Three members of the Kenyon faculty were awarded tenure, or appointment without limit, by action of the Kenyon College Board of Trustees during its meeting in Gambier on April 20. These faculty members are promoted to associate professor, effective July 1:
Chris Bickford, assistant professor of biology
B.S. University of Oklahoma, M.A. Northern Arizona University and Ph.D. University of New Mexico
Chris Bickford joined the Kenyon faculty in 2012 after completing post-doctoral research at Landcare Research/Manaaki Whenua in New Zealand and the University of New Mexico. A plant physiologist, Bickford studies how environmental stress impacts plant physiology. Current research efforts in his lab are focused on understanding the roles trichome morphology and density play in regulating leaf physiology.
Will Luther, assistant professor of economics
B.A. Capital University, M.A. and Ph.D. George Mason University
Will Luther joined the Department of Economics at Kenyon College in 2012. Luther’s research focuses primarily on questions of currency acceptance and the role governments play in determining commonly accepted media of exchange. He has written extensively on the monetary regime of Somalia following state collapse in 1991 and the cryptocurrency bitcoin.
Pashmina Murthy, assistant professor of English
B.A. and M.A. University of Mumbai (India), and Ph.D. University of Southern California
Pashmina Murthy joined the English department in 2012 after having taught in the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her first project explored female infanticide in 19th- and 20th-century India. A scholar of postcolonial and transnational studies and critical theory, Murthy focuses on literature of the Global South. Murthy received the Trustee Teaching Excellence Award in 2016.