Gregory Afinogenov


Greg Afinogenov is starting as assistant professor in the Department of History. He received his PhD in Russian history from Harvard University and his BA in history and philosophy from Fordham; at Georgetown, he looks forward to teaching courses on Imperial Russian history and beyond. His current book project, Spies and Scholars: Clandestine Encounters between Russia, China, and the West, focuses on Russian espionage in China during the long eighteenth century and its global reverberations. More broadly, Afinogenov’s research deals with the international social and political consequences of knowledge-making, from cybernetics in the Soviet Union to pastoral poetry in eighteenth-century New York. In addition to academic publications, his articles and reviews have appeared in venues like n+1, Jacobin, and the London Review of Books. In the spare moments he can scrounge from work, Afinogenov enjoys planning and cooking elaborate meals, as well as hanging out on the couch with his cat Sophie and his partner, fellow Russian historian Rachel Koroloff.  

Khairudin Aljunied

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Dr. Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied joins Georgetown from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his BA and MA in History from the National University of Singapore in 2003 and completed his doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 2008. Dr Khairudin has studied and conducted research in countries such as Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

His book publications include Colonialism Violence and Muslims in Southeast Asia: The Maria Hertogh Controversy and its Aftermath (Routledge, 2009) and Radicals: Resistance and Protest in Colonial Malaya (Northern Illinois University Press, 2015) which Choice magazine describes as “an incredibly useful resource for scholars working on Southeast Asia, and Malaysia in particular.”

Dr. Khairudin's specialization is in the areas of the Intellectual History, Religious Cosmopolitanism and Social Movements. He is currently the book series editor of the Routledge Series of Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia. His current research include forthcoming monograph on the reformist thought of an Indonesian scholar, Hamka (Haji Abdul Malik bin Abdul Karim Amrullah), Malay migrants in Australia as well as on Muslim intellectual responses to secularism.

Laia Balcells


Laia Balcells is a political scientist specializing in the study of political violence as well as nationalism and ethnic conflict. She earned her PhD from Yale University in 2010 and has been Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University (2012-2017). She has been a Niehaus Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (2015-16). Her first book, Rivalry and Revenge: The Politics of Violence during Civil War (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics; 2017), deals with the determinants of violence against civilians in civil war, and explores micro-level variation in the Spanish Civil War and Côte d’Ivoire. Her more recent work examines preferences for secessionism and theirrelationship with redistribution and identity-related factors. She has also recently explored post-war low-intensity violence (in Northern Ireland), wartime displacement (in Colombia and Spain), and cross-national variation in civil war warfare and its implications on conflict duration, termination and severity. She is currently using design-based inference tools to study the consequences of violence and transitional justice in post-conflict settings. She uses a multi-method approach to her research questions, and she has a particular interest in the study of historical phenomena using the tools of political science and economics.

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Lidia Ceriani

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Lidia Ceriani is Assistant Teaching Professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, she was an Economist at the World Bank in the Poverty and Equity global practice and more recently a team member of the 2017 World Development Report. Between 2007 and 2012, she was a lecturer at Bocconi University where she taught Public Economics and Principles of Economics. 

She has published in several international journals including the Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Inequality, the Journal of Development Studies, Social Indicators Research and the International Journal of Microsimulation. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Economics from the University of Pavia, Italy and a B.A. in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, where she graduated with highest honors. Her research interests include the measurement of poverty and inequality and the impact of public policies on household welfare.


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David Erkens

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David Erkens' research focuses on the determinants and effects of expertise as it relates to management control systems, particularly controls related to compensation arrangements and corporate governance. His research has been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, Management Science, The Accounting Review, and The Journal of Corporate Finance, and has been covered by the press, such as Agenda, CFO Magazine and The Economist. Professor Erkens has received several research awards, including the AICPA-CIMA Best Early Career Researcher Award in 2013. Prior to his doctorate, he worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Natividad Fernandez Sola

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Dr. Fernandez joins Georgetown from the University of Zaragoza, where she was the Jean Monnet professor and Professor of International Law and International Relations, 

She was a Visiting Professor at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow (2012-2014) and at the Université de Toulouse 1 (1993-1996).

She has been guest professor at the College of Europe, at the Institut Européen des Droits de l´Homme, René Cassin, and taught in several European and American Universities.

She is the main researcher/member at research projects on Spanish National Security Strategy, on Securing Open Societies against Hostile Extremism or the EU as a security actor. She participates at the Working Group on the Future of the EU at Real Instituto Elcano (Spanish think tank).

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Amrita Ibrahim


Amrita Ibrahim is Assistant Teaching Professor at the Department of Anthropology at Georgetown University, where she was an Adjunct Lecturer between January 2016 and May 2017. She received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and held a postdoctoral position as a College Fellow at the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University in 2013-14.

Ibrahim’s work focuses on anthropology of media, with a special focus on journalism, surveillance, and publicity. Courses she has taught at Georgetown include Media and Global Protest, Visual Culture and the Body, Love and Hate in the Digital Age, and Justice and Media. In fall 2017, she will be offering Introduction to Anthropology and Policing in the Contemporary World.

Ibrahim is currently working on her first book manuscript, based on her doctoral research, which explores the work of journalists as a form of surveillance and monitoring in New Delhi, India. She is also a Georgetown Doyle Faculty Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year.

Yoonha Kim 

Mcdonough school of Business

Yoonha Kim joins the faculty of McDonough School of Business as a visiting Assistant Professor in the Strategy, Economics, and Public Policy group. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Her research interest lies in the intersection of personnel economics and entrepreneurship. In her current research, she investigates how labor market frictions manifest themselves in firms' hiring decisions and workers' occupational choice. Since these evaluations must consider the decision of individuals to start new businesses, her research also evaluates formation of small businesses; her current research studies this in the context of immigrant workers in the U.S. Prior to her doctoral degree at UC Berkeley, Yoonha had worked at Morgan Stanley in New York and holds a B.Sc in Applied Math-Economics from Brown University.

Ami Ko



Ami Ko is an Assistant Professor of Economics, specializing in public and health economics. Her research develops and estimates economic models to analyze the demand for and the provision health care products/services including long-term care insurance and health insurance in the ACA marketplaces. Ami Ko received her PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Seoul National University.

Michael Koliska

Graduate School Of Arts & sciences


Dr. Michael Koliska is an assistant professor in the Communication, Culture, and Technology master’s program at Georgetown University. His primary research focuses on the practices, performances and effects of authenticity, accountability and transparency on trust in both “traditional” and computational journalism. Specifically, he explores how technology alters the newsroom sociology such as production and accountability processes that influence public perception of journalism’s legitimacy. Dr. Koliska’s work on these issues has appeared in the International Journal of Communication, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Digital Journalism, Journalism, Journal of Media Ethics and others.

Prior to joining Georgetown, Dr. Koliska was an assistant professor at Auburn University. He also worked for more than a decade as a broadcast and multimedia journalist in Germany, China, the UK and the US. He also studied and worked in India and Ireland.  

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Priya Goel La Londe

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David Marshall 

Berkley Center for religion, peace and world affairs

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David Marshall is a priest in the Church of England and a scholar in the field of Islamic Studies. Marshall studied Theology at the University of Oxford and has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham. He has served as a parish priest and has taught in a variety of settings, including the universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, and Notre Dame in London, as well as in an ecumenical theological school in Kenya. Most recently he served on the faculty of Duke Divinity School as Associate Research Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, and also as Director of its Anglican Episcopal House of Studies. From 2000-2005 he served as chaplain and adviser on inter faith relations to the Archbishop of Canterbury, during this time developing the Building Bridges Muslim-Christian seminar which has since 2012 been administered by Georgetown University. Marshall has for many years been a research fellow of Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs. 

Jamie Martin

Walsh school of foreign service

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Al Miner 

art & art history

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Toshihiko Mukoyama



Toshihiko (Toshi) Mukoyama is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics, Georgetown Univesity. He obtained his B.A. and M.A in economics from University of Tokyo, and M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from University of Rochester.  Prior to Georgetown University, he worked at Concordia University, Federal Reserve Board, and University of Virginia.  His main research area is macroeconomics.  His research topics include the aggregate labor market dynamics, economic growth, and business cycles. 

Bokyung Mun

East Asian languages and culture


Bokyung Mun received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University, and joined the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures as a lecturer in Korean. Her main research interests lie in the areas of syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with particular focus on Korean modals. Her goal as a lecturer is to help students gain practical language skills as well as cultural understanding to Korean communication.

Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program at Georgetown, Bokyung received her M.A. in English Linguistics and her B.A. in British and American Language and Literature as well as in Chinese Culture from Sogang University, Korea.

Rosemary Ndubuizu

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Rosemary Ndubuizu is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University. Dr. Ndubuizu is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies how housing policies are shaped by race, gender, political economy, and ideology. Her untitled manuscript-in-progress historically and ethnographically traces how low-income black women have been affected by post-1970s changes in public and affordable housing policies and advocacy. Her research project also examines the contemporary landscape of affordable housing policy and politics to better understand why low-income black women remain vulnerable to eviction, displacement, and housing insecurity in cities like the District of Columbia. Additionally, her work presents the organizing challenges low-income black women tenant activists in D.C. face as they organize to combat the city’s reduction and privatization of affordable housing.

Dr. Ndubuizu’s teaching interests include social policy, post-civil rights black politics, the black radical tradition including black feminism, social movements, the political economy of non-profits, and women of color feminisms.

Originally from Inglewood, CA, Dr. Ndubuizu relocated to the Bay Area to complete her undergraduate studies at Stanford University. In 2006, she relocated once again to D.C. and eventually became a community organizer with Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC, which is a D.C.-based community organization that organizes long-time Washingtonians of color to campaign for more local and federal investments in affordable housing and living-wage jobs. To complete her graduate studies, she enrolled into Rutgers University’s Women’s and Gender Studies.

Mercedes Ontoria-Pena

Spanish & Portuguese


Mercedes Ontoria has been working at Georgetown University since 2014. She has held a position as Lecturer sent by the Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency. Now she is Assistant Teaching Professor at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Since joining the Georgetown faculty, Mercedes has taught beginner to advanced language courses as well as Latin American Culture and Spanish and Latin American Literature.

Mercedes received her BA in Spanish Linguistics and Literature and her MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from University Complutense of Madrid. During her time at University Complutense, she studied abroad at University of Florence where her studies focused on the Toscan writers Dante and Boccaccio.

Mercedes earned her PhD in Latin American Literature from University of Bologna. In her thesis, she analyzed Julio Cortázar "collage" books through the lens of the avant-garde art movements Dada and Surrealism.

From 2005 to 2014, Mercedes was Lecturer at University for Foreigners of Perugia and University of Perugia, where she taught language classes at all levels of proficiency. She also taught courses at the Hispanic Philology Department and Language Teaching Methods to Secondary Spanish Language teachers.

Mercedes has collaborated in promoting and organizing cultural events as Faculty Liaison for Spanish Arts and Culture in the US (Embassy of Spain) and she is Advisor of the newly opened Spanish Living Learning Community at Georgetown University.

Her interests include second language writing, integration of cinema in content-based instruction and 20th century Latin American writers. Her current area of research aims to integrate in the classroom the study of different art forms as a reflection of social and political changes in Latin American countries.

Michael Polczynski


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Michael Polczynski is a historian of early modern Europe and the Ottoman Empire. He earned his Ph.D. in history at Georgetown University, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in History and Anthropology at Marquette University in his hop-forward motherland, Milwaukee Wisconsin. In past lives, he has worked as an archaeologist and a blacksmith. He is currently working on several books on early modern travel, and on Polish Muslims in the Ottoman Empire during the sixteenth century. He also enjoys working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and is helping lead Open Ottoman, an incubator for digital research in Ottoman studies.

Elizabeth Prescott

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Dr. Elizabeth “Libbie” Prescott works at the intersection of science, technology, and international policy as a Professor in the Practice and Director of Curriculum for Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  Libbie has served in government at the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the intelligence community as well as an AAAS S&T Policy Congressional Fellow with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. 

Outside of government, Libbie has served as Practice Head for Biosecurity at the Eurasia Group; a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies-US; a S&T Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Science’s Board on Science, Technology & Economic Policy; and consulted for the Strategy Division of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Libbie serves on the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program Steering Committee and is a former Council on Foreign Relations Term Member; Center for New American Security Next Generation National Security Leader; German Marshall Fund Young Strategist; GPPi Global Governance Futures Fellow 2027; and Truman National Security Project Fellow.

Areas of Expertise: emerging technologies and security; East Asia and Pacific; science, technology and innovation

Laura Roberts Morgan

Mcdonough school of business

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Eva Rosen

mccourt school of public policy


Eva Rosen is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, and will join the faculty at the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy in the fall of 2017. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University. She is a member of the Scholar Strategy Network. Rosen's research examines the creation, experience, and persistence of urban poverty, focusing on housing policy and racial segregation. Her research interests include urban sociology, poverty and inequality, social policy, ethnography, race & ethnicity, immigration, culture, and crime. 

Rosen relies on mixed methods including ethnographic, quantitative, quantitative, and geographic mapping (GIS) data. Research projects have studied populations including relocated residents of former public housing on Chicago’s South Side, families displaced by Hurricane Katrina (the RISK study), participants in the Baltimore's Moving to Opportunity (MTO) experiment, and families across three income groups making residential decisions ("How Parents' House Kids"). She is currently Co-PI on a project studying landlords in Dallas, Cleveland, and Baltimore, called "Landlords and the Geography of Opportunity."

Rosen is currently working on a book under contract with Princeton University Press examining recent changes in American housing policy that have transformed the landscape of ghetto poverty from high-rise public housing to vouchers, where the poor are housed in the private market. In this post public housing world poverty is turned on its side, at times more dispersed and more moderate, but also more unstable. Her ethnography of a Baltimore neighborhood with high rates of housing voucher use studies assisted and unassisted renters, homeowners, and landlords. She examines the residential decisions and everyday lives of families who live in contexts of scarcity, violence, and instability.

Rosen's work has been published in academic journals including The American Sociological ReviewCity & CommunityThe Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and The Annual Review of Law and Social Science. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Furman Center, and the Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy.

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David Schweidel

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David A. Schweidel is a Professor of Marketing at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Schweidel received his B.A. in mathematics, M.A. in statistics, and Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Georgetown, he was a member of the faculty at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Goizueta Business School at Emory University.


Schweidel is an expert in the areas of customer relationship management and social media analytics. His research focuses on the development and application of statistical models to understand customer behavior and inform managerial decisions. His research has appeared in leading business journals including Journal of MarketingJournal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science and Management Science. His research has garnered numerous awards, including the Gaumnitz Junior Faculty Research Award from the Wisconsin School of Business, the Caldwell Award for Excellence in Research from Goizueta Business School, and the Marketing Science Institute’s Buzzell Award. He has been recognized as a leading scholar by the Marketing Science Institute’s Young Scholar program and by Poets and Quant’s “Top 40 Under 40.”

Schweidel is the co-author of Social Media Intelligence (Cambridge University Press) in which he and his co-author discuss how organizations can leverage social media data to inform their marketing strategies. He is also the author of Profiting from the Data Economy (Pearson FT Press), in which he details the value of businesses tapping into consumer data for both individuals and organizations, and the potential need for regulation in this space.

Blythe Shepard

school of nursing and health studies


Blythe spent her undergraduate years at a rival Jesuit University, Boston College.  After obtaining a BS in Biology and a BA in Secondary Education, she moved to DC to pursue a PhD in Cellular and Microbial Biology at The Catholic University of America.  During this time, she studied the cell biology of alcoholic liver disease.  Following her graduation in 2011, Blythe traveled north to Baltimore to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in Renal Physiology at Johns Hopkins University.  Blythe spent 6 years in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Pluznick where she discovered that an olfactory receptor (just like the ones in your nose) is expressed in the kidney where it helps to regulate glucose handling.  For this work, Blythe obtained a K01 fellowship from the NIH and has just moved to Georgetown to start her own lab which will focus on the role of olfactory receptors in metabolic diseases. 

Joel Simmons

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Xiaoli Tian

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Maria Trujillo

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Dr. Maria Trujillo is the Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice in the Systems Engineering and Technology Management Programs. Maria's intellectual interests have lied at the intersection of technology, management and development. Prior to joining SCS, she most recently served as Deputy Director of Capacity Development for a USAID supported global project (GMS) aimed at providing technical support to the countries receiving grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. In this capacity she led project design and implementation activities in capacity building for 12 regional partners around the globe, as well as training of 400+ consultants. 

She has additional 25+ years experience as a international development consultant, business owner, and lecturer. She has always been part of the innovation and growth of the entities she has been affiliated with. She was also known as the "Internet Girl" when she connected Colombia to the internet in 1990. 

Maria holds a Ph.D. in International Development and Technology Transfer from the Payson Center in Tulane University, a Masters in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad del Valle, Colombia. 

Katherine Waldock

mcdonough school of business

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Katherine Waldock will be joining the McDonough School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Finance. She holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University. Her primary research interests are in corporate bankruptcy, law and finance, small businesses, and financial institutions. She has worked as an intern for Lehman Brothers Inc. and the Office of Financial Research, and as a consultant to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post and WalletHub. 

Andrew Wild 

graduate school of arts & sciences

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Maryam Yashtini

mathematics & statistics


Maryam Yashtini received her PhD from the University of Florida in 2009 under the supervision of Dr. William Ward Hager. Before joining the Georgetown University as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor she was Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. Maryam’s areas of expertise are numerical analysis and computational optimization. Her research contributes fast, accurate, and practical optimization algorithms to solve large-scale interdisciplinary problems arising in science and engineering including medical imaging, image processing, and machine learning. The common theme about these optimization problems is that the minimizing functional involves non-smooth (non-diffentiable) terms. She validates her algorithms by numerical implementation and rigorous theoretical analysis. In her spare time, Maryam enjoys cooking, painting, hiking, and meditation.

Jeremy Yip 

Mcdonough school of business 


Jeremy Yip is joining the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor of Management.

eremy's research program explores the psychology of conflict and negotiations.

His first stream of research explores the consequences of emotions. For example, his research demonstrates that anger influences unethical behavior, perspective-taking, negotiation impasses, and decision-making. His work also considers the consequences of anxiety and gratitude, and the role of individual differences in emotional intelligence. 

second stream of his research introduces a new conceptualization of competitive communication called trash-talking. His research shows that trash-talking is commonly encountered in organizations. His findings reveal that trash-talking triggers perceptions of rivalry and boosts effort-based performance. However, trash-talking can have destructive consequences such as increasing unethical behavior or diminishing creativity.

is research has been published in leading journals such as Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, Current Opinion, and Social Psychological & Personality Science.

Jeremy earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Jeremy held the position of Lecturer and Research Scholar at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Timothy Newfield

history and biology 

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Tim is a medieval environmental historian and historical epidemiologist. After defending his doctoral thesis in History and Classical Studies at McGill University in 2011, he held postdoctoral fellowships at the universities of Michigan (History), Stirling (Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy) and Princeton (History). He has taught medieval, environmental, and medical history, and most recently led a junior seminar on disease in premodernity and a graduate seminar on medieval environmental history.

Currently a Research Associate at the Princeton Environmental Institute and a co-leader of the Climate Change and History Initiative, Tim will join Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor in History and Biology in January 2017.

His recent work has focused on human-bovine plagues and the measles-rinderpest divergence in Eurasia in the first millennium CE and on the prevalence of vivax and malariae malaria in early post-classical Europe. He completed a state-of-the-art synthesis of the historical and palaeoclimatic scholarship on the 535-550 global climatic downturn a short while ago. His work has appeared in Agricultural History Review, Argos, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Post-Classical Archaeologies, Early Medieval Europe, and edited volumes focused on various aspects of premodern health, environment, and economy. At present, he is finishing the re-write of his doctoral thesis for Brepols on subsistence crises, epidemics and epizootics in Carolingian Europe, co-editing a three-volume handbook for Brill on medieval environmental history, and leading a multi-author study on mortality events between the Justinianic Plague and Black Death. His next project considers how the Medieval Climatic Anomaly and the rise of the Mongol Empire affected the pathogenic load of European and West Asian livestock.'

R. Nicholas Palarino

Center for Security Studies

Christopher Parker

mcdonough school of business

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Chris Parker is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Operations and Information Management Area of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is visiting from the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University where he is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management. He joined Penn State in 2012 after completing his PhD from London Business School.

His research focuses on exploring the way in which information changes consumer, firm, and employee behavior and the impact this has on broad market outcomes. His core interest is determining the role that information technology (IT) and IT applications play in developing new information flows. This is a fertile research area with significant practical applications that spans both developed and developing markets that requires close engagement with managers to develop mutually beneficial research projects.

His research on information flows falls broadly into four key application areas with significant overlap: (1) Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), (2) IT-Enabled Retail Models, (3) Financial Services Operations, and (4) Supply Chain Coordination. In each of these areas Chris aims to use the necessary data and analyses to rigorously identify areas in which IT is beneficial, as well as to make policy suggestions to mitigate any detrimental effects. His empirical experience spans anything from relatively small datasets of a couple hundred observations to over one billion observations (bids) from tens of millions of individuals.

Seth Perlow


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Seth Perlow's research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, poetry and poetics, and new media studies. Before coming to Georgetown, he was an assistant professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and the 2014-15 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetics at Emory University's Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. His current book project, "The Poem Electric: Technologies of Uncritical Thinking in American Poetry," traces a lineage of experimental poets who use electronics to distinguish poetic thought from rationalism. 
Seth completed an AB in Comparative Literature at Brown, an MA in Humanities at the University of Chicago, and a PhD in English at Cornell. His primary research assistant is a distractible cat named Baker.

Reining Petacchi

mcdonough school of business

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Reining Petacchi joins the McDonough School of Business from MIT's Sloan School of Management, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Economics, Finance, and Accounting Area.Her research interests include disclosure decisions, economic consequences of regulations, and accounting choices, particularly the accounting choices of governmental entities.  

Petacchi holds a BBA from National Taiwan University, an Master of Accounting from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Accounting and MIS from the Ohio State University.

Rachel Philbrick



Rachel Philbrick is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics. She earned her Ph.D from Brown University in May 2016 and also holds an M.A in Teaching from American University. Her research focuses on Hellenistic Greek and early Imperial Latin poetry. Prior to graduate school, she worked for several years as a middle school science teacher in DC.

Amanda Phillips


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Amanda comes from the University of California, Davis, where she was the IMMERSe Postdoctoral Fellow for the ModLab Digital Humanities Collaboratory. She received her Ph.D. as a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis certificate from the Department of Feminist Studies. Her broad research interests are in social justice in and around technoculture, popular media, and the digital humanities. More specifically, she writes about video games and feminist, queer, and critical race theory. 

Amanda was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and spent significant time in Houston, Texas, as an undergraduate at Rice University. She is coming to DC with her partner, Shyama, and their dog, Yakshi. She is a bicycle commuter and enjoys weightlifting in her spare time.

Luke Plonsky


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Luke Plonsky joins the Department of Linguistics as Assistant Professor. He received his PhD in Second Language Studies from Michigan State University in 2011. Luke is an applied linguist with primary teaching and research interests in second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and quantitative research methods with a particular interest in applications of research synthesis and meta-analysis in the language sciences. He is Associate Editor of Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Managing Editor of Foreign Language Annals, and Co-Director (with E. Marsden & A. Mackey) of IRIS: A digital repository of instruments for research into second language learning and teaching. Luke has taught in the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, the US, and most recently in the UK at University College London.

Mark Rose


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Mark D. Rose is joining Georgetown in January 2017 as the new Paduano Distinguished Professor of Biology.  Dr. Rose earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics from Cornell University, School of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  He went on to earn a PhD from MIT in the Department of Biology, and stayed on to do post-doctoral research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Dr. Rose has been a Professor at Princeton University in the Department of Molecular Biology for over 30 years.  His research has focused on the basic cell biology and genetics of the simple model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae also known as baker’s/brewer’s yeast.  Over most of his career, Dr. Rose has been studying the process of cell fusion, the equivalent of human fertilization.  More recently he has begun to study the regulation of meiosis, the process by which gametes, like sperm and eggs are formed.  Because the overall processes of cell fusion and meiosis are deeply conserved, much of what is learned in yeast has informed our understanding of equivalent processes in humans.  Among his early contributions to cell biology include discoveries of the roles of “motor proteins” in moving the nucleus in the cell, and how “protein chaperones” aid protein secretion.  Recent work revealed the role of endoplasmic reticulum remodeling in nuclear movement.  He will be continuing these studies at Georgetown. 

Dr. Rose is the recipient of several honors including being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.  Dr. Rose is married to Dr. Alison Gammie, the Director of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences/NIH. They have two grown daughters and recently moved to Bethesda.  They enjoy hiking, traveling, biking, running, and visiting the many wonderful museums in the Washington area. 

David Schmidtz

McDonough School of Business

Nathan Schneider

linguistics and computer science

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Nathan Schneider studies computational linguistics and natural language processing, teaching computers about human language for scientific and technological advancement. He obtained his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute after double-majoring in computer science and linguistics at UC Berkeley. Now, he returns to the U.S. from Scotland, where he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh. He looks forward to bridging Georgetown’s CS and Linguistics departments, where he will continue to play with data and algorithms that help computers to understand our language.

Gray Shealy

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An international leader in hospitality, Gray Shealy is a visionary strategist in building, marketing and growing programs, initiatives, and brands, and is a noted expert in hotel brand development, innovation, design, and customer experience engineering. He created, launched, and is currently leading Georgetown University’s Master’s in Hospitality Management program. During his past tenure as an executive at Starwood Hotels, Shealy lead the redevelopment and evolution of major branding and design strategies for the company’s most noted flags. He most recently served as the Global Design Director for W Hotels, setting the standard for design leadership and establishing the brand’s reputation as a global powerhouse. Previously, he led key components of Le Méridien Hotels + Resort’s worldwide re-launch as their Director of Design. A frequent speaker and published author, Shealy was named a “Wave of the Future” Honoree by Hospitality Design magazine in 2011. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, he is an avid traveler, having been to over 60 countries on 5 continents. Shealy graduated as valedictorian from Clemson University with a B.A. in Architecture and holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University.

Cylor Spaulding

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Cylor Spaulding, Ph.D., is the faculty director and an assistant professor of the practice for the Public Relations and Corporate Communication program. In this role, he works with faculty on curriculum development and teaches several courses within the program. 

Prior to going into academia, Spaulding spent almost 10 years in the public relations industry, working for several agencies, including Rogers & Cowan and Weber Shandwick. In his role with these agencies, Spaulding has managed analyst relations, media relations and consumer relations campaigns both on a local/regional and a national and international scale for clients as diverse as Activision, The Hazelden Foundation, Razer, Gallagher & Kennedy, and Microsoft. 

Since moving into higher education, Spaulding has created and taught multiple public relations and communication courses at graduate and undergraduate levels and actively published and presented research on public relations and religion and public relations history. He was also named PRSA-Maryland’s Educator of the Year in 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Miami, a M.A. degree in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. degree in Journalism from Arizona State University. 

Claire Standley 

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Shi-Gang Sun



Shi-Gang Sun is the Royden B. Davis Chair, S. J. Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Georgetown College.  Shi-Gang Sun obtained his Bachelor of Science from Xiamen University, China, in 1982, Doctorat d’Etat (Docteur ès Sciences Physiques, supervisor: Prof. Jean Clavilier) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) in 1986. After one year post-doctoral research (supervisor: Prof. Jean Clavilier) in the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Interfaciale du CNRS, France, he returned to China by the end of 1987, and served as associate professor and later full professor in 1991 at the Department of Chemistry of Xiamen University till now.

The main research interests of Prof. Sun are Electrocatalysis, Electrochemical Surface Science, Spectroelectrochemistry, Nanomaterials and Chemical power sources. He has published up to now over 420 SCI papers (peer citation over 10000), obtained 14 innovation patents, co-authored 2 books entitled respectively “In-Situ Spectroscopic Studies of Adsorption at the Electrode and Electrocatalysis” (Elsevier, 2007) and “Electrocatalysis” (Chinese Chemical Engineering Press, 2014), and contributed by invitation 20 chapters to 18 scientific books.

Prof. Sun has been elected member of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2015, fellow of International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) in 2007, and fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2005. He has been awarded the “Brian Conway Prize” from ISE, “Distinguished Contribution Award” from the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry, “le prix Franco-Chinois 2014-2015” jointly from Société Chimique de France (SCF) and Chinese Chemical Society (CCS),  and the State Natural Science Award (2nd Degree) of China. He is now editorial board member of Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Functional Materials Letters and International Journal of Analytical Chemistry, serving as associate editor to Electrochimica Acta, Spectral Analysis and Spectroscopy (Chinese), Chinese Journal of Chemical Education, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Electrochemistry (Chinese).

Justin Thaler

computer science 

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Justin Thaler is starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Prior to joining Georgetown, Justin spent two years as a Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs in New York City. Before that, he was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the Theory of Computation Group at Harvard University, and graduated from Yale University in 2009 with a B.S. in Computer Science and a second major in Mathematics. His research focuses on algorithms and computational complexity, especially algorithms for massive data sets, verifiable computation, and computational learning theory.

Brooke Van Dam

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Brooke joins us from Azusa Pacific University where she was an Associate Professor of Communication and worked to ensure students were prepared for the evolving world of journalism. She taught classes in public affairs reporting, digital news gathering, television journalism, and journalism research methods. Prior to her work at Azusa Pacific, Brooke worked for ABC, NBC, and FOX affiliate local news stations.  She also worked in Web Production for Southern California Public Radio and as an international education correspondent for in London. Brooke received her PhD in Media Sociology from City University London, her Masters in International Journalism from the University of Westminster, and her Bachelors in Mass Communication from Northwest Nazarene University.  

Brooke has a website, and is active on Twitter @brookevandam.

Rajesh Veeraraghaven 

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Rajesh Veeraraghavan is an Assistant Professor of Science Technology and International Affairs (STIA) Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in fall 2016. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University and was previously a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University. He works in the intersection of information technology, development, and governance, with a focus on India. His research combines both the design and study of technological solutions to development and governance problems. He is currently interested in understanding the role of information and technology in making systems of governance more participatory.  Previously, he was an associate researcher at the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research, India. His work focused on building appropriate technologies for socio-economic development. His work led to several research publications, patents as well as non-profit spin-off called Digital Green on whose board he serves currently. Before that, he worked as a software developer at Microsoft for several years in the US.

He has a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Clemson University, Master’s degree in Economics from Cleveland State University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Management from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India. His upcoming classes at Georgetown will focus on information, technology and governance, the role of technology in socio-economic development and designing civic technologies to see the state.

David Wallis

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Professor Wallis is Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair for Global Business and Finance, MSFS.

Prior to joining the MSFS leadership team, Professor Wallis engaged in a global business career working within the financial services industry. This experience was geographically based in London, New York and Tokyo and has included senior executive positions in insurance, investment banking and asset management. Specifically within the insurance industry, Professor Wallis was the Chief Risk Officer and subsequently President and Chief Executive Officer of Ambac Inc., a New York Stock Exchange Company where he also sat on the Board of Directors. Subsequently Professor Wallis worked at AIG both in New York and Tokyo, and was latterly responsible for AIG’s Regional Financial Planning & Analysis Groups based in Tokyo.

Professor Wallis holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Downing College, Cambridge, an MBA from the City University Business School, London and attended the Program for Manager Development at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He also qualified MCT under the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK. Professor Wallis served as an Adjunct within Georgetown’s MSFS program in 2012 and 2013.

Dennis Wilder 

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Dennis Wilder, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), returns to Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Asian Studies Program and Senior Fellow at the Initiative for US-China Dialogue on Global Issues.

In Fall 2016, Professor Wilder will teach a graduate-level course titled “The Growth of Chinese Military Power,” which seeks to explore the origin, role, and the transformation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into one of the world’s most capable armed forces. The course will mostly focus on the contemporary period and look at the development of the PLA since Deng Xiaoping reformed the army after the 1979 Chinese border conflict with Vietnam. Major topics covered will include the lessons learned from the 1979 border clash, the role of the military in the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, the 1995 missile crisis with Taiwan, the US-China EP-3 crisis of 2001, and the current Chinese standoff with the neighbors in the East and South China Seas. The course will also examine the Chinese military as an instrument of statecraft, contemporary civil-military relations, the evolution of Chinese power projection capabilities, and Chinese nuclear doctrine. The same course will be made available to undergraduates in Spring 2017.

Professor Wilder has had a distinguished career in the U.S. Government, especially in advising various agencies to help shape U.S. policy toward East Asia. Professor Wilder served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs on the NSC from December 2005 until January 2009 in the administration of President George W. Bush. Previously, he worked at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1980 as a China military analyst in the Office Strategic Research in the Directorate of Intelligence. From 1995 until 2005, he served as the Chief of China analytic studies in the Directorate of Intelligence,Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and was awarded the Director’s Award by George Tenet. Professor Wilder was also a Visiting Fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.  

Professor Wilder received his Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from Georgetown University in 1979. He also received a Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations in 1979 to work on the East Asian Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Senator John Glenn. He was also a recipient of a European Union Distinguished Visitors Grant. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan and spent a year studying Mandarin Chinese at the Yale-in-China Program at New Asia College on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Wilder served overseas in the U.S. Consulate-General in Hong Kong from 1992 to 1995.

Evelyn Williams

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Prior to joining the McDonough School of Business as a Teaching Professor in the Management Group, Professor Williams was a Professor of Practice for the Business School at Wake Forest University for five years, teaching leadership and organizational behavior courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs.  She was also the Associate Vice President of Leadership Development for the University and in this role taught courses in the areas of leadership, developing high performance teams, communication and design-thinking for the College and Medical School. 

Before teaching at Wake Forest, Professor Williams was the Director of the Center for Leadership Development and Research (CLDR) Leadership Laboratories at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business and over her five year tenure taught some of the Schools most popular electives and required leadership coursework.  Prior to joining Stanford’s faculty in 2006, Professor Williams was the Faculty Chair of the Leadership Effectiveness and Development program (LEAD) and a Clinical Associate Professor of Management at the University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business.  A professor at Chicago GSB for six years, she taught in both the full-time and evening/weekend MBA programs and student evaluations consistently ranked her courses in the top tier at the School.

Prior to teaching full-time, Professor Williams spent over 15 years in a series of executive and leadership development positions within Fortune 500 firms.  She designed and implemented leadership and management development programs for executives at firms in the United States, Europe and Asia.  She continues to consult with companies on developing leaders for senior management/C-Suite positions.

Professor Williams holds a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.A. in Education from the University of Chicago.  She and her husband are soon-to-be empty-nesters with their youngest of two daughters heading off to college this Fall.

Andrea Wilson



Andrea Wilson's areas of research include game theory, decision theory, and behavioral economics. She has previously held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, New York University, Harvard University, and University of Chicago. In 2003, she participated in the Review of Economic Studies tour. She received a B.Sc. in mathematics from Queen's University, and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2004.

Stephen Wilson


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Stephen M. Wilson is from southern Delaware, where he grew up on a family farm. He graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2000 with a degree in International History. After receiving Master’s degrees from both Oxford University and Iliff School of Theology, he attended Duke University for his doctorate, where he specialized in social-scientific and literary readings of the Hebrew Bible. In recent years, he has taught at Duke Divinity School (as Visiting Assistant Professor), Elon University, High Point University, UNC Greensboro, and Augustana College (IL). He is the author of Making Men: The Male Coming-of-Age Theme in the Hebrew Bible, published with Oxford Univ. Press in 2015. His research interests include masculinity in the Bible, the problem of biblical violence, ancient conceptions of death and the afterlife, and historiography. 

Safak Yücel 

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Şafak Yücel is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. His research focuses on capacity investments in renewable and conventional energy sources. In particular, he investigates how various forms of government intervention can be used to promote investment in green energy.  

He worked in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Department of Energy. He received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University, Turkey and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (with a specialization of Operations Management) from Duke University.

Rodrigo Zarazaga, S.J. 

Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs