Meet the Staff
Thomas T. Kane, PhD
Healey Library,10 Floor, 617-287-5858
Thomas Kane was appointed the director of the William Joiner Institute in June 2013. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1969 and served for six years of active duty in the United States during the Vietnam War. He received his BA degree from George Washington University, a MA degree in Demography from Georgetown University, and a MA (1982) and PhD (1984) in sociology from Princeton University. He has been awarded fellowships and/or grants from NIH, Princeton University, the DAAD, the East-West Center, USAID, and the Rockefeller, Ford and Mellon Foundations. Kane has worked in the field of international public health for over 30 years, working in more than 30 countries. From 1991-1996 Kane was a tenure-track faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, teaching program evaluation and operations research methods, and conducting research and evaluations of public health programs in developing countries in Africa and Asia. He continued to serve as an adjunct faculty member at JHU for an additional 10 years while living and working overseas. His international health work has included six years residence in Vietnam as Country Director for Family Health International and a consultant for United Nations agencies, USAID’s War Victims Fund (WVF) and the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF), and for several international NGOs. Dr. Kane also worked as a Senior Operations Research Scientist at the ICDDRB Center for Population and Health in Dhaka Bangladesh (3 years); as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the Sahel Institute in Bamako Mali (2 years) and for a year in Nigeria while on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University. He is currently conducting research on American veterans and is also working with the government of Vietnam, USAID, the Hanoi School of Public Health, and international and Vietnamese NGOs in Vietnam to study the impact of war and other causes on disability in the Vietnamese population in areas heavily affected by Agent Orange dioxin exposure from the Vietnam-American war. Kane has authored/co-authored several books and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on a range of public health, social, and development issues.
Nguyen Ba Chung, MA
Healey Library,10th Floor, 617-287-5854
Nguyen Ba Chung is a writer, poet and translator. He received a bachelor's degree in American literature from the University of Saigon in 1970 and a master's degree in American literature from Brandeis University in 1974. His essays and translations have appeared in Vietnam Forum, New Asia Review, Compost, Nation, Manoa, and other journals. He is the co-translator of Thoi Xa Vang (A Time Far Past), the groundbreaking novel by Vietnamese writer Le Luu, and the author of three poetry collections Mua Ngan (Distant Rain) in 1996, Ngo Hanh (Gate of Kindness) in 1997, with Tuoi Ngan Nam Den Tu Buoi So Sinh (A Thousand Years Old At Birth) forthcoming. He co-edited with Kevin Bowen and Bruce Weigl the anthology - Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry From The Wars 1948-1993 issued by the University of Massachusetts Press in Oct 1998. Every summer, Nguyen Ba Chung organizes the Summer Study Program with Hue University, Vietnam. He is currently a research associate at the Joiner Institute.
Office and Financial Manager
Healey Library,10th Floor, 617-287-5852
Patrick McCormack joined the institute in 2003 and became the institute's office and financial manager in 2006. In this role, he manages all Institute accounts, assists in writing and monitoring grant budgets, arranges travel and logistics for faculty and speakers, and serves as the Records Custodian. He holds a BA in music with music ed licensure from UMass Boston.
Mitch Manning, MFA
Program Coordinator of Artistic, Media Projects and Special Events
Healey Library,10th Floor, 617-287-5863
Mitch Manning is the Program Coordinator of Artistic, Media Projects, and Special Events at the Joiner Institute. He helps organize the Joiner Speaker Series, public events, and other cultural and artistic projects sponsored by the Joiner Institute including the Education Outreach Program. He is a graduate of the UMass Boston MFA program and Suffolk University. He teaches in the English and Critical Reading and Writing programs at UMass Boston and is an assistant editor for CONSEQUENCE Magazine, an international literary magazine focusing on the culture of war. He has had poems and interviews published in print and online literary journals.
Alan Stoskopf, PhD
Senior Project Advisor for Educational Outreach
Healey Library,10th Floor, 617-287-5850
Alan Stoskopf is currently the Senior Project Advisor for Educational Outreach. He is also an Associate Lecturer in the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate College of Education and Human Development. He is the Co-Principal Investigator for an European Union grant funded research team investigating how national history texts in Spain, Colombia, and the United States represent watershed moments of political violence in their respective national histories. Alan received his BA in Political Science and History at Duke University, a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Edinburgh, a Masters in Education from Antioch University, and a doctorate in the History of Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
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