2012 Wintersession Faculty

Robert S. Berg, Professor of Physics, Wellesley College


Professor Robbie Berg is the Chair of the Wellesley College Department of Physics. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Berg’s research centers on developing new computational tools for use in science education. He collaborates closely with the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, working on the creation of a new generation of "programmable bricks" called Crickets. The LEGO Mindstorms product, which was released in the Fall of 1998 by the LEGO company, was inspired by their group's work. Since 2003 he has worked to develop a commercial version of the Crickets that is now being distributed through The Playful Invention Company. (See www.picocricket.com) With Mitchel Resnick (MIT) and Mike Eisenberg (Colorado), Professor Berg helped develop an NSF-funded project called Beyond Black Boxes, in which children use Crickets to design their own instruments for scientific investigations.

He serves as an advisor for the Playful Invention and Exploration (PIE) Network, in which the Media Lab and museums around the world are finding ways to encourage more creative uses of digital media by blending art, science and technology. With Franklyn Turbak of the Wellesley's computer science department, Professor Berg created a course called Robotic Design Studio, where students use programmable bricks to design, build, and exhibit their robotic creations. In collaboration with faculty from Olin College, he has also developed a new course, Introduction to Engineering, that provides Wellesley students with an opportunity to explore first-hand the way engineers approach problems in the world and serves as bridge to more advanced engineering opportunities at Olin and MIT.

Professor Berg also has a long-standing interest in the optical properties of semiconductors. More recently, he has been working with other Wellesley faculty and students on a project that uses narrow band-width diode lasers to trap and cool rubidium atoms. He has worked with Martina Koniger, and Gary Harris of Wellesley’s Department of Biological Sciences, and a number of Wellesley students to develop an optical technique for monitoring light-induced chloroplast movements in leaves.

Hélène Bilis, Associate Professor of French, Wellesley College


Hélène Bilis received her Ph.D. in French literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008, the same year she joined the French department at Wellesley College.

Professor Bilis specializes in the literature and culture of early modern France, in particular how theater became a space in which to dramatize, promote, and reflect upon the theories of sovereignty advanced by the French monarchy. The same period which saw the rise of absolutism, the coup d’état, and divine-right monarchy witnessed the development of neoclassical tragedy, a heavily theorized genre whose poetics often coincided with, but also challenged, ancien régime political aims.

Recent publications have focused on feeble kings and the crises of dynastic succession they provoke on the tragic stage. Her current book-project looks at the ways playwrights from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries portrayed the judicial process and royal judges on stage, in a time when a notion of legality separate from the king was beginning to emerge. The study addresses scenes of royal judgment in the works of Jean Rotrou, Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine, and Voltaire.

Professor Bilis coordinated an Albright Institute summer seminar devoted to the study of the coup d’état from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Along with Sarah Wall-Randall, a colleague from the English department, she organizes a faculty interdisciplinary working group on Medieval-Renaissance studies sponsored by the Newhouse Center for the Humanities. Bilis teaches courses ranging from French conversation and composition, to seminars on early modern theater, on representations of queens and princesses in literature, and on literary portrayals of France as a nation.


Dan Brabander, Associate Professor and Chair of the Geosciences Department, Wellesley College


Dan Brabander holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Binghamton University and a Ph.D. from Brown University. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Parsons Lab at MIT where he applied geochemistry tools to large-scale environmental engineering challenges around arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh and metal biogeochemical cycling in urban watersheds.

He currently holds an appointment as a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health where research questions focus on the intersection of environmental health and medical geosciences. At Wellesley, his courses help students develop a toolbox of skills to frame and analyze complex environmental systems. He teaches a core course in Environmental Science and upper level courses in Isotope Geology and Environmental Geochemistry. A key component of these courses is the creation of a research-rich setting where the students become apprentices for ongoing projects in Brabander’s research lab. In 2010, he was awarded the College’s Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Brabander has published more than 20 peer-reviewed scholarly articles with recent work featured in numerous media outlets including ABC news, the Boston Globe, and Time magazine. His research emphasizes multidisciplinary projects that foster collaboration among biologists, chemists, public health scientists, and environmental engineers and that involve research experiences for undergraduates. His current research focus is environmental geochemistry, health, and the quantification of toxic metal exposure pathways in the built environment. Applications include fate and transport studies of contaminants in watersheds and urban settings, isotopic dating and mapping of contaminants within sediments and soils, and sustainable urban agriculture.

Rebecca BraeuRebecca Braeu, Macroeconomic Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Standish Mellon Asset Management


Rebecca Braeu is a macroeconomic analyst and portfolio manager on the Global Fixed Income Team at Standish Mellon Asset Management. She leads the developed market country and currency research effort with regional focus in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Braeu also works with the global team to formulate portfolio strategy and manage global bond portfolios.

Before joining Standish in 2010, she was an economist and emerging market strategist at Manulife Asset Management in Boston. Previous to her work in the private sector, Braeu was a tenure-track professor at California State University and Holy Cross College, where she published two academic papers in the area of global macroeconomics and international finance. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. and master's in economics from the University of Colorado, a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Colorado, and has four years of industry experience.

Nicholas Burns, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

Nicholas Burns is professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is faculty chair of the school’s Middle East Initiative, India & South Asia Program, and is director of the Future of Diplomacy Project.

He writes a biweekly foreign affairs column for the Boston Globe and is a senior foreign affairs columnist for GlobalPost. Burns has received 12 honorary degrees, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, and the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award. He has a B.A. in history from Boston College and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

He is also director of the Aspen Strategy Group and a senior counselor at the Cohen Group. He served in the U.S. Foreign Service for 27 years, during which time he was appointed undersecretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to NATO, ambassador to Greece, and State Department spokesman. He worked on the National Security Council staff as senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs and special assistant to President Clinton and director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush.

Ophelia Dahl DS '94, Executive Director, Partners In Health

For more than 20 years, Ophelia Dahl has worked as an advocate for the health and rights of the poor. Dahl first traveled to impoverished central Haiti in 1983 at age 18 to volunteer her services at Eye Care Haiti, a small clinic. It was in Haiti where she met Paul Farmer, and since then they have worked to bring health care to the destitute sick, beginning with a few small villages in Haiti’s Central Plateau. The principle that motivated Dahl and her colleagues was simple: everyone, whether poor or affluent, deserves to benefit from the same high standard of medical care.

Partners In Health (PIH), a nonprofit organization based in Boston, Mass., and dedicated to addressing health inequities and social injustice, was formally founded in 1987. Dahl, a co-founder and trustee of PIH, currently serves as its executive director. She has also served as chair of PIH’s board since 1993. Expanding on the work started in Haiti’s Central Plateau, Dahl has traveled to and supported the establishment of major PIH projects in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, the urban United States, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi. Today, PIH operates over 60 hospitals and health centers in these countries with a staff of 128 in Boston and more than 12,000 colleagues worldwide.

Under Dahl’s leadership, PIH has forged groundbreaking successes in treating the diseases of the poor and promoting health and human rights in areas of the world that have been ravaged by political conflict, poverty, and international neglect. Providing antiretroviral medications to AIDS-afflicted patients in places like Haiti used to be viewed as utopian and unrealistic by international health experts; today, the effectiveness of PIH’s community-based model has been lauded around the world, prompting an explosion in requests to the organization to share its expertise and to play a greater role in global health advocacy.

A graduate of Wellesley College and a writer herself, Ophelia Dahl also serves on the board of her family’s foundation to honor the work of her father, the late writer Roald Dahl, and is engaged in philanthropic works in the United States and her native England.

Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of International Human Rights Policy, Wellesley Centers for Women


Rangita de Silva de Alwis is the director of International Human Rights Policy and the Inaugural Susan McGee Bailey Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is also the faculty director of the Department of State and Seven Sisters Colleges–led Women in Public Policy Project’s Summer Institute (2012) at Wellesley College.

Dr. de Alwis has worked with a vast network of academic institutions, civil society, and government organizations to develop innovative women’s rights and human rights initiatives around the world, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Georgia, Turkey, Russia, Argentina, Kenya, Morocco, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Romania and Egypt. Her work and teaching have focused on using international human rights norms to guide law reform initiatives. She helped convene national and regional alliances including the Women’s Watch in China; the Asia Cause Lawyers Network in India; the Gender and Law Network in China; and the Women’s Leadership Network in the Muslim World. She also advised UNICEF’s and UNFPA’s law reform initiatives in compliance with the relevant human rights treaties and is on the Advisory Group brought together by UNIFEM and UNDP to develop United Nations Evaluation Guidelines.

De Alwis serves as an advisor to the Secretariat for the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has published widely on gender, human rights, and law reform in United Nations publications and law review journals. Her most recent work includes "Examining Gender Stereotypes in New Work/ Family Reconciliation Policies: The Creation of a New Paradigm for Egalitarian Legislation" in the Duke Journal of Gender and the Law and "China’s New Gender and Law Developments: Opportunities and Challenges," which was admitted to the record of the Congressional Executive Commission on China before which Commission she has testified twice. Her recent work on A Review of Women’s Human Rights Lawmaking in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) published by the UNFPA was presented before government and non-government representatives and academic communities of 20 countries in the EECA region. De Alwis also serves as the gender advisor to UNDP/Ministry of Justice Sector reform in Vietnam.

De Alwis has a doctorate in law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School, was a teaching fellow with the European Law Research Institute at Harvard Law School, and was a research fellow with the Women and Public Policy program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Elaine Eisenman  Elaine J. Eisenman, PhD, Dean, Babson Executive Education


Elaine Eisenman is dean of executive education at Babson College. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy and growth of the executive education division, as well as for all non-degree programs in entrepreneurship. She is also responsible for the management of the top-rated Babson Executive Conference Center.

Dr. Eisenman’s career includes experience as a business leader and general manager, HR executive, private and public board member, and organizational consultant. Her key areas of expertise include executive selection, transition, and succession, and the alignment of strategy, selection, compensation, and performance during periods of growth and transformation. Additionally, she has managed the human side of acquisition and integration through multiple acquisitions for three companies.

As both a board member and board consultant, she has extensive experience in corporate governance and is a frequent speaker on corporate governance issues, focusing on boardroom dynamics, CEO succession, and the role of the compensation committee. She has both consulted to and served on a number of private and not-for-profit boards and advisory boards for both start-ups and family businesses.

Currently, Eisenman is a member of the boards of firectors of DSW, Inc. and Active International. She is a faculty member for NACD’s Board Advisory Services. For nine years, she served on the board of UST Inc. She is also a founding member and member of the boards of Women Corporate Directors and The Belizean Grove.

Eisenman is co-author of I Didn’t See It Coming: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business, published by John Wiley and Sons. Her article, “Power in the Post‐Sarbanes Oxley Boardroom” was published in Directorship magazine. Her article, “Public Policy: Enabler or Inhibitor of Entrepreneurial Companies,” is included in the Praeger series on Entrepreneurship. Her article, “Why CEOs Become Blindsided,” was published on Chiefexecutive.com, and her article on CEO succession was published in Boards and Directors Magazine. She has been highlighted in interviews by WSJ, Agenda, Directorship, and Board Member. In 2007, Eisenman was interviewed on ABC’s 20/20 on the topic of failure as a foundation of entrepreneurial success.

Recently, Eisenman was selected by Agenda magazine as a top 100 Diversity Board Member.

Eisenman earned a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from New York University, and an M.S. from Columbia University.

Andrew Ellner, M.D., Director of the Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change, Harvard Medical School

Andrew L. Ellner, M.D., is an associate physician in the division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the assistant medical director of the Phyllis Jen Center for Primary Care, where he practices primary care medicine. He also directs the Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Ellner is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He received an M.Sc. with distinction from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and completed his internship and residency in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Ellner's work focuses on health systems improvements for vulnerable populations. He previously served as the Clinical Policy Director of the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative's Rural Initiative and managed the Academic Consortium of the World Health Organization's Maximizing Positive Synergies initiative, a 15-institution collaborative research project that studied the interactions between the major, disease-specific global health initiatives (Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and TB; President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and the health systems of low- and middle-income countries. Ellner also serves on the faculty of the Global Health Delivery project (GHD), a collaborative between Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Business School, and the Harvard School of Public Health, that focuses on understanding and improving healthcare delivery in resource poor settings.

Carolee Friedlander, CEO and Founder, AccessCircles; former CEO and Founder, Carolee Designs


AccessCircles was founded in June of 2008 by Carolee Friedlander, the former CEO and founder of Carolee Designs, one of the world’s leading accessories brands. Carolee’s vision is to create a by-invitation network to enrich the health and wellness, financial expertise, and life balance of women through informative gatherings, transformative knowledge, unique experiences, and access to leading authorities and alliance partners in the fields of health and wellness, financial expertise, and life balance.

As founder and CEO of Carolee Designs, Friedlander led her organization through all business life cycles, from early stages to a highly respected, recognized brand. During that time, Friedlander was considered the trendsetter in both design and marketing of fashion accessories worldwide, creating collections with distribution in over 700 premier retail stores internationally. This quintessential entrepreneur had grown businesses through global expansion, product diversification, and a keen understanding of the changing needs of women today.

In 2001, Friedlander negotiated the sale of Carolee Designs to Retail Brand Alliance, a privately held retail company with sales of $1.5 billion. She remained with the company until 2005.

Throughout her career, Friedlander has embraced mentoring and leadership roles in many diverse business organizations and is active in numerous civic, philanthropic, and educational organizations. Some of those include: The Women’s Leadership Board at The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

She is a past president of the Committee of 200, the organization of preeminent businesswomen and also served as the chair of its Foundation Board. Carolee serves as a director on the board of DSW, Inc.; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, where she also serves as chair of the Finance Committee. She also serves on the board of The Society for Women’s Health Research. 

Friedlander has been recognized with numerous awards for her professional and philanthropic achievements.

PRofessor Charlene GalarneauCharlene Galarneau, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College


Charlene Galarneau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. On the faculty since 2005, she teaches feminist bioethics, U.S. public health, women and health, and the seminars “Gender Justice and Health Policy” and “Global Health.”

Professor Galarneau’s research focuses on understandings of justice (philosophical and theological) in public health and health care, their expressions (attempted and actual) in U.S. health policy, and their global reach.  She is particularly interested in participatory notions of justice that emerge from social groups and community-based movements - this being the subject of a book-length manuscript in progress entitled The Communities of Health Justice.  Other recent research interests include reproductive justice, systemic discrimination in blood donation policy, recent U.S. health care reform and its consequences for immigrants, and religiously-based medical sharing plans.

Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics, Public Health Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Trained in ethics and health policy, Professor Galarneau’s scholarly interests are inspired by her early public health work with the communities served by rural community/migrant health centers.  She served on the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (Secretary DHHS appointed, 1988-1992), was a Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School (1999-2000), and is currently a member of the Board of Overseers of the Wellesley Centers for Women.

She received a Ph.D. and A. M. from Harvard University, an M.A.R. from the Iliff School of Theology, and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts.

Alden Griffith, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Wellesley College

Alden Griffith is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley.  His research interests in plant ecology include invasive species, plant-plant facilitation, and the effects of climate change. How are nonnative plants interacting with natives, and what does this mean for population growth/decline?  To what degree does climate regulate plant populations and determine invasion success?  Much of his research combines field-based experimentation and observation with quantitative population modeling in order compile a thorough systems-level understanding at scales relevant to management.

Beyond his ecological research, Alden has examined matters of communication and misconceptions in climate change science.  More broadly, he is interested in the difficult question of how to promote critical thinking and scientific literacy in an age with unparalleled access to both information and misinformation.  We live in a fascinating time, where scientists find themselves in an awkward place: highly respected by the public according to polls, yet often marginalized in the decision-making process in today's polarizing political atmosphere.  

Alden received his B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Prior to his current position, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, teaching courses in Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences.

J. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard Kennedy School

J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life. He is also the Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society. 
He served on the faculty of Georgetown University (1984 to 1992) and the Harvard Divinity School (1993 to 2001). His writings include The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Continuity and Change; Military Intervention and National Sovereignty; Catholicism and Democracy; and Social Values and Public Policy: A Contribution from a Religious Tradition.


Michelle HowardRear Admiral Howard graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1998, with a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences.

Howard’s initial sea tours were aboard USS Hunley (AS 31) and USS Lexington (AVT 16). While serving on board Lexington, she received the secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins award in May 1987. This award is given to one woman officer a year for outstanding leadership. She reported to USS Mount Hood (AE 29) as chief engineer in 1990 and served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She assumed duties as first lieutenant on board the USS Flint (AE 32) in July 1992. In January 1996, she became the executive officer of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and deployed to the Adriatic in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, a peacekeeping effort in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Sixty days after returning from the Mediterranean deployment, Tortuga departed on a West African training cruise, where the ship’s Sailors, with embarked Marines and U.S. Coast Guard detachment, operated with the naval services of seven African nations.

She took command of USS Rushmore (LSD 47) on March 12, 1999, becoming the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. Howard was the commander of Amphibious Squadron Seven from May 2004 to September 2005. Deploying with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, operations included tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia and maritime security operations in the North Arabian Gulf. She commanded Expeditionary Strike Group Two from April 2009 to July 2010. In 2009, she deployed to CENTCOM theater, where she commanded Task Force 151, Multi-national Counter-piracy effort, and Task Force 51, Expeditionary Forces. In 2010, she was the Maritime Task Force commander for BALTOPS, under 6th Fleet.

Her shore assignments include: J-3, Global Operations, Readiness, Joint Staff from 2001-2003; executive assistant to the Joint Staff director of Operations from February 2003 to February 2004; deputy director N3 on the OPNAV staff from December 2005 to July 2006, deputy director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, OPNAV staff from July 2006 to December 2006, and senior military assistant to the secretary of the Navy January 2007-January 2009.

Joseph P. Joyce, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College


Joseph P. Joyce is a Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, and the Faculty Director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. He joined the faculty in 1981, and served as Chair of the Economics Department from 1994-1998. From 1999-2006, he was the Director of Wellesley College’s Social Sciences Summer Research Program, which received funding from the National Science Foundation. Professor Joyce’s research deals with issues in financial globalization.

Professor Joyce's book, The IMF and Global Financial Crises: Phoenix Rising?,  has been published by Cambridge University Press. His articles have appeared in many journals, including the Journal of International Money and Finance, Review of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Economics & Politics, Journal of Macroeconomics, Review of World Economics, and World Development. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of International Organizations and the Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy. At Wellesley he teaches courses in international macroeconomics, the economics of globalization and macroeconomic theory.

Professor Joyce received a B.S.F.S. degree cum laude in international affairs from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University. He held internships at the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve Board, and visiting positions at Harvard's Center for International Affairs, the Brookings Institution, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the International Monetary Fund.

Katrin Katz, Former Director of Japan, Korea and Oceanic Affairs, National Security Council


Katrin Katz served as the Director for Japan, Korea, and Oceanic Affairs on the staff of the White House National Security Council from 2007 until 2008. Prior to her NSC appointment she served as the special assistant to the assistant secretary for international organization affairs at the U.S. Department of State and as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. Katz lived in Korea for two years as a Fulbright grantee and spent a year in Japan studying at Stanford University's Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies. Her passion for East Asian affairs stems from the six years she spent as a teenager living in Australia, where her high school in Melbourne offered opportunities to study Japanese and travel to the region.

Katz received a master's degree in East Asian and international security studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she was awarded the John C. Perry Scholarship for East Asian Studies, and a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in international relations and Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in the Chicago area with her husband and two daughters and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at Northwestern University.

Eileen Kohl Kaufman ’66, Executive Director, Social Accountability International


Eileen Kaufman serves as executive director of Social Accountability International. She has held this position since SAI was incorporated in 1997. Prior to joining SAI, she was director of strategic planning at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, a strategic planner at the NYC Department of Design and Construction, and a financial planner at the NYC Water Board. She worked at the Council on Economic Priorities at CEP's inception, co-authoring Paper Profits, an analysis of paper mill pollution and its control.
Kaufman is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she earned a B.A. in economics. She also holds an M.A. in economics and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia University. She participates in the work of the Steering Committee for the Business Principles for Countering Bribery and also in the work of two UN Global Compact working groups—on human rights and supply chain sustainability. She's also co-authored two recent publications on implementation of labor standards: From Principles to Practice: The Role of SA8000 in Implementing the UN Global Compact, and From Words to Action: A Business Case for Implementing Workplace Standards.

Deane Marchbein, M.D.,  Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Dr. Deane Marchbein joined MSF in 2006 to work as an anesthesiologist in MSF’s surgical program in Ivory Coast. She has worked with MSF in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Libya, Nigeria, and South Sudan.

She was formerly the business manager and chairperson of the anesthesia department as well as the director of the intensive care unit at Lawrence General Hospital in Arlington, Mass. Marchbein now works for Massachusetts General Hospital at one of its community hospital satellites and serves on the board of directors of the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.

Katherine Marshall '67, Visiting Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs


Katherine Marshall is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. She is Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD). She has worked for four decades on international development, primarily with the World Bank, where she held leadership positions, including country director for west and southern African countries. Her current teaching and research focus on the intersections of development and faith.  She publishes and speaks widely, including as a blogger for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post. Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers, will be published in February 2013. She sits on several non-profit boards, including the Opus Prize Foundation, the International Selection Committee for the Niwano Peace Prize, the Washington National Cathedral Foundation board, the World Bank Community Connections Fund, and AVINA Americas. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Anti Corruption Conference. Her advanced degrees are from Wellesley College and Princeton University.

Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Olin College


Robert Martello began researching America's transition from crafts to industry while a Ph.D. student in MIT's Program in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 and in the same year started working at Olin College in Needham, Mass., where he is now a professor of the history of science and technology. Martello serves as the chair of Olin's Arts, Humanities, and Social Science committee and helped to shape Olin's curriculum, taking particular pride in its interdisciplinary and self-study components. He has written several papers and offered numerous presentations and workshops on his educational research, which explores connections between interdisciplinary education, student motivation, and self-directed project-based learning.  

Martello has also written several articles on the subject of industrialization, and his book, Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere and the Growth of American Enterprise, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010. This book combines a biographical narrative of Paul Revere's long manufacturing career with a comparison of America's managerial, labor, technological, and environmental practices before and after the revolution. Martello has more recently begun a new research project that will investigate Benjamin Franklin's printing career, emphasizing Franklin's many impacts upon early American printing as well as the way that his artisan experiences set him apart from America's other founding fathers.

Nancy McEldowney, Senior Vice President, National Defense University


Nancy McEldowney assumed her current position as senior vice president of the National Defense University on August 1, 2011. Previously, she served as principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria. She also served as deputy chief of mission in Ankara, Turkey, and Baku, Azerbaijan. In her last Washington assignment, Ambassador McEldowney served at the White House as director of European affairs on the National Security Council.

McEldowney has also served overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Cairo, Egypt, and Bonn, Germany. In addition, she was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the Soviet Union in Geneva, Switzerland.

Within the Department of State, McEldowney has worked in the Office of Soviet Affairs, the Office of European Security Affairs, the Front Office of the European Bureau, and the Office of the Deputy Secretary. She has also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. McEldowney has been granted the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on five occasions. She is also a recipient of the Sinclair Linguistic Award and the National War College’s Distinguished Writing Award.

McEldowney is a member of the Senior Foreign Service. She completed her undergraduate studies at New College and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and the National Defense University. A native of Florida, McEldowney is married and has two daughters.


Major General Patricia E. McQuistion, Commanding General, US Army Sustainment Command


Major General Patricia E. McQuistion assumed command of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command on 28 October 2011. Her previous assignment was Commanding General of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command for U.S. Army-Europe and Seventh Army in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

She has served in numerous assignments, starting as a maintenance platoon leader and S-1 for the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and then as protocol officer for the U.S. Army Western Command at Fort Shafter. She then moved to Germany, where she served as a company commander in the 56th Field Artillery Command (Pershing) and as maintenance officer for V Corps, Seventh Army. She was next assigned to the U.S. Army Personnel Command in Alexandria, Virginia, as Ordnance systems manager. She then moved to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as a speechwriter for the U.S. Army Chief of Staff. Later assignments took her to Fort Riley, Kansas, where she served as chief of the Division Materiel Management Center and as assistant chief of staff (G-4) for the 1st Infantry Division; to Fort Hood, Texas, where she commanded the Special Troops Battalion in the 13th Corps Support Command. She then returned to the Pentagon as a special assistant for personnel and logistics to the U.S. Army Chief of Staff. From June 2000 to June 2001, Major General McQuistion served as chief of support and deputy commander for the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt. She returned to the United States to command Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania, a position she held through June 2003. Major General McQuistion was then assigned to the Headquarters of the U.S. Army Materiel Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as executive officer to the deputy commanding general, followed by a third Pentagon assignment as director for strategy and integration within the Officer of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army (G-4).

In September 2006, Major General McQuistion went to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, as ASC deputy commanding general with duty as commanding general of Army Materiel Command-Forward (Southwest Asia), director of operational sustainment, and G-4 for US Army Central Command. She then commanded the Defense Supply Center Columbus, Ohio (now Defense Logistics Agency-Land and Maritime). She held that position through August 2009, when she was named as commanding general of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Akron, where she earned a commission in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program. She earned a master's degree in acquisition management from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and national resource strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Her military schooling includes the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Major General McQuistion’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters; the Bronze Star; the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; the Air Force Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Staff Identification Badge; and the Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Gold.

Craig Murphy, M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, Wellesley College


Craig’s work focuses on international institutions and economic development. He has studied the field operations of the United Nations and other international organizations in more than a dozen countries. His most recent book is The International Organization for Standardization: Global Governance through Voluntary Consensus, (Routledge, 2009) written with his wife, JoAnne Yates, deputy dean and distinguished professor of management at MIT’s Sloan School. Craig and JoAnne are completing a larger historical study of the rise of private institutions of international governance.

In addition to his work at Wellesley, Craig has served as a visiting faculty member at Brown, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and the University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as on the UN staff.

He is a recent (2007-08) Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study and has been recognized as president of the International Studies Association and chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS). He also founded ACUNS’s journal, Global Governance, which received the recognition from the American Association of Publishers for the best new scholarly journal in 1996.

Craig received his B.A. from Grinnell College, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and he also studied at the Commonwealth Institute in London and the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, under the auspices of the international research program, InterFuture.

Patricia Sulser '79, Chief Counsel, International Finance Corporation


Patricia Sulser is a Chief Counsel at International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, where she has worked since 1992.  She is based in Washington.  She is the Global Lead Lawyer for IFC InfraVentures, a $100 million internally managed fund established by IFC in 2008 to fund and proactively develop private and public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in IDA countries. IFC InfraVentures addresses one of the most significant constraints to private investment in infrastructure projects in these countries, including the limited availability of funds and experienced professionals dedicated to private infrastructure project development.  Infrastructure projects on IFC InfraVentures’ agenda include hard infrastructure such as power (especially renewable power), wastewater treatment and water supply, ports, airports, roads, and airports, as well as so-called “soft” infrastructure such as healthcare facilities and hospitals and schools—all critical to countries’ economic development and the World Bank Group’s agenda of bringing people out of poverty.

Ms. Sulser has been involved in the financing of complex infrastructure projects for her entire career at IFC and before in private practice in the New York, London and Hong Kong offices of Shearman & Sterling.  She leads the IFC Legal Department Public Private Partnership practice group and coordinates with colleagues from around the World Bank Group and other development financial institutions on the G20 and World Bank Group PPP agenda. 

Ms. Sulser is also a certified mediator and has provided legal support for IFC’s establishment of mediation centers around the world.  In addition, she actively promotes the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in PPP and infrastructure projects around the world.

Franklyn Turbak, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Wellesley College


Franklyn (Lyn) Turbak is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Wellesley College, where he has been since 1995.  He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Computer Science from MIT. 

Turbak's passion is the study of programs and programming languages, which is at the heart of both his teaching and research. His interests include the design, analysis, and implementation of expressive programming languages, graphical representations of programs, and the visualization of computational processes. He is co-author of the textbook Design Concepts in Programming Languages.

In his courses and programming environments, Turbak embraces constructionist learning principles that encourage people to view themselves as designers and inventors. Together with Robbie Berg in the Wellesley Physics Department, he developed the Robotic Design Studio course for introducing liberal arts students to engineering. He has also taught Wellesley's Introduction to Engineering course, which serves as a bridge to engineering opportunities at Olin College and MIT. In Fall 2011, he created a new course, Inventing Mobile Apps, in which students without previous programming experience designed and built apps for Android smartphones using App Inventor, a visual programming language in which programs are composed out of blocks that snap together. 

Turbak currently leads two research projects: TinkerBlocks, whose goal is to create more expressive block programming languages; and Rapid Prototyping For Everyone, whose goal is to increase accessibility to the laser cutter, vinyl cutter, and 3D printer in Wellesley's Engineering Studio.

Sarah E. Wall-Randell '97, Assistant Professor of English, Wellesley College


Sarah Wall-Randell is an assistant professor in the English Department. Her forthcoming book, The Immaterial Book: Reading and Romance in Early Modern England (University of Michigan Press, 2012) examines the "imaginary history" of books and reading in English Renaissance romances, and investigates the question of why books continued to be represented in Renaissance literature as magical, mysterious objects, even as the technological advance of the printing press made real books ever more available, accessible, and ordinary. She has also published articles on Christopher Marlowe's encyclopedism and 16th century women's autobiography. 

Wall-Randell teaches courses on Shakespeare, Milton, and 16th- and 17th-century literature as well as courses in the Medieval/Renaissance Studies Program. Before coming to Wellesley, she completed an M.Phil. in Renaissance literature at Oxford University and a Ph.D. in English at Harvard.

Akila WeerapanaAkila Weerapana, Associate Professor of Economics, Wellesley College

Akila Weerapana is an associate professor of economics at Wellesley College. He was born and raised in Sri Lanka and came to the United States to do his undergraduate work at Oberlin College, where he earned a B.A. with highest honors in economics and computer science in 1994. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford in 1999.

Professor Weerapana’s teaching interests span all levels of the department’s curriculum, including introductory and intermediate macroeconomics, international finance, monetary economics, and mathematical economics. He was awarded Wellesley's Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. He has advised many thesis students at Wellesley on projects ranging from a study of the economic benefits of eradication of river blindness in Ghana to the impact of joining the European Union on the Spanish economy to a project analyzing the determinants of enterprise performance in Russia.

His research interests are in macroeconomics, specifically in the areas of monetary economics, international finance and political economy. In the area of monetary economics, his work has focused on the international dimension of monetary policy, including the potential for gains from coordination and the importance of asymmetric relationships between countries. On the political economy side, his work examines the macroeconomic implications of political institutions and policy stances: examples include how the South African government’s attitude towards the AIDS pandemic may affect exchange rates, how domestic economic growth responds to political institutions such as redistricting mechanisms and voter initiatives, and how political and economic variables can increase or decrease violent conflict.