Kent J. Rissmiller

Kent J. Rissmiller

Dean ad interim, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division
Director, Washington Project Center
Igsd Office
Office: Project Center 201
Phone: +1-508-831-5019, +1-508-831-5296
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
Erin Bell

Erin Bell

Asst Dir, Global Proj Program
Phone: 508-831-4804

Erin is the primary faculty contact for off-campus programs in the Americas, Africa and Pacific. She also administers the IQP application process. Erin studied abroad in Aix-En-Provence, France, where she developed her passion for learning about new cultures through travel. Since then she has been fortunate to visit every continent (except Antarctica!) through work, volunteer, and personal travel. She holds a BA in French from Muhlenberg College and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University. 

Melissa Belz

Melissa Belz

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Director, Costa Rica Project Center
Office: Project Center 210A
Phone: +1-508-831-6167
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 recent research is 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
Nicola Bulled

Nicola Bulled

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Director, Cape Town Project Center
Office: Project Center 214A
Phone: 508-831-6402
My research as a medical anthropologist has focused on the biopolitics of global infectious disease prevention and management efforts, working with disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in the U.S., Lesotho, and South Africa. I have also worked on public health programming projects with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Institute for Community Health in Cambridge, Boston Public Health Commission, Massachusetts State Laboratory Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control. ... View Profile
Fabio Carrera

Fabio Carrera

Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Director, Venice Project Center
Director, Santa Fe Project Center
Office: Salisbury Labs 113
Phone: +1-508-831-6059
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
Corey Denenberg Dehner

Corey Denenberg Dehner

Associate Teaching Professor
Director, Worcester Community Project Center
Co-Director, Massachusetts Water Resource Outreach Center
Office: Project Center 210B
Phone: +1-508-831-4959
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

Dawn Farmer

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 508-831-5547
Nancy Fay

Nancy Fay

Administrative Asst Dean IGSD
Phone: 508-831-6365

Nancy serves as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the IGSD.  In addition to her work for the Dean, she is also responsible for payment processing and financial reporting for IGSD.  Nancy also works in an administrative capacity for the Center for Project-Based Learning.

Katherine Foo

Katherine Foo

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Project Center 211A
Dr. Katherine Foo is a geographer and landscape planner who studies urban ecology, environmental governance, landscape design, and the visualization of society-nature relationships, with a special emphasis on social and environmental justice. Her research examines the ways in which urban governance influence urban trees, asking questions such as: how do the political and economic conditions of cities influence the volume and distribution of urban trees? Which political and economic conditions are conducive to building a healthy, robust urban tree canopy? Dr. ... View Profile
Deborah Fusaro

Deborah Fusaro

Program Coordinator
Phone: 508-831-6941

As Program Coordinator, Global Projects Program,  Deb is the student contact for IQP, MQP, ISRP, and Humanities Projects in the Americas, Africa and the Pacific regions and is responsible for preparing students for off-campus projects, and collecting and maintaining student and faculty travel information and documentation. She works with the Assistant Director of the Global Projects Program in coordinating the IQP application process. Deb earned a BS in Business Management from Boston College. She previously served as Administrative Assistant and Receptionist in IGSD.

Dominic Golding

Dominic Golding

Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Director, Nantucket Project Center
Director, London Project Center
Office: Project Center 214B
Phone: +1-508-831-6463
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 and Worcester), Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland. ... View Profile
Robert Hersh

Robert Hersh

Instructor/Lecturer-Interdisciplinary
Director, Greece Project Center
Co-Director, Albania Project Center
Co-Director, Sustainable Food Systems Project Center
Office: Project Center 211b
Phone: 508-831-5522, +1-508-831-5522
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
J. Scott Jiusto

J. Scott Jiusto

Associate Professor
Office: Project Center 205
Phone: +1-508-831-5393
My teaching, research, and community engagement is integrated through my participation in WPIs Global Projects Program, where I help students prepare for and conduct projects in places such as London, Venice, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Washington and Worcester. Through the WPI Cape Town Project Centre (2007-15), my work was an exercise in Shared Action Learning (SAL), which as described to students and others is a way to think about and engage in partnerships for sustainable community development. ... View Profile
Courtney Brooke Kurlanska

Courtney Brooke Kurlanska

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
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. Currently I am examining the intersection of development, socialism, and sustainability in Latin America. ... View Profile
Stephen M. McCauley

Stephen M. McCauley

Assistant Teaching Professor
Co-Director, Melbourne Project Center
Office: Project Center 212
Phone: +1-508-831-6164
A geographer by training, my work bridges scholarship, teaching and practice related to urban environmental planning and sustainable community development. My focus is on coordinating and advising the intensive off-campus Interactive Qualifying Projects through WPI's Global Projects Program, and I am Co-Director of the Melbourne Project Center. I am passionate about connecting students with community partners in project-based learning experiences that support student development and advance community needs. ... View Profile
Ruth McKeogh

Ruth McKeogh

Administrative Assistant VI
Phone: 508-831-6699

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.

Anne Ogilvie

Anne Ogilvie

Exec Director Global Proj Pgrm
Phone: 508-831-4944

Anne Ogilvie oversees operations, risk management, and program administration for the Global Projects Program. Previously, she was the International Director of Field Management at Earthwatch Institute. Anne has expertise overseeing program operations and safety for research and education programs on six continents. She holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MS in Adult and Organizational Learning from Suffolk University.

R. Creighton Peet

R. Creighton Peet

Teaching Professor
Director, Namibia Project Center
Director, Hong Kong Project Center
Office: Salisbury Labs 331
Phone: +1-508-831-6730
After spending many years working in international development and humanitarian assistance, as well as in international social and environmental education, and anthropological field research, Creighton Peet joined WPI in 2000 as part of its Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. He loves teaching at WPI and sharing what he has learned over the years through its project-based curriculum. This style of teaching is a way of learning for him, directly and indirectly, and it satisfies his own research interests in the sustainable management of natural resources, especially water. ... View Profile
Paula Quinn

Paula Quinn

Associate Director

Prior to becoming the Associate Director for the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Paula worked in the field of education evaluation, focusing primarily in the areas of project-based learning; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); pre-literacy and literacy; student life; learning communities; and professional development. She has worked on projects whose funding sources have included the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Davis Educational Foundation. She contributed to a study of WPI alumni and employers of WPI alumni that revealed that project-based learning had substantive and long-term positive impacts on students.
 
Her work capitalizes on her deep desire to positively impact the field of education, the enjoyment she receives from collaborating with others, and her love of research methods and research design that she developed while earning an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Clark University and a B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.
 
She believes project-based learning holds significant potential for increasing the diversity of students who succeed in college and who persist in STEM fields, and she views her work with the Center as contributing to education reform from the inside out.

Laura Roberts

Laura Roberts

Acting Director WCPC

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 University and a MA in Education from Eastern Nazarene College. 

Candace Ruta

Candace Ruta

Program Coordinator, GPP
Phone: 508-831-6209

Candace is responsible for recruitment, general administration, orientation, and visas for the Global Projects Program.  She previously worked for a mid-sized program provider based in Western Massachusetts, where she was responsible for the admissions, advising, pre-departure, and visa process for programs primarily in Italy.  She also advised on programs in Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Ghana, and South Africa.  Candace earned her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Fitchburg State College (now Fitchburg State University), and went on to work in Residence Life before moving into Education Abroad.  Prior to earning her MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, Candace lived and worked abroad with a group of first year students studying abroad in Florence, Italy.

Ingrid K. Shockey

Ingrid K. Shockey

Associate Teaching Professor
Director, India Project Center
Co-Director, New Zealand Project Center
Office: Project Center, 209
Phone: +1-508-831-6635
Ingrid Shockey is an environmental sociologist whose work focuses on natural literacy and the interplay of human-wilderness boundaries--an interest sparked by a summer job she once held at Yellowstone National Park. From there, her research concerns have grown to include the extent to which people rely on substitutions for authentic experiences in the wild. This includes tracking diminishing environmental literacy and documenting dynamics in how knowledge and perception of nature determine the depth of our engagement with the environment. ... View Profile
Seth Tuler

Seth Tuler

Associate Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Co-Director, Bangkok Project Center
Co-Director, Boston Project Center
Office: Project Center 211A
Phone: +1-508-831-6444
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 Bangkok Project Center and co-Director of the Boston Project Center, where 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
Richard F. Vaz

Richard F. Vaz

Director, Center for Project-Based Learning
Co-Director, Bangkok Project Center
Center For Project Based Learning
Office: First Baptist Church, Room 202
Phone: +1-508-831-5344
As Director of WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning, 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 centers around experiential and international education. Through my involvement in organizations such as the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the American Society for Engineering Education, I work to promote WPI’s approach to undergraduate education as a national model. ... View Profile
Nicholas E. Williams

Nicholas E. Williams

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: 100 Institute RD
I am an sociocultural anthropologist interested in the ways in which political, economic, and ecological changes from the macro- to the micro-scales influence human-environmental relationships, with a particular interest in food production and sustainable agriculture. My research, which is primarily carried out through interdisciplinary collaborations, combines qualitative and quantitative methods to answer theoretical questions and help to inform actionable policy. My work is currently based both in Nicaragua and Sri Lanka. ... View Profile
Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson

Assistant Director
Phone: 508-831-4826

Julie is the primary faculty contact for off-campus programs in Europe, Asia and the Middle East & Northern Africa. She administers the MQP application process as well as incoming and outgoing exchange programs.  Julie spent the fall of her junior year abroad in Perugia, Italy and after graduation spent four months volunteering in South East Asia.  She has since returned to Vietnam eight times to volunteer at a local orphanage.  Julie holds a BA in Psychology from Stonehill College and a MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.