WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams College has announced the award of named chairs to four faculty: Ed Burger as Lissack Professor for Social Responsibility and Personal Ethics, Jerry Caprio as William Brough Professor of Economics, Bill Darrow as Cluett Professor of Religion and Leyla Rouhi as the John B. and John T. McCoy Professor of Romance Languages.
Burger is the Williams College Gaudino Scholar, a faculty member who is expected to promote experiences for students to confront differences and learn through contrasts. He recently received the Baylor University Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the 2007 Award of Excellence from Technology & Learning magazine and the 2006 Reader's Digest "100 Best of America" as best math teacher.
Burger's scholarly work includes more than 30 research articles and 21 books and CD-ROM texts that he has written or co-written. He has also written and appeared in hundreds of educational videos, as well as an NBC-TV segment on "The Today Show" that explained the math behind the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Caprio, chair of the Center for Development Economics, has written multiple books, including "Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angels Govern" and "Finance for Growth: Policy Choices in a Volatile World," and edited 10 others. He won a Fulbright award in 2009 for research on banking crises and regulation. His roughly 70 papers on bank regulation, financial reform and financial crisis have been published in a number of leading academic journals. He is an editor of the Journal of Financial Stability and the editor-in-chief of the forthcoming online Encyclopedia of Financial Globalization.
Caprioi, a 1972 Williams graduate, was director of the Operations and Policy Department and head of financial sector research at the World Bank, an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and has taught at Trinity College (Dublin) and The George Washington University.
Darrow's research focuses on Zoroastrianism, religions of late antiquity, the Islamic religion and the place of women in the Islamic world. He is the author of "Zoroaster as Epic Hero, Holy Man and Prophet" and the co-editor of "Myths of Crisis." The recipient of a Class of 1945 World Fellowship, he has been at Williams since 1981. Before coming to Williams, Darrow taught religion at Harvard University, Tufts University and Western Michigan University.
Rouhi has been at Williams since 1993. She is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the Class of 1945 World Fellowship, the Marion and Jasper Whiting Grant and the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture & United States' Universities. Fluent in English, French, Spanish and Persian. Rouhi also has a reading knowledge of classical Arabic, old French and old Spanish.
Her most recent publications include "The Shadow of Islam in Cervantes," (forthcoming) "A Handsome Boy Among those Barbarous Turks: Cervantes and the Art and Science of Desire" and "Reading Cervantes in a Time of War." She was co-editor of a recent special edition of the journal Medieval Encounters as well as of the book Under the Influence: Questioning the Comparative in Medieval Castile, to both of which she also contributed essays.