New Faculty

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Penn Arts and Sciences has appointed 22 new members to its standing faculty for the 2018–2019 academic year.

The new recruits include four at the rank of full professor. Two of these scholars pursue energy-related research, an area that is a key priority of the School’s strategic plan. These include Joseph Francisco, President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, and Thomas Mallouk, Vagelos Professor in Energy Research and Professor of Chemistry. Mallouk will arrive in early 2019. Other senior faculty recruits include Professor of Political Science Roxanne Euben and Roquinaldo Ferreira, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History.

Francisco and Mallouk bring different strengths to the School’s energy research. Francisco is an internationally recognized scholar of atmospheric chemistry and chemical kinetics whose work extends across chemical, earth, and environmental sciences, while Mallouk’s research has led to fundamental advances in materials chemistry and nanoscience.

Euben is a political theorist with expertise in Muslim and Euro-American political thought. Ferreira specializes in the history of the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism, and the histories of Africa, Latin America, and the wider Atlantic world.

In addition to Ferreira, the Department of History is being strengthened by the addition of three new junior faculty members, bringing fresh expertise in U.S. and world history. Joining the department are Oscar Aguirre Mandujano, Brent Cebul, and Melissa Teixiera, all assistant professors.