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Five Social Sciences Professors to Chairs in SAS
April 3, 2007, Volume 53, No. 28

R. Jean Brownlee Endowed Term Professor

Nancy Hirschmann

Dr. Nancy Hirschmann has been named the R. Jean Brownlee Endowed Term Professor. Dr. Hirschmann, a member of the department of political science since 2002, is a political theorist working on modern political thought and feminist theory. Her book, The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom, won the Victoria Schuck Award for the best book on women and politics from the American Political Science Association in 2004. Her edited volume, Feminist Interpretations of John Locke, was published in March by the Pennsylvania State University Press, and her newest book, Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press this summer. She received her Ph.D. in political science in 1987 from The Johns Hopkins University.

This chair was created through a gift from the McLean Contributionship, currently under the direction of Sandra L. McLean. It was established to honor Dr. Brownlee’s years of service to both the Contributionship and to Penn, as well as her lifelong friendship with Mr. and Mrs. William L. and Elizabeth P. McLean. The chair is intended for faculty members particularly committed to women’s studies at Penn.

Jerry Lee Assistant Professor of Criminology

John MacDonald

Dr. John MacDonald has been named the Jerry Lee Assistant Professor of Criminology.Dr. MacDonald specializes in the evaluation of crime and safety policies and interventions and the etiology of interpersonal violence. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn this past fall, he served as a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Florida and the University of South Carolina and worked as a program specialist for the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. His latest article, “The Influence of Social and Economic Disadvantage in Youth Homicide over Time,” in collaboration with Kevin J. Strom, appeared in Homicide Studies. He received a B.A. in 1994 in political science from Vassar College and his M.A. in 1996 and Ph.D. in 1999 in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland.

Jerry Lee is a co-founder and president of the radio station WBEB-FM, Philadelphia. Mr. Lee also supported the creation of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at Penn, whose mission is to foster the discovery of both the causes of and solutions to crime.

Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Sociology

Hyunjoon Park

Dr. Hyunjoon Park has been named the Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Park’s research areas include social stratification; sociology of education, family and health; and Korean studies. He has been involved in several international projects that examine educational development, intergenerational social mobility and the transition to adulthood in a comparative perspective focusing on Korea and Japan. He received his M.S. in 2003 in population health science and his Ph.D. in 2005 in sociology, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Korea Foundation Professorships were created through a challenge grant from the Korea Foundation to establish teaching positions dedicated to encouraging an understanding of Korea. The Korea Foundation’s mission is to foster a better understanding of Korea in the international community and to promote international friendship through exchange activities between the Republic of Korea and other countries. Their gift was matched by funds from generous alumni, parents and other friends of the School.

Samuel H. Preston Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences

José-Víctor Ríos-Rull

Dr. José-Víctor Ríos-Rull has been named the Samuel H. Preston Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences. Dr. Ríos-Rull, a member of the department of economics, is a widely published scholar with over 30 essays, articles and book chapters to his credit. Before arriving at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, he taught at Carnegie Mellon University and was a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In 1999, he was honored with the PARC award from the NIH through the Population Studies Center. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1990 from the University of Minnesota.

The Samuel H. Preston Endowed Term Chair in the Social Sciences was created through the generosity of the SAS Board of Overseers to honor Dr. Preston’s tenure as the longest serving dean in the School’s history. Under his leadership, SAS pursued a strategic plan focused on faculty development, undergraduate education and selective investment in core academic programs.

Francis E. Johnston Term Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Claudia Valeggia

Dr. Claudia Valeggia has been named the Francis E. Johnston Term Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Dr. Valeggia specializes in human reproductive ecology, reproductive physiology, ethnopediatrics, biosocial perspectives on sexual and reproductive health and the health of South American indigenous people. She is currently the director of the Chaco Area Reproductive Ecology Program. She received her Ph.D. in animal behavior in 1996 from the University of California, Davis. She began teaching at Penn in 2005.

The Francis E. Johnston Endowed Term Chair was created through the bequest of G. Frederick Roll, W ’34, and is named in honor of Francis E. Johnston, a prominent biological anthropologist and an emeritus professor of anthropology at the University. Dr. Johnston taught in the department of anthropology for more than three decades and served as department chair from 1982 to 1994. More recently, he founded the Center for Community Partnerships’ Urban Nutrition Initiative, a project which has helped to improve community nutrition and wellness in West Philadelphia.


Almanac - April 3, 2007, Volume 53, No. 28