Board approves 17 faculty appointments

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by the Office of Communications
Sept. 28, 2022

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of 17 faculty members, including one full professor and 16 assistant professors.

Professor

Yuri Leving, in Slavic languages and literature, specializes in Russian literature, film and media. His appointment is effective Aug. 1, 2022.

Leving comes to Princeton from Dalhousie University, where he has served as a professor since 2012. He was named associate professor in 2009 and assistant professor in 2006. Prior to that he was an adjunct assistant professor at American University from 2005-06 and a visiting assistant professor at George Washington University from 2004-06.

Leving is the author of 10 monographs, including “Nabokov in Motion: Modernity and Movement” (2022), “Poetry in a Dead Loop: Mandelstam and Aviation” (2021), and three volumes on Joseph Brodsky. He has edited and co-edited seven books and contributed dozens of book chapters.

He is a member-at-large of the executive board of the Canadian Association of Slavists, and a recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, among many others. He earned a B.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Assistant Professor

Lidal Dror, in philosophy, specializes in social and political philosophy and philosophy of race. He earned a B.A. at University of Warwick and a Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Elizabeth Ellis, in history, specializes in Indigenous and Native North American history. She comes to Princeton from New York University, where she has been an assistant professor since 2017. She earned a B.A. at Tulane University and a Ph.D. at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Alison Ferris, in mechanical and aerospace engineering, specializes in mechanical engineering. She earned a B.S. at Columbia University, an M.S. at University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. at Stanford University.

Sarang Gopalakrishnan, in electrical and computer engineering, specializes in quantum information. He comes to Princeton from Penn State, where he served as an assistant professor from 2021-22. From 2012-21, he was an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He earned a B.A. at Amherst College and a Ph.D. at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Saad A. Gulzar, in public and international affairs and politics, specializes in comparative politics and political economy. He comes to Princeton from Stanford University, where he was an assistant professor from 2017-22. He earned a B.S. at Lahore University of Management Sciences, an M.A. at National University of Singapore, an M.P.A. at Columbia University and a Ph.D. at New York University.

Jürgen Hackl, in civil and environmental engineering, specializes in digital twins, stochastic modeling and simulation. He comes to Princeton from University of Liverpool, where he was an assistant professor since 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Graz University of Technology, and a Ph.D. from ETH Zürich.

Ryan Kingsbury, in civil and environmental engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, specializes in environmental chemistry. He earned a B.A. and B.S. from University of Texas-Austin, and an M.S.E. and Ph.D. from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Aleksandra Korolova, in computer science and public affairs, specializes in privacy, algorithmic fairness and algorithm auditing. She comes to Princeton from University of Southern California, where she was an assistant professor from 2015-22. She earned a B.S. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. at Stanford University.

Ai Ing Lim, in molecular biology, specializes in immunology. She earned a B.S. from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, an M.Phil. from University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. from Université Paris Diderot.

Jyotirmoy Mandal, in civil and environmental engineering, specializes in thermal radiation across nano- to macroscales. He earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Aditya Sood, in mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, specializes in nanoscale thermal transport and nanoelectronics. He earned a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Nicole Turner, in religion, specializes in African American religious history. She comes to Princeton from Yale University, where she has served as an assistant professor from 2020-22. She was an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2015-19. She holds a B.A. from Haverford College, an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania.

Trenton Wilson, in East Asian studies and history, specializes in the intellectual history of early China. He holds a B.A. from University of Kansas, an M.A. from Peking University and a Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley.

Jakub Witaszek, in mathematics, specializes in algebraic geometry. He served as an assistant professor at University of Michigan from 2019-22. He earned a B.A. at Warsaw University, an M.A. at Bonn University and a Ph.D. at Imperial College London.

Corinna Zeltsman, in history, specializes in modern Latin American history. She comes to Princeton from Georgia Southern University, where she served as an assistant professor from 2017-22. She earned a B.A. at Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. at Duke University.

Ellen Zhong, in computer science, specializes in computational biology and data sciences. She holds a B.A. from University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.