Scripps Welcomes New Faculty

This fall, Leigh Gilmore became the first occupant of the Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Chair in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her scholarly articles and books have made considerable contributions to the field of autobiographical theory; they include Autobiographics:A Feminist Theory of Women’s Self-Representation (Cornell University Press 1994), Autobiography and Postmodernism (University of Massachusetts Press 1994), and The Limits of Autobiography:Trauma and Testimony (Cornell University Press 2001).

“To study autobiography is to learn about history, psychoanalysis, culture, philosophy, law,” she said.”Autobiography offers a rich understanding of culture—it is wonderfully interdisciplinary.” Professor Gilmore received her bachelor of arts, master’s, and doctoral degrees in English from the University of Washington and recently taught in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, and as professor of English at Ohio State University.

Scripps’ newest member of the Department of Mathematics, Professor Winston Chih-Wei Ou, names mathematics, martial arts, and music as his life passions (in addition to his fiancée, he is quick to point out).

After receiving his bachelor of arts in mathematics from Princeton University, Ou obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago; he then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications in Minneapolis. Joining the Scripps faculty last spring, he previously taught at Purdue University and Indiana University, Bloomington, in addition to being a visiting research fellow at Keio University in Yokohama, Japan.

Ou’s academic areas of interest are Calderon-Zygmund harmonic analysis, the study of certain operators that arise naturally in partial differential equations; mathematical imaging, and mathematical linguistics.

Ou, who has practiced martial arts for 20 years, has started an Aikido club on campus this year.

Ethnomusicologist Cándida Jáquez came to the Department of Music this fall teaching two courses on music traditions around the world. According to Hao Huang, chair of the Music Department, “She is an ideal person to bring an ethnomusicology program to fruition at Scripps. She has a wealth of scholarly and pedagogical expertise in world music and media studies, and she contributes to the breadth and diversity of our curriculum and perspectives.”

Professor Jáquez’s research interests include musical and cultural expression in the Chicano communities and identity, performance, traditions, and history of Latino popular music.

Prior to her appointment at Scripps, Jáquez was a professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington. She earned her master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas, Austin, and her doctoral degree in musicology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The College also welcomes visiting professors Adam Davis and Heidi Brevik-Zender. Adam Davis joined the Department of Art this fall as a three-year visiting professor of ceramics. Before coming
to Scripps, Davis taught at the University of Arizona, San Diego Mesa College, and Georgia College and State University. He received his MFA at the University of Arizona and his BS in art from the University of Wisconsin. Davis has been included in U.S. and international art exhibitions since 1992 and was recently the featured artist in an exhibition at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in Athens, Georgia.

Heidi Brevik-Zender, a three-year visiting professor of French, earned her MA and PhD in French studies at Brown University. She taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and served as assistant editor for three years for the publication Equinoxes, A Graduate Journal of French and Francophone Studies. Professor Brevik-Zender’s research interests include cultural and gender studies, in addition to French literature and culture. Her PhD dissertation, “From Fashion Writing to Writing Fashion: Modernity, Gender and LaMode in the Literature of Fin-de-siècle Paris,” examines the ways in which Parisian women’s roles and feminine fashion changed rapidly at the end of the 19th century.