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Faculty Fellows

The Tisch Faculty Fellows program convenes a diverse group of faculty members from across Tufts University for interdisciplinary discussions about teaching and research and builds the capacity of Tufts faculty to integrate civic engagement into their work. Faculty Fellows develop a course, research project, or other initiative designed to strengthen the connections between their individual disciplines and civic life. They receive a stipend that can be used for salary or research/teaching expenses, and they meet four times per semester to share perspectives and discuss common themes, challenges, and resources. To date, more than 100 colleagues, representing every Tufts school, have participated in the program, which is open to any member of the Tufts University faculty.

For more information about the Faculty Fellows program, contact Diane Ryan, Tisch College’s Associate Dean for Programs and Administration, at diane.ryan@tufts.edu.

2019-2020 Tisch Faculty Fellows

Karin Arsenault

Karin Arsenault

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Service

Dr. Karin Arsenault serves as Clinal Director of the Geriatric Center Program where she provides oversight of geriatric seminars, outreach and competency reviews for predoctoral students.  Dr. Arsenault is leading an effort to address the gap between current training in dentistry and the growing need for knowledgeable and skilled geriatric dental practitioners. As a Tisch Fellow, she is developing a program that would take students outside of the dental school to connect with diverse segments of the geriatric population to better understand the psychosocial, cultural, and economic determinants of oral health. The program incorporates community service learning, outreach, and public health education throughout the different stages of her student’s dental education.

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada Dr. Karin Arsenault graduated with a Bachelor of Science from McGill University. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1994 and went on to receive a Master’s in Public Health in Health Care Management from Harvard University. She completed a Mini-Residency in Geriatric and Long-Term Care at the University of Minnesota and holds a certificate in Elder Care Law from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Anjuli Fahlberg

Anjuli Fahlberg

Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Anjuli N. Fahlberg is Full-time Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the community-engaged Research Center Construindo Juntos (Building Together), based in Rio de Janeiro. Her research employs an intersectional lens to examine the effects of urban violence and uneven development on social mobilization across the Americas. She employs a participatory action research (PAR) approach to study violence and politics, and has applied this to both ethnographic field work and survey research. Her current book project, Activism under Fire: The Politics of Non-Violence in Rio de Janeiro's Most Dangerous Favela documents how activists residing in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighborhoods mobilize for social services, local development, and citizenship rights in a context of armed drug gangs and a racist and violent state. The book is based on her dissertation, which received the 2019 Best Dissertation Award by the American Sociological Association and the 2019 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Dissertation Award by the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the ASA. She was the recipient of the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant by the National Science Foundation, the Humanities Fellowship at Northeastern University's College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Alma J. Young Emerging Scholar Award by the Urban Affairs Association. Her work has been published in Politics & Society, Qualitative Sociology, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, among others. Dr. Fahlberg is a 2019 Grant Recipient of the American Association of University Women and is currently working on projects related to race, youth, and the social costs of urban violence with several resident-scholars in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

James Intriligator

James Intriligator

Director, Human Factors Engineering Program

James Intriligator is the director of Tufts’ Human Factors Engineering Program and a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (School of Engineering).  An interest in vision and the brain originally brought James to Harvard where he earned his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience (1997).  After a postdoc in neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he left academia for five years and worked in venture capital and high-tech consulting firms as an entrepreneur, offerings designer, and innovation catalyst. In 2003, he merged his business experience with his scientific expertise and went to Bangor University (Wales, UK) as a pioneer in the field of consumer psychology. In his 13 years at Bangor, Intriligator created Europe's leading consumer psychology master's programs and co-developed several multidisciplinary design programs (Enterprise by Design and Social Enterprise Accelerator).  He joined Tufts in 2016 to lead the university’s renowned Human Factors Engineering program into its next phase of innovation and growth.  Intriligator is the author of over 50 publications in fields as diverse as neuroscience, neurology, consumer psychology, physics, and literary criticism.  Since arriving at Tufts Intriligator has been nominated for a Tufts Distinction Award, shortlisted for Professor of the Year, and won a university-wide Teaching with Technology award.

As Tisch Faculty Fellows, Intriligator will work together with Kevin Oye, to create a new hybrid program focused on civic and social engagement.  Specifically, there will be two major thrusts to their work this year:  First, they will guide students in researching, designing, and testing strategic social interventions that address civic and social needs.  And, second, they will work to develop a training program to empower local entrepreneurially minded individuals to become design-thinking social innovators. The programs will be built around a local approach to design-led social interventions:  rather than addressing issues in other countries, this program will address issues in local communities.  Over the course of the year, students will work in teams to research, design, test, and refine interventions in nearby communities in need while also training local innovators to lead this same kind of design-led innovation in their local communities.

Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson

Assistant Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Sara K. Johnson is Assistant Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She received her B.S. in Youth and Family Services from Michigan State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies (as well as a Certificate in Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology) from the University of Connecticut. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Professor, she was a postdoctoral fellow and Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts.

Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on how adolescents and young adults develop their sense of self (e.g., identity development) and their beliefs and knowledge about society (e.g., acknowledgment of systems of power and oppression) and how they combine those two things in order to decide what kinds of civic engagement they should participate in and why.

Amy LeClair

Amy LeClair

Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Amy LeClair, PhD, works out of the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. LeClair is a medical sociologist who specializes in using qualitative and mixed methods to conduct health services research with vulnerable populations. Her current projects aim to understand the barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based standards into healthcare practice, with the goal of improving access to health care, and the outcomes of treatment, specifically with regard to reducing racial disparities in conditions like breast cancer.

Neda Moridpour

Neda Moridpour

Neda Moridpour is Professor of the Practice in Media Arts Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Moridpour is an artist, educator, organizer, and co-founder of two artist-activist collaboratives, LOUDER THAN WORDS and [P]Art Collective. Her practice crosses disciplines and boundaries to investigate cycles of violence that leads to dislocation, gender, and racial inequity while establishing dialogue and mobilizing communities. Through collaboration, her practice transforms the seemingly quotidian and mundane via visual and performative interventions, lens-based practices and bold public roundtables and discussions. Her recent project WOMEN ON THE MOVE, transformed a 26-foot truck into a mobile billboard and resource center to address sexual assault, harassment and domestic violence. LOUDER THAN WORDS received the 2014 Women’s Caucus for Art International Honor Roll award. [P]Art Collective won the 1st prize in the Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival in 2013. Her work has been exhibited in U.S., Iran, and China and is in the collection of the L.A. County Museum of Art, The Center for the Study of Political Graphics, and was recently exhibited in the Islamic Art Now II: Contemporary Art of the Middle East at the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Kevin Oye

Kevin Jyo Oye

Executive Director, Tufts Gordon Institute

Kevin currently is a Professor of the Practice and the Executive Director of the Gordon Institute, the center of innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership programs at Tufts University. Kevin also launched and serves as the Director of the MS in Innovation and Management program at TGI, a one year intensive program for recent STEM graduates to enable them to launch venture, both for profit and non-profit, greenfield or within an existing organization.  He also serves on the leadership board at the non-profit EforAll business accelerator and provides advisory and consulting services to startups and corporations. Before joining Tufts, Kevin spent 35 years in the networking industry wearing many hats, including leading global strategy, research and development, and corporate acquisition teams at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and Sycamore Networks. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts, and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

George Scarlett

George Scarlett

Senior Lecturer, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

George Scarlett is a senior lecturer in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. In the past, his teaching and publications have focused on children’s play, approaches to children’s challenging behaviors, and religious and spiritual development across the life-span. More recently, his focus has been on teaching and writing about the development of ‘Earth stewards’. As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, he will be continuing development of a new web magazine, Tomorrow’s Earth Stewards, which provides support for all those involved in connecting children and teens to the natural world and nourishing their development as earth stewards. He will also be continuing research on the development of ‘ocean stewards’ at the New England Aquarium, a project focusing on graduates of the NEAq’s youth programs. 

Shomon Shamsuddin

Shomon Shamsuddin

Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Shomon Shamsuddin is Assistant Professor of Social Policy in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. His research examines the inputs and outputs of affordable housing policy. He also studies inequality in educational attainment and social program participation. His Tisch Faculty Fellow project seeks to identify and test approaches to reduce disparities in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) receipt by focusing on the role of community-based institutions. He will analyze IRS data on tax return filers to examine differences in rates of EITC participation across Massachusetts and study areas with relatively low levels of participation. A survey questionnaire will be developed to better understand the reasons for EITC participation or non-participation. The survey will be tested and administered in partnership with local public schools.

Jeannie Simms

Jeannie Simms

Professor of the Practice, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

Jeannie Simms’ works are rooted in the history of photography and the moving image with interests in language, labor, citizenship and migration. She collaborates with civic leaders and physicians in Reggio Calabria Italy who support the integration of recent immigrants and refugees, using art to foster cultural exchange. Working with her Italian collaborators, Simms is currently producing on a video about the evolving multicultural society in the Southern Italian region, a significant migration path to Europe. Her photographic work on Same Sex marriage was featured on BBC World News America television program. Past exhibitions & screenings include the Museum of Fine Arts, The Currier Museum, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Camerawork, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Video and New Media Festival in Belgium, the ICA in London, the ARS Electronica Center in List Austria, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Alternative Film Center in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, Los Angeles County Exhibitions (LACE), the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the Tufts University Aidekman Art Gallery. She completed a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and received a film commission from the Nara International Film Festival in Japan. Simms has been funded by Art Matters, The Cambridge Arts Council, Tufts Faculty Research Awards, SMFA Daynard Faculty Travel Fellowship. She is a Professor of the Practice in Photography and the Director of Graduate Studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

Tamara Vesel

Tamara Vesel

Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Doctor Tamara Vesel is the Chief of the Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center.  Her focus is on the clinical practice of Palliative Medicine of all ages and education in Palliative Care.  Dr. Vesel has research interests in the disparities in communication and end of life care, nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Vesel developed a pediatric hospice program in the Boston area and was a director of the Fellowship Program at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.   Her fellowship will support the exploration of Chinese American culture in decision making in end of life care in the populations of Chinatown.

Annie Wayne

Annie Wayne

Assistant Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Annie Wayne is a veterinary criticalist who studies antimicrobial stewardship in dogs and cats. She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2005.  She attended the Cummings Veterinary School and completed a dual degree program to earn her Masters in Public Health and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.  Dr. Wayne went on to complete a small animal rotating internship and residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Angell Animal Medical Center.  Following training, Dr. Wayne joined the faculty at Tufts in January 2016.  She spends half her time in the clinic overseeing interns, residents and cases in the emergency room and intensive care unit and the other half of her time is devoted to teaching and research.  Dr. Wayne serves as the chair of the Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship Team (ICAST) at the Cummings Veterinary School.  Through her research, Dr. Wayne has embraced the One Health concept and has formed a collaboration with Tufts Medical Center’s Infection Control Team.  They are currently working on several joint research projects to apply antimicrobial stewardship efforts used in human hospitals to companion animal medicine.  In addition, she is a part of a research collaborative to examine parenting issues for veterinary trainees and veterinarians and has worked with the administrative team at the Cummings Veterinary School to improve support for people who are parenting and working as veterinarians. 

Markus Wilczek

Markus Wilczek

Associate Professor, Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies

One of the key insights of Markus Wilczek’s inquiry is the role terminology in speaking about “sustainability.” For Wilczek, using different terms places the speaker in different linguistic and cultural contexts that often cannot be easily translated. As Tisch Faculty Fellow, Wilczek is increasing awareness for an array of different traditions definitions of sustainability by collecting “stories of sustainability” from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds by conducing short video interviews with a diverse range of people from different linguistic backgrounds – learning about each notion of “sustainability” in their respective cultural contexts.

Markus Wilczek is Associate Professor of German in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies. He first came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar, and received his PhD from Johns Hopkins in 2007. Before joining the faculty at Tufts, he taught at Harvard (2007-2014). His research is supported by grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. In addition, he has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.

Chantal Zakari

Chantal Zakari

Professor of the Practice, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

Chantal Zakari is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and art educator. In her work she draws upon contemporary social issues by making connections through personal narratives, history and popular culture. Inspired by social phenomena she positions herself in relationship to a public or a sub-culture. Her studio practice freely combines research methodologies and artistic strategies borrowed from various disciplines such as photography, documentary, performance, storytelling, installation, graphic design and social interventions. Her current research is about the social histories of the Federal Arsenal in her hometown of Watertown, MA. Her work unveils the intertwined stories relating to the place and especially the people who worked there and to connect the current urban renewal which is transforming the Arsenal into a mall. 

Zakari has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. She has published solo and collaboratively with her partner Mike Mandel several artist’s books; webAffairs (2005), The State of Ata (2010), They Came To Baghdad (2012), Lockdown Archive (2015), Campaign (2018), A Catalog of Flags (2018) and Cogent Message (2019). Her books are in the collection of Yale University, MOMA, Addison Gallery of American Art and many other public and private collections. She has shown her work at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Photographic Resource Center, New York Center for Book Arts, International Center for Photography in NY, FotoFocus in Cincinnati, Fotodoks in Munich among many other venues. She is a member of Kingston Gallery and is currently serving as the director.