Sean Aas

Kennedy institute of ethics (KIE) and Philosophy

Dr. Aas earned a PhD in philosophy from Brown University in 2013, and served as a Fellow at the Justitia Amplificata Project at Goethe University in Frankfurt and a Fellow at the Department of Clinical Bioethics in the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda prior to joining the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

His primary areas of research are bioethics, metaethics, and social and political philosophy, with a significant focus on issues of disability: disability as social construct, disability and political egalitarianism, disability and health. These interests tie to broader projects: on the construction of social facts; the grounds of egalitarian justice; and the import of diverse embodiment for health care ethics and health policy.

Alayne Adams

school of nursing and health studies

Alayne Adams joins Georgetown’s Department of International Health after six years in Bangladesh where she held the positions of Senior Social Scientist in the Division of Health Systems and Population Studies at the icddr,b, Professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, and Director of the School’s Center for Urban Equity and Health.  Her research interests include urban health systems, community engagement, urban nutrition, health equity, and the social determinants of health.

At the icddr,b Dr. Adams led a range of research projects that addressed demand and supply side challenges related to the equitable coverage of urban health services.  These included the investigation of social networks and the health seeking behaviour of the urban poor, the examination of models of urban service delivery and demand creation, the supply side investigation of urban health services using GIS and data visualization techniques, and a study which examined the motivations of the private for profit health sector and the design of innovative strategies to improve quality and equity within this sector. She is an experienced methodologist specializing in qualitative analysis techniques, mixed methods approaches, and realist review.  In addition to research, she is interested in public health pedagogy, and has led various educational reforms and innovations with respect to MPH training in Bangladesh.

Prior to joining icddr,b Dr. Adams served as Executive Director of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS, global research to policy collaboration involvinga network of over 300 individuals representing international and bilateral agencies, NGOs, foundations and academic institutions. Between 1997 and 2004, she was Assistant Professor, at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A Commonwealth Scholar, Dr. Adams earned her MPH and PhD at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She pursued post-doctoral work as a MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies.

Sumit Agarwal

mcdonough school of business


Sumit Agarwal is the former Vice-Dean (PhD and Research) and Low Tuck Kwong Professor at the School of Business and Professor in the departments of Economics, Finance and Real Estate at the National University of Singapore. Previously, he was a senior financial economist in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and prior to joining the Chicago Fed, he was a senior vice president and credit risk management executive in the Small Business Risk Solutions Group of Bank of America.

Sumit’s research interests include issues relating to financial institutions, household finance, behavioral finance, international finance, real estate markets, urban economics and capital markets. He has published over fifty research articles in journals like the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking among others. Additionally, he has co-edited a collected volume on Household Credit Usage: Personal Debt and Mortgages.

He is the co-editor of Real Estate Economics and association editor at Management Science and Journal of Financial Services Research. He writes regular op-ed’s in the Straits Times and is featured on various media outlets like the BBC, CNBC, and Fox on issues relating to finance, banking, and real estate markets. Sumit’s research is widely cited in leading newspapers and magazines like the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, and the U.S Presidents Report to Congress. He also runs a blog on household financial decision making called Smart Finance.

Dr. Agarwal has won various prestigious awards like the Outstanding Researcher Award at the National University of Singapore, the Paul Samuelson TIAA-CREF certificate of excellence, the Terker Family Prizes in Investment Research Award from the Wharton School of Business, the Glucksman Institute Research Award from New York University and grants from the Russell Sage Foundation and the NBER/Sloan Foundation.

He has also served as an adjunct professor and a scholar at the finance department at George Washington University, DePaul University, the Indian School of Business, HKUST, BIS and the World Bank. Agarwal received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Moshe Barach

mcdonough school of business


Moshe Barach is a visiting Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, and Public Policy at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. He received his PhD at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. His current research focuses broadly on the intersection between technology and labor market strategy. He is interested in understanding how firms use technology to hire, incentivize, promote and retain quality workers, and how these decisions affect innovation and overall firm performance.

While completing his doctorate, he worked as an economist as part of the data science team at His work focused on understanding how machine learning algorithms could be used in conjunction with market mechanisms to create better matches and reduce platform congestion.

Prior to graduate school at Berkeley, he worked as an economic consultant at Chicago Partners and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an M.B.A and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Amanda Beck

mcdonough school of business


Amanda Beck is visiting the McDonough School of Business as an assistant professor in the accounting department. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in accounting at Auburn University, her Ph.D. at The University of Alabama, and is a CPA in the state of Alabama. Amanda’s research focuses on accounting in governmental and nonprofit organizations. Her current research examines the degree to which governmental and nonprofit managers make opportunistic accounting and reporting decisions, whether the municipal bond market incorporates these decisions into the cost of debt, and how audit quality affects reporting quality in these unique environments. Additionally, she is currently conducting an examination of municipal dissolution in the U.S. on behalf of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. The Board will use the results from the study as it considers whether to modify the guidance for going concern opinions. Amanda was selected by the American Accounting Association to attend the 2015 annual meeting of the Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand in Hobart, Tasmania as the U.S. student representative. She enjoys traveling with her husband, an Air Force pilot, and - when possible - her dog, Mason.

Nolan Bennett


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Nolan Bennett is coming to Georgetown to serve as an assistant teaching professor in the department of Government. As a political theorist, he studies the history of American political thought with a particular focus on literature and citizenship. He is interested in social movements and thinkers that appeal to personal experience as a form of political representation, through authors as varied as Benjamin Franklin, antebellum abolitionists, and second-wave feminists. As of now, Nolan's work focuses on autobiography, slave narrative, confession, and prison writing. Before Georgetown he taught at Duke University for two years, and before that he earned his degree at Cornell University. Before his time on the east coast, Nolan grew up in Oakland, California. 

Jeremy Bolton

computer science


Jeremy Bolton received the B.S. degree in computer engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2003, and received the M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2009. His dissertation research was focused on developing random set models for the use of context-modeling, multiple instance learning, and hyperspectral image analysis.

Previously he was an Associate Research Scientist in the Computational Science and Intelligence Lab in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Department at the University of Florida. Previous and current research includes the development of algorithms, methodologies, and mathematical models with a wide range of computational applications. Some computer vision applications include modeling and analysis of Hyperspectral and Multispectral imagery, synthetic aperture radar (remote), ground penetrating radar, seismic data, and infrared imagery.
Jeremy has worked on many successful remote sensing and landmine detection projects whose goals were the identification and remediation of landmines: Wide Area Airborne Minefield Detection, Science of Land Target Spectral Signatures MURI, Ground-Based Standoff Mine Detection System, and Vehicle-Mounted Mine Detection System. Algorithms that he has researched, developed, and assessed within these projects are now used in the field, thus assisting in global humanitarian de-mining efforts. 

Dr. Bolton is an active member in the machine learning, pattern recognition, remote sensing, and landmine detection communities: member of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, IEEE Computer Society, and Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers. 

Uwe Brandes

school of continuing studies

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Uwe S. Brandes has over 20 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of new buildings, public infrastructure and the urban landscape. He is the founding Executive Director of the Masters Program in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University. 

Mr. Brandes served as Senior Vice President at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) where he directed research and global programs on climate change and sustainable urban development. He is author and executive editor of several major projects for ULI, including The City in 2050, What’s Next? Real Estate in the New Economy and Getting Ahead of Change. He created ULI’s Climate Change Land Use and Energy (CLUE) initiative and was instrumental in forming the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, ULI’s dedicated market research on buildings and energy. 

Prior to ULI, Uwe was Director of Capital Projects and Planning for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation where he directed the urban design of several hallmark projects in the nation's capital, including the new U.S. Department of Transportation, the Capper Carrolsburg project, the Washington Nationals ballpark and the Yards Park and Diamond Teague Park along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. He oversaw the rezoning of hundreds of acres of waterfront lands as well as the largest transfer of land between the United States and the District of Columbia since the establishment of home rule. 

Mr. Brandes has lectured widely on urban design and public space topics. He serves on the board of several non-profit organizations, including the Landscape Architecture Foundation and EcoDistricts. 

Charlotte Cavaillé



Charlotte Cavaillé received a Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University in November 2014. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Sciences-po Paris. Before starting at Georgetown, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Toulouse.  

In her research, she examines the political consequences of economic change in post-industrial countries. Her doctoral work focused on the disconnect between rising income inequality and stable levels of support for income redistribution in Great Britain and the United States. Other research interests include the effect of immigration on politics in Europe and the analysis of social policy reform under fiscal stress. 

Gibson Cima

Performing Arts

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Gibson Alessandro Cima is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Georgetown University’s Theater and Performance Studies Department where he teaches Acting, Directing, and Theater History. He has previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Grinnell College, as a Lecturer in Tufts University’s Drama Department, and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a PhD in Theater History and Performance Studies from the University of Washington. In 2016, he directed the US premiere of South African playwright Juliet Jenkin’s The Boy Who Fell From the Roof at Grinnell College. In 2015, he directed his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. He has presented his research on the influence of South Africa’s anti-apartheid theater on post-apartheid and global stages at the American Society for Theater Research, The Association for Theater in Higher Education, The International Federation for Theater Research, and Performance Studies International. Recent scholarly work includes “The Book of Mormon’s African Fantasies” in Singing and Dancing to The Book of Mormon (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), “Sarafina in Black and White: Revival Color-Conscious Casting, and New Social Cohesion Paradigms,” in South African Theater Journal and “Resurrecting Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona, and Post-Apartheid South Africa,” which appeared in the fiftieth anniversary issue of Theater Survey and has been cited in the second edition of Theater Histories, edited by Gary Williams.

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Fr. Patrick Desbois

walsh school of foreign service, center for jewish civilization

Father Patrick Desbois is a professor at the Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. He teaches courses based on his forensic research in the field of Holocaust and Genocide studies. He is also the Founder and President of Yahad-In Unum, an organisation that seeks to locate the sites of mass graves of Jewish victims of the Nazi mobile killing units. During his work he located numerous killing sites and interviewed witnesses of the extermination of Jewish, Roma and other victims in the former Soviet Union, Poland and Romania. He has devoted his life to researching the Holocaust and mass violence, fighting anti-Semitism, and furthering Catholic-Jewish understanding.

Fluent in French, English and Hebrew, Father Desbois received the French Légion d'honneur, the Medal of Valor by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Humanitarian Award of the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Honorary Doctorates from NYU and Bar Ilan University in Israel, amongst other honors. He's the author of the bestselling book, The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 (National Jewish Book Award).

Katharine Donato

institute for the study of international migration (ISIM)

Brandon Dotson



Brandon Dotson has worked and taught at Oxford University, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and LMU München. His research on ritual, history, narrative, and text has taken him to Nepal, Tibet, and China. Dotson’s PhD thesis (2007) is a study of Tibet’s earliest extant corpus iuris, and his first monograph (2009) is a translation and study of Tibet’s earliest historical and bureaucratic record, the Old Tibetan Annals. His postdoctoral research focused on the origins of Tibetan historical narrative and its relationship with ritual narrative, including divination. The results of this research include an annotated translation of the Old Tibetan Chronicle, Tibet’s first and only chronicle epic, which formed the basis of Dotson’s Habilitationsschrift at LMU München in 2013.

From 2010 to 2015, Dotson directed the “Kingship and Religion in Tibet” research project with the support of a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Based at the Institute for Indology and Tibetology at LMU München, the project included thirteen researchers over the course of five years, and focused on the nature of Tibetan kingship as described in the earliest sources; on the place of Buddhism within the context of royal and popular religious practices; and on the place of kingship within Tibetan religious memory. Dotson’s current research additionally emphasizes codicology and manuscript studies, particularly as regards the production of Buddhist sutras by Chinese scribes and editors in Tibetan-occupied Dunhuang; early Tibetan law and jurisprudence; divination, ritual, and hunting; and the relationship between ritual and narrative in Tibetan religious historiography.

Jennifer Dresden

walsh school of foreign service


Dr. Jennifer Dresden recently completed her Ph.D. in the Government Department at Georgetown University and is currently a Research Associate at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University.  This summer, Dresden will join the Georgetown faculty as an Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Director of the Democracy and Governance Program.  Her work lies at the intersection of Comparative Politics and International Relations, with a particular emphasis on the political outcomes of civil wars.  Her book project combines quantitative and qualitative methods and draws on field research conducted in Sierra Leone and Mozambique. Dresden has taught courses at Georgetown and at The George Washington University.
Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program at Georgetown, Dresden received a M.Litt. (with distinction) in Peace and Conflict Studies from the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  She also holds an A.B., cum laude, in Government from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
Outside of academia, Dresden serves as a training facilitator for the US State Department and has worked as a philanthropy consultant, helping teams advise international non-profit organizations and corporations on achieving their goals in fundraising and social engagement.  

Originally from Connecticut, she currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area but remain a proud Nutmegger.  Her personal interests include travel, running, and the Washington Nationals.  

Bill English

mcdonough school of business

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Bill English is a political economist with scholarly interests in ethics, education, and public policy. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2010 writing on the nature of ethical persuasion and its role in institutional change. Following Duke, Bill taught at Brown University as a post-doctoral research associate with the Political Theory Project working on the philosophy of social science and the biological foundations of human behavior. He then spent five years at Harvard University, first as a research fellow and then as the research director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics where he pursued empirical and normative investigations of “institutional corruption.”

He is currently finishing a book that explores common sources of institutional corruption and strategies for reform. Bill also served as a research associate with the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, where his research examined new educational technologies, the value of humanistic learning, and questions about civic education and the public role of universities. His work has appeared in a range of scholarly journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Business Ethics Quarterly. In the fall of 2016 Bill will join the McDonough School of Business as an assistant professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy.

Tim Frazier

school of continuing studies

C. Wakaba Futamura



Wakaba received her Ph.D. in French Studies from Rice University.  As an Assistant Teaching Professor of French, her goal is to help students acquire and gradually perfect reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills while guiding them in broadening their understanding of Francophone cultures and recognizing how this knowledge intersects with and elucidates interdisciplinary world issues.

Converging with her teaching interests, her research focus is on twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone studies with a special interest in the Maghreb. Wakaba has examined the multifaceted complexity of Francophone identities pertaining to postcolonial issues in the Maghreb, non-Occidental feminist debates, identity expression in the visual arts, and transnational popular culture. From this interdisciplinary angle, she has specifically explored the feasibility of international feminist solidarity, the origins and impact of the East-to-West shift of transnational popular culture, and cinematographic depictions of immigrant communities in France.

Wakaba's most recent peer-reviewed publications include the articles “The Eternal Other: (Franco-) Asians through the Lens of Contemporary French Cinema” forthcoming in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies/Sites (Fall 2017) and “Cendrillon or Scheherazade? Unraveling the Franco-Algerian Legend of Baya” forthcoming in Women in French Studies (2016), and the book chapter “Cultural markers in the dusk of tradition: Hélé Béji’s metaphoric landscaping of Tunisia’s heritage in L’œil du jour and Une force qui demeure” in the Contemporary Francophone African Intellectual (2013).

Since the age of twelve, she has had a lifelong passion for discovering and understanding French and Francophone cultures. Some of her most meaningful and memorable experiences have been during her travels to Québec, France, Tunisia, and Morocco. She has also always had an ecologist side to her due to her fascination with the beautiful complexity of nature…with a particular interest in mosses! When  she has time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, drawing, painting, playing guitar, and dancing (international folk dance).

Wakaba also holds an M.A. in French from Middlebury College and an A.B. in Biology and French from Bowdoin College. 

Nag Gavvalapalli


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Nag was born and grew up in Vijayawada, a beautiful city on the banks of Krishna River in the southern part of India, a place renowned for spicy food. He attended school and college education in Vijayawada. He attended Andhra Loyola College, where his interest in chemistry was kindled, and earned his Bachelors of Science degree. Subsequently, Nag received his Master's in chemistry from the University of Hyderabad and later worked as a research assistant with Prof. Krishna P. Kaliappan at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. Wishing to pursue his interest in organic materials and solving energy related problems, he attended graduate school at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he worked with Prof. D. Venkataraman. His graduate research was focused on developing pi-conjugated polymers and nanoparticles for organic electronics, solar cells and sensors. Nag later joined Prof. Jeffrey Moore's research group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wherein he developed redox active macromolecular architectures for energy storage applications. Nag currently holds a joint position in Chemistry and Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology at Georgetown university.

Besides having fun doing research, Nag loves to play cricket, watch movies, and cook.

Fr. Juan Manuel Granados Rojas, S.J. 


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Fr. Granados was born in Bogotá 1968, joined the Society of Jesus 1986, and was ordained as priest 1997. His interests include biblical research, NT studies, and Pauline Studies. For leisure, Fr. Granados enjoys sports (trekking, running, swimming), literature (historical novel), and music (instrumental).

Fr. Granados served several years as spiritual guide for Jesuits in formation (students of Philosophy and Theology in Bogota). Before becoming biblical scholar, he taught Philosophy to undergraduate students at the Javeriana University.

Fr. Granados' apostolic pursuits include giving eight-day retreats and counseling. He regularly serves a Latino community in Rome.

Gilles Hillary

mcdonough school of business

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Gilles Hilary is the former Mubadala Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance and Strategy at INSEAD. Before joining INSEAD in 2010, he worked in Asia, in Europe and in the USA. He has taught in different capacity at institutions such as INSEAD, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, HEC Paris, HKUST, or Tsinghua University. He regularly teaches courses on corporate governance, risk management, financial analysis, decision making processes and behavioral finance. 

He is a founding member of Cercle-K2, a French think-tank on risk management. His research has been profiled in publications such as the Financial Times, Le Monde, Handelsblatt, Bloomberg Businessweek, Yomjuri Shimbun / Japan News, The Hindu, among many others. It has been published in leading academic journals such as The Journal of Finance or Management Science. He regularly presents his research at places such as Harvard University, Yale University, Beijing University, or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

He has received multiple teaching and research awards such as the Deans' Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching (INSEAD), the Franklin Prize for Teaching Excellence (HKUST) or the Prix Syntec (French Consulting Association award for best academic research). He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and a French professional accounting degree (DESCF).

David Hollenbach, S.J. 

Walsh school of foreign service and berkley center for religion, peace and world affairs

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David Hollenbach, S.J. is the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service and Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University.  His work deals with human rights, theories of justice, religious and ethical responses to humanitarian crises and refugees, and religion in political life.  His approach to these issues is shaped by Catholic social thought, contemporary theology, and moral philosophy.  He was previously at Boston College (1991-2016) where he held the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and was Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.  

He received a B.S. in Physics from St. Joseph's University, an M.A. in Philosophy and Ph.L. from St. Louis University, the M.Div. from Woodstock College, and the Ph. D. in Religious Ethics from Yale University in 1975. 

His books include Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants (2010), Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa (2008), The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics (2003), and The Common Good and Christian Ethics (2002).          

In 2015, he held the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the John W. Kluge Center for Scholars at the Library of Congress.  He often serves as Visiting Professor of Social Ethics at Hekima University College, Nairobi, Kenya.  He has taught at the Jesuit Philosophy Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila, Philippines.  He collaborates with the Jesuit Refugee Service on the human rights of displaced persons.  He has conducted workshops for parliamentarians and for church leaders in South Sudan on human rights in their newly independent country.  

He is currently President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and was formerly the President of the Society of Christian Ethics. He assisted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in drafting their pastoral letter Economic Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy.  He received the Civitas Dei Medal from Villanova University in 2015 and the Marianist Award from the University of Dayton in 2009, both awards for his contributions to Catholic intellectual life.  In June, 1998, he received the John Courtney Murray Award for outstanding contributions to theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Rebecca Katz

School of nursing and health studies


Dr. Rebecca Katz is an Associate Professor of International Health at Georgetown University and co-director of the Global Health Science and Security program.  Previously, she spent ten years as a faculty member at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.  For the past twelve years, she has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, focusing on the Biological Weapons Convention. Dr. Katz is trained in epidemiology, demography, economics, global health and public policy. Dr. Katz has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College, a Masters in Public Health from Yale University, and PhD from Princeton University.

Larry Joseph

school of continuing studies

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Larry is Professor of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management at Georgetown University. He has had diverse experience in both public and private sectors including program/project management, new venture development, technology assessment, and strategy planning. His experience in managing complex projects and programs is extensive. While with the Department of Energy he was Program Director for a unique public/private sector initiative to demonstrate technologies that permit the continued, environmentally acceptable use of domestic energy sources. This innovative program established many new approaches to cost shared partnerships that have become a standard for similar initiatives throughout the government. Upon leaving the government, he developed a global consulting practice that is based on his experience in managing innovative first-of-a-kind projects and the strategic aspects of program management and project development. His clients are drawn from the energy, environmental, information technology and financial services industries. His firm, Joseph Associates, delivers Project Portfolio Management solutions to organizations in both public and private sectors. He has taught extensively on a world-wide basis in project, program, and project portfolio management as well as the areas of energy policy. He is now using his extensive experience as Faculty Director in the newly initiated Master of Project Management and Executive Masters in Program and Portfolio Management. 

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in engineering and has also taught at the Universities of Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, and two Chinese universities in addition to his current position at Georgetown. 

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Luke Keele

government and mccourt school of public policy

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Luke Keele is an Associate Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Government department at Georgetown University. In this capacity, he conducts research on statistical methods for causal inference and program evaluation, and American politics. He is particularly interested in matching methods, instrumental variables, randomization inference, and regression discontinuity designs. His substantive interests include labor market interventions, the evaluation of educational reforms, and voter turnout.

He has published work in journals such as The Annals of Applied Statistics; Psychological Methods; Statistical Science; the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A; Statistics in Medicine; the American Journal of Political Science, and the American Political Science Review.

He received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. He is married to Tracey Keele, who is a partner at KPMG; they have a daughter. He enjoys travel, project cooking, scuba diving, and rock climbing.

Daniel Kelly

school of continuing studies

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Dr. Daniel Kelly will be joining SCS as Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice for the MPS‐Sports Industry Management Program, as of July 2016. Daniel is currently Associate Professor and Director of Sport Management at Wilmington College. Prior to that, he taught for six years at DeSales University. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Sport Management from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and an M.S. in Sport Studies, and B.S in Business Management from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Aside from his educational pursuits, Dr. Kelly has worked for both Time Warner pay per view Boxing (TVKO) in their finance department and HBO in their Sport Publicity department in New York City. Dr. Kelly has also worked for the Anthony Munoz Foundation (Cincinnati, Ohio) in fundraising and event planning. Additionally, Dr. Kelly has worked for ACNielsen Bases, a marketing research conglomerate located in Covington, Kentucky. Dr. Kelly has served as a graduate assistant for game operations and event management at both Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and The Ohio State University. Lastly, Dr. Kelly has studied and worked overseas in England, Spain, and France in marketing management and international business.

Dr. Kelly’s research interests include:

-Analyzing the perspective of African American male head and assistant coaches towards their under-representation in Division I athletics.

-Improving strategies to increase the number of minority athletic administration personnel in Division I athletics.

-Analyzing the perspective of retired football players toward the NFL pension program.

Outside of the university, Dr. Kelly enjoys a variety of activities including reading non‐fiction novels, basketball, physical fitness/training, nutrition, and supporting his favorite sports teams. 

Diana Kim

walsh school of foreign service

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Diana Kim is Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago (2013) and held a Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University. Diana's research and teaching focuses on the transnational politics and history of markets across Southeast and East Asia, with particular interest in the regulation of vice, illicit economies, and legacies of Empire and colonialism. Her first book, entitled Empires of Vice, develops a comparative study of the rise of opium prohibition in British Burma, Malaya, and French Indochina since the late 19th century. Diana has worked as a consultant for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and her scholarship has been awarded prizes from the American Bar Foundation and the Social Science History Association. 

Barrett Koster

computer science


Barrett grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He holds a BA from Swarthmore College in Engineering, an MS from Duke University in Computer Science, and a PhD from North Carolina State University in Computer Science. Barrett rose to department chair at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa in the late 90s, then in 2000 became a professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.  His fiancee's transfer prompts his move to DC, and he is thrilled to have been lucky enough to get job at Georgetown. 

Ian Lyons


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Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science at Brown University and his PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Chicago. Ian was a Fulbright scholar in 2004-2005, was awarded the Glushko Dissertation Prize by the Cognitive Science Society in 2014, and was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2015. Ian’s research uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques in children and adults to understand how the human brain does math. For instance, how does a child in kindergarten or early grade school go from being able to understand basic concepts like ‘more’ and ‘less’ to a grasp of numerals and other symbolic representations of quantity? How do these number symbols then come to underpin the increasingly complex system of mathematical concepts that are more critical than ever to success in a technology-dependent world? In addition, Ian’s work looks at the social and emotional factors that impact math learning and performance in the classroom and in everyday life. For instance, why are some people more anxious about doing math than others? Does this anxiety lead to poor math skills or the other way around? Answering each of these questions has implications not only for our understanding of how the brain does math, but also for developing more effective environments for teaching and learning math. 

Amaya Martin

Arabic & Islamic Studies

Ernest B. McGowen, III


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Ernest B. McGowen, III is a visiting professor of Race and Ethnicity in the Government Department and an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA. His teaching interests include race and ethnicity, political methodology, and campaigns and elections. He has a forthcoming book, African Americans in White Suburbia: Political Networks, Opinion, and Participation and has been published in journals such as "Public Opinion Quarterly" and "Presidential Studies Quarterly."

David McLean

mcdonough school of business

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David McLean is Associate Professor of Finance and Anderson Faculty Fellow at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. David’s research is focused on capital market imperfections and the resulting effects on asset prices, corporate finance, and investment. His papers have been published in leading finance journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, and have won several awards, including the Q-Group’s Roger Murray Prize for quantitative research in finance and the Jensen Prize for the best corporate finance paper in the Journal of Financial Economics.

David received his Ph.D. from Boston College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Before joining Georgetown he was the Keeley Chair in Investment Management at DePaul University and the Kipnes Chair in Finance and Development at the University of Alberta. He has also held visiting positions at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and the Development Bank of Japan. 

K. Nicole Meyer

Mathematics and Statistics


Nicole Meyer is joining the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as an Assistant Teaching Professor. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Georgetown University and is thrilled to be returning to the Hilltop. After leaving Georgetown, she completed her doctoral work in applied statistics at Tulane University in 2013. Since then, she has been serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Alabama. Her research interests include biostatistics, stochastic models for biological processes, epidemiology, and statistical education.

Mark Meyer

mathematics and statistics

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My first stint in the District of Columbia was to earn my bachelor’s degree in Applied Statistics from American University (just up the road from Georgetown) in 2008. After graduating, I stayed in the DC area as a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in the Office of Biostatistics Research in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. After completing my fellowship, I moved to the Boston area to begin my graduate work at Harvard University where I earned my master’s degree in 2011 and doctorate in 2014, both in Biostatistics. After graduating, I accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mathematics at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where I've lived for the last two years.

Currently, my research interests are in the development of new methodologies for analyzing functional data. In addition to my statistical methods research, I collaborate with researchers in a wide variety of disciplines including Genetics, Neuroscience, Child Psychiatry, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Developmental Medicine, Animal Behavior, Mathematics Education, International Relations, and Political Science.

David Molk

department of performing arts

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Dave Molk (Assistant Professor) is a composer and music theorist who writes for traditional and contemporary ensembles. He composes mainly for pitched and non-pitched percussion, combining expressive timbres with an energized rhythmic propulsion and a healthy dose of glitch. Dave's research includes Classical formal functions and Electronic Dance Music. He earned degrees from Middlebury College, Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, and Princeton University.

Vladamir Mukhahrlyamov

mcdonough school of business

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Vladimir Mukharlyamov is joining the McDonough School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Finance. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University, a Masters in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). In his research, Vladimir uses novel datasets to study firm strategy and performance in different settings, including venture capital and private equity, banking, and retail. His job market paper used resumes of over 250,000 employees of bank holding companies to help to understand banks' performance and underlying risk-taking strategies. Vladimir hopes to leverage in the classroom his professional experiences in investment banking, private equity, and global macro. Aside from research, Vladimir enjoys biographies, old movies, chess, and running with his girlfriend and, occasionally, her dog, Bufar.

Arthur J. Murphy, Jr. 

performing arts

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Arthur J. Murphy, Jr. is the founder and senior partner of a firm of trial lawyers, Murphy Taylor, L.L.C. He is a fellow of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, and has endowed the Murphy Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. 

A noted philanthropist and civic leader in his native Pittsburgh, Mr. Murphy - the father of Brendan (C’04) and Kerry - established the Arthur J. Murphy Jr. Scholarship at Georgetown, opening doors of opportunity for young women and men. He created the Arthur J. Murphy Jr. Endowed Fund for Public Speaking and teaches public speaking at Georgetown, pro bono, as an affiliate adjunct professor. Sharing expertise gained as a trial lawyer and founding partner of the Murphy Taylor law firm, he has earned the highest accolades from students. 

Recognized with the John Carroll Award, Mr. Murphy has provided invaluable counsel to Georgetown over many years, beginning with his undergraduate service as senior class president. He is a senator emeritus of the Board of Governors and a former member of the Board of Regents, the College Board of Advisors and the Alumni Admission Program Board of Advisors. Guiding prospective students in the Pittsburgh region through the university admission process, he has also served Hoya alumni as a past president of the Georgetown Club of Pittsburgh. Giving back in countless ways, Arthur Murphy has enriched the Georgetown family beyond measure. 

An avid fan of Georgetown basketball, frequently attending games to show his support, Mr. Murphy has given generously to Hoyas Unlimited and the Hoya Hoop Club. Murphy is also a committed Boy Scout supporter, serving the local counsel as both president and board member and earning its highest honor, the Silver Beaver award.  

Curtis Murphy


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Curtis G. Murphy received his Ph.D. in East European History from Georgetown in 2011, and he has subsequently taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Colby College in Maine. His research interests include East Central Europe in the Enlightenment, the western borderlands of the Russian Empire, urban history, the relationship between center and periphery in multiethnic polities, the politics of memory, and Christian-Jewish interaction before the twentieth century. Dr. Murphy has published articles in "Slavic Review" and "Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry," and his forthcoming book, From Citizens to Subjects: Enlightened Centralism and the Cities in East Central Europe, will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Dr. Murphy has conducted research in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine (visiting the Crimea before the annexation) with support from the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, the Institute of Civic Space and Public Policy in Warsaw, and the Polish History Museum. Dr. Murphy will teach courses on East Central Europe, the Russian Empire, and the Ukrainian crisis for Georgetown, and he is excited to return to DC after a five-year hiatus.

Robert Murray 

Center for Security Studies

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

school of continuing studies

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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

school of continuing studies

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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 

School of Nursing and Health Studies  

Nicholas Subtirelu


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

school of continuing studies

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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 

walsh school of foreign service

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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

walsh school of foreign service

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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 

walsh school of foreign service

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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

mcdonough school of business

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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 

mcdonough school of business 

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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