Pitzer College Welcomes Four New Professors

Claremont, Calif. (May 26, 2011) – Pitzer College welcomes Maria Hidalgo, Ruti Talmor, Bryan Thines and Branwen Williams.

Hidalgo received her PhD from University of California, San Diego and received her MA in English from the University of Chicago. She will teach English and world literature at Pitzer. Her work explores issues of contemporary Chicana/o Latina/o education and pedagogy through Chicana/o Latina/o literature, film and other cultural forms.

Talmor holds a PhD and a MA in anthropology from New York University. She will serve as an assistant professor of media studies. She comes to Pitzer as an anthropologist with training in film production, media, art and globalization. She previously served as the Mellon Research Fellow at the Humanities Center and as a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Haverford College.

Thines earned his PhD in molecular plant sciences from Washington State University and his BS in biochemistry from State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He joins the W.M. Keck Science Department as an assistant professor of biology. His research focuses on understanding how the circadian clock regulates rhythmic gene expression and optimizes growth in the plants. He comes to Pitzer from a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley.

Williams received a PhD in geological sciences from Ohio State University, a MSc in biology from the University of Quebec in Montreal and a BSc in marine and freshwater biology from the University of Guelph in Ontario. She joins the W.M. Keck Science Department as an assistant professor of climate science. Her research centers on the study of soft corals in the Pacific Ocean and how data obtained from these studies can be traceable to recent global warming. She joins Pitzer from a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada.

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