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Faculty tenure decisions announced

This spring, seven members of the Holy Cross faculty have been promoted to the rank of associate professor, with tenure. They are:

Cristina Ballantine, of the mathematics and computer science department, earned her Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto, Canada. A member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2002, she was awarded a Fulbright Junior Research Award to Germany from 2004 to 2005 at Universität Münster, where she pursued several of her research interests — number theory, automorphic forms and representation theory, and combinatorics; Ballantine has published many papers, including "Ramanujan Type Buildings." She serves on the Committee on Faculty Affairs and the Committee on Graduate Studies and Fellowships. Ballantine lives in Holden with her husband, Dan, and their daughters, Hanna and Emma.

Jeffrey A. Bernstein, of the philosophy department, earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. A member of the faculty since 2001, he has served as the director of the philosophy colloquium series. Bernstein, who belongs to the American Philosophical Association as well as the North American Spinoza Society, has published articles on topics such as German idealism and Spinoza. A presenter at California State University, Villanova University and Emerson College, he also referees for the academic journals Epoché and Idealistic Studies. Bernstein lives in Worcester with his wife, Ingrid Rasmussen, and son, Zachary.

Mary Ebbott, of the classics department, earned her Ph.D. in classical philology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A member of the faculty since 2001, she has served on multiple college committees, including the Academic Affairs Council and the Academic Standing Committee. Her research interests are Homeric epic and Greek tragedy. Ebbott is the executive editor at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., where she is one of the editors of the Homer Multitext project. Her publications include Imagining Illegitimacy in Classical Greek Literature and, most recently, "Butler's Authoress of the Odyssey: gendered readings of Homer, then and now." Ebbott lives in Worcester with her husband, Mark Tomasko.

Ann Marie Leshkowich, of the department of sociology and anthropology, earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at Harvard University in 2000 and joined the Holy Cross faculty the same year. An economic anthropologist, she does fieldwork on gender, entrepreneurship, globalization, late socialism, middle classes and fashion in Vietnam; her primary research focuses on female cloth and clothing traders in Ho Chi Minh City's central marketplace. Leshkowich's work has been supported by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays and the American Philosophical Society. She co-edited the book Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress (Berg, 2003) and has published articles in the Journal of Vietnamese Studies and Fashion Theory. Currently participating in the First-Year Program, Leshkowich has also taught a broad range of courses, including fashion and consumption, globalization in Asia and anthropological theory and methods. A member of the Asian studies and women's and gender studies programs, she serves on the Premedical/Predental Committee. Leshkowich lives in Cambridge with her husband, Noah, and their daughter, Allegra.

Kenneth V. Mills, of the chemistry department, earned his Ph.D. in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. A member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2001, he directs undergraduate researchers in the study of the mechanism of hedgehog autoprocessing and protein splicing. In 2005, Mills was awarded the National Science Foundation's CAREER grant for "CAREER: Alternative Mechanisms of HINT domain autoprocessing: An integrated undergraduate research and education program," which he will undertake through 2010. Mills has published a number of journal articles such as, "Protein Purification via Temperature-Dependent, Intein-Mediated Cleavage from an Immobilized Metal Affinity Resin." Co-chair of the biochemistry concentration, he has served as a member of the Academic Affairs Council and the Curricular Review Steering Committee. Mills lives in Charlton with his wife, Elisa, and son, Dean.

Tomohiko Narita, of the physics department, earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Wisconsin. A member of the faculty since 2001, he has served on the College Curriculum Committee, Academic Affairs Council and the Community Standards Board; since 2003, he has been the Holy Cross radiation safety officer. Narita has published a number of articles on observations of neutron stars and black holes, and X-ray satellite instrumentation. He lives in Princeton with his wife, Kate, and their sons, Anders and Corbin.

Leila Philip, of the English department, earned her master of fine arts degree in fiction at the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City, where she was a writing fellow from 1989-2001. A member of the faculty since 2003, she has taught courses in creative writing, fiction, nonfiction and Asian American literature; from 2004-05, she was acting director of the Creative Writing Program. Philip is the author of three books of nonfiction, including The Road Through Miyama (Random House, 1989, Vintage, 1991), for which she received the Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction in 1990 — and the award-winning memoir A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family (Viking 2001, Vintage 2002). She has received numerous awards for her writing, including fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The American Association of University Women and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe. Philip lives in Woodstock, Conn., with her husband, Garth Evans, and son, Rhys Evans.










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