G. Gabrielle Starr, president of Pomona College in Claremont, California, since 2017 and professor of English and neuroscience, has been appointed the McConnell Professor of Human Relations at the college. Her most recent book is Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience (MIT Press, 2013). Before coming to Pomona, she was dean of the College of Arts and Science at New York University.
Dr. Starr enrolled at Emory University at the age of 15. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at Emory before going on to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard University.
Rebecca Brückmann is a new associate professor of history at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Since 2018 she was an associate professor of North American history at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. Her research focuses on African-American history and the transnational, transcultural, and transatlantic history of the Black diaspora. She is the author of Massive Resistance Southern Womanhood: White Women, Class, and Segregation (University of Georgia Press, 2021)
Dr. Brückmann holds a Magistra Artium (B.A. and M.A.) in modern and contemporary history, sociology, and political science from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and the University of Leicester in England. She earned a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary history from the Free Univerity of Berlin.
Tyson H. Brown was named the W.L.F. Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He joined the Duke faculty in 2016 after teaching for six years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Dr. Brown earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology at the University of Florida. He holds a Ph.D. n sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.