YU Welcomes Incoming Faculty

Thirty New Professors Join Yeshiva University’s Distinguished Faculty

Thirty new professors have joined the distinguished faculty at Yeshiva University’s undergraduate and graduate schools, teaching a variety of courses in mathematics, science, business, liberal arts and Judaic studies.

“These new colleagues are dedicated and skilled teachers whose involvement in important research will give our students the chance to share in the excitement of discovery,” said Dr. Lawrence Schiffman, vice provost for undergraduate education at YU. “We look forward to welcoming them to our community of learning.”

At Stern College for Women, Dr. Julie Browne has joined the Political Science Department as a full-time faculty member. Browne is an expert in international relations and previously taught at New York University, where she also earned her PhD in politics. At Stern, she will be teaching courses on terrorism and low intensity conflict, game theory and international relations, quantitative methods in political science and the Arab spring.

“YU students are fantastic,” said Browne. “I have had the pleasure of teaching for a year at Stern College and the students bring so much enthusiasm and passion to everything they do from their academics to their extra-curricular activities. I love teaching such committed and intellectually curious students.”

“Dr. Browne brings an incomparable mixture of superb scholarship and outstanding teaching,” said Dr. Joseph Luders, the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in Political Science. “She is a top-notch researcher and has developed an impressive array of methodological skills including quantitative and game theoretic analysis. She offers a repertoire of new and exciting courses and is a tremendous addition to the department. More importantly, Stern students have raved about her courses, which have been regularly oversubscribed.”

Dr. Aaron Segal is the newest member of Yeshiva College’s Philosophy Department. Segal is a graduate of YU who earned his doctorate from Notre Dame, specializing in metaphysics, Jewish philosophy and philosophy of religion. He has published or has publications forthcoming in journals including Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Philosophical Studies and Religious Studies, and was a finalist for the Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholars Prize. He is also co-founder of the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism and is completing his semikhah [rabbinic ordination] through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

“I identify very strongly with the University’s mission, and there is simply no other university at which I’d feel as comfortable intellectually and religiously,” Segal said. “Of course, Yeshiva’s high-caliber students and faculty are huge draws as well. I hope to produce original and significant research for the general philosophical community, contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of the centrist Orthodox community and substantially and positively impact Yeshiva’s community of students and scholars.”

“Dr. Segal is a fabulous addition to the YU faculty and an already strong Philosophy Department,” said Dr. David Shatz, co-chair of the department. “Not only is he a brilliant philosopher, but he is a brilliant and erudite Torah scholar. He models the University’s mission in a striking way and students will benefit immensely from his courses. His combination of rigor, warmth and wit will create a wonderful classroom experience.”

Dr. Archishman Chakraborty, who will occupy the Mel Harris Chair in Risk and Insurance at the Sy Syms School of Business, was appointed as a full professor with tenure. He earned a PhD in economics from Princeton University, with a specialization in finance, and previously taught at York University’s Schulich School of Business and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. Chakraborty, whose area of expertise is game theory and information economics, will teach courses in corporate finance at Sy Syms. Chakraborty has lectured and presented on his research all across the globe and his work has been published extensively in over a dozen journals.

“I think Sy Syms will be a great place to teach,” said Chakraborty. “I’m excited to be back in New York, where I can work at this wonderful University and continue my research.”

Dr. Marian Gidea, another newly tenured professor, joined the Mathematical Sciences Department at YU, and will teach courses in multi-variable calculus and probability theory at Stern College. He comes to YU with over 15 years of teaching and research experience, having held positions at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. His research focuses on dynamical systems with applications to celestial mechanics, biology, medicine and finance. He has also been the recipient of numerous grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education, among others.

“I know Yeshiva University is a very prestigious institution with a strong tradition in mathematics, and I look forward to teaching here,” Gidea said.

At Yeshiva College, Dr. Jamie Aroosi joins the Political Science Department, teaching “Cultures of Revolt,” “Intro to American Politics” and “Civil Liberties,” while Dr. Daniel Kimmel will teach the following sociology classes: “Violence, Schools and Education,” “Medical Sociology” and “Collection and Eval of Evidence.”

Additional new faculty members at Stern include Dr. Mary Creede, who will teach painting, design and studio art classes; Dr. Seamus O’Malley teaching English composition, the freshman honor’s seminar and a survey of British literature; and Dr. Jasmina Spasojevic who will teach macroeconomics and health economics.

Dr. Lenny Tevlin will teach mathematics and Dr. Tadashi Hashimoto will join the economics department—both will hold cross-campus appointments. Sy Syms welcomes Dr. Galit Ben-Joseph, Dr. Steven Chan, Dr. Gabriela Coiculescu and Dr. Henry Huang to teach business classes.

The undergraduate Torah studies morning programs at Yeshiva College will welcome five new full-time faculty members this fall: Rabbi Hayyim Angel, Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Rabbi Aharon Ciment, Rabbi Dr. Daniel Lerner and Rabbi Etan Schnall. Rabbi Angel, previously an adjunct professor, will be teaching Tanach classes at the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies (IBC). Ciment and Schnall will teach Halacha, Gemara, Tanach and Hashkafa in the Stone Beit Midrash Program (SBMP). Joining the faculty at the James Striar School of General Jewish Studies (JSS), Becher will teach Jewish History and philosophy and Lerner will teach Halacha and Jewish philosophy.

Betsy Ginsberg, Kate Shaw and Eda Katharine Tinto will join the faculty at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Dr. Tracy Prout, Dr. Elizabeth Seng and Dr. Anna Van Meter at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology; Dr. Wendy Schudrich at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work; and Dr. Judy Aschner, Dr. Jorge Kizer and Dr. Wolfgang Tome at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

“These new faculty represent YU’s continued intellectual growth,” said Schiffman. “Our students can all look forward to wonderful classes.”

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