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Meet the New CSSH Faculty for 2017-18

Dean Uta Poiger is pleased to welcome the 13 new full-time faculty members to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities for the 2017-18 academic year.

Dean Uta Poiger is pleased to welcome the following 13 new full-time faculty members to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities for the 2017-18 academic year:

Christina Agostinelli-Fucile

Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish

Christina Agostinelli-Fucile’s passion for teaching goes hand-in-hand with her specialty in second language acquisition and pedagogy. Her research in the acquisition of pronunciation and dialectal variation seeks to offer language instructors practical approaches to prepare students for interacting with a variety of native speakers outside the classroom. Agostinelli-Fucile’s interests also include standards-based language proficiency assessment and curricular development. In addition to serving as assessment coordinator for the language program at SUNY Geneseo, she has given several workshops at conferences such as ACTFL and AATSP which focused on innovating oral language assessment through the use of free recording technologies. She also has experience in curricular mapping and course development. Some of her previously designed courses include Spanish language courses like “Advanced Oral Communication” and Spanish linguistics courses such as “Phonology & Dialectology,” “Bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking World,” and “Spanish in the U.S.”

Sari Altschuler

Assistant Professor of English
Associate Director of the Humanities Center

Sari Altschuler’s research focuses primarily on American literature and culture before 1865, literature and medicine, disability studies, and the health humanities, broadly understood. Her book The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States is scheduled for publication in February 2018 with the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her work has appeared in leading journals, including Early American Literature, American Literature, American Literary History, PMLA, and the Lancet, and she serves on the advisory board of American Quarterly. She won the Society for the Historians of the Early American Republic Dissertation Prize and the Society of Early Americanists Essay Prize. She is also the recipient of prizes and fellowships, including long-term awards from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She was an assistant professor of English and core faculty member of the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University before joining the Northeastern faculty.

Shalanda Baker

Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Shalanda H. Baker is an affiliate faculty member in Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute, and she teaches courses at the School of Law and in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Baker was awarded a 2016-17 Fulbright-García Robles grant to explore Mexico’s energy reform, climate change, and indigenous rights. Before joining Northeastern’s faculty, Baker spent three years as an associate professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i, where she was the founding director of the Energy Justice Program. Prior to that, she served on the faculty at University of San Francisco School of Law. Baker holds a bachelor of science degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy, a juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LLM from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where she also served as a William H. Hastie Fellow.

Emily Clough

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Emily R. Clough is on a professional leave in 2017-18 to be in residence at Stanford University, where she is doing a postdoctoral fellowship in political science at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She studies comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a regional focus on India. Her research and teaching interests focus on public service delivery, state capacity and government performance, civil society, democracy and political accountability, education, bureaucratic behavior and corruption, inequality and distributive politics, the ethics and politics of global philanthropy, and multi-method research design. Past research has focused on food politics, private governance and the ethical certification of global supply chains. Her first book project examines the impact of NGOs on state service provision in India, focusing especially on the education sector. She holds a PhD in government from Harvard University (2017). Between college and graduate school, she spent five years working for the non-profit and social enterprise sectors in the fields of international development, Fair Trade, and conflict resolution.

Dan Cohen

Dean of Libraries; Vice Provost for Information Collaboration; Professor of History

Dan Cohen’s work has focused on the impact of digital media and technology on all aspects of knowledge and learning, from the nature of libraries and their evolving resources, to twenty-first century research techniques and software tools, to the changing landscape of communication and publication. He has directed major initiatives that have helped to shape that future. Prior to his tenure at Northeastern, he was the founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America, which brought together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and made them freely available to the world. Through a partnership with President Obama and other nonprofits and publishers, DPLA also distributed thousands of award-winning ebooks for free to millions of in-need children. Before DPLA, Cohen was a professor of history in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. There he oversaw projects ranging from PressForward to the September 11 Digital Archive to the popular Zotero research tool. Cohen received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, a master’s from Harvard, and his doctorate from Yale.

Francis Georges, Jr.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Economics

Frank Georges has research interests in applied microeconomics, econometrics, labor economics and industrial organization. He has written about diverse topics that involve both data and theory. One of his papers explores the effect that incarceration may have on worker disability insurance applications after prisoners are released from jail and try to transition back into the working world. Another paper written by Georges considers the practice of “bundling” where a monopolist manufacturer forces retailers to buy a set of goods together. He showed that while this practice can improve the manufacturer’s profit, it can also occasionally improve the profits of certain retailers while reducing the profits of others.

Adam Hosein

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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 associate professor 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 B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Merton College, Oxford and a Ph.D. from MIT.

Eunsong Kim

Assistant Professor of English

Eunsong Kim completed her Ph.D. at UC San Diego. Her dissertation, titled “Property & Appropriation in Modern Aesthetics,” examines the relationships between modernist literature and art, race, and property. Kim co-founded and co-runs the arts forum, contemporary, a magazine supported by the Andy Warhol Art Writers Grant Program, which is dedicated to featuring, interviewing and archiving artists of color. For her work bridging the conversation between contemporary art and politics, she received the 2016 Poynter Fellowship in journalism at Yale University. Her poetry has appeared in the Brooklyn Magazine, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, West Branch, and others. Her first book of poetry, Gospel of Regicide, was published by Noemi Press in 2017.

Theodore Landsmark

Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs;
Director of Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Theodore C. Landsmark brings with him to Northeastern an outstanding record as an activist educator focused on urban design and diverse cultures. He is President Emeritus of the Boston Architectural College, where he worked from 1997 to 2014, and he has also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs of the American College of the Building Arts, in Charleston, S.C. He has served as a trustee or board member for several organizations, including the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Design Futures Council, American Architectural Foundation, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Landsmark is past president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has been named among the Most Respected Design Educators in the United States. Holding a Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University and J.D., master’s and B.A. degrees from Yale University, Landsmark has established himself as an innovative leader with a passion for public service.

Jun Ma

Associate Professor of Economics

Jun Ma’s primary research areas are macroeconomics and international finance, financial economics, applied time series econometrics, and Chinese economy. He has published articles on journals such as Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. He is an elected member of the executive committee and treasurer of the Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics. Previously he was president of the Chinese Economists Society, consultant to Barclays Investment Bank, and held visiting positions at University of Notre Dame (US), Nanjing University (China), Durham University (UK), Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany), Aarhus University (Denmark), and Norges Bank (central bank of Norway). Ma obtained his Ph.D. in economics from University of Washington (Seattle) in 2007.

Costas Panagopoulos

Professor of Political Science; Director of Big Data and Quantitative Initiatives

Costas Panagopoulos, a leading expert on campaigns and elections, voting behavior, political psychology, campaign finance, and experimental research, has been part of the Decision Desk team at NBC News since the 2006 election cycle. He is also editor of American Politics Research, a peer-reviewed journal published by Sage. The author of over 60 scholarly articles, Panagopoulos has received over $1 million in grant support for his research as well as numerous awards including the Robert H. Durr Award for “Best Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association that applies quantitative methods to a substantive problem” in 2014, the “Best Paper published in Political Research Quarterly in 2014,” and the Miller Prize for “Best Paper published in Political Analysis in 2013.” Panagopoulos came to Northeastern from Fordham University where he was a professor in the political science department, and director and founder of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy.

Cyrus Shahan

Associate Teaching Professor of German

Cyrus Shahan works on the aesthetics and politics of twentieth and twenty-first century German literature and culture and on the global tensions resulting from analog and digital confusion. He is author of Punk Rock and German Crisis: Adaptation and Resistance after 1977, co-editor of Beyond No Future: Cultures of German Punk, and author of articles on the intersections of terrorism and technology, violence and aesthetics, music and gender, and Alexander Kluge and Peter Sloterdijk. Shahan received his Ph.D. from University of North Carolina in 2008.

Matthew Smith

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Matthew Smith explores questions in normative ethics and political theory from the perspective of practical agency embedded in a social world, drawing from research in psychology, urban geography, architecture, disability studies, technology studies, literary theory, and economics. He has published in political theory, moral philosophy, action theory, and jurisprudence. Currently, he is working on a project on the materiality of agency and co-authoring a book on urban politics. Smith was previously associate professor at Yale University, and then at the University of Leeds, where he founded the Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He received his Ph.D. in 2004 from UNC Chapel Hill.



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