Reena Aggarwal

vice provost for faculty; professor, mcdonough school of business

Professor Aggarwal specializes in global financial markets, securities market regulation, capital raising, initial public offerings, institutional investors, private equity, valuation, stock exchange structure, and corporate governance. In 2015, her research was recognized for addressing global governance challenges and received the prestigious BlackRock-National Association of Corporate Directors Award. She was honored with the Allan N. Nash Distinguished Doctoral Graduate Award by University of Maryland. She serves on the editorial boards of major journals. She regularly presents her work to government agencies and at academic conferences. Dr. Aggarwal has previously held various positions including Interim Dean and Deputy Dean of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business; Visiting Professor of Finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management; FINRA Academic Fellow; Academic Fellow at the U.S. SEC; Visiting Research Scholar at the International Monetary Fund; and Fulbright Scholar to Brazil. Currently, she serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital; and as a Distinguished Scholar at the Reserve Bank of India’s CAFRAL. 

Dr. Aggarwal has consulted for governments, law firms, companies, and for organizations including the IMF, World Bank, UN, IFC, OPIC, IADB, and OECD. She has provided advice to financial institutions, stock exchanges, and securities commissions in several countries, including India, China, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Ecuador and United States. Dr. Aggarwal serves on the Board of FBR & Co., IndexIQ, Brightwood Capital, and REAN Cloud. Her research and analysis is regularly cited in Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC, BusinessWeek, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes among others. She received a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland and M.M.S. from BITS, India.

Paul Almeida

Dean, McDonough School of Business

Paul Almeida is Dean of the McDonough School of Business. Professor Almeida is also the Co-director of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA program. He received his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Professor Almeida’s research studies innovation, knowledge management, alliances and informal collaborations across firms and countries. He is particularly interested in understanding how knowledge builds across people and organizations and how this affects performance. He has published in leading journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, and Research Policy as well as in scholarly books. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading journals and as Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies. Professor Almeida was also previously Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management. He has received the Georgetown’s Faculty Research Award and the Dean’s Service Award. 

Professor Almeida currently teaches executives and MBAs at Georgetown in the areas of strategy, international business, technology and knowledge management. He has won the Joseph LeMoine Award for Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, Best Professor Award for Executive Programs at Georgetown University, and is a seven-time winner of the Best Professor Award for Georgetown's Executive MBA program. 

Professor Almeida leads the Office of Executive Education and Innovation at MSB. The office focuses on developing and running innovative degree and customized certificate programs for executives with an emphasis on global education and technology-enhanced learning. Executive Education offers six highly successful degree programs including the Executive MBA (ranked #5 in the US by Financial Times), Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA, Executive Master's in Leadership program (EML), EML for DC Public School Principals, Executive Master's in International Business (Brazil), and Master's of Science in Finance (online). In addition, Executive Education offers numerous customized programs in as many as 30 countries around the world for companies like Rio Tinto (UK), ICBC (China), Panasonic, Bayer (Germany), Abengoa (Spain) and Booz Allen Hamilton. 

Paul Almeida also leads the innovation function at MSB and is charged with leading the development of new programs, applying technology to enhance existing programs, and exploring opportunities for enhancing organizational efficiencies. 

Paul Almeida has conducted executive education and corporate seminars with over 75 organizations, including Microsoft, Gucci, Rolls Royce, IBM, Bechtel, Nextel, Sprint, Samsung, ARAMARK, AREVA, ENI, the World Bank, US Chamber of Commerce, National Public Radio, OPIC, the Department of Agriculture, FDIC, Federal Election Commission, Department of Commerce and Social Security Administration. 

Kirsten Anderson

Teaching Professor, McDonough School of Business

Professor Anderson served as a financial economist at the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior to joining the SEC, she was an assistant professor of accounting at Syracuse University. She has also worked for the Campbell Soup Company as a financial management assistant. Professor Anderson has served as a representative to the Big 10 Accounting Doctoral Consortium. She is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor society, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society, the American Accounting Association, the Financial Management Association, and the American Finance Association. Professor Anderson serves as an ad hoc referee for Research in Accounting Regulation and has served as a reviewer for American Accounting Association meetings. She is a certified public accountant. 

Professor Anderson obtained her Ph.D. in Accounting from Ohio State University, and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware. 

Randy Bass

Vice Provost for education, professor of english 

Randy Bass is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative and the Red House incubator for curricular transformation. For 13 years he was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. In January 2009, he published a collection of essays and synthesis of findings from the Visible Knowledge Project under the title, “The Difference that Inquiry Makes,” (co-edited with Bret Eynon) in the digital journal Academic Commons (January 2009:

From 2003-2009, he was a Consulting Scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he served, in 1998-99, as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow. In 1999, he won the EDUCAUSE Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Undergraduate Education. Bass is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and electronic projects, including recently, "Disrupting Ourselves: the Problem of Learning in Higher Education" (Educause Review, March/April 2012). He is currently a Senior Scholar with the American Association for Colleges and Universities.

Carol Benedict

Sun Yat-Sen Professor, walsh school of foreign service

Carol Benedict (B.A. University of California at Santa Cruz 1980; M.A. Stanford University 1985; Ph.D. Stanford 1992) is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chair in the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of History, Georgetown University. She teaches courses on the Republic of China (Taiwan), modern China, and global history. Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century China with a particular focus on the social history of medicine and disease, women and gender history, and the history of Chinese consumer culture. Benedict’s publications include Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth-Century China (Stanford, 1996) and Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010 (University of California 2011). Golden-Silk Smoke was awarded the American Historical Association's 2011 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History. The book was also a finalist (one of two) for the 2013 Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies book prize.

Professor Benedict served as Chair of the Georgetown Department of History from 2012 to 2016. In 2013, she received the Georgetown University Distinguished Achievement in Research Award and in 2005, she was a recipient of the Georgetown College Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mark Bosco, S.J.

vice president and general counselVICE PRESIDENT FOR mission and MINISTRY

Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., was appointed Vice President for Mission and Ministry, beginning on August 1, 2017. He also holds an appointment as a Professorial Lecturer in our Department of English. In this role, Fr. Bosco shares the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education and spirituality with faculty, students, staff, parents and alumni through seminars, presentations, immersion programs and retreats. Fr. Bosco oversees robust campus ministry programs on four campuses and a dynamic pastoral care program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Fr. Bosco came to Georgetown from Loyola University Chicago, where he was a tenured faculty member in both the Department of Theology and the Department of English. He also served as Director of The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) at Loyola Chicago.

Fr. Bosco brings to our University an extraordinary understanding of our Catholic and Jesuit tradition and the way it influences and strengthens all that we do. As Director of the CCIH, he led a wide variety of symposia, lectures, film series, and conferences designed to deepen scholarly research and provide opportunities for conversation on the Catholic intellectual tradition and how that tradition can be “explored, communicated, and renewed” in meaningful ways.

As a scholar, Fr. Bosco focuses much of his work on the intersection of theology and art—specifically, the British and American Catholic literary tradition—and has published on a number of authors, including Graham Greene, Flannery O’Connor, and theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. He is the author or co-editor of three books and nearly 20 articles and book chapters, and has taught classes on a wide range of topics, including the Catholic Literary Tradition, Sacramental Theology, Theological Aesthetics, Art and Religious Imagination, and 20th Century American and British Literature. He is also the producer, director, and writer of “Flannery O’Connor: Acts of Redemption,” a feature-length documentary under discussion with PBS/American Masters.

Prior to joining the Loyola Chicago University community in 2003, Fr. Bosco taught at the University of San Francisco and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He obtained his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Theology and Literature from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and his M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Daniel Byman

Professor and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, walsh school of foreign service

Daniel Byman is a professor in the School of Foreign Service with a concurrent appointment with the Department of Government. He is also the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. He served as director of Georgetown's Security Studies Program and Center for Security Studies from 2005 until 2010. He also leads at Georgetown team in teaching a "Massive Open Online Course" (MOOC) on terrorism and counterterrorism for EdX. Professor Byman is also a part-time Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 2002 to 2004 he served as a Professional Staff Member with the 9/11 Commission and with the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Before joining the Inquiry Staff he was the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation. Previous to this, Professor Byman worked as an analyst on the Middle East for the U.S. government. He is the author of Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2015); A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism (Oxford, 2011); The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad (Wiley, 2007); Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism (Cambridge, 2005); Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflict (Johns Hopkins, 2002); and co-author of Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from the Iraqi Civil War (Brookings, 2007) and The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (Cambridge, 2002). Professor Byman has also written extensively on a range of topics related to terrorism, international security, civil and ethnic conflict, and the Middle East. His recent articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, as well as journals including Political Science Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, International Security, and Journal of Strategic Studies. Follow Professor Byman on twitter @dbyman.

Maria Cancian


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Maria Cancian is Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Her research considers the dynamic between public policies and family wellbeing—both how policies shape choices and outcomes for families, and how family change creates new challenges and opportunities for public policy. Ongoing projects analyze the interactions of the incarceration, child welfare and child support systems, as well as the implications of multiple partner fertility for family organization and policy. 

She has advised local, state, and federal agencies on policy initiatives designed to improve outcomes, especially for low income and otherwise vulnerable families. Most recently, she served as a Principal Investigator for the national Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED), and, as a Casey Family Programs Senior Fellow, worked with the City of New York on innovative efforts to improve coordination between the child welfare and child support systems.

Cancian is the President-Elect of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), and was elected as the 2018 John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Prior to joining Georgetown University Cancian was a Kellett Professor, and served as Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Fiscal Initiatives, and as Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for the HHS Administration for Children and Families, in the Obama Administration, as a Casey Family Programs Senior Fellow, a W. T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow in residence at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and a Visiting Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. She received her doctorate in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Chris Celenza

Dean, Georgetown College

Christopher S. Celenza is Dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University, where he is also professor of History and Classics. Previously, he served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, where he held the Charles Homer Haskins Professorship. At Johns Hopkins he also served a Vice Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences. He served as the 21st Director of the American Academy in Rome from 2010-14. 

Celenza holds two doctoral degrees, a PhD in History (Duke University, 1995) and a DrPhil in Classics and Neo-Latin Literature (University of Hamburg, 2001). He is the author or editor of ten books and over forty scholarly articles in the fields of Italian Renaissance history, post-classical Latin literature and philosophy, and the history of classical scholarship. An Italian translation of his book, The Lost Italian Renaissance, appeared with the publisher Carocci in 2014.  

His most recent book, Machiavelli: A Portrait, was published by Harvard University Press in Spring 2015; and he has two new books forthcoming: Petrarch: Everywhere a Wanderer (London: Reaktion, forthcoming, October 2017); and The Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance: Language, Philosophy, and the Search for Meaning (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, spring 2018). 

He has held Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, Villa I Tatti, the American Academy in Rome, and the Fulbright Foundation.

Patricia Cloonan

Dean, School of Nursing and Health Studies


Building upon a longtime career as an administrator, educator, and nurse, Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, serves as dean of Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS). Dr. Cloonan has been a member of the Georgetown community for more than 20 years. During that time, she has held a number of academic leadership roles, worked to build strong partnerships with health systems and professional organizations, and led and supported the development of new academic programming and experiential learning opportunities.

Dr. Cloonan continues her teaching, including the senior-level health quality internship course, and maintains active research interests in improving care coordination and health literacy, especially among vulnerable populations. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers, and her most recent publications focus on 30-day hospital readmissions, worker safety, and integrating patient safety and performance into health administration curricula. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 1993. Three years later, she became the director of the school’s then-nursing administration program. In 1998, she and several faculty colleagues were leaders in the conceptualization and development of the school’s health studies program, which grew over time into three academic departments in addition to the school's founding nursing program, which began in 1903. Today, the School of Nursing & Health Studies includes four academic departments in Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and Nursing, as well as the Center for Health Equity - Research, Implementation, and Teaching (CHERITH).

Dr. Cloonan earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College. She received her PhD from the University of Virginia.

Wayne Davis

president of faculty senate, professor of philosophy

His research interests are centered in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemology, and logic, and are focused mainly on the nature of mental states (particularly belief, desire, and thought) and the concept of meaning. Professor Davis has taught at UCLA (1976), Rice (1977), Washington University (1978), and Georgetown. (1979-Present). He was Department Chair from 1990 to 1995, and has been Faculty Senate President since 2001. He served as Executive Faculty Chair, and was a member of the Council of Deans, from 1994 to 1997. 

Professor Davis is the author of An Introduction to Logic (Prentice-Hall, 1986), Implicature (Cambridge, 1998), Meaning, Expression, and Thought (Cambridge, 2003), Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference (Oxford, 2005), Irregular Negations, Implicature, and Idioms (Springer 2016) plus articles on logic, philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophical psychology, and philosophy of language, and pragmatics in Philosophical Review, Mind, Philosophical Studies, Noûs, Linguistics and Philosophy, the Journal of Pragmatics, and other journals. He is Editor of Philosophical Studies

His next big project is to finish Indexical Meaning and Concepts.

John DeGioia


John J. DeGioia is the 48th President of Georgetown University.  For nearly four decades, Dr. DeGioia has worked to define and strengthen Georgetown University as a premier institution for education and research.  

A graduate of Georgetown, Dr. DeGioia served as a senior administrator and as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy before becoming president on July 1, 2001.  He continues to teach an Ignatius Seminar each fall, which is part of a program offering first year students the opportunity to encounter unique courses of study inspired by the Jesuit educational theme of cura personalis (“care for the whole person”).

Joe Ferrara

chief of staff, office of the president

Joe Ferrara is currently Chief of Staff to the President of Georgetown University. In this role, he works closely with the President to manage major university initiatives and has traveled with the President and the Board of Directors on university business around the world, including Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Joe has been at Georgetown since 2003 and previously served as Associate Dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown. Prior to his service at Georgetown, Joe spent a few years as an independent public policy consultant and, before that, over 16 years as a civil servant with the federal government. Most of his federal career was with the Department of Defense, where Joe worked on budget, acquisition, and legislative matters. Joe was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and entered federal service through the Presidential Management Fellowship Program.

Joe has received numerous awards for his service at Georgetown and in government, including the Thrive Award for Service to First-Generation, High-Need Students (the inaugural recipient of this award), the Outstanding Faculty Award at the McCourt School, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Civilian Service (three times), and the Vice President's "Hammer" Award for Reinventing Government (twice).

Joe earned his Ph.D. in Government at Georgetown and has published in a number of academic journals, including the American Politics Quarterly, the Journal of Church and State, and the National Security Studies Quarterly. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political science and public policy. He is married to Martha Ruth Ferrara, CPA, and they have three children.

Bob Groves

provost and executive vice presdient (Main Campus)

Robert M. Groves is the Gerard J. Campbell, S.J. Professor in the Math and Statistics Department as well as the Sociology Department at Georgetown University where he has served as the Executive Vice President and Provost since 2012.

Groves is a Social Statistician, who studies the Impact of Social Cognitive and Behavioral Influences on the quality of Statistical Information.

His research has focused on the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies.

He has authored or co-authored seven books and scores of peer-reviewed articles. His 1989 book, Survey Errors and Survey Costs, was named one of the 50 most influential books in survey research by the American Association of Public Opinion Research. His book, Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys, with Mick Couper, received the 2008 AAPOR Book Award. His co-authored book, Survey Nonresponse, received the 2011 AAPOR Book Award. He served as the Director of the US Census Bureau between 2009-2012.

Groves serves on several boards and advisory committees including the National Research Council Board of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Pew Research Center Board, the Population Reference Bureau, the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences, of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the International Statistical Institute.

Norberto Grzywacz

dean, graduate school of arts and sciences

Dr. Norberto Grzywacz serves as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Prior to his arrival at Georgetown, Dr. Grzywacz served at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering as Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Dwight C. and Hildagarde E. Baum Chair.  Dr. Grzywacz served as Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at USC from 2005-2010 following a research career that brought him to both the Center for Biological Information Processing at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. In September of 2001, he joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. Dr. Grzywacz has served as chair of the BME department since 2010.  Dr. Grzywacz’s extensive research combines multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, physics, cognitive science, cellular biology, biomedical engineering, and mathematical and computational modeling.

He received his bachelors' degrees in physics and mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1980. In 1984, he received his Ph.D. in neurobiology from the same institution.

Joel Hellman

dean, walsh school of foreign service

Dr. Hellman joined the School of Foreign Service following 15 years of service at the World Bank, where he served as Chief Institutional Economist and led its engagement with fragile and conflict-affected states as Director of the Center on Conflict, Security and Development in Nairobi, Kenya.  Prior to that, he was Manager of the Governance and Public Sector Group, South Asia Region, in New Delhi.  As a development practitioner, he coordinated the Bank’s response to broad and deep complex global challenges such as the tsunami in Aceh and North Sumatra. Prior to the World Bank, he served as the Senior Political Counselor at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development in London, U.K.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of Williams College, where he majored in Area Studies. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford in Russian and East European Studies. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hellman served as a faculty member in the Department of Government at Harvard University and in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He is married to Sharon Hellman and they have one daughter.

Billy Jack

vice provost for research

Dr. Billy Jack is Vice Provost of Research and Professor of Economics.  He is also director of gui2de, the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation, which conducts empirical field-based research to assess the impact and effectiveness of development interventions.  Previously he held positions on the Joint Committee on Taxation of the US Congress, the IMF, the Australian National University, and the University of Sydney.  He holds a BSc in mathematics and physics from the University of Western Australia, and an MPhil and DPhil in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Micah Jensen

Assistant Teaching Professor, mccourt school of public policy

Micah Jensen is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. He teaches courses on organizational leadership and decision-making, public opinion and polling, identity politics, and quantitative research methods. Micah’s research interests include the influence of leadership in public and nonprofit organizations; how nonprofit organizations and members of the public seek to achieve their social and political goals; and how race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation affect politics and policy.  He has previously worked in organizational development for a major investment firm, led nonprofit arts and community service organizations, and has taught and consulted for private sector clients, 501(c)(3) organizations, and the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. Micah has a doctoral degree in government and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

Sarah Johnson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Sarah Stewart Johnson’s scientific research focuses on the evolution of planetary environments, particularly with regard to the search for life on Mars. She has created models of the early Martian atmosphere, completed field seasons in Antarctica, Australia and Madagascar, conducted research at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and worked on the NASA Science Team for the Opportunity and Spirit Mars Rovers.

Sarah also worked as a White House Fellow for the President’s Science Advisor during the first term of the Obama Administration. Just prior to joining the Georgetown faculty in 2014, she was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows.

She is a Goldwater, Truman, and Rhodes Scholar, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and environmental studies from Washington University in St. Louis, a second B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics and M.Sc. in biology from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in planetary science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kathryn Olesko


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Kathryn Olesko holds a joint appointment in the Program in Science, Technology, and International Affairs and the Department of History at Georgetown University where she currently teaches both policy-oriented and history courses on nuclear matters and graduate courses on expertise and the state. Her published work has centered on science and technology in Germany, especially Prussia, with special attention to developments in the long nineteenth century, especially in physics, metrology, precision measurement, and scientific and technical education. Her manuscript-in-progress is on precision measurement, geopolitics, and Prussian state technocrats from Frederick the Great to the Great War.

She is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998) and the American Physical Society (2016). She has held the Dibner Distinguished Fellowship at the Huntington Library and several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and other funding agencies. Most recently she was Visiting Scholar at the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin for a project on the history of bureaucratic knowledge. She is former Editor of Osiris and former Associate Editor of Isis, the leading American journals in the history of science.

In 2016 she was the recipient of the Georgetown College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has served as Director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs and Director of the Master of Arts in German and European Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is currently a member of the Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity. She is the first woman elected Chair of the Main Campus Executive Faculty at Georgetown University (2019–2021).

Kelly Otter

dean, school of continuing studies

Dr. Kelly Otter is Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS). In this role, Dr. Otter oversees professional graduate programs; liberal studies programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels; professional certificate programs and custom education; and summer and special programs. 

Before coming to Georgetown in 2014, she served in academic dean roles at Northeastern University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the College of New Rochelle, and previously held positions in academic administration at New York University. She also taught at each of these institutions in the fields of media studies and interdisciplinary research. 

Dr. Otter’s professional portfolio comprises academic program development, the design and management of technology-mediated education infrastructures and programs, veterans support services, international education and partnerships, and adult and workforce education. Dr. Otter is a member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the International Leadership Association (ILA), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Deborah A. Phillips



Deborah Phillips is Vice Dean of Faculty, Georgetown College, and Professor of Psychology and Associated Faculty in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. She was the first Executive Director of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine and served as Study Director for From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Child Development. She has also served as President of the Foundation for Child Development, Director of Child Care Information Services at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Congressional Science Fellow on the staff of Congressman George Miller. Dr. Phillips currently serves on the National Board for Education Sciences (U.S. Department of Education) and the Research Advisory Board of the Committee on Economic Development. Her research on the developmental impacts of early education – child care, pre-k programs, and Head Start – has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Child Care Bureau, and numerous national foundations, as well as recognized at White House conferences and the State of the Union address. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Contributions to Education in Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development.

Dennis Quinn

Professor, McDonough School of Business


Professor Quinn specializes in international business, political economy, and public policy. His current research focuses on democratization and economic liberalization in emerging markets, the origins and consequences of international financial liberalization, the impact of trade on U.S. elections, globalization, and international political economy. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business, international affairs, and public policy. Prof. Quinn is the co-director of the Master’s in International Business and Policy, and joint degree between Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service.