Faculty Q&A

Dennis Tenen, an assistant professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia, has an unusual background for a humanities scholar.

Pamela Smith speaks at the University Lecture. Photo by Eileen Barroso

History professor Pamela Smith started college thinking she would be a chemist.

As a scientist, Sean Solomon has studied Mercury, Venus and Mars. Now he heads Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, whose researchers study planet Earth, from its deepest ocean to its highest peak.

When Farah Griffin asked her mother what she remembered about World War II, her response was, “All the handsome soldiers who drove the buses in Philadelphia.” Griffin, the William B.

Mark Hansen in the space that will house the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

Statistician. Technologist. Artistic collaborator. And now, journalism professor.

As a recent medical school graduate of Cairo University, Wafaa El-Sadr arrived in the U.S.

When he received his A.B. from Harvard in 1969, Martin Chalfie wasn’t sure what he would do next. His worst grades had been in physics and chemistry, and a summer research project had failed, so science seemed out of reach.

John McWhorter

John McWhorter may be best known for his magazine and newspaper writing about race, but the Philadelphia native is at heart a dyed-in-the-wool academic whose first inkling that he would spend his life studying languages came when he was still a preschooler and heard someone speaking a fore

Dr. Irwin Redlener Image credit: Children's Health Fund/Moya McAllister

When major disaster strikes, Dr. Irwin Redlener is rarely far behind.

Susan Sturm Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Professor Susan Sturm’s path to the law wound through work she did long before she got to law school—in the Head Start program, at a school for disabled kids and in a foster home.

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