Each year we start the process of naming Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professors by having departments and similar units nominate deserving colleagues. A team of University and Chaired Professors judge the various nominations. They forward selections to the Provost. These designations are term-limited with a duration of five years, maximum. (When a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor is promoted to full professor status, the term would also be completed.)
For the third consecutive year, we are recognizing Associate Professors who are performing at such a high level that their colleagues have identified them for more visible praise. As indicated below, their work exemplifies what makes Georgetown strong – faculty thoroughly engaged in pushing the envelope of knowledge in their field, and transmitting their passion for such work to their students and the general public.
Caetlin Benson-Allott is an Associate Professor of English and core faculty member of the Film and Media Studies and American Studies programs. She joined the Georgetown community in 2010. Her research has focused on US film history since 1968, film and media theory, exhibition and new media technology, and gender studies. Dr. Benson-Allott is the author of Remote Control (Bloomsburg Press, 2015) and Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing (University of California Press, 2013). In 2017, Dr. Benson-Allott was elected the new Editor of Cinema Journal, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ scholarly publication of record, a position she will hold through December 2022. Cinema Journal is the second-oldest scholarly film journal in the US and is the most esteemed film and media studies journal in the world.
Laurent Bouton is an Associate Professor of Economics. He obtained his Ph.D. from the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) at the Université libre de Bruxelles in 2009, and joined Georgetown in 2013. Dr. Bouton’s research focuses on the incentives of voters under various electoral systems, namely the way in which they use information in these systems and how their use of information determines electoral outcomes. He has three publications in the top five general interest journals in economics, including: American Economic Review, considered by many as the flagship journal of the economics profession; Journal of Political Economy; and Econometrica, which is widely considered to be the top technical general interest journal. In addition to his strong publication record, in 2017 Dr. Bouton received a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant totaling 1.5 million euros. Dr. Bouton is currently a FNRS Research Associate at the Université libre de Bruxelles and a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Additionally, he has served as a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 2014.
Marcia Chatelain is an Associate Professor of History and African American Studies. Although her research specializes in African American children, race in America, and social movements, she has been recognized for her impact in issues outside her area of focus. Dr. Chatelain has been the recipient of a NEH grant and New America Foundation National Fellowship. She was a member of the Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, and her associated work with the group continues today. In 2016, Dr. Chatelain was named a “Top Influencer in Higher Education” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is the author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015). Dr. Chatelain joined Georgetown in 2011.
Bryce Huebner is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, a department in which he has served since 2009. His research has been highly interdisciplinary, including the study of interrelated issues in moral psychology and metaphysics of the mind; the cognitive strategies people employ in making moral judgments; and the ways in which neuroscientific and computational research on learning and motivation might be able to fund a more plausible account of moral cognition. In addition to his monograph, Macrocognition: Distributed Minds and Collective Intentionality (Oxford University Press, 2013), Dr. Huebner has authored 33 regular articles, seven shorter articles, and nine book reviews.
Please join me in congratulating these wonderful Georgetown colleagues for their accomplishments and their contributions to our university.