Photograph of Randall AmsterRandall Amster, J.D., Ph.D.

Teaching Professor and Co-Director, Program on Justice and Peace
CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for Peace and Justice
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Randall Amster publishes widely in areas including peace, justice, homelessness, social movements, and political theory. He serves as the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and is the editor of the news and commentary portal, New Clear Vision. He regularly contributes to online publications including Truthout, Common Dreams, and the Huffington Post. Among his recent books are Anarchism Today (Praeger, 2012) and Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB Scholarly, 2008), as well as the co-edited volumes Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009) and Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy (Routledge, 2009).

Photograph of Laura AnderkoLaura 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.

Photograph of Elham Atashi, Ph.D.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.

Photograph of Robert BiesRobert 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.

Photograph of Jennifer BoueyJennifer Bouey, PH.D., MPH, M.B.B.S

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.

Photograph of Elżbieta M. GoździakElżbieta 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.

Photograph of Maurice JacksonMaurice Jackson, Ph.D.

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.

Photograph of Reverend Raymond KempReverend 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.

Photograph of Denise KeyesDenise Keyes, MPS

Senior Associate Dean, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
CSJ Senior Faculty Fellow for Social Impact Communications

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Denise Keyes is the Senior Associate Dean of Georgetown University’s Division of Professional Communication, leading the professional master’s programs in Journalism and Public Relations and Corporate Communications at the School for Continuing Studies. She founded the university’s graduate program in Public Relations and Corporate Communications in 2007, and has been responsible for its tremendous growth and continuing recognition within the industry. During her tenure at Georgetown, Professor Keyes also founded and serves as executive director of the Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), the nation’s only academic initiative of its kind, educating and inspiring communications professionals who lead the way in creating positive social impact through their work. She is a frequent speaker at global conferences on branding and cause marketing, and continues to serve as a consultant and trusted advisor for foundations and nonprofit organizations looking to build innovative fundraising strategies and strengthen their communications with stakeholders.

Photograph of Kathy Kretman, Ph.D.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.

Photography of Sylvia W. Önder, Ph.D.Sylvia W. Önder, Ph.D.

Teaching Professor, Arabic and Islamic Studies and Anthropology
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Global Youth Activism

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Dr. Sylvia Wing Önder has been teaching Turkish Language and Culture at Georgetown since 1998. She has taught a range of classes in Turkish Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Central Asian Cultures, and seminars for the School of Foreign Service's Culture and Politics major. She has been offering a course in Medical Anthropology since 2009. Other courses include: "Europe and Islam: Orientalist Fantasies and Turkish Realities" "Anthropology and Islam" "Anthropology of Youth Cultures" "Cultures and Identities" (a collaborative course with Gallaudet University exploring Deaf Culture), and, starting in the Spring of 2015 "Culture and Disability". Dr. Önder's research is primarily ethnographic, including long term stays in a Turkish Black Sea village to study women's lives and traditional healing practices. Her ethnography We Have No Microbes Here: Healing Practices in a Turkish Black Sea Village (CAP 2007), examines the crucial role that women play in maintaining family health by dynamically combining traditional and clinical medical practices. Her current research interests include political cartoons, popular music videos, and political and artistic expressions of Turkish youth groups in Turkey and in Germany, and social constructions of disability. Dr. Önder volunteers at the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, at the family shelter in the closed D.C. General Hospital. She has been involved in CNDLS Doyle and Engelhard programs to bring issues of diversity and student well-being into her classroom, and is a member of the Disability Studies Working Group. She is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology.

Photograph of Matthew PavesichMatthew 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.

Photography of Libbie Rifkin, Ph.D.Libbie Rifkin, Ph.D.

Teaching Professor, English
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Disability Initiatives

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Libbie Rifkin works at the intersection of disability studies and modern and contemporary poetry. She is currently at work on a book length project exploring the poetics of dependency and the labor of care. Her most recent book is the co-edited collection, Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry (Iowa, 2013). In addition to teaching courses at all levels the curriculum in English and the Writing Program, Professor Rifkin coordinates the Disability Studies Initiative, a multi-school effort to advance Disability Studies as a scholarly enterprise and a social justice intervention. Led by a team of faculty from fields as diverse as Bioethics, Anthropology, English, Theater, and Performance Studies, Medical Education, and Theology, the Initiative offers a series of linked courses—the Disability Studies Course Cluster—on disability-related issues. Students enrolled in these courses participate in workshops with leading scholars, performers, and activists. Community based learning is a critical aspect of Disability Studies pedagogy and Professor Rifkin is working closely with the CSJ to integrate it into the Cluster.

Photography of Lahra Smith, Ph.D.Lahra Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service
CSJ Faculty Fellow for African Migration

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Lahra Smith is a Political Scientist with a particular interest in African politics. Her recent research addresses questions of equality and citizenship in contemporary Africa. Her book, Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender and National Identity in Ethiopia, focuses on language policy and ethnic and gender identity claims in Ethiopia. Professor Smith’s current research interests include civic and social studies education programs in Kenya and refugees and migration issues in East Africa and the greater Horn of Africa region. She has lived and worked in Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Djibouti, and has led student programs in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. She has also taught for the online diploma program for refugees through JC:HEM- Higher Education at the Margins and is interested in ways to foster student learning in the both the Washington, DC and global communities. Her work is highlighted in the article "Wealthier nations can learn from how tiny Djibouti welcomes refugees."

Sabrina Wesley-Nero, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Teaching

Director, Program in 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.

Prof. 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. Prof. Wesley-Nero served as Director of Curriculum for the New Teacher Project in New York. Upon completion of her PhD 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.

Photograph of Jennifer WoolardJennifer Woolard, Ph.D.

Associate Professorof 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