa for the sake of learning about Africa, and not because it’s tangential to something else,” says Chipo Dendere, assistant professor of Africana studies.More
Students make themselves at home in the Chao Foundation Innovation Hub.
Spring 2022
In January, Wellesley welcomed students, faculty, and staff into the transformed Science Complex, which encompasses more than 275,000 square feet of sustainably designed space and combines renovations to the College’s historic structures with new spaces for research, collaboration, and teaching. The students quickly made the space their own.More
A photo portrait of Lois Roach, senior lecturer in theatre studies
Winter 2022
“We’re all in one big stream. Everyone is trying to find a way to be heard,” says Lois Roach, senior lecturer in theatre studies. In Roach’s course THST 106: Speaking Truth to Power, her students learn to speak up while hearing out other perspectives.More
An 1852 lithograph depicts the Black Empress of Haiti in her coronation robes.
Winter 2022
A lithograph of Empress Adelina, a member of the Haitian royal family, is part of the “Album Imperial d’Haiti,” dated 1852. This set of 12 pages is part of the Elbert Collection in Special Collections in the Margaret Clapp Library, which contains some 800 volumes on slavery, emancipation, and Reconstruction.More
A photo portrait of Elena Gascón-Vera
Fall 2021
Elena Gascón-Vera, professor emerita of Spanish, passed away on Aug. 12 in Madrid after a two-year bout with lung cancer. She was 77. Rarely has a colleague made such a difference in terms of our intellectual life and our calling to educate women.More
A photo portrait of Adrian Castro, assistant professor of geosciences
Fall 2021
When most of us come across a rock, we register little more than a gray hunk of stone that blends easily into the background. But Adrian Castro considers the rocks the main attraction. Every rock has a story to tell, he explains, and his job as a geologist is to use scientific techniques to unravel them. “Good geologists are like storytellers for the planet,” he says.More
A photo shows a student creating an enormous, iridescent bubble.
Fall 2021
On the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 17, students celebrated being back on campus at the annual surprise funfest that was Lake Day. It featured gigantic beach balls, free kettle corn, cult favorite Del’s Lemonade, craft tables, temporary tattoos, and giant bubble blowers. But the best part was being together again.More
An illusration depicts a stylized flower. A globe forms its center, and one of the petals in the face of a young woman.
Fall 2021
This spring, five faculty members—a marine ecologist, a poet-critic, a historian, and two political scientists—will team-teach a course called The Climate Change Crisis. Megan Núñez, dean of faculty affairs, points to it as a compelling example of the kind of curricular innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and focus on grand challenges that are called for in the College’s new strategic plan.More
Julie Walsh
Summer 2021
Julie Walsh’s popular Philosophy and Witchcraft course—featuring a trip to Salem, Mass.—is “a sneaky history of philosophy class,” she says.More