UMass Boston




Nada Mustafa Ali

Senior Lecturer of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Gender and development; governance; human rights; militarization and post-conflict settings; HIV/AIDS; feminist theories and methodologies; the Middle East and Africa, including Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, and Egypt

Degrees: PhD, Government, Development Studies Stream, University of Manchester, UK, MA, Political Science, American University in Cairo, Egypt, BA (Hon.), Political Science, University of Khartoum, Sudan



J. Samuel Barkin

Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance and Program Director of Global Governance and Human Security MA and PhD Programs; McCormack Graduate School

Expertise: International relations theory and international organization, with particular attention to global environmental politics, international monetary politics, theories of sovereignty, and constructivist theory

Degrees: PhD, Columbia University





Jean-Philippe Belleau
Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Lowland indigenous societies, hunters-gatherers, human rights, anthropology of becoming, Amerindian perspectivism, mass violence, Brazilian cinema, raw art

Degrees: PhD, Institut des Hautes Etudes d'Amérique Latine, Université Paris-III Sorbone Nouvelle





Chris Bobel
Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Critical Menstruation Studies; activism and social movements; feminist theories; Body Studies; Critical Trauma Studies

Degrees: PhD, Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MA, Speech Communication, University of Maine, BA, Speech Communication, Miami University




Daria Boeninger

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Lifespan development; developmental psychopathology and prevention of suicide; stress & coping processes; prevention and health promotion; longitudinal quantitative methodology

Degrees: PhD, University of California, Davis






Elora Halim Chowdhury

Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Director, Human Rights Minor

Expertise: Transnational feminisms, critical development studies, gender violence, human rights, narrative and film with an emphasis on South Asia

Degrees: PhD, Women's Studies, Clark University, MA, Women's Studies, Ohio State University, BA, Women's Studies & Cultural Area Studies, College of Wooster



Carol Cohn
Lecturer in Women's Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Gender and security studies, weapons of mass destruction; gendered dimensions of armed conflicts and peacemaking

Degrees: PhD, The Union Graduate School






Reyes Coll-Tellechea
Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Latin American & Iberian Studies

Expertise: Literature & Society, 16th Century Spain, Literary History, History of the Book, Bibliography

Degrees: PhD, University of Minnesota, 1993, Grado de Licenciada (MA Equivalent): Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Licenciatura (BA eq): Universidad Complutense de Madrid





Amy Den Ouden
Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Indigenous land rights and the reservation system in colonial southern New England

Degrees: PhD, University of Connecticut, MA, Trinity College






J. Shoshanna Ehrlich
Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Legal regulation of abortion in the US; abortion rights of teens; family law

Degrees: Juris Doctor, Northeastern University School of Law






Heidi Gengenbach
Associate Professor of History and History Department Chair, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: The social and environmental history of Africa, especially southern and eastern Africa; gender, food, and agrarian livelihoods; colonial and post-colonial nutrition science; histories of humanitarian intervention; and oral history

Degrees: MA (Humanitarian Assistance), Tufts University, 2013, PhD (History), University of Minnesota, 1999, BA (History), University of Toronto, 1986




Sarah Hamblin
Associate Professor of English and Cinema Studies

Expertise: Film and visual culture

Degrees: PhD, Michigan State University






Andrés Fabián Henao Castro
Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Ancient and contemporary political theory, decolonial theory, critical theory, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, critical philosophy of race, poststructuralism, settler colonial critique

Degrees: PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, Universidad Nacional de Colombia






Luis F. Jiménez
Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Latin American politics, Mexican politics, immigration politics, Latino politics

Degrees: PhD, University of Pittsburgh, MA, University of Arizona






Michelle Jurkovich
Assistant Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Food security, economic and social rights, ethics, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations

Degrees: PhD, The George Washington University, 2014, MA, California State University, Los Angeles, 2008, BA, California State University, Fresno (Smittcamp Family Honors College), 2005






Valerie L. Karr
Associate Professor, International Development, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development

Expertise: Disability rights, inclusive education, human rights education and advocacy, inclusive development, youth inclusion movements, families and culture, program development for autism spectrum disorder, research methods, systems mapping, and inclusive monitoring and evaluation.

Degrees: PhD, Health and Behavior Studies, Intellectual Disability and Autism, Columbia University, MEd, Elementary Education, Special Education, Plymouth State University, BS, Rec. Management & Policy, Therapeutic Recreation, University of New Hampshire



Darren Kew
Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development; McCormack Graduate School

Expertise: Civil Society and Transnational Civil Society Development, International Security and Crisis Intervention in Africa, Conflict Resolution Efforts as Grassroots Approaches to Promoting Democracy, Conflict and Democracy in Africa (especially Nigeria), Culture and Religion, International Negotiation, Nation-building

Degrees: PhD, Tufts University




Paul Kowert
Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: International relations theory, U.S.-Japan relations, foreign policy analysis, political psychology, research design

Degrees: PhD, Cornell University, 1992, MA, Cornell University, 1989






Sindiso Mnisi Weeks
Associate Professor of Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Expertise: Law and society, human rights, human security, and human development, interface between culture/indigeneity and human rights/state law, gender and women's rights, economic, social, and cultural rights, governance and participatory democracy, deviance, informal justice, and community-based conflict management, political economy, colonial–postcolonial African history, community-based participatory and action-research methods

Degrees: DPhil, Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (UK), MSt, Legal Research, University of Oxford (UK), LLB, Law, University of Cape Town (South Africa), BA, Law, Philosophy, and Language, University of Cape Town (South Africa)




Karen Ross
Associate Professor and Conflict Resolution Graduate Program Director, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School

Expertise: Peace education, dialogue, research methodology, grassroots peace-building, social movements, nonviolent action

Degrees: PhD, Indiana University, MALD, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, BA, Columbia University




Malcolm Russell-Einhorn
Lecturer in International Relations, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; Lecturer in Comparative Public Administration, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School

Expertise: International relations, international development (governance and economic development), comparative public administration, comparative law, administrative justice, rule of law, anti-corruption, regulatory reform, legislative development

Degrees: JD, Harvard Law School, MA, Russian Studies, Yale University




Ester Shapiro
Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Clinical psychology; family life cycle transitions; family development

Degrees: PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst






Courtenay Sprague
Associate Professor of Global Health, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School and Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Expertise: Health Equity

Degrees: PhD, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Joint MA, Boston University, USA






Rajini Srikanth
Dean of Faculty and Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Human rights and literature; American literature (including Asian American literature, Native American literature, and literature of the American South); interdisciplinary approaches to literature; literature in the context of comparative race and ethnicities; pedagogy of literature; literatures of the Middle East

Degrees: PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo




Steve Striffler
Director of the Labor Resource Center, College of Liberal Arts

Expertise: Labor history, Latin American studies, immigration, human rights, anthropology

Degrees: PhD, Anthropology, New School for Social Research, 1998, MA, Anthropology, New School for Social Research, 1994, MA, Political Science, University of Michigan, 1991, BA, Political Science, UCLA, 1989






J. Cedric Woods
Director, Institute for New England Native American Studies
Director, Critical Ethnic and Community Studies Program

Expertise: Tribal government, American Indian education, economic development, chronic disease prevention

Degrees: PhD, Anthropology, University of Connecticut










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