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Peter Hansen

Peter H. Hansen

Professor of History
Office: Salisbury Labs 107
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5481
Peter H. Hansen is Professor of History and Director of International and Global Studies at WPI. In this role, responsibilities include enhancing the curricular components of WPI’s global programs, exploring new partnerships, and advising students in global projects. International and Global Studies brings together faculty from arts and sciences, business, and the global school to enrich students' experience of global engagement on campus and around the world. ... View Profile
W. Addison

W. A. Bland Addison

IGSD Adjunct Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 238
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5190
I believe it is important for American students to understand the philosophical and intellectual foundations of their way of viewing the world and how those cultural perspectives are different from other peoples of the world. Therefore, I teach a variety of courses about Western and non-Western civilizations: Introduction to European Cultural History (HI1322), Topics in the Western Intellectual Tradition (HI3323), and Topics in Comparative Civilizations (HI3342). ... 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
Ulrike Brisson

Ulrike Brisson

Associate Teaching Professor of German
Office: Salisbury Labs 333
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5742
Coming from a family with a long teaching tradition going back at least to her great-grandfather, teaching has always been fundamental to Professor Brisson’s well-being. Being a German professor at WPI in particular has been a great privilege because the students are motivated, hardworking, and eager to learn. She feels that teaching German language and culture is particularly important at an engineering school with a strong focus on environmental technology and sustainability for a number of reasons. ... View Profile
Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown

Assistant Professor-Social Science
Office: SL 332
Phone: +1 (508) 8315163
Crystal H. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Political Science with a focus in the subfields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and U.S. Foreign Policy at the University of Oregon. She also has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Pennsylvania State University. Her areas of interest include comparative immigration and integration policies, human rights, refugees, race/ethnicity and politics, and international security studies. ... 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

Daniel DiMassa

Assistant Professor- Humanities
Office: Salisbury Labs 106
Daniel DiMassa is a scholar of German literature and culture from the eighteenth century to the present. His research interests center on the intersection of literature, religion, and aesthetics in the wake of the Enlightenment, with a particular interest in how literary texts participate in religious and mythical enterprises. His articles have appeared in German Quarterly, Religion and Literature, and the Goethe-Jahrbuch. He's finishing a book manuscript that charts the significance of Dante as a poetic muse among German Romantics, Idealists, and Neo-Romantics. ... View Profile
Holger Droessler

Holger Droessler

Assistant Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 018
Holger Droessler is a historian of 19th- and 20th-century U.S. history, with a special focus on imperialism, capitalism, and the Pacific Ocean. In his forthcoming book, Coconut Colonialism: Workers and the Globalization of Samoa (Harvard University Press, Dec. 2021), he argues that the globalization of Samoa at the turn of the twentieth century was driven by a diverse group of working people on and off the islands. Currently, he is doing research for a second book, "War Workers," which tells the global story of non-citizen civilians working for the U.S. ... View Profile
Wen-Hua Du

Wen-Hua Du

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 408C
Wen-Hua Du is an assistant teaching professor of Chinese in the Department of Humanities and Arts. Prior to joining WPI, she worked as a senior lecturer and coordinator of the Chinese Program at the Pennsylvania State University and visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her expertise is in the areas of language teaching, curriculum design, and program development. Her research interests include culture teaching and learning, language learning strategies, and pedagogy of Chinese as a foreign language and Chinese as a heritage language. ... View Profile
Mohammed El Hamzaoui

Mohammed El Hamzaoui

Office: 100 Institute RD
Mohammed El Hamzaoui teaches academic writing to native and non-native speakers of English, Arabic as a foreign language to non-native speakers and ISE (Integrated Skills of English) courses to international students. Mohammed adopts an eclectic approach to teaching languages; he uses a communicative and interactive methodology to help students overcome persistent fears related to learning, speaking and writing in foreign languages. ... View Profile
Laureen Elgert

Laureen Elgert

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Laboratories
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5452
  Laureen's interest in environmental studies grew as she traveled through Southeast Asia and South America, noticing that local resource users' idea of environmentalism often bore little resemblance to familiar interpretations. She has since been particularly interested in the environment-development nexus, examining how politics shapes global environmental policy that can, and often does, have profound impacts on local livelihoods. ... View Profile
Katherine Foo

Katherine Foo

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Katherine Foo, PhD MLA, is co-director of the Berlin Project Center and an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Integrated and Global Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her research focuses on urban environmental governance and landscape visualization for social and environmental justice. She is passionate about fostering institutional change to empower community groups by building academic-civic partnerships.  Through engaged, inclusive practices like participatory mapping, scenario development, and design ... View Profile
John Galante

John Starosta Galante

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 234
John Galante’s scholarly interests are primarily in Latin American history and global studies. His teaching and research focus on international migration and the patterns of homeland connection and receiving-country adaptation associated with migratory movement. His professional experience in the energy sector informs his teaching on the history, geopolitics and global market dynamics of energy. He has particular expertise in South America and the Southern Cone, where he has worked, conducted fieldwork and traveled extensively. 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
Scott Jiusto

Scott Jiusto

Professor Emeritus - Cape Town Project Center Co-Director
Office: Project Center 205
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5393
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
Robert Krueger

Robert Krueger

Head of the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies, ad Interim
Office: SL 223C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5110
Robert Krueger is a human geographer whose scholarship and teaching focus on creating sustainable, socially just, improvements to development projects in the global north and south. His work has taken him around the world. He has worked in countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, on issues of economic development and institutional change. His scholarship and teaching challenge conventional notions of economic development, economy-environment relationships, and social change. ... 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
Aarti Madan

Aarti Smith Madan

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 003
Phone: +1 (508) 8316587
Aarti Smith Madan is an Associate Professor of Spanish & International Studies in the Department of Humanities and Arts at WPI. Her research centers on the ways spatial practices inform the production and consumption of literature, film, and art in Latin America. In her recently published monograph, Lines of Geography in Latin American Narrative: National Territory, National Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Professor Madan unearths the literary roots of the discipline of geography in nineteenth-century Latin America. ... View Profile
Ingrid Matos-Nin

Ingrid E. Matos-Nin

Associate Teaching Professor of Spanish
Office: Salisbury Labs 05
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5356
One of the most rewarding pleasures of teaching at WPI is the diversity of cultures you find in and around campus. So, besides teaching Spanish, I make my goal to broaden my students’ knowledge of Hispanic countries and to promote cultural understanding inside and outside the classroom. I teach the importance of understanding different lifestyles and ways of expression in other parts of the world-differences that we can find in each of the Hispanic countries. ... 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
Rebecca Moody

Rebecca Moody

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 02
My research centers around religion in North Africa and the Middle East with a focus on Islam; I approach the study of Islam through its representation in visual culture. My first book project, an outgrowth of my dissertation, focuses on recent fiction film by Moroccan women filmmakers as oblique forms of resistance to dominant narratives about Muslim women. My research tends to be very interdisciplinary: I draw on religion, cultural studies, feminist theory, film theory and affect theory. ... View Profile
Svetlana Nikitina

Svetlana Nikitina

Associate Teaching Professor of English
Office: SL 022
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5939
My scholarly and professional interests lie in three areas: new forms of narrative emerging in our multi-media age; comparative and environmental literature; and interdisciplinary pedagogy. Over the years, I have taught teaches a variety of writing and literature courses from The Elements of Writing and Introduction to Literature, to Moral Issues in the Modern Novel and The American Literature and the Environment. With Diran Apelian, I co-teach a Great Problem Seminar on Sustainable Development, currently focusing on Recycling of all classes of materials. ... View Profile
R. Creighton Peet

R. Creighton Peet

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 331
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6730
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
Geoffrey Pfeifer

Geoffrey Pfeifer

Associate Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: SL 327b
Professor Pfeifer’s research focus in philosophy is on contemporary continental philosophy, social and political philosophy, global justice, and development ethics. He teaches philosophy courses, international studies courses, and for the Great Problems Seminars program. In addition to a number of chapters in edited collections, Professor Pfeifer's work can be found in journals such as Human Studies, The European Legacy, Crisis and Critique, Continental Thought and Theory, and Current Perspectives in Social Theory. ... View Profile
Michael Radzicki

Michael J. Radzicki

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 310C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5767
Professor Radzicki is an economist, creator of WPI’s program in system dynamics, and co-creator of WPI’s program in trading and investment system development. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and his training in system dynamics computer simulation modeling from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he is a certified Rapid-I Predictive Analytics Analyst. Professor Radzicki’s research focuses on predictive analytics, simulation science, and the application of techniques from these areas to problems in economics, finance, and management. ... View Profile
Kent Rissmiller

Kent J. Rissmiller

Dean, ad interim-the Global School
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
Angel Rivera

Angel A. Rivera

Professor-Arts, Communications, and Humanities
Office: Salisbury Labs 016
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5779
Professor Rivera has been conducting research on 19th- and 20th-century Spanish Caribbean literature and theories related to the exploration of limits or borders (i.e., the edges or places where multiple cultures touch or come into contact). He has been exploring how Caribbean traditional modes of representation have been restructured to significant changes in cultural, literary, and historical contexts. ... View Profile
Derren Rosbach

Derren Rosbach

Associate Teaching Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5826
The overarching goal of my teaching and research is to contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental governance and policy. More specifically, I focus on the building of individual, organizational and institutional capacities to participate in collaborative efforts to address complex social and environmental sustainability problems through the application of science and technology. ... View Profile
Jennifer Rudolph

Jennifer Rudolph

Professor-Arts, Communications, and Humanities
Office: Salisbury Labs 408B
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6739
Jennifer Rudolph's main area of research is modern Chinese political history.  While her first book dissects institutional change in late imperial China, in her second, she explores identity politics in the Taiwan Strait. In it, Rudolph explores co-optations of a 17th-century pirate-merchant Zheng Chenggong. Through the centuries, Zheng has lived on, with regimes ruling, or desirous of ruling, Taiwan portraying him as a traitor, Confucian god, Chinese nationalist, Japanese nationalist, and the Moses of Taiwan. ... View Profile
Khalid Saeed

Khalid Saeed

Office: Salisbury Labs 312-D
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5563
Khalid Saeed is professor of economics and system dynamics. Widely recognized for his work on computer modeling and experimental analysis of developmental, organizational, and governance-related issues, he has written two books and numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of developmental and management agendas, including sustainable economic development, infrastructure planning, political economy, supply chain management, and system dynamics modeling. ... View Profile

William San Martin

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 008
William San Martín is an interdisciplinary historian working at the intersections of History, Science & Technology Studies (STS), and Environmental Governance Studies.  His current research focuses on global nitrogen governance with special attention to the rise of nitrogen science and sustainable development policy in the Global South. He specializes in the science-policy interface, earth-system governance, international development, technology and the human environment, and environmental justice and inequalities. ... 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
Gbetonmasse Somasse

Gbetonmasse B. Somasse

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 315
Dr. Gbetonmasse Somasse is an economist and applied econometrician with field experience as a development practitioner. He is  an Assistant Teaching Professor of Social Science and Policy Studies at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Prior to joining WPI, he was a lecturer at Clark University. He also served as senior economist statistician at the Central Bank of West African States and a consultant for the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Program. ... 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
Elisabeth Stoddard

Elisabeth Anne Stoddard

Associate Teaching Professor - Social Science
Office: Salisbury Laboratories, 310F
Prof Stoddard is a human-environment geographer who is interested in the intersection of nature, society, and justice, particularly in the context of climate change. She looks at the ways in which we can design for climate resilience, in terms of infrastructure, location specific practices, and through community resilience. Stoddard also looks at the vulnerability and resilience of food systems to disasters (climate, disease outbreaks, etc.), and the impacts for humans, animals, and ecosystems. ... View Profile
Sarah Strauss

Sarah Strauss

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
Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5557
Yunus Telliel

Yunus Dogan Telliel

Assistant Professor- Anthropology & Rhetoric
Office: Salisbury Laboratories 108
Phone: +1 (917) 2725748
I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Rhetoric. Before joining WPI, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. My work is animated by an intellectual curiosity with how ideas travel across time and space, and generate diverse practices of acting, seeing, and being in the world. I am especially intrigued by situations in which people come to ask new questions about themselves and others, in ways that require reconsideration of past experiences and imagining of future possibilities. ... 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

Associated Faculty

Name Title Department Email
Marja Bakermans ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR Biology & Biotechnology

Esher F. Boucher-Yip

John-Michael Davis ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR Interdisciplinary & Global Studies
Jennifer deWinter PROFESSOR Humanities & Arts
Leslie Lynn Dodson ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR Interdisciplinary & Global Studies
Joseph A. Doiron ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR Interdisciplinary & Global Studies
Michael Elmes PROFESSOR Foisie Business School
Robert Hersh INSTRUCTOR/LECTURE Interdisciplinary & Global Studies
Lauren M. Mathews ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Biology & Biotechnology
Kathryn Moncrief PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD Humanities & Arts
Oleg Pavlov ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Social Science & Policy Studies
Aaron Sakulich ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Civil & Environmental Engineering
Alexander D. Smith


Social Science & Policy Studies
Andrew Trapp ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Foisie Business School
Robert W. Traver TEACHING PROFESSOR Interdisciplinary & Global Studies
Jefferson Alex Sphar ASSITANT TEACHING PROFESSOR Interdisciplinary & Global Studies