Kent J. Rissmiller

Kent J. Rissmiller

Dean ad interim, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division
Director, Washington Project Center
Office: 240 Foise Innovation Studio
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

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 Malouf  Belz

Melissa Malouf Belz

Associate 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 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: +1-508-831-6059
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

Gary Collins

Associate Director for International Risk Management

Gary Collins is WPI's designated point-person for international health, safety and security concerns. He also manages incidents which occur while you travel. Please contact him if you have any questions related to your travel. 

Corey Denenberg Dehner

Corey Denenberg Dehner

Associate Teaching Professor
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
Nancy Fay

Nancy Fay

Operations Manager

Nancy serves as Operations Manager of the IGSD and also works in an administrative capacity for the Global Lab.

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

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, Global Lab
Office: Global Lab, Foisie Innovation Studio 225
Phone: +1-508-831-6164
Steve 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 eco-city planning, energy system innovation, climate change preparedness, community participation in environmental decision-making, and citizen science approaches for environmental planning. His work is published extensively in academic journals and he has worked with advocates, city planners and grassroots organizations in the US and internationally. ... View Profile
Ruth McKeogh

Ruth McKeogh

Director, Human Subjects Research and Academic Programs

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

Director for Team Learning

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 Mikles Quinn

Associate Director
Office: Center for Project Based Learning

Laura Roberts

Director, WCPC
Candace Ruta

Candace Ruta

Program Coordinator, GPP

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 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
Professor of Interdisciplinary and Global Studies
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Co-Director, Bangkok Project Center
Office: Center for Project-Based Learning, 157 West Street, 1st floor
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
Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson

Assistant Director

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.