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CSDI Former Council Members

Moya Bailey, Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
José Buscaglia, Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, Director of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures, and Associate Director for the American and the Caribbean at the Global Resilience Institute
Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel, Undergraduate Student of Human Services
Michaela (Kinlock) Modica, Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Engagement & Academic Advisor
Élika Ortega, Assistant Professor of Humanities at The University of Colorado Boulder, (Former) Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies
Justin Repici, Coordinator of International Student Programs & Academic Advisor
Ahsen Utku, Ph.D. Student in Political Science
Sali Ziane, Teaching Professor of French
Shiqin (Shirley) Liu, Ph.D. Student in Public Policy
Mai’a Cross, Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, and Director of Graduate Studies
Stuti Subbaiah Kokkalera, Ph.D. Student in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Lisa Worsh, Senior Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator in Sociology, Anthropology, and Human Services
Jonathan Osborne, Ph.D. Candidate in English
Gregory Palermo, Ph.D. Student in English
Christopher Osborne, Undergraduate Student of Environmental Studies and Philosophy
Nicole Aljoe, Director of Africana Studies Program, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies
Ben Flickner, Administrative Officer of Philosophy and Religion
Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh, Ph.D. Candidate in Law and Public Policy
Akiera Gilbert, Undergraduate Student in Human Services
Alex Hatter, Undergraduate Student in International Affairs
Shakir Mustafa, Teaching Professor of Arabic in the World Languages Center
Melissa Newton, Administrative Associate to Dir, EADP Emerson College, (Former) Administrative Assistant in the Dean’s Office
Eric Winter, Co-Op Coordinator in Political Science


Nicole Aljoe

Director of Africana Studies Program, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies

Nicole Aljoe specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Black Atlantic Literature, the Slave Narrative, Postcolonial Studies, and eighteenth-century British Novel. Her recent publications include “Caribbean Slave Narratives” in The Oxford Handbook of African American Slave Narratives.


Moya Bailey

Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Moya Bailey is a scholar of critical race, feminist, and disability studies. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.

José Buscaglia

Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, Director of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures, and Associate Director for the American and the Caribbean at the Global Resilience Institute

José Buscaglia is a philosopher, scholar, university administrator, public intellectual and consultant. His work is deeply trans-disciplinary, dealing primarily with the history of ideas, ideologies and aesthetics, public space and the body, iconography and the imaginary in the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States, the Atlantic World and Europe.


Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel

Undergraduate Student of Human Services

Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel is a fifth year Human Services Major with a concentration in Family and Children Services. Thalia completed her first co-op working part-time at Philanthropy New York in Times Square and part-time at the United Nations in the Human Rights Department. Later that Fall Thalia served as an e-Intern through the U.S. Department of State working for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She has completed traditional study abroad in Madrid, Spain, a dialogue in Berlin, Germany with a focus on Islam, Gender and Sexuality and has participated in the Alternative Spring Break Program at Northeastern in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Jinotega, Nicaragua. Her focus is at the intersection of education and social justice.

Mai'a Cross

Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Director of Graduate Studies

Mai’a Cross researches European politics, especially in the areas of foreign and security policy, epistemic communities, crises, diplomacy, and public diplomacy. She holds a PhD in politics from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University. She is the author of three books: The Politics of Crisis in Europe (Cambridge University Press, in press), Security Integration in Europe: How Knowledge-based Networks are Transforming the European Union (University of Michigan Press, 2011), and The European Diplomatic Corps: Diplomats and International Cooperation from Westphalia to Maastricht (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Her second book was the 2012 winner of the Best Book Prize from the University Association of Contemporary European Studies.


Ben Flickner

Administrative Officer in Philosophy and Religion

Ben Flickner was a cherished member of Northeastern’s staff. Ben first came to Northeastern University in the Law School's Dean's Office and Academic and Student Affairs Office in 2008. He joined the Department of Philosophy and Religion in 2012. Ben graduated from Northeastern with a B.S. in Psychology, and he held an A.S. in Business Administration. Ben reinforced the broader mission of the college with his significant contributions to the creation of the CSSH Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. As member of the council, he created its website and supported the organization of events related to diversity and inclusion. Ben’s contributions to the council took many forms, and especially important was his willingness to share experiences and insights as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. He passed away in September 2018.


Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh

Ph.D. Candidate in Law & Public Policy

Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh is a PhD candidate in the School of Law and Public Policy in CSSH. Her research interests include health policy and social policy. Her dissertation work looks at the influence of social policies on family planning decisions. Currently the President of the Graduate Student Government her passion lies in bettering the holistic experience of graduate students by acknowledging their intersectional identities and diverse lives outside of the university. Rini is Indo-Canadian and is an alumnus of the University of Toronto. She lives in Malden with her husband, infant daughter, and dog.

Akiera Gilbert

Undergraduate Student in Human Services

Akiera Gilbert is a fourth-year Human Services major with a concentration in Public Health and a minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship. As a member of the University Scholars program, Akiera has had the honor to receive a research grant to study drug trafficking laws in Mexico alongside a professor at the Northeastern School of Law. This past summer she traveled on a Dialogue to Cape Town, South Africa to study social entrepreneurship and act as a consultant to a micro-entrepreneur. After, Akiera conducted research in Nairobi, Kenya to evaluate the effectiveness of a sexual gender-based violence tool implemented at a grassroots non-profit organization to assist survivors of domestic or sexual assault.


Alex Hatter

Undergraduate Student in International Affairs

Alexander Hatter is a third-year undergraduate student within the College of Social Studies and Humanities, pursuing his BA in International Affairs, with a concentration in the Middle East, along with minors in International Security Studies, Economics, and Russian. Alexander spent this past summer studying in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at the State University of Economics and is currently abroad on co-op with the U.S. Department of State. On campus, Alexander serves on this Council as well as the Student Advisory Council of CSSH.


Stuti Subbaiah Kokkalera

Doctoral Student in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy

Stuti has an integrated degree in arts and laws [B.A, LL.B (Hons.)] from Gujarat National Law University in India, and is licensed to practice there. She also has a Master’s of Laws (LLM) degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the doctoral program, Stuti was the co-lead researcher for a project undertaken by the Center for Women and the Law at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. She has also worked as a researcher for a non-profit in the DC area, as a graduate research assistant at Georgetown Law and as a consultant-researcher. Her area of specialization in criminological research is juvenile justice policies and their implementation.


Shiqin (Shirley) Liu

Ph.D. Student in Public Policy

Shiqin (Shirley) Liu is a Ph.D. student in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in CSSH. Her primary research interests focus on regional economic analysis, creative and cultural entrepreneurship, and economic mobility in cities. Shirley's studies evaluate the effectiveness of local development policy and explore resources to promote economic opportunity and equity in cities. She received her MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, and BA in Urban Studies at the Cleveland State University joined Public Administration at the South China University of Technology.


Michaela (Kinlock) Modica, MEd

Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Engagement and Academic Advisor

Michaela has been with Northeastern University since 2015 as an academic advisor for multiple departments within CSSH. In her role as the Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Engagement, she is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing programs to more fully engage CSSH undergraduates in the life and culture of the college. In addition, she works with student groups to brainstorm ways to develop more robust opportunities for leadership in the College. Currently, she advises for the American Sign Language, Economics, English, and Spanish programs within CSSH, and teaches introductory seminars for first-semester CSSH students, and undeclared students in the NU Explore program. She also coordinates and oversees the CSSH Student Advisory Council and CSSH Peer Mentors, and maintains the Students of CSSH Instagram page. Michaela received her BA in Psychology from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her EdM in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Shakir Mustafa

Teaching Professor of Arabic in the World Languages Center

Shakir Mustafa grew up in Iraq and taught at Mosul University in Northern Iraq for eleven years. He then taught at Indiana University and Boston University from 1999 to 2008. His most recent book is Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology (Syracuse, 2008; AUC 2009). His other publications are in the areas of literary translation, Irish drama, and Jewish American fiction. Invited speaker at universities around the country, he also regularly speaks on topics concerning Arab and Muslim cultures and politics (e.g. NPR, NECN, FOX News, and BBC).


Melissa Newton

Administrative Associate of Dir, EADP Emerson College, (Former Administrative Assistant in the Dean's Office

Melissa is a Northeastern 2011 graduate with a BA in cultural anthropology and a minor in East Asian studies. Melissa has lived and worked in Japan for over 2 years. She is currently in a graduate program at Lesley University studying international higher education and intercultural relations.


Élika Ortega

Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Colorado Boulder, Former Assistant Professor

Élika Ortega is a literary and media scholar and a digital humanist. Her work focuses on the intersection of literature, print-digital culture, and global exchanges in the 21st Century. She writes about digital literature, media, materiality, reading practices, global networks, digital humanities, and multilingualism.

Christopher Osborne

Undergraduate Student of Environmental Studies and Philosophy

Christopher is a third-year undergraduate student in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, currently pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies and Philosophy, as well as minors in Political Science, Anthropology, and Global Social Entrepreneurship. Christopher is a member of Cherokee Nation and has done higher education promotion for Native students with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. He recently went on Co-op in Kathmandu, Nepal working as a research intern for the Centre for Microfinance, Nepal, focusing on social impact research.

Jonathan Osborne

Doctoral Candidate in Department of English

Jonathan Osborne's research interests include modern/postmodern rhetorical theory, comparative rhetorical theory, Black conservative rhetoric, critical race theory, Anglophone and African American literature. He received a B.A. and M.A. in English from Tulane University. Before coming to Northeastern, he worked in Multicultural Affairs at the University of New England, where one of his many duties included creating and facilitating workshops to increase student’s cultural competency around issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class.


Gregory Palermo

Ph.D. Student in English

Gregory Palermo is a Ph.D. student in English, pursing a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities and specializing in critical digital rhetoric. His research focuses on how citation and the digital methods used to study them are tools for epistemic boundary work that, if performed ethically, can help transform the academy to be more inclusive. He received his B.A. in English and physics from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, where he served on curriculum committees for general education and the college’s interdisciplinary Edgar Fellows Program.


Justin Repici

Coordinator of International Student Programs & Academic Advisor

Justin Repici is an advisor, program coordinator, instructor, traveler and information seeker. Justin is an academic advisor for Asian Studies and Economics, as well as a developer and facilitator of programs such as CSSH Circle – an international student peer mentoring group. He is a frequent traveler seeking cultural exchanges and new cuisines to try. Justin received his B.S. in Psychology from Pepperdine University in California and is a double Husky having completed an M.B.A and an M.S. in Global Studies. His research included Colombia’s tourism and higher education accessibility in China. In his free time he enjoys playing ultimate disc, canoeing and hiking with his Labrador.


Ashen Utku

Doctoral Student in Political Science

Ahsen Utku is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in Comparative Politics and Public Policy. She has a background in conflict resolution, forced displacement, identity building and ethno-religious conflicts, democratization and policy-making concerning humanitarian crises. Ahsen received her Bachelor’s Degree from Political Science and Public Administration at Marmara University, and her first Master’s Degree from International Relations at Marmara University in Turkey. After she worked as a freelance journalist in Turkey for several years, she completed a joint degree Master’s at Harvard Divinity School and the Fletcher School at Tufts University.


Lisa Worsh

Senior Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator in Sociology, Anthropology, and Human Services

Lisa has a BA in Sociology and an MEd in Counseling. She previously worked in Student Activities at many universities, and has been at NU since 2003 as a co-op faculty member. She focuses on leadership development, empowering students, capacity building, civic engagement, and helping us all be a part of positive social change.

Eric Winter

Co-Op Coordinator in Political Science

Eric holds a BA in English, an MS in College Counseling and Student Development, and an MS in Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Communication. He’s worked in academic advising, career counseling, and service-learning. In his current role, he is an academic advisor for the college and also coordinators programs and projects focused on building community and connecting undergraduate students with peers, faculty, and staff as well as with curricular and co-curricular opportunities.


Sali Ziane

Teaching Professor of French

Sali Ziane earned a master’s degree in linguistics in 1994. She then was awarded a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1999 in Paris, France. Her thesis focuses on the study of medical terminology. Dr. Ziane has received many certificates in France and England in both linguistics and didactics. Her book, Dictionnaire de vulgarisation en gynécologie-obstétrique, about the vulgarization of medical terminology in obstetrics and gynecology, targets a public with little knowledge of the medical field. Before joining the World Languages Center at Northeastern University, she taught intermediate and advanced levels of French at Tufts University. She has extensive experience teaching French at all levels as well as translating technical English into French in medicine and computer science. She has taught in France, North Africa, England, and the United States. Dr. Ziane's teaching philosophy is to ensure that the French language is communicated via conversations, multi-media tools, and dialogues in order to make her students more comfortable with assimilation, to develop their self-learning ability, and to prepare them for advanced levels of French.