Seven members of the Kenyon faculty were awarded tenure, or appointment without limit, by action of the Board of Trustees during its meeting in Gambier on April 26. These faculty members are promoted to associate professor, effective July 1:
B.A. St. John’s University; M.A. University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire; Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
Patrick Bottiger joined the history faculty in 2013. His teaching interests include the American history survey, American Indian history, colonial and Revolutionary America, and comparative frontiers. Bottiger’s work has appeared in the Journal of the Early Republic and other scholarly periodicals. He has held fellowships at the William L. Clements Library, the Filson Society, and participated in the Boston Summer Seminar and an NEH Summer Seminar on the problems of governance in the early republic. His book, “Borderland of Fear: Prophetstown, Vincennes, and the Invasion of the Miami Frontier,” examines how ethnic factionalism and lies precipitated violence in the Ohio River Valley at the turn of the 19th century. Currently he is conducting a study of corn in American history.
D.E.A. Université de Poitiers, France; M.A. Michigan State University; Ph.D. University of Virginia
Pierre Dairon specializes in Francophone literature, especially that of French Canada (Quebec, Acadie). His early published work was on the story of Evangeline, the Arcadian heroine who also figures in the poem by Longfellow. He has since turned his attention to Francophone graphic novels. Among his studies in that field are a re- interpretation of the iconography of Tin-tin, a major figure in French comics, and an analysis of how the authors represent disease, disability and trauma in graphic narratives.
B.A. The College of New Jersey; M.A. and Ph.D. Princeton University
Andrew Engell joined the Kenyon faculty in 2013. He is interested in the way that people identify and interpret non-verbal social information that is conveyed by facial expression, eye-gaze direction, facial identity, body posture and biological motion. His research uses a multimodal approach that includes functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), intracranial and scalp electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioral experiments. Methods of human neuroscience is also an area of focus. Engell completed his Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University and his postdoctoral training in EEG at Yale University. His work has been supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and a National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award.
B.A. Miami University; Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
PJ Glandon joined the economics department in the fall of 2012. His recent research has focused on the role that temporary price reductions (sales) play in business cycles. He has also done research on how grocery stores adjust their pricing behavior following the entry of Walmart. Glandon is also studying the success and evolution of macroeconomics research and is a contributing author to a new principles of economics digital textbook. Prior to graduate school, he worked for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati as a finance analyst in their pharmaceuticals and personal health care divisions.
B.A. Kenyon College, M.A. and Ph.D. Princeton University
James McGavran, a Kenyon alumnus of the class of 2002, first joined the Kenyon faculty in 2010 as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and returned to Kenyon in 2015 as assistant professor of Russian. He completed a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures at Princeton University in 2008 and teaches Russian language and literature courses. His research interests include 20th-century Russian poetry and poetics (Mayakovsky, Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva), poetic translation, Soviet-era prose and theories of the comic. He is currently at work on a cultural and political history of chess in the Soviet Union. He received the Trustee Teaching Excellence Award in 2018.
B.A University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D. Stanford University
Micah Myers joined Kenyon in 2013 and teaches Latin and Greek language courses, as well as courses in translation on ancient literature and culture. His research focuses on Latin poetry and on travel in the ancient world. One of his courses in translation is “The Ends of the Earth,” which he has tied into a research project, “Mapping Ancient Texts: Visualizing Greek and Roman Travel Narratives” — a project that uses advanced mapping technology. Myers has contributed book chapters to a range of edited volumes.
B.A. Connecticut College, M.A. and Ph.D. Brown University
Celso M. Villegas joined the Kenyon community in 2011 as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies. His research interests lie in the nexus between political economy, culture and democracy in the developing world, particularly in Latin America and Southeast Asia. He also focuses on comparative-historical methodology, looking at how historical sociologists conceptualize time. Villegas has published work on comparative-historical methodology and comparative middle-class formation in the Philippines, South Korea, Ecuador and Venezuela.