Libby Van Cleve

Oral History of American Music Archive

Libby Van Cleve is a scholar and performer with a specialty in contemporary American music. As Director of Yale’s Oral History of American Music Archive, she has conducted numerous interviews with major figures in American music. She is the author of the award-winning book and CD publication Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington, Yale University Press as well as various articles, program notes, and liner notes, which are often generated by material from her interviews. Complementing her work at OHAM, Ms. Van Cleve is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary and chamber music for the oboe. She has recorded dozens of CDs and is author of Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

When not playing the oboe or interviewing composers, Libby enjoys gardening, hiking, taking zumba classes, and the challenge of raising a teenage daughter. She is actively involved at Yale’s St. Thomas More Chapel as musician and parishioner.

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Jack Vees

School of Music

Jack Vees is renowned as a performer and composer, at locations as varied as CBGB’s downtown New York scene and the Berlin Biennale Festival. His book The Book on Bass Harmonics has become the definitive technical text for bassists today. He has developed a distinctive musical style that combines rigorous formal thinking with the energy of rock and roll.

Sten Vermund

Dean, Yale School of Public HealthSten H. Vermund, MD, PhD, is Dean of the Yale School of Public Health, the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Vermund is a pediatrician and infectious disease epidemiologist focused on diseases of low and middle income countries, and on health disparities in the U.S. His work on HIV-HPV interactions among women in a Bronx methadone program motivated a change in the 1993 CDC AIDS case surveillance definition and inspired cervical cancer screening programs launched within global HIV/AIDS programs. His research has focused on health care access, adolescent medicine, prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, and reproductive health. Following his human biology studies at Stanford University, Dr. Vermund received his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his pediatrics training at Columbia’s Babies Hospital. He then completing a master’s degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a diploma from the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene, a Mellon Foundation fellowship in clinical epidemiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Columbia University. Dr. Vermund is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the AAAS. Author of 560 papers and chapters, nearly all with his students and colleagues, he ranks among the top US academics for NIH grant resources over his career. He has founded two non-governmental organizations: Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) and Friends in Global Health in Mozambique and Nigeria. Dr. Vermund has been recognized with the NIAID/NIH/PHS/DHHS Meritorious Service Award, the DHHS Public Health Service Superior Service Award, the Richardson Award for Perinatal and Pediatric Health Care Research, the Velji Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Global Health, the Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He serves on several editorial boards including the JAIDS, AIDS, JIAS, PLOS ONE, and Transactions of the RSTMH and is on multiple international and U.S. advisory committees. Prior to joining Yale in 2017, Dr. Vermund was the Amos Christie Chair in Global Health and Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. He founded and directed the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health and served as Vanderbilt’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Health and Vice President for Global Health for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Email Sten Vermund

John Wa'Njogu

African Studies

John Wa’Njogu’s interests include foreign language curriculum development, teaching methodology, material development, and assessment. Other areas of interest are language planning, language and democracy, ethnicity, Kiswahili and other African literatures and literary criticism.

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Allan Wagner

Emeritus, Psychology

John Wargo

School of Forestry and Environmental StudiesJohn Wargo is a Professor of Risk Analysis, Environmental Policy, and Political Science, and Chair of the Yale College Environmental Studies Major and Program. B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.L.A. University of Massachusetts, and Ph.D., Yale University. He holds appointments in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Department of Political Science, and is a fellow of Branford College. He has been a professor at Yale since 1985. He has lectured extensively on the limits and potential of environmental law, with a focus on human health.Email John Wargo

Marta Wells

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Marta Wells, originally from Colombia, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale, and a Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at The University of Connecticut. She came to Yale in 1997, and has been teaching and advising students since.  Among the courses she has taught are: Biology of Terrestrial Arthropods, Laboratory for Biology of Terrestrial Arthropods, Animal Behavior, Introduction to Biology, Diversity of Life, Laboratory for Evolutionary Biology, Laboratory for Principles of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Laboratory on Evolution, Functional Traits, and The Tree of Life.

In addition to teaching, Marta is an Academic Advisor for undergraduate students in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, Mellon-Bouchet Fellows, and a sophomore advisor. In addition, she advises students doing their research and tutorial courses and does all the corresponding administrative work, as wells as organizing and running the E&EB Undergraduate Senior Symposium every year.

Marta’s research interests are with insects, using green lacewings as model systems to investigate topics in Evolution, species origins, behavior, acoustic signals, and phylogenetic systematics.

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Tamar Wells


Tamar Wells is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Borealis Wind Quintet and the principal oboist of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. She is also well acquainted with the underside of her sea kayak as she and her husband, Rich, work toward their BCU level 3 kayak certification, a piece of which requires their skill of rolling to be at least rudimentary.  They enjoy ballroom dancing, and taking lessons in “how not to be embarrassed on the dance floor.”

In the interest of communication with new Brazilian in-laws, Tamar is attempting to learn Portuguese, which she finds delightful!

They divide their time between Northwest CT and the coast of RI.

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Alexander Welsh


Alexander Welsh teaches mainly prose fiction, from various historical perspectives. From 1975 to 1981 he edited Nineteenth-Century Fiction, the journal devoted to British and American fiction. The Hero of the Waverley Novels (1963, 1968, and 1992 with additional essays on Scott) relates Scott’s achievement to 18th- and 19th-century ideas of property. Thackeray: A Collection of Critical Essays (1968) is a volume in the Twentieth-Century Views series. The City of Dickens (1971, 1986) and George Eliot and Blackmail (1985) interpret the work of these two novelists against the background of Victorian social history. Two subsequent books on Dickens, From Copyright to Copperfield (1987) and Dickens Redressed: The Art of “Bleak House” and “Hard Times” (2000), take off from biographical criticism. Reflections on the Hero as Quixote (1981) is an excursion in comparative literature and the theme of justice. Strong Representations: Narrative and Circumstantial Evidence in England(1992) concerns narrative in several disciplines from 1750 to 1900, but especially criminal prosecution and the novel. Freud’s Wishful Dream Book (1994) is a close reading of Freud’s famous book of 1900. Hamlet in His Modern Guises (2001) reads Shakespeare’s play in the light of other revenge tragedies and then shows how it was recast in novels by Goethe, Scott, Dickens, Melville, and Joyce. What is Honor? (2008) traces a genealogy of honor that operates as a moral imperative and still very much matters to us today. Chapters on Aristotle, Cicero, and Shakespeare introduce this concept of honor as it replays in the drama and fiction of the Enlightenment, and especially the writings of Mandeville and Montesquieu, Rousseau, Kant, and Adam Smith.

Mr. Welsh, who taught at Pittsburgh and UCLA before rejoining the Yale faculty in 1991, has been the recipient of Guggenheim, N.E.H., Rockefeller Foundation, and National Humanities Center fellowships. He was a Harvard National Scholar and served with the U.S. Army in Germany.

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R. John Williams


John William’s research and teaching focuses on the intersections between international histories of technological innovation and the perceived difference of racial and cultural otherness.  His current book project, “Technology and the Meeting of East and West,” examines the role of technological discourse in representations of Asian/American aesthetics in late-nineteenth and twentieth century film and literature. He argues that insofar as Anglo American modernism based its aesthetic innovations on a range of new technologies, it did so by throwing into question the relation of these technologies to the cultural traditions from which it seemed to break. It is from this vantage that Asia signaled both the perilous transnationalization of Western technologies as well as an especially therapeutic and non-alienated relation between technê and the environment.

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Brendan Woo

Yale School of Management

Brendan Woo is assistant director of Asia program operations in the executive education department at the Yale School of Management. In this role, he leads the delivery of Yale’s non-degree programs for Chinese business leaders, both in New Haven and in China. He is also responsible for recruiting and managing the executive education student workforce. Prior to Yale SOM, Brendan had a seven-year tenure with the Yale-China Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring Chinese and Americans to learn and serve together, where he worked in a variety of teaching, recruiting, coaching, development, and strategic roles in New Haven as well as Hong Kong and Anhui Province, China. He holds a BA in linguistics from Yale University, where he was a member of the varsity swimming team and the Guild of Carillonneurs.

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Amy Wrzesniewski

School of Mangement

I’m a professor at the Yale School of Management, where I’m an organizational psychologist studying the meaning of work. In short, I’m fascinated by what makes work meaningful or alienating, as it is the domain of life that gets most of our waking time. I’ve been at Yale for 11 years, and live in New Haven with my husband, two kids, dog, two cats, goldfish, and six chickens. When I’m not working on data or manuscripts, I’m serving on boards or advising students.

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Jonathan Wyrtzen


Jonathan Wyrtzen is a comparative-historical sociologist with teaching and research interests in North African society and politics. He works on the areas of state formation and non-state forms of political organization; colonialism and empire; ethnicity and nationalism; urban and rural contentious politics; and Islamic social movements. He has recently completed a book manuscript titled, Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity, that examines the relationships among European imperial expansion, colonial policies of modernization and state formation, and the rise of Arabo-Islamic nationalism in North Africa in the mid-20th century. This study also explores the central roles of three marginal groups – Imazighen (Berbers), Jews, and women - in defining Moroccan identity during the mobilization of anti-colonial nationalism. He is beginning a comparative project examing the transformation of political space in the North Africa and the Middle East in the 1920s, looking at movements defending local autonomy in Morocco, Libya, Syria, Anatolia, and the Arabian Peninsula.

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Susan Yankee-Dillner


Susan Yankee-Dillner performed the Mezzo-soprano repertoire across the country, including two solo appearances at Carnegie Hall and soloist in the Mozart in Mass Series at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and the New York City Opera National Company. Ms. Yankee is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and the Yale School of Music.

Ms. Yankee is a (3) three times National Endowment of the Arts grant recipient for her creation of interactive educational operas for children based on popular fairytales to the music of classical opera composers. Each opera has a civic-minded topic; youth smoking prevention, recycling, and healthy eating and exercise. She is the past Artistic Director of Shreveport Opera’s Young Artist Program. Ms. Yankee has been on the faculty of many young artist programs and makes it her mission to guide young performers in a successful career in the arts.

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Raphaella Zanuttini


Raffaella Zanuttini’s interest in linguistics arises from the fact that it studies a component of human nature with methods that approach scientific rigor. She  feels privileged to study an aspect of the human mind that is still largely mysterious, the knowledge of language, and enjoy the challenge of trying to model it using a theoretical framework that is still developing, the generative framework.