Meet some of U-M’s new faculty faces


The following profiles represent some of the newest additions to the University of Michigan faculty. The University Record will continue to highlight new faculty members from across campus throughout the semester.

Deepa Butoliya

Deepa Butoliya

Title: Assistant professor of art and design, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Research interests: Exploring what design means from a global level as well as non-Eurocentric dimensions of speculative and critical design.

Education: Bachelor of Architecture degree, Priyadarshini Institute of Architecture & Design; Master of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur; Master of Fine Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University.

One reason why I came to Michigan: “The University of Michigan has a very unique approach, because here art and design students work together. They are trained in both art and design, which is a very productive combination.”

What I’m excited about: “I’m bringing a critique of Western education in my approach and I’m trying to engage a radical pedagogy, so the thing that I’m most excited about is I am getting freedom to explore that here.”

Matteo Crosignani

Matteo Crosignani

Title: Assistant professor of finance, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Research interests: Financial intermediation, central bank interventions and monetary policy, and financial regulation.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree, Università Bocconi; Master of Science degree, London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D., New York University Stern School of Business.

One reason why I came to Michigan: “(The Ross School) is one of the top departments in research in finance, so I was very excited when I received the offer.”

What I’m excited about: “I was employed for almost two years at the Federal Reserve, which was a mix of a research and policy role. Now my main responsibilities will be research and teaching, so I’m excited to teach and to go back to academia.”

Lissa MacVean

Lissa MacVean

Title: Lecturer III, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Science in Engineering degrees, University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.

Research interests: Physics of water flow in shallow coastal environments.

One reason why I came to Michigan: “Professionally, it’s the department that inspired me to pursue this topic to begin with so it’s a very special place for me in terms of the academics and the professors who are still here.”

What I’m excited about: “I’m most excited about illustrating to the students that these questions of physics have such important implications for ecology.”

Ian Shin

Ian Shin

Title: Assistant professor of history and American culture, LSA.

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree, Amherst College; Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Ph.D., Columbia University.

Research interests: The intersection of the history of U.S. foreign relations, especially U.S.-China relations, and Asian American history.

One reason why I came to Michigan: “Michigan has a world-class reputation as a research university. At the same time, it functions as the flagship public university of the state of Michigan so it has a public mission to educate students from the state and to participate in the state’s cultural and economic engine.”

What I’m excited about: “One, working with students who I’ve heard from my colleagues are just top-notch, excited to engage and ready to tackle the hardest issues that I have to throw at them. Secondly, to collaborate with brilliant colleagues who are the leading scholars in their respective fields.”


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