School of Foreign Service
Tariq Ali is an Associate Professor. He has joined the Georgetown Faculty from the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. His research has focused on jute production and peasant life in the Bengal Delta. Tariq received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University.
ARABIC & ISLAMIC STUDIES
Elham Alzoubi is an Assistant teaching professor at the department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and an MA in Linguistics from Indiana University-Bloomington. She has a decade of work experience that includes various roles in foreign language education at Indiana University, Earlham College, Qatar University and the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. Her graduate and post-graduate experience has largely focused on teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. All of her past experience involves teaching Arabic and its rich socio-cultural and humanities tradition and heritage. Her areas of interest also include Arabic idioms. She is completing an ethnographic study of Arabic idioms and translating them into English.
D. Allen Ammerman
McDonough School of Business
Allen Ammerman is Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Academic Operations for the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Prior to his appointment at Georgetown University, Allen was Assistant Professor of Finance at West Texas A&M University where he taught courses in corporate finance and valuation. Additionally, Allen has over 10 years of financial management experience working in the for-profit, non-profit, and governmental sectors.
Allen’s research is focused on issues in household finance and private wealth management. He has been invited to present at several national conferences and has authored several articles for publication. Allen's research has received special recognition from the personal finance community, including the 2018 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) Outstanding Research Journal Article of the Year, and the CFP Board Financial Planning Paper Award at the 2017 meeting of the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI).
Allen earned a B.M. in Music from the University of Cincinnati in 2006, an M.B.A. from Webster University in 2011, an M.S. in Finance from Georgetown University in 2017, and a Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University in 2017.
Feras A. Batarseh is a Teaching Assistant Professor with the Data Analytics Program at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and a Research Assistant Professor with the College of Science at George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax, VA. His research and teaching span the areas of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Context-Aware Software Systems. Dr. Batarseh obtained his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) (2007, 2011), and a Graduate Certificate in Project Leadership from Cornell University (2016). His research work has been published at various prestigious journals and international conferences. Additionally, Dr. Batarseh published and edited several book chapters: https://www.amazon.com/Federal-Science-Advanced-Analytics-Agricultural/dp/0128124431
Dr. Batarseh has taught data science and software engineering courses at multiple universities including Georgetown, GMU, UCF, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), as well as George Washington University (GWU). For more information on his research, and contact details, please refer to this webpage: http://www.ferasbatarseh.com
Michelle Bertke joins the Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Teaching Professor beginning in Fall 2019. In addition to teaching non-science major chemistry courses, she will also serve as the Outreach Coordinator for the department. Her interests extend to all areas of science and she is passionate about helping people to understand the science they see in their everyday lives. In the fall semester, she will be teaching Chemistry of the Human Body.
Michelle received her B.A. in Zoology from Kent State University and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame. Her research experience includes plant conservation genetics and studying protein modification in frog development. Most recently she worked as a postdoctoral associate with faculty in the biology department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work there focused on faculty development and educational research into active learning strategies. She currently also runs a company, Science Connections, which does hands on STEM programs in the community. She presents workshops for elementary age students at libraries and community centers.
C. Alan Bester
Molly Borowitz works on spiritual and political subjecthood in early modern Spain and Spanish America and the relationship between 16th- and 17th-century literature and 20th- and 21st-century critical theory. Her interests include subject formation in the Baroque and colonial contexts, discursive representations of affective, mystical, and other forms of interior experience, aesthetic and cultural reflections of early capitalism, and the emergence of the modern State. She has published recently on rhetorical strategies in the writing of St. Teresa of Ávila. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley in July 2019. At Georgetown, she will teach classes on early modern literature and culture in the Spanish Empire.
Jennifer M. Boum Make
Jennifer Boum Make graduated with a PhD in Francophone literature from the Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh in April 2019. Boum Make will start as a tenure track Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in the Department of French and Francophone Studies in fall 2019. Her research focuses on the relationship between representations of hospitality and encounters with different forms of alterity for the articulation of new forms of associations in contemporary Francophone spaces, in particular the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Her broad areas of interest include: Francophone postcolonial theory; Caribbean and Mediterranean Studies; questions of mobility and circulation of people and cultures.
Lara Bryfonski joins the linguistics department as an Assistant Professor in the concentration of Applied Linguistics. Lara received her doctorate from Georgetown University where she conducts research on second language acquisition and language teaching. She has published and presented her research on a variety of topics in second language acquisition, including task-based language teaching, interaction, corrective feedback, materials development, language learning in study abroad, and methods for second language research. Her publications appear in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching Research and the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics as well as a variety of edited collections. Lara is a former ESL teacher and has taught language students from preschool to adulthood in a variety of contexts in the U.S. and abroad. She is an experienced teacher trainer and has worked with NGOs, public and private schools, governmental and financial organizations and universities to provide research-based training in language teaching.
Claire Catenaccio grew up in New York City, and she is excited to experience urban living once again as a member of the faculty at Georgetown, after two years as an Assistant Professor at Duke University. Her primary field of research in Classics is ancient drama, focusing at present on the role of music and song in the tragedies of Euripides. She has written on the significance of lamed figures in Greek mythology, on the use of masks in Attic tragedy, on the imagery of dreams in Aeschylus' Oresteia, on singing actors in Sophocles' Trachiniae, and on the new Broadway musical Hadestown. As an dramaturge and director, she has worked extensively with modern stagings of ancient texts, and for the past seven years has experimented with the active speaking of Greek and Latin as an instructor for the Paideia Institute. In addition to her academic work, she enjoys visiting museums, walking in the Dumbarton Oaks gardens, and the occasional Soul Cycle class, and she is always glad of company.
Department: Classics. Education: A.B. Harvard College, M.Phil. Oxford University, Ph.D. Columbia University.
Minsu Chang received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania before joining the department of Economics at Georgetown University in 2019. Her research interest lies in quantitative macroeconomics and econometrics, exploring how micro-level heterogeneity helps us understand the dynamics of macroeconomic variables. This ranges from estimating a life-cycle model of single and married households to account for their homeownership patterns to including both aggregate variables and cross-sectional earnings data in vector autoregressive models.
Jessica Chiang is an Assistant Professor of Psychology interested in issues related to psychosocial stress in youth and adolescence to young adulthood. She has just completed a three year postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Jessica earned her Ph.D. in Health Psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Theology & RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Katherine Collin is an assistant teaching professor and Associate Director of the MA Program in Conflict Resolution. She has a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University's School of International Service. Prior to joining Georgetown, Dr. Collin was an instructor of conflict analysis and international relations at American University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Collin’s work is on peace, governance and votes. In particular, her research explores the use of referendums in peace processes. She has conducted research in Afghanistan, Colombia, Cyprus, East Timor, Indonesia, Romania and South Sudan. Katy is an engaged scholar, with a background in post-conflict election advising and administration. She worked with the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration on elections for Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nepal, South Sudan, and Libya.
McCourt School of Public Policy and Walsh School of Foreign Service
Jishnu Das is a Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy with a joint appointment at the Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Senior Visiting Fellow at The Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Jishnu’s work focuses on health and education in low and middle-income countries. With Tahir Andrabi & Asim Khwaja he has co-developed the largest and longest-running cohort study on learning outcomes in low-income countries to examine how schooling investments affect child learning and ultimately adult outcomes. He has also led a wide-ranging agenda on the measurement of quality for primary healthcare in low-income countries and is currently working on quality of care surveillance for Tuberculosis in urban India. Between 2006 and 2009, he was also a member of the team that developed India’s first inpatient health insurance scheme. He was a member of the core team for the World Development Report on Gender and Development, 2011 and the Flander’s Visiting Professor at McGill University in 2015.
He has received the George Bereday Award from the Comparative and International Education Society for the best paper published in Comparative Education Review, the Stockholm Challenge Award for the best ICT project in the public administration category in 2006 for co-developing a crowd-source relief and recovery website following an earthquake in Pakistan, and the Research Academy award from the World Bank in 2017 and 2013 for research on health and education. He has worked in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Paraguay, Kenya and Zambia. He completed his doctoral studies at Harvard University and previously attended Cambridge University and St. Stephen’s College.
School of Foreign Service
Shantayanan Devarajan is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Chair of the International Development Concentration in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program. He joins the Georgetown faculty after 28 years at the World Bank, where he was the Senior Director for Development Economics, the Chief Economist of the South Asia, Africa, and Middle East and North Africa regions and of the Human Development Network, and Research Manager for Public Economics.
Before joining the World Bank, he was on the faculty of Harvard Kennedy School. The author or co- author of about 150 publications, his research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, political economy, and general-equilibrium modeling of developing countries.
Born in Sri Lanka, Shanta received his A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Stefan Eich's research is in political theory and the history of political thought, in particular the political theory of money and financial capitalism. Prior to Georgetown, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University after receiving his PhD in Political Science from Yale University. Having grown up in Germany, he moved to the United Kingdom after high school and holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, as well as an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Khaled Esseissah is Assistant Teaching Professor at the African Studies Program. He specializes in modern African history, with a special focus on the social, intellectual, and religious initiatives of African Muslims. His current book project concerns the social transformations associated with the abolition of slavery in Mauritania, with a focus on the recent history of the Harāṭīn community and its diaspora. The Harāṭīn diaspora originated and developed out of the trans-Saharan slave trade with the dispersion of sub-Saharan populations across North and West African regions. In this project, he aims to show how
Harāṭīn socio-political actions over the past hundred years have changed their status in northwest African hierarchies, and how their engagement in religious practices has strengthened their sense of community and political visibility. He also illuminates the growth of Harāṭīn Muslim consciousness and to analyze interconnections between religious practice and assertions of social equality.
Dr. Esseissah received his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University-Bloomington. His research has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the Carnegie Foundation, the Institute of International Education, and Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Theology & RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Peter Folan, S.J. is a Jesuit priest from Massapequa Park, New York. He earned his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College in 2019, after which he joined Georgetown’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Folan’s research focuses primarily on the role of the Bible in theological reflection, especially in ecumenical theology, though he also has written on ecclesiology, sacramental theology, and governance issues in higher education. Prior to coming to Georgetown, he taught religion at the Holy Trinity School (Washington, DC) and Bishop McNamara High School (Forestville, MD), as well as philosophy at the University of Scranton, and theology at Boston College. He serves as a member of Le Moyne College’s Board of Trustees and America Media’s Board of Directors.
B.A. University of Notre Dame
M.A. Fordham University
M.Div. Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry
S.T.L. Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry
Ph.D. Boston College, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
Purna Gamage is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Dr. Gamage received a PhD in Mathematics with a focus in Statistics in 2018 from Texas Tech University, for her research in Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling, Spatial Data Analysis, and Ecological Statistics. Prior to joining Georgetown University, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, and a Graduate Part Time Instructor and Research Assistant at Texas Tech University, Texas.
Arabic & Islamic Studies
McCourt School of Public policy
Keith Hall has more than 25 years of public service, most recently as just the ninth Director of the Congressional Budget Office. He also served as the Chief Economist and Director of Economics at the International Trade Commission (ITC). Before that, he was a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chief Economist for the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, Chief Economist for the Department of Commerce, a senior international economist for the ITC, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, and an international economist at the Department of Treasury. In those positions, he worked on a wide variety of topics, including labor market analysis and policy, economic conditions and measurement, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, international economics and policy, and computational partial equilibrium modeling. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in economics from Purdue University.
Haiyan He joins the Department of Biology at Georgetown as an Assistant Professor in the fieldof Neurobiology. Haiyan has always been fascinated about our brain’s ability to adapt in response to changes in the environment and experience (e.g. learning and memory, recovery from injuries, etc.). Experience has profound influence on our nervous system, both during early development and in adulthood. It not only directly shapes the fine tuning of neural circuits, but also affects the capacity of the circuit to be changed by further experience. Haiyan has studied experience-dependent plasticity and metaplasticity in the visual system of both embryonic stage and adulthood, using animal models of Xenopus laevis tadpoles and rodents. Her research aims to unravel the multifaceted roles experience plays in the development of neuronal circuits, with a specific focus on the inhibitory neurons during early development and its roles in the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Haiyan received a PhD in Biology at University of Maryland, College Park and has had postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.
English Language Center
Jennifer Jefferis is a Teaching Professor and the Director of Curriculum at the Security Studies Program, in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University. Her academic research focuses on religion and political violence, and she is the author of three books on this topic: Hamas: Terrorism, Governance, and its Future in the Region (Praeger 2016) Religion and Political Violence: Sacred Protest in the Modern World (Routledge 2009) and Armed for Life: Anti-Abortion Politics in the United States (Praeger 2011), as well as several articles on religion and violence.
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Jennifer was a professor at the Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies where she developed security related programs for government and civilian leaders in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the Palestinian Territories, and Israel, among other places. She was an associate professor of Security Studies at the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates, and she served as the Associate Dean of Academics at the College of International Security Affairs in Washington D.C.
She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Justice & Peace Studies
Latin American Studies
Ya Yun Kao (Sherry)
Sherry Kao is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. Her work primarily focuses on value theory and ethics. She is also interested in biomedical ethics, environmental philosophy, history of ethics, social and political philosophy, and Chinese philosophy.
She received her PhD in philosophy from Rice University in 2019.
Yuki Kato is an urban sociologist whose research interests intersect the subfields of social stratification, food and environment justice, culture and consumption, and symbolic interaction. She has conducted research on the rise of urban agricultural cultivation and the alternative food movement in post-Katrina New Orleans, with a particular focus on food access disparity, spatial and social landscape of alternative food activism, and contested meanings of local during a major urban transformation. Her new research project examines the role of social entrepreneurs working on Environmental and Food Justice work in a gentrifying city. She also has another project underway that explores the impacts of urban agricultural policies in spurring and sustaining urban gardening and farming activities in North American cities.
She is writing a book, Cultivating the City: Urban Agriculture in Post-Katrina New Orleans, based on in-depth interviews with urban growers and activists and archival data. It examines when and how urban agriculture emerges in the city, and why gardening and farming have come to symbolize a panacea for a range of urban issues. Her co-edited book with Alison H. Alkon and Joshua Sbicca, Back to the City: Food and Gentrification, is forthcoming from the NYU Press.
At Georgetown, Professor Kato regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, including courses that align with her research such as Sociology of Food, Culture and Consumption, and Environmental and Food Justice Movements. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, in 2007. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with double majors in Sociology and Communication, and minors in Spanish and Chinese.
Verena Kick is an Assistant Professor of German. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown University, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2019. Her interest in German literature and visual culture, particularly from the first half of the 20th century, was already sparked at the University of Oregon and the Universität Regensburg in Germany, her alma maters. Her current research focuses on the combination of texts and images in photobooks from the 1920s, as an approach to examine Weimar Germany, its changing public sphere, and the developing visual literacy at the time. In addition, as a digital humanist, part of her research can also be found online, in her digital project Revolutionizing the Public Sphere in the Weimar Republic – The ‘Invasion’ of the Working Class that she developed using the digital publishing platform Scalar.
McCourt School of Public Policy
David Lindeman is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy. His primary research and teaching interests are in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, logic, and existentialism. He completed his PhD at Johns Hopkins University in 2019.
Jennifer M. Logg
McDonough School of Business
Jennifer Logg is an Assistant Professor of Management. Her research addresses two questions: What leads managers to make inaccurate judgments? And, when are they willing to use algorithms to improve their accuracy? She has just completed a three year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in the Management of Organizations at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley.
Sarah Lucena completed her PhD in Romance Languages at the University of Georgia in 2019. She specializes in contemporary Brazilian literature, and her primary research interest focuses on the making of the female regional identity of women from the Northeast Brazil. Other research interests include Lusophone women writers, narratives of displacement, and questions on national identity. She has published on memory and history in literature as well as on women writers. In previous years, she has worked with the Portuguese Flagship Program, at Middlebury Summer Language Schools and Universidad de Cádiz, in Spain. At Georgetown, Sarah teaches Portuguese and Spanish.
Brian Madigan is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics. Mr. Madigan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in macroeconomics, monetary economics, financial economics, computational economics, time series econometrics, and other fields.
Mr. Madigan has extensive experience as an economist and leader in government, academia, and the private sector. After completed his doctoral studies, Mr. Madigan joined the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and spent most of the following three decades at the Federal Reserve, rising through the ranks of its staff. During the Global Financial Crisis from 2007 to 2010, he was Director of the Board’s Division of Monetary Affairs and Economist and Secretary for the Federal Open Market Committee, the chief monetary policy making body of the Federal Reserve. In that position, he was responsible for formulating and overseeing staff work to help combat the crisis and plan for the conduct monetary policy in its aftermath. He retired from the Federal Reserve in 2010 after more than thirty years of service. He subsequently joined Georgetown University as Director of the Masters Degree Program in Applied Economics and Visiting Professor of Economics, positions in which he served until 2015, when he returned to the Federal Reserve as Secretary of the Federal Open Market Committee. Mr. Madigan came back to Georgetown in summer 2019. Mr. Madigan has also served as a senior economist on the staff of the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers, as a senior financial economist with Fannie Mae, and as a senior policy advisor with a large global bank.
Mr. Madigan has published a number of articles on monetary policy issues, including the first formal analysis of issues raised for conducting monetary policy by the zero lower bound for nominal interest rates – a constraint on monetary policy that has posed serious, ongoing challenges in the United States and abroad for the past decade.
Mr. Madigan has an A.B. in economics, an M.S. in mathematics, and a Ph.D. in economics.
Pete Marra is the incoming Director of the Georgetown Environmental Initiative (GEI), the Laudato Si’ Professor in Biology and the Environment, and Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy. Pete comes to Georgetown University after a 20-year career at the Smithsonian Institution, most recently as Director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. He has a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and has authored over 225 papers published in journals such as Science, Nature and Conservation Biology on various aspects of the biology and conservation of birds and other animals. He's authored two books: The Birds of Two Worlds, and Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of Cuddly Killer. Pete lives in Takoma Park with his wife and two kids, is an avid fisherman, gardener and cook.
Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. Her work is in American Indian and Indigenous philosophy, Indigenous philosophies of language, feminist epistemology, and philosophy of race. Shelbi is an avid participant in Indigenous language reclamation programming and curricula building. Shelbi is Luiseño (La Jolla) and Cupeño, which are Indigenous communities in southern California. She received her PhD in philosophy from Michigan State University and was a UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. Shelbi loves punk rock shows, spicy food, and weaving baskets.
Nursing & Health Studies
Roxanne Mirabal-Beltran is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her research interests lie in the exploration of how patient-provider communication intersects with race, gender, education, and socioeconomic status (of both provider and patient) to contribute to ethnic and racial health disparities.
She earned a PhD in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Spring of 2018 and for the past year, she continued her work at Bloomberg by joining the Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center as a Postdoctoral Fellow on a Maternal and Child Training Grant. Since 1999, she has also worked as a Women’s Health and Labor and Delivery Nurse at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, a position she still holds on a per diem basis.
During her time at Hopkins, Roxanne was a Brown Scholar focusing on urban health issues particularly in Baltimore. She served as part of a research team exploring a school-based mindfulness and yoga intervention program in Baltimore and worked with the CDC Preconception Care Expert Panel and Working Group to assess the attitudes, barriers, and recommendations of HIV providers on how to best meet the reproductive health needs of their patients. Her dissertation work on repeat cesarean delivery rates among Hispanic women living in the United States earned her an American Association of University Women American Fellowship.
McDonough School of Business
Christie Nordhielm began her teaching career on the faculty of the top-ranked Marketing Department at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, where she was selected by students in the full-time MBA program as the L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year. She also served on the Faculty at the University of Chicago, and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where she oversaw the Core Marketing course, taught Social Impact Marketing, Introduction to Business, and numerous Executive Education programs worldwide.
Christie Nordhielm is a world-renowned consultant and speaker in the areas of Strategic Marketing and Advertising. She creator of The Big Picture Framework and is a founding partner of Big Picture Partners, a global Marketing Strategy Consultancy whose clients include GE, Johnson & Johnson, Ecolab, Stryker, Gore American Express and a large number of small and medium-size companies worldwide.
Professor Nordhielm is the author of several books and articles and has received the Ferber Award for best article based on a dissertation published in the Journal of Consumer Research. She also appears regularly on television and radio and is frequently quoted in the press on current marketing topics. Nordhielm received her PhD and MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Mcdonough school of Business
Michael O'Donnell studies judgment and decision-making, and his research focuses primarily on how consumers express their preferences. He is also interested in studying how people impose constraints on how they think about and spend their money.
Additionally, Michael dedicates a significant amount of time to doing research relating to meta-science. He is interested in reproducibility in the behavioral sciences and tries to incorporate strategies for research that will enhance the robustness and replicability of research findings (e.g., pre-registration, using large sample sizes) into his work.
Michael will be teaching principles of marketing to MSB undergraduates in Fall 2019.
Kristin Perkins joins the Department of Sociology at Georgetown as an Assistant Professor in August 2019. Kristin studies inequality and social stratification with a focus on children, families, and neighborhoods. Her research examines the consequences of residential mobility and changes in household composition for children's educational outcomes, the neighborhood contexts of child and adolescent development, and the consequences of housing policies for individuals and neighborhoods.
Prior to joining Georgetown, Kristin was a postdoctoral fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Kristin received a PhD in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University, where she was also a doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. She has an undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU)
Lily Zubaidah Rahim is a political scientist specializing in authoritarian governance, democratization, Southeast Asian Politics, political Islam and ethnic politics. Her books include The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community, (Oxford University Press 1998/2001; translated to Malay by the Malaysian National Institute for Translation), Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges (Routledge, 2009), Muslim Secular Democracy (PalgraveMacmillan, 2013), The Politics of Islamism: Diverging Visions and Trajectories (PalgraveMacmillan, 2018) and Limits of Authoritarian Governance in Singapore’s Developmental State(PalgraveMacmillan, 2019). She has published in international journals such as Democratization, Contemporary Politics, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Critical Asian Studies and Australian Journal of International Affairs.
Until recently, Lily was Vice-President of the Australian Association for Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) and President of the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) – peak academic associations on Islamic and Muslim studies and Malaysia and Singapore studies in Australia. She has served as a consultant to the Asia-Europe Foundation on inter-faith dialogue and was commissioned by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the United Nations Human Rights Commission to report on minorities in Southeast Asia.
Mark Richardson's research program analyzes how presidents’ efforts to control policymaking at U.S. federal agencies affect civil servants’ career decisions and, ultimately, the store of human capital in the executive branch. Previously, he was an assistant professor of political science at James Madison University. He also spent six years as a bank regulator in the Federal Reserve System and at the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions. He earned his Ph.D. in 2017 from Vanderbilt University and he holds an M.P.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
African American Studies
Zandria F. Robinson, PhD is a writer and sociologist working at the intersections of race, gender, popular culture, and the U.S. South. A native Memphian and classically-trained violinist, Robinson earned the Bachelor of Arts in Literature and African American Studies and the Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Memphis and the Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Northwestern University.
Dr. Robinson’s first book, This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) won the Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her second monograph, Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life (University of California Press, 2018), co-authored with long-time collaborator Marcus Anthony Hunter (UCLA), won the 2018 CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title and the Robert E. Park Book Award from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Her next monograph, Soul Power: Race, Place, and the Battle for the Memphis Sound (University of North Carolina Press) examines race, culture, and neighborhood change in South Memphis, former home of the renowned soul music factory Stax Records.
Dr. Robinson’s teaching interests include Black feminist theory, Black popular culture, urban sociology, and Afro-futurism. She is President-Elect of the Association of Black Sociologists, a member of the editorial board of Southern Cultures, and a contributing editor at Oxford American. Her work has appeared in Issues in Race and Society, The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, the Annual Review of Sociology (with Marcus Anthony Hunter), Contexts, Rolling Stone, Scalawag, Hyperallergic, Believer, Oxford American, and The New York Times.
Alberto G. Rossi
McDonough School of business
Alberto Rossi is an Associate Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
He is also the Associate Director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy. His research interests include FinTech, Household Finance, Machine Learning and Asset Pricing. His recent work studies how robo-advisors can help individuals make better financial decisions and how to predict stock market returns using machine learning algorithms. He has worked extensively in analyzing big data, has collaborated with major brokerage houses, FinTech firms and asset managers around the world.
Professor Rossi’s work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics and Management Science.
Before McDonough, he was an Associate Professor at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He also worked as an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
McCourt School of Public Policy
Lutz is an environmental economist and Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Before joining Georgetown University, he completed a PhD in Environmental Economics at the London School of Economics. Lutz is interested in a range of topics in the fields of Environmental and Public Economics. In particular, Lutz aims to better understand the interplay between climate policy and economic inequality, as well as the energy choices of consumers and the costs of air pollution.
Isaac C. Sandoval
Isaac Sandoval received his MSc and Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Sciences from the National School for Biological Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, Mexico. During his graduate work, Isaac focused on the physiopathology and host immune response in free-living amoebae infections, using both in vivo and in vitro approaches. These studies included the characterization of proteases of Acanthamoeba spp and Naegleria spp as possible virulence mechanisms. In addition, he also studied the role of inflammation in the amoebic meningoencephalitis using CD38-/- knockout mice, and the importance of mucins in the innate resistance to Naegleria infections.
Upon the completion of his Ph.D., Isaac decided to move into the more challenging field of Neuroscience. He joined the Neuroscience Department at The Scripps Research Institute in 2009 to expand his technical skills and neuroscience knowledge. There, his research has focused on understanding how memories are encoded, consolidated, retrieved, and most recently, how these are forgotten. One of their major findings is that normal forgetting is an active, well- regulated process that involves dopaminergic signals, which depend on the behavioral state of the animal.
Isaac is interested in developing a research program to understand how memories are encoded in the brain and how they are forgotten. For this, he will continue to use the relatively simple and well-studied Drosophila brain.
Toni-Lee Sangastiano Mackin
Toni-Lee Sangastiano Mackin is the most recent addition to the Art & Art History Department at Georgetown University. Beginning Fall 2019, she will be Digital Media Specialist and Assistant Professor of the Practice, teaching graphic design classes and helping with the expansion of the department’s offerings in digital art and design. As an artist, she is one of the leading sideshow banner painters in the United States who painted her first sideshow banner for Coney Island USA’s Sideshows by the Seashore in 1997. She is also a classically trained painter from the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy. As an artist-philosopher, with Ph.D. in Visual Arts: Aesthetics, Philosophy, Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from Montclair State University, her research interests include the carnivalesque in media and culture. She recently presented her doctoral research, “The Postmodern Sideshow, the Circus, and the Politics of Media: Talking Back,” at the Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington D.C. in 2019. She also earned a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and Illustration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. As an artist, her exhibitions include Side Show, Yale School of Art and Under the Big Top: The Fine Art of the Circus in America at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT. Her personal websites include http://sangastiano.com/ and https://www.sideshowbanners.com/.
Carlos Simon is a native of Atlanta, Georgia whose music ranges from concert music for large and small ensembles to film scores with influences of jazz, gospel, and neo-romanticism.
Simon’s latest album, MY ANCESTOR’S GIFT, was released on the Navona Records label in April 2018. Described as an “overall driving force” (Review Graveyard) and featured on Apple Music’s “Albums to Watch”, the album incorporates spoken word and historic recordings to craft a multifaceted program of musical works that are inspired as much by the past as they are the present.
As a part of the Sundance Institute, Simon was named as a Sundance/Time Warner Composer Fellow in 2018, which was held at the historic Skywalker Ranch. His string quartet, Elegy, honoring the lives of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner was recently performed at the Kennedy Center for the Mason Bates JFK Jukebox Series.
His piece, Let America Be America Again (text by Langston Hughes) is scheduled to be featured in an upcoming PBS documentary chronicling the inaugural Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Music. He has served as a member of the music faculty at Spelman College and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Acting as music director and keyboardist for GRAMMY Award winner Jennifer Holliday, Simon has performed with the Boston Pops Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and St. Louis Symphony. He has toured internationally with soul GRAMMY-nominated artist, Angie Stone, and performed throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Simon earned his doctorate degree at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Michael Daugherty and Evan Chambers. He has also received degrees from Georgia State University and Morehouse College. Additionally, he studied in Baden, Austria at the Hollywood Music Workshop with Conrad Pope and at New York University’s Film Scoring Summer Workshop. His personal website can be found at http://www.coliversimon.com/
Kristin Sinclair joins the Masters in Educational Transformation (MAET) program in August 2019 as an Assistant Teaching Professor in their Advocacy and Policy track. She recently completed her PhD in Educational Policy at University of Maryland, College Park, where her dissertation research, a qualitative case study of a food justice project in an urban charter high school, critically examined whether and how place-based education might be a tool for youth civic engagement.
Kristin’s research agenda seeks to understand how we can engage students, especially those from historically marginalized backgrounds, in the process of transforming their natural places and human communities toward greater social and environmental justice. She uses critical theories such as spatial justice and youth sociopolitical development to explore how systems of oppression and resistance complicate and shape young people’s experiences of place and how those experiences in turn shape young peoples’ growth and development as human beings and citizens.
Kristin’s work straddles multiple disciplines and domains of education as it attempts to understand what school and policy level conditions support and constrain place-based education and how school-community relationships can be strengthened and transformed in multiple ways for mutual benefits. Prior to graduate school, Kristin worked as a teacher, administrator, and school counselor in both public and private school settings.
Christopher is a historian of imperial and Soviet Russia who received a PhD and MA in Russian and Soviet History from Johns Hopkins University and a BA (Honours) in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. His research and teaching interests include press photography, print and visual culture, Soviet cinema, Stalinism, and the history of the Russian borderlands. His book manuscript, The Performance of Modern Life: Press Photography and Modern Identity in Russia, 1900-1931, examines how photographers and magazine editors transcribed the everyday experience of modernity into a new type of visual storytelling. Christopher argues that the imperial and Soviet illustrated press offered readers new models of identity and citizenship, which alternately challenged and reinforced the status quo. By examining identity through photo-reportage, his work reveals the imperial antecedents of Soviet propaganda and contributes to broad historical debates about self-fashioning, mass media, and state power. Throughout the project, he also explores the tension between the authority ascribed to photography as historical evidence and the various discourses that informed the practice of photo-reportage.
Christopher’s work has appeared in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History and in a landmark edited collection, eds. Murray Frame et al., Russian Culture in War and Revolution, 1914-1922. More recently, he contributed essays to two edited collections: one exploring the relationship between Marxist theory and socialist photographic practices in Capitalism and the Camera (eds. Kevin Coleman and Daniel James) and another one Soviet print and advertising culture in Media and Communication from Lenin to Stalin, 1917-1941 (Kirill Postoutenko, Alexey Tikhomirov & Dmitri Zakharine). He has also published in Slavonica, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, and Slavic & East European Journal, and his work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, and the Frederick Jackson Turner Fund.
Global Human Development
Latin American Studies
Tarmo Toom is a native of Estonia. He studied theology in Switzerland and the United States, obtaining his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in Historical Theology. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown University, he was an Associate Professor of Patristic Theology at CUA and more recently, an Associate Professor of Historical Theology at John Leland Center, Arlington, VA. His primary research areas are patristic philosophy of language and hermeneutics, particularly those of Augustine. He has also developed a keen interest in ancient creeds, patristic Trinitarian theology, and Constantine. Toom has authored numerous books, articles, and reviews, some of which have been translated into German, Spanish, and Russian. He is a subject editor (4th-5th century Christianity) of a six-volume Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.
McDonough School of Business
Michael T. Williams
Michael T. Williams joins the Georgetown Department of Performing Arts as an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Theater and Performance Studies Program. He is a queer-identified devised and ensemble theater practitioner and pedagogue: part director, performer, and educator of original collectively-authored performance. Driven by visual storytelling and sonic languages, his work explores the marriage of the divine and the profane, unreliable first person narratives, and theatricalization of non-dramatic and autobiographical texts. With his collective Antigravity Performance Project and solo Michael has worked with: FringeArts, La MaMa ETC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Soho Rep, Trinity Rep, Blood from a Turnip, AS220, Sleeping Weazel, and in Arena Stage's Downstairs Series for New Work and Voices of Now Festival. His work has been presented at FringeArts, Ars Nova, Ice Factory Festival, New Ohio Theatre Presents, and at Haverford College through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. He has received artist residencies from Bethany Arts Community, Barn Arts, Adelphi University/New York Theatre Workshop, and FringeArts' Camp Fringe Residency Program.
Michael has taught for the Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design CoLAB, The City University of New York (Medgar Evers College and New York City College of Technology) and University of the Arts/Pig Iron Theatre Company, in addition to regional theatre companies and arts education organizations. He is the recipient of the 2013 Victims' Rights and Justice Awards for his work with Francesca Montanile Lyons and the Women of SOAR on Behind Closed Doors, as well as the 2010 Weston Award for his direction of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain. In 2011, Michael was the Bob Alexander Community Engagement Fellow in the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program at Arena Stage, where he taught, directed and devised ensemble-based work in the DC public schools. From 2011 to 2013, Michael served as the Education Outreach Coordinator at Trinity Repertory Company. MFA in Devised Performance, University of the Arts/Pig Iron Theatre Company. BA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Education Studies, Brown University. Associate Member SDC. 2013 Williamstown Directing Corps. Ensemble Creative Work: www.antigravityperformanceproject.org / Solo Creative Work: www.michaeltimothywilliams.com
Nursing & Health Studies
Kelley Miller Wilson is an Assistant Professor and BSN Program Director at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Prior to her appointment at Georgetown University, Wilson was an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of South Carolina where she taught courses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, directed the start- up of a new Accelerated Graduate Program and led the Study Abroad program for nursing.
Dr. Wilson has several publications in peer reviewed journals and her research focus is related to education/preparation of adjunct nursing faculty and preceptors.
Dr. Wilson earned a Diploma in Nursing from The Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, a BSN and MSN from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and a DNP from the George Washington University in Washington, D. C. Dr. Wilson additionally holds National Certification as a Medical Surgical Nurse.
Nursing & Health Studies
Wu Zeng, a health economist and physician, is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University. He has more than 15 years of experience of conducting research on health care systems, health financing, and cost-effectiveness analysis in both developed and developing countries. His research has concerned comparative evaluation of policies, programs, and interventions in improving access and utilization of health services, and health outcomes, as well as associated resources.
His other research interest focuses on examining fund flow in the health care system to identify efficiency gaps to promote the efficiency of programs. He has conducted research in about 20 countries, and received funding from the World Bank, USAID, UNAIDS, the Gates Foundation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Zeng received his MD degree from Fujian Medical University (China), and holds MS and PhD degrees from Brandeis University. Prior to Georgetown University, Dr. Zeng was Associate Research Professor at Brandeis University.