News Releases Archive

Spotlight on Faculty: Jih-Fei Cheng, Assistant Professor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Jih-Fei Cheng joins the Scripps faculty this fall as assistant professor in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. Cheng completed his PhD in American studies and ethnicity, with an emphasis in visual studies, at the University of Southern California. His dissertation, AIDS and Its Afterlives: Race, Gender, and the Queer Radical Imagination, examines how experimental videos produced by AIDS activists during the 1980s until the mid-90s continue to politically intervene into contemporary popular media and social movements.

Added: October 29, 2015

Spotlight on Faculty: Claudia Arteaga, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Claudia Arteaga comes to Scripps College from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she is in the process of completing her PhD in Spanish literature. She previously earned her BA in linguistics and literature from Catholic University in Lima, Peru. Arteaga’s scholarship centers on Andean studies, in particular how political and social activism is expressed by Andean indigenous people through audiovisual media. We recently interviewed her to learn more about her work and what she’ll be focusing on at Scripps.

Added: October 23, 2015

Spotlight on Faculty: Kasper Kovitz, Assistant Professor of Art

Originally from Vienna, Kasper Kovitz joins Scripps College as an Assistant Professor of Art after teaching for several years in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Kovitz is also an artist, and in his work he employs non-traditional materials—substances such as blueberry jam, dirt, and tree sap—to explore the concepts of borders, violence, and identity. His work has been included in exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the United States, including at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, and ARCO Madrid.

Added: October 14, 2015

Yahoo Finance Canada reports Scripps College is among Top 100 Smartest Liberal Arts Colleges in America

It’s no surprise that Scripps College is ranked as one of the nation’s “overall smartest” colleges as reported by Yahoo Finance Canada, Business Insider and other media outlets, and based on IPEDS data and US News & World Report rankings. In addition, an online news site called StartClass has ranked Scripps as #20 in its SmartRating system for Best Colleges in the West, as reported by

Added: October 8, 2015

Spotlight on Faculty: Vanessa Tyson, Assistant Professor of Politics

This fall Vanessa Tyson joined Scripps College as an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Her forthcoming book, Twists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the U.S. House, explores structural inequality in the U.S. and how members of Congress have formed multiracial coalitions as a strategy to provide for […]

Added: October 8, 2015

Spotlight on Faculty: Rory Spence, Assistant Professor of Biology

Rory Spence joined Scripps College this fall as an assistant professor of biology, teaching in the neuroscience program and in the W.M. Keck Science Department. His research focuses on the brain’s ability to repair itself after injury or disease. The Office of Marketing and Communications recently interviewed him as part of our ongoing New Faculty […]

Added: October 1, 2015

Spotlight on Faculty: Michelle Decker, Assistant Professor of English

Michelle Decker joined the College this fall as assistant professor of English with a specialization in global Anglophone literatures. Her current book project, African Genres: Literature, Geography, and Poetics in the Long East Coast, examines the intersections of aesthetics, politics, and culture through the effects of imperialism in eastern Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Added: September 23, 2015

Spotlight on Faculty: Kevin Williamson, Assistant Professor of Dance

Kevin Williamson, assistant professor of dance and Los Angeles–based movement artist, joins the College this fall. His choreography, touted by one reviewer as being “crafty and taut” and “moody and intense,” is centered on using the body to explore ideas about our evolving identities. The Office of Marketing and Communication caught up with Professor Williamson as he was settling in after the rush of back-to-school activities.

Added: September 17, 2015

Scripps College Announces Lori Bettison-Varga Endowment Fund

CLAREMONT, Calif. (September 11, 2015) — On September 8, Scripps College announced the establishment of The Lori Bettison-Varga Endowment Fund for Student Thesis and Research Support. The fund will focus on supporting senior thesis/senior capstone projects, a Scripps tradition and the pinnacle of the College’s academic program. As seniors, Scripps students are required to conduct […]

Added: September 11, 2015

$25 Million Gift Establishes Center for Creativity and Collaboration for the 5Cs

CLAREMONT, Calif. (September 10, 2015) — “The challenges we face today call for audacious thinkers and doers who can work collaboratively and creatively across disciplines.” —Rick Sontag (HMC ’64) In making a $25 million gift that will benefit the five undergraduate campuses of The Claremont Colleges, Rick and Susan Sontag hope to help some of […]

Added: September 10, 2015