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The Mills faculty is comprised of a distinguished roster of more than 200 full- and part-time professors who are accomplished scholars, artists, scientists, writers, musicians, and educators. An integral part of the Mills experience is the collaboration between these renowned professors and talented students as they delve intensely into their areas of study. More than 70 percent of full-time faculty are women, and 31 percent are people of color, ensuring that Mills provides a unique perspective not often found at other institutions.

Tenured, tenure-track, and multiple-year-contract faculty of Mills College are listed alphabetically.

Abinader, Elmaz; Professor of English. BA, University of Pittsburgh; MFA, Columbia University; PhD, University of Nebraska. At Mills since 1993.

Anderson, Robert; Professor of Anthropology. BA, MA, PhD, UC Berkeley; Certificate of Advanced Studies, University of Copenhagen; Docteur en Sociologie, Sorbonne, Université de Paris, France; MD, University of Juarez, Mexico. At Mills since 1960.

Averett, Maia; Assistant Professor of Mathematics. BS, UC Santa Barbara; MS, PhD, UC San Diego. At Mills since 2008.

Bachen, Elizabeth; Lee Mirmow Professor; Professor of Psychology. BS, UC Davis; MA, San Diego State University; PhD, University of Pittsburgh. At Mills since 1997.

Bailey, Meryl; Assistant Professor of Art History. AB, Harvard; JD, Harvard Law; MAand PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2011.  

Bernstein, David; Marchant Professor; Professor of Music. BA, Queens College; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University. At Mills since 1989.

Bischoff, John; Associate Professor of Music; Composer. BFA, California Institute of the Arts; MFA, Mills College. At Mills since 1992.

Bishop, Judith; Trefethen Professor; Associate Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. BA, Baylor University; MA, Vanderbilt University; PhD, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. At Mills since 2005.

Bowman, Barbara; Associate Professor of Biology. AB, University of Michigan; PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1998.

Brabson, John S.; Scheffler Pre-Health Science Chair; Professor of Chemistry. BS, Georgia Institute of Technology; PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Mills since 1985.

Brown, Christopher; Professor of Music. BA, UC Santa Cruz; MFA, Mills College. At Mills since 1987.

Cady, Diane; Associate Professor of English. BA, Portland State University; MA, Portland State University and Cornell University; PhD, Cornell University. At Mills since 2005.

Calefas-Strébelle, Audrey; Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies. BA, Sorbonne University; MA, Sorbonne; PhD, Stanford University. At Mills since 2012.

Caulfield, Carlota; Professor of Spanish and Spanish American Studies. Licenciatura, University of Havana; MA, San Francisco State University; PhD, Tulane University. At Mills since 1992.

Cavallari, Héctor Mario; W. M. Keck Professor in Creative Writing. Professor of Spanish and Spanish American Studies. BA, San Francisco State University; MA, PhD, UC Irvine. At Mills since 1986.

Chen, Chiu-Hung; Siekhaus Faculty Award; Peng Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature. BA, MA, PhD, University of Ottawa. At Mills since 2012.

Chen, Julie; Associate Professor of Book Art, part time. BA, UC Berkeley; MA, Mills College. At Mills since 1996.

Cheng, Wah K.; Professor of History. BA, University of Hong Kong; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; PhD, University of Chicago. At Mills since 1999.

Chetkovich, Carol; James Irvine Professor of Public Policy. BA, Stanford University; MPP, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2006.

Chin, Vivian F.; Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies. BA, Mills College; MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2000.

Chung, Christie; Associate Professor of Psychology. BSc, University of Toronto; MA, PhD, Claremont Graduate University. At Mills since 2007.

Cossey, Ruth; Professor of Education. BA, San Francisco State University; MA, PhD, Stanford University. At Mills since 1993.

Crampton, Don; Director of the Nursing Program. BA, Ithaca College; PhD, Arizona State University. At Mills since 2011.

Crunkleton, Martha A.; Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women's Leadership; BA, The Woman's College, Duke University; MA, PhD, Vanderbilt University. At Mills since 2013.

Delwaide, Sonya; Associate Professor of Dance. BFA, York University. At Mills since 2003.

Donahue, David; Associate Provost; Professor of Education. BA, Brown University; MA, PhD, Stanford University. At Mills since 2000.

Evenhouse, Eirik; Associate Professor of Economics. BS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; DEA, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris; MA, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS); PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2006.

Faul, Kristina; Rhoda Goldman Professorship in Environmental Science; Associate Professor of Geochemistry and Environmental Geology. SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; PhD, UC Santa Cruz. At Mills since 2002.

Fei, James; Associate Professor of Electronic Arts. BSE, Princeton University; MA, Wesleyan University. At Mills since 2006.

Fenley, Molissa; Danforth Professor of Dance, part time. BA, Mills College. At Mills since 1999.

Franceschini, Amy; Assistant Professor of Studio Art. BFA, San Francesco State University; MFA, Stanford University. At Mills since 2013.

Frith, Fred; Professor of Music. BA, MA, Cambridge University. At Mills since 1999.

Galguera, Tomás; Abbie Valley Professor; Professor of Education. BS, California State University, East Bay; PhD, Stanford University. At Mills since 1996.

George, Carol C.; Mary Metz Professorship; Professor of Psychology. BA, University of Southern California; MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1986.

Ghuman, Nalini; Associate Professor of Music. BA, MA, The Queens College, Oxford University; MMus, King's College, University of London; PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2003.

Givant, Steven Roger; Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. BA, MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1975.

Gordon, Bertram M.; Professor of History. BA, Brooklyn College; MA, PhD, Rutgers University. At Mills since 1969.

Greer, Sandra; Professor of Chemistry. BS, Furman University; MS, PhD, University of Chicago. At Mills since 2008.

Gupta, Jay A.; Assistant Professor of Philosophy. BA, State University of New York at Purchase; MA, PhD, University of Toronto. At Mills since 2008.

Halperin, Samara; Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art. BFA, Rhode Island School of Design; MFA, California College of the Arts. At Mills since 2002.

Henderson, Mark; Assistant Professor of Public Policy. BA, Williams College; MA, Harvard University; PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2007.

Hunter, Margaret; Associate Professor of Sociology. BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA, PhD, UCLA. At Mills since 2007.

Johnson, Martha C.; Assistant Professor of Government. BA, Smith College; MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2009.

Joseph, Marc; Frederick A. Rice Professorship, Professor of Philosophy. BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA, PhD, Columbia University. At Mills since 1999.

Kahne, Joseph E.; Professor of Education. BA, Wesleyan University; MA, PhD, Stanford University. At Mills since 1999.

Kandaswamy, Priya; Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. BA, MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2010.

Karniouchina, Ekaterina; Associate Professor of Business. BA, MBA, and PhD, University of Utah. At Mills since 2012.

Keeports, David D.; Gibbons-Young Professor; Professor of Chemistry and Physics. BS, University of Delaware; MS, Yale University; PhD, University of Washington. At Mills since 1982.

Ketelle, Diane; Professor of Education, Educational Leadership and Administrative Services Credential. BA, MA, Mills College; MA, Saint Mary's College of California; DPA, USC. At Mills since 2003.

Kochly, Beth; Assistant Professor of Chemistry. BS, UC Davis; PhD, University of Notre Dame. At Mills since 2008.

Konrad, Almudena; Associate Professor of Computer Science. BS, MS, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2003.

Kroll, Linda; Professor of Education. BA, MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1988.

LaBoskey, Vicki K.; Professor of Education. BA, Occidental College; PhD, Stanford University. At Mills since 1988.

Lawson, Fred H.; Lynne T. White Professor; Professor of Government. BA, Indiana University; MA, PhD, UCLA. At Mills since 1985.

Li Santi, Barbara; Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. BA, Vassar College; MA, PhD, UC Santa Barbara. At Mills since 1981.

Mance, Ajuan; May Treat Morrison Professor; Professor of English. BA, Brown University; MA, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At Mills since 1999.

Mehta, Brinda J.; Germaine Thompson Professor; Professor of French and Francophone Studies. BA, Elphinstone College; MA, University of Bombay; PhD, Brown University. At Mills since 1992.

Merrill-Sands, Deborah; Glenn and Ellen Voyles Chair in Business Education; Dean of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business; Professor of Business Practice. BA, Hampshire College; MA, PhD, Cornell University. At Mills since 2010.

Metcalf, Ann; Associate Professor of Anthropology. BA, University of Chicago; PhD, Stanford University. At Mills since 1984.

Micco, Melinda; Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies. BA, MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1993.

Milford, Mary-Ann; Carver Professor in Far Eastern Studies; Professor of Art History. BA, MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1982.

Mitchell, Roscoe; Distinguished Milhaud Professor of Music. At Mills since 2007.

Morier, Dean; Professor of Psychology. BA, Hope College; PhD, University of Minnesota. At Mills since 1989.

Murch, Anna Valentina; Professor of Studio Art. BA, Leicester College of Art, England; MA, Royal College of Art, London; Graduate Diploma, Responsive Environment Architectural Association, London. At Mills since 1992.

Murphy, Ann; Assistant Professor of Dance. BA, UC Berkeley; MFA, University of California, Riverside. At Mills since 2007.

Nixon, Cornelia; Professor of English. BA, UC Irvine; MFA, San Francisco State University; PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2000.

Oliveros, Pauline; Visiting Professor of Music. BA, San Francisco State University. At Mills since 1996.

Oparah, Julia C.; Professor of Ethnic Studies. BA, MA, University of Cambridge; MA, PhD, University of Warwick. At Mills since 1997.

Payne, Maggi; Professor of Music. BMus, Northwestern University; MMus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MFA, Mills College. At Mills since 1972.

Perez, Linda M.; Holland Professor; Professor of Education. BA, MA, California State University, San Francisco; PhD, UC Berkeley/California State University. At Mills since 1996.

Phillips, Kimberley; Provost and Dean of the Faculty; BA, UC San Diego; MA, PhD, Yale University. At Mills since 2013.

Pollock, Sarah; Professor of English and Journalism, part time. BA, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1987.

Potter, Elizabeth; Alice Andrews Quigley Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. BA, Agnes Scott College; MA, PhD, Rice University. At Mills since 1992.

Powell, Patricia; Associate Professor of English. BA, Wellesley College; MFA, Brown University. At Mills since 2009.

Ratcliffe, Stephen R.; Davidson Professor of English. BA, MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1984.

Reilly, Siobhan; Wert Professor; Professor of Economics. Licence, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; MA, Johns Hopkins University; PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2001.

Reiss, Kathryn; Associate Professor of English, part time. BA, Duke University; MFA, University of Michigan. At Mills since 1989.

Rice, Lorien; Lorry I. Lokey Chair in Ethics; Associate Professor of Economics. BA, Oberlin College; PhD, UC San Diego. At Mills since 2006.

Richert, Anna Ershler; Hohfeld Professor of Education. BS, Skidmore College; MA, Syracuse University; MA, PhD, Stanford University. At Mills since 1987.

Roth, Moira; Eugene E. Trefethen Jr. Professor; Professor of Art History. BA, Washington Square College, New York University; MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1985.

Ruch, John Clifford; Professor of Psychology. BA, Harvard University; PhD, Stanford University. At Mills since 1973.

Ryan, Dan; Kathryn P. Hannam Professor; Associate Professor of Sociology. BA, New College of Florida; MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University. At Mills since 1998.

Santana, Déborah Berman; Professor of Ethnic Studies. BA, San Francisco State University; MA, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1998.

Saxton, Kirsten; Professor of English. BA, Mills College; MA, PhD, UC Davis. At Mills since 1996.

Saxton, Ruth Olsen; Professor of English. BA, Wheaton College; MA, Mills College; PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1974.

Scheinberg, Cynthia; Chair of the Department and Dean of Graduate Literary Studies; Professor of English. BA, Harvard-Radcliffe College; PhD, Rutgers University. At Mills since 1992.

Schulman, Paul R.; Professor of Government. BA, Tulane University; MA, PhD, Johns Hopkins University. At Mills since 1977.

Schultz, Katherine; Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education. BS, Yale University; MEd, Lesley College; MSEd, PhD, University of Pennsylvania. At Mills since 2010.

Sheldon, Marianne Buroff; Professor of History. BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University; MA, PhD, University of Michigan. At Mills since 1975.

Shimpi, Priya; Assistant Professor of Education. BA, Indiana University; MA, PhD, University of Chicago. At Mills since 2009. 

Smith, Jennifer ; Assistant Professor of Biology. BA, Colby College; MS, University of Illinnois, Urbana-Champaign; PhD, Michigan State University. At Mills since 2012.

Spahr, Juliana; Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professor; Professor of English. BA, Bard College; PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo. At Mills since 2003.

Sparks, Roger; Professor of Economics. BA, UC Riverside; PhD, UC Davis. At Mills since 1989.

Spertus, Ellen; Professor of Computer Science. BS, MS, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Mills since 1998.

Spiller, Susan; Associate Professor of Biology, part time. AB, PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1988.

Stankova, Zvezdelina; Professor of Mathematics. BS, AM, Bryn Mawr College; AM, PhD, EdC, Harvard University; EdC, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1999.

Strychacz, Thomas; Professor of English. BA, University of Warwick; MA, PhD, Princeton University. At Mills since 1988.

Theokary, Carol; Assistant Professor of Business. Engineering Diploma, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon; Doctorate of Business Administration, Boston University. At Mills since 2011.

Thornborrow, Nancy; Professor of Economics. BA, Northwestern University; MA, PhD, UC San Diego. At Mills since 1980.

Urry, Lisa; Professor of Biology. BS, Tufts University; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Mills since 1994.

Wade, Elisabeth; Letts-Villard Professor in the Natural Sciences; Professor of Chemistry. BS, Harvey Mudd College; PhD, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2000.

Wagner, Catherine; Professor of Studio Art. BA, MA, San Francisco State University. At Mills since 1978.

Walkup, Kathleen A.; Professor of Book Art, part time. BA, Temple University. At Mills since 1978.

Wang, Susan; Sarlo Professor; Professor of Computer Science. BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MA, PhD, Princeton University. At Mills since 1992.

Weisinger, Judith; Associate Professor of Business. BA, Harvard University; MBA, PhD, Case Western Reserve University. At Mills since 2013.

Williams, Bruce B.; Fletcher Jones Professor of Sociology. BA, Wayne State University; MA, PhD, University of Chicago. At Mills since 1997.

Young, Jared; Kilgore-Snyder Professorship; Associate Professor of Biology. BA, UC Berkeley; PhD, UC San Diego. At Mills since 2006.

Zirkel, Sabrina; Professor of Educational Leadership. BA, UC Berkeley; PhD, University of Michigan. At Mills since 2006.

Individual Lesson Instructors

  • Gianna Abondolo, Cello
  • Christine Abraham, Voice
  • Miriam Abramowitsch, Voice
  • Stephen Adams, Saxophone
  • Peter Barshay, Bass (electric and acoustic)
  • David Belove, Electric Bass
  • Paul Binkley, Guitar and Mandolin
  • John Bischoff, Composition
  • Chris Brown, Composition
  • Belle Bulwinkle, Piano and Fortepiano
  • Michelle Caimotto, Flute
  • India Cooke, Viola, Violin
  • Steed Cowart, Composition; Director, Contemporary Performance Ensemble
  • Beth Custer, Clarinet and Composition
  • Larry Dunlap, Jazz Piano
  • Hank Dutt, Viola
  • Elizabeth Eshleman, Voice
  • Bill Evans, Banjo
  • James Fei, Composition
  • Fred Frith, Composition
  • Sara Ganz, Voice
  • Lynne Garrett, Piano
  • Phil Gelb, Shakuhachi
  • Ben Goldberg, Clarinet
  • Matthew Goodheart, Piano
  • Karen Gottlieb, Harp
  • Molly Holm, Voice; Director, Jazz Vocal Improvisation Ensemble
  • Douglas Hull, French Horn
  • Joan Jeanrenaud, Cello
  • Gloria Justen, Violin
  • Daniel Kobialka, Violin
  • Janet Kutulas, Voice, Eastern European Folk
  • Larry London, Clarinet
  • Thomas Nugent, Oboe
  • Pauline Oliveros, Composition
  • Rufus Olivier, Bassoon
  • Janice Ortega, Harp
  • Brian Pardo, Guitar
  • Maggi Payne, Composition
  • Jon Raskin, Composition, Saxophone
  • Elizabeth Reed, Viola da Gamba
  • Wendy Reid, Composition
  • Jay Rizzetto, Trumpet
  • Tom Rose, Clarinet
  • Daniel Schmidt, Composition, Gamelan
  • Robert Schwartz, Piano
  • Marc Shapiro, Piano
  • Sandra Soderlund, Organ, Clavichord, and Harpsichord
  • Laetitia Sonami, Composition
  • Les Stuck, Composition
  • John Swallow, Trombone
  • David Tanenbaum, Guitar
  • Oluyemi Thomas, Composition
  • Stephen Tramontozzi, Double Bass
  • Peter Wahrhaftig, Tuba
  • William Winant, Percussion
  • Faith Winthrop, Voice

Department of the Library

  • Jadushlever, Renée; Vice President for Operations.
    MS, Columbia University. At Mills since 1991.
  • Beller, Michael; Head of Reference. MLIS, San Jose State University. At Mills since 2002.
  • Braun, Janice; Associate Library Director; Special Collections Librarian; Director of the Center for the Book. MLIS, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 1995.
  • Casey, Leia; Reference Librarian. MLIS, San Jose State University. At Mills since 2011.
  • Naumann, Sarah; Reference Librarian. MLIS, San Jose State University. At Mills since 2011.
  • Pippin, Karma; Assistant Archivist, Special Collections. MLIS, UC Berkeley. At Mills since 2000.
  • Tang, Stella; Serials and Data Control Librarian. AMLIS, University of Michigan. At Mills since 1995.
  • Winsor, John; Head of Technical Services and Systems Librarian. MLIS, San Jose State University. At Mills since 2012.

President Emeritae

  • Metz, Mary S.; At Mills 1981–1990.
  • Holmgren, Janet L.; At Mills since 1991.

Faculty Emeriti

  • Bernstein, JoAnne; Professor Emerita of Art History. At Mills 1974–2011.
  • Bloch, Chana; Professor Emerita of English. At Mills 1973–2005.
  • Bowers, Darl Eugene; Professor Emeritus of Biology. At Mills 1954–1986.
  • Bowyer, Jane Baker; Professor Emerita of Education. At Mills 1975–2011.
  • Bronson, Gordon; Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology. At Mills 1956–1989.
  • Burke, L. Ken; Professor Emeritus of Film Studies;  At Mills 1987–2013.
  • Cardozo, Martha Allan; Associate Professor Emerita of Spanish. At Mills 1944–1969.
  • Clegg, Jerry; Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. At Mills 1962–2006.
  • Cottam, Martha Lemaire; Associate Professor Emerita of French. At Mills 1956–1985.
  • Dhaemers, Robert; Professor Emeritus of Art. At Mills 1957–1990.
  • Fuller, Rebecca; Professor Emerita of Dance. At Mills 1954–1988.
  • Harris, John; Professor Emeritus of Biology. At Mills 1986–2012.
  • Kinkead, Mary Ann; Professor Emerita of Dance. At Mills 1966–2005.
  • Liu, Hung; Professor Emerita of Studio Art. At Mills 1990–2013.
  • Lutz, Charles A.; Professor Emeritus of Chemistry. At Mills 1963–2001.
  • Malpas, E. R. Howard; Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts. At Mills 1966–1987.
  • Marouby, Christian; Professor Emeritus of French and Francophone Studies. At Mills 1982–2012.
  • McClintock McCormick, Kathleen; Professor Emerita of Dance. At Mills 1979–2006.
  • Milowicki, Edward; Professor Emeritus of English. At Mills 1968–2004.
  • Mitchell, Edna Steiner; Professor Emerita of Education. At Mills 1973–2004.
  • Nagle, Ron, Professor Emeritus of Studio Art. At Mills 1978–2010.
  • Nathan, Laura; Professor Emerita of Sociology. At Mills 1982–2005.
  • O'Hehir, Diana Farnham; Professor Emerita of American Literature. At Mills 1961–1992.
  • Regan, Eda Mendels; Reference and Instructional Services Librarian Emerita. At Mills 1970–1997.
  • Roland-Holst, David, Professor Emeritus of Economics. At Mills 1986–2013.
  • Ross, Marion; Professor Emerita of Economics. At Mills 1959–1992.
  • Russell, Diana Elizabeth Hamilton; Professor Emerita of Sociology. At Mills 1969–1991.
  • Sargent, J. Roussel; Professor Emerita of English. At Mills 1958–1985.
  • Siekhaus, Elisabeth; Professor Emerita of German Studies. At Mills 1977–2009.
  • Smith, Elbert George; Professor Emeritus of Chemistry. At Mills 1958–1978.
  • Swearingen, Karen; Professor Emerita of Biology. At Mills 1973–2002.
  • Thomas, Theodore; Professor Emeritus of Sociology. At Mills 1965–2002.
  • Vollmer, John Jochen; Professor Emeritus of Chemistry. At Mills 1970–2010.
  • Watanabe, June; Professor Emerita of Dance. At Mills 1975–2006.
  • Wendt, Allan Edward; Professor Emeritus of English. At Mills 1956–1983.
  • Wright, Jim, Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts. At Mills 1969–2001.

Faculty on Leave

The following Mills College faculty members will be on leave for the indicated term during academic year 2013–14.

Fall Semester 2013

Elmaz Abinader; English
Carlota Caulfield; Spanish
Christie Chung; Psychology
Kristina Faul; Chemistry
Janet L. Holmgren; English
Ekaterina Karniouchina; Business
Ellen Spertus: Computer Science
Catherine Wagner; Studio Art

Spring Semester 2014

Chris Brown; Music
Sonya Delwaide; Dance
Fred Frith; Music
Beth Kochly; Chemistry
Elizabeth Potter; Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Moira Roth; Art History
Dan Ryan; Sociology
Elisabeth Wade; Chemistry

Academic Year 2013-2014

Sandra C. Greer; Chemistry 
Ruth Saxton; English
Susan Wang; Computer Science




Last Updated: 11/11/13