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CSDI Advisory Council Members

2019-2020 Council Members

CSDI Administrative Team
Ellen Cushman, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion (Chair of CSDI Initiatives Advisory Council)
Bobby F. Anderson, Administrative Assistant for CSSH Dean and Associate Deans
Genesis Barco-Medina, Ph.D. Student in Writing and Rhetoric
CSDI Council Members
Linnea M. Basu, Associate Co-Op Coordinator, Economics
Rod Brunson, Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Chair of Public Life and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Political Science
N. Fadeke Castor, Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies
Gabriel García, Undergraduate student in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and Communications
Tieanna Graphenreed, Ph.D. Student in Writing and Rhetoric
Adam Omar Hosein, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Janet-Louise Joseph, Administrative Officer of Political Science
Tiffany Joseph, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and International Affairs
Somy Kim, Associate Teaching Professor of English
Matt Lee, Teaching Professor of Human Services
Stefanie Rich, Administrative Officer, Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
Agata Rybalkiewicz, Academic Advisor for Political Science and Economics
Jan Wong, Academic Advisor for Political Science, Economics, and Human Services
Kathrin Zippel, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Ellen Cushman

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity, and Inclusion

Dean’s Professor of Civic Sustainability and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Ellen Cushman has served as a Cherokee Nation Sequoyah Commissioner and is a 2012 fellow of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program . With Mary Juzwik, she serves as Co-Editor of Research in the Teaching of English, the flagship research journal of the National Council of Teachers of English. A rhetoric and literacy scholar, her research focuses on the expressive tools people use in their everyday struggles for respect, change, and cultural perseverance and is informed by a Cherokee ethic of reciprocity. Her 2012 book, The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People’s Perseverance, is based on six years of ethnohistorical research with her tribe and explores the evolution and linguistic importance of the Cherokee writing system. Articles from this research demonstrate the importance of the Cherokee syllabary to ongoing language perseverance and decolonial projects and have been published in edited collections and Ethnohistory, Wicazo Sa Review, College English, and Written Communication. “Diversity and Inclusion are foundational to successful institutions and global societies."

Bobby F. Anderson

Administrative Assistant

Bobby F. Anderson Jr., Administrative Assistant, is responsible for managing the front desk, provides administrative support to the Dean and Associate Deans for various projects, manages space in Renaissance Park, and acts as a liaison with building and garage management. Bobby has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Cleary University in Ann Arbor, MI, and will begin to pursue his Master’s in Public Administration from Northeastern University in fall 2019. Previously, he worked for Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and recently worked in Northeastern as part of the PhD Network within the Office of the Provost.

Genesis Barco-Medina

Ph.D. Student in Writing and Rhetoric

Genesis Barco-Medina (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. student in the English Department in CSSH. Her work primarily focuses on Writing and Rhetoric with specializations in publics/counterpublic rhetoric, spatial theory, and critical-race studies. She is interested in how communities of Color create, preserve, and sustain space(s), how community epistemologies and communications are built, and how these communities continue to debunk canonical theories. Genesis received her MA in Composition and Rhetoric from Auburn University, and her BA in English Literature from Auburn University.

Linnea Basu

Associate Co-Op Coordinator, Economics

Since 2008, Linnea has taught and counseled hundreds of Economics students searching for their first, second and third Co-ops. She serves as the CSSH Co-op liaison to the Office of Global Services, and is an advisory member of DIVERSEcon in the Economics Department. Linnea received her MS in College Student and Development Counseling from Northeastern, and a BA in Government from Colby College.

Rod Brunson

Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Chair of Public Life and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Political Science

Rod K. Brunson is the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., Professor of Public Life in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University. He is also the Director of Graduate Mentoring and Diversity Initiatives in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. His research informs criminal justice policy and crime control practices. Brunson’s scholarship appears in the British Journal of Criminology, Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, City & Community, Evaluation Review, Urban Affairs Review, and the Journal of Research, Crime and Delinquency.

N. Fadeke Castor

Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies

Dr. N. Fadeke Castor (U. Chicago, Ph.D.) is a Black Feminist ethnographer and African diaspora Studies scholar. She teaches Afro-Atlantic religions, popular culture, Africana studies and social theory at Northeastern University and has previously held positions at Williams College, Duke University, and Texas A&M University. Fadeke’s research in Trinidad goes back almost twenty years with three continuous years supported by grants from Fulbright-Hays and Wenner-Gren. Her first book, Spiritual Citizenship: Transnational Pathways from Black Power to Ifá in Trinidad (Duke University Press 2017; winner of the 2018 Clifford Geertz Award for best book in Anthropology of Religion) argues that the Trinidad Ifá/Orisha religion emerges from black power as central to the development of decolonization practices and cultures in the post-colonial Caribbean.Her new project focuses on the interplay of the black radical tradition, social justice, and African spirituality as an example of spiritual citizenship in action.

Gabriel García

Undergraduate student in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and Communications

Gabriel García (they/them/theirs) is a Politics, Philosophy, and Economics fourth-year with a concentration in Public and Economic Policy who is double-majoring in Communication Studies, and minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Aside from their two-year Presidency of the Northeastern University Political Review (NUPR) magazine, they serve the university community as a Senior Resident Assistant for Leased Properties, as a student leader in the Philosophy & Religion Department, and through their various volunteer roles. Gabriel has done research with various departments across the University, spanning strategic philanthropy and pedagogy to online activism and bioethics. After graduation, they plan to pursue a career in public health and education policy.

Tieanna Graphenreed

Ph.D. Student in Writing and Rhetoric

Tieanna’s research aims to construct a rhetoric of citizenship, starting with rupturing and dismantling the inherent linkage of “citizenship” to nationality and race (that is, whiteness). Her doctoral research focuses primarily on sites of Black citizenship in the United States and offers insight into Black be/ing and living within and against the construct of American citizenship. In addition to serving as Metadata Lead for the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) housed here at Northeastern University under Nicole Aljoe and Elizabeth Dillon, some of Tieanna’s other ongoing projects include indexing and mapping the circulation and affect of the early 20th century African American children’s magazine The Brownies’ Book. Research areas: Citizenship | Rhetorics of Law | Spatial Rhetorics | Critical Race Theory | Archival Methods

Adam Omar Hosein

Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion

Adam Hosein works mainly in moral, political, and legal philosophy, with a special interest in areas of international concern and issues relating to race or gender. Before coming to Northeastern, he was an Associate Prof. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has held fellowships and visiting positions at Chicago Law, Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the Université Catholique de Louvain. He holds a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Merton College, Oxford and a PhD from MIT.

Janet-Louise Joseph

Administrative Officer of Political Science

Janet-Louise Joseph is currently Administrative Officer of Northeastern’s Department of Political Science. She holds an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Science from Roxbury Community College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Northestern University, and a Master of Science in Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, also from Northeastern. In 2013, Janet-Louise received the “Black Heritage Award” from the African American Institute. Before joining the Political Science Department in 1997, Janet-Louise served as Administrative Secretary in Northeastern’s College of Computer and Information Science for three years.

Tiffany Joseph

Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs

Tiffany Joseph is an associate professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. After receiving her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 2011, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University from 2011-2013. Tiffany was assistant professor of sociology at Stony Brook University from 2013-2018. Her research explores the micro-level consequences of public policy on individuals, immigrants’ health and healthcare access, comparative frameworks of race and migration in the Americas, and the experiences of faculty of color and women in academia.

Somy Kim

Associate Teaching Professor of English

Somy Kim is associate teaching professor in the Department of English Writing Program. She received her doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the cinemas of Iran and the Arab world. In her writing courses at Northeastern students examine cultural representations in art and media, exploring the intersections of politics and visual rhetoric. She has researched and worked in South Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. Dr. Kim’s particular research interests include cinema, visual culture, and writing studies. She comes to Northeastern from Boston University where she was awarded the 2016 Merlin Swartz award for faculty excellence in teaching and research on the Muslim world. Her work has been recognized by Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School, the American Institute for Iranian Studies, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Fulbright Foundation.

Matt Lee

Teaching Professor of Human Services

Matt Lee has taught courses in cross-cultural psychology, study abroad/ethnic identity and conflict (Romania, Germany, Poland, Croatia), intro to psychology, lifespan development, developmental psychology, Asian American identity, and psychology and literature. His research has examined campus climate and advocacy for diversity/inclusion in the classroom, and Asian American mental health as it relates to experiences of microaggressions that may be associated with phenotype or socialization.

Stefanie Rich

Administrative Officer, Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies

Stefanie Rich is currently Administrative Officer of Northeastern’s Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, which includes the Africana Studies and Asian Studies programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Boston University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Global Studies/International Relations at Northeastern University. Before joining Northeastern, she worked in a French non-profit that specialized in cultural programming and classes for adults and children. She is a passionate advocate of study abroad and international education.

Agata Rybalkiewicz

Academic Advisor

Agata Rybałkiewicz is currently a CSSH Academic Advisor for students in Political Science and Economics, and provides additional support for programming for CSSH Circle, a mentoring group for international students. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MEd in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Global Student Mobility at Northeastern University. Prior to joining Northeastern, she taught English abroad through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program for 2 years, an experience that inspired her to support students through a culturally responsive lens.

Jan Wong

Academic Advisor for Political Science, Economics, and Human Services

Jan holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. He currently serves as an academic advisor for Political Science, Economics, and Human Services. Prior to joining Northeastern, he served as an Area Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. His experience as a first-generation college student inspired him to pursue a career in higher education.

Kathrin Zippel

Associate Professor of Sociology

Kathrin Zippel has published on gender politics in the workplace, public and social policy, social movements, welfare states, and globalization in the United States and Europe. Her book The Politics of Sexual Harassment in the United States, the European Union and Germany (Cambridge University Press) won several awards. Her current research explores gender and global transformations of science and education. In her book, Women in Global Science: Advancing Careers Through International Collaboration (Stanford University Press), she argues that global science is the new frontier for women, providing both opportunities and challenges as gender shapes the dynamics and practices of international research. Zippel is a co-chair of the Social Exclusion and Inclusion Seminar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and was a residential fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program J.F. Kennedy School. She served as co-PI of Northeastern’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant.