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Transylvania welcomes four faculty members

Four professors have joined the Transylvania faculty for the 2011-12 academic year.

Henry Berlin

Henry Berlin, assistant professor of Spanish, earned his B.A. in Spanish language and literature from Earlham College in 2002, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in romance studies from Cornell University in 2009 and 2011, respectively. His research interests include late medieval literature in Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese, and working on notions of moral philosophy, and theology.

 Paul Duffin

Paul M. Duffin, assistant professor of biology, earned a B.A. in biological chemistry from Grinnell College in 2005 and his Ph.D. in microbiology from Northwestern University in 2011. His research is in molecular microbiology, studying the obligate human pathogen, Neisseria, and gonorrhoeae.

 Qian Gao

Qian Gao, assistant professor of Chinese language and culture, most recently taught at the University of Redlands and Oakland University. She earned a B.A. in English language and literature from Northwest University in 1995 and her M.A. in Asian studies and Ph.D. in Chinese language and literature from the University of Oregon in 2003 and 2007, respectively. Her research interests include the study of new romanticization of the Cultural Revolution and language teaching.

 Ashley rondini

Ashley Rondini, assistant professor of sociology, earned her B.A. in sociology from Clark University in 1997, an M.A. in women’s studies from the University of Sussex in 1999, and an M.A. in social policy and Ph.D. in sociology and social policy from Brandeis University in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Rondini’s research interests include race and ethnicity; qualitative research methodology; gender and sexuality; assets, social stratification, and educational mobility; social policy and social justice; and health, identity, and the body.

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