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Mollie Hamilton received a PhD in Psychology from the Brain and Developmental Sciences Department at The University of Massachusetts Boston. In addition she holds two masters’ degrees. She obtained her first master’s degree in French Studies from New York University where she investigated how access to language influences access to power and space in post colonial contexts. She obtained her second master’s degree from École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France where she studied bilingualism in infants. In addition to language she is interested in how infants and young children use memory to solve problems. Mollie is a proud member of a federally recognized tribe (The Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut). There are no living speakers of the Mohegan language and so her fascination with languages began when she delved into understanding the death of the Mohegan language and how protecting language is essential to cultural identity and the preservation of culture itself. Before deciding to be a scientist, her dream was to become an opera singer, so she holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Ithaca College. In addition to singing, Mollie enjoys cooking and trying new foods, traveling and learning languages, reading and writing poetry and swimming. 


  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2023


B.M., Ithaca College
M.A., École Normale Supérieure Paris
M.A., Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Boston