The following are among the new faculty members at the University. Others will be introduced periodically in this space.
Jose Bermudez, Ph.D., joined the Department of Philosophy in Arts & Sciences as professor and director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program. He earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1992. He was formerly chair of the philosophy department at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He is a member of the McDonnell Project on Philosophy and Neuroscience. His research concerns nonlinguistic thought in children and animals, as well as the nature of self-consciousness.
Dennis Des Chene, Ph.D., joined the Department of Philosophy in Arts & Sciences as professor. He earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987 and a B.A. from the University of Washington in 1980. He has held faculty positions at Emory University and Johns Hopkins University. His research is primarily in early modern philosophy, with a special focus on Descartes.
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D., joined the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor. He earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1996 and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2003. His primary research interests are terrorism, formal approaches to comparative legislative and electoral institutions, game theory, electoral reform, the economics of religion, law and economics, and Israeli politics.
David Park, Ph.D., joined the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor. He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland in 1989 and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in 2003. His main substantive areas of interest uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the linkages between mass behavior to political institutions, policymaking and the larger body of democratic theory.