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Peter Hansen
Professor, Humanities & Arts

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. He enjoys teaching courses in history or international and global studies, seminars on sports or global studies, and working with ...

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Gizem Arslan
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Gizem Arslan's research and teaching interests include post-war literatures in German, French and Turkish, translation studies, migration studies, theories of language, literary-mathematical experiments, and writing systems of the world. She enjoys teaching German at all levels and learning new languages. Particularly important to her teaching are exploring connections between German and other languages, integrating culture and intercultural learning into her courses, and continually educating herself on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in language programs. Her current work in ...

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Melissa Belz
Associate Teaching Professor, The Global School

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. Previous to ...

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Esther Boucher-Yip
Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Dr. Boucher-Yip has taught in many parts of the world including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, China, Laos, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has taught communication skills and writing courses at university level for over a decade. Her teaching approach is informed by her own experience in language learning and with theories of second language acquisition and their pedagogical applications. Both her studies and her experience have taught her that there is no one method or idea that guarantees successful language learning. While the mastery of standard English is necessary, she ...

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Crystal Brown
Assistant Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies

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. She is most interested in the effect of political culture, technology, institutions, and individual decision-making on different political systems around ...

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Fabio Carrera
Teaching Professor, The Global School

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, ...

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Daniel DiMassa
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Daniel DiMassa is a scholar of German literature and culture from the eighteenth century to the present. His research resides at 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 book, Dante in Deutschland: An Itinerary of Romantic Myth (Bucknell/Rutgers), is forthcoming in 2022.  In addition to teaching courses in German language, literature, and film, DiMassa is an avid participant in WPI's Global Projects Program. He has twice advised projects ...

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Holger Droessler
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

I am an historian of 19th- and 20th-century U.S. history, with a special focus on imperialism, capitalism, and the Pacific Ocean. In my first book, Coconut Colonialism: Workers and the Globalization of Samoa (Harvard University Press, 2022), I argue 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, I am doing research for my next book, "War Workers," which tells the global story of non-citizen civilians working for the U.S. military from the Civil War to Iraq. I have published on a ...

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Wen-Hua Du
Associate Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

  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, University Park (2010-2017), and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (2009-2010). Her expertise is in the areas of language teaching, curriculum design, and program development. Dr. Du has been an active participant in the SoTL communities in the field of Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL). She has also collaborated on two ...

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Mohammed El Hamzaoui
Instructor, Humanities & Arts

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. Also, as a first-generation college graduate, Mohammed relies on the intellectual and practical obstacles he faced to help students acclimate to different learning ...

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Laureen Elgert
Professor & Department Head, The Global School

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5452

I joined WPI in 2011 as a scholar and teacher with training in public health, environmental policy, and international development studies. My research and teaching interests focused on the environment-development nexus, where tensions between sustainability and livelihoods often lead to contentious policy debates. My work on soy production and land inequality, expert roundtables and certification, and sustainability rating systems for cities, advanced ideas around how global discourses about sustainable agriculture and sustainability indicators take shape, are mobilized, and have influence at ...

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Jeanne Essame
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

I am a scholar of the black experience in the Americas, with specialization in the movement of people and ideas, cultural productions, gendered experiences, and oral history. I use an interdisciplinary methodology grounded in historical analysis, my research examines how the racialization of people of African descent operates transnationally and asks how these people, regardless of national histories, have rallied against racial marginalization on a global scale. I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in African Diaspora History, Caribbean History, and Visual ...

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Katherine Foo
Assistant Professor of Teaching, The Global School

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-build ...

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John Galante
Associate Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

John Galante’s interests are primarily in Atlantic History, Latin America, and Global Studies. At WPI, he teaches courses in History, International and Global Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. In addition to introductory level courses, he has designed and taught specialized courses and capstone Humanities seminars on Migration, Ethnicity and Race in the Americas, and Global Energy. His research primarily focuses on international migration and the patterns of homeland connection, diasporic consciousness, receiving-country adaptation, and ethnic notions of belonging associated ...

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Emily Gioielli
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Emily Gioielli is a historian of modern European history, with a special focus on Central and Eastern European history, the history of gender and sexuality, and the history of violence. I am currently finishing a social history that traces women's involvement and the role of gender in the social and political revolutions that took place in Hungary during the long World War One period. I am also working on a project that brings together the social and environmental history of the Holocaust in Central Europe entitled "Cataclysm: An Environmental History of the Holocaust in Central Europe." ...

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Dominic Golding
Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary, The Global School

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. As center director, I am responsible for identifying project topics and ...

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Scott Jiusto
Adjunct Teaching Professor, The Global School

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. SAL emphasizes Sharing among partners of ideas, knowledge, resources, inspiration and compassion; ...

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Robert Krueger
Professor & Department Head of Social Science and Policy Studies, Social Science & Policy Studies

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. In his book, Adventures in Sustainable Urbanism (2019, SUNY Press, Krueger, Freytag and Mössner (eds)), ...

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Courtney Kurlanska
Assistant Professor of Teaching, The Global School

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.I truly ...

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Aarti Madan
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8316587

Aarti Smith Madan is an Associate Professor of Spanish & International Studies in WPI’s Department of Humanities & Arts. In addition to directing the Buenos Aires Project Center and co-directing Latin American & Caribbean Studies, she’s advised three cohorts of junior-year IQPs in Puerto Rico (2012), Costa Rica (2015), and Australia (2023) as well as a number of Minor and Major Capstone projects in Spanish and International Studies. Aarti completed her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and English from Birmingham-Southern College, where she had her first forays into experiential ...

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Ingrid Matos-Nin
Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

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. In order to accomplish this, I include role-plays, team work, films, presentations and group activities that combine oral and written ...

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Stephen McCauley
Associate Professor of Teaching, The Global School

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. At WPI, Stephen co-directs (with Lorraine ...

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Rebecca Moody
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8316918

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. I hope that, in doing so, I can help introduce diversity into conversations about Islam, particularly the ...

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Svetlana Nikitina
Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

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. As I enjoy interdisciplinary modes of ...

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Geoffrey Pfeifer
Associate Professor of Teaching, The Global School

My areas of expertise in philosophy and social theory are in social and political philosophy, Marxism, global justice, development ethics, and also Critical Pedagogies. I teach philosophy courses, global studies courses, and for the Great Problems Seminars program (currently I co-teach the Seeking Sustainability and the Climate Change courses for this program).  In addition to a number of chapters in edited collections, my work can be found in journals such as Human Studies, The European Legacy, Crisis and Critique, Continental Thought and Theory, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, ...

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Michael Radzicki
Associate Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5767

Professor Radzicki is an economist and simulation scientist who directs WPI’s Complex Systems Laboratory as well as the university’s Program in Technology, Policy, and Sustainability. He has developed techniques for applying system dynamics computer simulation modeling to problems in complex socioeconomic systems, and created teachable and repeatable methods for turning these models into user-friendly games or “flight simulators” that can be used by those who did not participate in the creation of the models to understand and control their dynamics.System dynamics is an approach to social ...

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Angel Rivera
Professor, Humanities & Arts

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. Professor Rivera’s focus is on studying how "marginal" groups (radical Caribbean male intellectuals and women writers) view themselves within those borders and devising new representational ...

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Derren Rosbach
Associate Professor of Teaching, The Global School

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. My academic and professional background includes experience in molecular biology, microbial ecology, wildlife biology, sustainable forestry and most recently environmental policy and ...

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Jennifer Rudolph
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6739

By training, I am a political historian of China and Japan. Coming to WPI has expanded how I view my own research and teaching and what can be done with them. I’ve led WPI’s efforts to build China-related programs for STEM students on campus and off. With like-minded colleagues I helped establish and now direct WPI’s East Asia Hub (formally China Hub), established and co-direct WPI’s Hangzhou and Taiwan Project Centers, and advise the Chinese Studies minor. With WPI’s student body in mind, I’ve worked to integrate science and technology into my teaching on the histories and cultures of East ...

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Khalid Saeed

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5563

Khalid Saeed is widely recognized for his work on the interface of economics and system dynamics. He has published two books and numerous articles on a variety of methodological, developmental and management agendas including sustainable agriculture, poverty alleviation, political instability, supply chain management and system dynamics modeling. His current focus is on operationalization of economic policy so it can be implemented through available managerial roles. Professor Saeed served as the head of social Science and Policy Studies department from 1997-2007. He previously taught at ...

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William San Martín
Assistant Professor, The Global School

William San Martín (He/Him/El) is Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Science, Technology, and Governance in the Department of Integrative and Global Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Earth Systems Governance Project at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.He is an interdisciplinary scholar of earth-systems sciences and global environmental governance trained in history, international politics & relations, and science & technology studies (STS). His work focuses on international development; Latin America & the Global ...

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Mimi Sheller
Dean of Global School, The Global School

Dr. Mimi Sheller is the Dean of The Global School and is an internationally recognized scholar and higher education leader, with fifteen years of executive leadership across academic units, research centers, and professional organizations. Prior to joining WPI, she was tenured Professor of Sociology, Head of the Sociology Department, and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Dr. Sheller was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa from Roskilde University, Denmark, in 2015, the Drexel Provost’s Award for Outstanding Career Scholarly ...

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Ingrid Shockey
Teaching Professor, The Global School

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. She manages and curates two undergraduate student Project Centers, serving as co-director for the Wellington Project Center in New Zealand (since 2012) and directing the WPI-IIT Mandi India Project Center at the Indian ...

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Gbetonmasse Somasse
Associate Professor of Teaching, Social Science & Policy Studies

Dr. Gbetonmasse Somasse is an economist and applied econometrician with field experience as a development practitioner. He is  an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. Prior to joining WPI, he was an instructor 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. His research is mostly policy-oriented and focuses on how economic theory and empirical ...

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Sarah Stanlick
Assistant Professor, The Global School

Sarah Stanlick, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative and Global Studies and the Director of the Great Problems Seminar 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. She has published in journals such as The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, The ...

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Elisabeth Stoddard
Associate Professor of Teaching, The Global School

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. She looks at the ways in which technology, policies, and social movements ...

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Adrien Stoloff
Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8314938

Professor Stoloff’s research focuses on Chinese religious beliefs and practices from the late Warring States Period (ca. 475-221 BCE) to the Western Han dynasty (202 BCE-9 CE). Specifically, he studies the classical Daoist idea of wuwei (effortless action)

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Sarah Strauss
Professor, The Global School

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. After graduating, she ...

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Yunus Telliel
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

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. Such situations, I believe, capture an important aspect of the human ...

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Seth Tuler
Associate Professor, The Global School

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. A ...

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Rick Vaz
Adjunct Professor, The Global School

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. 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 ...

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Huili Zheng
Associate Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5780

Huili Zheng is a scholar on late imperial Chinese literature and culture (1500-1895). Her research interests focus on late imperial Chinese literary culture and development of social, cultural and intellectual history, with a particular interest in issues of gender, ethnic/cultural identity, cultural politics of representation, and the relations of late imperial China to the formation of modern China. She is finishing a book manuscript on late imperial Chinese intellectuals’ changing conceptualizations of the world and China’s place in it. Professor Zheng is also interested in pedagogy of ...

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Associated Faculty

Name Title Department Email
Marja Bakermans ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR Biology & Biotechnology mbakermans@wpi.edu
Corey Dehner ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR-INTERDISCIPLINARY Integrative & Global Studies cdhner@wpi.edu
John-Michael Davis ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR Integrative & Global Studies jdavis4@wpi.edu
Jennifer deWinter PROFESSOR Humanities & Arts jdewinter@wpi.edu
Leslie Lynn Dodson ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR Integrative & Global Studies lldodson@wpi.edu
Joseph A. Doiron ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR Integrative & Global Studies jdoiron@wpi.edu
Zoe Eddy ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR Integrative & Global Studies  zeddy@wpi.edu
Michael Elmes PROFESSOR The School of Business mbelmes@wpi.edu
Robert Hersh INSTRUCTOR/LECTURE Integrative & Global Studies hersh@wpi.edu
Shanna Lessing ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR Humanities & Arts salessing@wpi.edu
Lauren M. Mathews ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Biology & Biotechnology lmathews@wpi.edu
Kathryn Moncrief PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD Humanities & Arts kmoncrief@wpi.edu
Oleg Pavlov ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Social Science & Policy Studies opavlov@wpi.edu
Aaron Sakulich ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Civil & Environmental Engineering arsakulich@wpi.edu
Alexander D. Smith

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Social Science & Policy Studies adksmith@wpi.edu
Steve Taylor PROFESSOR The School of Business sst@wpi.edu
Andrew Trapp ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR The School of Business atrapp@wpi.edu
Robert W. Traver TEACHING PROFESSOR Integrative & Global Studies rtraver@wpi.edu
Jefferson Alex Sphar ASSITANT TEACHING PROFESSOR Integrative & Global Studies jaspar@wpi.edu