This fall, Barnard’s academic departments welcomed a number of new faculty, as well as returning faculty taking on new roles. Their diverse research and teaching interests as well as their extensive expertise will expand the depth of course offerings and research on campus, and will be invaluable to Barnard’s continued pursuit of academic excellence. Read more about each of them below.
Thea Abu El-Haj
Associate Professor, Education
Thea Abu El-Haj is an Associate Professor of Education. Her research explores questions about belonging, rights, citizenship, and education raised by globalization, transnational migration, and conflict. In addition to being published in multiple academic journals, Abu El-Haj has also authored Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth after 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Elusive Justice: Wrestling with Difference and Educational Equity in Everyday Practice (Routledge, 2006). She was recognized by the American Educational Studies Association in 2016 as the recipient of the Critics Choice Award. Abu El-Haj has a BA in history from Swarthmore College, an MA in clinical and developmental psychology from Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD in the anthropology of education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Christina HeathertonAssistant Professor, American Studies
Christina Heatherton is an Assistant Professor of American Studies who has previously worked at Trinity College. Heatherton is an historian of anti-racist social movements with interests in transnational social movements, neoliberalism and urban insecurity, race, culture, and imperialism, and the history of capitalism. She has edited various texts, including Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso Books, 2016) and is completing her first book, The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century (University of California Press). Heatherton is also the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center, the Grayson and Judith Manning Endowed Fellowship from the University of Southern California, and the W. M. Keck Foundation Fellowship from the Huntington Library. Heatherton has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA and a PhD from the University of Southern California.
Assistant Professor, Biology
Alison Pischedda is an Assistant Professor of Biology who has previously worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has interests in sexual selection, sexual conflict, animal behavior, and evolutionary genetics and genomics. Her work has been published in several academic journals, including Evolution, PLoS ONE, and the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Pischedda has also twice been named a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, an honor awarded by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences to outstanding young scientists. She has a BS in mathematics and biology as well as an MS in biology from Queen’s University, and a PhD in ecology, evolution and marine biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Michael G. Wheaton is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and has previously worked as a postdoctoral clinical researcher at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and