University welcomes new faculty members

The University of the South welcome threes new tenure-track faculty members in the College, along with a new multi-year visiting assistant professor in history, for 2018-2019.

Husnain Fateh Ahmad (right), assistant professor of economics, taught at Sewanee last year in a contingent position and so is already familiar with campus. He earned a B.Sc. from Lahore University of Management Sciences, and an M.A. from the University of Arizona and Ph. D. from the University of Iowa. Originally from Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city, Ahmad taught at Lahore University of Management Sciences before coming to Sewanee. His research interests are varied but broadly fall under the umbrella of applied microeconomic theory. He applied behavioral game theory to study the phenomenon of over- and under-bidding in first and second price auctions, before expanding his research to include more questions relevant to policy, such as health economics and energy economics.

Christopher Shelley joins the University as assistant professor of biology. He graduated from Imperial College London with a B.Sc. in biochemistry and earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from University College London. He has held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Miami and University of Maryland schools of medicine, and taught at Franklin and Marshall College. A native of Kent, England, Shelley is broadly interested in the molecular basis of behavior, and spent much of his career studying the mechanisms of activation of ion channel proteins underlying electrical signaling in the nervous system. More recently he has begun efforts to link behavior in living sea urchins to changes at the molecular level in their nervous systems.



Assistant Professor of Politics Carrie Skulley was assistant professor at Albright College before coming to Sewanee. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. Her research is motivated by the desire to better understand inequality in our political system; equality is among the central tenets of American democracy. To examine the permeability of government, she examines behavioral, electoral, and institutional conditions that make it more or less difficult for traditionally marginalized groups to gain access to government representation.




Sarah Naramore has a multi-year appointment as visiting assistant professor of history. A graduate of Lafayette College, she earned a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on the relationship between medicine, disease, and the creation of American identity in the decades following the American Revolution (roughly 1780-1820). She has special interest in the intersections between history of medicine, American history, and environmental history.