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Board approves 14 new faculty appointments

Fri May 31, 2024

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of 14 faculty members, including two full professors, two associate professors and 10 assistant professors.

Professor

Ayşegül Şahin, in economics and public affairs, specializes in empirical macroeconomics. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2025.

Şahin has taught since 2018 at the University of Texas at Austin as the Richard J. Gonzalez Regents Chair in Economics. Prior to that, she was a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2004 to 2018. She began her academic career as an assistant professor at Purdue University from 2002 to 2004.

Şahin is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves on the Economic Advisory Panel to the Congressional Budget Office, in addition to advisory roles at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Carnegie-Rochester-NYU conference and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, among others.

Her work focuses on topics that include unemployment, labor force participation, entrepreneurship and inflation. Her research on macro-labor issues has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation.

Şahin is the editor of the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, having served as co-editor since 2020; she is the author of dozens of papers in journals including the American Economic Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, and the Journal of Monetary Economics. She has presented at numerous conferences and taught seminars at institutions around the world.

Şahin earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Rochester, as well as a B.S. and M.S. from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Guillermo Sapiro, in electrical and computer engineering, specializes in image processing and smart healthcare. His appointment is effective Sept. 1.

Sapiro comes to Princeton from Duke University, where he has taught since 2012, most recently as the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

Prior to that he held multiple appointments, including two endowed professorships, at the University of Minnesota, where he taught from 1997 to 2012. He worked on the technical staff at Hewlett Packard Labs from 1994 to 1997.

Sapiro is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a fellow of IEEE and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). His academic honors include a National Science Foundation Career Award and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers.

His research interests include computer vision, machine learning, computational vision and biomedical imaging, among others. His industry engagements include work as a Microsoft data science investigator and as a distinguished engineer with Apple, where he leads the Health AI initiative. He is the co-founder of Surgical Information Sciences.

Sapiro has authored more than 500 journals and book chapters in addition to his book, “Geometric Partial Differential Equations and Image Analysis,” (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He holds 13 patents. He was founding editor-in-chief of the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences.

He earned a Ph.D. and B.S. from the Israel Institute of Technology.

Associate professor

Gerald Carter, in ecology and evolutionary biology, specializes in ecology. His appointment is effective Sept. 1.

Carter comes to Princeton from Ohio State University, where he has taught since 2023, most recently as an associate professor.

He earned a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.S. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Kirstin Valdez Quade, in creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, specializes in creative writing. Quade returns to Princeton, where she taught from 2016 to 2023, after teaching at Stanford University for the 2023-24 academic year. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Quade is the author of the novel “The Five Wounds,” winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the recipient of a 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction.

She earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon.

Assistant professor

Bjoern Bringmann, in mathematics, joins the faculty in August. Bringmann specializes in partial differential equations and probability theory and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, an M.S. from the Technical University of Munich, and a B.S. from the University of Münster. He has been a member or visitor of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study from 2021 to 2024.

Michael Brinley, in history, joins the faculty in September. Brinley specializes in Soviet and post-Soviet history. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from the University of Washington, and a B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Amelia Frank-Vitale, in anthropology and international affairs, joins the faculty in July. Frank-Vitale specializes in Latino studies and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from American University, and a B.A. from Yale University.

Marc Auréle Gilles, in mathematics, joins the faculty in September. Gilles specializes in numerical linear algebra and computational imaging and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.A. from Rutgers University.

Susanna V. Haziot, in mathematics, joins the faculty in September. Haziot specializes in nonlinear partial differential equations and comes to Princeton from Brown University, where she has been an assistant professor since 2021. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the University of Vienna and a B.A. from Northwestern University.

Marcus Lee, in African American studies, joins the faculty in July 2025. Lee specializes in gender and sexuality studies and American politics, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Morehouse College. Lee has been a lecturer at Princeton since 2022.

Nicholas Rolle, in linguistics in the Council of the Humanities, joins the faculty in July. Rolle specializes in phonology and morphology, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley and an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Tom Silver, in electrical and computer engineering, joins the faculty in September 2025. Silver specializes in learning and abstractions for robot planning and has a Ph.D. and S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an A.B. from Harvard University.

Julien Stout, in French and Italian, joins the faculty in July. Stout, who specializes in medieval French literature and culture, has a Ph.D. and B.A. from the University of Montreal and an M.A. from McGill University.

Lilia S. Xie, in chemistry and the Princeton Materials Institute, joins the faculty in January 2025. Xie specializes in materials chemistry and holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Princeton.