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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)
Genesis Barco-Medina, Ph.D. Student in Writing and Rhetoric
CSDI Council Members
Linnea M. Basu, Associate Co-Op Coordinator, Economics
Adam Omar Hosein, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Tiffany Joseph, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and International Affairs
Janet-Louise Joseph, Administrative Officer of Political Science
Matt Lee, Teaching Professor of Human Services
Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor of Sociology
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
Agata Rybalkiewicz, Academic Advisor
Jan Wong, Academic Advisor for Political Science, Economics, and Human Services
Gabriel García, Undergraduate student in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and Communications
Tieanna Graphenreed, Ph.D. Student in Writing and Rhetoric
Somy Kim, Associate Teaching Professor of English
Stefanie Rich, Administrative Officer, Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
N. Fadeke Castor – Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Agata Rybalkiewicz

Academic Advisor

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.

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

Somy Kim

Associate Teaching Professor of English

Stefanie Rich

Administrative Officer, Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies

N. Fadeke Castor

Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies