vice provost for faculty; professor at the 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.
Vice Provost for education and 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: http://academiccommons.org).
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.
professor of marketing, mcdonough school of business
Simon Blanchard’s research interests include the development of empirical and statistical models to understand the large amount of heterogeneity observed in consumers’ decision making processes. Trained both in consumer psychology and quantitative methods (machine learning and statistics), he has been published in leading marketing and psychology journals including "Journal of Marketing Research," the "Journal of Consumer Research," "Psychometrika" and "Psychological Science."
He has also been featured in the press in outlets such as Forbes, Huffington Post, MSN Money, MSNBC, Psychology Today, Knowledge@Wharton, and Yahoo! News.
vice president and general counsel
Lisa joined the University in March 2013. As Vice President and General Counsel, Lisa provides general legal counsel to the President, the University's governing boards, and its senior academic and administrative officers; advises on the legal implications of University policy and decision-making; and manages the team of lawyers and administrative professionals who serve in the Office of University Counsel. Prior to joining Georgetown, Lisa served in the Administration of President Obama, first as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary in the White House, and then as Acting Chief Performance Officer at the Office of Management and Budget. She had previously served as Co-Director of Agency Review for the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Prior to joining the Transition, Lisa served for six years as the Executive Director of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. During the Administration of President Clinton, Lisa was Counsel to Vice President Gore and a member of the Executive Board of the President’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities. She also served as an Attorney Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. Before entering the government, Lisa was a partner at the Washington law firm of Shea & Gardner. Lisa clerked for the Honorable John C. Godbold on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a degree in political economy, and earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School where she graduated with Honors and served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Legal Forum.
Matt Carnes, S.J.
professor of government
Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J., is an associate professor in the Department of Government. His research examines the dynamics of labor and social welfare policy, with particular interest in the ways societies protect their weakest and most vulnerable members: the old, the young, the ill or injured, and the unemployed. His principal regional focus is Latin America, and in recent years he has conducted extensive field research in Argentina, Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.
His teaching has been highly decorated. In 2011, he was awarded the Dorothy Brown Award for Outstanding Teaching Achievement, Georgetown University’s highest teaching award, presented by the student body to the faculty member who has had the strongest impact on the students' university experience. In addition, in 2011, at the Tropaia Ceremony for Georgetown College, he was awarded the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty Excellence, given by the graduating seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, he was featured as one of the country's best professors in the Princeton Review's publication, 300 Best Professors. And in 2013, he was chosen by students as the Faculty Member of the Year in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
In recent years, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame (Spring 2009) and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (Academic Year 2011-2012).
chair and professor, mathematics and statistics; special assistant to the provost for china initiatives
Der-Chen Chang is a Professor of Mathematics. His research centers on Fourier analysis and several complex variables. Prior to joining Georgetown as a faculty member, Chang was a professor at the University of Maryland College Park, Beijing Normal University (Beijing, China) and other international institutions for higher education.
associate professor of history and of african american studies
Dr. Marcia Chatelain, previously on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma's Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College, researches a wide array of issues in African-American history. Dr. Chatelain writes and teaches about African-American migration, women's and girls' history, and race and food. Dr. Chatelain has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and the University of Missouri's Student Affairs division. Dr. Chatelain is a member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020, a 2000 Harry S. Truman Scholar, an alumna and honoree of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, and a 2011 German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Fellow. In 2012, Dr. Chatelain was awarded an American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined) and a Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her second book, which examines the relationship between communities of color and fast food, has received grants from the Duke University Libraries and the Frances E. Summersell Center for the Study of the South at the University of Alabama. In 2014, Dr. Chatelain created #fergusonsyllabus to encourage educators to discuss the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. Dr. Chatelain hosts Office Hours: A Podcast (available on iTunes) in which she talks to students about the things most important to them.
Jo Ann Moran Cruz
associate professor of history and ombuds officer for main campus faculty
Jo Ann Moran Cruz is an associate professor of history at Georgetown University and former chair of the department. She is the co-founder and former director of the Medieval Studies program at Georgetown. She has directed International Initiatives in the Provost's Office at Georgetown and worked to establish Catholic Studies at Georgetown. She has held numerous positions in the Faculty Senate and has been involved with faculty governance at Georgetown in a great variety of areas, including athletics, continuing studies, and faculty/staff benefits. She has taught in Georgetown’s SFS program in Qatar, as well as in Georgetown’s programs in Florence, Italy and Alanya, Turkey. She has recently returned to the University after serving as Dean of Humanities and Natural Sciences at Loyola University, New Orleans from 2008-2012.
Her primary scholarly work has been in the field of late medieval education and literacy where she has published a prize-winning book, The Growth of English Schooling, and a number of articles on topics such as the methodologies for determining literacy, education and social mobility and common-profit libraries. She has co-authored a textbook on Medieval history, entitled Medieval Worlds, with Richard Gerberding; she has published a study of ordinations in the diocese of York between 1340-1530, and an article on popular attitudes towards Islam in medieval Europe. More recently she published “Dante, Purgatorio II and the Jubilee of Boniface VIII,” in Dante Studies and the second of two articles on E.M. Forster in Modern Fiction Studies.
Professor Moran Cruz is currently revising her often cited lecture on “The Roman de la Rose and Thirteenth-century Prohibitions of Homosexuality” for publication and co-writing a book on Religion and the State in the Islamic and Christian Worlds. She is also publishing an article on the figure of Matelda in Dante's Purgatorio, linking her with empire and with Dante's politics. She has been working, for several years, on a book tentatively entitled "A Question of Obedience: The Marital Tributions of an Elizabethan Family," a study based on surviving letters from the Willoughby family outside Nottingham, England.
K. Matthew Dames
associate university librarian for scholarly resources and services
K. Matthew Dames is the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services. In this role, Dr. Dames serves as intellectual arbiter of collection development and content strategies for the University Library's 3.5 million volume system, and supervises more than 30 information professionals across five departments and two branch libraries.
Matthew began his library career several years ago at the Law Center's E.B. Williams Law Library as a Library Resident fellow, during which he chaired the library's USA PATRIOT Act task force and helped author its policy for responding to law enforcement requests for library records. More recently, Dr. Dames has been interim dean of the Syracuse University Libraries, with administrative, academic, and management responsibility for the University’s 3 million volume library system, its academic press, archives and records management division, institutional repository, copyright office, audio archive, and storage facility.
Additionally, Matthew founded Syracuse's Copyright and Information Policy Office, one of the first college or university offices dedicated to providing copyright, licensing, and scholarly communications advice to its campus community. In this executive position, he authored, implemented, and annually updated Syracuse’s institutional copyright policy, which was released in 2012. This policy has been adopted, in whole or in part, by more than 20 American colleges or universities.
A recipient of doctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Matthew is the first African-American to earn the Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. He also is an attorney in good standing with the Bar of Maryland.
president of faculty senate and 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.
director of faculty initiatives at the center for new designs in learning and scholarship (cndls) and professor of english
Maggie Debelius is the Director of Faculty Initiatives at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) and a Teaching Professor in the English Department. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University and an M.A. from Georgetown. She works with departments across the university on curriculum design, writing assessment, and faculty development.
She is the co-author (with Susan Basalla) of So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia (University of Chicago, 2007 and 2014) and a frequent speaker on graduate education. In addition, she publishes work on composition pedagogy, writing assessment, and faculty development. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate level courses on writing, pedagogy, and Victorian literature.
chief benefits officer and associate vice president for benefits and payroll
Charles leads the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits and GUWellness, striving to make the culture of Georgetown a place that people want to work through providing the benefits that will attract and retain employees. DeSantis also served in the role of Manager for the recently adopted 10-year campus plan and is the co-convener of the Georgetown Africa Interest Network (GAIN). Since traveling to Kenya in June 2007, DeSantis has been very active in raising much-needed funds for children and families in Africa. He has also developed an arts education program for university bound high school age AIDS orphans in the heart of the Kibera Slum, the largest slum in the continent of Africa on the edge of Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2010, he published his first book, Smart, Beautiful and Important, which documents his experiences with the amazing young art students throughout the first three years of the program. In addition, DeSantis is a member of the board of directors of Nyumbani, the first Kenyan orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, serving more than 60,000 kids in Kenya. Most recently, DeSantis has been asked to serve as Chairman of the Board for USA for UNHCR.
Senior associate dean of georgetown college
Professor Maria Donoghue joined the Georgetown faculty in 2006, after a decade as a faculty member at Yale Medical School. Professor Donoghue currently serves as the Co-Director of the Neurobiology major and Director of the HHMI-funded University program. She teaches science classes for both non-majors and Biology and Neurobiology majors. Trained as a developmental neuroscientist, Professor Donoghue's research laboratory aims to reveal the molecular underpinnings of normal brain development. Using molecular and cell biology to examine cerebral cortical neurons in culture and in live brains, the Donoghue lab examines the addition of cells, the maturation of neurons, and the formation of neural circuits. Undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows participate in this work.
professor of finance, mcdonough school of business
Professor Doran has been on the faculty at the McDonough School of Business since 1998 and served as Director of its Capital Markets Research Center from 2005-2009. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, she held various teaching positions, most recently at The H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie-Mellon University. Her previous awards include a Dissertation Excellence Award at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Teaching Excellence Award and a Faculty Award for Excellence in Education at Duquesne University.
In 2010, Professor Doran won Georgetown University’s Dorothy Brown Award, having been voted by students as the best professor at Georgetown. In 2012, Professor Doran was recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the top undergraduate business professors in the country. She also helped the school earn Bloomberg’s number one ranking for undergraduate finance programs and LinkedIn’s number one ranking for investment banking and number three ranking for finance professionals.
Professor Doran currently serves as Associate Director, Student Programs for Georgetown’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy. In this role, she organizes and manages activities for undergraduate and MBA students, including working with students clubs, organizing a speaker series for students, arranging research opportunities, and holding career-related events.
Professor Doran serves as faculty advisor to the Financial Management Association (FMA), the finance organization for undergraduate students at Georgetown University. She has planned trips for students to New York to visit the New York Stock Exchange and various Wall Street firms. The 2015 trip will include visits to the New York offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). FMA students have also attended information sessions with individual financial firms.
Professor Doran has hosted numerous financial professionals on Georgetown’s campus. The “Careers in Capital Markets” panel discussion and networking reception is held each September. In 2014, the panel included representatives from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, BlackRock, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FBR, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, and RBC. Professor Doran has also planned and hosted the “Women on Wall Street” panel discussion and networking reception which is held each year in January. The 2015 panel included representatives from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, BlackRock, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutschebank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, and UBS .
Professor Doran has presented and discussed papers at various conferences, including annual meetings of the Financial Management Association. She has also presented her research at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Justice Department, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and numerous professional organizations, including the American Finance Association and the Financial Management Association.
professor of government and school of foreign service
David M. Edelstein is Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University. In addition, he is a core faculty member in Georgetown's Security Studies Program and Center for Peace and Security Studies. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and his B.A. from Colgate University. His research and teaching focus on international security, international relations theory, and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to arriving at Georgetown, he was a pre-doctoral fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation and a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. During the 2008-09 academic year, he was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. His first book is entitled Occupational Hazards: Success and Failure in Military Occupation (Cornell University Press, 2008). In addition, his research has been published in International Security, Security Studies, and Survival. He is currently engaged in two major research projects. One is on the time horizons of political leaders in international politics, and the other examines exit strategies from military interventions.
associate professor of biology
Dr. Elmendorf is engaged in research on the intestinal pathogen, Giardia lamblia, a significant cause of diarrheal disease in humans and animals around the world. She is the co-director of the Biology of Global Health major and teaches a wide range of courses within the department. She is also the director of the educational partnership between the Department of Biology and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a DCPS high school.
director, office of faculty and staff assistance
Eileen W. Fenrich, Ph.D., is the Director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. A counselor with a background in educational administration and organizational development, Dr. Fenrich provides a wide range of counseling, referral, consultation, and conflict resolution services to Georgetown's faculty, staff, and their families. In addition, she oversees wellness programs, prenatal education courses, and special health education events and programs. She conducts Mind/Body training groups for Medical faculty and students. Dr. Fenrich has frequently been a guest speaker for national and regional associations and has conducted workshops on such topics as change in the workplace, anxiety and depression in the workplace, supervisory skills and stress management.
Dr. Fenrich holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. in Counseling from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development from American University. She is a Licensed Counselor and a Certified Employee Assistance Practitioner. She is a member of the Employee Assistance Professional Association, the International Association of EAPs in Education, and the American Counseling Association.
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, the youngest of whom begins college this fall.
dean of georgetown college
Dean Chester Gillis served as interim dean of Georgetown College during 2008–09 and was appointed dean in April 2009. He was the initial holder of the Amaturo Chair in Catholic Studies and was the founding director of the Program on the Church and Interreligious Dialogue in the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University. He holds degrees in philosophy and religious studies from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Dean Gillis’s research interests include comparative religion and contemporary Roman Catholicism. He is the author of A Question of Final Belief: John Hick’s Pluralistic Theory of Salvation (1989), Pluralism: A New Paradigm for Theology (1993), Roman Catholicism in America, Catholic Faith in America (2003), as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. He is the editor of The Political Papacy (2006) and the co-editor of the Columbia University Press series, Religion and Politics.
Dean Gillis served as chair of the Department of Theology from 2001 to 2006, the core faculty of the Liberal Studies Program from 1998 to 2008, and director of the Doctorate of Liberal Studies Program from 2006 to 2008. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown in 2005 and served on the editorial board of Confluence: Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. He also served on the executive faculty at Georgetown and is a member of the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu.
He has chaired the Arts and Humanities Committee for the Heinz Awards and served on the selection committee for The Louisville Institute’s grants. He chaired the national Teaching Award Committee for the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies. He is a member of the American Theological Society, and served on the Academic Relations Task Force of the American Academy of Religion. He is on the board of directors of the Center for Applied Research in Apostolate.
Frequently consulted by the media about contemporary issues in religion, in particular, Roman Catholicism and the Papacy, Dean Gillis has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg News/TV, Face the Nation, Meet the Press, The News Hour, Good Morning America, Nightline, Wall Street Journal Life, and has been interviewed by National Public Radio, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He has been a contributor to The Washington Post/Newsweek website “On Faith.”
He is married to Marie Varley Gillis. Their daughter, Alison, graduated from Georgetown College in 2008 and from Georgetown Law Center in 2012.
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.
dean of the 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.
professor, mccourt school of public policy
James Habyarimana joined the McCourt School Public Policy in 2004 after completing doctoral studies at Harvard University. His main research interests are in Development Economics and Political Economy. In particular he is interested in understanding the issues and constraints in health, education and the private sectors in developing countries. In health he is working on understanding the impact of policy responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and evaluating a number of health improving interventions in road safety and water, sanitation and hygiene. In education, his work focuses on identifying programs and policies to improve access and quality of secondary schooling. His primary regional focus is Africa. He has been a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. At the McCourt School, James teaches the second course in regression methods and courses on the history of development and education and health policy in developing countries.
dean of the 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, a college freshman.
professor of operations and information management, mcdonough school of business
Professor Iglarsh's recent work includes: "A Cluster Analysis of Horizontal Tax Equity," appearing in the Journal of the American Taxation Association, and "Tax preparers and Horizontal Tax Equity," appearing in Advances in Taxation (both co-authored with Dr. Ronald Allan). Professor Iglarsh is a member of the American Accounting Association, the National Tax Association, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Terrence L. Johnson
professor of religion and professor of african american studies
Terrence L. Johnson is an associate professor of Religion and African American Studies at Georgetown University, as well as a faculty fellow at the Berkley Center. His research interests include ethics, political theory, African American religions, and religion and public life. He previously was an assistant professor of Religion at Haverford College from 2008 to 2013; Johnson also worked at Harvard University from 1999 to 2001 as a proctor. He is the author of Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy (2012); his current book project addresses the impact of the American jeremiad on US political discourse. Johnson holds a B.A. from Morehouse College, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.
vice president for institutional diversity and equity
Rosemary Kilkenny, Georgetown University’s first Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, was appointed to this position effective April 1, 2006 by John J. DeGioia, Ph.D., President. In announcing Rosemary’s appointment, Jack expressed his confidence and support of Rosemary, as he stated his desire for Georgetown to be a model in higher education for diversity and inclusivity.
Rosemary Kilkenny got her start in the Affirmative Action arena by asking the Dean at her Graduate School at the time, Kent Sate University, why she was one of only nine Black full-time graduate students. The Dean responded by challenging Rosemary to develop a national program to increase the representation of Black graduate students. Her tremendous success in this bold effort led Kent State University to appoint her as Assistant Dean for Graduate Recruitment. Rosemary quickly moved to the position of Assistant Director of Human Resource Utilization, followed by an appointment as Interim Director of Affirmative Action. The State University of New York at Albany lured her away from Kent State University and appointed her as their Director of Affirmative Action Programs. Following a three-year stint at SUNY, Timothy Healy, late President of Georgetown, hired Rosemary as his Special Assistant for Affirmative Action Programs. She has represented Georgetown on matters of employment discrimination, educational equity, Title IX, other issues of Affirmative Action, faculty recruitment, conflict resolution, and Local, Small, Disadvantaged Business Development.
Rosemary has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Affirmative Action, Howard Road Academy, and National Child Research Center respectively. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Discovery Creek Children’s Museum of Washington, D.C.
She is an active participant in community affairs and campus activities. She has given many seminars on such topics as Cultural Diversity, Sexual Harassment, and Legal Issues in Affirmative Action to name a few topics on which she has presented at national, regional, and on campus venues. She was one of five Americans invited to Faith University, Istanbul, Turkey to give a presentation at an international conference on social justice in higher education. Her talk was very well-received and covered by the national press in Turkey.
Rosemary received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University. She has two sons, one of whom is a Georgetown graduate, College of Arts and Sciences, class of 2006. Her other son attends Georgetown Day School.
Artemis Kirk has held the Office of University Librarian at Georgetown University since 2001. Previously, she was the Director of University Libraries from the University of Rhode Island; Assistant Director of Libraries for Collections and Budget at University Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. She was also the Director of Libraries and Co-Director of Information Technology for Simmons College, and was a member of the GSLIS faculty. She has spent time consulting on library issues for both public and academic library systems in Hong Kong and in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a graduate cum laude from Vassar College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She received her Master of Arts in Music from Harvard University and her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.
senior advisor to the president for faculty relations
Lisa Krim serves as the Senior Advisor to the President for Faculty Relations at Georgetown University, working on faculty matters across the university. Prior to this role, she served in the Office of University Counsel for fifteen years, ultimately as Interim Vice President and General Counsel, where she provided general legal counsel to the President, the University's governing boards, and its senior academic and administrative officers.
Before joining Georgetown, Lisa practiced labor and employment law at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and was a judicial law clerk in California. Lisa graduated from Stanford University and earned her law degree from the UCLA School of Law.
professor of government and honors program director
Eric Langenbacher is an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Senior Honors Program in the Department of Government, Georgetown University, where he teaches courses on comparative politics, political culture, and political films. He studied in Canada before starting graduate work in the Government Department and Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown in 1996. He was awarded a Fulbright grant in 1999-2000 and held the Ernst Reuter Fellowship at the Free University of Berlin in 1999-2000, the Hopper Memorial Fellowship at Georgetown in 2000-2001, and was selected School of Foreign Service faculty member of the year by the 2009 graduating class. He has been teaching in the Government Department since Fall 2002, and has taught at George Washington University and at UNSAM in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His dissertation, “Memory Regimes and Political Culture in Contemporary Germany,” was defended with distinction in September 2002. He is the co-author of The German Polity, 10th edition (with David Conradt) and 11th edition (forthcoming 2017). He has also published edited volumes, "Launching the Grand Coalition: The 2005 Bundestag Election and the Future of German Politics," "Power and the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations" (with Yossi Shain), "Between Left and Right: The 2009 Bundestag Election and the Transformation of the German Party System," "From the Bonn to the Berlin Republic: Germany at the Twentieth Anniversary of Unification" (with Jeff Anderson), "Dynamics of Memory and Identity in Contemporary Europe" (co-edited with Ruth Wittlinger and Bill Niven), and "The Merkel Republic: An Appraisal."
His research interests center on political culture, collective memory, political institutions, public opinion and German and European politics. He has published in German Politics and Society, German Politics, The International Journal of Politics and Ethics and in numerous edited volumes. He has also planned and run dozens of short programs on various aspects of U.S. politics, society and business for groups from abroad.
vice president, human resources
Brenda Richardson Malone, Esq. was appointed to serve as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2014. In this capacity, she is responsible for strategically guiding and directing the University's human resources (HR) function to deliver excellent and responsive programs and services to all staff and non-faculty administrators. Ms. Malone is deeply committed to ensuring that HR services are fair, consistent, value-added and aligned with the goals of the University.
With over three decades of leadership in higher education, Ms. Malone brings to the position extensive experience in all aspects of human resources management, including labor relations and collective bargaining. Ms. Malone joined Georgetown University from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as Vice Chancellor for Human Resources from 2007 - 2014. She previously served as Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Staff Relations at The City University of New York (CUNY) for 14 years. Before CUNY, Ms. Malone served as Deputy General Manager and General Counsel for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) in Detroit, Michigan, and as Assistant Vice President for Labor Relations at Wayne State University.
Ms. Malone received her B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and earned her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan. She has a history of service on a variety of charitable boards and councils and is an active member of several professional organizations. She has a daughter who practices law in Washington, DC.
executive director, the center for new design in learning and scholarship (cndls) and professor of english
Edward (“Eddie”) Maloney is the Executive Director of CNDLS and a professor in the Department of English. He holds a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University, both in English Literature. In his various roles at the University, he helps to define Georgetown’s technology strategy as it relates to teaching and scholarship. His first love, though, is teaching, which he has been doing at the university level for the past fourteen years.
As a faculty member in the Department of English, he teaches 20th-century literature and narrative theory courses. He has published on James Joyce and J. D. Salinger, as well as on issues related to narrative and literary theory, film studies, and hypertext fiction. He is currently working on a book-length project on the use of artificial paratexts in fictional narratives.
vice provost for research and professor of biology and psychology
Janet Mann, Professor of Biology and Psychology at Georgetown University, earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan with expertise in the field of animal behavior. Since 1988, her work has focused on social networks, female reproduction, calf development, life history, conservation, tool-use, and social learning and culture among bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia. Her long-term study "The Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project,” tracks over 1600 dolphins throughout their lives and includes an international team on three continents where each group studies different aspects of delphinid biology.
Since 2005, Professor Mann has collaborated with Professor Lisa Singh (Computer Science, Georgetown), to both develop a relational database and conduct high-level computational research. Mann has published over eighty scientific papers in journals such as Nature Communications, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Conservation, and Animal Behaviour and in books such as the Question Animal Culture, the Biology of Traditions, Rational Animals, and Primates and Cetaceans: Field Research and Conservation of Complex Mammalian Societies (forthcoming). Her edited volume, Cetacean Societies (University of Chicago Press, 2000), received several awards. Twice, she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 2012, she spoke at the Royal Society and gave a plenary lecture at the American Psychological Association meeting. Since 1997, her research has been supported continuously by the National Science Foundation, but she has also received funding from a range of foundations and government agencies nationally and internationally.
Professor Mann's research has received considerable media attention worldwide, including a BBC Documentary "the Dolphins of Shark Bay" focusing on her work in 2011. In 2013, Pamela Turner published a children's book, The Dolphins of Shark Bay (Houghton Mifflin) about Professor Mann's research as part of her 'Scientists in the Field' series. She frequently interviews with the New York Times, the National Geographic, public television stations, and National Public Radio. Professor Mann has taught diverse courses for biology and psychology, including the "Brain and Evolution of Behavior," "Animal Behavior, Monkeys, Apes and Humans," and "Human Evolution and Behavior." She has several graduate students in the Department of Biology and mentors undergraduate students from several majors in their senior and honors theses. Over ninety-five students have received awards and fellowships in her lab and she regularly publishes with undergraduate and graduate students. Each year, several students accompany Professor Mann to Shark Bay, Australia, to conduct field research. In 2011, she received two mentoring awards (D.C. metro area and national) in recognition of her deep commitment to undergraduate education.
dean of the mccourt school of public policy
Edward (Ed) Montgomery is Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He came to Georgetown in 2010 as Dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Prior to joining MSPP he served on President Obama’s Auto Task Force as Executive Director of the White House Council for Auto Communities and Workers. From 2003 to 2008, he served as the Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, where he had been on the Economics Department faculty since 1990. He also worked in the Clinton administration as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, where he oversaw the operations of a $33 billion agency.
Dean Montgomery is an economist and his research has focused on state and local economic growth, wage and pension determination, savings behavior, productivity and economic dynamics, social insurance programs, and unions. In 2011, he was elected as a Fellow of the National Academic of Public Administration, and he has been a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research for over two decades. He has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Michigan State University, and the University of Maryland. In addition, Montgomery has held visiting positions at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and The Urban Institute.
Dean Montgomery has a B.S. (Honors) in economics from Pennsylvania State University, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
interim vice president, university information services
Judd Nicholson is the Interim Chief Information Officer at Georgetown University. Mr. Nicholson’s career spans the IT and intelligence fields and includes military service. Before stepping into his current role, Mr. Nicholson served as Geogetown's Deputy Chief Information Officer managing all day-to-day IT operations, and the implementation of a five-year technology modernization strategy for the University.
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Mr. Nicholson was the Deputy Assistant Director/Deputy CIO Information Technology Division, at the US Marshals Service, where he led a three year transformation and modernization effort across the US Marshals. Mr. Nicholson also worked as Chief of the Counter Intelligence and Human Intelligence Mission Applications Group for the Defense Intelligence Agency and served in three different roles for Counter Intelligence Field Activity. While working in Counter Intelligence Field Activity, he managed and provided oversight on all programmatic and operational issues associated with the development and deployment of the Counterintelligence Common Operational Picture (CI COP) to the Counterintelligence Enterprise. Counter intelligence common operations picture revolutionized the way counter intelligence prioritizes and analyzes where assets are allocated across the world, equipping leadership with information needed to make decisions about where US assets would be placed.
Mr. Nicholson also served in the U.S. Navy in multiple roles. He has received multiple awards throughout the course of his career including: Excellence in Government/FY12 Excellence in Innovation (Mobility) Finalist, and the Exceptional Service Department of Energy Award in 2009.
Mr. Nicholson is a graduate of Excelsior College in New York and is currently enrolled in Georgetown’s Masters of Professional Studies-Information Technology Management Program. He and his family live in Virginia. Follow him on twitter @Judd_n.
dean of the 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).
Professor of english
Matthew Pavesich is Associate Teaching Professor of English and Associate Director of the Writing Program. Since coming to Georgetown in the fall of 2011, he has taught first-year writing, Introduction to Rhetoric, Approaches to Teaching Composition, and graduate courses in rhetoric and composition pedagogy, as well as the M.A. Capstone Seminar. His research areas include rhetorical ecologies, rhetorics of public culture, and composition pedagogy. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago (2009).
professor of spanish and portuguese
Cristina Sanz (Lic. Universitat de Barcelona, PhD UIUC 1994) is Professor of Spanish & Linguistics at Georgetown University where she directs the Intensive & School of Foreign Service Spanish Programs, the Barcelona Summer Program, and the Catalan Lectureship. An expert on multilingualism, her edited volume Mind and Context in Adult SLA received the 2006 MLA’s Mildenberger Award. Dr. Sanz has published over sixty articles and book chapters in such scholarly venues as the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Language Learning, Applied Psycholinguistics, Modern Language Journal, Applied Linguistics, IRAL, Language Learning and Technology, and Neuropsychologia, as well as entries in several encyclopedias.
Professor Sanz has taught graduate courses in Spain and the Philippines and has educated generations of language teachers for over 20 years. She has been a consultant to the United Nations, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Currently, she has a contract with Wiley to publish a Manual Para la Formación de Profesores de Español. She is also editing The Routledge Handbook of Study Abroad.
professor, mcdonough school of business
Professor Schloetzer's research focuses on management control systems, with an emphasis on controls related to corporate governance and the value chain. His papers have been published in leading academic journals, including Journal of Accounting Research and The Accounting Review. He serves on the Editorial Advisory and Review Board of The Accounting Review, and is a member of the American Accounting Association and the Institute of Management Accountants.
Professor Schloetzer links his research-related activities to practice as a frequent contributor to The Conference Board’s Governance Center. He is particularly involved in issues regarding hedge fund activism, CEO succession, and board structure. His research-related activities have generated media mentions in national and international news outlets, including CNBC, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, and USA Today.
Professor Schloetzer currently teaches Financial Analysis for Managers and Investors (MBA core), Performance as Value Creation (MBA elective) and Strategic Management of Cost and Profit (Executive MBA elective). He has received two MBA teaching awards.
Professor Schloetzer earned his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas, MBA from George Washington University, and Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
interim director, faculty affairs
professor of classics
Alexander Sens's research focus on late Classical and early Hellenistic Greek literature. In particular, he is interested in the way that poets in these periods engage with the broader literary tradition as a way of creating meaning. He is currently collaborating with his colleague Charles McNelis on a book on Lycophron, the author of the difficult poem called the Alexandra, and is also writing a commentary on select Hellenistic epigrams.
professor of computer science
Micah Sherr is Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Georgetown University and director of the Georgetown Institute for Information Assurance. His academic interests include privacy-preserving technologies, electronic voting, wiretap systems, and network security. He participated in two large-scale studies of electronic voting machine systems, and helped to disclose numerous architectural vulnerabilities in U.S. election systems.
His current research examines the security properties of legally authorized wiretap (interception) systems and investigates methods for achieving scalable, high-performance anonymous routing. Micah received his B.S.E., M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award.
professor of biology
Elena Silva is an Professor in the Department of Biology and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. She received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Biology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the embryonic development of the Central Nervous System.
Being a professor of biology was not planned. As an undergraduate at Stanford, Professor Silva had always planned to enter the Peace Corps after graduation and in fact in her senior year, completed the application process and was given an assignment in Botswana, Africa. At that time, South Africa was exploding so she gave up this plan and found a position in a research laboratory. She had three different research jobs in three years trying to figure out what type of research she was most interested in. These experiences led her to pursue a Ph.D. and personal reasons led her back to Stanford for graduate school. Professor Silva did her graduate research at the Carnegie Institution on campus studying the response of blue-green algae to different colors of light. At the same time, she served as a teaching assistant as often as she could and went to weekly seminars on embryo development in the medical school. She had finally found two things, teaching and embryo development, that she loved and drove all of her future career decisions. In her final year of graduate school, she was offered a faculty position at two undergraduate institutions but chose to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship studying embryo development in the lab of Jim Smith at the National Institute for Medical Research in London.
She was awarded a fellowship by the Wellcome Trust, which provided funding for research in London and then back in the US in another research lab. She chose to work in the lab of Richard Harland at UC Berkeley and was later offered a job at Georgetown University. As Director of Graduate studies, she was active in building the graduate program and promoting a research culture. As Chair of the Department of Biology, she hopes to continue to support and expand the research culture at Georgetown.
public affairs and senior advisor to the president
Erik Smulson (C’89) joined Georgetown University in September 2005 after more than 15 years working on Capitol Hill and on political campaigns. At Georgetown, Erik served as Assistant Vice President for Communications from September 2005 until January 2007. In that role he served as spokesperson and communications director for the university and guided all activities having to do with media relations.
From 2007 to 2011, Erik served as Chief of Staff to Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. In that role, he was responsible for running the Office of the President and served as a liaison with important constituents both within and outside the academic community.
As Vice President for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President, Erik leads Georgetown’s efforts and senior officers in institutional positioning and branding, intercollegiate athletics, communications, civic engagement and public safety.
A 1989 graduate of Georgetown’s College of Arts and Sciences, Erik majored in American Government. He gained extensive experience in the areas of message development, crisis communications, speech writing and media placement in his years working on Capitol Hill. Erik has served in numerous communications positions, including spokesperson and communications director for U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
A native Washingtonian, Erik and his wife Jennifer (I’89) have three children.
professor of psychology
Professor Vaidya is a cognitive neuroscientist with a research program focused upon characterizing the functional neural architecture of adaptive mechanisms during the life span. Adaptive mechanisms promote goal-directed behaviors that allow us to adjust effectively to our environment. Her research focuses on two types of adaptive mechanisms - 1) Processes that require little effort such as learning from environmental regularities without intention or conscious awareness (termed implicit memory and learning); and 2) Processes that are effortful such as voluntary control over thoughts and actions (termed executive control). Further, her studies investigate how these adaptive mechanisms differ across individuals, particularly with respect to genetic functional polymorphisms of the dopamine system.
Her research involves multidisciplinary methods, comprising behavioral, neuropsychological, and structural and functional brain imaging. Studies include normally developing children and adults as well as those with developmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
deputy dean of the mcdonough school of business
Luc Wathieu is Professor of Marketing and Deputy Dean at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
His research combines economics and psychology to understand consumer empowerment and the adoption of new technologies. He has addressed a variety of specific topics including habit formation, brand loyalty, pricing psychology, and privacy preferences. His work on these topics appeared in top academic journals such as Management Science, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and in the Harvard Business Review. He also wrote many noted case studies available through Harvard, on marketing innovations like TiVo, Apple Stores, LivingSocial, Intelliseek, Burt's Bees, Tchibo, Swatch, etc.
Prior to joining Georgetown in 2010, Luc was on the permanent faculty at ESMT in Berlin for three years and at the Harvard Business School for ten years. He started his academic career at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He teaches courses on Marketing, Applied Marketing Management, Strategic Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, and Global Marketing Strategy at the MBA and EMBA level, and has taught executives worldwide across a variety of industries. He holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.Sc. in Economic Theory from the University of Namur (Belgium), and received his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from INSEAD (France).
professor of german
Astrid Weigert joined the Department as a faculty member in the fall of 1999 and was promoted to Teaching Professor in 2015. Her areas of research include gender and genre in 18th and 19th century German literature, in particular in Romanticism (Dorothea Schlegel) and Naturalism (Elsa Bernstein, pseud. Ernst Rosmer); women translators in the 18th and 19th centuries; and
curriculum and course development with an emphasis on the advanced learner and German business culture.
She served as book review editor for "The German Quarterly" from 2004 - 2014. In January 2014, Weigert received the College Dean's Award for Excellence iin Teaching. She is also the chair of the German for Professional Purposes Committee of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
professor, graduate school of arts and sciences
Most of Dr. Weinstein's work explores the behavioral and biological dimensions of reproduction and aging. She is currently working on two research projects that are funded by the NIH. The first explores the reciprocal relations among stress, health, and the social environment among the elderly in Taiwan. The second is a follow-up study of midlife in the United States. Both studies include a wide range of self-reported data and biomarkers. Her most recent edited volume is "Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography". She has been at Georgetown University since 1987.
interim dean and professor of finance, mcdonough school of business; chair, international business
Rohan Williamson is the interim dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, as well as professor of finance and the Bolton Sullivan and Thomas A. Dean Chair of International Business.
A member of the McDonough faculty for nearly 20 years, Williamson has played an integral role in the growth and development of the school, serving as a member of the Academic Leadership Council, as area coordinator for finance for two terms over eight years, and as chair of the MBA Curriculum Design Committee and the McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
Additionally, Williamson has served on numerous university committees, including the McDonough Committee on Rank and Tenure, the McDonough School of Business Dean Search Committee, the Graduate School Dean Search Committee, the University Mid-Career Working Group, and on the university-wide Diversity Committee, which published the motivating document for Georgetown’s diversity initiatives.
As a tenured faculty member, Williamson specializes in risk management, corporate governance, corporate investment decisions, and corporate liquidity. His research has appeared top academic journals, as well as practitioner-oriented publications. Williamson also has written several book chapters and presented his work at conferences and seminars around the world.
Williamson was the recipient of the 1999 Michael Jensen Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations and the 2003 William Sharpe Best Paper Award in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. His research is widely read and highly influential, as evidenced by his number of citations, ranking 169th of over 300,000 authors listed on the Social Science Research Network.
He has received the Georgetown University Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, the McDonough School of Business Research Award, and has been a Dean’s Research Fellow since 2003. Additionally, during his tenure leading the Finance Area, Georgetown was recognized as the number one undergraduate business school for finance by Bloomberg Businessweek.
Active in his community, Williamson is the founder and chairman of the board of UNITY Youth Development, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that has impacted the lives of more than 1,000 youth through scholastic, cultural, and recreational activities in Silver Spring, Maryland, and surrounding communities. He also is the chairman of the board of Zion Community Enterprise, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation focusing on the Washington metropolitan area.
Williamson serves on the Board of Directors of TIAA-CREF Trust Company, FSB, where he is chair of the Risk Management Committee. He formerly was employed at Chrysler Corporation as an analyst in the office of the Chief Financial OFficer and Chrysler Financial Corporation, where he advised on matters relating to capital structure, investment analysis, business financial planning, and financial services.
Williamson earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton, an MBA from Clark-Atlanta University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He also is the parent of a current Georgetown student and a 2014 graduate.
executive director, center for social justice
Dr. Andria Wisler became the Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice in January 2013. She first joined Georgetown University in Fall 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS) and served as Director of that program from January 2011 - December 2013. Andria received her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education and Philosophy from Columbia University and master's in International Educational Development and Peace Education from Teachers College. Her research and teaching are in the fields of peace education, conflict studies, and international educational development, and her principal interest lies in the transformative potential of educational initiatives in post-conflict societies and for girls living in urban poverty. Andria’s commitment to social justice began as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, and is a continuing thread through her work for social change in various parts of the world, including with farmers in Tanzania, youth in Turkmenistan, and teachers in Israel. After graduating from university, Andria began her vocation within education as a school teacher at an independent school, the Cornelia Connelly Center (CCC), which serves low-income girls of the Lower East Side, New York City. She now serves as an invited member of the Board of Trustees of the CCC.
At Georgetown, Andria has been involved in many campus initiatives and programs. She participated in the inaugural group of Doyle Fellows, a campus initiative on inclusion and diversity, the Engelhard Initiative and, in the Fall 2010 semester, Andria was a faculty-in-residence in Georgetown’s Alanya, Turkey study abroad/community living-and-learning program. Due to her significant justice and peace pedagogical expertise, she was approached by Routledge to author an Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies textbook. She has been the external evaluator for a 3-year Department of Education funded project at George Mason University on peace, conflict and justice curricula and pedagogy, a position that brought her to work in Liberia. Andria is currently co-editing (with Celina Del Felice) Peace Education Evaluation (Information Age, 2014), a first of its kind resource of 25 chapters that reviews the trends and challenges in evaluation of peace education, presents case studies of programs around world, and offers ideas for methodological innovations.