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From left, Mike McCormick, Zhuoyi Wang, Andrew Dykstra, Emily Conover, Russell Marcus, John Eldevik
Hamilton President David Wippman announced the promotion of six faculty members to the rank of professor, as approved by the College’s Board of Trustees at its June meeting. They include Emily Conover (Economics), Andrew Dykstra (Mathematics and Statistics), Jon Eldevik (History), Russell Marcus (Philosophy), Michael McCormick (Biology), and Zhuoyi Wang (East Asian Languages and Literatures). All will be effective July 1, 2022.

Emily Conover’s research interests include health policy, political economy, and labor markets in developing countries, among other topics in applied microeconomics. She co-authored the 2021 article “Gender Imbalances and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Large-Scale Mexican Migration” in IZA Journal of Development and Migration, and this year published her co-authored study “Job Quality and Labour Market Transitions: Evidence from Mexican Informal and Formal Workers” in Journal of Development Studies. Her work has also appeared in Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, and The World Bank Economic Review.

Conover, who joined the Hamilton faculty in 2008, grew up in Colombia and came to the United States for her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College. She then studied economics at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and went on to earn her doctorate in economics from U.C. Berkeley.

Andrew Dykstra’s research is in dynamical systems. He is especially interested in symbolic dynamics and ergodic theory and has recently published an article on symbolic dynamical systems in Journal d’Analyse Mathématique. Titled “The Morse Minimal System is Nearly Continuously Kakutani Equivalent to the Binary Odometer,” the article is a joint work with Ayse Sahin of Wright State University. Dykstra also co-authored Subsystems of Transitive Subshifts with Linear Complexity (Univ. of Denver) that was originally published by Cambridge University Press.

Dykstra earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. Before joining the Hamilton faculty in 2009, he spent two years as the Yates Postdoctoral Fellow at Colorado State University.

John Eldevik, who came to Hamilton in 2010, holds the Licence in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, and a doctorate from UCLA. His primary research and teaching interests are in medieval social and religious history, particularly the role of the bishop in the early Middle Ages, the Crusades, and the history of political and religious dissent.

Eldevik’s first book, Episcopal Lordship and Ecclesiastical Reform in the German Empire, 950-1150, examines how medieval bishops used the collection of tithes to foster social and political relationships. He is working on a study of the manuscript transmission of texts on the Crusades and Islam in medieval Bavaria. Earlier this year he presented a paper in London at a workshop hosted by the German Historical Institute.

Russell Marcus teaches logic and modern Western philosophy, as well as philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics, his main area of research. He also studies Descartes’ epistemology and has presented and published widely on philosophical pedagogy. Marcus is a board member of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers and on the editorial board of the preeminent journal on philosophical pedagogy, Teaching Philosophy. His books include Introduction to Formal Logic with Philosophical Applications (Oxford, 2017), developed in his logic classes at Hamilton, and a co-edited compendium, An Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics (Bloomsbury).

Marcus developed and directs the Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy, a two-week laboratory for pedagogical innovation in philosophy. In 2020, he received the Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching from the American Philosophical Association, the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, and the Teaching Philosophy Association.

Prior to his arrival at Hamilton in 2007, Marcus taught philosophy at Queens College, Hofstra University, and the College of Staten Island, and high school mathematics in New York City and in Costa Rica. He received a doctorate from City University of New York.

Mike McCormick’s research includes isolation and identification of novel endogenous electron shuttles produced by iron respiring bacteria; characterization of pore water chemistry and microbial assemblages in Antarctic sediments previously covered by the Larsen A Ice Shelf; and analysis of geochemistry and microbial community composition at high spatial resolution in meromictic Green Lake, Fayetteville, N.Y., the latter of which he conducts each summer with Hamilton students.

He has published in the journals Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Chemistry, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, and Water Resources Research. The recipient of a National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Grant, a Department of Energy grant, and a U.S. Antarctic Service Medal, he joined the Hamilton faculty in 2003.

McCormick is a member of the Biology Department with a shared teaching commitment in the Geosciences Department. He completed a doctorate and post-doctoral fellowship in environmental engineering at the University of Michigan.

Zhuoyi Wang’s research and teaching interests include Chinese film, literature, culture, and Hollywood cinema. He is the author of Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951-1979 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and co-editor of Maoist Laughter (with Ping Zhu and Jason McGrath, Hong Kong University Press, 2019), which was awarded Choice’s Outstanding Academic Title in 2020, and co-editor of Teaching Film from the People's Republic of China (the Modern Language Association, forthcoming).

Wang, who came to Hamilton in 2009, received his doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Washington at Seattle. He has published in such journals as Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature, Taiwan Lit, Arts, Chinese Literature Today, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, China Review International, Cinema and TV Culture, Literature and Art Studies, Journal of Beijing Film Academy, and Phoenix Weekly. He has given some 100 invited talks and guess lectures on topics in the comparative study of Chinese-language and Hollywood cinemas for institutions and organizations throughout the U.S., mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

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