Faculty Fellows

Fida Adely
Fida J Adely
, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies
CSJ Faculty Fellow for School of Foreign Service
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Fida Adely is an Associate Professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies. She is also currently serving as the Academic Director for the Arab Studies program at Georgetown. Dr. Adely is an anthropologist and her research interests include education, labor, development, and gender in the Arab world. Her primary research site has been Jordan, although she teaches and writes about the Arab world more broadly. 

Dr. Adely received her PhD in 2007 at Teachers College (Columbia University) in Comparative Education and Anthropology. She was previously a lecturer at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, as well as a visiting professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College/Columbia University.

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Laura Anderko, Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies 
Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care 
Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment
CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for School of Nursing and Health Studies 
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Laura Anderko holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is a scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, public health and environmental health. She previously served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal advisory committee, the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) and served on the National Drinking Water Advisory Committee as well as the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee Research Workgroup. Dr. Anderko also serves as co-chair of the National Environmental Health Partnership Council (CDC) and as chairperson of the advisory board for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (HRSA). She is a member of CSJ’s Community-based Learning (CBL) Designation Advisory Board and routinely teaches several CBL courses during the academic year.

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Elham Atashi, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor and Co-Director, Program on Justice and Peace 
CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for Justice and Peace
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Elham Atashi holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She is a certified mediator and skilled negotiator having received her training from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She has published on issues relating to violence prevention, peace processes, reconciliation, transformation of armed groups to political parties, indigenous and traditional justice processes. Her current research focuses on linking conflict transformation and transitional justice mechanisms to interpretative oral histories in Afghanistan, Uganda and post-genocide society in Rwanda. She serves on the editorial board of the African Peace and Conflict Journal and has been on a consultative body in developing mechanisms for dealing with the legacy of the past injustices in Northern Ireland. Dr. Atashi also works extensively as a practitioner for several organizations providing support to transformative local community reconciliation, justice and peace building initiatives. She is also a professional facilitator conducting dialogues for groups in conflict and co-existence workshops for youth from Israel-Palestine, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan.

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Robert Bies, Ph.D. 

Professor, McDonough School of Business
CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for the McDonough School of Business
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Robert J. Bies (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Professor of Management and Founder of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Professor Bies’ current research focuses on leadership, the delivery of bad news, organizational justice, and revenge and forgiveness in the workplace. He has published extensively on these topics and related issues in academic journals such as Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management, Journal of Social Issues, Organization Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, as well as in the prestigious annual series of analytical essays, Research in Organizational Behavior. At Georgetown, Professor Bies has twice received the Joseph Le Moine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence at the McDonough School of Business; he received the Outstanding Professor of the International Executive MBA Program (IEMBA-2) at the McDonough School of Business; he received the Outstanding Professor of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program (2008) at the McDonough School of Business; he received the Academic Council Professor of the Year Student Choice Award (2011) at the McDonough School of Business; he was voted MBA Professor of the Module by MBA students at the McDonough School of Business, Spring 2011; and he was voted Outstanding Professor of the Global Executive MBA Program (2012) at the McDonough School of Business. Professor Bies also leads the Executive Master’s in Leadership program for DC Public School Principals. He is a member of CSJ’s Community-based Learning (CBL) Designation Advisory Board and regularly teaches CBL courses.

Marcus Board
Marcus Board
, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Student Leadership
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Marcus Board Jr. earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in the Department of Political Science. He earned an MA from the department in 2011, and an MA in Social Sciences at the university in 2008. Marcus earned his BA in Africana Studies and Political Science from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2007.

His dissertation research deconstructs political engagement by focusing on decision-making, particularly the ways that decision-making is coerced and the consequences of these influences on marginalized racial and gender groups. Using qualitative and quantitative public opinion data that addresses both political and labor markets, Dr. Board points to the coercive influence of neoliberalism to explain why disadvantaged groups espouse contradictory social, political, and economic agendas. This undergirds his theoretical argument that power in the form of agenda-setting can compellingly reinforce domination in the absence of observable conflict, evidenced by the significant portions of historically marginalized peoples who have been convinced to reproduce these self-sabotaging agendas that contribute to their being dominated.

Future research will be emphasizing notions of justice that contradict notions of equality while also upholding egalitarianism. More specifically, Dr. Board is very interested in the ways that government and social services can be disproportionately allocated for select groups on the basis of race, gender, and sexuality, and how these allocations require a marked divergence from (neo) capitalism and (neo) liberalism in order to produce both equality and prosperity.

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Jennifer Bouey, PH.D., MPH, M.B.B.S (on leave AY19-20)

Associate Professor, International Health
Susan Mayor Professor for Health Equity
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Global Health
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Dr. Jennifer Bouey is an Associate Professor and a behavioral epidemiologist at the Department of International Health, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University. As an epidemiologist with training in clinical medicine and biostatistics, she is interested in behavioral and social determinants of health among marginalized populations. She has published 60+ manuscripts on the health risks and health care access barriers among recent immigrants, rural-to-urban migrants, and people with high risks for HIV.  Most of her research is mixed-methods community-based participatory research.  Her research and publications have been supported by funding from Susan Mayer Professorship endowment, National Institute of Child Health and Health Development of National Institute of Health, DC Center for AIDS Research, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau of HRSA. Dr. Bouey served on study sections at National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and Forgery International Research Center in the U.S. and as expert reviewers for the China Natural Science Foundation, Hong Kong AIDS Council, and Research Fund of Food and Health Bureau of Hong Kong Government. Outside academia,  Dr. Bouey is a certified volunteer at several DC community organizations and also served as a consultant to the World Bank, various HIV/AIDS foundations, and China’s National and Provincial Center for Disease Control.

Peter Folan
Peter Folan
, S.J., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Theology
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Transforming the Core
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Peter Folan, S.J. is a Jesuit priest from Massapequa Park, New York. He earned his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College in 2019, after which he joined Georgetown’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Folan’s research focuses primarily on the role of the Bible in theological reflection, especially in ecumenical theology, though he also has written on ecclesiology, sacramental theology, and governance issues in higher education. Prior to coming to Georgetown, he taught religion at the Holy Trinity School (Washington, DC) and Bishop McNamara High School (Forestville, MD), as well as philosophy at the University of Scranton, and theology at Boston College. He serves as a member of Le Moyne College’s Board of Trustees and America Media’s Board of Directors.

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Elżbieta M. Goździak, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University
CSJ Fellow for Refugee Engaged Scholarship
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Elżbieta M. Goździak is both a migration scholar and a forced migrant. She left her native Poland in 1984 with a one-way passport. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor  in the School of Foreign Service where she teaches  courses on War, trauma and recovery (STIA 354), The Other: Immigrant Integration in North America and Europe (CULP-348) and Accented Narratives: Migrants in Film and Literature (CULP-338). In the Fall of 2016 she served as the George Soros Visiting Chair in Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Formerly, she was Editor-in-Chief of International Migration and held a senior position with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). She taught at Howard University in the Social Work with Displaced Populations Program and managed a program area on admissions and resettlement of refugees in industrialized countries for the Refugee Policy Group. Prior to immigrating to the US, she was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Her research agenda focuses on refugee and immigrant integration, global health and humanitarianism, child migration, and human trafficking. You can follow her research here.

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Maurice Jackson, Ph.D. (in Qatar, AY19-20)

Associate Professor of History, Georgetown College
CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for Washington, DC Initiatives
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Maurice Jackson is Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies and Affiliated Professor of Performing Arts (Jazz) at Georgetown University; he is also a Fellow at the GU Center for Social Justice. He teaches Atlantic, African-American, Washington, DC, and Jazz history. He is currently at work on a social, political and cultural history of African-Americans in Washington (1700s until the present), where he has lived his entire adult life. He was inducted into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame, in 2009 for his years of service to the people of the nation’s capital. A former shipyard rigger, longshoreman, house painter, and longtime organizer, Jackson was a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress and was a 2011-12 Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Professor Jackson was recently appointed by Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray as the first chairman of the District of Columbia Commission on African American Affairs.

Yuki Kato
Yuki Kato
, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Food Security
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Yuki Kato is an urban sociologist whose research interests intersect the subfields of social stratification, food and environment justice, culture and consumption, and symbolic interaction. She has conducted research on the rise of urban agricultural cultivation and the alternative food movement in post-Katrina New Orleans, with a particular focus on food access disparity, spatial and social landscape of alternative food activism, and contested meanings of local during a major urban transformation. Her new research project examines the role of social entrepreneurs working on Environmental and Food Justice work in a gentrifying city. She also has another project underway that explores the impacts of urban agricultural policies in spurring and sustaining urban gardening and farming activities in North American cities.

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Reverend Raymond Kemp

CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for Washington, DC Initiatives
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As a DC native and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, Reverend Raymond Kemp serves as a Special Assistant to the President of the University. Father Kemp is an active member of the Georgetown and DC communities and engages with students on issues of biblical and social justice. As an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology, Father Kemp teaches The Church and the Poor in the fall semester and Struggle and Transcendence in the spring semester. He is part of the team for the McDonough School of Business’s Executive Masters in Leadership for DC Public School principals. When is not molding young minds, Father Kemp helps out in DC parishes and is very involved with leading retreats for parish and faith groups on biblical justice. As a Senior Fellow for Woodstock Theological Center, he directed two programs, Faith in the City and Preaching the Just Word. As part of Preaching the Just Word, Father Kemp is currently working on a manuscript with Sister Nancy Sheridan.

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Denise Keyes, MPS

Executive Director, ITL and CSIC
Executive Director, Center for Social Impact Communication

CSJ Faculty Fellow for School for Continuing Studies
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Denise Keyes is the founder of Georgetown’s Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC) and its executive director. In this role, she developed and taught the first signature cause consulting class in 2007, which served as the catalyst for the launch of the Center the following year. Denise pioneered the Center’s approach to applied research by forging numerous industry partnerships, and securing funding from corporations and foundations.  During this time, she also served as the Senior Associate Dean of Georgetown University’s Division of Professional Communications and founded four masters programs, and as well as CSIC over more than a decade. She currently divides her time at Georgetown between CSIC, and the Institute for Transformational Leadership as their executive director.

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Kathy Kretman, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Director, Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership
CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for Nonprofit Leadership
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Kathy Kretman is the Director at Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. She also serves as Research Professor for the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, where she teaches public leadership. As an affiliate faculty member of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s National Service Leadership Institute, Dr. Kretman provided executive training to AmeriCorps and VISTA directors around the country. She also served on the faculty of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, where she taught courses in public leadership, contemporary issues in American politics, and women and politics. As a Program Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, Dr. Kretman managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of grants to national and community-based nonprofit organizations, universities and school districts.

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Matthew Pavesich, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Director, University Writing Program
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Public Rhetoric
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Matthew Pavesich joined Georgetown’s faculty in 2011. His publications are in the areas of public and material rhetorics, composition pedagogy, and writing program administration. His current projects include DC/Adapters, a digital archive of folk uses of the District of Columbia flag, which exposes specific tensions around gentrification and displacement in Washington, D.C.; From Postpedaogy to Design Pedagogy, a multimedia ethnography of teaching methods in architecture, urban planning, engineering, and related fields; and Anything but Basic, a justice-based critique of American universities’ “basic” writing programs. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Basic Writing since 2013. Pavesich’s teaching spans undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, rhetoric, and design, including classes in Georgetown’s Community Scholars Program, a program for first-generation college students. He holds a Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2009).

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Amanda Phillips, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English
CSJ Faculty Fellow for the Digital Humanities
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Amanda Phillips is Assistant Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at Georgetown University. She serves as co-chair of the American Studies Association Digital Humanities Caucus and is the co-editor of the Game Studies journal special issue on Queerness and Video Games. Her publications can be found in Debates in the Digital Humanities, Queer Game Studies, Games and Culture, and Digital Creativity.

Myriam Vuckovic
Myriam Vuckovic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Educator Track
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Humanitarian Assistance
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Myriam Vuckovic comes to Georgetown University after a number of years working in the international health sector. From 2001-2006, Prof. Vuckovic worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), in Germany. During that time she gained a great deal of experience in HIV and AIDS control, focusing on HIV mainstreaming and HIV&AIDS workplace programs in eastern and southern Africa. As a long-time member of the German delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), Prof. Vuckovic gained in-depth knowledge of international partnerships and policies in the field of HIV&AIDS, TB and malaria control. In 2006, she joined the Department of International Health as a faculty member, teaching “Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries”; “HIV/AIDS: Who will live? Who shall pay? What can be done?” and “International Health Internship II: International Organizations.”

From 2009-2012, Prof. Vuckovic joined the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Tanzania and spent three years as a Technical Advisor to the Tanzanian Government on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health issues. In August 2012, Prof. Vuckovic returned to Georgetown’s International Health Department once more and is currently teaching several of the department’s core courses: “Introduction to Global Health,” “Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries,””Global Health Promotion,” “Globalization & Health” and “Global Health Internship,” as well as an elective for undergraduate and graduate students on “Urbanization, Health & the Environment”. In addition, Prof. Vuckovic is serving as the Director of the undergraduate program in Global Health.

Sabrina Wesley-Nero
Sabrina Wesley-Nero, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Teaching 
Director, Program in Education, Inquiry and Justice
CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for Education, Inquiry and Justice
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Sabrina Wesley-Nero directs the undergraduate Program in Education, Inquiry and Justice (EDIJ) and is head of the Learning and Teaching Concentration(Georgetown’s first educator certification and preparation program) of the M.A. in Educational Transformation (MAET) program. Professor Wesley-Nero is a Georgetown (SFS’95) and Teach for America (Bay Area ’95) alumna with extensive experience in the field of education. She has taught in English as a Second Language, Spanish bilingual, Spanish immersion, and general education K-12 classrooms. Professor. Wesley-Nero served as Director of Curriculum for the New Teacher Project in New York. Upon completion of her Ph.D. in 2008 at George Mason University’s Graduate School of Education, she joined Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington, DC, and was instrumental in the development of their teacher certification curriculum and contributed to the organization’s chartering of the Inspired Teaching Public Charter School. At Georgetown, Professor Wesley-Nero teaches courses on urban education, educating the whole child, and culturally relevant approaches in education. Professor Wesley-Nero conducts research on the preparation of teachers of English learners, professional development of school leaders, and effective education of English learners.

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Jennifer Woolard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Georgetown College
CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for Georgetown College
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An associate professor of Psychology at Georgetown University, Jennifer L. Woolard obtained her Ph.D. in Developmental and Community Psychology from the University of Virginia. She has written on several aspects of adolescent development in the family and legal contexts, including juvenile delinquency, mental health, and intimate violence. Her current research with juvenile defendants addresses competence to stand trial, the attorney-client relationship, and the role of parents in adolescents’ legal decision making, among other topics. Dr. Woolard has also published on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, policy regarding female delinquency, mental health needs of juvenile delinquents, and the overlap between child maltreatment and spouse abuse. She has presented her research findings to a wide variety of academic, legal, and policy audiences and testifies as an expert in criminal hearings. 

If you are a Georgetown University faculty member interested in learning more about the CSJ Faculty Fellows program, please contact CSJ’s Executive Director, Dr. Andria Wisler