On occasion, department chairs, unit heads and deans identify and wish to recognize fast-rising associate professors who are notable for remarkable achievements in research and teaching at an early stage of their career. Providing a term-limited honorific title is one way to accomplish this goal.
Provost's Distinguished Associate Professors
Department of English
Caetlin Benson-Allott is an Associate Professor of English at core faculty member of the Film and Media Studies and American Studies programs. She 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). Her work in US film history since 1968, film and media theory, exhibition and new media technology, and gender studies has appeared in the Atlantic, Cinema Journal, South Atlantic Quarterly, the Journal of Visual Culture, Jump Cut, Film Quarterly, Film Criticism, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Feminist Media Histories, among other journals, and multiple anthologies. Her doctoral dissertation won the Society for the Cinema and Media Studies Best Dissertation Award in 2009. After winning Film Quarterly's 50th Anniversary Review Essay Competition in 2008, she continued to write for the journal and became a regular columnist in 2011. In 2017, she was elected the new Editor of Cinema Journal, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies's scholarly publication of record, a position she will hold through December 2022.
Prof. Benson-Allott is currently working on a book-length entitled "Media/Objects/Politics," with argues for the political force of the material world in contemporary media culture. The six objects she examines—the VHS cassette, the DVD, the cruise ship, the gun, alcohol, and marijuana—exert unrecognized influence on popular perceptions of gender, race, political history, and citizenship in the US.
Prof. Benson-Allott teaches courses on film history and theory, histories of new media, gender and technology studies, and the horror genre.
Department of Economics
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.
Department of History
Marcia Chatelain is an Associate Professor of History and African American Studies. The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015), Chatelain is a public voice on the history of African American children, race in America, as well as social movements. In 2014, Chatelain organized her fellow scholars in a social media response to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, entitled #FergusonSyllabus. #FergusonSyllabus has led to similar initiatives online and has shaped curricular projects in K-12 settings, as well as academia. A frequent public speaker and consultant to educational institutions, Chatelain delivers lectures and workshops on inclusive teaching, social movements, and food justice. Chatelain has contributed to TheAtlantic.com, Time.com, Ms. Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and she has also been quoted in articles in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education; she has appeared on local television and national outlets including C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNN, BBC-America, and PBS. Chatelain hosts, “Office Hours: A Podcast,” in which she talks to millennials about what is most important to them. Chatelain is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and she holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. In 2016, Chatelain was named a “Top Influencer in Higher Education,” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is currently the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Chatelain will be on leave from Georgetown as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.
Department of Philosophy
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.