Faculty Research

  • National Science Foundation (NSF):
    Luana Maroja, Associate Professor of Biology, received two grants totaling $137,315 for her ongoing research into evolutionary genetics.  More information about these awards and Professor Maroja’s research is available here.  (July 2017)
    Charlie Doret, Assistant Professor of Physics, received a three-year $166,519 grant to support his research on thermal conductivity on the nanoscale level.  (July 2017)
    Steven Nafziger, Associate Professor of Economics, received a $110,266 collaborative grant for his research into corporate law and finance in pre-Revolution Russia.  This grant will support Professor Nafziger’s work with Middlebury College professor Amanda Gregg as they collect and analyze data describing Russian corporations prior to the October Revolution of 1917.  This historical project speaks to the role that legal institutions, corporate governance, and finance play in the process of economic development.  (June 2017)
    Matt Carter, Assistant Professor of Biology, received a $586,000 CAREER grant to support his research into sleep and wakefulness.  More information about this grant award and Professor Carter’s research is available here.  (April 2017)
    Steven Miller, Associate Professor of Mathematics,  received a three-year $360,000 grant to support the SMALL REU program at Williams.  The SMALL program is a nine-week residential summer program in which undergraduates from all over the U.S. come to investigate open research problems in mathematics.  Around 500 students have participated in the project since its inception in 1988.  (March 2017)
  • Research Corporation:  $100,000 Cottrell Scholar Award granted to physics professor Charlie Doret ’02.  This three-year award may be used in any manner that will further Doret’s research and teaching and development as a teacher-scholar.  (April 2017)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW): $30,000 American Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Michelle Apotsos, Assistant Professor of Art, to support her travel to South Africa during her 2017/2018 sabbatical. Professor Apotsos’ research explores architectural form and its ability to articulate the value systems and social narratives operating within a society at a particular moment. To this end, her new work explores the role of tourist spaces in post-apartheid South Africa as unregulated sites of identity that provide a counter-narrative to that of more utopic civic spaces such as museums, commemorative monuments, and public memorials. (April 2017)
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS): $95,000 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship awarded to Dorothy Wang, Associate Professor of American Studies and Faculty Affiliate in English, to support her 2017/2018 residency and research at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). More information about this grant award and Professor Wang’s research can be found here. (March 2017)
  • New York University Abu Dhabi: $77,822 REALM subaward through Amherst College awarded to Susan Godlonton, Assistant Professor of Economics, to support her collaboration with Amherst economics professor Caroline Theoharides in the Research and Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration (REALM) program (funded by NYU Abu Dhabi).  (January 2017)
  • Russell Sage Foundation: Two-year $96,931 grant awarded to economics professors Lara Shore-Sheppard, Lucie Schmidt, and Tara Watson to support their research project “The Impact of the ACA Medicaid Expansion on Public Program Participation & Labor Market Outcomes of Low-Wage Workers.”  This grant will support the salaries of the three professors, stipends for Williams students conducting research with them, and travel to the Yale Federal Statistical Research Data Center.  (December 2016)