Faculty Fellows

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D.

Teaching Professor and Co-Director, Program on Justice and Peace
CSJ 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).

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 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.

Elham Atashi, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor and Co-Director, Program on Justice and Peace 
CSJ 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.

Robert Bies, Ph.D. 

Professor, McDonough School of Business
CSJ 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.

Denise Brennan, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Anthropology
CSJ Faculty Fellow
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Denise Brennan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Georgetown University. She is anthropologist who writes about migration, trafficking, and labor. Her most recent book, Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States follows the lives of survivors of trafficking to the United States. Professor Brennan is also the author of What’s Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic and is currently conducting field research for a book on how families cope with detention and deportation, Shattering Lives: Detention, Deportation and the Assault on Immigrants in the United States. Professor. Brennan’s research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Henry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the American Association for University Women, and the Fulbright Program. Long involved in workers’ rights and migrants’ rights, Professor Brennan is an Advisor to the Best Practices Policy Project, and has been a board member of Different Avenues, and HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive), organizations that protect the rights of people who engage in commercial sex. She also founded the Survivor Leadership Training Fund (SLTF) to provide support for trafficking survivor-advocates. All royalties from Life Interrupted will be donated to the SLTF.

Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, Georgetown College
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Racial and Economic Justice
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Dr. Marcia Chatelain, previously on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma's Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College, researches a wide array of issues in African-American history. Dr. Chatelain writes and teaches about African-American migration, women's and girls' history, and race and food. Dr. Chatelain has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and the University of Missouri's Student Affairs division. Dr. Chatelain is a member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020, a 2000 Harry S. Truman Scholar, an alumna and honoree of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, and a 2011 German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Fellow. In 2012, Dr. Chatelain was awarded an American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined) and a Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her second book, which examines the relationship between communities of color and fast food, has received grants from the Duke University Libraries and the Frances E. Summersell Center for the Study of the South at the University of Alabama. In 2014, Dr. Chatelain created #fergusonsyllabus to encourage educators to discuss the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.  She hosts a weekly podcast during the school year called, “Office Hours: A Podcast.”

Maurice 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.

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.

Denise Keyes, MPS

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

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.

John Kraemer, J.D., MPH

CSJ Faculty Fellow for Health and Social Justice Initiatives
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John Kraemer is an assistant professor in Georgetown University's Department of Health Systems Administration, and he is also affiliated with the university's O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and African Studies Program. Trained in both public health and the law, his work focuses on the improvement of public health policy through evidence-based and normative approaches, including women’s and children’s health in sub-Saharan Africa, road safety for vulnerable road users, and constitutional public health law. His current and past projects include work with the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative against women's cancers, the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria, and Last Mile Health. At Georgetown, John teaches undergraduate and graduate epidemiology. He also teaches a comparative course on social and political dimensions of the HIV/AIDS response in the US and sub-Saharan Africa and a course on the intersection of democracy, rights, and health. 

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.


Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Performing Arts
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Arts and Social Change
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Professor Lynskey joined the faculty in 2003. She teaches acting, dialects, and serves as the Artistic Advisor to Co-Curricular Theatre. She holds a B.A. from McGill University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Dedicated to new play development, Lynskey has spent 15 years as part of artistic initiatives which foster new work including: The Kennedy Center’s New/Visions/New Voices, KC Young Playwrights’ Workshop, ACTF, Millenium Stage and the Page to Stage Festival; Center Stage’s First Look Series; five years with the downstairs series at the Old Vat, at Arena Stage; and at GU, Lynskey serves as Faculty Advisor for the Donn B. Murphy One Acts Festival and Co-Producer of Heart of the Harvey. Lynskey fosters new plays onstage as well, including performances in World,US, and DC premieres. Recent productions include: Naomi Iizuka’s Citizen 13559, Lanford Wilson’s Book Of Days, Morris Panych’s Girl in The Goldfishbowl, the regional premiere of Lisa Kron’s Well and the world premiere adaptation of Sophie Treadwell’s Intimations for Saxaphone developed with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. Lynskey serves nationally on the Task Force for Theatre as Social Change and The Association For Theatre in Higher Education’s Actor Training Focus Group. This summer, she was also appointed to serve on the Artistic Advisory Board of Imagination Stage. Her work as an Arts-In-Education Consultant with the Educational Testing Service in Princeton helped to develop National Guidelines for aptitude assessment in Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, and Dance (Grades 4, 8, and 12) for NAEP: “The Nation’s Report Card”, an effort to solidify the inclusion of these subjects in the curriculum of our public schools.

Lynskey is a working professional actor. She performs regularly at area theaters including The Kennedy Center, Center Stage, Round House, The Studio Theater, Signature Theater, and Arena Stage (where she is an Affiliated Artist). Her radio/voicework has been featured on NPR, PBS and the CBC. (She is also known to turn up in roles in film and on television.) Lynskey is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and (SAG) the Screen Actors’ Guild. Lynskey has received special recognition in the Washington Post, the Washington Times, Washington Theater Review Magazine, and American Theatre Magazine. Her work as an actor has also garnered a Helen Hayes nomination, the Art and New Media Award, and two Artist Fellowship Awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her areas of research and interest include: acting pedagogy and practice, new play development, gender and comedy, ethnography, devised performance, and the reinvention of radiotheatre in a new media context.

Brian McCabe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sociology
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Urban Studies
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Brian J. McCabe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. An alumnus of Georgetown, Professor McCabe graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 2002. He completed a Masters degree in urban geography at the London School of Economics (2004) and a PhD in the Sociology Department at New York University (2011). Through his scholarship and teaching, Professor McCabe investigates the structures that contribute to social inequality, especially in American cities. His research offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cities, combining his training in sociology, geography and public policy to investigate housing policy and other urban issues. His first book, No Place Like Home: Community, Wealth and the Politics of Homeownership, explores the ways that American homeowners engage in their communities to protect their most important investment - their homes.  At Georgetown, Professor McCabe teaches courses on urban studies, neighborhood inequalities and quantitative methods for social research, including The City: Approaches to Urban Studies (SOC-209), Neighborhoods, Poverty & Inequality in Washington, DC (SOC-221), Gentrification, Justice & the Future of Cities (SOC-222) and Statistics for Social Research (SOC-203). He is also an adjunct instructor in the Regional and Urban Planning program at the School of Continuing Studies. He has worked with undergraduate students as a thesis mentor in the American Studies, Justice and Peace Studies, and the Culture and Politics programs, and advised several research projects through the Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP).

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.

Ricardo Oritz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, English
CSJ Faculty Fellow for the Humanities
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Ricardo L. Ortiz, Chair of Georgetown University's Department of English, is an Associate Professor of US Latino Literature and Culture. He served as Director of Graduate Studies from July 2008 to July 2014. While Professor Ortiz specializes in U.S. Latino/a Literatures and Cultures, he is also interested in teaching and research in hemispheric, transnational "Américas" Studies, critical and cultural theory, cultural studies, intellectual history, race, gender and queer theory, political theory, and popular culture. Professor Ortiz earned his M.A. and Ph.D. (in 1987 and 1992, respectively) from the University of California Los Angeles, and his B.A. in English and Economics from Stanford University (in 1983). And before coming to Georgetown in 1998 he held tenure track positions at San Jose State University and Dartmouth College. Professor Ortiz was born in Cuba in 1961 and left with his family in 1966; he grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, CA, graduating in 1979.

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.

Christine Schiwietz, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Foreign Service in Qatar 
CSJ Faculty Fellow for Global Engagement
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Dean Schiwietz oversees the major in International Economics and the Certificate in American Studies.  Her areas of interest include: Sociology, New Technologies, Gender, Peace and International Development.  As a Doyle and Engelhard Faculty Fellow she encouraged students to relate academic material to their lives outside the classroom and integrated curricular components of diversity, international awareness and wellness. Dean Schiwietz is an active proponent of community-based learning and research as a means for students to enhance their intellectual engagement on social justice beyond her classroom which actualizes sociological course concepts from “theory” to “praxis”. She is excited to amplify global engagement and grow a global CBL framework at the Georgetown campus in Qatar. She has addressed the United Nations Women’s Guild on the topic of “The European Union’s Gender Equality Initiative” and at the 53rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on "The Role of the Family in Building Social and Economic Security for Humanity." She has spoken widely about the impact of emerging technologies on society as it relates to privacy, government regulations, social change, and reputations and has been quoted in a variety of national and international publications, including: The New York Times, Harvard Political Review, NPR, Le Monde, and Die Welt. Dr. Schiwietz is also an accomplished film director. She wrote and directed Sacred Mount Athos - Treasures from the Byzantine Millennium which received the prestigious Telly Award. She possesses fluency in five languages: German, French, Greek, Italian, and English.

Lahra Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service
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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."

Jennifer Woolard, Ph.D.

Associate Professorof Psychology, Georgetown College
CSJ 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