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Faculty Profiles

“Our goal is to dramatically expand our faculty ranks in strategic and meaningful ways to ensure we are the university we want to be in the future, both in terms of teaching and research,” says UConn President Susan Herbst.

And we’ve only just begun.

William Jelani Cobb

Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies (IAAS)

The new director of the Institute for African American Studies uses the lessons of history when addressing the challenges of contemporary America.

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Lewis Gordon

Professor of Philosophy

Gordon maintains there are three dynamics in play when thinking about the questions he considers: What is a human being? What is freedom? What are the conditions through which we can justify what we can say about either?

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Mitchell Green

Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy professor Mitchell Green, who joins UConn from the University of Virginia, encourages students to look for a good question to answer.

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Preston C. Green III

The Carla Klein Endowed Professor of Urban Education in the Neag School of Education

Green, who will join UConn from Penn State in the fall, will have a joint appointment in the Neag School and the School of Law.

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Paul Herrnson

Professor of Political Science and Director of UConn’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

Herrnson is an authority on elections and ballot design, having directed a National Science Foundation and Carnegie Corporation project aimed at studying voting machines and ballots that resulted in manufacturers making changes to how their machines operate.

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Jonathan Plucker

Professor of Education

“There’s so many good people doing work at UConn, it’s so darn exciting to think about the possible collaborations,” says Plucker.

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Annabelle Rodriguez-Oquendo

Associate Professor of Cell Biology and recipient of the Linda and David Roth Chair in Cardiovascular Research

Dr. Annabelle Rodriguez-Oquendo joins the University from Johns Hopkins, drawn by the developing research environment at the Health Center.

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Jeffrey Shoulson

Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life

“I was really struck by what’s going on at UConn,” Shoulson says. “We’re in a period of time when a lot of institutions, especially state institutions, are shrinking, and UConn is going in the other direction.”

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Suzanne Wilson

Professor of Education

“One of the things about UConn that struck me as really promising and exciting is that you have healthy collaboration and relationships with the disciplines outside the school of education,” she says. “The whole university is involved in teacher education, and that’s one hallmark of a high quality environment.”

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