NEW PROFS ON THE BLOCK

WORDS BY JULES LIGHTER '16
IMAGES BY ELIJAH STEVENS '15

Maybe you're still scrambling to find the right classes for pre-reg. Or maybe you're just trying to figure out who those unfamiliar names on department lists belong to. Either way, we've done you a favor and reached out to the new professors at Wesleyan with a questionnaire of sorts. Here are a few of the responses we got back. 

 

PROFESSOR ROGER GRANT

NAME: Roger Mathew Grant
EDUCATION:  PhD, University of Pennsylvania (2010)
DEPT:  Music
COURSES TAUGHT THIS SPRING: MUSC242: Baroque and Classical Music (really: music and aesthetics at the dawn of modernity); I’m also teaching a grad seminar MUSC522 (“Comparative Music Theory”)
SELL YOUR CLASS IN TWO SENTENCES OR LESS: At the end of the eighteenth century, an aesthetic revolution with music at its center gave birth to what we now call modernity. Anyone with academic or political aspirations to engage in our contemporary moment deserves to understand the sonic underpinnings of its intellectual heritage.
SOMETHING ON YOUR BOOKSHELF: David Halperin, Saint Foucault: Towards a Gay Hagiography
WHERE ARE YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 3PM: that really depends on the night before…
ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FRESHMAN SELF: Mess
WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY:   Pleasure has no Passport
FILL IN THE BLANKS: T̶h̶o̶s̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶d̶o̶ ̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶o̶s̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶ ̶d̶o̶ ̶w̶h̶a̶t̶?̶
“The Revolution is my Boyfriend"
WHAT WAS THE TOPIC OF YOUR THESIS: I wrote my undergrad thesis on rhythm in the music of Gabriel Fauré.  It was called “French Fantasies.”  Lots of gossamer scrims and pastel scarves.  That was before I dove headlong into eighteenth-century studies.
FAVOURITE COURSE TAKEN IN COLLEGE: Opera History
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 23:  A musicologist.  And now I am!  (fist pump)
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE: Black
ONE VALID EXCUSE FOR AN EXTENSION: I'll just say that I’m tough in the pages of my syllabus because I melt in person. 

PROFESSOR EMY MATESAN

NAME: Emy Matesan
EDUCATION: PhD Political Science (Syracuse University), MA Political Science (Arizona State University), BA Political Science and Economics (Monmouth College)
DEPT: Government
COURSES TAUGHT IN THE SPRING: Comparative Politics of the Middle East; Terrorism and Film
SELL YOUR CLASS IN TWO SENTENCES OR LESS: The Middle East is never boring. And the topics for the terrorism class are dynamite.
SOMETHING ON YOUR BOOKSHELF: Democratic Transition in the Middle East.
WHERE ARE YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 3PM: If it’s nice outside, probably out and about exploring the area. This Saturday, by 3pm I will probably put the laundry in the dryer, make a cup of tea, and catch up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FRESHMAN SELF: Idealist
WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY: One hundred years of gratitude.
FILL IN THE BLANKS: Those who can't do _____ and those who can't _____ do what?: Those who can’t cry, laugh; and those who can’t laugh, cry.
WHAT WAS THE TOPIC OF YOUR THESIS: Understanding the dynamics of violent escalation and de-escalation in Islamist groups in Egypt and Indonesia.
FAVOURITE COURSE TAKEN IN COLLEGE: Politics of Developing Nations
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 23: Director of a non-profit organization.
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE: Strong and sweet – double espresso with cream and sugar.
ONE VALID EXCUSE FOR AN EXTENSION: Documented evidence of alien abduction.

PROFESSOR JESSE TORGERSON 

NAME: Jesse W. Torgerson
EDUCATION: happens
DEPT: COL
COURSES TAUGHT IN THE SPRING: (1) Constantinople: East and West; (2) Medievals on the Move
SELL YOUR CLASS IN TWO SENTENCES OR LESS: We repulse The Medieval as Other, a strange foreign nation: nobody likes them, they sound, smell, and look odd, their ideas seem insane. But when we either ‘Run Away!’ from, or ‘civilize’ the incomprehensible we fashion a pretty repulsive self; my courses try to model an alternative approach to the past: walk through it, take the subway, eat street food, and see the human logic gradually emerge.
SOMETHING ON YOUR BOOKSHELF: A rubber chicken
WHERE ARE YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 3PM: Definitely grading your paper.
ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FRESHMAN SELF: Slippers
WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Tut, tut: Looks like rain
FILL IN THE BLANKS: Those who can't do _-dge____ and those who can't __un-___ do what?:
I don’t know, but I can do confused. Was I also supposed to answer the “what”?
If this is riffing on: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach”? then: Those who can, won’t; those who can’t, shan’t.
WHAT WAS THE TOPIC OF YOUR THESIS: How a plague, a conciliar oligarchy, relative chair heights, and retro-neo-platonism coalesced in 1439 and led to the residents of Constantinople saying: “Better the Sultan’s turban than the Bishop’s mitre.”
FAVOURITE COURSE TAKEN IN COLLEGE: Archery
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 23: Educated.
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE: Black and foamy.
ONE VALID EXCUSE FOR AN EXTENSION: Exile. 

 

PROFESSOR CLAIRE GRACE

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NAME: Claire Grace
EDUCATION: Harvard PhD
DEPT: Art & Art History
COURSES TAUGHT IN THE SPRING: Contemporary Art Since 1980 and Thresholds of Art and Activism, 1960s to the Present
SELL YOUR CLASS IN TWO SENTENCES OR LESS: What explains the presentist bent of this decade? You should probably take a class with Professor Maines instead.
SOMETHING ON YOUR BOOKSHELF: Eileen Myles, The Importance of Being Iceland
WHERE ARE YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 3PM: Cockaponset
ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FRESHMAN SELF: spikey
WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Rhymes with Bear
FILL IN THE BLANKS: Those who can't do _____ and those who can't _____ do what?:
Quoi?
WHAT WAS THE TOPIC OF YOUR THESIS: in college? “Painting and the Postcolony” (or “Painting the Postcolony”? Something to that effect)
FAVOURITE COURSE TAKEN IN COLLEGE: Martha Nussbaum’s “Feminist and Poststructural Theory”
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 23: northeast regional “Four Square”champion (still do)
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE: hot strong foamy
ONLY VALID EXCUSE FOR AN EXTENSION: why does everyone want long flowing locks? I prefer buzz cuts and fros. 

PROFESSOR KERWIN KAYE

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NAME: Kerwin Kaye
EDUCATION: Colorado University at Boulder:  BA in Psychology; San Francisco State University:  MA in Anthropology New York University:  PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis (American Studies)
DEPT: Sociology
COURSES TAUGHT THIS SPRING: Sociology of Sexualities; Sociological Theory
SELL YOUR CLASS IN TWO SENTENCES OR LESS: Sex and Theory – what’s not to like?
SOMETHING ON YOUR BOOKSHELF: At the Will of the Body:  Reflections on Illness by Arthur Frank
WHERE ARE YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 3PM: Off duty!
ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FRESHMAN SELF: Eager
WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY: This is not an Autobiography.
FILL IN THE BLANKS: Those who can't do _____ and those who can't _____ do what?:Those who can’t do mad libs and those who can’t get confused do what?
WHAT WAS THE TOPIC OF YOUR THESIS: Drug courts and drug treatment within the criminal justice system
FAVOURITE COURSE TAKEN IN COLLEGE: The Anthropology of Power
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 23: A zen monk
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE: Un cortado, por favor.
ONE VALID EXCUSE FOR AN EXTENSION: Let’s deal with that when we come to it.