Yale Alumni College - Spring 2015 New York City Professors



Professor Gordon Turnbull

General Editor of the Yale Boswell Editions, one of Yale's outstanding large-scale scholarly editorial enterprises, where he oversees a global editorial team bringing to publication selections of the vast archive of James Boswell's private papers. Boswell had been best-known to literary history for his pioneering biography, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), but his personal papers — most of which had been suppressed by his descendants and were recovered only in the twentieth century and are now in Yale's Beinecke Library — have brought him renewed fame as a compelling confessional diarist. Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 became an international best-seller when in first appeared in 1950, edited by Yale's Frederick A. Pottle. Turnbull, born and raised in Sydney, is an honors graduate of the Australian National University, in Canberra, and came to Yale for doctoral study as a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar. He taught in the Yale English Department and at Smith College before assuming directorship of the Yale Boswell Editions in 1997. His specialty is the literature of the British eighteenth-century, in particular of the Samuel Johnson circle, and he is a former course director of The European Literary Tradition, one of the Yale English Department's main introductory survey courses for literature students. He is the author of numerous scholarly and critical essays on Boswell, Johnson, and their circle, has taught and lectured widely on these authors, and is a featured speaker at the annual Boswell Book Festival at Boswell's family estate in Auchinleck, Ayrshire. He contributes a regular column, "Yale Boswell Editions Notes," to the twice-yearly Johnsonian News Letter. His edition of Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763, the first re-editing of this famous diary since Pottle's worldwide bestseller of 1950, appeared in 2010 in Penguin Classics, and has just been re-issued in 2013 in a second printing.


Professor Kieke G. H. Okma

Kieke Okma has worked with a variety of government agencies in The Netherlands and international organizations including the World Bank and OECD for over 25 years. Since 2004, she lives in New York and works as an international health consultant and academic. Her teaching included posts as Associate Professor or Visiting Professor at Catholic University Leuven (2003-) and McGill University, Montreal (2010-), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (2004-2008), Wagner School of Public Services, New York University (2008-2011), Cornell University (2005-6), and the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris (2012). She is chair of the Research Committee on Comparative Health Policy and Politics of the International Political Science Association since 2010. Other activities include editorial board membership of several journals including Health Policy, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy.

Kieke Okma has lectured and published widely on a broad range of issues of health policy, health politics and international comparison. Recent publications include “Changing Health Care Systems of the World,” Wiley Encyclopaedia of Health 2014; “Swiss and Dutch "consumer-driven health care": Ideal Model or reality?” With Luca Crivelli. Health Policy, 2013; “Will Dutch-style managed competition work with the Irish system?” (opinion), Irish J of Public Policy, 2013; “Managed Competition for Medicare? Sobering Lessons From The Netherlands” (with Jonathan Oberlander and Theodore Marmor), New Eng J Medicine, 2011; Six Countries, Six Reform Models? The Health Reform Experiences of Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan, edited with Luca Crivelli, 2009; Comparative Studies & The Politics of Modern Medical Care, edited with Theodore Marmor and Richard Freeman, 2009.


Professor Judith Malafronte

Lecturer in the Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and in the Department of Music, has an active career as a mezzo-soprano soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Mark Morris Dance Group, and has sung at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Göttingen Handel Festival. Winner of several top international vocal competitions, Malafronte holds degrees with honors from Vassar College and Stanford University, and studied at the Eastman School of Music, in Paris and Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and with Giulietta Simionato in Milan as a Fulbright scholar. Malafronte has recorded for major labels in a broad range of repertoire, from medieval chant to contemporary music, and she writes regularly for Opera News, Stagebill, Early Music America Magazine, The Classical Review and Parterre Box.

B.A. Vassar College; M.A. Stanford University.



Professor Michael Holquist

Received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1963, and his Ph. D. from Yale in 1968. He taught at Yale (where he was Chair of the Comparative Literature Department) for many years, becoming emeritus in 2005.  He is now a Senior Fellow in the Heyman Center at Columbia University.   He also taught at the University of Texas, Austin, and Indiana University, Bloomington.  He has published as author, co-author, or translator seven books and over ninety articles on topics as varied as utopian fiction, Lewis Carroll’s nonsense, detective stories, and several Russian writers.  He is best known for his work on the Russian thinker, Mikhail Bakhtin.  He has lectured in virtually every major research university in the United States and in several abroad, including China, Australia, Russia, Finland, Spain, Israel, etc.  His honors include several endowed lectureships (Christian Gauss, Princeton; Northrop Frye, Toronto, Wei Lun, Chinese University of Hong Kong), etc. For his work in Directed Studies, he won the Byrnes-Sewell Prize, Yale’s highest award for undergraduate teaching. He holds an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University (2001).  He served as President of the Modern language Association of America in 2007.