Kent Rissmiller

Kent J. Rissmiller

Dean of IGSD ad interim
Office: 240 Foise Innovation Studio
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5019
Kent Rissmiller completed studies in political science at Muhlenberg College (AB) and Syracuse University (PhD). Along the way, he also completed a JD at the University of New Hampshire Law School, where he worked in the Energy Law Institute. Professor Rissmiller also worked for three years as an attorney for the Public Service Commission of Nevada, where he was involved in setting rates and policies for electric and water utilities. At WPI, Professor Rissmiller teaches government, law, and public policy. He also directs the Pre-Law program and oversees the Law and Technology minor. ... View Profile
Melissa Belz

Melissa Malouf Belz

Associate Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6167
I am a geographer with a focus on the cultural landscape, meaning landscapes that are shaped by people. I am interested in development, how and why places change, and why certain traditions endure. I study this mainly through vernacular architecture (traditional regional design). My research was based in the Indian Himalaya and explores what connections forest policy and cash crop markets have with the decline in architectural woodcarving and vernacular design. I hope to better understand how modernization and preservation can be balanced to sustain culturally distinct landscapes. ... View Profile
Fabio Carrera

Fabio Carrera

Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Salisbury Labs 113
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6059
Fabio is the director of the Venice and Santa Fe Project Centers, as well as the founder and director of City Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory dedicated to Urban Technology and Information Systems. In addition to a number of scientific papers, his work has been repeatedly featured in National Geographic magazine (most recently in the August 2009 issue), MIT’s Technology Review magazine, the Smithsonian magazine, Wired, New Scientist and Science. He was also featured on BBC Radio and in a National Geographic video completely dedicated to his work in his hometown of Venice, Italy. ... View Profile
John-Michael Davis

John-Michael Davis

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: 100 Institute Road
John-Michael holds a diverse academic background with degrees in psychology, water management, environmental studies, and geography – which rightly embodies the interdisciplinary approach to research cultivated in the IGSD. His work follows a common theme that values community-driven and action oriented research to address complex development challenges related to sustainable livelihoods, informal economies, waste management, environmental contamination, community representation, and INGO legitimacy. ... View Profile
Corey Dehner

Corey Dehner

Associate Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Project Center 210B
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4959
Corey Denenberg Dehner is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Interdisciplinary Global Studies Division. She is Director of the Worcester Community Project Center and founder and Co-Director of the Massachusetts Water Resource Outreach Center. At WPI, Corey serves on the Sustainability Board; is a member of the WPI Project Inclusion Rubric Steering Committee; and Co-Chair of the Project Inclusion Faculty Subcommittee. A public interest lawyer in her previous life, Corey was drawn to academia by its capacity to help facilitate attitudinal changes both on campus and off. ... View Profile

Joseph Doiron

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: 100 Institute Road
Nancy Fay

Nancy Anne Fay

Operations Manager
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6365
Nancy serves as Operations Manager of the IGSD and also works in an administrative capacity for the Global Lab. View Profile
Katherine Foo

Katherine Foo

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Higgins Labs 020
As an ecological designer and urban geographer, I am passionate about design for urban ecology, community engagement, and ecological democracy. I am passionate about teaching and the ability for engaged, experiential learning to teach students about complex, wicked problems; connect them with real world efforts to address these problems; and give students an opportunity to engage meaningfully with them. My experience with place-based learning and projects includes both international (Thailand, Cambodia, Bolivia, Guatemala) and domestic (Boston, Worcester, New York City) localities. ... View Profile
Dominic Golding

Dominic Golding

Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Project Center 214B
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6463
For twenty years I conducted research at Clark University on the social aspects of environmental risks, with a focus on the topics of risk communication, public trust, and vulnerability. After a brief sojourn at the EcoTarium (a museum of science and nature located in Worcester), I began teaching at WPI in 2006. I have taught more than 600 students in ID2050 and advised more than 100 IQPs in the UK (London and Worcester), US (Nantucket, Washington, DC, and Worcester), Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland. ... View Profile
Robert Hersh

Robert Hersh

Instructor/Lecturer-Interdisciplinary
Office: Project Center 211b
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5522
Before coming to WPI in 2004,  Bob worked for a number of years as a Fellow at Resources for the Future, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC that conducts research and policy analysis on environmental quality and natural resources,  and as the Brownfields Director at the Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO).  His broad substantive interests include regional food systems, contaminated site cleanup and revitalization, community participation in environmental decision-making, ethnographic filmmaking, and more recently, development projects in squatter settlements in Southern ... View Profile
Courtney Kurlanska

Courtney Brooke Kurlanska

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: 231 Foisie
I am an economic anthropologist who conducts both interdisciplinary and applied research. I study global issues from an ethnographic perspective examining local phenomena and placing it within their global context. My work has covered a variety of topics from spirituality and health to remittance strategies of Peruvian migrants. My dissertation research, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, examined the use of microfinance loans on rural livelihoods in Nicaragua. My current work is on the social and solidarity economy and its intersection with sustainable development. ... View Profile
Stephen McCauley

Stephen M. McCauley

Associate Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Global Lab, Foisie Innovation Studio 225
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6164
Stephen McCauley is a geographer whose work focuses on exploring how cities change and how urban futures can be inclusive, green and resilient. His broad substantive interests include climate change preparedness, urban resilience, energy system innovation, community participation in environmental decision-making, citizen science, and GI Science for urban planning. His current work addresses urban heat island dynamics and green infrastructure and other planning interventions that can mitigate the vulnerabilities associated with extreme heat in cities. ... View Profile
Ruth McKeogh

Ruth Anne McKeogh

Director, Human Subjects Research and Academic Programs
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6699
Ruth assists the IGSD faculty with events, program and course development. Ruth also coordinates the IGSD Brown bag lunch series with Prof. Peet, the on campus IQP fair and Presidents’ IQP awards with Prof. Rissmiller. She also serves as the secretary of the Institutional Review Board and processes all of the applications. In her spare time Ruth enjoys the great outdoors and loves spending time at the beach with her family. View Profile
Anne Ogilvie

Anne Ogilvie

Director for Team Learning
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4944
 Projects are the reason I came to WPI. As a longtime experiential educator and true believer in the transformational power of hands-on learning, I was eager to engage with faculty and students as part of WPI’s project-based curriculum. ... View Profile
Laura Roberts

Laura Roberts

Director, WCPC
Phone: +1 (508) 8316306
Laura is responsible for marketing, website content, grant writing, and coordinating project sponsors for the Worcester Community Project Center.  Prior to joining WPI, she worked in fundraising at various nonprofits in Boston including Year Up, a one-year, intensive training program which provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, college credits, and a corporate internship.  Laura holds a BS in Social Policy and Planning from the University of Connecticut, a MA in Public Administration and Non Profit Management from Seton Hall ... View Profile
Ingrid Shockey

Ingrid K. Shockey

Associate Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Project Center, 209
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6635
Ingrid Shockey is an environmental sociologist whose work concerns natural literacy and the interplay of human-wilderness relationships. These domains include topics in biodiversity loss, climate change perceptions, and our sense of place and identity with respect to the landscape. Her work has focused most recently on mountain ecologies and economies in the western Himalaya. ... View Profile
Sarah Stanlick

Sarah Eliza Stanlick

Assistant Professor
Office: 100 Institute Road
Sarah Stanlick, Ph.D., is joining the faculty of the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She was the founding director of Lehigh University’s Center for Community Engagement and faculty member in Sociology and Anthropology. She previously taught at Centenary College of New Jersey and was a researcher at Harvard’s Kennedy School, assisting the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. ... View Profile
Sarah Strauss

Sarah Strauss

Professor
Office: 214A Project Center
Phone: +1 (508) 8316883
Sarah Strauss was born and raised on the east coast. During high school and college, she was deeply involved in biomedical research, and expected her career path to lie in this direction. She enjoyed the philosophical traditions, though, and so although she worked in molecular biology laboratories, she also majored in comparative religion. During her final year in college, she discovered medical anthropology, and that changed everything. A career in anthropology would allow her to pursue all of her research interests, from health and human biology to myth and religion. ... View Profile
Seth Tuler

Seth Tuler

Associate Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Project Center 211A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6444
Seth has been part of the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division since 2002, as teacher, advisor, and co-director of project centers. He is the co-Director of the Boston Project Center and was the co-Director of the Bangkok Project Center from 2011-2018. He enjoys exposing students to contemporary problems in environmental and public health policy making and challenging them to apply insights emerging from research to practical applications. He loves share his curiosity with students about the ways that people are impacted by different technological and natural systems. ... View Profile
Rick Vaz

Rick Vaz

Professor-Interdisciplinary & Co-Director, CPBL
Office: Center for Project-Based Learning, 157 West Street, 1st floor
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5344
As a Senior Fellow in WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning, which I established in 2016, I work with colleagues across campus to help advance project-based learning at colleges and universities around the nation and the globe. We also support project-based learning here on the WPI campus. Most of my scholarly and professional activity has centered around experiential and international education. ... View Profile