UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts Announces Hiring of New Faculty

AMHERST, Mass. - The following new faculty members have joined the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts:

Peter Gizzi - Gizzi has joined the department of English as assistant professor. He earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his master''s degree from Brown University, and his bachelor''s degree from New York University. Previous to his appointment at UMass, he was a visiting faculty member for the summer master''s of fine arts program at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colo., and for the graduate program in creative writing at Brown University. He has also served as assistant professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has written several books of poetry, including Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998), and his poems have been included in several national and international anthologies. He has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Foundation of French Literature at Royaumont, Un Bureau Sur L''Atlantique, and the Centre International de Poesie Marseille. He teaches in the master of creative writing program, which is part of the English department at UMass.

Casey Perin - Perin has joined the department of philosophy as assistant professor. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, his master''s degree at Stanford University, and his bachelor''s degree at Princeton University. Previous to his appointment at UMass, he served as a graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley and at Stanford. He received the Chancellor''s Dissertation Year Fellowship and the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award at UC-Berkeley, the Graduate Student Travel Award from the American Philosophical Association, and the Warbeke Thesis Prize in Philosophy at Princeton. His research and teaching interests include the history of ancient Greek philosophy, particularly post-Aristotelian philosophy, as well as epistemology, the history of 17th- and 18th-century philosophy, and the philosophy of art.

Susan Shapiro - Shapiro has joined the department of Judaic and Near Eastern studies as associate professor. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and her bachelor''s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Previous to her appointment at UMass, she taught at Columbia and Syracuse universities. She was also a visiting professor at the Hebrew University''s Rothberg School and the University of Washington. She has received a Harvard University Divinity School Fellowship in Women and Religion, a Yad Hanadiv Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a Stroum Teaching Fellowship at the University of Washington, and an American Council of Learned Societies Grant. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Judaism, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Religious Studies Review, Semeia, Concilium, and Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Shapiro teaches courses in Jewish philosophy, gender and Judaism, and post-Holocaust religious thought.

Teresa Ramsby - Ramsby has joined the department of classics as assistant professor. She earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University, and her bachelor''s degree at Northwestern University. Previous to her appointment at UMass, she was instructor of Latin and Roman culture at Indiana University. She was also instructor of Latin for Upward Bound, a program for minority, college-bound students at Indiana University, and assistant to the subject area librarian for ancient and modern west European languages at Indiana University. Ramsby also served as instructor of etymologies for talented junior high-school students at Loyola Marymount College in Westchester, Calif., and at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn. Ramsby''s areas of interest include Roman ethnography and history, early imperial poetry, ancient imperialism and colonialism, and Ciceronian rhetoric and
invective. She teaches courses in Roman civilization, Greek drama, the speeches of Cicero, and the works of Ovid.

Anne Broadbridge - Broadbridge has joined the department of history as assistant professor. She earned her Ph.D. and master''s degree at the University of Chicago, and her bachelor''s degree at UMass. Her specialty is Middle Eastern history. Her research interests include the Mamluk Sultanate (1250-1517), the Mongol Empire, the Turkic warlord Timur (Tamerlane), and the Ottoman Empire. Broadbridge is currently completing a study of the ideological and diplomatic relationships between the Mamluk sultans of Egypt and Syria and their Mongol and Turkic counterparts in the Near East, Central Asia, and Southern Russia. Her next research project will focus on the influence of the 15th-century North African scholar Ibn Khaldun on historical writing in the Mamluk Sultanate and the Ottoman Empire. She has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation. Broadbridge speaks Arabic and French and has a working knowledge of Persian, German, and Turkish. She teaches courses in Middle East history, history of the Ottoman Empire, Islamic movements in history, and the history of the Mongol and Turkish empires.