Please, Tell Us More: Tim Koechlin

Professors: What is a topic, idea, theory or breakthrough related to your field of study that you find absolutely fascinating or feel very passionate about? Explain why. 

Tim Koechlin is the Director of Vassar’s International Studies Program, a participant in Vassar’s Urban Studies and Latin American and Latinx Studies (LALS) Programs, and a devout and enthusiastic multidisciplinarian. The opinions expressed here—foot by foot—are his own. 
We engage history, mathematics and art 
bell hooks, Kuhn, and Things Fall Apart. 
Got a canon? Just name it. 
In class, we’ll reframe it, 
With our head, with our hand, with our heart. 

We study order, contradiction, precarity, 
Climate change, economic disparity. 
We expect consternation, 
And rich conversation, 
That’s how we do multidisciplinarity. 

This segment is designed to be a space in which professors are invited to talk about any topic related to their work that they find fascinating. If you are interested in contributing, please write a 300 or more word response to the question shown above and email your piece to Jonas Trostle ( along with a picture of yourself or something relevant to your topic (examples include research projects, independent work or labs). 

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