Five MIT SHASS faculty members receive tenure


Dean Melissa Nobles and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences are delighted to announce that five members of the MIT SHASS faculty have received tenure. Their extensive research and writing investigates a wide variety of topics, from the history of western thought to electoral behavior in low-income areas.


Nikhil Agarwal

Associate Professor of Economics


Agarwal joined the MIT faculty in 2014 after earning his PhD at Harvard and teaching economic policy at Stanford University. He has received grants from the National Institute of Health and a Sloan Research Fellowship.  He teaches Microeconomic Theory and Public Policy, and courses of Industrial Organization.

Agarwal's MIT webpage
MIT Department of Economics

Story: Agarwal's research at MIT News

Sana Aiyar  

Associate Professor of History

Aiyar is a specialist in the history of modern South Africa, She is the author of "Indians in Kenya: The Politics of Diaspora" and her research focuses on colonial and postcolonial politics and society in the Indian Ocean. She formerly taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Aiyar's MIT webpage
MIT History

Story: Aiyar's recent book

Stephanie Frampton  

Associate Professor of Literature


A classicist, comparatist and historian of media in antiquity, Frampton is the author of "Empire of Letters."  She joined the MIT faculty in fall 2012 after teaching at Harvard University and the College of the Holy Cross./p>


Frampton's MIT webpage
MIT Literature

Story: How writing technology shaped classical thinking

F. Daniel Hidalgo  

Cecil and Ida Green Associate Professor of Political Science

Hidalgo's research focuses on the political economy of elections, campaigns, and representation in developing democracies, especially in Latin America, as well as quantitative methods in the social sciences.



Hidalgo's MIT webpage
MIT Department of Political Science



Miriam Schoenfield  

Associate Professor of Philosophy


Schoenfield PhD '12, returned to MIT in 2017 after holding teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin and at New York University. Her primary research interests are in epistemology with ethics and normativity more broadly.



Schoenfield's MIT webpage
MIT Philosophy