New Faculty, Doyle, On Wong, Kirk-Giannini

SASN Welcomes New Faculty for the 2019–2020 Academic Year (Part 1)

Each academic year the School of Arts and Sciences Newark welcomes new faculty to our family from across the liberal arts disciplines. This year’s group is diverse, spanning the social sciences, humanities, arts and physical sciences and coming from as far away as Hong Kong, Palestine and New Zealand. Below, in Part 1 of our series, we profile a handful of the new professors making their SASN debut during the fall and spring semesters.

Kate Doyle | Arts, Culture and Media

Kate Doyle joins the Department of Arts, Culture and Media as an Assistant Professor of Music. Trained in the visual arts and violin performance, she received her Ph.D. in musicology from Case Western Reserve University in 2018. Doyle’s writing, research and creative work investigates sound and music in visual and performance art, particularly experimental and conceptual art practices. This academic year she’ll be teaching World Music and a course on American modern and experimental music, sound art and performance after 1900.

Outside of her scholarship, Doyle loves to draw.

“Drawing helps me to practice careful looking with the same attention to form that I bring to my work with music and sound. I find joy in this contemplative process and feel fulfilled to pair historical context with formal construction, especially when analyzing works of composers who challenge established notions of the musical score, such as Pauline Oliveros.” Doyle’s recent essay on close listening in Oliveros’s scores will appear in a collection of writings on experimental and electroacoustic music forthcoming this fall from Oxford University Press.

“I’m thrilled to be part of a vibrant, creative and collaborative community of colleagues and students at Rutgers University–Newark who are academically engaged and engaging,” she says. “As I start at RU-N, I’m excited to embark on projects that foster intellectual curiosity, break boundaries and bring joy to the exploration of what music—and art more generally—can be.”

Ching-On Wong | Biology

A native of Hong Kong, Ching-On Wong joins the Department of Biological Sciences as an Assistant Professor after doing five years of post-doctoral research at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. There he combined his previous training in biochemistry and physiology with genetics to better understand the

I’m thrilled to be part of a vibrant, creative and collaborative community of colleagues and students at Rutgers University–Newark.

complex cell biology of neurologic and metabolic diseases. Wong is particularly interested in unraveling the molecular basis of neurodegeneration and immune deficiency in age-related diseases and lysosomal storage disorders, which are inherited metabolic diseases characterized by an abnormal build-up of various toxic materials in the body's cells as a result of enzyme deficiencies.

“Realizing that neurodegenerative diseases will become major health and socioeconomic issues in our aging population,” he says, “I try to understand how fundamental metabolic processes are maintained in brain cells, and how these processes are disrupted in disease.”

Outside the lab Wong enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and camping. He’s excited to start the next phase of his career at RU-N.

“Being a part of the biomedical research community at RU-N presents me a thrilling opportunity to elevate my research to a new level,” he says. “I am also excited by the prospect of mentoring next generation of scientists. I hope that my work at Rutgers will advance our understanding of human diseases and provide insights to therapeutic strategy.”

Cameron Domenico Kirk-Giannini | Philosophy

Cameron Domenico Kirk-Giannini is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He joins the RU-N faculty after receiving his is Ph.D. in Philosophy at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and his MPhil in Philosophical Theology at the University of Oxford. He also studied Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy at Harvard. His interests include the philosophy of both language and religion, social philosophy, formal epistemology, the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, decision theory, and philosophical logic.

Kirk-Giannini will be teaching Social Philosophy this semester, as well as Philosophy of Language and a class called “Minds, Machines, and Persons” in the spring. He has an additional research interest in applied ethics, particularly in ethical questions related to emerging technologies, and is now part of Rutgers–Newark's initiative in Computer Science, Data Science, and AI.

“I'm excited about partnering with Prof. Patrick Shafto to integrate philosophy into more parts of RU-N's curriculum as part of its Initiative in Computer Science, Data Science, and AI,” says Kirk-Giannini. “And I'm enthusiastic about becoming part of the RU-N community and look forward to contributing to its mission to serve the community of Newark.”