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William Fleming is Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Theater Studies. He completed his undergraduate degree in physics at Harvard and returned there for graduate studies, receiving his Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 2011. He has also spent time as a visiting researcher at Kyoto University and the National Institute of Japanese Literature in Tokyo.
Will teaches courses on premodern and early modern Japanese literature, theater, and cultural history. His research focuses on the rich and diverse literature of the Edo period, particularly of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is especially interested in understanding Japan's increasing knowledge of the outside world during this period and the often unexpected ways in which such awareness was reflected in fiction and on the popular stage.
He and his wife, Kathy, live in Saybrook with their friendly cat, Lily. All three are avid pianists.
Senior Lector in Modern Greek at the Hellenic Studies Program, Maria Kaliambou earned her first degree in History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1997, and her Ph.D. in Folklore Studies/European Ethnology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich in 2005. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the University Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 (2006) and post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University (2006-2007). Since 2007 she has been teaching courses in folklore and Modern Greek language at the Hellenic Studies Program at Yale. She was also visiting lecturer at the department of Folklore Studies/European Ethnology and Modern Greek Studies, University of Munich (summers 2009, 2010). In 2006, she received the “Lutz Röhrich prize” in Germany for her book /Heimat – Glaube – Familie. Wertevermittlung in griechischen Popularmärchen (1870-1970) [Home – Faith – Family: Transmission of Values in Greek Popular Booklets of Tales (1870-1970)]. In 2011 was elected by the European Commission as Erasmus Student Ambassador of Greece. Her research interests range from folk narrative (with a specialization in folktales), popular literature,history of books, history and theory of folklore studies, Southeast European cultural studies, and European philhellenism. She is currently working on her new book “The Book Culture of Greek-Americans” and on an edition of Greek folktales. A former classical guitarist, Maria adoreslistening to classical guitar. She also loves hiking and yoga.
Elihu Rubin (SY '99) is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Yale School of Architecture. He is an architectural historian, urban planner, and documentary filmmaker. He graduated from Yale College with a degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics. He received a doctorate in architecture and a masters in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Rubin's work bridges the urban disciplines, focusing on the built environments of nineteenth- and twentieth-century cities, the history and theory of city planning, cultural landscapes, the geography of urban transportation, and the social life of urban space. His first book, Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape, was published by the Yale University Press in June 2012.
After graduating from Yale in 1999, Rubin founded American Beat, a documentary film company, with Elena Oxman (MC '99). Among many other projects, they produced three films about New Haven that focus on urban change and the city's social history. (DVDs of the New Haven Trilogy will be available in the Master's office.)
Elihu's dog, Leyla, will also be a presence in the stone and grass courtyards of Saybrook. She is an extremely friendly mixed-breed dog (best guesses include Jack Russel or Fox Terrier, Beagle, and Blue Heeler) who originally hails from Georgia but was adopted from the Connecticut Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter in Monroe, Connecticut. Leyla loves people but she especially loves chasing squirrels. She is well known for her vertical leaping ability.