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.
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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.
Elizabeth Gibbons Bailey will be joining the Department of Biology as an Assistant Teaching Professor. Her primary responsibilities will include teaching in the Foundations of Biology courses and assisting in the coordination of the RISE program, mentoring seniors as they complete student teaching at public high schools in DC.
Liz received her PhD in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University in 2013. Trained as a biophysicist, she primarily used fluorescence techniques to study the physical properties of both artificial phospholipid bilayers and plasma membranes of living cells. Specifically, she was interested in the biophysical changes that cell membranes undergo during apoptosis (programmed cell suicide).
After completing her doctorate, Liz was a Visiting Assistant Professor at BYU and then at BYU-Hawaii. It was during these years as a visiting professor that she became heavily involved in discipline-based education research. In this capacity, Liz has researched pedagogical techniques, assessment strategies, and gender gaps in biology programs.
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.
Dr. Andrew Bickford received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University in 2002. Dr. Bickford conducts research on war, militarization, health, biotechnology, bioethics, and the state in the United States and Germany. His current research examines biotechnology research in the United States military, and the bioethics of the military’s efforts to develop and make “super soldiers.” Dr. Bickford’s fieldwork in Germany with former East German army officers examined how states “make” and “unmake” soldiers, and the experiences of military elites who had power and lost it.
Dr. Bickford is a 2017 Summer Institute of Museum Anthropology Faculty Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Bickford was a 2014-2015 Residential Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and from 2002-2004, a National Institutes of Mental Health post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Bickford has also received grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, and Wenner-Gren.
Dr. Bickford is the author of Fallen Elites: The Military Other in Post-Unification Germany (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is also the co-author (with the Network of Concerned Anthropologists) of The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual, or, Notes on Demilitarizing American Society (University of Chicago Press/Prickly Paradigm Press, 2009), and the Network of Concerned Anthropologists Militarization Reader (under contract with Duke University Press). He is currently working on a second manuscript – Chemical Heroes: Biotechnology, Psychopharmacology, and Armored Life in the United States Military - based on his current research on biotechnology and bioethics in the US military.
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african american studies
Marcus Board Jr. earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in the Department of Political Science. He earned an MA from the department in 2011, and an MA in Social Sciences at the university in 2008. Marcus earned his BA in Africana Studies and Political Science from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2007.
His dissertation research deconstructs political engagement by focusing on decision-making, particularly the ways that decision-making is coerced and the consequences of these influences on marginalized racial and gender groups. Using qualitative and quantitative public opinion data that addresses both political and labor markets, Marcus points to the coercive influence of neoliberalism to explain why disadvantaged groups espouse contradictory social, political, and economic agendas. This undergirds his theoretical argument that power in the form of agenda-setting can compellingly reinforce domination in the absence of observable conflict, evidenced by the significant portions of historically marginalized peoples who have been convinced to reproduce these self-sabotaging agendas that contribute to their being dominated.
Future research will be emphasizing notions of justice that contradict notions of equality while also upholding egalitarianism. More specifically, Marcus is very interested in the ways that government and social services can be disproportionately allocated for select groups on the basis of race, gender, and sexuality, and how these allocations require a marked divergence from (neo) capitalism and (neo) liberalism in order to produce both equality and prosperity.
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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' 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).
Corey D. Fields received his Ph.D. in sociology 2011 from Northwestern University. Most recently, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. His research explores the role of identity – at both the individual and collective level – in structuring social life, and contributes to the ongoing analysis of the relationship between identity, experience, and culture. His work draws on a cultural perspective – across a range of methodological approaches – that emphasizes the role of meaning and recognizes that identities are enacted in specific social contexts. Corey is the author of Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African-American Republicans (2016, University of California Press). His findings show that, contrary to the monolithic picture presented in the media, there are sharp distinctions that divide African-American Republicans into opposing camps. The book takes us inside the tense relationships African-American Republicans have with each other, as well as their white counterparts within the GOP. Moving past rhetoric and politics, this project exposes the processes through which everyday people working to reconcile their commitment to black identity with their belief in Republican principles. Corey uses African-American Republicans as a case to understand the dynamic relationship between race and political behavior in the context of contemporary U.S. politics.
His current research examines the relationship between social and profession identity through the experiences of African Americans in the advertising industry. The project explores three lines of inquiry: (1) how racial identity is constructed, maintained, and expressed when it operates as both a personal and a professional resource, (2) how corporate institutions respond to increased diversity, and (3) how the work of African American advertising professionals contributes to broader cultural messages about black people. The project aims to articulate how working in advertising informs the formation, expression, and commodification of racial identity, while simultaneously shaping the broader cultural meanings attached to blackness.
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Arabic and Islamic Studies
Muhammad Habib is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic. He comes to Georgetown from Claremont McKenna College and previously taught at Duke University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Arabic language and linguistics from Al-Azhar University in Egypt. His research interests include Arabic linguistics, syntax, morphology as well as Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL), Arabic Literature, Islamic Studies, and Qur’anic Studies. He has published a monograph in Arabic entitled Usul al-nahw wa masa’ilahi al-khilafiya (Principles of Arabic Grammar and Scholarly Debates Among Medieval Grammarians) as well as a number of academic articles on historical Arabic grammar and contemporary Arabic language pedagogy. He studied the art of Arabic calligraphy at the Calligraphy Institute in Cairo and has given workshops on Arabic calligraphy at universities around the country.
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Kennedy institute of ethics
Jonathan joins the Kennedy Institute of Ethics to lead the creative projects and outreach efforts of Ethics Lab with a special focus on developing the program's educational capacity. He has previously been a member of the faculty at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the George Washington University, and the University of Maryland. Jonathan's courses focus on creative processes across disciplines as well as Experience Design at the intersection of physical and digital landscapes. His professional practice spans many scales and forms, including urban design, architecture, exhibition design, and sensor-connected digital products and building systems. Jonathan’s role at Ethics Lab combines his interests in education design, interdisciplinary learning strategies, and human-centered practices.
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.
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Mark R. Jacobson has over twenty years of experience in the federal government, international organizations, and academia working on some of the most complex and politically sensitive national security issues facing the United States. He is a recognized expert on U.S. foreign policy and national security as well as the dynamics of international conflict and the use of military force and has served as a policymaker, diplomat, academic and member of the armed forces. As a public servant Jacobson most recently held appointments as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. Previously he served in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Deputy NATO Representative and Director of International Affairs at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and in these roles advised Generals David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal on the international political dynamics of the mission.
Earlier in his career Jacobson served at the Pentagon in multiple roles and was in his office on September 11, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the wing where he worked. On Capitol Hill, Jacobson worked for Senator Carl Levin on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee where he participated in the inquiry into the treatment and interrogation of detainees in U.S. custody. A combat veteran, his military service includes time as both an Army and Navy reservist including mobilizations to Bosnia in 1996 and to Afghanistan in 2006 – both times in support of the NATO mission. As an academic Jacobson focuses on military history, the use of propaganda, as well as the politics of U.S. national security policy.
This coming academic year Jacobson will be a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and is an adjunct at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is currently writing a book on perceptions of the foreign and national security policy of the Carter Administration (1977-1981). Jacobson has made over 100 live and taped television and radio appearances on major networks including segments as a commentator and subject matter expert on broadcast television, cable networks, and national and international radio stations. He has been quoted in major print and online publications and his commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, and the Chicago Tribune. A native of Michigan, Jacobson grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the King’s College, University of London and a PhD in Military History from The Ohio State University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Advisors to Veterans in Global Leadership, a non-profit devoted to training and preparing veterans to be tomorrow’s global leaders. He lives with his wife and son in Washington DC and remains a rabid Michigan Wolverines fan.
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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 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.
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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.
Priya Goel La Londe
Graduate school of Arts & Sciences
Priya La Londe is Assistant Professor of Teaching in Educational Transformation (EDTR). In EDTR, La Londe teaches courses on social justice, accountability, assessment, evaluation, and politics and policy in the context of American and global P-12 education. She holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University. From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she holds a M.A. in Educational Leadership, M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership. La Londe has worked with diverse students and families as a P-12 teacher and a school leader in Chicago, New Delhi, and in Shanghai, China. She joins Georgetown from Shanghai, China, where she recently completed a research project on the implementation and impacts of performance-based compensation in Shanghai public elementary schools. She is a recipient of the Institute of International Education & China Confucius Institute Confucius Studies Joint Ph.D. Fellowship, was an American Education Research Association (AERA) David L. Clark Scholar, and she was a University Council of Educational Administration Barbara Jackson Scholar. Professor La Londe’s research uses a mix of methods to analyze how educational policies shape teaching and leadership outcomes. One line of her inquiry examines how teacher accountability policies that draw on incentivism and standardization shape teacher improvement. Another line of her inquiry focuses on the nature and consequences of data and evidence use among teachers, school leaders, and policy actors. She is a co-researcher on projects funded by the William T. Grant and Spencer foundations and currently conducts research in the United States, Shanghai, China, and in Singapore.
Kimberly Leighton joins the philosophy department at Georgetown to teach in her areas of specialization, bioethics and ethics. Having taught at Tufts, Wesleyan, and Cornell, Dr. Leighton’s most recent appointment was at American University. She has published on such topics as the ethics of genetic testing, the medical rights of children, and the ethics of family-making. Her overall research interests concern the intersections of knowledge production, medicalization, and ethical theory as she examines—much in the tradition of philosophers such as Michel Foucault—how our understandings of how we should live inform and are informed by the knowledge we create including science, medicine, and morality. Interests in the persistence of eugenic thinking and contemporary understandings of identity—especially in the context of family-made-by-adoption—underlie many of her projects.
She is currently at work on a book, Genealogical Bewilderment: What Adoption Can Teach Bioethics About What Genes Don’t Mean. The manuscript provides an ethical analysis of ongoing debates about the ethics of human reproduction involving anonymous sperm/ova/embryo donation. Many have wondered whether the US should follow countries that have, over the last 30 years, upended their policies, moving from requiring to forbidding anonymous gamete donation, shifts often based on the claim that children have a “right to know” their so-called “genetic parents.” The book aims to provide an intervention critical of ‘right to know’-based claims by shining a light on the genetic essentialist framework underlying such ‘rights-based’ approaches (whether presented by the Left or the Right). Dr. Leighton’s book ultimately questions the ethics of the view that genetic relatedness has intrinsic moral value, arguing that such a view inevitably relies on harmful normative ideals about family, gender, sexuality, and race.
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Dr. Frederic Lemieux currently serves as Professor of the Practice and Faculty Director of the MPS in Applied Intelligence. He is considered as an innovative researcher and inspirational leader specialized in the field of global threats and homeland security. He earned a doctoral degree in criminology from the University of Montreal in 2002 at the age of 26 years old. Under his leadership at the University of Montreal, George Washington University, and Georgetown University, Dr. Lemieux has incepted and managed several cutting edge academic programs in intelligence, policing, homeland security and cybersecurity. His research interests focus on intelligence, national security, homeland security, and cybersecurity. His studies employed diverse qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Dr. Lemieux’s work has been published in numerous preeminent peered-review journals and books. He has presented research finding as panelist and/or keynote speaker in numerous national and international conferences. Finally, Dr. Lemieux has served as an editor and evaluator for a diverse academic, private, and government organizations.
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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.
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Jamie Martin is a historian of capitalism, modern Europe, and international order. He completed his PhD in History at Harvard University in 2016, and was then an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney. His current book project, Governing Global Capitalism in the Era of Total War (under advance contract at Harvard University Press), investigates the origins of the earliest international schemes to govern the world's capitalist economy, which emerged out of efforts to stabilize European political and economic orders in the aftermath of the First World War. His research also looks at the history of the social sciences, and his writings on political economy and European history for a public audience have appeared in the London Review of Books, The Nation, and Bookforum. He originally hails from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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Nancy McEldowney was appointed to her new position as Director of MSFS on July 1 of this year. Previous to MSFS, she served as Director of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria.
As Director of FSI, Ambassador McEldowney led the foreign affairs training facility for the U.S. government, which offers 800 courses and enrolls approximately 170,000 annually. She was responsible for FSI’s 1,400 staff, worldwide field operations, and $130M operating budget. Ambassador McEldowney also served as Interim President and Senior Vice President of the National Defense University, the U.S. Department of Defense’s national security university.
Ambassador McEldowney has been a leading policy advisor on Europe. She served President Clinton as Director of European Affairs on the White House National Security Council Staff. She also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she led the U.S. government engagement with NATO, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Ambasador McEldowney’s distinguished career as a foreign service officer included positions as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria and as Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Turkey and Azerbaijan.
She has been granted the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on five occasions. She is also the recipient of the Sinclair Linguistic Award and of the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
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Prior to assuming the role of Director of Galleries and Associate Professor of the Practice (Museum Studies) at Georgetown University in 2017, Miner held curatorial positions at American museums and non-profit art spaces. As Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 2010 – 2017 he organized eleven exhibitions and authored two catalogues while contributing to other publications. MFA exhibitions of particular note include 2012’s Ori Gersht: History Repeating, whose accompanying monograph won a first prize award at the 2013 New York Book Show, and 2016’s Megacities Asia, the largest contemporary exhibition mounted by the MFA to date and winner of the 2017 Association of Art Museum Curators’ annual award for excellence in exhibitions. Previously Miner worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. There he organized site-specific commissions with Dan Graham and Yoko Ono for the National Mall, and served as coordinating curator for the first North American retrospective of German artist, Blinky Palermo among other projects. He has received fellowships and grants from organizations including the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Artis foundation, Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Goethe-Institut, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Smithsonian Institution. Miner received his education in museum studies and studio art at The George Washington University, Queens College/CUNY, and Randolph College.
Laura Roberts Morgan
McDonough School of Business
Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is a Teaching Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business. She has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. She has also taught courses in organizational behavior, psychology, negotiations, group dynamics, and leadership and career development as a faculty affiliate of University of Michigan, the Wharton School of Finance, Tuck, Georgia State University, UCLA Anderson, and AVT (Copenhagen). Laura is a co-founder of RPAQ Solutions, Inc., a research and consulting firm that brings strength-based practices to leaders who seek extraordinary performance and personal fulfillment.
Laura’s research examines how leaders cultivate positive identities in diverse work organizations. She has published research articles, teaching cases, and practitioner-oriented tools for strategically activating best selves in workplaces and communities. Her publications, “How to Play to your Strengths” and “Creating a Positive Professional Image,” are among the most popular articles from Harvard Business Publishing and have been featured in several media outlets. Laura is an editor of Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity-building and Inclusion (with Lynn Perry Wooten and Martin Davidson) and Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation (with Jane Dutton). Her forthcoming books include: Leadership, Race, and Work (with David Thomas) and Seven Conversations (we should be having) about Diversity, Inclusion and Positive Organizing (with Lynn Perry Wooten and Martin Davidson). She is currently a Visiting Scholar of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative, researching the influence of African American business leaders. Laura earned a BA in Psychology (highest distinction & Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia, and an MA and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.
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Dr. Georgios Moschoglou has over 20 years’ experience leading large-scale information technology programs and implementing change for a broad range of organizations. He currently manages complex enterprise platform establishment programs at the World Bank’s IT Risk Management and Analytics unit providing key capabilities in managing the Bank’s investments and capital markets activities. Prior to this, he was an IT Portfolio Delivery Manager with Capital One Financial, where he was accountable for the day-to-day implementation of online commercial banking system solutions. His previous professional experience also includes various managerial and consulting engagements across multiple functional areas and products; from software engineering process assessments and improvements in organizations such as NASA, Ericsson and Freddie Mac to command and control systems engineering and program management overseas.
As a faculty member of Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, he designs and teaches graduate level courses in project, program and portfolio management. His specialty areas include project portfolio strategic alignment, optimization and performance, risk modeling and simulation.
He holds a Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. He is PMP Certified from Project Management Institute and a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering.
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.
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.
african american studies
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.
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 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.
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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.
Libbie has her doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Oxford, Balliol College and dual degrees with high honors in Economics and Molecular & Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Libbie’s areas of expertise in biotechnology and security; East Asia and the Pacific; and the role of emerging technologies in national security.
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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 Review, City & Community, The 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.
Hannah Sande carries out both documentary and theoretical linguistic research. Her theoretical work investigates the interaction of phonology with morphology and syntax, with original data primarily from African languages. She has spent many summers in West Africa working with speakers of Guébie, an otherwise undocumented Kru language spoken in Côte d'Ivoire. She also works locally with speakers of Amharic (Ethiosemitic), Dafing (Mande), and Nouchi (contact language, Côte d'Ivoire). Her dissertation focuses on phonological processes and their interaction with morphosyntax, based on data from Guébie, where much of the morphology is non-affixal but rather involves root-internal changes like tone shift or vowel alternations.
Phil Sandick recently completed his PhD in English (Rhetoric and Composition) at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he taught first-year writing, literature and film, and also served as Assistant Director for the Writing Program. Formerly a fiction editor at The Carolina Quarterly, Phil received an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book chapter, “Lore 2.0: Creative Writing as History” is a part of the recent collection of essays on creative writing pedagogy, Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? (Bloomsbury Academic). Phil was awarded the UNC Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award in 2017.
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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 Marketing, Journal 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.
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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.
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Joel Simmons is an Associate Professor in Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the political economy of development, particularly, economic growth, social policy, and the political economy of gender. His book, The Politics of Technological Progress: Parties, Time Horizons, and Long-term Economic Development, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
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Professor Tian's research expertise includes corporate disclosure, earnings quality, governance and corporate taxation. She has published scholarly articles in top journals such as Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, and Contemporary Accounting Research. Previous to Georgetown she has taught at The Ohio State University, University of Iowa, and University of Minnesota.
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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.
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Dr. Erinn Tucker is the Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice of the Master of Professional Studies in Global Hospitality Leadership program.
Dr. Tucker brings a wealth of academic and professional experience to Georgetown University and joins us from Temple University where she held a faculty appointment as an assistant professor in the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Prior to Temple University, she was an assistant professor in the School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University. During her time at Boston University, Dr. Tucker collaborated closely with university leadership as an active University Council member, developed the Washington, DC Event Management Summer Hospitality Program, and co-created the Tourism in China experiential course. She also chaired the academic policy committee and served as campus student mentor for the POSSE Foundation Diversity program.
In addition to her active university life, Dr. Tucker serves as a contributor to Washington, DC-based, event technology company, Social Tables. She is a recipient of the 2016 Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education ‘Article of the Year’ Award, given by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE). She is also the 2017-2018 Northeast North American (NENA) Federation President for ICHRIE and active in key industry associations, including the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).
Dr. Tucker holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, a master’s in sport administration from Florida State University, a master’s in business administration from Winthrop University, and a Ph.D. in hospitality administration from Oklahoma State University.
Rubina Verma is an Assistant Professor whose teaching and research fields are Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, International Economics and International Trade. Previously she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) from 2015-2016 and an assistant professor at Instituto Tecnologico de Autonomo (ITAM), Mexico from 2008-2015. Most of her current research focuses on examining productivity - at both the aggregate and micro level - and the association of productivity with trade, trade reform and liberalization. She has a deep interest in understanding the process of economic growth and structural transformation in developing countries. A large part of her dissertation focused on the Indian economy. The main chapter of her dissertation “Can Total Factor Productivity Explain Value Added Growth in Services” was published in the Journal of Development Economics (2012) in which she examined the rapid service sector driven growth in the Indian economy during 1980-2005. Taking this research further, she is currently working to understand another feature of the Indian growth experience - the persistently high degree of informality in Indian manufacturing. Trade Liberalization has also been an area of interest and one of her recent papers, forthcoming in the IMF Economic Review, focuses on the South Korean economy and in particular the structural change and trade reform witnessed by her during 1963-2000. She has also published in The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Economy as well as Palgrave Macmillan’s The Rise of China and India: Impacts, Prospects and Implications, UNU-WIDER Studies in Development Economics and Politics. She was selected as a researcher in the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (National Researchers System, Mexico) for the 2012-2016 period.
At USC she taught courses such as Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, as well as a special course on the Chinese economy to undergraduate students. At ITAM, she taught International Business and Business Forecasting to undergraduates and International Trade to graduate students in the MBA program. She has received many teaching awards during her teaching career and thoroughly enjoys teaching, especially economics courses to undergraduate students.
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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.
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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.
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Jeremy Yip is joining the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor of Management.
Jeremy'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.
The 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.