Faculty Honors and Fellowships

 

Professor of Chemistry Akos Vertes invented the technology for the palm-sized REDIchip, which can analyze minute amounts of biological and chemical materials that were previously undetectable.

Professor of Chemistry Akos Vertes invented the technology for the palm-sized REDIchip, which can analyze minute amounts of biological and chemical materials that were previously undetectable.

Columbian College faculty are prolific authors, award-winning scholars and noted innovators and artists. They are recipients of Pulitzers, Guggenheims and NEH fellowships, and their impactful work represents the breadth of the engaged liberal arts.

These highlights reflect a sampling of our faculty stars.

 


Columbian College Faculty Out Front

Chryssa Kouveliotou, former NASA senior scientist

Chryssa Kouveliotou: Cosmic Genius

Professor of Physics Chryssa Kouveliotou, a former NASA senior scientist and a leading expert on gamma-ray bursts, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors among scientists, engineers and doctors.

Associate Professor of Anthropology Sarah Wagner

Sarah Wagner: Anthropology Crusader

Sarah Wagner, an associate professor of anthropology, explores the long-term impact of war and other destructive forces. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, her projects include an effort to identify and memorialize MIA Vietnam War soldiers.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department

Dana Tai Soon Burgess: Creative Master

Dana Tai Soon Burgess, professor of dance, cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department and a renowned choreographer, was named the Smithsonian's first-ever choreographer in residence at the National Portrait Gallery.

 

Professor of Political Science, Sarah Binder

Sarah Binder: Political Insider

Professor of Political Science Sarah Binder is widely recognized for her work on government affairs, serving as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Professor of English Gayle Wald

Gayle Wald: Literary Scholar

A recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, Professor of English Gayle Wald is noted for her frontline research on cultural representations of gender and race.

Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Professor of History Andrew Zimmerman

Andrew Zimmerman: Innovative Historian

Professor of History Andrew Zimmerman is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient whose research uncovers novel interpretations of empires and revolutions, including a rethinking of the political and religious implications of the American Civil War.