Core Fellows

The Core Fellows Program at Boston College enables early career scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to develop their research and teaching potential. Core Fellows contribute to the Core Curriculum, the foundational, fifteen-course program in the liberal arts that all Boston College students complete as part of their undergraduate education at a Jesuit, Catholic institution. Fellows are attached to home departments as Visiting Assistant Professors. Salary and research support are competitive. Initial appointments are for one year and are potentially renewable depending on curricular needs.

During one semester, Core Fellows teach lab sections for interdisciplinary Complex Problems courses, team-taught by Boston College faculty. They work alongside experienced teaching mentors on topics such as climate change, race and gender, terrorism, and design and innovation. Labs for Complex Problems courses are devoted to problem- and project-based learning. During the other semester, each Core Fellow teaches an elective in his/her field as well as an Enduring Questions course, linked pairs of classes that two Core Fellows design together.

Before beginning the program, Core Fellows participate in a workshop on interdisciplinary teaching and active learning at Boston College’s Center for Teaching Excellence.

Information about 2019–2020 fellowships will be available on this website in early November 2018. The application deadline is January 15, 2019.

Required specializations vary from year to year. Candidates should exhibit exceptional interdisciplinary research and teaching skills, display a capacity for originality and innovation, and be open to teaching undergraduate students holistically.

Current Core Fellows


William Attwood-Charles

William Attwood-Charles

William Attwood-Charles is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology at Boston College. His research interests include economic and organizational sociology, and the sociology of work. He is particularly interested in efforts at creating alternative institutions that are capable of meeting everyday needs. His previous research examined the practices of “makers” in the context of a multi-purpose shop space, often referred to as a “makerspace.” This research focuses on dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in collectivist environments. His current research explores the role of technology in constructing digital labor platforms, as well as the experience of workers laboring on these platforms.


Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry is the 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science and the Boston College Core Fellows Program. A graduate of the Boston College doctoral program, Dr. Berry has written on the subject of equity and the rule of law, as well as on an Aristotelian approach to social justice. He is currently working on a book-length study of conservative and reactionary political thought. He has taught courses on ancient and modern political philosophy, constitutional law, Christian political thought, and the question of justice. Dr. Berry holds a B.A. from Baylor University's University Scholars Program (Class of 2010). He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with his wife and two-year-old son.

Office: Carney 221
Phone: 617-552-8283


Evan Hepler-Smith

Evan Hepler-Smith

Evan Hepler-Smith is Core Fellow in Science & Technology Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor in History. Dr. Hepler-Smith is a historian of modern science and technology, specializing in the history of global chemistry, information technology, and environmental health. These subjects come together in his current book project, Compound Words: Chemists, Information, and the Synthetic World. At Boston College, he teaches about the history of artificial intelligence, environmental crisis, global health, and biotechnology. Before arriving at Boston College, he was Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He received his Ph.D. in History of Science at Princeton and a B.A. in Literature at Harvard.


Jonathan Krones

Jonathan Krones

Jonathan Krones is a 2018-2019 Core Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies. He received his Ph.D. from an interdisciplinary program in Engineering Systems at MIT and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies before starting at Boston College. Jonathan's research is in the field of industrial ecology, focusing on municipal and industrial solid waste systems. Current projects include the development of new methods for quantifying waste streams as well as a critical examination of the role of quantification in sustainable materials and waste management. Before his Ph.D., Jonathan worked in energy, sustainability, and climate policy at local, state, and federal levels. He holds an S.B. in materials science and engineering from MIT and a M.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.


Jenna Tonn

Jenna Tonn

Jenna Tonn is the 2017-2018 Core Visiting Assistant Professor in Science and Technology Studies. Dr. Tonn received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University and taught in the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard before arriving at Boston College. Her research centers on the social and cultural history of scientific knowledge, with a specific focus on women and gender in STEM. She is currently working on a book about the gendered social world of nineteenth-century experimental biologists. Her next project is a history of radical feminist biology in the postwar United States. Dr. Tonn also holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University.

Office: Stokes S276
Phone: 617-552-0512


Jesse Tumblin

Jesse Tumblin

Jesse is from Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee before moving to Boston in 2009. Jesse completed his Ph.D. in the Department of History at Boston College in 2016. His research focuses on the intersection of militarization, race, and ideas of sovereignty in the British Empire in the early twentieth century.

Jesse’s book manuscript, The Quest for Security: Race, Sovereignty, and the Defense of the British Empire, 1898-1931, has been supported by Boston College, a year-long fellowship at Yale University’s International Security Studies program, the Smith Richardson World Politics and Statecraft fellowship, the Tobin Project for Sustainable National Security Strategy, and the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy. He also published the article “‘Grey Dawn’ in the British Pacific: Race, Security, and Colonial Sovereignty on the Eve of World War I,” Britain and the World 9, no. 1 (March 2016), which won the Saki Ruth Dockrill Prize for International History from the Institute for Historical Research (IHR) at the University of London.

Dr. Tumblin has taught courses at Boston College since 2015, including the Modern History Core, electives on both world wars, and a Complex Problems class on environmental issues. Jesse looks forward to adding Core Enduring Questions teaching to that mix, as well as a lab-based course on terrorism. Outside work, Jesse enjoys traveling with his wife and daughter, backpacking, snowboarding, pipe collecting, and exploring New England’s small but burgeoning heavy metal scene.

Office: Stokes S248