Celebrating FAS faculty achievements

Thursday, March 28, 2024

To: All FAS Faculty and Staff
Cc: FAS Steering, FAS Dean’s Office, OPAC, President’s Office, Provost’s Office, University Cabinet, Development

[Summary: Congratulations to FAS faculty honorees!]

Dear colleagues,

As we welcome the start of spring, I invite you to join me in celebrating the exceptional achievements of our community. I’m pleased to share this spectacular list of some of those in the FAS who have recently been honored for their work.

This list largely includes awards and honors announced since June 2023 that have been shared with the FAS Dean’s Office by department and program chairs. There are likely some that we have missed: if you received an award, honor, or prize in the latter half of 2023 or early months of 2024 that is not listed here, please share it with us by emailing fas.dean@yale.edu and we will be sure to include it in a future update.

FAS-wide Awards and Prizes

Last June, I had the pleasure of announcing the recipients of several FAS-wide prizes: We presented the Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Award for Inclusion and Belonging to Claire Bowern, Professor of Linguistics and of Anthropology; Wendy Gilbert, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Professor of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and of American Studies; and Rebecca Toseland, Senior Lecturer in Economics.

In addition, four FAS faculty members were honored for scholarly achievements in their respective fields: Jill Jarvis, Assistant Professor of French, received the Samuel ’60 and Ronnie ’72 Heyman Prize; Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Zhou Fan, Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science; and Juan Lora, Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, each received the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize.

Named Professorships

Since June of 2023, one of our FAS colleagues has been named to a Sterling Professorship – Yale’s highest academic honor: 

  •  Scott Miller was appointed Sterling Professor of Chemistry

In addition, in 2023 and 2024, the university announced that the following FAS faculty have been appointed to named professorships, in recognition of their achievements and scholarship:

  • Jessica Brantley was appointed the Frederick W. Hilles Professor of English
  • Ruth Blake was appointed the Edward P. Bass (BS ’67, ARTA ’72) Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and of Environment
  • Richard Bribiescas was appointed the Clayton Stephenson/Yale Class of 1954 Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
  • Dominique Brancher was appointed the Henri Peyre Professor of French
  • Helen Caines was appointed the Horace D. Taft (B.A. 1949) Professor of Physics
  • Joe Cleary was appointed the John M. Schiff Professor of English
  • Enrique De La Cruz was appointed the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Thierry Emonet was appointed the Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Physics
  • Eckart Frahm was appointed the John M. Musser Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Beverly Gage was appointed the John Lewis Gaddis Professor of History
  • Karsten Heeger was appointed the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics
  • Marina Halac was appointed the Stanley B. Resor (B.A. 1901) Professor of Economics
  • Millicent Marcus was appointed the Sarai Ribicoff Professor of Italian Studies
  • Mushfiq Mobarak was appointed the Jerome Kasoff ’54 Professor of Management and Economics
  • Gerard Padró I Miquel was appointed the Samuel C. Park Jr. (B.A. 1925) Professor of Economics and Political Science
  • Jutta Joormann was appointed the Richard Ely Professor of Psychology
  • Kia Nobre was appointed the Wu Tsai Professor of Psychology
  • Wendy Berry Mendes was appointed the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Psychology
  • Sam Raskin was appointed the James E. English Professor of Mathematics
  • Nicholas Sambanis was appointed the Kalsi Family Professor of Political Science
  • Paul Tipton was appointed the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics 
  • Jing Tsu was appointed the Jonathan D. Spence Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature

Faculty Honors

The following faculty received honors recognizing the significance of their contributions to their respective fields of study over the course of their careers: 

FAS and FAS-affiliated faculty have received awards for research, writing, service, and creative activities across fields that represent the breadth and depth of the FAS:

A number of our early career colleagues have been recognized in their fields:

A number of our colleagues have been elected to academic organizations and academies, or have been named to leadership roles:

Teaching Awards

FAS faculty are among the foremost educators in their fields, and I am thrilled that the university has recognized their achievements in the classroom.

Four FAS faculty members received the Poorvu Family Fund for Academic Innovation Award: Nana Osei Quarshie, Assistant Professor of History and of Anthropology and in the History of Medicine; Ian Turner, Assistant Professor of Political Science and in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Erika Valdivieso, Assistant Professor of Classics; and Meryem Ezgi Yalçın, Lector in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

The six recipients of the Yale College prizes for exceptional undergraduate teaching, announced in 2023 by Yale College Dean Pericles Lewis, are FAS faculty: John Carlson, Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, received the Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize, awarded to a faculty member who over a long period of service has inspired a great number of students and consistently fostered the learning process both inside and outside the classroom; Evangelia Chalioti, Senior Lecturer in Economics and in Management, was awarded the Richard H. Brodhead ’68 Prize for teaching excellence by a lector or a lecturer; Nilay Hazari, John Randolph Hoffman Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the Dylan Hixon ’88 Prize for teaching excellence in the natural sciences; Matsuku Ngame, Senior Lector in French, was awarded the Richard Brodhead ’68 Prize teaching excellence by a lector or a lecturer; Rourke O’Brien, Associate Professor of Sociology and in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, was awarded the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences; and Marci Shore, Associate Professor of History, was awarded the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss ‘75 Prize for teaching excellence in the humanities.

Congratulations to all! It is an honor to celebrate the achievements of this community.

With warmest wishes,


Tamar Szabó Gendler
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science