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Recent Faculty Appointments
Columbia University attracts dozens of new faculty members annually. Though it is impossible to convey detail on all of them in this space, here is a sampling of recent appointments.


Arts and Sciences

Carlos Alonso (Spanish and Portuguese)
Professor Alonso was recruited from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. He is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American intellectual history, literature, and culture and in contemporary literary and cultural theory.

Boris Altshuler (Physics)
Recruited from Princeton University in 2005, Professor Altshuler is one of the premier theorists of condensed matter physics. His work has made fundamental contributions to the study of quantum interference, disorder systems, and the quantum theory of small electronic systems.

Michael Woodford (Economics)
Appointed to the faculty in 2004, Michael Woodford was an assistant professor at Columbia from 1984-86, returning here after teaching at the University of Chicago and Princeton University. Currently the John Bates Clark Professor of Political Economy, his primary research interests are in macroeconomic theory and monetary policy.

Goran Ekstrom (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Professor Ekstrom joined the University in 2006 from Harvard University. An earthquake seismologist, he studies individual earthquake ruptures and the relationship between seismicity and the large-scale tectonic deformation of the crust and mantle over geologic time.

George Lewis (Music)
An active composer and performing artist, Professor Lewis has won a MacArthur Fellowship for his electronic and computer music and his scholarship on contemporary music, the visual arts, and cultural studies. He was recruited from the University of California at San Diego in 2003.

Lydia Liu (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Professor Liu specializes in modern Chinese literature and culture, translation, literary theory, and cultural studies. She joined Columbia from the University of Michigan in 2006.

Sheldon Pollock (Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures)
Professor Pollock came to the University in 2005 from the University of Chicago. He is a specialist in Sanskrit and in the intellectual and cultural history of pre-modern South Asia.

Oliver Sacks (Columbia Artist)
A best-selling author and renowned neurologist who has been described as “the poet laureate of medicine,” Professor Sacks joined Columbia July 1, 2007, from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has been designated a “Columbia Artist,” a new University position, and will continue to see patients at the neurological and psychiatric institutes and be involved in training students.

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Robert Beauregard
Professor Beauregard is a leading specialist in the history of urbanization, urban redevelopment, and the political economy of the city, especially in the United States after World War II. He joined the University from the New School in 2007.

Graduate School of Business

Patrick Bolton
Recruited from Princeton University in 2005, Professor Bolton is one of the world’s leading authorities on contract theory, corporate finance, and corporate governance. He holds a joint appointment in economics.

Shang-Jin Wei
Professor Wei joined the University from the International Monetary Fund in 2007. He is an expert on financial globalization, Chinese economic policy, and the impact of accession to the World Trade Organization.

Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Keren Bergman (Electrical Engineering)
A leader in high-speed optical networks for data communication, Professor Bergman was recruited from Princeton University in 2002. Working in the field of applied optics, she is a leading researcher in high-speed optical networks for data communication.

David Keyes (Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics)
An applied mathematician, Professor Keyes specializes in the development of algorithms used by supercomputers to solve scientific equations in an efficient manner. He was recruited in 2003 from Old Dominion University.

Mihalis Yannakakis (Computer Science)
A theoretical computer scientist, Professor Yannakakis has made fundamental contributions to database theory, combinatorial optimization, complexity theory, theory of approximability, and verification. He joined the faculty in 2004 from Bell Labs.

Graduate School of Journalism

June Cross
An award-winning producer of television news and documentaries, Professor Cross joined the Journalism faculty in 1999 and was promoted to tenure in 2006.

James Stewart
A winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Professor Stewart had a long career as an investigative reporter and editor before receiving tenure in 2005. He has also written several best-selling books, including Den of Thieves, Blind Eye, and most recently, Disney War.

School of Law

Philip Hamburger
The School of Law recruited Professor Hamburger from the University of Chicago in 2006. A legal historian and constitutional law expert, his work has redefined the way the legal academy views the doctrine on the separation of church and state.

Timothy Wu
An expert in intellectual property and telecommunications, Professor Wu’s work has had a formative influence on the regulation of the Internet. He was recruited from the University of Virginia in 2004.

School of Social Work

Katherine Shear
A psychiatrist best known for her work on anxiety disorders, grief, and depression, Professor Shear was recruited by the School of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos
Professor Guilamo-Ramos’ research focuses on family-based approaches to the prevention of risky behaviors among Latino and African American adolescents, including excessive consumption of alcohol, the use of tobacco and drugs, and risky sexual behavior. His faculty appointment began in 2001, and he was promoted to tenure in 2007.

Medical Center

College of Physicians and Surgeons

Gerard Karsenty (Genetics and Development)
Professor Karsenty joined Columbia from Baylor College of Medicine in June 2006. His many fundamental contributions to understanding skeletal development and skeletal physiology include cloning the master gene of bone formation in 1997. In 2007, Karsenty's lab demonstrated that bone cells release a hormone called osteocalcin, which controls the regulation of blood sugar (glucose) and fat deposition through synergistic mechanisms previously not recognized.

Andrea Califano (Biomedical Informatics)
Professor Califano joined Columbia in 2003. His scientific interests lay in the investigation of systems biology, using a variety of physics and knowledge-based methods. Califano has been especially active in the development of integrative methodologies for the investigation of human B cell lymphomas.

Mailman School of Public Health

W. Ian Lipkin (Epidemiology)
Professor Lipkin's many important contributions to the field of infectious disease include the first description of autoimmune neurologic disease in HIV infection, the first use of purely molecular methods to identify an infectious agent, the establishment of the first comprehensive panmicrobial database, and the discovery of more than 30 viruses.

Ian McKeague (Biostatistics)
Professor McKeague was recruited from Florida State University in 2004. Best known for his work on the theory of survival analysis and risk models for HIV and AIDs, he has engaged in research on a broad range of theoretical and empirical questions including lifetime data analysis, missing data, inference for stochastic processes, ocean circulation, split point estimation, and verification analysis of Shakespeare's signature.

College of Dental Medicine

Jeremy Mao (Dentistry and Bioengineering)
An oral surgeon, orthodontist and a scientist, Professor Mao is currently director of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (TERML). A fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers, his work has been at the interface of biology and engineering. He holds more than 30 patents granted and/or filed in the areas of stem cells, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

School of Nursing

Nancy Reame (Nursing)
Professor Reame is director of the Doctoral of Nursing Science Program. Her current research focuses on the neuroendocrinology of the menstrual cycle, PMS, and menopause with the aim of clarifying the factors associated with women's reproductive health. A member of the Institute of Medicine, she serves on the advisory committee to the NIH Women's Health Initiative.

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