Alan J. Abramson is a Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, and Founding Director of Mason’s Center on Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy. Alan is also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute and an Affiliated Scholar at the Urban Institute. In these positions, he teaches, conducts research, and works with leaders on a broad range of nonprofit and philanthropic issues. For more than a decade, Alan headed the Aspen Institute’s nonprofit and philanthropy program, overseeing a variety of research and leadership initiatives focused on critical topics. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Alan Abramson was on the research staff of the Urban Institute. Professor Abramson has served on many national and local nonprofit boards and advisory committees, and has been named among the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector. He is the author and co-author of numerous books and papers, and his work has twice won awards from the American Political Science Association. Alan received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Dr. Katrin B. Anacker is currently an Associate Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. Her primary areas of expertise include housing, housing policy, urban policy, race and public policy, real estate markets, statistical methods, qualitative methods, and research writing. Dr. Anacker is the editor of The New American Suburb: Poverty, Race and the Economic Crisis (Ashgate, 2015), the lead editor of Introduction to Housing, second edition (University of Georgia Press, 2018), and the lead editor of The Routledge Handbook of Housing Policy and Planning (Routledge, 2020). Dr. Anacker’s work has been published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Geography, Housing Policy Debate, the International Journal of Housing Policy, and Housing and Society, among other journals.
Robert Baker has held an array of positions in the sport industry, including various administrative and coaching roles. His B. S. and M. S. are from Penn State, and his Ed. D. is from William and Mary. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Sport Management at George Mason University.
I have worked extensively in student housing. Over the past eight years, I have spent seven of them in on-campus student housing. I worked for Housing and Residence Life at Wichita State University for four years as a Residence Life Coordinator (building manager). Additionally, I worked an additional three years as a number of different building manager positions with George Mason University. Finally, I have transitioned to a role with Contemporary Student Services working with off-campus students and helping them with their housing needs/concerns.
Don Boileau is a retired professor of communication at George Mason University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea in 1968-69. A former department chair of Communication for 13 years, he also serves as Parliamentarian for such groups as the U.S. Association for the United Nations, the Association of Teacher Educators, and the international Kappa Delta Pi.
Susan C. Bon is an associate professor in the Education Leadership and Special Education Leadership Programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Her scholarship is primarily focused on the impact of law and ethics on leadership and special education leadership in K-12 schools. She has authored and co-authored nearly 30 articles and book chapters addressing the legal and ethical principles that inform administrative practice and impact leadership for teachers and all students in K-12 schools. Her recent publications include two articles in the Journal of School Leadership, Examining the crossroads of law, ethics and education leadership; and Special education leadership: Integrating professional and personal codes of ethics to serve the best interest of the child. Dr. Bon’s ongoing research efforts are focused on the statutory and common law education rights of all exceptional learners. She also continues to examine the importance of special education leadership, ethical leadership in education, and the legal and policy impacts of employment disputes in public school settings. Prior to her university faculty service, Dr. Bon worked as the ombudsman in the State Superintendent’s Division of the Ohio Department of Education. She spent one year as a part-time Intern at the United States Education Department working on Title I, Part D (Neglected or Delinquent Youth), McKinney-Vento (EHCY), and Homeless Education Disaster Assistance (HEDA) Grant Programs. Dr. Bon is a member of the Board of Directors for the Education Law Association and received her law degree and doctorate from The Ohio State University.
Lisa Breglia is Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Global Affairs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University where she has worked since 2007. Her 2006 book, Monumental Ambivalence: the Politics of Heritage (University of Texas Press), examines the struggle over national patrimony between public interests and private sector development in Maya archaeological sites across the Yucatán Peninsula. Her second book, Living with Oil (2013, UT Press), is an ethnographic investigation of the effects of Mexico’s intensive offshore oil industry on Gulf coast communities. Her current long-term research focuses on the relationship between resource security and citizen security in contemporary Mexico, and her most recent project focused on experiential dimensions of climate change among Maya farmers.
Deanna Busteed is a registered dietitian with a board certification in Sports Nutrition. She brings more than 16 years of experience developing health and wellness programs as well as providing cutting-edge nutrition, fitness and wellness services to a wide variety of individuals and groups. Her specialties include health promotion, disease prevention, weight management, sports nutrition, wellness, and fitness. Deanna also has extensive experience working with vegetarian diets, celiac disease and eating disorders.
Deanna graduated from University of Rhode Island and obtained her Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Massachusetts. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Framingham State College.
As a dietitian she has worked in Boston-area hospitals, outpatient counseling centers, fitness centers, and in college health. Prior to moving to Northern Virginia, Deanna was formerly the Nutrition Director at Bosse Sports and was a dietitian for Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women and The Sports Club LA/Boston. Deanna has been quoted in Natural Health Magazine, Redbook, Boston Magazine, The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe. Deanna is the co-author of “A Guy’s Gotta Eat: The Regular Guy’s Guide to Eating Smart.”
In 2012, Deanna created and launched the Nutrition and Wellness Program at Arthritis & Sports. This unique program provides orthopaedic patients with comprehensive nutrition and wellness plans designed to improve surgical outcomes and optimize the overall health of their patients.
Deanna is presently the Sports Dietitian for George Mason’s Center for Sports Performance, servicing over 500 Division I athletes. Deanna is a member of the adjunct faculty teaching Sport and Exercise Nutrition in the College of Education and Human Development. She also serves as a Senior Fellow for the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary research and teaching center at George Mason University dedicated to catalyzing human well-being.
Dr. Harry A. Butowsky retired in 2012 from the National Park Service in Washington D.C. where he worked as an historian and manager for the National Park Service History e-Library web site. He is the author of World War II in the Pacific National Historic Landmark Study, six other Landmark Studies as well as sixty articles on military, labor, science and constitutional history. Dr. Butowsky teaches History of World War I and World War II at George Mason University. His Ph.D. is from Univ. of Illinois. Dr. Butowsky is the manager of two web based history sites, npshistory.com and parkscanadahistory.com. He is also writes Op Ed articles for National Parks Traveler Magazine.
Ethan Carter is the Associate Director of Programs, Well-Being, & Assessment for Mason Recreation and has been a campus recreation professional since 2007. He has a Dual Degree in Athletic Training and Fitness Development, as well as a Masters in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Strength and Conditioning Coach. Mr. Carter enjoys speaking about leadership and a healthy lifestyle for life long health.
Rose Cherubin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at George Mason University, and is also a member of the faculty in African and African American Studies and in Women and Gender Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, New York City, and received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of the City University of New York in 1996, with a dissertation on the philosopher Parmenides (c.515 – c.450 BCE).
Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin is Professor and Chair, Nutrition, and Interim Chair, Global and Community Health at the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. He is a practicing physician, and founded and directs the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center in Baltimore.
Dr. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla is the Interim Vice President for Research as well as Professor of Computational Social Science at George Mason University, where he also founded and presently directs the Mason Center for Social Complexity. He also founded the Mason graduate program (Ph.D.) in Computational Social Science, the first in the nation. His areas of expertise include the study of conflict, systems of governance, and quantitative and computational methods in the social sciences. In 2006 he was selected by the National Academy of Sciences as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, serving for a six year period 2006-12. Professor Cioffi has served as President of the North American Association for Computational Social and Organizational Sciences and the Computational Social Science Society (CSSS). In 2008 he was made a Research Associate Scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He was recently invited to join the Space Development Steering Committee, founded by Harold Bloom. Dr. Cioffi’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, DARPA, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and other national and international agencies. Current external collaborative projects where he serves as Principal Investigator include the Mason-Smithsonian Joint Project on Inner Asia, and the Mason-HRAF/Yale Joint Project on Eastern Africa.
Sara Cobb, Director, Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution @ School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She conducts research on conflict narratives in the context of studies of ethnic conflict, counterterrorism, and democratization. She has conducted conflict assessments in Guatemala, Somalia, and Israel; and at present, she is currently studying the climate science conflict in the US. As a faculty member, she teaches courses in narrative research methods and systemic intervention design. Through her research she has specialized in the analysis of conflict narrative and has contributed to the critique of “neutrality” in conflict resolution processes. Dr. Cobb has also consulted to a variety of organizations, within the United States, as well as in Europe and Latin America. Her consulting practice includes work on organizational change processes in family businesses; she also provides training for corporations in negotiation and conflict resolution processes. She has published widely in a number of journals on topics related to the transformation of meaning in conflict processes.
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (Ph.D. in Political Science, The New School for Social Research) is Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. Her areas of expertise are Mexico-US relations, organized crime, immigration, border security, and human trafficking. Her newest book is titled Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2017; Spanish version: Planeta, 2018). She was recently the Principal Investigator of a research grant to study organized crime and trafficking in persons in Central America and along Mexico’s eastern migration routes, supported by the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Professor Correa-Cabrera is now working on a new book project that analyzes the main political, cultural, and ideological aspects of Mexican irregular immigration in the United States and US immigration policy entitled “Illegal Aliens”: The Human Problem of Mexican Undocumented Migration. She is also finalizing a book titled An Improvised War: Personal Stories and Political Perspectives of Mexico’s Security (co-authored with Dr. Tony Payan). At the same time, she is co-editing a volume titled North American Borders in Comparative Perspective: Re-Bordering Canada, The United States of America and Mexico in the 21st Century (in contract with University of Arizona Press, forthcoming Spring 2020).
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera is Past President of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS). She is also Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Non-resident Scholar at the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center (Rice University). She is also co-editor of the International Studies Perspectives (ISP) journal.
Tyler Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He is also the Director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Dr. Crate contributes an inherently interdisciplinary social science teaching and research agenda to ESP, focusing on the theoretical frames of Human, Cultural & Political Ecology, and Environmental & Cognitive Anthropology. She has conducted research across southeastern Siberia since 1988 and worked with Viliui Sakha communities of western Sakha, northeast Siberia, Russia, since 1991. For her Ph.D. research, she focused on the cultural ecology of native post-Soviet adaptation in sub-arctic, Siberia, Russia. In 2006 she published a monograph that integrates many of her research foci entitled, “Cows, Kin and Globalization: The Ethnography of Sustainability. Since joining ESP in 2004, Dr. Crate maintains a strong teaching and research agenda in the circumpolar north and has also begun developing a research agenda in the metropolitan DC area, beginning with the project, “Development of a spatially explicit participatory model to explore anthropogenic on-site threats on rare aquatic resources of the Potomac Gorge.”
Dr. Cuellar, Professor of Health Administration and Policy, has extensive experience collaborating with insurers, physician practices and health systems as well as studying Medicaid, mental health, and justice involved populations. She studies the impact of insurer innovations such as telehealth, price transparency tools and employer wellness programs. She also works on evaluating health system integration and consolidation, such as hospital systems and physician alliances, and their effects on quality, efficiency, costs, prices, and technology adoption. In other work she has examined the intersection of behavioral health and the justice systems and related Medicaid policies. Dr. Cuellar also serves as the Director of Research for the Population Health Center in the College of Health and Human Services. She serves on the Center for Disease Controls’ The Community Preventive Services Task Force. Previously she served on the National Academy of Medicine study panel on “Culture of Health: Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the US” and was a member of a national collaborative Mental Health Policy network supported by the MacArthur Foundation. She spent the 2005-06 academic year as a visiting economist to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Rick Davis is Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and Professor of Theater. From 1991 until the company’s closure in 2012, he was artistic director of Mason’s professional theater company, Theater of the First Amendment (TFA). Under his leadership, TFA became one of the Washington area’s most respected theaters, winning twelve Helen Hayes Awards and producing more than twenty world premieres.
Before coming to Mason, Rick was Associate Artistic Director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, and has directed both theater and opera across the country. His books include Calderon de la Barca: Four Great Plays of the Golden Age, as well as two volumes co-authored with Brian Johnston (Ibsen: Four Major Plays and Ibsen In an Hour), and Writing About Theatre with Christopher Thaiss. His translations have been produced in regional theaters and universities from coast to coast. He is the librettist for Love’s Comedy, an opera with music by Kim D. Sherman, with whom he also wrote a critically acclaimed oratorio, The Songbird and the Eagle. He has contributed entries to the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World and the Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, as well as writing essays and reviews for a variety of journals and magazines. Rick has served as a panelist and site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts and several state and regional arts councils and funders. He has received the Mason Teaching Excellence Award and was named Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year. He holds a B.A. from Lawrence University and an M.F.A. and D.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
Dr. Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work is an experienced speaker and trainer on a number of topics. She has been involved in training professional in the area of culture and diversity, intergenerational issues and child welfare issues, such as how children of color are impacted by the child welfare system. She is an experienced community organizer and does staff training and research in aging. She also trains on trauma and life course issues. Her years of training and speaking at professional conferences is a highlight of her background and experience. She is the author of a manual on Personal Safety Risk Management. She has trained staff on keeping safe in the workplace. Additional areas for presentations are related to trauma and preventing harmful reactions to disasters.
Lawyer in private practice; general counsel NSA; senior councilor to the direct CIA; professor of public policy.
Dr. Betsy DeMulder is a tenured Professor and Academic Program Coordinator of Transformative Teaching, a master’s degree program for practicing PreK-12 teachers, in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Dr. DeMulder earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from St. John’s College, Cambridge University, England. She was a Staff Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health and joined George Mason University in 1994 under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Visiting Professorships for Women program. Dr. DeMulder’s research concerns the study of interpersonal relationships in educational contexts, risk and protective conditions in children’s development and early education, and teacher professional development. Dr. DeMulder has published her research in a variety of professional journals.
BRAD EDWARDS, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Brad Edwards became the fifth athletic director in George Mason’s history on July 1, 2014. Prior to Mason, he served as athletic director at Jacksonville University and at Newberry College. He began his work in intercollegiate athletics in 1999 after a successful nine-year career in the NFL, joining his alma mater, the University of South Carolina.
At Jacksonville, Mr. Edwards raised a department record of approximately $3 million in new capital gifts for athletic facilities. At South Carolina, Mr. Edwards played a primary role in the development of more than $170 million in revenue, construction projects and project financing. Mr. Edwards also played a critical part in new facility design, development and construction; most notably assistance with day-to-day oversight of design and construction of the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena, and primary oversight of the 34,000-square-foot Charles Crews Football Facility. Mr. Edwards was responsible for all venue concessions and food service, department advertising and multimedia rights, executive suites and assisting in securing major financial gifts.
Mr. Edwards earned second-team All-American honors after the 1987 season for the Gamecocks. He went on to play free safety in the NFL after being drafted in the second round of the 1988 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was a defensive co-captain and runner-up MVP with the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI championship team. Mr. Edwards is a member of South Carolina (statewide) athletic Hall of Fame.
Mr. Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Carolina. He earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute. He is currently pursuing a master of arts in education from Michigan State University.
Robert Ehrlich is a professor of physics at George Mason University, where he has chaired the department. He began his career after receiving a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University in 1964. Prior to joining George Mason, he held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, and the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he chaired the physics department for five years. Dr. Ehrlich has authored or edited twenty books, two of his recent efforts being “Nine Crazy Ideas in Science,” and “Eight Preposterous Propositions,” both by Princeton University Press. He has also authored around 100 articles on subjects such as particle physics, science education, and nuclear arms control. He is currently doing research on tachyons — hypothetical particles that travel faster than light. More information can be found at http://mason.gmu.edu/~rehrlich
Heba F. El-Shazli is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Mason University’s The Schar School of Policy and Government (formerly the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA) and an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy. She is also an affiliate faculty at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies (AVACGIS) at George Mason University. She teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations theory, Israeli-Palestinian politics, and role of civil society in democratization. Professor El-Shazli earned a Ph.D. in political science from Virginia Tech (VT) School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).
She was the Regional Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) programs at the Solidarity Center (SC), AFL-CIO from September 2004 until June 2011. El-Shazli was also the Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. Before joining NDI, El-Shazli worked at the American Center for International Labor Solidarity working in Central and Eastern Europe from 1987 to 1994.
Dr. El-Shazli has 28 years of experience in civic and union organizing, institution building, leadership skills training, labor education and training methodologies, political advocacy, and development, implementation and management of international programs. She is fluent in Arabic and English and speaks French very well. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Professor Craig Esherick came to Mason from NYU where he taught in their Master’s Sports Management program for two years. Previously Professor Esherick served as the vice president for Athletic Relations for CBS College Sports TV Network and is currently the Color Commentator for college basketball games. Professor Esherick was a basketball coach for 25 years after graduating from Georgetown University with a J.D. and undergraduate finance degree. He is a member of the D.C. BAR, NASSM, and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Professor Esherick is married with two children and the author of three textbooks, numerous chapters, and articles on topics in the sports industry. He is currently working on his fourth book, The Art and Science of Coaching.
Lewis E. Forrest II, is currently an Associate Dean for University Life at George Mason University. University Life supports every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation. It prepares Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. Within University Life, Lewis supervises three units and serves on several campus wide committees and initiatives. Many of the initiatives are specific to Well-Being and student engagement.
He was previously the Executive Director of Mason’s Early Identification Program. He is an Alum of Mason (1996) receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in African-American Studies. In 2005 he received his Master’s degree in Counseling and Development and was recognized by the College of Education and Human Development for outstanding achievement and academic excellence. He also has years of experience as a Professional School Counselor in Prince William County Public Schools.
Rebecca K. Fox, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Center for Language and Culture and the Co-Director of the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning Program in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Bilingual in French, she has taught all levels of French in grades K – university and English to adult English language learners. Dr. Fox holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Foreign/Second Language Education and Research from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She received her master’s degree “with distinction” in French literature from George Mason University. In her twelfth year at George Mason University, Dr. Fox is the recipient of the 2010 Mason Teaching Excellence Award and was awarded the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques in 2010. She directs and teaches classes in the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning area, an advanced master’s program aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She also teaches courses in Foreign/World Language Methods, Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research, research methods and action research. She teaches World Perspectives in Teacher Education in the Ph.D. in Education program and regularly mentors doctoral students. In 2010, Dr. Fox’s international work has been supported through three grants. One with the Taiwanese government was in the summer of 2010 where she and colleagues provided professional learning on student-centered and standards-based instruction for Taiwanese teachers of Chinese. She was Co-PI on the U.S.- Russian Teacher Professional Development grant funded by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. She was also researcher and faculty on the Greek Teacher Professional Development Program, funded by the Fulbright Foundation and the U.S. Department of State. In addition to research in inter-cultural communication, her principle research continues to focus on portfolio development and reflection in teacher education and teacher professional learning. Program level portfolio research in the ASTL program focuses on ways that portfolios might be used to measure program effectiveness, teacher learning, and program growth and development through portfolio evaluation. As a researcher for an NEA funded grant, she examined the dimensions of portfolio development as evidences of teaching readiness, manifested in PDS and non-PDS program participants. Dr. Fox’s research and scholarly writing includes book chapters, research and journal articles and reports. Dr. Fox is an active member of several professional organizations, among them the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), and the American Education Research Association (AERA), where she regularly presents research at their professional conferences. She is currently serving as Chair of the Portfolio SIG of the American Education Research Association and is Past Chair of the ACTFL SIG on Research. She is a member of the ACTFL NCATE National Audit Review Board. She is Chair of the Student Standards Commission of the American Association of Teachers of French. She is also a member of Golden Key, Phi Delta Kappa, and of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Societies.
Don Gallehr has taught at Mason since 1966, and directed the Northern Virginia Writing Project from 1978 to 2011. His scholarly interests include the use of secularized koans in the teaching of writing, strategies for using writing to grieve the loss of a loved one, and ways to help teachers become better teachers of writing. He is the recipient of the David J. King Award for 2008.
Dr. Harold A. Geller is Observatory Director and Associate Professor at George Mason University. He served as co-Investigator for the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), the largest educational grant ever awarded Mason, from 2011 through 2015. Since 2012 he has served as a Solar System Ambassador for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 2009 and 2010 he shared in six Telly Awards for online educational videos in association with Astrocast.TV. In 2008 he received the Mason Faculty Member of the Year Award. From 2006 to 2008 he served as the Associate Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Mason. Other past achievements include President of the Potomac Geophysical Society; tour guide and lecturer with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; producer of educational multimedia CDROMs; faculty at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC); doctoral fellow of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV); and, lecturer/operator at the Einstein Planetarium, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC. He is author of books, contributed to edited volumes, and has published over 90 papers in education, astrobiology, astrophysics, and biochemistry. Dr. Geller has been interviewed or quoted in the USA Today, Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine, Astrocast TV, WTOP News Radio, News Channel 8, and The Skeptic.
Edward Gero is a 30 year veteran of Washington stages having appeared in over 100 productions, most recently seen as Justice Antonin Scalia in the world premiere of The Originalist at Arena Stage. Earlier he appeared as Mark Rothko in the Goodman Theater and Arena Stage production of RED, Scrooge in Ford’s Theater A Christmas Carol, Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, Donny in American Buffalo, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, and Gloucester in King Lear. He is a four time Helen Hayes Award winner and fourteen time nominee in both leading and supporting roles in the classics, contemporary plays and in musicals, and four time recipient for performances as Lead Actor for his work as Tom Sargaent in Skylight at the Studio Theater, and Supporting Actor for Bolingbroke in Richard II with Richard Thomas, Hotspur in Henry IV, and Macduff in Macbeth, all at Washington’s prestigious Shakespeare Theatre. His other nominated performances include Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon at Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda and Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera. Recipient of the 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship.
He has worked on film and television in New York and Los Angeles, and can be seen in House of Cards, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Die Hard 2, Striking Distance, and heard narrating for Discovery Channel documentaries. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre at George Mason University and guest lectures for The George Washington University’s Academy of Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre and the Opera Studio at the University of Maryland.
He has done extensive work in public policy for the Arts, serving on the National Committee for Standards in the Arts, National Assessment for Educational Progress Planning Committee, consulted for the Getty Center for the Arts, The Edison Project and various panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. He was invited to speak at the National Book Fair on the Mall in the fall of 2003 and to perform at the White House in 2004, both at the invitation of First Lady Laura Bush. He has consulted for members of Congress, CEO’s, the National Teacher of the Year, and many others.
He received his training at Montclair State University in Speech and Theatre and studied privately in New York with Ada Brown Mather, formerly of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He lives in Bethesda with Marijke. Their son, Christian, lives and works in Chicago
In 2015, Mr. Gero was named a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, a groundbreaking national program designed to strengthen the ability of actors and theatres to enrich people’s lives in communities throughout the country. Lunt-Fontanne Fellows do this as artists, as mentors, as teachers, and as leaders in their communities.
Jonathan Gifford is an internationally recognized authority on transportation and public policy. He directs Mason’s Center for Transportation Public Private Partnerships Policy and has written widely on transportation funding, finance, the Interstate Highway System, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation and land use, technological standardization, and information systems strategic planning. He has more than 30 years of experience in research and teaching in transportation and public policy. Areas of interest include public private partnerships, infrastructure banks, secondary road policy, transportation planning and urban development, environmental impact, and decision making. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in transportation engineering (minor fields in economics and urban planning) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D. is the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. The College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University is a dynamic academic unit that provides leadership in the transformation of schools, organizations and communities. In response to the complexity of a pluralistic society, the college infuses diversity into its academic programs and research. The college provides an ideal site for educational researchers and scholars who have an applied, collaborative orientation and an interest in preparing education professionals for the challenges of the 21st century. The College, with over 130 full-time faculty and 28 academic programs encompasses undergraduate and graduate programs including 60 graduate degree concentrations and 34 advanced certificate programs. It is comprised by the Graduate School of Education and the School of Recreation, Health Tourism and ten research and service centers. The programs of the college are in the fields of education, counseling and development, kinesiology, athletic training, sports management, health, recreation and tourism. Prior to joining George Mason University, Dr. Ginsberg served for more than a decade as the Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and for twenty years as a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University. He also previously was the Executive Director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the senior management staff of the American Psychological Association. He has a master’s and doctoral degree from the Pennsylvania State University and also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Daniel Greenberg teaches game design topics in the Computer Game Design program, with a focus on history and analysis. His research tackles the emerging topics surrounding digital games, including their defined role as an art form, the language used to describe them, the manner in which they convey narrative, patterns for developing game literacy, codifying game appreciation, comparing games to other established forms, contributing to the preservation and curation of existing works, and using new media to both illustrate and educate on gaming topics. He has spoken on topics, ranging from transmediation of games and opera to pursuing game literacy, at various national game conventions. He is also the founder of Winterion Game Studios, based in Clifton, Virginia
Molly Grove, Director of Campus Relations for the Prince William Campus of George Mason University. She began her career at Mason in Feb 92 in the University Activities office coordinating commencement festivities and creating the speaker’s bureau. In her role with Mason, her focus is concentrated on community relations and building business partnerships. She has worked in the higher education arena for more than 30 years while working at education centers on military installations in country and overseas. She graduated from City Colleges of Chicago’s European Division in 1992. Molly currently serves on the following boards: Leadership Prince William Board of Regents Manassas City Schools Education Foundation Matthew’s Center Prince William Chamber of Commerce Prince William Hospital Foundation Prince William Park Foundation Governor’s School at Innovation Park Advisory Committee SPARK (Prince William County Public Schools Foundation) Ms. Grove is an active rotarian at the Manassas Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Molly is married to Kenny Grove. They reside in Manassas City. She brags about her 8 minute commute to work!
Jhumka Gupta, ScD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health within the College of Health and Human Services. Her research program applies a social epidemiology framework towards advancing the science of gender-based violence against women and girls (e.g. intimate partner violence, sex trafficking). Specifically, she investigates the mental and reproductive health implications of gender-based violence, and conducts intervention studies aimed at reducing violence against women. Her primary focus is with vulnerable populations, both within and outside of the United States, and includes refugees, immigrants, and communities impacted by conflict. She has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications on these topics.
Gerald A. Hanweck is Professor of Finance in the School of Management at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and has been recently a Visiting Scholar in the Division of Insurance and Research of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He joined the faculty at George Mason in 1986, and teaches courses in corporate finance, applied global macroeconomics, financial institutions, and financial markets at the undergraduate and MBA levels. At the FDIC his research concentrates on the use of market information in bank risk management strategies, for use in establishing federal deposit insurance pricing, and the better identification of banks in financial distress. In this latter regard, scenario analyses are being developed relating macroeconomic factors to banking performance measures to better predict the effects of regional and macroeconomic cycles on banking company risk taking and vulnerability. He is widely published in Finance and Economics journals and is the joint author of two books with Bernard Shull. He has also served as consultant to government agencies, banks and business and as an expert witness in litigation involving financial institutions and government agencies. Dr. Hanweck received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining George Mason University, he was an economist in the division of Research and Statistics at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C. Dr. Hanweck’s research interests include financial institutions and markets performance, public policy regarding these institutions and the structure of their markets, economic stabilization and monetary policy as they influence financial institutions and markets performance, and economies of scale and scope and mergers in the financial service industries. Presently, Professor Hanweck is working on issues of global banking concentration and the costs of systemic risk and moral hazard of “too-big-to-fail” financial institutions. He has published research on these topics in academic and professional journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Economics and Business, The Antitrust Bulletin, and Bankers Magazine. In addition to this research, Dr. Hanweck co-authored two books with Bernard Shull, Interest Rate Volatility: Understanding, Analyzing, and Managing Interest Rate Risk and Risk-Based Capital, published by Irwin Professional Publishing, January 1996 and Bank Mergers in a Deregulated Environment: Promise and Peril, Quorum Books, 2001.
Professor Angela J. Hattery is Professor and Director of Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University.
Highly accomplished Technology and Security Officer with proven ability to lead successful corporate information security and technology operations and facilitate corporate growth through technology-business alignment. Special expertise in cybersecurity, solution development, organizational excellence, program management, and process improvement. Doctoral, MBA, and multiple certifications, including CISSP, CRISC, CISM, PMP/RMP, and ISSA member. Adept at directing multinational teams and administering multi-million dollar budgets. Extensive familiarity with education, software development, transportation, health-care, financial, and technology sectors. Excellent presentation, problem-solving, and technical skills.
Karla L. Hoffman received her B.A. in Mathematics from Rutgers University in 1969, and an M.B.A. and Doctor of Science in Operations Research from George Washington University in 1971 and 1975, respectively. She if a Full Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department and served as Chair of the department for five years ending in 2001. Previously, she worked as a mathematician in the Operations Department of the Center for Applied Mathematics of the National Institute of Standards and Technology where she served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies. Dr. Hoffman has many publications in the fields of auction theory and optimization as well as a variety of publications detailing her applied work. She is on multiple editorial boards, and is Past-President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). She was inducted as a Fellow of INFORMS in 2002. In 2005, she was awarded the Kimball Medal for her many contributions to the field of operations research, and for her distinguished service to INFORMS and its predecessor organizations. During 1995- 1996, she served as Treasurer of INFORMS, and chaired the Finance and Investment Committees of INFORMS. She has previously been on the Executive Committees of the Mathematical Programming Society and the Operations Research Society of America and has chaired various committees for each of these societies. Dr. Hoffman’s primary area of research is combinatorial optimization and combinatorial auction design as well software development and testing. She has developed scheduling algorithms for the airline and trucking industries, developed capital budgeting software for the telecommunications industry, and consults to the Federal Communications Commission on combinatorial auction design and software development.
John D. Hollis lists 17 years of daily newspaper experience, including nearly 10 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he covered college football and basketball, the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Falcons, and high schools. He has authored two previous books, including the 2013 hit with former professional wrestler Lex Luger called “Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler – His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption.” Over his career, Mr. Hollis has covered the Super Bowl, the Olympics, five college basketball Final Fours, the College World Series, the NBA, and the NFL among other things and served as a daily beat writer covering college football and basketball within both the ACC and SEC. The University of Virginia and Woodberry Forest School alum is currently working as a Communications Manager at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia
Professor Mahesh Joshi is an academic, a consultant, and an entrepreneur. He is the Director of Research & Practice (Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and Associate Professor of Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, George Mason University, Virginia, USA; and he is the President of Joshi International, Inc., a consulting firm.
He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management and International Business from Temple University, Philadelphia. He launched his first business in 1994, and since then has been involved in more than 10 startups. Recently he has applied for a patent for an interactive board game for teaching strategy management. Dr. Joshi has a wide variety of research and teaching interests, including: Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Strategic Management; Innovations and Technology Management, Global Strategies, Managing Change, Business Model Analysis, and Interdisciplinary Capstone Projects. Dr. Joshi has successfully focused on executive education and has been actively engaged in providing a variety of non-degree executive training. He has won teaching awards for “Excellence in Teaching” with respect to executive MBA students. He has published many (25+) peer-reviewed publication and 11 of these publications are listed as A/A* (ABDC journal list) including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences Journal, Technological Forecasting and Social Change; and Long Range Planning. He has won several “Best Paper Awards” at a variety of academic conferences. He is actively involved in outreach for the School of Business, George Mason University; and has been awarded the “School of Business Service Award” seven separate times, capturing his ability to connect with the local business community. He is actively engaged with the Northern Virginia Technology Council, TiEDC Chapter (The Indus Entrepreneurs – DC chapter, currently a Board Member) among other local groups.
PH.D.: Temple University, Philadelphia, (Strategic Management and International Business)
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & PRACTICE: Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, George Mason University
Associate Professor of Global strategy & Entrepreneurship (Tenured): School of Business, George Mason University
Since 2014, Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich has been Co-Director of the Center for Energy Science and Policy at George Mason University. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor who also teaches courses on the Geopolitics of Energy Security and Policy Communication for Executive Leadership at Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government. From 2011 to 2013 he was Deputy Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) in Mason’s School of Public Policy. He served as National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) from September 2003 to April 2011. Prior to his service on the NIC, he was Director of the Special Initiative on the Muslim World at the United States Institute of Peace. Ambassador Kauzlarich joined the Institute in spring 2002 after a 32-year career in the Foreign Service. He served as United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-99 and to Azerbaijan in 1994-97. He was Senior Deputy to the Secretary of State’s and the President’s Special Representative to the Newly Independent States (NIS) in 1993-94. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European Affairs in 1991-93, responsible for relations with the former Soviet Union and economic ties with the European Union. Ambassador Kauzlarich also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in 1984-86 and as Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in 1986-89, handling global and international economic issues. He was also Director of the Department of State’s Operations Center 1983-84. Ambassador Kauzlarich has served at US Embassies in Ethiopia, Israel, and Togo. In December 2001, the Century Foundation published his report, “Time for Change? US Policy in the Transcaucasus.” He is a coauthor of “Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan, September 2001-June 2002,” published by RAND in 2004. He also wrote a chapter “US policy toward the South Caucasus: Reform, Prosperity, Democracy” in The New Geopolitics of the South Caucasus edited by Shireen T. Hunter, Lexington Books, 2017
Ambassador Kauzlarich received his A.A. from Black Hawk College, his B.A. from Valparaiso University, and M.A.s from Indiana University and the University of Michigan. He was a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Foreign Policy Program working with the Center on the United States and Europe, and Visiting Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College of National Defense University. He is a member of the National Council of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Cyber Operations/IT Advisory Council at Valparaiso University. He is also a member of the advisory board of Clean Trade. He served on the board of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.
Jody Keenan is Managing Director, Mason Enterprise Center and State Director, Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network, hosted by George Mason University.
The Mason Enterprise Center is an organization of regional incubators and statewide business assistance programs assisting entrepreneurs and small business owners with business and strategic planning, government contracting, access to capital, marketing, commercialization and innovation, international trade, and incubation.
The Virginia SBDC network, a program of the Mason Enterprise Center, is the most extensive business development program in the Commonwealth providing business advising, mentoring, training and connections to other useful resources to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The SBDC network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University-Mason Enterprise Center and 15 other organizations, including institutions of higher education, chambers of commerce, and economic development organizations across Virginia.
John Kilkenny is currently director of percussion studies, co-director of the symphonic band and assistant manager of the Potomac Arts Academy at George Mason University. He performs regularly with a variety of groups in the DC area including the National Symphony, Washington Opera, and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician with a wide variety of ensembles throughout the country. He has presented classes and workshops at Indiana University, the University of Maryland, the Florida, Delaware and Virginia Day of Percussion, and the Music for All Summer Symposium. John received his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and a Masters degree at Temple University, both in percussion performance.
Dr. Kinter is Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), which conducts research on climate variability and predictability from days to decades, focusing on phenomena such as droughts and floods, monsoons, El Niño, and climate change. Dr. Kinter is also Professor and Chair in the department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences of the College of Science, and he is affiliated with the Climate Dynamics Ph.D. Program. After earning his doctorate in geophysical fluid dynamics at Princeton University in 1984, Dr. Kinter served as a National Research Council Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and as a faculty member of the University of Maryland prior to helping to create COLA. Dr. Kinter has served on many national review panels for both scientific research programs and supercomputing programs for computational climate modeling.
Professor Lair’s work examines warfare and its relationship to American society and culture, with particular emphasis on how knowledge and memories of the past are constructed and disseminated over time. She is the author of Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War, which examines the non-combat experiences of American soldiers in Vietnam. She finds that the US military relied heavily on consumerism and material abundance to maintain soldier morale, a phenomenon that continues to the present day. Her research on this topic continues, especially the role that culture can play as an instrument of war. Her current projects examine Vietnam War soldier photography and legacies of the Vietnam War, in particular how ideas about veteranhood have been constructed and changed over time. Professor Lair also developed content and wrote the exhibit script for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation’s Vietnam Era Educational Center, the first permanent museum about the Vietnam War in the United States.
Professor Lair’s teaching and research interests include war and American society, post-1945 US social and cultural history, the Vietnam War, veterans, and war memorials. She also serves as director of Mason’s Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Master’s program.
Roger Lathbury, Professor of English at George Mason University, received his B.A. in English at Middlebury College, and his M.A. in English at Indiana University. He is the founder and editor of Orchises Press, one of the nation’s premier small presses specializing in original poetry. He has written books on American realism and modernism and published a book on The Great Gatsby.
Harold Linton, Professor, currently serves as a Professor of Art and Research Associate in the School of Art, coordinating Mason’s accreditation self-study and the Professional Lecture Series entitled Visual Voices. He is also the National Coordinator for U.S. News Fine Arts Dean’s Survey of America’s Best Graduate Programs; the coordinator for Mason’s Visiting Artist Program called Navigation Press/Friends of Art; and the coordinator of Mason’s membership in National Portfolio Days Association. He also teaches drawing and painting at the university.
He served as Director of the School of Art from 2005 – 2013. Professor Linton is the author of nineteen books and numerous journal articles on design, drawing, architecture, and color. Several published works have become adopted texts throughout the US, Asia, and Europe. Harold has served as visiting lecturer in design at over 100 schools of art and architecture.
Professor Linton is the recipient of more than thirty citations from leading art and design schools noting his work as a prized resource. In its various iterations and editions, more than 200 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad have adopted Portfolio Design. Professor Linton’s work on color is also the subject of articles and interviews in the New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, Departures Magazine, and numerous journals.
Professor of College of Science, Head of Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics. Uses supercomputers to model and simulate complex natural and man-made phenomena. He simulated several well-known explosion incidents, among them the World Trade Center bombing, the attack on American Embassy in Nairobi and the Challenger Space Shuttle accident. His codes have been used by the car industry to reduce wind noise, and by the Navy to compute the flowfields in the wake regions of ships to train safe helicopter landings. His simulations of the flow of blood through arteries in the brain have helped to improve the understanding and treatment of aneurysms. Active areas of research include fluid-structure interaction, optimal shape and process design, the use of graphics cards within field solvers, compressible and incompressible flow solvers, thermal, control and dispersion solvers, as well as pedestrian flow simulators. Strategic areas of the CFD team include: blast-structure interaction, free surface hydrodynamics, contaminant transport, haemodynamics (bloodflow), optimal shape and process design, and pedestrian flow/computational crowd dynamics.
Dr. Maddox is a health services research and health care administrator with over 30 years of experience. She came to GMU in 1997 from the Nationals Institutes of Health. She is a sought after speaker and prolific author in contemporary health management and cutting edge health policy problems. She holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Subject matter expert on: Medical Disasters and Emergency Planning Problem of Uninsurance for health care Health workforce shortages Public Health Planning/Management Health care safety/quality.
Sean Mallon joined George Mason University in April 2016 as its first Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading Mason’s strategic vision as an economic and innovation engine for the National Capital region. Sean oversees the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), the Office of Technology Transfer, and the Mason Innovation Exchange (MIX). He also works collaboratively with academic leadership and faculty to ensure an innovative, scalable approach to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration for the development and delivery of entrepreneurial thinking and learning across the entire university.
Prior to joining Mason, Sean served as Senior Investment Director for the CIT GAP Funds, a seed- and early stage technology venture fund within the Center for Innovative Technology. In this role, he oversaw a portfolio of over 100 companies, and led new investments in Virginia-based technology companies committed to rapid growth and the development of innovative products and services. Sean has over 20 years of investment and start-up experience focused on aggressive growth, transformation and optimization. He has founded two companies, and has worked with several others in senior roles ranging from sales and marketing to product management, supply chain and finance. From 1999 to 2003, Sean was a principal at Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, a $200m early-stage venture capital firm focused on the telecommunications and IT industries. Sean holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeremy D. Mayer is an expert on American presidential elections, public opinion, racial politics, and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of several books, including Running On Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000, American Media Politics in Transition, and 9-11: The Giant Awakens. He has spoken on behalf of the U.S. State Department in several countries, and trains U.S. diplomats at the Foreign Service Institute. He has appeared on many international, national, and local television programs, including the PBS Newshour, Fox News, CNN, and others.
Ms. McCloskey received her M.A. in Irish Studies from the Catholic University of America. She also holds a M.Ed. in Multilingual and Multicultural Education. She currently resides in Dublin, Ireland and is completing a Ph.D. in Medieval Art History from Trinity College Dublin. Her work focuses on medieval manuscript illumination in Ireland and its connections to points East; including France, Germany, and the Mediterranean world (most specifically Constantinople). She lived in Dublin while completing her M.A. degree and worked in the Dáil Éireann (the Irish Parliament) writing the Fine Gael policy on Arts, Sport, and Tourism. Ms. McCloskey wears many Mason hats: she is a Mason alumna (she received her B.A. in Art History), she worked full-time as a History and Art History Department administrator for eight years, and she was the Assistant Director for Learning Services for two years. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor of History and Art History.
Mary McCutcheon taught in the George Mason University anthropology department from 1988 to 2004. Before that Ms. McCutcheon worked at the Smithsonian in the Directorate of International Affairs. Before that she taught at the University of Guam.
Ms. McCutcheon does research on land and marine resource ownership in the Palau Islands of Micronesia. Over the years she taught at Mason, Ms. McCutcheon refined her lecture topics which are relevant today and which have been popular with the audiences. In addition to continuing her work in Micronesia, Ms. McCutcheon is spending her retirement trying to understand the surge of religiosity in our society.
Maurice McTigue joined the George Mason University Mercatus Center in 1997 as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar after an illustrious career as a New Zealand member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Ambassador. Prior to his arrival in the United States, McTigue led an ambitious and extremely successful effort to restructure New Zealand’s public sector and to revitalize its stagnant economy from 1984 to 1994. McTigue has served in a number of capacities, including Spokesman for Works, Irrigation, Transport and Fisheries; Minister of Employment; Associate Minister of Finance; Minister of State Owned Enterprises; Minister of Railways; Minister of Works and Development; Chair of the Cabinet’s Expenditure Control Committee; Minister of Labour; and Minister of Immigration. In April 1994, he moved to Canada as New Zealand’s Ambassador; concurrently, he served as non-residential High Commissioner to Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana. In a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 1999, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon McTigue the prestigious Queen’s Service Order in recognition of his public service. This is one of the highest honors attainable for civil service in New Zealand. As director of the Government Accountability Project at Mercatus, McTigue is sharing the lessons of his practical experience with policymakers in the United States. He works with officials in the administration, members of Congress, and executives in scores of federal agencies on applying the principles of transparency and accountability in the public sector. He frequently speaks at conferences on performance issues and testifies before congressional committees on issues of government reform. He is also a frequent contributor to national magazines and trade publications.
Tom Moncure retired as University Counsel for George Mason University in 2017. Previously, he had served as Senior Counsel to two Attorneys General with the primary responsibility of managing Special (outside) Counsel throughout the Commonwealth. Additional duties as Senior Counsel involved the active representation of several state agencies – to include one educational institution – and the drafting of official legal opinions. He served as the Attorney General’s designee on the Virginia Military Advisory Council and the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.
Admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1979, he began his legal career as a general trial practitioner in courts of the Commonwealth. He was also appointed by the Circuit Judges as Assistant Commissioner of Accounts with the responsibility for auditing and approving fiduciary reports. Additionally, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve on Medical Malpractice Review Panels. Other significant legal experience includes employment as Assistant General Counsel for the National Rifle Association and election as Clerk of the Circuit Court for the County of Stafford. Legal publications include two law review articles and book reviews for The Virginia Lawyer.
Mr. Moncure is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates where he served on the Courts of Justice Committee.
He is a retired career Military Police Officer in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves, following 26 years of commissioned service. Significant duty assignments were as Division Provost Marshal, Operations Officer (S-3), Physical Security Officer, Administrative Officer (S-1), and Company Commander. Decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.
Mr. Moncure received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Virginia Military Institute and Master of Arts degree in History from George Mason University. He took and passed the Bar under the auspices of the Virginia Law Reader Program.
Dr. Muir is an Associate Professor of Communication at George Mason University. Star received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on computer and environmental communication, and he has published in ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and the Speech Communication Teacher. He is co-editor of Earthtalk: Communication Empowerment for Environmental Action. His work on distance delivery of video modules won several Communicator and Telly awards for educational programming.
Janette Muir is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at George Mason University. She is also an associate provost in New Century College, an integrative, interdisciplinary program at Mason. Dr. Muir teaches courses in Political Communication and Rhetoric and has written articles on presidential campaigns, political activism and gendered politics. Her courses tend to be highly interactive — traveling to New Hampshire to follow presidential campaigns; involving students in academic conference planning; facilitating cross generational dialogues about current affairs; and engaging in community based research projects. Dr. Muir has received a George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. She is a C-SPAN Fellow, past president of the Eastern Communication Association, and past editor of Communication Quarterly. She is recognized as a Centennial Scholar for her contribution to scholarship in the Communication discipline.
Amy Murphy, MPP, joined the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) in 2009. Amy serves as Project Director for the RNR Simulation Tool, an online suite of tools that operationalizes the Risk-Need-Responsivity principles. Amy’s additional projects at ACE include SOARING 2, an eLearning curriculum for criminal justice supervision officers, JSTEPS, an implementation study on contingency management in justice settings, and STRIDE, a randomized trial on the use of medication-assisted treatment among opioid-dependent individuals living with HIV. Prior to joining ACE!, Amy worked with the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine and with the Criminal Justice Research Division of the San Diego Association of Governments. Amy holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and her primary interest is in applied research for policy application.
Dr. Jeff Offutt is Professor of Software Engineering at George Mason University. He has published over 185 refereed research papers and is co-author of Introduction to Software Testing (second edition). He is editor-in-chief of Wiley’s journal of Software Testing, Verification and Reliability and founding steering committee chair for the IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Validation. He has been at George Mason since 1992, where he currently leads the Software Engineering MS program. He was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in 2019, the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, Teaching with Technology, in 2013, and was named a George Mason Outstanding Faculty member in 2008 and 2009.
Dr. Chris Parsons is an Oxford educated zoologist and has been studying the biology and conservation of whales and dolphins for over a decade. Dr. Parsons’ published over 100 articles and scientific reports, and is a member of several international bodies and committees for whale and dolphin conservation.
Mercedes Price is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at George Mason University. In this role, she supports partnership development and fundraising efforts with corporations and foundation across the Mason community. Prior to joining Mason, Mercedes spent 13 years working in the international nonprofit realm. Her most recent position was with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where she focused on business development and fundraising with federal and private philanthropic entities. She is a Maryland native and currently lives in Reston, VA with her family.
Professor Rabin received her B.A. in Spanish and French from Pomona College in 1986 and her Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University in 1993. She has taught at George Mason in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages since 1992. Her current research is on the reception of post-World War II educational documentaries in the United States.
Currently a professor on the faculty of Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government, Edward Rhodes studies American foreign and national security policy. Prior to joining Mason in 2010 as Dean of the School of Public Policy, Dr. Rhodes was on the faculty of Rutgers University, serving as founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Global Security and Democracy and as Dean of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Author of nine books on various topics in American politics, including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics. Selected Past Media Appearances and Interviews: National/International. ABC “Nightline,” ABC “World News Tonight,” ABC “World News Sunday,” ABC “Good Morning America”, NBC “Today Show,” NBC “Nightly News,” CBS “Evening News,” CNN “Inside Politics,” CNN “Headline News,” NPR “All Things Considered,” BBC, CBC, Religion and Ethics News Weekly (PBS), Reuters, Reuters America TV, Associated Press, Knight-Ridder, Gannet News Service, ABC Radio, CBS Radio, NBC Radio, Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, National Journal, Legal Times, National Law Journal, The Hill, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, St. Petersburg Times, Houston Chronicle, Newsday, Charlotte Observer, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Minneapolis Tribune, Detroit News, U.S. News & World Report, Des Moines Register, London Independent, London Financial Times, Toronto Globe & Mail, Le Presse, Tokyo Shinbun, National Post of Canada, among others.
Richard E. Rubenstein is University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Education Harvard College, B.A. 1959 in History and Literature Oxford College, M.A. 1961 in Jurisprudence (Rhodes Scholar) Harvard Law School, J.D. 1963 Employment University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1987-present Director, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, 1988-1991 Professor of Law, Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1979-1987 Associate Professor of Political Science, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, 1970-1979 Assistant Director, Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs, Chicago, Illinois, 1967-1970 Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson, Washington, D.C., 1963-1967 Books Authored Rebels in Eden: Mass Political Violence in the United States (Boston: Little, Brown, 1970; London: Macdonald, 1970) Left Turn: Origins of the Next American Revolution (Boston: Little, Brown, 1973) Alchemists of Revolution: Terrorism in the Modern World (New York: Basic Books, 1987; London: I.B. Tauris, 1988; Barcelona and Buenos Aires: Granica, 1988) Comrade Valentine: The Story of Azef the Spy (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1993; Warsaw: Bellona, 2001) When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1999; Paris: Editions Decouvertes, 2001; Rio de Janeiro: Fisus Ltda., 2002; Mexico City: Oceano, 2003) Aristotle’s Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages (New York: Harcourt Books, 2003; ; Seoul: Mimusa, 2004; Taiwan: Renew, 2004) Thus Saith the Lord: The Revolutionary Moral Vision of Isaiah and Jeremiah (New York: Harcourt Books, 2006) Reasons to Kill; Why Americans Choose War (London and New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2010) Resolving Structural Conflicts: How Violent Systems Can Be Transformed (Abingdon: Routledge Press, 2017).
Danielle S. Rudes, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and the Deputy Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Rudes is an expert qualitative researcher whose methods include ethnographic observation, interviews, and focus groups with nearly 20 years of experience working with adult and juvenile corrections agencies at the federal, state and local county levels including prisons, jails, probation/parole agencies and problem-solving courts. She is recognized for her work examining how social control organizations and their middle management and street-level workers understand, negotiate, and at times, resist change. Dr. Rudes experience includes working with community corrections agencies during adoption, adaptation and implementation of various workplace practices and reforms including: contingency management (incentives/rewards/sanctions), risk-needs assessment instruments and motivational interviewing. Dr. Rudes serves as Associate Editor of the journal Victims & Offenders and publishes regularly in journals such as Criminal Justice & Behavior, Federal Probation, Law & Policy and Justice Quarterly. Dr. Rudes is also the 2012 winner of the Teaching Excellence, the 2015 Mentoring Excellence, and the 2016 Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Awards at George Mason University.
Stephen Ruth is Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, and director of the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology (ICASIT). His research interests are focused on the problems of policy and strategic planning associated with leveraging the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in large organizations, with particular emphasis on Telework, Green IT, and the Return on Investment for E-Learning. He has received a Distinguished Professor award at George Mason University, and was a Virginia Outstanding Professor honoree. Dr. Ruth received his BS from the U.S. Naval Academy and MS from the Navy Postgraduate School, and served twenty- three years in the Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain. His PhD is from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is author or co-author of over one hundred published articles and four books.
Sergei A. Samoilenko is an instructor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University. He is an academic advisor for the Mason chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America. Sergei coordinates career-building activities for communication students, including: professional workshops, public outreach projects, job fairs and student mixers in the Washington D.C. area. His service is focused on bridging academic and professional communities in the areas of public relations and social media. He sees his mission in helping communication practitioners acquire new skills and adapt to global marketplaces and emerging online communities.
Bill Schneider is Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He was the Cable News Network’s senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, Boston College, and Brandeis University.
Schneider is the author of Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable, published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. He is also an Opinion contributor to The Hill, a Washington newspaper and website, and a contributing analyst to Hill.TV and Al Jazeera English television.
Schneider has covered every U.S. presidential and midterm election since 1976 for The Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic Monthly, CNN, and Al Jazeera English. Schneider has been labeled “the nation’s electionmeister” by The Washington Times and “the Aristotle of American politics” by The Boston Globe. Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him “the most consistently intelligent analyst on television.” He was a member of the CNN political team that won an Emmy for its 2006 election coverage and a Peabody for its 2008 coverage.
Schneider received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. From 1990 through 1995, he was the Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Visiting Professor of American Politics at Boston College. In 2002, he was the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University.
In 2003, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University awarded Schneider its Centennial Medal for contributions to society. In 2001, he received the Julian P. Kanter Award for Excellence in Television from the American Association of Political Consultants. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Brandeis University in 2008.
In 2009, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems presented Schneider with a special award “for his extensive coverage and keen insight of the 2008 United States presidential elections . . . showcasing democracy in action” to the world.
Bill Schneider is co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of The Confidence Gap: Business, Labor and Government in the Public Mind. He has also written extensively on politics and public opinion for The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Politico, Reuters, National Journal, NBC News Think, HuffPost, and The Hill.
Linda J. Seligmann is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at George Mason University. She is a specialist in Latin America with research interests in agrarian issues, class, gender, and ethnicity, and the informal economy and markets, especially in the Andean region. She has published Peruvian Street Lives: Culture, Power and Economy among Market Women of Cuzco and Between Reform and Revolution: Political Struggles in the Peruvian Andes, 1969-1991; the edited volumes, The Andean World (with Kathleen Fine-Dare), Women Traders in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Mediating Identities, Marketing Wares, and numerous articles. Seligmann also undertook a research project on family-making through transnational and transracial adoption in the U.S., entitled Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class and Nation. Her current project looks at changes in family farming in the highlands across generations in light of greatly increased demand for Andean indigenous food crops, such as quinoa, the improvement of infrastructure that permits people to move back and forth with ease between their farms and urban centers, and the growing dangers of soil and water pollution that families are confronting because of mining. Seligmann served as Director of the Center for the Study of the Americas at George Mason, was a faculty fellow in Yale University’s Program in Agrarian Studies, and Associate Director of the National Resource Center of Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Frank Shafroth is the publisher of the weekly eGnus, a compendium of actions and court decisions affecting the leaders of the nation’s state and local governments. He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, currently teaching at both George Mason University and George Washington University in the graduate schools of Public Policy and International Affairs. At George Mason University, he has completed projects on ethics, aging, and municipal finance and bankruptcy–as well as headed up reports on Virginia for the State Budget Crisis Task Force and the MacArthur Foundation. He is the author of a GMU eBlog tracking municipal bankruptcy and severe fiscal distress as part of the GMU Municipal Sustainability Project. He has previously worked as Assistant Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Jim Moran–as well as served as the Director of Policy and Federal Relations for both the National Governors Association, the National League of Cities, and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. He is a columnist for Governing and State Tax Notes.
Susan Shields is a choreographer and teacher. She has been commissioned by numerous ballet companies throughout the country including, Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Boston Ballet II. Most recently, an evening of her work was produced at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. She has performed internationally with many modern and ballet companies. She was a member of Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, and an eight year member of the Lar Lubivitch Dance Company, where she danced principal roles. She has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Eliot Feld, and The Washington Ballet.
Full time faculty member who specializes in nursing and management; certified in Perioperative nursing and Critical Care; a retired Navy nurse with a vast array of experiences around the world.
Dr. Taylor is professor emerita of communication and a member of the women’s studies faculty at George Mason University. She has coached debate and taught at the university level for more than 40 years, and has been at Mason since 1979. In 1991 she received the Speech Communication Association’s first Francine Merit award for being the woman who had most contributed to the improvement of the professional lives of women in the profession and the association. In 1996 she was named Communicator of the Year by the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences; in 2000 was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the National Communication Association; and in 2002 was selected as the inaugural Feminist Teacher/Mentor by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender.
Widely known as a speaker and workshop leader in communication, Dr. Taylor has focused her study on speaking in public, conflict management and problem solving in groups, and the role of gender in communication. She has written many articles and a popular communication textbook, Communicating, and with linguist M. J. Hardman at the University of Florida developed “Gender and Language: Making the Invisible Visible,” web based teaching and learning materials about language and gender. She has also written two editions of Speaking in Public, edited the books, Gender and Conflict, Hearing Many Voices, and Women as Communicators: Studies of Women’s Talk. For 20 years she was primary editor of a self-supporting research periodical, Women and Language.
Tojo Thatchenkery (Ph.D. Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University) is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and educator. He is professor and director of the Organization Development and Knowledge Management program at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia. He is also a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science and the Taos Institute. Thatchenkery is the author of over a dozen books and hundreds of articles. One of them, Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn was a Harvard Business Review recommend book. In it he states that the secret to success lies in something that everyone has the ability to do: reframe reality to reveal the hidden potential often present in the most challenging situations. Appreciative Intelligence also helps others to accept the present moment as full of promises, a key ingredient to mindfulness. In another book, Making the Invisible Visible Thatchenkery introduced the concept of quiet leadership as a key driver for innovation in organizations. The quiet leader mindfully observes what’s around her and builds on the strengths of the team. He has also written books on appreciative inquiry, knowledge management, sustainable development, social capital, postmodernism, and information technology and economic development.
Thatchenkery has extensive consulting experience in change management, leadership development, organization design and strategy, diversity, and knowledge management. Past and current clients include Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, IBM, Fannie Mae, Booz Allen, Deloitte, PNC Bank, Lucent Technologies, General Mills, 3M, British Petroleum, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, USPS OIG, U.S Department of Treasury, Akbank (Turkey), and the Tata Consulting Services (India). His research and consulting also focuses on Asian Americans and organizational mobility. Starting with his special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences on this topic, he is one of the first researchers to analyze the human and social capital dynamics unique to Asian Americans in federal agencies and corporate America. Thatchenkery regularly consults and offers workshops to public and private sector organizations on this topic.
Thatchenkery has over twenty-five years of experience in teaching at various Public Policy, MBA, Organization Development, and executive development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences and the Journal of Organizational Change Management and is the past Program Chair of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management (http://aom.org/). He also founded the Organizational Learning Laboratory at the George W. Johnson Learning Center and served as its director from 1995 to 2000. During this time the facility was featured as one of the leading laboratories for organizational learning and knowledge management by the Academy of Management and the Project Management Journal and served clients such as Fannie Mae.
For more information about Thatchenkery, please visit www.appreciativeintelligence.com
- Mindful Leadership for Innovation
- Appreciative Inquiry for Organizational Change and Development
- Appreciative Intelligence®: Develop Leadership, Transform Difficult Conversations, and Discover Common Ground
- Strategies for Thriving in a Changing Environment
- Quiet Leadership: Discovering the New Strategic Advantage and the Hidden Talent in Your Organization
Susan (Susie) Tomasovic is a Visiting Instructor in the Communication Department. Her BS is in Communication & Theatre Arts from the University of Missouri – Columbia, an MA in Communication from George Mason University, and a post graduate certificate in performance from drama school, (University of London, London, England). Professor Tomasovic teaches presentation and performance intensive courses in Business and Professional Communication, Oral Interpretation, Performance for Communication Arts, Radio/Television Broadcasting, and Public Speaking. She has a background in film, radio, television, and theater. Some of her professional memberships include, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, National Communication Assn, and the Virginia Assn of Communication Arts & Sciences (VACAS). Professor T. is the Internship Coordinator for the George Mason University Communication Department. Other courses taught are Rhetorical Criticism, Small Group Communication, Interviewing, and Persuasion. In addition, Professor T. is the advisor for the George Mason University Chapter of the National Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. She is also VACAS Immediate Past President and Archivist.
Steven H. Weinberger is an associate professor of linguistics in the department of English at George Mason University. He earned his PhD in linguistics in 1988 from the University of Washington, and has taught at George Mason University since 1989. He teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in phonetics, phonology, second language acquisition, and psycholinguistics. His principle research deals with language sound systems, adult second language learning, and foreign accents. He has published extensively and has given numerous papers on second language pronunciation and linguistic theory.
Philip Wilkerson III. Philip has nearly 10 years of experience in higher education, including financial aid and admissions in addition to career counseling. Philip attended James Madison University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in May 2008, and began his journey into Higher Education in 2009. While in graduate school obtaining his Master’s in Education with a concentration in counseling from George Mason University, Philip took a career counseling course. It was there that he fell in love with professional development and self-discovery through one’s own professional path. To further strengthen his passion for career counseling, Philip conducted an internship at George Mason Career Services.
After graduation Philip worked at Northern Virginia Community College’s Office of Financial Aid as a Financial Aid Counselor, George Washington University as a Career Coach, and Virginia Commonwealth University as a Transfer Admissions Counselor for the Northern Virginia Region.
Currently Philip is a Manager of Industry Advising and Employer Development at George Mason University Career Services. He oversees all industries that fall under the Creative Industries umbrella. Examples of this at Mason include Media, Performing and Visual Arts, Entertainment, Journalism, Public Relations, and Graphic Design. This role serves both student and employer stakeholders, meaning Philip both collaborates with employers to make them aware of the talented students at Mason through invitations to visit campus for fairs, workshops, and unique events and meets with students to market their creative skills through personal branding (resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, etc.).
One major project Philip oversees is an annual industry week for the Creative Arts. During this week, he coordinates and manages a series of workshops and panels, highlighted by the Arts in the Real World Fair held in conjunction with the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Philip embraces social media engagement by connecting with students and employers via twitter (@PhilipW_GMU) and through an industry specific LinkedIn group page he moderates for students at Mason.
Philip is married to Maggie Wilkerson, a school social worker for Fairfax County Public Schools and has two young children (Bennett, 3 years old and Miles 8 months old). In his spare time, Philip is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc. and is affiliated with the Theta Rho Lambda Chapter and host of his own podcast Positive Philter, which discusses such topics as career development, mental health, family, relationships, and positive reframing of everyday situations.
Dr. Patrice Winter, PT, DPT, MHA, FAAOMPT, is an assistant professor at George Mason University in the Department of Global and Community Health where she teaches health related curriculum with emphasis in public health, healthy living and aging well. She is Practicum Coordinator for the Masters of Public Health program placing students regionally as well as internationally. She was the Life Planning/Eldercare Coordinator at Mason from 2007-2014. She continues to be actively involved in health promotion programs across the university. Dr. Winter practiced physical therapy for over 35 years and was a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association for almost twenty years. She currently holds an appointed position on the Fairfax County Health and Human Services Council.
Nancy Xiong is a first-generation Hmong American born to Hmong refugee parents from Laos and is the first one in her family to attend college. She earned her master of arts in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from SIT Graduate Institute and her bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recently, she just finished her second master in Sociology and a certificate in Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. Her work and research interest include diversity and inclusion, immigration/refugee studies, gender-based violence, international marriage migration, and Asian American Pacific Islander studies. Nancy has worked, studied and/or lived in Burma, India, Japan, Laos, Nepal, and Thailand. During her free time, she enjoys spending time turning on her creative hat to create works of art from anything and exploring the wonders of the world.
Nancy’s work has been mainly in the higher education setting on issues of gender-based violence. She has organized events such as Take Back the Night, Fear 2 Freedom, Self Care, Self Love events, film screenings on domestic violence/sexual assault and Anti-Street Harassment Week at George Mason University. Academically, she has taught the following courses: global representations of women, introduction to women and gender studies and healthy relationships. Outside of George Mason University, she organizes a biennial Hmong women summit as one of the communication chairs. On the side, she manages a personal blog and podcast showcasing her experiences as a Hmong American cisgender female born to war refugee parents in hopes to inspire her followers the importance of knowing their history and owning their stories.
Nancy is available to speak on the following topics: Global Perspectives on Gender-Based Violence, Healthy Relationships, International Marriage Migration, Lived Experiences as a First Generation Hmong American Female, Social Identities through an Intersectionality Framework, Storytelling: A Tool for Community Engagement and Social Justice