New Faculty Hires to Begin Teaching at BMC Next Fall

Posted April 2nd, 2010 at 11:53 am.

As of April 1, three of four open tenure-track faculty positions at Bryn Mawr have been filled, and the College will welcome two new assistant professors of economics and an assistant professor of Greek to campus next fall.  News about the fourth position, in history of art, is expected soon. The newcomers:


  • Jonathan Lanning’s Lanning’s research focuses on discrimination in contemporary and historical labor markets. His recent work has evaluated the impacts that different types of economic discrimination (for example, hiring discrimination, wage discrimination, non-market discrimination) have on workers, and how policy can best be targeted to reduce discrimination in labor markets. Lanning earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan; he is currently an assistant professor of economics at Albion College and a faculty research associate at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center. Lanning has impressive teaching credentials: he has won the University of Michigan’s Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award as well as Albion’s New Teacher of the Year Award.Next semester, Lanning will teach two sections of Introduction to Economics (Econ B105).
  • As an economist with the Federal Trade Commission in 2008-2009, Matthew C. Weinberg contributed to the research that guides the U.S. government’s consumer-protection efforts, including analysis of the economic impact of government regulation. Currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for the Advancement of Economics at Cornell University, he has recently published papers on the price effects of mergers and on food-consumption patterns in recipients of Social Security benefits. Weinberg earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and taught at the University of Georgia before going on to the FTC, where he helped train regulators from developing countries for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. His pedagogical goal is “to teach students to be critical consumers of econometric evidence along with the basic skills necessary to conduct their own analyses.”Next semester, Weinberg will teach one section of Introduction to Economics (Econ B105) as well as Public Finance (Econ B214).

“Each of our new colleagues will expand the elective offerings in the economics department,” says Professor of Economics Janet Ceglowski, the department chair. “Both will really open up the domestic social-policy arena of economics and should give students more access to courses in that area.”

Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies:

  • Asya Sigelman is a freshly minted Ph.D. from the Department of Classics at Brown University. Her dissertation, Xenia and the Unity of Time in Pindar’s Victory Odes, examines the circular structure of time in the odes.  Meticulously analyzing Pindar’s poetic vocabulary and syntax, she insists that “Pindar’s odes, far from being a short-lived experimentation in an obscure poetic genre, are a fundamental building block in the development of Greek—and ultimately Roman—poetics.” Her aim is to blend the thorough textual analysis of traditional classical philology with the approaches of contemporary literary theory. She plans to extend her study of the themes explored in her dissertation beyond lyric and epic poetry to Greek tragedy; her interests are broad, ranging “across genres and periods from archaic Greece to the early Roman empire.” As a teaching fellow and a teaching assistant at Brown, her goal has been to create a close, mutually edifying dialogue between professor and student, in and out of the classroom.Next fall, Sigelman will be teaching Traditional and New Testament Greek (Greek B010) and Herodotus (Greek B101).

“We are all satisfied that we have found absolutely the right person in Asya Sigelman,” says Darby Scott, the Doreen C. Spitzer Professor of Latin and Classical Studies and acting chair of the Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. “We look forward enormously to welcoming her in the fall.”

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