Marvin Astrada has completed a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at Florida International University and a JD at Rutgers University Law School. His graduate and legal studies and research have focused on law, U.S. foreign policy, international organization, strategic studies, culture, and international relations theory.
Presently, he is a Research Associate at the Federal Judicial Center, Washington, DC. He is responsible for the design and conduct of social scientific and legal qualitative/quantitative research projects pertaining to all facets of the administration of justice in the federal judiciary. Present projects include social scientific and legal research pertaining to mass incarceration and the efficacy of federal reentry/diversionary programs for offenders.
Previously, he served as Research Scientist with the Applied Research Center at Florida International University, where he was responsible for the FIUARC/U.S. Government Strategic Cultures Project. The project focused on developing a standard analytic framework to identify and assess the strategic culture of Latin American countries vis-à-vis U.S. foreign policy, and analyzed the regional impact of Islamic thought and Muslim identity in Latin America.
Dr. Astrada has taught introductory and advanced courses in international relations and political science, has presented his research at professional conferences, and has produced publications pertaining to strategic culture and international relations theory.
Mary Jane Barnett is new to the NYU Liberal Studies program in Washington, D.C. She will be teaching Cultural Foundations II. Dr. Barnett also teaches literature and writing courses in Georgetown’s English Department, with an emphasis on Renaissance English literature,especially the drama of Shakespeare and other Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights. Hercourses there include “Shakespeare and the Other”; “Early Modern Monsters and Marvels”; and “Early Modern Revenge Tragedy: Crying like an Oyster Wife.” Dr. Barnett also teaches in Georgetown’s Writing and Culture Department. Her popular “Utopian Ideals and Dystopian Disappointments,” is an interdisciplinary writing course that leads students from the core issues of Plato’s Republic to the current debate over the perils of artificial intelligence.
For thirteen years Dr. Barnett has been the Associate Director of the Georgetown’s “Shakespeare in Performance” in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, a summer program that takes students abroad to study Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The College Academic Council at Georgetown University has twice nominated Dr. Barnett to the now College Honors ceremony, which formally recognizes faculty whom students feel have made a meaningful contribution to their college experience.
Dr. Barnett also taught for eight years in the Humanities Department at The George Washington University, where she developed and taught with colleagues a “Reading the National Cathedral” after being awarded a Dean’s grant to do so in 2004.
Her publications include “Defending Consensus in the Dialogue Concerning Heresies” (Moreana); “Tyndale’s Heretical Translation: Lollards, Lutherans, and an Economy of Circulation” (Renaissance Papers); and “Erasmus and the Hermeneutics of Linguistic Praxis” (Renaissance Quarterly). She has also reviewed for the Tyndale Society Journal.
Dr. Barnett received her undergraduate education at Kenyon College in Ohio and the University of Exeter in England. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Seth Borenstein was part of an AP Gulf of Mexico oil spill reporting team that won the 2010 George Polk Award for Environment Reporting and a special merit award as part of the 2011 Grantham environment reporting prizes. He was part of a team of finalists for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. A science and environmental journalist for more than 20 years, covering everything from hurricanes to space shuttle launches, Borenstein has also worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers' Washington Bureau, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He is the co-author of three long out-of-print books, two on hurricanes and one on popular science. He lives in Kensington, Maryland, with his wife, Anne Marie, and two of his three sons (his third son is at Fordham University), where he coaches youth basketball and is a retired cub scout leader. He has flown in zero gravity and once tried out for Florida Marlins (unsuccessfully). And yes, he is related to the Eliot Borenstein, who is chairman of Russian and Slavic Studies at NYU; they're brothers.
Dr. Gary Brooks’ career includes accounting and finance work with leading defense contractors and over 13 years of active duty service in the military. Primarily, his work for the last 25 years has been in support of the intelligence community. His focus has been the federal budget process to include effective reporting and execution. Gary teaches intermediate accounting as an adjunct professor at several universities including George Mason University and the University of Virginia.
Originally, from Ohio, Gary started college at Miami University. Brooks earned his bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in accounting from the University of Maryland, University College. He completed a Master of Business Administration from Averett University, and he earned a Doctorate, Business Administration, from the University of Phoenix. His dissertation topic was retirement planning behaviors and procrastination among Generation X. Gary holds the following designations: CPA, CIA, CITP, CGMA, CGFM, and CDFM-A.
Brent J. Cohen is a Policy Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, where his portfolio includes making the criminal justice system more developmentally-responsive to young adults, promoting effective reentry policy, juvenile justice reform, and President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
Immediately prior to joining the Department of Justice, Brent was one of twelve individuals appointed by President Obama to the 2013-2014 class of White House Fellows, and was assigned to the Office of Personnel Management where he worked in the Office of the Director. Previously, he was the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for the New York City Department of Probation, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University where he taught courses on juvenile justice reform. In his role as Director, Brent successfully developed relationships with state and local elected officials to implement the department’s ambitious reform agenda, including the passage of the landmark “Close to Home” legislation, which realigned the state’s juvenile justice system.
Prior to that, Brent was the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the New York City Departments of Correction and Probation where he conducted high-level policy analysis related to correction, probation, community development and effective city governance. Brent began his career as a teacher in South Los Angeles, and served as a founding staff member for three schools.
Brent earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Michael Danielson is a Research Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, and teaches Latin American politics and international affairs at George Washington University and the University of California Washington Center. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from American University in 2013. His dissertation, "Politics At Home Abroad: The Engagement of Mexican Migrants in their Home Towns" was supported by Fulbright, National Science Foundation, and Gill Family Foundation awards. He holds an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies) and Spanish and Philosophy degrees from Santa Clara University. As a practitioner, he has consulted for the Jesuit Conference of the United States and Canada and the Kino Border Initiative and served as a policy analyst for the Children's Defense Fund and the Center on Policy Initiatives.
Thomas A. (Tad) Devine is a Democratic media consultant who has developed strategy and produced political ads for candidates in the United States and around the world. He is president of Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, a media and strategic consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He has created media in twenty winning U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns as well as dozens of winning races for the U.S. House of Representatives and local elected officials. Tad has extensive experience at the highest levels of U.S. presidential campaigns including serving as a senior advisor to both Al Gore and John Kerry in their Presidential campaigns and is considered a leading expert on the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating process and general election strategy.
Tad has also worked on eleven winning campaigns for President or Prime Minister outside the United States including three winning general election campaigns for Fianna Fail in Ireland. Mr. Devine has taught courses on campaigns and media at The University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, and The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, and led a study group as a Fellow at The Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In October 2010, Tad Devine was recognized as one of “the most respected media consultants” in the nation by USA Today.
Mike Duggan received his doctorate in American History with a minor in Western Philosophy from Georgetown University in 2002 and has taught there in the Department of Graduate Liberal Studies since 2003. In 2007 he co-founded the department's Philosophy Round Table, an ethics discussion group. He has worked at the Supreme Court of the United States since 1991, and was the Supreme Court Fellow for 2011-2012. He has written on a variety of topics ranging from Critical Rationalism, Foreign Affairs, and the philosophy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Mahsa Gholizadeh received her Ph.D. degree in economics from American University, where she also taught macroeconomics in undergraduate level. She specialized in monetary and international economics. Her current research investigates how changes in interest rates affect inflation rate and pricing decisions in macro-and industry-levels. She also worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where she did policy-oriented research. Currently she holds a position as an economist in the U.S. government.
Alicia L. Gleason earned her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from George Mason University, where she was a teaching fellow. She writes short stories, flash fiction, and is at work on her first novel. Her fiction was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Shelley A. Marshall Fiction Contest, and has appeared in Cleaver Magazine and Oblong.
Alicia has taught writing and literature classes at George Washington University and George Mason University. She finds that her work as a professional writer (or perhaps more accurately, as a professional reviser of her drafts) serves as a helpful model for students as they develop writing habits and techniques that acknowledge the power of revision. Alicia earned her BA from Colgate University and is TEFL certified.
Dave Gottesman is the CountyStat Manager for Montgomery County, Maryland (pop. 1,004,709), in the Office of the County Executive. CountyStat is Montgomery County's award-winning performance measurement and management system designed to drive accountability, transparency, and the strategic use of data to monitor and improve the performance, effectiveness, and efficiency of County services. Prior to joining Montgomery County, Dave served from 2008 to 2012 as the Director of Budget and Performance Management for the Town of North Hempstead, New York (pop. 230,000). He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada and sits on their Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy, and is a frequent presenter at their national conferences and other forums on issues relating to public sector performance measurement and management.
Dave holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Certified Public Manager designation from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Institute for Regional Excellence.
Dr. Grant, of National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago, has nearly 15 years of experience conducting research and analysis on democratization and reform; youth activism; political Islam; terrorism and insurgency in particularly in North Africa. Her publications include: Climate Change, Migration and Other Adaptation Strategies in the MENA Region (forthcoming in the International Organization for Migration, 2013); The Impact of U.S. Military Drawdown in Iraq on Displaced and Other Vulnerable Populations: Analysis and Recommendations (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009); Political Activism among Jordanian Youth (2013); and “Trafficking in Africa” in Transnational Threats: Smuggling and Trafficking in Arms, Drugs and Human Life New York: Praeger (2007).
Prior to joining NORC, Grant was a Resident Program Manager in Juba, South Sudan for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and NDI Program Manager for Southern Africa. Grant is a former senior political scientist at RAND focused on North Africa, and an analyst with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Opinion Research, where she conducted public opinion research in the MENA. She is a former associate professor at Al Akhawayn University, Morocco, and also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, where she taught a graduate seminar in the Politics of North Africa (2009-2013) and International Relations. She has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and has lived in Morocco, Iraq, and Tunisia.
Wendy Grossman, PhD is a Curatorial Associate at The Phillips Collection. Her association with the museum began in 2009 when the Phillips hosted the first venue of her touring exhibition Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens. She has over fifteen years of teaching and curatorial experience. Dr. Grossmans expertise is in the history of photography, early twentieth-century European and American modernism, the relationship between African art and modern art, and the artist Man Ray. Wendy has lectured internationally, curated exhibitions on these topics, and taught in the University of Maryland overseas program in Vienna, Austria, and at various universities in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. She was also a visiting professor at Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont. In addition to several museum internships, her curatorial experience includes two years at The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park and serving as an independent curator for a number of exhibition projects. She is currently organizing an exhibition for the Phillips titled “Man Ray: Mathematical Objects and Shakespearean Equations.” Dr. Grossman is the author of numerous publications including the award-winning catalogue, Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens. Her articles and essays have been widely published in international journals and edited volumes. After studying at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, she completed her MA and PhD degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Charles Herrick is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Stratus Consulting. He leads the firm’s administrative and economics and policy groups. He has more than 25 years of experience in environmental program management and evaluation, applied environmental policy analysis, and science/policy assessment in an environmental context. An expert in environmental program evaluation, he has designed program and project theories of change, logic models, and real-time evaluation frameworks to elucidate and characterize a wide variety of program delivery mechanisms, process outputs, outcomes, and impacts for major foundations, government agencies, and various nonprofit organizations, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Sloan Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Health Canada, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Herrick also consults frequently with water utilities and water sector research foundations, including the Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation, National Rural Water Association, and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. In this capacity he has addressed topics including emergency response planning, protection of critical information, and utility cultural change to support sustainable operations. In recent years, he has worked extensively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on projects dealing with environmental data and information integration, access, and quality. He has developed approaches to help EPA assess the market for particular types of information or information access modalities, performance metrics for cross-media and integrated assessment activities, and organizational strategies to enhance the quality and use of integrated environmental information as a policy tool.
He has published extensively in multi-disciplinary social science and policy journals such as Sustainability; Nature and Culture; Policy Sciences; Environmental Science and Policy; Global Environmental Change; Issues in Science and Technology; Nature; Science, Technology, and Human Values; American Water Works Association Journal; and Applied Environmental Education and Communication. Dr. Herrick holds a PhD in public policy from the American University in Washington, DC, an MA in political theory from the University of Colorado, and a BA in political science from Fort Lewis College.
Victoria Kiechel has 20 years of professional experience in architecture, education, and sustainable design. A practicing architect, she works for the Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consultancy, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Global Environmental Politics Program, the School of International Service, American University (AU), in Washington, DC. In 2010, she was the inaugural recipient of AUs Most Innovative Green Teacher of the Year award. At Cadmus, Vicky has worked for the US Green Building Council to develop and support the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems; advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR commercial and industrial branch; leads consulting and review teams for buildings seeking LEED certification; and manages sustainability initiatives for clients as diverse as the Smithsonian Institution and state and local governments. She is project manager and technical lead for the 2012 redevelopment of ENERGY STAR for Buildings training resources. Her Cadmus research work includes her roles as primary author of Planning and Financing Energy Efficient Infrastructure in Appalachia, for the Appalachian Regional Commission (released March, 2012), and co-Principal Investigator of Cadmus’ Water Management and Green Building Rating Systems 2009-2010 study for the Electric Power Research Institute. Her architectural design work focuses on small-to-medium scale residential and institutional projects. For the Washington, DC Capitol Hill School Libraries Project, she designed the library for Maury Elementary School. Victoria Kiechel, AIA and LEED AP ND, BD+C, O+M, ID+C, Homes
Dorothy Kosinski, PhD, has been the director of The Phillips Collection since 2008. She is the former senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art, and served earlier as an independent curator for the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Dr. Kosinski is energized and inspired by founder Duncan Phillips's vision for "an intimate museum combined with an experiment station." She says, "From the start, the Phillips has been a place of tremendous risk-taking with an innovative approach to thinking about art and culture." Dr. Kosinski feels fortunate to have the opportunity to build on Duncan Phillips’s legacy as we work to renew and invigorate that spirit of open-minded, interdisciplinary, and collaborative inquiry into modern and contemporary art.
Dr. Kosinski has written and published widely in numerous catalogues and books, as well as many art magazines. She regularly participates in scholarly lectures and has extensive teaching experience at the university level. She received her MA and PhD degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and her BA from Yale University.
Stephanie Layton-Kim received her PhD from the University of Virginia in the interdisciplinary program in Classical Art and Archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art. Specializing in Etruscan and early Italian archaeology, her research interests include Etruscan iconography, Etruscan and Roman ceramics, performance theory, and performance and play in the ancient world. She has excavated with the Etruscan, Roman, and medieval site of Cetamura del Chianti in Italy since 2003.
Stephanie’s teaching experience includes courses in archaeology, art history, classics, and Latin, and she has taught at the George Washington University, James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and Florida State University. She has been teaching in the Catholic University of America’s department of Greek and Latin since 2011.
Dr. Manela received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University, where he specialized in moral philosophy. His scholarly interests include research ethics and bioethics, which he has put into practice serving on Georgetown’s Institutional Review Board and as an ethics consultant for D.C.-area fertility clinics. His current philosophical research focuses on the moral psychology and normative ethics of gratitude, and the ethics of personal relationships more generally. He has taught courses on various philosophical topics ranging from ancient Greek philosophy to contemporary military ethics.
Dr. McGarry is a working professional who has enjoyed careers in both academia and for-profit and not-for-profit institutions. She is currently a Senior Consultant to the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census where she is engaged in supporting the development and testing of the 2020 US Census. In her capacity as a Senior Consultant, she identifies, monitors, and reports on the more than 5,000 technical requirements to ensure a reliable and comprehensive 2020 Census. Reliability affects the proposed use of not only the internet for Census survey response but also the use of mobile devices and analysis and reporting. Additionally, Dr. McGarry consults with the DC government on the institution and design of their enterprise architecture development.
In addition to her professional activities, she teaches at the George Washington University in the graduate programs. Courses she teaches are Systems Development Life-cycle, Program Management, Telecommunication, and Technology and Society.
In her personal life, she races sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay and spends a lot of money on her 36’ C&C for cruising around the Bay. She also fosters Cocker Spaniels.
Steve McMahon, Esq. is a political strategist who has worked on Democratic political campaigns and advised some of America's leading companies for over 20 years. He was a senior advisor in three presidential campaigns, and the lead strategist in Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, which revolutionized the use of the internet in political campaigns. Steve McMahon is the co-founder of Purple Strategies (www.purplestrategies.com), one of Washington's leading public affairs firms and the publisher of the "Purple Poll," a monthly look at the 12 key presidential battleground states. He appears regularly as a political commentator on MSNBC and other television networks. Steve began his career on the Senate staff of United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy and is an attorney by training.
Scott Moore has a doctorate in Modern European History from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a Fulbright-Mach fellow, researching in Vienna, Austria, from 2012-2013. Dr. Moore specializes in the history and culture of Central and Eastern Europe and his research explores the creation of national, multinational, and regional identities and how government and educational institutions help to create those identities. His research interests also include the development of public education and curriculum in Europe and how countries commemorate and celebrate historical events and anniversaries. He has presented his research at conferences for the German Studies Association and the Association for the Study of Nationalities.
Dr. Moore has taught courses in European history, nationalism and identity, and the First World War, and has taught for the University of Maryland, College Park and Old Dominion University.
Amy Mortimer is a Principal at ICF International, a consulting firm with a broad base of public sector work. She is in the Housing and Community Development group, where she supports programs at HUD, USDA, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. In her twenty years at ICF, she has worked on a range of projects related to housing, the environment, and education. She worked for more than ten years on the healthy housing issues, partnering with HUD and EPA on the promulgation of rules to address the hazards of lead-based paint in housing, and on the development of training and education products for housing professionals, contractors, parents, and the general public. Other projects have included support for a housing voucher program, development of a peer-to-peer network for education researchers, and program analysis for a disaster recovery program. She is skilled in technical writing, training development, technical assistance and project management. Within ICF, she has worked on initiatives to build staff expertise in training and technical assistance and to develop stronger supervisory skills among managers.
Before working at ICF, Ms. Mortimer served in the Peace Corps and earned her Master’s Degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.
Matthew Noble-Olson received his Ph.D. from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media. His research focuses on experimental film and media, American cinema, early cinema, the historicity of media, representations of nature, and the relation between art and cinema. He is currently working on a manuscript titled Late Cinema: Avantgarde, Medium, Capital and has forthcoming essays on the work of Douglas Gordon and Philip Solomon. He has taught numerous courses on film and media, art history, and critical theory at Brown University, Georgetown University, The Corcoran College of Art and Design, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Christopher Packard is a specialist in print and visual cultures of North America from 1700-1900. He wrote Queer Cowboys and Other Erotic Male Friendships in Nineteenth Century American Literature (St.Martin’s Press, 2006) and has published articles in academic journals like Arizona Quarterly and The Journal of Florida Studies. He is also a novelist and short story writer, having published six of the Hardy Boys series for the YA market. He is currently researching and writing about autobiographies and self-portraits produced in the British Colonial and early U.S. periods in North America. Here is a link to his professional website: http://www.liberalstudies.nyu.edu/object/ChristopherPackard
Packard has taught in NYU’s Liberal Studies Program for almost 10 years in New York, Florence, London, and Paris. To his teaching of Writing and Cultural Foundations, Packard brings his passion for research, for writing, and for public intellectualism. He is especially enthusiastic about the reciprocal nature of education, where learners and teachers collaborate to produce new knowledge more often than relying on the top-down lecture/listener models of learning. Students in Packard’s classes can therefore expect to be engaged in back-and-forth discussions more often than they listen to lectures. Moreover, he believes the classrooms should be extended into the cities and neighborhoods that surround the University, where ideas can be tested through observation, through experience, and through writing.
Sam Potolicchio is the Distinguished Professor and Chair in Social and Political Communication at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Europe's largest university and Visiting Senior Lecturer for the Lugar Academy of the University of Indianapolis and Georgetown University. Dr. Potolicchio is the founder and president and academic director of the Preparing Global Leaders Summit in Moscow,Russia at the Russian Presidential Academy, Preparing Global Leaders Institute in Macedonia and Preparing Global Leaders Academy in Amman, Jordan.
Potolicchio was named by the Princeton Review as one of the “Best Professors in America” in 2012, the only one chosen from his field. He has won numerous teaching awards at Georgetown and the K. Patricia Cross Award from the American Association of Colleges and Universities as one of the future leaders of American higher education in 2011. Potolicchio is the official lecturer on American Federalism for the Open World Leadership program at the Library of Congress, where he speaks weekly to visiting dignitaries from the post-Soviet republics.
He has delivered keynote lectures internationally at over 120 different universities in 35 countries including Oxford, Cambridge and Bologna.
John Prados is an analyst of national security based in Washington, DC. Prados holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science (International Relations) and focuses on presidential power, international relations, intelligence and military affairs. He is a senior fellow and project director with the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Prados heads the Archive’s documentation projects for the CIA and for Vietnam, and assists with the Archive’s projects on Afghanistan and Iraq. His current book is The Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power (University of Texas Press). Recently out in paperback areVietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945- 1975 (University Presses of Kansas), and Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun (NAL/Caliber). His current e-book is “Rethinking National Security” (nowandthenreader.com). Other notable works include How the Cold War Ended: Debating and Doing History (Potomac), Normandy Crucible: The Decisive Battle That Shaped World War II in Europe (NAL/Caliber), and In Country: Remembering the Vietnam War (Rowman & Littlefield).
Prados is author of seventeen other books, with titles on national security, the American presidency, intelligence, diplomatic and military history, including Vietnam, the Soviet Union, and World War II. Pathbreaking at the time were his history of the National Security Council, Keepers of the Keys; while The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Intelligence and Soviet Strategic Forces became a key resource for understanding Soviet military power.
Unwinnable War is the winner of the Henry Adams Prize in American History. In addition the works Vietnam: Unwinnable War, Keepers of the Keys, and Combined Fleet Decoded were each nominated by their publishers for the Pulitzer Prize. Awarded works in addition to Unwinnable War include Combined Fleet Decoded, which won the book award of the New York Military Affairs Symposium and was a “notable naval book of the year” for the U.S. Naval Institute; The Soviet Estimate which received the book prize of the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence; and Valley of Decision, also a “notable naval book of the year” for the U.S. Naval Institute. Prados has chapters in thirty-two other books, and entries in five reference works. More are forthcoming.
Prados has written other books and many papers and articles on the CIA, including Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA (Ivan Dee Publisher). Works on Vietnam include The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, a volume examining the lack of “perfect strategies” for the United States in that conflict (Ivan Dee Publisher); The Blood Road (John Wiley & Sons), a book reframing the war through the lens of the Ho Chi Minh Trail (John Wiley & Sons); Valley of Decision, a detailed history of the siege of Khe Sanh (Houghton Mifflin), written with veteran Ray Stubbe; Inside the Pentagon Papers (Harper & Row), a study of this controversial Department of Defense war review (University Press of Kansas), written and edited with Margaret Pratt-Porter; Operation Vulture, a diplomatic-military history of Dien Bien Phu; and In Country, an anthology of combat writing from the Vietnam war (Rowman & Littlefield).
Prados is author of twenty-three books in all. Among other works are William Colby and the CIA: The Secret Wars of a Controversial Spymaster; Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War; The White House Tapes: Eavesdropping on the Presidents (written and edited book and CD collection); America Responds to Terrorism (written and edited); and Presidents’ Secret Wars, now in its third edition. Safe for Democracy and Vietnam: Unwinnable War have appeared in French translation.
Prados has served as historical consultant to RGoldfilms, originators of the Oscar-nominated history documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009), to Carl Colby Films for The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011), and to WGBH Television for their production of The American Experience: Spy in the Sky (2003).
His papers have appeared in the journals Intelligence and National Security, Journal of American History, Diplomatic History, Political Science Quarterly, and the Journal of East-West Studies. His “Electronic Briefing Books” on important subjects of Iraq, intelligence, and Vietnam war history can be found on the National Security Archive website, www.nsarchiv.org.
Prados is also an award-winning designer of board strategy games for many publishers. He had authored dozens of feature articles and is a contributing editor to MHQ. His pieces have appeared widely, including in Vanity Fair, The Washington Post Outlook, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, The VVA Veteran, the American Legion Magazine, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Naval History, The American Prospect, Scientific American, Against the Odds, Strategy & Tactics and elsewhere. Internet articles have appeared at NeimanWatchdog.com, FP.org, Foreign Policy in Focus, SHAFR.org, History News Network, Tompaine.com, TNR.com, American Prospect Online, and elsewhere. His book reviews have also appeared widely. A variety of Prados commentaries and other materials are available on his website, www.johnprados.com.
Mr. Joseph Rinaldi is a registered investment advisor, the Senior Managing Director and President of Quantum Financial Advisors. Mr. Rinaldi graduated from Hofstra University with a BBA and earned his MBA from Pace University. Mr. Rinaldi has worked in capital markets for nearly three decades for companies such as Dimes Savings Bank, Morgan Stanley, Maryland National Bank (now Bank of America), and The Resolution Trust Corporation. His career has encompassed asset securitization, risk management, and trading. During the S&L debacle, he traded over $40 billion worth of assets from banks he took over for the government. He started a SEC investment advisory firm that has a successful 16-year track record. In addition, he teaches "Futures, Options, and Derivatives" at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland to both graduate and undergraduate students, and "Futures and Options" at NYU Washington, DC.
Jeffrey T. Sammons is a professor in the Department of History at New York University, where he has taught since 1989. He began his academic career at the University of Houston (1982-1987) and as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town (1983-1984) before being appointed (1987) a Henry Rutgers Research Fellow at Rutgers University-Camden where he completed Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. Sammons has also taught at Princeton University and at Hollins College (now a university) as a Jessie Ball du Pont Scholar. In 2001, Sammons was awarded a fellowship by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and History and soon after received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in support of what became Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality, published by the University Press of Kansas in 2014. Sammons is a national senator of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and a member of the Museum and Library Committee of the United States Golf Association. He currently is at work on a book about race and golf.
Dr. Christopher R. Tamborini is a senior researcher in the Office of Retirement Policy at the U.S. Social Security Administration. He also teaches for the sociology department at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, where he has taught courses in public policy, organization, and social inequality.
Chris is involved in an active research program that covers a variety of policy-relevant issues that include social insurance, aging and the life course, family, education, inequality, health and disability, and the labor market. A common thread of most of his research is a focus on the patterns and processes that shape consequential life course outcomes and their implications for policy. His research has been published in numerous leading journals including Demography, Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociology of Education, Journal of Marriage and Family, and The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
Chris received a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. He has a BA in political science from American University, Washington, DC.
John Tambornino is a senior analyst and former Director of Economic Support for Families under the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and covers a variety of low-income and safety-net issues. He began federal service as a Presidential Management Intern and has also worked at the Administration for Children and Families (HHS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Social Security Administration, covering a breadth of issues related to poverty and low-income, the safety net, social insurance, financial services, nonprofits, disability, refugees, hunger, and policy research and evaluation. He was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, serving as senior advisor to Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA). His academic career includes faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University and Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) and spans ethics, political theory, political economy, and social policy. Presently he teaches in a graduate program in government at Johns Hopkins, where he was recently awarded the University's 2014-2015 Excellence in Teaching Award, and in an undergraduate program at NYU Washington, DC. He has a BA (phi beta kappa/highest honors) in philosophy from Macalester College and a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins.
Bulbul Tiwari received her PhD from the University of Chicago, focusing on South Asian cultural history. As a post-doctoral Humanities fellow at Stanford University she taught courses on media studies, religion and film. In addition to her scholarship, Dr Tiwari has written and directed plays, made films, designed websites and curated museum exhibits. All her projects demonstrate her interest in myths, storytelling and technology.
Dr. Tiwari's multimedia dissertation was the first entirely digital dissertation at the University of Chicago. In 2009 it received an international award from the University of Michigan's Humanities Center. In 2011, the project "Maha Multipedia" was published online. The digital launch was accompanied by an exhibit and lecture at Stanford University. Dr. Tiwari received her BA in Literature from Harvard University, where she also studied filmmaking. In 2002 Dr. Tiwari produced and shot her own documentary about the lives of Indian truck drivers, "Carriers".
Patrick Tobin is a historian specializing on 20th century Europe, with particular concentrations on the Holocaust, transitional justice, and the relationship between law and memory. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. His dissertation, currently being revised to manuscript, explores how and why West Germany went from providing general asylum to Holocaust perpetrators in the first postwar decade to one that actively sought them out for prosecution from the late 1950s on. In the process, the research examines the processes by which West Germans came to view their courts as a crucial venue in their attempts to confront and internalize the legacies of the Holocaust.
A native of Western Michigan, Patrick currently lives in Washington, DC, where he does research for the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and consults on public policy
Michael Ulrich, PhD started his position as Director of NYU Washington after over eleven years at the University of Maryland. For most of that time, he directed study abroad and taught several short-term courses for premedical students in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and Cape Town. Prior to his tenure at Maryland, Michael was on the biology faculty at Elon University where his duties included co-chairing the department, teaching biology and interdisciplinary courses and developing new study abroad programs. Michael Ulrich received a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Washington University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a BA in biology. Michael was the author of an instructor’s manual for the biology textbook “Asking about Life” and has presented numerous times at regional, national and international conferences on his teaching and study abroad experiences.
John Volpe received his Ph.D. degree in economics from New York University, where he was a teaching fellow. He has held executive-level positions in the corporate, trade association, foundation, think-tank, consultancy, and academic arenas. Dr. Volpe has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in finance and economics at New York University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, and Catholic University, among other institutions. He has published extensively, mainly in the area of public policy, made numerous presentations to academic institutions, businesses, associations, and corporate groups, and consulted for a number of government agencies (including the Departments of State and Labor, and the U.S. Agency for International Development), associations (including the Employment Policies Institute, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy), think tanks (including Stanford Research Institute, the National Planning Association, the International Trade and Investment Center, and the Center for International Private Enterprise), and domestic and international corporations (including TRW and Diageo).
Dr. James J. Zogby is president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), which he founded in 1985. He is also the Director of Zogby Research Services, a firm engaged in ground-breaking public opinion research across the Arab World.
In September 2013, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the US Commission for International Religious Freedom, a nine-member, independent, bipartisan Federal Government commission that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.
He also writes a weekly column that, since 1992, has appeared in newspapers in 14 Arab and South Asian countries. He is also the author of a number of books on Arab public opinion. Titles include: “Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters” (2010) and “What Arabs Think: Values, Beliefs, and Concerns” (2002).
Dr. Zogby received his doctorate in Islamic Studies from Temple University’s Department of Religion and later was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. He lives in Washington DC with his wife, Eileen.