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.
Daniella Fridl, PhD is the Director of the ICONS Project and the Assistant Director for the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM). Dr. Fridl is also the Director of the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management and teaches courses in conflict management and negotiation. Daniella has designed and run training programs on; effective negotiation, conflict management, crisis leadership, and cross-cultural communication.
Recently, she helped design and deliver the Negotiation Leadership Workshop as a key component of USAID's Governance Enhancement Project and Civil Society Enhancement Initiative (CSEI) in Guyana. Dr. Fridl is also Associate in the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University where she teaches a class in the area of health policy. She is also a visiting lecturer at Cornell University where she teaches a course in economic growth and development. Daniella has worked for a number of international organizations including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and has done consulting work in the private sector. She is an expert on the Balkans and has worked and conducted research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Kosovo.
Dr. Fridl holds a B.A. in Political Science, International Relations and German Language from Drake University. She received her Masters Degree in International Economics and Conflict Management and PhD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS University. She is a recipient of a number of interdependent research grants from the International Research Exchanges Board (IREX) sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Dr. Fridl received the American Academy of Sciences fellowship for the post-doctoral work, which she completed at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxemburg, Austria. She is fluent in Croatian and German.
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.
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.
Barbara Kotschwar, research fellow, has been associated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 2007. Her research focuses on trade, investment, and regional integration. Recent projects include comparative analyses of Latin American experiences with free trade agreements, Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America, an assessment of Mexico's economy, and studies on commercial relations between the United States and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) partners. Kotschwar is also adjunct professor of Latin American studies and economics at Georgetown University, where she has taught courses on political economy and trade and integration in the Americas since 1998.
Before joining the Institute, she was chief of the Foreign Trade Information System at the Organization of American States, where she also provided technical and analytical support to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process in the area of standards and technical barriers to trade in her capacity as senior trade specialist. She has advised Latin American and Caribbean governments on trade-related issues and has worked with multilateral and regional development banks on a variety of trade and development projects.
Her publications include Understanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (2012, with Jeffrey J. Schott and Julia Muir), Transportation and Communication Infrastructure in Latin America: Lessons from Asia (PIIE Working Paper 12-6, 2012), Chinese Investment in Latin American Resources: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (PIIE Working Paper 12-3, 2012, with Theodore Moran and Julia Muir); Reengaging Egypt: Options for US-Egypt Economic Relations (2010, with Jeffrey J. Schott); "Chile-US Free Trade Agreement: A Model to Follow?" in Capitalizing on the Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement: A Road Map to Success, ed. Hufbauer and Brunel (2009); "Mapping Investment Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Towards an International Investment Regime?" in Regional Rules in the Global Trading System, ed. Estevadeordal, Suominen, and Teh (Cambridge University Press, 2009); and "Trade and Standards: A Look at Central America," World Economy 25 (2002): 991–1018 (with Gary Hufbauer and John S. Wilson). She is also coeditor of Trade Rules in the Making: Multilateral and Regional Trade Arrangements (Brookings Institution Press/Organization of American States, 1999) and The Andean Community and the United States: Trade and Investment Relations in the 1990s (Organization of American States, 1998).
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.
Lori Maynard graduated with a BA at Gallaudet University and earned her Masters in Western Maryland College now McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland in 1991. She added 60 graduate courses including Linguistics, Deaf Studies, Interpreting, ASL and Deaf History. She had experience in teaching and tutoring ASL, Deaf Culture, Deaf History, Linguistic, and Interpreting for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing students both undergraduate and graduate programs when she worked at Pima Community College (AZ), Community College of Baltimore County (MD) and Gallaudet University (DC). Lori Maynard presented over 60 lectures at colleges, conferences and in Thailand on various topics such as ASL storytelling, linguistics, non-manual signals/features/role shift/eye gazes, classifiers and jargon.
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.
Gabriela Mundaca brings many years of research, advising to the policy departments of the Central Bank of Norway; and teaching at the Master Program for Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University; and the Economics Department of the University of Oslo, Norway. She has published several articles in refereed international journals and attended numerous international conferences either presenting her own work, serving as discussant, or both. Gabriela Mundaca’s advisory experience was acquired during her 12 years affiliation with the Central Bank of Norway. There, she worked at the Research Department, and some of her duties, in addition to her research, were to advise the Bank’s Policy Divisions on a range of policy issues related to exchange rate policies; monetary policy; financial sector stability and its importance for the economy; and asset markets volatility. She was closely involved in the design of Norway’s monetary-fiscal policy response to (and management of) its oil wealth (Norway is the world 3rd largest exporter of oil). Norway’s practices in this area are regarded as a best practice at the international level. She has recently served as a consultant to the IMF and the World Bank.
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.
Dr. Laura E. Sponsler is the content director for civic learning and democratic engagement at NASPA, where is she responsible for the NASPA Lead Initiative, a collaborative network of 73 institutions who have committed to civic learning and democratic engagement work across their student affairs divisions. Her research and writing focuses on the role of institutional culture in promoting civic engagement for students, student development, academic governance and organizational change in higher education. Dr. Sponsler has published several articles, presented her work at national and regional conferences, and has delivered numerous invited presentations on campuses. Prior to her scholarly work, Dr. Sponsler served as a practitioner in experiential learning. She coordinated the Franklin Community at the University of Pennsylvania, which is dedicated to developing civic leaders for an increasingly democratic and culturally complex world. She also served as the Assistant Director of Service‐Learning in an immersion program along the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico as well as coordinated service and leadership programming at Cabrini College.
Dr. Sponsler earned an M.S.Ed. and Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University.
Mike Tae is currently a Senior Vice President at Millstein & Co, a financial services firm that provides advisory services to clients facing complex corporate and public finance issues. He was most recently a Senior Policy Advisor at the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. At Treasury, he also served as the Director of Investments for TARP, where he helped execute and oversee emergency financial programs that were implemented during the financial crisis. Mike was previously a Vice President in investment banking at Merrill Lynch's Financial Institutions Group. Mike also worked at McKinsey & Co as a consultant for several years and prior to that, researched development economics in Korea as a Fulbright Scholar. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Williams College.
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.