Faculty Promotions
Effective July 1, 2015

The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the following 14 faculty promotions, which are effective July 1, 2015.

Full Professor 

Arnaud Costinot, Economics
Caspar Hare, Linguistics and Philosophy
T.L. Taylor, Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Arnaud Costinot is an economist who studies trade and who has revived interest in the Theory of Comparative Advatage, investigating the relationship of comparative advantage and optimal trade policy, specialization, and agricultural markets.

Caspar Hare is a philosopher who focuses on bringing ideas about practical rationality and metaphysics (in particular the metaphysics of time, self, and identity) to bear upon issues in normative ethics.

T.L. Taylor is a qualitative sociologist working in the field of Internet and game studies. Her work focuses on the interrelation between culture, social practice, and technology in online leisure environments.

L to R: Arnaud Costinot, Professor of Economics; Caspar Hare, Professor of Philosophy; T.L. Taylor, Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Associate Professor with Tenure

Clapperton Mavhunga, Science, Technology, and Society
Anna Mikusheva, Economics
Natasha Schull, Science, Technology, and Society

Clapperton Mavhunga seeks to contribute an African/Global Southern dimension to five discourses and practices that he refers to in the plural form: mobilities, sciences, technologies, innovations, and natures.

Anna Mikusheva is a theoretical econometrician interested in methodological issues, especially the unifying principles and concepts that arise in a wide range of empirical settings.

Natasha Schull is a cultural anthropologist. Her most recent book, Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (Princeton University Press 2012), draws on research among compulsive gamblers and the designers of slot machines to explore the relationship between technology design and addiction.

L to R: Clapperton Mavhunga, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society; Anna Mikusheva,  Associate Professor of Economics; Natasha Schull, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society

Associate Professor without Tenure

Sasha Costanza-Chock, Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Lerna Ekmekcioglu, History
Christopher Leighton, History
Seth Mnookin, Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Hiromu Nagahara, History
Alp Simsek, Economics
Juuso Toikka, Economics
Teppei Yamamoto, Political Science

Sasha Costanza-Chock is a researcher and media maker who works on civic media, the political economy of communication, and the transnational movement for media justice and communication rights.

Lerna Ekmekcioglu researches ethnic and religious minorities and the ways in which “minorityness” and gender interplay. She is also a scholar of genocide, with a particular interest in pursuing the links between the genocide and post-genocide, especially from a gendered perspective.

Christopher Leighton studies modern China, with particular focus on business, culture, urban history, and the Chinese Communist Party.

Seth Mnookin is a bestselling author, co-director of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing, and director of the Communications Forum. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, won the National Association of Science Writers 2012 “Science in Society” Award.

Hiromu Nagahara centers his work on modern Japan, with a particular focus on the history of media and popular culture in the 20th century.

Alp Simsek researches economic theory, macroeconomics, and finance.

Juuso Toikka focuses on microeconomic theory, game theory, and mechanism design.

Teppei Yamamoto is broadly interested in developing quantitative methods for political science research, with particular focus on causal inference and experimental design.


Top Row, L to R: Sasha Costanza-Chock, Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing; Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Associate Professor of History; Christopher Leighton, Associate Professor of History

Middle Row, L to R: Seth Mnookin, Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing; Hiromu Nagahara, Associate Professor of History; Alp Simsek, Associate Professor of Economics

Bottom row, L to R: Juuso Toikka, Associate Professor of Economics; Teppei Yamamoto, Associate Professor of Political Science


Announcement prepared by SHASS Communications
Editorial team: Kathryn O'Neill, Daniel Pritchard, Emily Hiestand (Director)
Published 29 May 2015