Dr. Marvin L. Astrada completed a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL, and a J.D. at Rutgers University Law School, Camden, NJ. His graduate and legal studies and research have focused on U.S. foreign policy, international organization, national security studies, international law, political culture, and Latin America.
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. 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 also conducted research on U.S.-China relations, strategic culture and foreign policy, the WTO, international law, political economy, terrorism, and WMD.
Dr. Astrada has taught international relations theory and foreign policy analysis at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University, Tampa, FL, as well as introductory and advanced undergraduate-level classes at Miami Dade College and Florida International University in political science and international relations, with a focus on comparative politics, law, international organization, national/global security, and Latin America. He was also affiliated faculty with FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center.
Generally speaking, his research program has focused on identifying, explaining, and understanding the complex interrelationship(s) between: U.S. foreign policy, geopolitics, political culture, and international law and organization. Recent projects have involved redefinition and application of a strategic culture approach to the Americas, and positing a new theoretical framework for conceptualizing and analyzing an emergent society of states in a rapidly evolving world. Dr. Astrada has presented his research at professional conferences, and obtained a $25,000 fellowship to fund research on U.S. foreign policy and global security policy, resulting in the publication of American Power after 9/11 (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan 2010). His most recent co-authored publication, Russia & Latin America: From Nation State to Society of States (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan 2013) analyzes the relationship between complexity, power, security, international organization, and an emergent society of states. He presently has a manuscript (Complexity, Systems, & Culture: Conceptualizing & Re-Conceptualizing Security & Foreign Policy in a Brave New Globalized World) under review.
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.
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.
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 and a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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.
Colin Linsley received his PhD in economics from Essex University, UK. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). He is currently a professor in the accounting department at the business school at George Washington University, where he has won the out outstanding undergraduate professor award for the last two years. He has previously been a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the State University of New York, Buffalo, where he also won teaching awards. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in accounting, and his background and interests allow him to show the student the importance of economics in the study of accounting.
He has published his research in economic and accounting journals, and is frequently asked to work as an expert in litigation and other issues. Prior to graduate studies he worked in Venice, Italy, where he returns as often as he is able.
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.
Greg Metcalf ‘s course for NYU Washington, DC explores the way that film works while considering the depiction of power and politics in American popular films. He comes to NYU Washington, DC after extended stints of teaching at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Johns Hopkins University and the Smithsonian Institution, in fields of Film, Art History, Literature and Popular Culture. Since receiving a PhD in Arts in Culture from the University of Maryland, Metcalf has written and published extensively on film, television and American popular media. His book, The DVD Novel: How the Way We Watch Television Changed the Television We Watch (Praeger Press: 2012), remains the only comprehensive consideration of the development of longform television and binge-watching in America. Before returning to academe, Metcalf was a political cartoonist, a radio producer/host, a consultant to comedians, and a hand model. He also creates internationally collected ritual art for contemporary culture.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Dan Vergano is a senior writer-editor at National Geographic, where he focuses on space, archaeology and enterprise reporting. He was formerly the senior science writer/columnist at USA Today. Prior reporting stints were at Medical Tribune and HealthWeek (PBS) with additional freelance work for Men's Health, New Scientist, Science, Washington Post, Air& Space Smithsonian and elsewhere. Dan has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Penn State and a M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University. Dan Vergano won the 2011 Gene Stuart Award from the Society for American Archeology, for a story and video series on Maya archeology, and the 2006 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union, for a USA Today cover story on climate change. Dan was a 2007-08 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where he studied and spoke about the intersection of science and politics. He has about 9,000 followers on Twitter for @dvergano, and he would be more than happy to see you there as well.
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.