Rob Rosenthal, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, has announced that Ellen Nerenberg, chair and professor of romance languages and literatures, was named the Hollis Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Alex Dupuy, chair of the African American Studies Program, professor of sociology, was named the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology.
Ellen Nerenberg has been at Wesleyan since 1994. She is a specialist in 20th-century Italian literature and contemporary Italian cultural studies. She received the Modern Language Association’s Howard R. Marraro prize for Prison Terms: Representing Confinement During and After Italian Fascism (University of Toronto Press, 2001) and was awarded the Millicent McIntosh Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation (2005-06).
She is editor, with Carole Gallucci, of Writing beyond Fascism: Cultural Resistance in the Life and Works of Alba de Céspedes (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000), and co-translator and -editor, with Nicoletta Marini-Maio and Thomas Simpson, of Marco Baliani’s Body of State: The Moro Affair, A Nation Divided (Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press, 2012). Murder Made in Italy: Homicide, Media, and Contemporary Italian Culture will be published by Indiana University Press next month. Ellen is a founding member of the Culture and Politics of Gender Research Group and serves on the editorial boards of Quaderni del ’900 and the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. She has published more than 20 articles and book chapters and delivered more than 50 conference papers and talks.
Alex Dupuy has published broadly on social, economic and political developments in Haiti and the Caribbean. He is the author of Haiti in the World Economy: Class, Race, and Underdevelopment Since 1700 (1989), Haiti in the New World Order: The Limits of the Democratic Revolution (1997), The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti (2007), more than three dozen articles in professional journals and anthologies, and several reports for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He is particularly interested in Caribbean history, political economy, and social change. He is working on a new book on Bill Clinton and Haiti.
Dupuy has also written Op-Eds for many newspapers, including the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant, New Jersey Star-Ledger, Guardian (U.K.), and Stabroek News (Guyana), and has made several television appearances, including the News Hour with Jim Lehrer,Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, and The Agenda with Steve Parkin on Toronto Public TV. He has also commentated on Haitian affairs on National Public Radio and other local NPR stations in Boston, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Wisconsin Public Radio, and on the BBC’s Caribbean Service, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Late Talk Program, and Radio Jamaica RJR 94 FM.
At Wesleyan, he has served as chair of the Sociology Department and the African American Studies Program, and as Dean of the Social Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Programs. He has also been elected to several university committees, such as the Advisory Committee, the Educational Policy Committee, the Faculty Committee on Rights and Responsibilities, and as a faculty member of the 2006-07 Presidential Search Committee.