Yunping Jiang and Joshua Freeman of Queens College are Named Distinguished Professors

FLUSHING, NY, October 18, 2013 — Yunping Jiang (Mathematics) and  Joshua Freeman (History) have been named CUNY Distinguished Professors, becoming the latest faculty members to attain a title conferred on outstanding scholar-teachers.

Jiang completed his PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center in 1990, and joined QC two years later. A campus institution, he became a full professor in 2001. His research investigates key issues in chaotic systems, a field that can be used to examine phenomena as disparate as the flow of water, the slow crawl of rush-hour traffic, and the puzzling fluctuations of stock prices. His insights have deepened our understanding of such chaotic behavior; his work has been described as “elegant” and “exceptional.”

A terrific ambassador for Queens College, Jiang has been a visiting professor in France, England, Germany, and Switzerland, in addition to his native China. As a CUNY alum and one of the leading researchers in his field, he is a particularly apt choice for a distinguished professor of mathematics.

Like Jiang, Freeman has enjoyed a brilliant career. Upon earning his doctorate from Rutgers University in 1983, he crossed the Hudson, working at the CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University; in 1997, he came to our campus. Appointed a full professor three years later, he has served the college, the Murphy Institute, and the City University in many capacities, including two terms as executive officer of the PhD History Program at the Graduate Center.

Few historians can match Freeman’s knowledge of New York City and the City University. His books have won both the New York Society Library Book Prize for History and the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, and he has been called “the world’s leading authority on modern New York labor.” His most recent title, American Empire 1945–2000, was notable for its thoroughness, rigor, and readability—an unusual combination.

Jiang and Freeman join the ranks of the college’s other distinguished professors, bringing the total to a baker’s dozen: Robert Bittman (Chemistry), Fred Gardaphé (English), Azriel Genack (Physics), Kimiko Hahn (English), Jeffrey Halperin (Psychology), Samuel Heilman (Sociology), George Hendrey (Earth & Environmental Sciences), Pyong Gap Min (Sociology), Carl Riskin (Economics), Morris Rossabi (History), and Stephen Steinberg (Urban Studies).

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