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Six faculty members have earned tenure at Franklin & Marshall College, effective July 1, 2007.

They are Patrick Bernard, English; David Brennan, economics; Peter Fields, biology; Stephen Medvic, government, Shawn O’Bryhim, classics; and Amelia Rauser, art and art history.

These faculty members will all hold the rank of associate professor as of July 1. O’Bryhim and Rauser have held that rank since joining the faculty.

Bernard(photo) joined the Franklin & Marshall faculty in 2001. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 1986, his master’s in English from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995, and his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in 2001. His research interests are Call and Response; Memory, History and African American Literature; Black Atlantic and AfroDiaspora Studies; Textuality and Orality; Narrative and Voice; Culture, Literature, and Identities. Recent publications include "Mapping the Woman’s Body: Race, Sex and Gender in Mariama Ba’s Scarlet Song", and "Travel Culture as Performance in Richard Wright’s Black Power." He also has a book chapter on "Magical Realism and History in The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar" forthcoming in a volume of essays on African and African American literature.

Brennan joined the Franklin & Marshall faculty in 1998. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Miami in 1990, and his master’s (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) in economics from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests are political economy, financial crisis, corporate governance, pensions, history of economic thought, and feminist economics. Recent publications include "Co-opting the Shareholder Value Movement: A Class Analytic Model of Share Repurchases" and "Defending the Indefensible? Culture’s role in the productive/unproductive dichotomy."

Fields joined the Franklin & Marshall faculty in 2001. He earned his bachelor’s in biology and anthropology (1987) and master’s in biology (1987) from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, in 1995. His research focuses on mechanisms by which enzymes adapt to novel and extreme environments - how their structure is changed through mutations, and how those changes lead to optimization of function. Recent publications include "Temperature adaptation in muscle-type lactate dehydrogenase and citrate synthase of the Galapgos marine iguana," and "Temperature Adaptation of Cytosolic Malate Dehydrogenases from Native and Invasive Species of Marine Mussels." His work on structure and function in enzymes adapted to extreme cold has been funded by a National Science Foundation grant.

Medvic joined the Franklin & Marshall faculty in 2002. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Texas A&M University in 1991, and his master’s (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in political science from Purdue University. His areas of expertise include American politics, political behavior, political methodology, and political theory. He is the author of the forthcoming "Campaigns and Elections: Players and Processes," and "Guide to Political Campaigns in America."

O’Bryhim joined the Franklin & Marshall faculty in 2004. He earned a bachelor’s in secondary education (1983) and a master’s in Latin (1985) from Ball State University, and a master’s (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) in classics from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "Ancient Comedy: Translations and Interpretations of Four Representative Plays" and numerous articles. His areas of expertise include Latin literature, ancient comedy, and Mediterranean religion.

Rauser joined the Franklin & Marshall faculty in 2003. She earned her bachelor’s in art history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991, and her master’s (1992) and Ph.D. (1997) in art history from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on published caricature in 18th-century Britain. Recent publications include "Caricature Unmasked: Irony, Authenticity, and Individualism in 18th century English Prints," and "The Englishness of French Revolutionary Caricature."

Source: Fanklin and Marshall College website.

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Mr.Obai Taylor-Kamara for bringing this news item to our attention.