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Harvard Library Welcomes New Faculty

The New Faculty Exhibit, open to anyone with a Harvard ID, fills two hallways on the first floor of Widener.

Though this is the third annual New Faculty Exhibit, it's the first featuring faculty from across Harvard rather than only Faculty of Arts and Sciences. This year's exhibit welcomes 47 professors, assistant professors, and lecturers.


The exhibit opened on January 31, 2020, with a reception attended by many of the featured faculty.

At the reception, Dean for Faculty Affairs and Planning Nina Zipser emphasized the wide variety of new faculty members' expertise -- from quantum computing, to educational achievement gaps, to the evolution of the microbiome.


Judy Singer, James Bryant Conant Professor of Education and an organizer of the exhibit, with an opening reception attendee. In her remarks at the reception, Singer said she was glad to see ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in the new class of faculty.

“This is not your father’s Harvard,” she said – something she is very proud of.


Jasmine Waddell, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, views the exhibit with Laura Fisher, Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Faculty Development.


Martha Whitehead, Vice President for Harvard Library, University Librarian and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, addresses attendees at the exhibit reception.

Library staff and faculty members have a great deal in common, Whitehead said, as they are all “champions of curiosity.”


Vaughn Waters, Director of Administration and Finance for Harvard Library, talks with Shoba Ramanadhan, Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Ramanadhan, who is featured in the exhibit, said the opening reception gave her an opportunity to meet faculty from other schools with whom she wouldn't typically interact.


New faculty member Carmen Messerlian, center, talks with Martha Whitehead, left, and Briana Stephenson, a fellow member of the 2019-2020 class of faculty.

One of the purposes of the exhibit and its reception, according to Whitehead, was to encourage this kind of mingling and introduction between library leadership and new faculty members.


Briana Stephenson, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, strikes a fun pose to emphasize her exhibit photo.


Molly Brady, Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, posing in front of her photo in the exhibit.  


Michael Mina, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, gestures to his portrait in the New Faculty Exhibit. 


Shruthi Mahalingaiah, Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive and Women's Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, poses with her photo.


Carmen Messerlian, Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, looks at her photo in the exhibit.

Faculty at Harvard's professional schools, like Messerlian, were featured in the New Faculty Exhibit for the first time this year.

The exhibit will be on view in Widener Library until September 1, 2020.