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.

Mike Bailey

Interim Dean, McCourt SChool of Public Policy


Michael A. Bailey is the Colonel William J. Walsh Professor of American Government in the Department of Government and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. 

Bailey teaches and conducts research on American politics and political economy. He is co-author with Forrest Maltzman of The Constrained Court: Law, Politics and the Decisions Justices Make from Princeton University Press. He is also author of a statistics textbook called Real Stats: Using Econometrics for Political Science and Public Policy, published by Oxford University Press. 

His work covering trade, Congress, election law and the Supreme Court, methodology and inter-state policy competition has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, World Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization and elsewhere. He has also analyzed many congressional elections and has edited a book from Congressional Quarterly Press on the topic. In 2002-2003 Professor Bailey was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 2011-12 he was the John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government, Rothermere American Institute and Supernumerary Visiting Fellowship, Balliol College, Oxford University. In 2014 he was the Hepburn-Shibusawa Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Tokyo. 

A former Monbusho Scholar at Saitama University in Japan, Professor Bailey is conversational in Japanese and interested in Japanese politics.

Lisa Brown

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.

associate professor, 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).

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.


Marcia Chatelain

associate professor, history 

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.

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.

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.

Carol Day

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies


As the Director of Health Education Services, Carol oversees general operations, planning and supervision of professional staff. She also provides individual consultations directly to students in the areas of general nutrition, sports nutrition, eating disturbances and disorders, weight management, sexual health, pregnancy and parenting. She is also the Faculty Advisor to GERMS.

Maggie Debelius

Teaching professor, English; director of faculty initiatives, center for new designs in learning and scholarship (cndls) 


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.

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”).

Charles DeSantis

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.

Emanuela Del Gado

Associate Professor, Physics


Emanuela Del Gado is a theoretical physicist working on engineering motivated problems. She uses statistical mechanics and computational physics to investigate materials with structural and dynamical complexity, from model amorphous solids, gels and glasses, to new green formulations of cement.

Prof. Del Gado received her undergraduate degree (Laurea in Physics, cum laude) at the University of Naples "Federico II" in Italy, where she also obtained a PhD in Physics in 2001. She has been a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Montpellier II in France and a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and hold visiting positions at ESPCI (France) and MIT. Before joining Georgetown University, Emanuela was the Swiss National Science Foundation professor in the Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich.

Veronica Donahue

Associate Dean, School of Continuing Studies

Veronica Donahue is currently an Elections and Polling Analyst with the FOX News Channel in NYC and was a member of FOX's Decision Desk Team for their 2008 "You Decide" coverage. Dr. Donahue joined the FOX team in 2002. Prior to FOX, Donahue was with Voter News Service, a New York City based national news gathering agency owned and operated by ABC, AP, CBS, CNN, NBC, and FOX News, from 1988-1996. 

While a consultant at Voter News Service, Donahue was also a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University where she earned both an MA and PhD in political science. Before pursuing graduate work, Donahue worked for NBC News in New York in their Election and Polling Division and also earned an MA in Media Studies from the New School University. 

A graduate of Syracuse University and the mother of 3 boys, she is presently the Associate Dean at Georgetown University for Summer and Special programs. Her published interests focus on the politics of education reform as well as curriculum issues at the undergraduate level. Her most recent publication was a chapter on improving assessment in undergraduate experiential programs in a volume published by the American Political Science Association in 2009.

Heidi Elmendorf

associate professor, 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.

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, the youngest of whom begins college this fall.

Ian Gale

professor, Economics

Mark Gray

Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)


Mark M. Gray is a Research Associate Professor at Georgetown University and the Director of CARA Catholic Polls at Georgetown's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). Dr. Gray has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on culture and politics, political participation, democratization, and religion and politics. Methodologically, Mark specializes in survey research, trend analysis, demographic studies, and cross-sectional time-series analysis. 

Dr. Gray came to Georgetown in 2002 after completing his graduate work. Since that time he has been a primary investigator for more than 20 national surveys of adult Catholics at CARA ranging from media use to sacramental practice. 

He has taught the following courses: Introduction to the Social Sciences, American Popular Culture, Losing God? Secularization: Theory, History, and Evidence, Let Them Eat Culture: The History and Politics of Food, Catholicism in 21st Century America, History of the Future, and Catholicism at the Movies: A Critical Review of Portrayals of Faith on Film. As a graduate student he worked as a journalist for The Orange County Register. 

Dr. Gray's research spanning political participation, corruption, globalization, trade, and other issues has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals: Presidential Studies Quarterly, International Organization, PS: Political Science & Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and European Review. He has been quoted or had his research cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, and The Christian Science Monitor.

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.

Victor Jose

associate professor, McDonough School of Business


Victor Jose is an associate professor in the Operations and Information Management (OPIM) area of the McDonough School of Business, where he also holds the William and Karen Sonneborn Term Chair in Business Administration. His areas of research interest and expertise are decision/risk analysis and forecasting, with a particular focus on the development of prescriptive models and tools that could help managers make good decisions in uncertain environments. In particular, he has worked extensively in the areas of probability elicitation, forecast verification, and expert combination of forecasts. Aside from this, he also has a long-standing interest in data science, Bayesian statistics, and stochastic modeling. His work has appeared in leading academic journals such as Management Science and Operations Research. 

Currently, Professor Jose teaches the core statistics class for the MBA and undergraduate business programs. Aside from managerial statistics, he has previously taught classes in quantitative analysis, operations management, research methods, decision making, and spreadsheet modeling.

Rosemary Kilkenny

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.

Kathryn de Luna

Associate Professor, History


Kathryn de Luna is a professor of African history at Georgetown University. She specializes in the precolonial histories of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. She has conducted fieldwork among fifteen societies in five countries in Eastern and South Central Africa and regularly publishes in the fields of history, linguistics, and archaeology. Professor de Luna has published on the histories of food, environment, gender, and early African political culture in south central Africa. She is pursuing more recent interests in mobility and the history of emotions, affect, and the senses in her scholarship and teaching.

Eddie Maloney

professor of the practice, english; executive director, center for new design in learning and scholarship (cndls)

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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.

Janet Mann

vice provost for research, professor of biology and psychology

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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.

Bryan McCann

Professor and Chair, History


Bryan McCann teaches courses on Colonial and Modern Latin America, particularly Brazil. Professor McCann has published works on a wide range of topics in Modern Brazilian history. His books investigate the history of favela politics in Rio de Janeiro, the history of Brazilian radio and popular music, and the transformation of Brazil since the 1980s.

Oded Meyer

Teaching professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Cal Newport

Associate Professor, Computer Science


Cal Newport is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. His areas of research include channels of communication, networking scenarios, and the distribution of algorithms. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Irfan Nooruddin

Professor and Faculty Chair, Walsh School of Foreign Service


Irfan Nooruddin is the Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he direct the Georgetown India Initiative. He is presently affiliated with Lokniti: Programme for Comparative Democracy in New Delhi, India & have been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. 

Irfan studies problems of economic development, democratization, and civil conflict in the developing world. He is the author of Coalition Politics and Economic Development (2011) and Elections in Hard Times (2016, with T.E. Flores), both published by Cambridge University Press, as well as of numerous journal articles, edited volume chapters, and op-eds.

He hold a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Economics and International Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University. Irfan spent his early life at St. Stanislaus High School and St. Xavier's College in Bombay, India. 

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).

Peter Pfeiffer

Professor, German


Professor Pfeiffer studied biology, physics, philosophy, theatre science, and German literature in Stuttgart, Berlin, St. Louis, and Irvine. 

After receiving his Ph.D. in German literature in 1987, he taught at the University of Iowa and the University of Houston before joining the Department in 1991. 

His main areas of research are nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and literary history, though he also branches out into cultural studies on aspects of the formation of national identity and representations of death. In addition to his interests in German literature and culture, he continues to have a strong curiosity about issues in biological sciences. 

Professor Pfeiffer enjoys the intellectual challenge of teaching from introductory language courses to graduate seminars. He is involved in university governance, and has been instrumental in upgrading the university's library holdings in German. From 1997-2000, he guided the development and implementation of the Georgetown German Department's undergraduate curriculum, "Developing Multiple Literacies." His most recent book is a monograph about Austrian-Moravian author Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach. He is also exploring the novels of contemporary writers such as W. G. Sebald and Dieter Forte. Further interests include German film and representations of history in the works of Theodor Fontane and other 19th century writers. As long-term projects, Professor Pfeiffer is collecting materials for studies on death, literacy, and aesthetics in nineteenth-century Germany and on changing notions of "work." 

Ed Quinn

Secretary of the university


Edward M. Quinn received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1973 and his law degree from Fordham University Law School in 1976. He has worked as a lawyer and attorney-administrator in the Office of Administrative Law for the State of New Jersey and as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the United States Catholic Conference. Quinn joined Georgetown in 1991 as assistant university counsel. From May 1999 through July of 2000 he served as interim university counsel. He became secretary of the university in January 2000.

Walter Rankin

Director of Faculty Affairs

Walter Rankin is responsible for the operation of all normal Main Campus faculty business processes including appointments, leaves/sabbaticals, rank & tenure, and retirements.  He also manages policies and procedures related to faculty appointments.

Walter is the former Deputy Dean for the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Accreditation & Special Projects, where he supported SCS students, faculty, and staff and works on program development and reviews.  He served as interim dean for SCS for two years, overseeing the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs, launching two new graduate programs (in Emergency & Disaster Management and Urban & Regional Planning), bringing programs online, and increasing the School's focus on research and scholarship. He also managed the School's move to its downtown location and development of the campus. Walter earned his Ph.D. at Georgetown University in 1998.  He has taught culture, language, and literature courses at Georgetown, George Washington, Hampton, and George Mason Universities, and he has published extensively on literary, film, and pedagogical topics. He is the author of Grimm Pictures: Fairy Tale Archetypes in Eight Horror and Suspense Films (2007, McFarland Publishers) and also serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Media, Culture, and Social Good.

Pietra Rivoli

professor, McDonough School of Business


Pietra Rivoli teaches finance and international business in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. Professor Rivoli has special interests in social justice issues in international business and in China, and she regularly leads MBA residencies to China. Her academic research has been published in numerous leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Journal of Money Credit and Banking. In 2006, Professor Rivoli was awarded a Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute. This award recognizes Business School faculty who have been leaders in the integration of social and environmental issues into MBA curricula. 

Professor Rivoli’s book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy (2005, 2009, 2014), has been widely acclaimed by both the popular press and the academic community as a pathbreaking study of globalization. Professor Rivoli’s book has received numerous awards. These honors include being named one of the best business books of the year by the Financial Times, Booz Allen Hamilton, Foreign Affairs, the Library Journal ,and by In addition, the book was also named as a finalist for the Inaugural Financial-Times-Goldman Sachs Book of the Year Award. Finally, Travels of a T-Shirt was recently designated by the American Association of Publishers as the best scholarly book of 2005 in the category of Finance and Economics and has been translated into 14 languages.

Cristina Sanz

professor and chair, 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.

Micah Sherr

Associate Professor, Computer Science 


Micah Sherr is Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department 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.

Erik Smulson

Vice president for public affairs 


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.

Sarah Stiles

Teaching professor, Sociology


Life is multi- and inter-disciplinary and so is Sarah Stiles's approach to life and learning. For 25 years she has inspired college students in a variety of disciplines. 

Professor Stiles received the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Award in May 2014. The award is annually presented to a member of the College Faculty who, in the estimation of the College Senior Class, is admired and respected by all students for service to Georgetown and her students in the lecture hall and on the campus

In addition, she has received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College, the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Faculty Award from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, the Commitment to Diversity Award (2014, 2016) from the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA) and the Outstanding Partner Award from the Division of Student Affairs. 

As Faculty Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship in the Center for Social Justice (CSJ), Professor Stiles incorporates community-based learning (CBL) into her courses providing students with the opportunity to put theory into practice with community partners. Students perform field work with DC residents and contribute to creating systemic and sustainable positive social change in the District of Columbia. 

As Faculty Fellow in the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), Professor Stiles integrates “curriculum infusion.” As a Doyle Fellow, Professor Stiles has infused into her Law & Society course issues of diversity and inclusion with powerful results. As an Engelhard Fellow, Professor Stiles has infused her curricula with issues of wellness in keeping with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, “care for the whole person.” 

A testament to her dedication and versatility, in the two years Professor Stiles has participated in Georgetown University Ballroom Dance Team’s annual “Dancing with the Hoyas,” she and her partner have come in first place and second place. Every year she has taught full-time at Georgetown she has been nominated by the College Academic Council as a professor who has had a profound impact on students’ Georgetown experience. 

Professor Stiles’ goals include subverting the dominant paradigm of social inequality and environmental degradation by educating, inspiring, and supporting young social entrepreneurs. The daughter of an opera singer and Harvard-trained attorney, students can be assured of high drama and intellectual rigor in her courses. 

Chandan Vaidya

Professor and Chair, psychology


Chandan 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).

Astrid Weigert

teaching professor, 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).

Maxine Weinstein

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.