Albright Institute faculty are among Wellesley's most accomplished philosophers, historians, scientists, and political scientists. Representing the disciplines that define the liberal arts, these faculty are the stewards of their professions. They engage Fellows in discovery and analysis of global issues from their areas of research expertise. Further, they encourage the kind of cross-disciplinary thinking that is required in order to understand the complexities of the world's beauties as well as its problems.
Rachid Aadnani, Lecturer in Middle East Studies, Wellesley College
Rachid Aadnani grew up in a small Amazigh village in Morocco's Atlas mountain. He grew up in a completely bilingual context where he spoke Tamazight within his family and Moroccan Arabic with his childhood friends and schoolmates. At school he learned Classical Arabic and French. Later on he decided to study English and major in its Language and Literatures. He received his BA in English from Moulay Ismaïl University in Meknes. His Honors' thesis was on Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park. He then went on to earn a Masters degree in Linguistics and language pedagogy at the Ecole Normale Superieure. The following five years he spent teaching English to Moroccan students and doing research on the oral literatures of the Amazigh populations of the provinces of Azilal, Beni Mellal, Khenifra and Ifrane. In 1996 Rachid received a scholarship from Dartmouth College to complete a second Masters degree in Comparative Literature. While finishing up his degree, Rachid discovered his passion for translation and the emerging field of Translation Studies/Theory. He went on to complete a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies at SUNY Binghamton. Rachid has taught both Arabic and French language and literature at Dartmouth College, Binghamton University, and Middlebury College. He joined the Wellesley community in the fall semester of 2002 to teach Arabic Language and Literature and help build a strong program in Middle Eastern Studies. Rachid's research interests focus on issues of language and related questions of cultural and linguistic identity in North Africa and the Middle East as expressed in literature and other forms of creative expression. He is currently translating and researching the work of new poets publishing in what used to be Morocco's "oral" languages: Tamazight and Darija.
Martha Goldberg Aronson '89, EVP & President, Global Healthcare, Ecolab
Martha Goldberg Aronson is executive vice president and president of Global Healthcare at Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2014 sales of $14 billion and 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.
Previously, Goldberg Aronson served as executive vice president of Strategic Planning. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2012, Goldberg Aronson was senior vice president and president, North America, at Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the healthcare industry.
Earlier, Goldberg Aronson served as senior vice president at Medtronic. Throughout her 18 years with Medtronic, she held numerous positions in general management and led several functions both in the U.S. and Europe. Goldberg Aronson began her career as an associate consultant at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm based in Boston.
Goldberg Aronson currently serves on the board of directors of Hutchinson Technology and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. She also is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable and the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. She previously served on the Board of the Wellesley Collage Alumnae Association where she was Secretary/Treasurer, the Board of the MN Opera and the Minneapolis Club. In 2009, she received the Women in Business Industry Leader Award from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
Goldberg Aronson graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989. At Wellesley she was named All-American in Division III tennis, as well as Academic All-American. She earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1995. Martha was named to the Edina High School Hall of Fame and the Edina High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Goldberg Aronson lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Dan, and their three sons.
Amy Banzaert, Lecturer in Engineering, Wellesley College
Prof. Banzaert received her PhD, as well as her Bachelor and Masters degrees, in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The common theme in her work is conducting research in and developing engineering projects that can create positive change for under-served communities. At Wellesley College, Prof. Banzaert teaches introductory courses in engineering with an emphasis on simple technologies for local and international development. Her Ph.D. research involved study of emissions associated with cooking fuels, including a novel charcoal made from agricultural waste that can be used as cooking fuel in regions where poverty and deforestation are severe.
Patricia Berman, Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art, Wellesley College
Patricia Berman is an art historian specializing in the art and visual culture of the late 19th-, 20th-, and 21st centuries.
Her research interests include turn-of-the-(20th) century European art, especially in Scandinavia, and mid-century modern American painting and photography. She is particularly interested in national identity formation, issues of gender and sexuality, and in the problems of public space. Her books include studies of the artists Edvard Munch and James Ensor, and of Danish painting in the nineteenth century.
She teaches at all levels of the Wellesley College curriculum, including in foundation courses. Her teaching includes surveys of modern art, contemporary art, and the history of photography, and upper-level seminars, including propaganda and persuasion, the Bauhaus, Nationalisms and Modern Art, Installation Art, and The Body in Modernity. The Davis Museum is a critical part of her teaching—it is available as a remarkable laboratory and resource. One of her favorite courses has been "Cold War Modern," co-taught with Martin Brody in the Music Department, a study of New York music, art, and design in light of post-war politics and consumerism. From 2010-2015, she held a faculty position at the University of Oslo (Norway), where she continues to be part of a research project entitled "Edvard Munch, Modernism, and Modernity."
Megan Carroll, Independent Consultant
Megan Carroll is from San Diego, CA. Last year, she served as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations’ Washington, DC office. Prior to this, she led the United Nations Development Program’s Democracy and Participation portfolio in South Sudan focused on the constitutional review process and elections. She has also served as Acting Director/Deputy Director of The Carter Center’s Democracy Program in South Sudan and Sudan; Democracy and Governance Advisor to USAID/South Sudan at a critical juncture when the mission transitioned from a U.S. Consulate to Embassy in a newly-independent South Sudan; and an international observer for South Sudan’s referendum on independence. Throughout her work, Megan developed and maintained relationships with host government representatives, international and national NGOs, civil society, and donors. She has work experience on five continents, including managing Harvard University’s Scholars at Risk Program and teaching in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. After graduate school, she spent a year as a Sauvé Scholar at McGill University, Canada. Megan holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and Truman Security Fellow.
Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, Future of Diplomacy Project/India & South Asia Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Cathryn Clüver is the founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century. She is also the Executive Director of the India and South Asia Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Prior to creating the Future of Diplomacy Project with Faculty Director, R. Nicholas Burns, she served on the management team of the European Policy Centre in Brussels, where she was the Deputy Editor of its public policy journal, Challenge Europe and the think tank’s Communications Director. In 2005 she joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as Senior Journalist and consultant. There, she worked on public policy issues (demographic change, urban competitiveness, green energy) and advised both the consultancy’s Chinese and French offices on branding and communication strategies. In 2009 she served in the second Bloomberg mayoral administration, where she implemented an online program for New York City's 1.8 million limited-English-proficiency migrants to access essential public services. In addition, she looks back on a ten-year career in international journalism and communications, during which she covered global affairs, most notably EU politics and business and the aftermath of September 11th, working as a producer and writer for CNN-International based in Atlanta and London.
Her upcoming book, entitled "MetroDiplomacy," examines the changing role of the globe's urban centers as they tackle transnational challenges. Her past research work and writing has focused on comparative immigration systems and border control in the European Union and the US. In her current role, she examines negotiation practice and the impact of technology and communication on diplomatic actors and advises the German Federal Foreign Ministry on institutional reform questions. She is a frequent commentator on transatlantic relations in US and German publications, including for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, ABC radio and on German television and radio, and writes regularly for Atlantic Monthly's Quartz.
Cathryn holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she received a Masters Degree in European Studies. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations and French Civilization from Brown University. Cathryn is an elected member of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Council of Georgetown University's BMW Center for German and European Studies.
Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy CEO, United Nations Foundation
Before joining the UN Foundation, Elizabeth Cousens served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly (2012-14). She previously served as Principal Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Susan Rice (2009-12). In this capacity, she was lead U.S. negotiator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including representing the United States in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. During her stint as ambassador, she led U.S. diplomacy at the UN on human rights, humanitarian, social and environmental issues; served on the boards of UN agencies, funds, and programmes, and was the U.S. representative to the UN Peacebuilding Commission. She was also sherpa to Ambassador Rice for the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. Cousens’ has lived around the world, serving with UN political missions in Nepal and the Middle East and working as an analyst in conflict zones, including Bosnia and Haiti. Her prior experience includes Director of Strategy for the HD Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue which promotes and conducts mediation of armed conflict; Vice President of the International Peace Institute, where she led initiatives on global crisis management and UN reform; and Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, a research group that provides country and regional expertise to the UN on conflict and crisis situations.
Dr. Cousens has a D.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in history and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound. She has written widely on conflict management, peace processes, state-building, and the United Nations.
She and her husband, Bruce Jones, have one child.
Ophelia Dahl '94, Co-founder and Chair of the Board, Partners in Health
In 1983, aged 18, Ophelia Dahl landed in Haiti to work as a volunteer in a school for handicap children. She was indelibly marked by what she saw there: the ill health that stalks the lives of the poor, and the inequities and injustices that underlie it.
Together with Paul Farmer, whom she met that first year in rural Mirebalais, and other friends, she co-founded Partners In Health—and has been learning from Haiti, and from the patients and communities PIH serves around the world, ever since. PIH delivers high-quality health care to the poor, from Haiti to the Navajo Nation, Siberia to Rwanda, and, most recently, in West Africa in the wake of the Ebola epidemic there. Ophelia served as Executive Director of PIH from 2001-2015, and now chairs the Board of Directors, helping PIH continue to build health care systems in remote areas of the world and to raise standards in global health.
Ophelia graduated from Wellesley College in 1994 and recently became a Trustee. She is a Director’s Fellow at MIT’s Media Lab and Vice President of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. She also co-directs her late father’s literary estate.
Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs, Penn Law School
Rangita de Silva de Alwis is the Associate Dean of International Affairs at University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was the inaugural director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Seven Sisters Colleges at Wellesley College which then moved to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rangita is a women’s human rights scholar and practitioner with over 25 years of experience working globally in over 25 countries with a vast network of academic institutions, government, and nongovernment entities on women’s human rights law and policy making and institutional reform. She has convened several transnational networks including the Women’s Leadership Network in Muslim Communities, the Asia Cause Lawyer Network in India, and the Gender and Law Expert Group and the Women’s Watch in China. She has worked over 14 years with Chinese gender and law experts and academics and has testified twice before the Congressional Executive Commission on China on the status of women’s rights in China. She has advised UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA, and UNDP on state accountability under the relevant human rights treaties and the intersections of the different treaties and treaty bodies. She has lectured at Yale Law School and Penn Law School and spoken around the world on gender based law reform. She has published widely with the World Bank, United Nations, and in various leading law journals including with Yale Journal of Law and Feminism; Texas Journal of Gender and the Law; University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Journal; Duke Journal of Gender and the Law; UCLA Pacific Rim Journal; UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Relations, Michigan Journal of International Law, University of Washington International Law Journal, and University of Pennsylvania International Law Journal. Most recently, she developed a Gender Supplement to the U.N. Secretary General’s Guidelines on Disability, and a report to the World Bank on Women’s Voice and Agency. Her latest work has been on Gender and Disability Lawmaking for UN DESA, a study on Women and Constitution- making in Tunisia to be published by the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and Women and Personal Laws in India to be published by the NYU Journal of International Law and Policy.
Rangita has a Doctorate in Law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School and was a Teaching Fellow with the European Law Research Institute at Harvard Law School, a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School, Human Rights Program. She was a Fulbright Specialist with the Asian University of Women, a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Wellesley College, a Visiting Scholar at Wellesley Centers for Women, a Salzburg Global Fellow and an Honorary Professor of China Women’s University. She has received many recognitions for her work on women’s human rights. Most recently she was recognized by Harvard Law School as an Honoree on Women’s International Day, 2015.
Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Sarah Dryden-Peterson leads a research program that focuses on the connections between education and community development, specifically the role that education plays in building peaceful and participatory societies. Her work is situated in conflict and post-conflict settings in sub-Saharan Africa and with African Diaspora communities in the United States and Canada. She is concerned with the interplay between local experiences of children, families, and teachers and the development and implementation of national and international policy. Her research reflects connections between practice, policy, and scholarship and is strengthened through long-term collaborations with UN agencies, NGOs, and communities. Dryden-Peterson is on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. She previously taught middle school in Boston and founded non-profits in Uganda and South Africa.
Dick French, Professor of Astronomy, Wellesley College
Richard French, Professor of Astronomy, enjoys sharing the wonders of the universe with introductory students, showing upper level students how to use an astrophysicist's toolkit to unlock the mysteries of stars, galaxies, and the cosmos itself, and exploring the interconnections between critical thinking, philosophy and science. In his research, he uses observations from spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes to study the planets in our solar system, and with his students he explores the dynamics and structure of the rings of Saturn and Uranus, the chaotic orbits of their small satellites, and the atmospheres of all of the giant planets. He travels across the globe to observe Pluto's tenuous atmosphere as well, to understand its bizarre weather and climate. Since 1990, has been a science team member (and now an instrument team leader) on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn, and if all goes well, the spacecraft will continue to orbit Saturn until its planned fiery death in 2017, when it will crash into the giant ringed planet. He chose the life of an astronomer over that of an opera singer, and enjoys mountaineering, paddling, and photographing his travels around the world. His most recent adventure was a month-long 200-mile trek in remote Nepal.
Stacie Goddard, Jane Bishop '51 Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College
Stacie E. Goddard is the Jane Bishop Associate Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. She has been a National Security Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute at Harvard University, a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and in residence at the Center for International Studies at Princeton UniversityHer research explores issues of identity, legitimacy, and conflict in world politics. She has taught at Wellesley since 2005, and in 2011 won the college's Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her book, Indivisible Territory and the Politics of Legitimacy: Jerusalem and Northern Ireland, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. She is currently working on a book on rising powers in the world politics, with an emphasis on the rise of China. Her articles have appeared in academic journals in international relations, as well as in the New York Times.
Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy
Admiral Howard is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. She 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 and executive assistant to the Joint Staff director of Operations; deputy director N3 on the OPNAV staff; deputy director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, OPNAV staff; senior military assistant to the secretary of the Navy; Chief of Staff to the director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff, deputy commander, US Fleet Forces Command, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans & Strategy (N3/N5). She currently serves as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Joseph Joyce, M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations and Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
Joseph P. Joyce is M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations; Professor of Economics; 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.
At Wellesley College, he teaches courses in international macroeconomics, the economics of globalization, financial markets and macroeconomic theory. In 2014, he was awarded the Pinanski Teaching Prize, which honors fine teaching.
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.
Jill Karsten '77, Program Director, GEO Education and Diversity, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Geosciences
Dr. Jill Karsten is the Program Director for Education and Diversity within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation. In this capacity, she oversees several funding programs focused on strengthening geoscience education at all grade levels, developing the future geoscience workforce, and advancing public Earth system science literacy. She is Co-Chair of the NSF Working Group on Climate Change Education and co-manages the Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program. She served as Chair of the NSF-wide Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Implementation Team and represents GEO as a member of the Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM program working group. She is also a member of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Education Interagency Working Group. For these efforts, she was honored in 2015 with the NSF Director’s Award for Meritorious Service. Dr. Karsten is a marine geologist by training; she studied mid-ocean ridge volcanism and tectonics in the Northeast and Southeast Pacific Oceans for 12 years as a member of the research faculty at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Prior to joining NSF in 2005, she served as a Program Officer in the Marine Geology & Geophysics program at the Office of Naval Research and as the Education Manager for the American Geophysical Union, a scientific society with nearly 62,000 members worldwide. She earned her B.A. degree in Geochemistry from Wellesley College (1977) and her M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1988) degrees in Geological Oceanography from the University of Washington.
Rebecca Keiser '91, Head, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation
Dr. Rebecca Spyke Keiser head the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Office of International Science & Engineering (OISE). OISE promotes an integrated, foundation-wide international strategy and manages internally focused programs that are innovative, catalytic and responsive to a broad range of NSF and national interests.
Keiser was a special advisor for NASA's Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships, reporting to the NASA administrator, and an executive-in-residence at American University. Prior to that, she held several positions with NASA, including associate deputy administrator for strategy and policy, associate deputy administrator for policy integration, executive officer to the deputy administrator, and chief of staff for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Keiser also served as assistant to the director for international relations at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she provided policy guidance to the president's science advisor.
Keiser's experience covers science and technology policy, agreements and other cooperative efforts. She is a board member of Women in Aerospace and a member of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. She speaks Japanese and Spanish.
Keiser earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese studies from Wellesley College, a Master of Science degree in politics of the world economy from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate in international studies from the University of South Carolina.
Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, Chief of Navy Chaplains, United States Navy
Margaret Grun Kibben was born and raised in Warrington, Pennsylvania a suburb of Philadelphia. Chaplain Kibben entered active duty in the United States Navy in 1986 and has enjoyed assignments with the Marines at Quantico and Camp Lejeune and Navy assignments at the Naval Academy, the USS San Diego (AFS-6), the Chaplain Resource Board in Norfolk, VA, and the U.S. Third Fleet in San Diego. She deployed as the Command Chaplain, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan. Upon her return, Chaplain Kibben reported to the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains, first serving as the Director for Force Structure and Community Management, then as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Navy Chaplains, and subsequently as the Chaplain of the Marine Corps/Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains. In 2014, Rear Admiral Kibben assumed her duties as the 26th Chief of Navy Chaplains.
A graduate of Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, Chaplain Kibben also received her Masters of Divinity and her Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. She served as a Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and holds a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Her personal awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), and the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards).
Chaplain Kibben is married to Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Kibben, USMC (Retired). They reside in Alexandria, Virginia, with their daughter Lindsay Elizabeth.
Bob Kitchen, Director, Emergency Preparedness & Response Unit, International Rescue Committee
Bob Kitchen is the IRC’s Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response. He began working with displaced populations in 1999 in southern Albania. Bob went onto open new relief programs in Kosovo and East Timor, before joining the IRC in 2002. Bob’s first IRC posting was as a Field Coordinator overseeing programs in Sierra Leone. Bob went onto manage
emergency programs in Iraq and Darfur, before joining the IRC’s Emergency Response Team full time in 2005. Since that time Bob has led IRC responses in Chad, Central African Republic, Indonesia, Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bob most recently spent two years leading the IRC’s program in Afghanistan before taking over as Emergency Director in IRC’s NY Headquarters during the summer of 2011.
Sarah Lucas '92, Program Officer, Global Development and Population Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Sarah T. Lucas serves as a program officer in the Foundation’s Global Development and Population program. Sarah manages a portfolio of grants aimed at ensuring that global development policies—both in developing and donor nations—are informed by the best available information and evidence.
Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Sarah worked with the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in a number of roles. Most recently as MCC’s Country Team Lead for Liberia, Sarah also served as senior policy adviser in the MCC’s Department of Policy and Evaluation. In this role, she represented MCC in a number of government-wide initiatives related to the President’s Global Development Policy, and cultivating learning within and beyond MCC through synthesis of lessons from MCC’s model.
Prior to joining the MCC, Sarah worked with the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington-based policy research center focused on international development. During CGD’s start-up phase, Sarah led strategy to make CGD research influential for legislative and executive branch policy makers, advocacy groups, and the general public. Sarah has traveled and conducted policy analysis throughout Africa and Central America, and worked for over three years with local NGOs in southern Mexico.
Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with a degree in Latin American Studies. She holds a masters degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Political and Economic Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Craig Murphy, Betty Freyhof Johnson '44 Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College
Craig N. Murphy is the Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. He is past chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, past president of the International Studies Association, and recipient of the Association’s Distinguished Senior Scholar Award in International Political Economy for his historical studies of global governance and economic development. His most recent books include a Portuguese translation of International Organization and Industrial Change: Global Governance since 1850 (Editoria UNESP, 2014) and a Japanese translation of The UN Development Programme: A Better Way? (Akashi Shoten Publishers, 2014). He is currently collaborating with his wife, JoAnne Yates, Distinguished Professor of Management at MIT, on Standards Bearers: Engineers and the Industrial Standardization Movement, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017.
S. Joanne Murray '81, Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs
S. Joanne Murray is the Founding Director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. The focus of Joanne’s work is on preparing students for citizenship and leadership in an increasingly complex and interdependent global environment. Throughout her career, Murray has been a leader in designing new teaching and learning models to transform the liberal arts for leadership.
The Albright Institute for Global Affairs, named to honor Madeleine K. Albright, the United States’ first female Secretary of State and Wellesley College alumna, class of 1959, structures a multidisciplinary, liberal arts examination of global affairs, an innovative curriculum and pedagogy that combines the intellectual resources of faculty from Wellesley College, leading alumnae practitioners, and experts in the fields of international relations and public policy. Albright Fellows participate in an intensive Wintersession course, followed by a summer internship in global affairs. The Albright Institute transforms the liberal arts in its education for the world’s women leaders. Focused on collaborative inquiry and collective action, and inviting scholars and leading practitioners to teach and learn together, the Albright Institute interrupts siloed learning. By connecting new ideas with action, we prepare women to initiate and accelerate meaningful change.
Joanne directed Empowering Women for Leadership: Challenges of an Urban Future, the Albright Institute’s inaugural program of the Wellesley College-Peking University Partnership for Women’s Leadership in a Global Era. Held June 2013 in Beijing, China, students and faculty from both institutions participated in a joint examination of the shared global issues, culminating in joint presentations to Chinese Urban Development leaders. This partnership is the first in a series of collaborations that Wellesley College will develop with distinguished educational institutions throughout the world as Wellesley amplifies its role as a preeminent global resource and authority on the education of women for leadership.
Prior to the founding of the Albright Institute, Joanne’s focus was instrumental in building the College’s experiential learning internships programs, which annually fund over 300 Wellesley students to participate in internships in over 35 countries and throughout the United States. Through a partnership with the Dean of the College, Joanne co-founded the Tanner Conference, an annual college-wide event which is premised on the belief that greater understanding of the learning that takes place off-campus, combined with critical inquiry into the purpose, value and effect of such learning—has the potential to move liberal education in new directions.
Murray founded and directed the Lumpkin Institute for Service Learning. Designed for students with a commitment to service, the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning challenges students to explore and participate in social change in the Greater Boston Area. During the 10-week program, students reside together in Boston while undertaking full-time internships with local nonprofit organizations. Led by Wellesley College faculty, staff, and nonprofit practitioners, a weekly seminar integrating experiential and traditional classroom learning benefits not only the Wellesley interns, but also the communities in which they serve.
Joanne is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership in a new global context and the author of numerous articles that address emerging organizational and management issues. Women’s place and power continues to be a woman’s personal and professional negotiation. Murray explores how these concepts, though evolving, can be leveraged to create more equitable society for all women, and men.
Murray earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
Jennifer Musto, Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College
Jennifer Musto is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College where she teaches courses on gender, sexuality, migration, globalization, and technology.
Her research focuses on the laws, policies, and technologies designed to respond to prostitution and human trafficking in the United States, with particular focus on the empirical and sociolegal effects of anti-trafficking interventions on individuals and communities deemed “at risk.” Her book Control and Protect: Collaboration, Carceral Protection, and Domestic Sex Trafficking in the United States (University of California Press) explores the meaning and significance of efforts designed to combat sex trafficking in the United States and is scheduled for release in 2016.
Before coming to Wellesley College, Jennifer was an External Faculty Fellow at Rice University and a member of the Humanities Research Center’s inaugural Seminar, Human Trafficking Past and Present: Crossing Borders, Crossing Disciplines. She was also a postdoctoral researcher at USC’s Annenberg Center on Communication & Leadership Policy, a Visiting Scholar in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University, and a Fulbright scholar affiliated with Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In 2011, she received her PhD from UCLA’s Department of Gender Studies.
Karen Naimer, Director, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Physicians for Human Rights
Karen Naimer directs the Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Program at Physicians for Human Rights. She and her team train doctors, nurses, police officers, lawyers, and judges in East and Central Africa to collect, document, preserve, and analyze forensic evidence of sexual violence to support domestic and international prosecutions of these crimes. Her work has been cited or featured in many media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered, Foreign Policy, PLOS One, the British Medical Journal, and New Scientist.
Prior to joining PHR, Naimer taught international law at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and was the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Ethics. Naimer also served as deputy counsel at the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-For-Food Programme (the Volcker Commission) and clerked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
A Canadian lawyer, Naimer holds a BA from McGill University, an MA in international relations from the University of Toronto, a JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and an LLM in international legal studies from New York University School of Law.
Minh-Thu Pham, Executive Director of Policy, United Nations Foundation
Minh-Thu Pham is currently Executive Director for Policy at the United Nations Foundation, where she develops and leads strategic initiatives to strengthen the UN’s ability to solve global problems, including on the Sustainable Development Goals, and brings together diplomats to help broker global agreements. She has also taught international policymaking at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and has over 15 years of experience in foreign policy, international diplomacy, and fieldwork.
She has served in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General for Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon as policy adviser in the Strategic Planning Unit, managing initiatives to strengthen the UN and improve relations between the U.S. and the UN. Minh-Thu has advised the UN special envoy for malaria and the top international official in Bosnia and worked for Save the Children and other organizations in Ethiopia, Vietnam and Washington, DC. She was once a crew photographer for the BBC series Planet Earth and was a documentary photographer.
Minh-Thu is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project; was selected a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2007; and serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families. She holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA in History from Duke University where she was a Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Scholar. She was born in Vietnam and lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Smitha Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College
Smitha Radhakrishnan is Associate Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College. Her research examines the cultural, financial, and political dimensions of gender and globalization, with particular focus on India, the United States, and South Africa. Her current project uses microfinance as a window into newly dominant anti-poverty practices that merge profit motivations with the social ones, shining a bright light on how gendered labor and class inequalities shape the globally stretched microfinance industry. Starting with clients of for-profit microfinance institutions in India, Radhakrishnan “traces up” a set of transnational linkages between the U.S. and India, including loan officers, “liaisons” between U.S.-based and Indian microfinance institutions (MFIs), peer-to-peer lenders on kiva.org and wealthy impact investors.
Radhakrishnan’s book, Appropriately Indian: Gender and Culture in a Transnational Class (Duke University Press 2011) is a multi-sited ethnographic examination of transnational Indian IT workers, and argues that gendered arrangements within educated, upwardly mobile IT families give this elite group disproportionate power in defining what it means to be Indian in the global economy. Prior to this book, her research examined the cultural politics of post-apartheid South Africa, based on extensive research with South African Indian communities in Durban and its surrounding townships.
Ana Revenga '85, Senior Director, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, The World Bank
Ana Revenga is the Senior Director of the Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank Group.
In her 24-year career at the World Bank, she has worked in both technical and management positions in the East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa regions, as well as in OECD countries.
Until July 1, 2014, she was Director of Human Development in the Europe and Central Asia Region and Acting Vice President for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network at the World Bank.
Ms. Revenga was co-Director of the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development, and between 2008 and 2011, she was Director of the Poverty Reduction and Equity Group at the World Bank, serving as the principal spokesperson for the Bank on these issues.
She was one of the authors of the 1995 World Development Report (Workers in an Integrating World) and contributed to the 2006 World Development Report (Equity and Development).
Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked in the Central Bank of Spain and taught labor and international economics at the Centro de Estudios Monetarios and Financieros. She has published extensively on education and employment, equity, food security, social protection, poverty, and trade issues, and has worked across a broad spectrum of low, middle and high income countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.
She has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and a degree in Human Rights from the Law Faculty at the University of Geneva.
Lawrence Rosenwald, Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of English, Wellesley College
Lawrence Rosenwald is the Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of English at Wellesley College, and the director of Wellesley's Peace & Justice Studies Program. The topics of his writing are diverse, and include literary multilingualism, translation, Yiddish literature, music, and nonviolence; he has also published translations from German, French, Yiddish, Latin, and Italian. He has been a war tax resister since 1987, and a member of New England War Tax Resistance ever since.
Kathryn Sullivan '81, Senior Advisor, National Science Foundation
Kathryn Sullivan is a senior executive at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She joined NSF in 2003 serving as the Deputy Director of the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) and subsequently as Acting OISE Director. Since 2008, as Senior Advisor in the NSF Director’s Office of Integrative Activities, Kathryn oversees the development and execution of cross-Foundational and interagency initiatives. As the appointed NSF Liaison, she orchestrates the Foundation’s engagement with the White House National Science and Technology Council; the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable; and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Prior to working at NSF, Kathryn served in a number of other positions within the U.S government including: Special Assistant for International Affairs in the Office of the Vice President; Senior Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; NASA Representative at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo; Acting Director of the Office of International Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce; Program Director of International Affairs in the Deputy Secretary of Commerce’s Office of Space Commerce; and Assistant for Non-Proliferation to the Assistant Secretary in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Export Administration. She was a Robert Bosch Fellow—working at the German Parliament and subsequently at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin. She holds degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A.) and Wellesley College (B.A.).
Barbara Tannenbaum, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University
Barbara Tannenbaum teaches courses in public speaking and persuasive communication in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and is a faculty member in the Brown/IE Executive MBA Program. She is a recipient of the Brown University John Rowe Workman Award for excellence in teaching in the humanities, the Brown University Undergraduate Teaching Award, and eleven time recipient of the Brown University Senior Citation/Hazeltine Citation for excellence in teaching.
In addition to leading the popular course Persuasive Communication, Barbara provides communication workshops for senior administrators, graduate students, Brown University Career Services, The Brown/Trinity Consortium, The Brown University Third World Center and many student organizations annually.
Barbara provides regular communications workshops at The Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, the Athena Institute at Barnard College, The Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Outside of academia, Barbara Tannenbaum consults to global business and professional leaders on effective communication. She has advised senior political leaders including elected officials at the state and national level. In addition to global corporations, her clientele includes the Council of Chief Judges of the Appellate Courts of the United States, The California Supreme Court, The Florida Supreme Court, The International Monetary Fund, MFA Boston, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Deb Trefts '80, Policy Scientist
Deb Trefts specializes in marine and environmental policy, science, law and management. After representing various nations at model UNs and working for her Ohio congressman in Washington during high school, she majored in political science at Wellesley. Her love of sailing and water-related recreation led to a semester of maritime studies at Mystic Seaport (including literature, history, policy, science, celestial navigation and boat-building), a Wellesley senior thesis on the developing law of the sea, and participation in UN negotiations on the law of the sea, straddling and highly migratory fish stocks, and environment and development.
Hooked on the Williams College-Mystic Seaport multidisciplinary approach to learning, she has been navigating the choppy, sometimes treacherous waters of marine conservation ever since. Her foray into comedy improv was inspired by a hilarious water quality-themed dinner show during an environmental conference.
Deb’s professional aspirations have turned her into an interdisciplinary “policy scientist” with graduate degrees in marine and environmental law, policy and science from Vermont Law School, the University of Washington, and Yale University. This training has been invaluable for her wide-ranging government, university, consulting, non-profit and communications work. Among the issues she has focused on are ocean governance and stewardship, shipwrecks (including the R.M.S. Titanic), offshore oil and gas, water pollution, marine protected areas, aquaculture, overfishing, ecosystem change over time, and ecosystem-based management. Most recently, having developed a national sustainable seafood program for WWF –Canada (World Wildlife Fund) and reported on contemporary issues and women’s professional issues for Chautauqua Institution’s seasonal daily newspaper, Deb is on sabbatical designing a broadly interdisciplinary and multimedia project, Changes in Air- & Waterways, Changes in Coasts and Seas.
Faustine Wabwire, Senior Foreign Assistance Policy Analyst, Bread for the World
Faustine Wabwire is Bread for the World Institute’s Senior Foreign Assistance Policy Analyst, based in Washington, DC. Bread for the World Institute provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. The Institute educates opinion leaders, U.S. policy makers, and the public about hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad.
At the Institute, Ms. Wabwire provides policy leadership on global poverty, hunger, climate change, trade, and the role of effective U.S and multilateral assistance in providing solutions. She recently worked with Institute staff on the 2015 Hunger Report, which explores why women’s empowerment is essential to ending global hunger and proposed practical and achievable policy changes to improve women’s economic, political, and social status. Ms. Wabwire recently served on the Reading Committee for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (“The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders”), a program that brings dynamic young Africa leaders to the U.S. for leadership training and mentoring. She contributes to USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, is a member of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Board, among other taskforces.
Prior to joining Bread for the World Institute, Ms. Wabwire held a number of positions in academia, research, and international development. She has worked with agencies at the national, regional, and global levels. Ms. Wabwire is a regular commentator on Voice of America TV and Radio and has been published extensively on global issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She has also spoken at various high-level policy forums, including the World Food Prize Laureate Lecture in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ms. Wabwire holds Master’s Degrees in Development Management (from Ruhr University, Germany), Development Studies (from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa), and Intercultural Leadership and Management (from SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont, USA). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Economics from Moi University, Kenya. Ms. Wabwire has work experience in Kenya, Germany, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, and the U.S. She speaks Kiswahili, some French, and English.
Harshbeena Zaveri '82, Managing Director & President, NRB Bearings Limited
Harshbeena Sahney Zaveri ’82 is the Managing Director & President of NRB Bearings Limited. She graduated with freshman distinction and as a Wellesley Scholar with honors in Urban Studies and Anthropology from Wellesley College, and is focused on achieving Wellesley’s vision of educating and developing women leaders.
Under her leadership NRB Bearings Limited was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of Asia’s Best 200 companies under US $ 1 Billion in the year 2007. She joined NRB as a trainee in 1987 and rose to become the Managing Director of NRB Bearings Limited in 2001. As President of NRB Bearings Limited, Harshbeena spearheaded NRB’s foray into Design Engineering and R & D which enabled NRB to become a supplier to the world’s foremost automotive companies such as Mercedes, Volvo and Daimler apart from leading Indian Automotive companies. She is Chairperson of the Board of SNL Bearings Limited; she currently serves as a Board member at Karam Chand Thapar & Bros (Coal Sales) Ltd and was earlier on the Board of IL&FS Asset Management Company Limited.
• Fortune India ranked her amongst the 15 “Most Powerful Women Leaders in India” (November 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
• India Today named Harshbeena among the 25 Most Influential Women Professionals in India
• Business Today named her amongst the “50 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business”
• Awarded The Leading Woman in Manufacturing Sector by Women in Leadership Forum
• Named Innovator of the Year (Manufacturing) in 2013 by the International Women’s Leadership Forum, which is co-sponsored by Ernst and Young
• Co-Chaired the Indo-UK Summit sponsored by Prime Minister Cameroon and the City of Liverpool
• She was invited to present NRB as a case study of innovation at IMD Business School’s Innovation Forum: “The Hunt for New Ideas”, a joint program between IMD and MIT Sloan
Harshbeena accompanied the Hon’ble President of India on his Mission to Sweden on June 2, 2015 where she delivered a presentation on Innovate, Make and Grow with India. She is committed to education, particularly for underserved communities and women and has served as a Vice Chairman on the Board of Bombay International School. She is the only woman founder of the Ashoka University, the first liberal arts university in India.