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Assistant Professor

Nabeela Alam is an Assistant Professor of Economics, with teaching and research interests in applied microeconomics, development, political economy and behavioral economics. She studies... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Head Men's Basketball and Head Women's Golf Coach

Now in his 23rd year at Grinnell College, Head Coach David Arseneault has become nationally and internationally renowned for his innovative coaching techniques and offensive-minded... See this person's full profile

Professor

Vicki Bentley-Condit has taught biological anthropology at Grinnell since 1995. She is a primatologist who has conducted research with both wild and captive baboon populations and... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor
I teach courses in Global Development Studies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). My research focuses on the intersection of democratic decentralization and climate change adaptation... See this person's full profile
Associate Professor

Keith Brouhle, Assistant Professor, has a B.A. from Grinnell College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His course offerings include microeconomic... See this person's full profile

Professor, Emeritus/Emerita

Professor Brown has been a member of the Grinnell History Department since the fall of 1989. She has chaired the History Department and the Gender and Women's Studies concentration, been... See this person's full profile

Professor, Emeritus
Interim Director, Donald L. Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership

Douglas Caulkins was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, and earned a B.A. with Honors and Distinction in Anthropology and Sociology at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota,... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Economics; On Leave Spring 2013

Stella Chan received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before attending UCLA, she spent two years in... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor
Director of the Rosenfield Program, Spring 2015

Edward Cohn came to Grinnell in 2007 after completing a Ph.D. in Russian history at the University of Chicago. A 1999 graduate of Swarthmore College, he worked for a year as a journalist... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Center for International Studies Director

David Cook-Martín is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College and director of its Center for International Studies. As a political sociologist, his work focuses on... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Monessa Cummins received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on Greek epinician poetry, a type of lyric poetry composed in praise of victors at... See this person's full profile
Emeritus

George A. Drake first came to Grinnell as an undergraduate in the class of 1956. After a sojourn at the University of Chicago to receive his Ph.D., Mr. Drake began his career as a... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

Caleb Elfenbein graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in political science, making his way to Harvard Divinity School for a Masters in Theological Studies, then to the University of... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Karla is a feminist ethnographer of labor. She studies interaction and community in market exchanges. Her first book, The Hungry Cowboy, was about a Cheers-like restaurant, and her second... See this person's full profile
Professor
Bill Ferguson, Gertrude B. Austin Professor of economics, received a B.A. (in History) from Grinnell College and an Economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. In 1976, he moved... See this person's full profile
Professor

Susan Ferguson is Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, where she has taught for over 20 years. Ferguson regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, and her critically acclaimed... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor
Head Women's Cross Country and Track/Field Coach

Evelyn Freeman has been a member of the Grinnell College coaching staff since 1980. She is the head women's cross country coach, as well as the head women's indoor and outdoor track... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Head Men's Cross Country and Track/Field Coach
Associate Professor
Chair, Peace and Conflict Studies Committee

Brigittine French earned a PhD from the University of Iowa in 2001 and joined the Anthropology Department at Grinnell College in 2003. French is a linguistic anthropologist whose primary... See this person's full profile

Professor

Katya Gibel Mevorach holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. She received her B.A. and M.A. in African Studies from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Gibel... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

Bradley Graham, Assistant Professor, has B.S.E. and J.D. degrees from the University of Iowa, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His course offerings... See this person's full profile

Professor, Senior Faculty

While his initial research agenda was on mass attitudes and behavior in Africa, over the last decade his research has focused on comparable phenomena in Russia. In particular, he is... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

Michael Guenther received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. & Ph.D from Northwestern University. His research examines the social and political dimensions of... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Assistant Athletic Director; Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach
Assistant Professor

Rebecca Hamlin is the author of Let Me Be a Refugee: Administrative Justice and the Politics of Asylum in the United States, Canada, and Australia. It is a comparison of how three... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

Cynthia Hansen began teaching in the Linguistics Concentration at Grinnell in January 2012.  Her research focuses on the documentation and linguistic description of Iquito, a highly... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

 

I teach American Politics and Policy Studies courses at Grinnell College as well as Introduction to Statistics.

My current... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Head Baseball and Assistant Football Coach
Emeritus/Emerita

Before joining the Grinnell faculty in 1978, Andrew Hsieh received his education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kyoto University (Japan), and Yale University. He has currently... See this person's full profile

Professor, Senior Faculty

My academic interests focus on the intersection of psychological and sociological social psychology, the organizational analysis of non-profit organizations, and deviance and criminology... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Head Men's & Women's Swimming Coach

In 2011, Erin Hurley begins her 17th season as Grinnell College's head swimming and diving coach. As a faculty member she teaches swimming, triathlon, and Lifeguard Instruction courses... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor

Paul Hutchison, Associate Professor of Education, has a B.A. in physics from Cornell College, an M.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in science... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

I was born in Ottawa and grew up in Vancouver. I taught high school English for five years before moving to New York to begin my graduate studies in the Sociology Program at the City... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

Cori guides students and pre-service teachers in studying and teaching English as a Second Language. Her research focuses on critical issues in English language education. In particular... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Head Men's Golf and Head Men's Soccer Coach

Head Coach Brian Jaworski took over as leader of the Pioneer men's soccer program in 2004 and has built Grinnell into a powerhouse. The 2009 Pioneer squad won the Midwest Conference... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor
Member, Peace and Conflict Studies Committee

I am a scholar of communications as a political and social force, with expertise in the fields of modern history, contemporary history, comparative politics, war and society, and China/... See this person's full profile

Joseph F. Rosenfield Professor of Social Studies
Emeritus/Emerita

Kaiser has taught at Grinnell since 1979, and in 2008, entered Senior Faculty Status. A specialist in medieval and early modern Russia, Mr. Kaiser has studied legal, social, and... See this person's full profile

Earl D. Strong Professor of Social Studies
Professor
Member, Peace and Conflict Studies Committee

Kathryn Kamp teaches anthropology and archaeology at Grinnell College. While she has worked in Syria and Belize, her major research focus is the study of the Puebloan populations who... See this person's full profile

Professor
Before earning her Ph.D., she taught high school English and journalism for eleven years. Her teaching courses at Grinnell are EDU 101: Educational Principles in a Pluralistic Society EDU... See this person's full profile
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Albert Lacson teaches courses that focus on race and ethnicity in US history, including Native American and African American history, race in early America,... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

Carolyn Herbst Lewis joined the faculty at Grinnell College as an assistant professor of history in 2013. She has a Ph.D. in American women’s history with a concentration in Women’s... See this person's full profile

Lecturer
Head Athletic Trainer
Assistant Professor
Danielle Lussier is an assistant professor in political science. Her research focuses on democratization, the political behavior of former authoritarian regimes, and leadership, with a... See this person's full profile
Assistant Professor
Kelly Maynard joined the faculty at Grinnell in 2009 after teaching in the history and art history departments at Scripps College. Her current project, entitled Hearing Wagner in France at... See this person's full profile
Assistant Professor

Christopher Mayo received his B.A. and M.A. from the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. from the East Asian Studies Department at... See this person's full profile

Professor
Member, Peace and Conflict Studies Committee

Scholarly Activities: Noyce Faculty Study Grant, "A Cybernetic Model of Human Behavior" Summer/Fall 1998. Co-Project Director (with Christopher Hunter), "Ethnographic Study of a Human-... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor

Deborah L. Michaels, Associate Professor of Education, teaches courses in History of Education, International and Comparative Education, General Teaching Methods, and Social Studies... See this person's full profile

Professor
Donald L. Wilson Professor of Enterprise and Leadership

Mark Montgomery is Donald L. Wilson Professor of Enterprise and Leadership, and Professor of Economics, at Grinnell College.  Mark teaches Mathematical Economics, the Economics of... See this person's full profile

Rosenfield Professor of Political Science
Professor
Associate Professor, Senior Faculty

Paul Munyon, Associate Professor, earned his B.A. at Westmar College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard. He teaches accounting, finance and industrial organization. His current research... See this person's full profile

Sidney Meyer Professor of International Economics
Professor

John “Jack” Mutti, Sidney Meyer Professor of International Economics, has a B.A. from Earlham College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He teaches and does research... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

Before arriving at Grinnell College, I received a PhD in Sociology from Indiana University. Prior to that I completed a BA and an MA in Sociology as well as a Master’s Certificate in... See this person's full profile

Professor, Emeritus

Russell K. Osgood graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 1969 with exceptional distinction in history. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-71, returned to Yale in 1971, edited the Yale... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor
Head Football Coach; Asst. Track Coach; Fitness Center Dir.
Assistant Professor

Aysha Pollnitz arrived at Grinnell College in August 2013 following research fellowships at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. She has taught... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor

Irene Powell is Associate Professor of Economics at Grinnell College.  She teaches Econometrics, the Economics of Developing Countries, Health Economics, and the Economics of Gender. ... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Elizabeth Prevost received her B.A. from Trinity College (CT) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the history of gender, colonialism, and... See this person's full profile
Professor
Professor of History and Director of the Rosenfield Program
Sarah Purcell graduated from Grinnell with a B.A. in history in 1992. She went on to earn an A.M. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1997) from Brown University. She joined the faculty of Grinnell in 2000... See this person's full profile
Assistant Professor

She is an internationally renowned Diversity Trainer/Consultant, an Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology at Grinnell College, and an award-winning writer.  Kesho was a... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor

Janet Seiz, Associate Professor, has a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Duke University. She teaches economic development and income distribution courses, and is researching feminist economics and... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor

Mr. Silva came to Grinnell from the University of Chicago where he wrote a dissertation on Chilean middle-class unions. Mr. Silva's work examines how the middle class contributed to the... See this person's full profile

Professor, Emeritus/Emerita

D. A. Smith has taught history at Grinnell since 1970; during the 1960s he studied and taught history at Yale University. He has also been (1993 and 1997) Concurrent Professor of History... See this person's full profile

Professor, Emeritus/Emerita
Assistant Professor

Caleb Stroup, Assistant Professor, received a B.A. in Philosophy, a B.S. and M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from... See this person's full profile

Associate Professor
Director of Athletics & Recreation
Greg Wallace has served as Director of Athletics and Recreation at Grinnell College since the summer of 2007.

Wallace served as Grinnell’s football coach from 1998 through 2008 and... See this person's full profile

Professor

John Whittaker (BA Cornell U. 1975, PHD U. of Arizona 1984) has been teaching at Grinnell since 1984. He considers himself an anthropological archaeologist, which means that while he... See this person's full profile

Professor
Before joining the Grinnell College faculty in 1991, Professor Willis taught political science and political economy at Boston College and Tulane University. Her research focuses on Latin... See this person's full profile
Assistant Professor
Director of Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program