Presidential Visiting Professors 2016-17


Yale welcomes these distinguished scholars and practitioners to campus in 2016-17 as Visiting Presidential Fellows

Visiting Presidential Fellows are appointed as part of the Initiative for Faculty Excellence and Diversity. Approximately 10 exceptional scholars and practitioners who contribute to inclusive excellence will be appointed each year during the initiative

Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Charles Blow
Block Visiting Lecturer on Journalism and Politics
Fields: journalism of politics, public opinion, and social justice
Joins Yale from the New York Times, where he is an op-ed columnist

T.L. Cowan
Lecturer, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Fields: cultural and intellectual economies and social lives of trans-feminist and queer community-based performance, especially cabaret, and on the shifting practices of self-expression across digital media
Joins Yale from the School of Media Studies, where T.L. is Chair of Experimental Pedagogies, and Eugene Lang College at the New School for Social Research, where T.L. is Lecturer of Culture and Media
Zethu Matebeni
Lecturer, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Fields: activist, writer, documentary filmmaker working on queer studies, gender, sexuality, race, HIV/AIDS, African film, cinema, and photography
Joins Yale from the University of Cape Town, where she is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Senior Researcher in the Institute for Humanities in Africa
Gary Okihiro
Visiting Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Fields: historical methodology and theories of social and historical formations, the history of racism and racial formation in the U.S., pre-colonial and colonialist economic history, and race and world history
Joins Yale from Columbia University, where he is Professor of International and Public Affairs and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Lyn Ossome
Lecturer, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Fields: feminist political economy, land and agrarian studies, feminist political theory
Joins Yale from the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Kampala, Uganda, where she is Senior Research Fellow
Zakia Salime
Visiting Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Fields: comparative feminism(s), gender, globalization, social movements, international inequalities, and postcoloniality
Joins Yale from Rutgers University, where she is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies

School of Divinity

Benjamin Valentin
Visiting Professor of Theology
Fields: contemporary theology and culture, constructive theology, U.S. Hispanic/Latino(a) Christianity and theology, liberation theology, and Christianity in Latin America
Joins Yale from Andover Newton Theological School, where he is Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of the Orlando Costas Lectureship in Latino/a Theology,

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Michael Mendez
James and Mary Pinchot Fellow of Sustainability Studies, Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer
Fields: urban planning, public health, and Science & Technology Studies (STS) how the built environment, policymaking process, and social movements influence sustainability and population health in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color
Joins Yale from the University of San Francisco, where he was the Provost’s Inaugural Gerardo Marin Postdoctoral Scholar

Sarah Vaughn
James and Mary Pinchot Fellow of Sustainability Studies, Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer
Fields: anthropology and ethnography of climate change; the effects of climate change on racial citizenship; how the government response to climate change disrupts racial-ethnic balance
Joins Yale after serving as Public Fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies and Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago

School of Law

Miriam Gohara
Visiting Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Fields: advocacy for children and youth; serving underrepresented and marginalized populations, particularly communities of color
Joins Yale having served as the Resource Counsel with the Federal Capital Habeas Project and as Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Project at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fun

Marisol Orihuela
Visiting Clinical Professor of Law
Fields: worker and immigrant rights; judicial advocacy,   criminal justice clinic
Currently serves as Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles

School of Music

HU Yongyan
Visiting Professor Adjunct of Conducting
Fields: Symphony orchestra conducting
Current and previous appointments include: Principal Guest Conductor, Rostock Philharmonie, Northern Germany; Artistic Director, EOS Repertoire Orchestra – China’s Orchestra Academy at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Ricardo Morales
Visiting Professor Adjunct of Clarinet
Fields: Clarinet, chamber music performance, solo performance, opera, Bartók
Currently serves as Principal Clarinetist, Philadelphia Orchestra; previously was Principal Clarinetist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra