Faculty Fellows

The Tisch College Faculty Fellows program convenes scholars for interdisciplinary discussions about engaged teaching and research, and builds the capacity of Tufts faculty to integrate active citizenship into their work. It comes with a stipend that can be used for salary or research/teaching expenses. To date, more than a hundred faculty members from all Tufts schools have participated in the program.

Coordinated by Peter Levine, Associate Dean for Research at Tisch College, the program brings Fellows together four times a semester to discuss common themes, challenges, and resources from diverse academic perspectives.

Faculty members from all Tufts schools are invited to apply for the 2016-17 academic year. Prospective applicants should contact Peter Levine to discuss their ideas for a project.

The 2015-2016 Faculty Fellows are:

BorisBoris Bacanurschi

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Dental Medicine

Bacanurschi is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, part time Assistant Professor at the Restorative Department of Tufts Dental and a General Dental Practice owner of Woburn Street Dental in West Medford, MA. For the past seven years, he has been involved in humanitarian dental volunteering in the Dominican Republic and Haiti as part of Global Service Learning Program, St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, and St. Rock Haiti Foundation. During these missionary trips Bacanurschi provides direct dental care to the local population and lectures local dentists on oral pathology and restorative dentistry.

As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Bacanurschi will reorganize and properly equip an existing dental facility in Carrefour, Haiti. Furthermore, he hopes to employ part-time recent dental graduates from Port-au-Prince to run the clinic and investigate the possibility to implement a preventative program with the use of topical fluoride. Lastly,Bacanurschi will enforce record-keeping, proper sterilizations techniques, and treatment setup at the clinic in an attempt to help St. Rock Foundation attain Global Learning Service status, which would allow Tufts dental students to travel there and treat Haitians under volunteer faculty supervision.

Brian Bethune

Lecturer, Economics

Bethune is a teacher and professional economist with extensive experience in macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, financial and credit markets, business dynamics and cycles. He has taught macroeconomics, international economics, microeconomics, econometrics, corporate finance, and operations research, and has a broad range of financial and corporate consulting experience. Bethune also provides analysis and forecasts on U.S. and Canada economic and business conditions, supports Boston community-building activities, and serves as an advisor for a range of global philanthropic efforts.

As a 2015-21016 Tisch Faculty Fellow, Bethune will develop curricula and leadership programs in impact investing to enable active citizenship in the private sector. Defined as investing that intentionally targets specific social objectives as well as a financial return, impact investing is an emerging industry that serves as an engine for change. Bethune’s work will build on existing efforts to further develop impact investing as a new industry, and asset class, a professional discipline, and a leadership model, thereby making a major contribution to further catalyze this path-breaking industry consistent with the vision and mission of Tisch College.

KDolanKathryn Dolan

Assistant Professor, School of Dental Medicine; Director, Tufts Community Dental Program

Dolan began her career in public health over 30 years ago, establishing community-based dental programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, as director of the Tufts Statewide Community Dental Program, she oversees a statewide school-based oral health initiative, Oral Health Across the Commonwealth, selected as a best practice by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors for improving children’s oral health through coordinated school health programs.

In addition, Dolan is the course director for Oral Health Promotion, a spring semester class for first-year dental students. As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Dolan will engage these students in oral health promotion activities beyond the classroom, mentor reflective writing skills, and implement the use of an e-portfolio as a central electronic repository for their reflections. She will also collaborate with other dental school faculty who use reflective writing in their courses. This effort will promote the use of the e-portfolio for all reflective writing within the school and will be used to calibrate faculty in providing more consistent feedback to the students.

Ioannis D. Evrigenis

Professor, Political Science; Chair, Department of Classics

Evrigenis is a political theorist with particular interests in the history of political thought, the evolution of conceptions of sovereignty, and the reception of ideas, especially of ancient political thought.  He has written books on the fear of external threats in group formation and consolidation, and on Hobbes’s influential account of the state of nature. At present, he is overseeing the construction of a digital variorum edition of Jean Bodin’s Les six livres de la république and projects on Hobbes’s political economy and Platonic dialectic.

As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Evrigenis will collaborate with Kelly Greenhill to investigate how the framework of the course “Ethics and International Relations,” which they co-taught last Spring, may serve as the basis for broader curricular development. Specifically, Evrigenis and Greenhill will examine how the consideration of ethical dilemmas in international relations can be profitably adapted for inclusion in courses for pre-major advisees, for undergraduate students majoring in International Relations and Political Science, and for graduate students working on various aspects of international relations throughout Tufts’ graduate and professional schools.

Jonathan Garlick

Professor of Oral Pathology, School of Dental Medicine

Garlick’s research expertise is in stem cell biology, wound repair, and human tissue engineering. His pioneering work using stem cells to grow human skin and oral tissue has developed new therapeutic approaches for cancer, wound healing, and complications of diabetes. Garlick also teaches Tufts undergraduates to explore the impact of science in their lives as a means of fostering active citizenship, and is involved in national initiatives to inform public learning about science as a bridge toward civic action.

Garlick will study the emerging field of Civic Science, which is defined as an “using scientific practices and knowledge as resources for democratic action and social change.”  His goals as a Tisch Fellow are to: (1) Develop a plan for new, high-impact educational initiatives across Tufts schools in partnership with Tisch College in the area of Civic Science. (2) Further develop a national agenda in Civic Science to identify an initial set of core civic science capacities that can advance the theory and practice in higher education. Garlick will study how to improve higher education’s public engagement work using Civic Science to enhance students and the publics’ voices, capacities, interests, power, and agency.

LGrahamLaura Graham

Lecturer, Peace and Justice Studies

Graham is a scholar of international conflict and peace processes. Her research focuses on the role of civil society in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconciliation. She specializes in the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process, and has recently completed her first book, Beyond Social Capital: Lessons from Northern Ireland, which examines the role of leadership in social capital development in deeply divided societies.

As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Graham is producing video narratives that interrogate policing and justice in Ferguson, MO with members of the Ferguson community, city officials, police, and frontline protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement. The in-depth video narratives will investigate six themes: violence, loss, truth-telling, justice, rights, and forgiveness/reconciliation. The narratives will be used to develop a social justice curriculum to be delivered as a seminar in Fall 2016, and Graham expects to publish an ethnographic account of participant’s narratives in a book titled Voices of Ferguson.

Kelly M. Greenhill

Associate Professor, Political Science

Greenhill specializes in international relations and security studies, and most of her research and teaching interests lie at the nexus of theory and public policy. Outside of academia, she consults for governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations on contemporary issues of international peace and security, including foreign and defense policy, migration and refugee flows, and the influence of rumors, conspiracy theories and other forms of “extra-factual” information (EFI) on public opinion and on policy discourse, formulation and implementation.

As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Greenhill will collaborate with Ioannis Evrigenis to investigate how the framework of the course “Ethics and International Relations,” which they co-taught last spring, may serve as the basis for broader curricular development. Specifically, Evrigenis and Greenhill will examine how the consideration of ethical dilemmas in international relations can be profitably adapted for inclusion in courses for pre-major advisees, for undergraduate students majoring in International Relations and Political Science, and for graduate students working on various aspects of international relations throughout Tufts’ graduate and professional schools.

Lisa_Gualtieri_pictureLisa Gualtieri

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Gualtieri’s research is at the intersection of health and technology. As part of her Tisch College Faculty Fellowship, she is exploring wearable activity trackers such as Fitbits, with a focus on why people stop using them or upgrade, what they do with the unused ones, and if the people who are least likely to own them are those who might benefit most. Specifically, Gualtieri is requesting donations of unused wearable devices and using refurbished, donated wearables in pilot programs with populations who rarely purchase and are unlikely to afford them. The project, RecycleHealth, was recently featured in the Boston Globe business section.

Peter Probst

Professor and Chair, Art History; Adjunct Professor, Anthropology

Probst’s interests range from public history and theories of heritage to historiography. For the past years, he has worked on heritage politics in Nigeria and in Germany, and he has lately begun to study historic preservation projects in the US.

As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Probst will delve deeper into exploring the teaching of public history and heritage at Tufts, in general, and the Department of Art History, in particular. In collaboration with other senior faculty members working on issues of museum, cultural property, preservation, iconoclasm, and restitution, Probst intends to both further and strengthen these interests by expanding their institutional context. As part of those efforts, he will seek out possible collaborations to explore the contemporary political dimension of heritage with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as other institutional links, such as with Brown’s Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Pearl Robinson

Associate Professor, Political Science

Robinson has dedicated her career to the hands-on study of African politics, culture and life, as well as African American politics. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past President of the African Studies Association, she is also a former Director of Tufts’ International Relations Program and has taught at Makerere University in Uganda and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

The Tisch Faculty Fellowship will support one of Robinson’s current projects: an intellectual biography of 1950 Nobel Peace laureate Ralph Bunche—particularly of his work as an Africanist. Despite relatively few published works on the topic, Ralph Bunche was a pioneering Africanist scholar who, in a stance that was unusual for his time, set out to study Africa “from the perspective of the native.” Robinson will continue her archival research on Bunche’s work in this field and produce a manuscript.

picture_ReidKieran Reid

Assistant Professor, Community Health

Reid’s research at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) is focused on the evaluation and implementation of nutritional and physical activity interventions to maintain the independence of older persons. Through his Tisch College Faculty Fellowship, Reid will raise awareness of aging-related research to address the health concerns of older adults and he will create service learning opportunities for students to gain experience in delivering community-based interventions that promote healthy aging. Reid will specifically recruit students to enhance the implementation of ENGAGE Somerville, a randomized controlled trial that will examine the feasibility of translating a physical activity intervention from the clinical research environment to preserve mobility among vulnerable older adults in a real-world senior center setting in Somerville.

Monica White Ndounou

Associate Professor, Drama and Dance

As a scholar-artist, practitioner and educator, Ndounou conducts interdisciplinary research projects that span a broad range of topics focusing on the study and practice of theater and film production and economics, cultural studies, and cognitive studies in performance and reception. She is the author of Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers (Rutgers University Press, 2014) in addition to several essays and articles on related topics. Ndounou has also directed numerous productions, including Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, and August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. She is currently working on a project focusing on black American contributions to developing acting theory and practices. This three-prong project consists of a book titled Acting Your Color: The Power and Paradox of Acting for Black Americans, a documentary film, and a digital archive.

As a 2015-2016 Tisch Faculty Fellow, Ndounou will combine theory and practice as she researches and develops a pilot drama program for incarcerated individuals. In particular, the project will consider how related programs engage and empower underserved individuals and communities in and out of the classroom.

Benjamin Wolfe

Assistant Professor, Biology

Wolfe’s research in the Department of Biology at Tufts explores the diversity and function of microbes that live in our food systems. From the farm where food is produced to our digestive tract where food is consumed, microbes impact the quantity and quality of what we eat. The Wolfe lab uses genomic and genetic approaches to dissect the diversity of microbial ecosystems, with a focus on fermented foods.

As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Wolfe will be assessing the public understanding of microbes through a large-scale survey. Although microbes have substantial negative and positive impacts on the human condition, it’s unclear exactly what the general public understands about the role of microbes in their daily lives. After developing this baseline data of how the public perceives microbes, Wolfe can work with fellow microbiologists, health practitioners, and educators to develop new resources to improve microbial literacy.

Updated August 2015