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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

2021-2022 Tisch Faculty Fellows

Learn more about the current cohort of Faculty Fellows.

Silvia Bottinelli

Silvia Bottinelli

Modern and Contemporary Art Historian

A native of Tuscany, Italy, Silvia Bottinelli started teaching at SMFA at Tufts in 2010. She is a Modern and Contemporary Art historian in the Visual and Critical Studies Department. Silvia's classes focus on the History of Sculpture, which she looks at from inter-disciplinary perspectives. Her teaching interests include Food and Art; Feminism; Materiality in Art; Public Art; Social Practice; Arte Povera and Italian post WWII art; Modern and Contemporary Sculpture; Domestic Cultures in Sculpture and Design; EcoArt; and more. In addition to being a teacher, Silvia is an active curator and scholar. She received her PhD from the University of Pisa, Italy. Her research on 20th and 21st century art has been widely published in art magazines and scholarly journals, such as Art Journal, Modernism/modernity, Public Art Dialogue, California Italian Studies, Art Papers, Sculpture, Predella, Ricerche di Storia dell'Arte, Artribune, and Exhibit, among others. Silvia co-edited the volume "The Taste of Art. Cooking, Food, and Counterculture in Contemporary Art Practices" (University of Arkansas Press, 2017) with Margherita d'Ayala Valva. Furthermore, Silvia authored two monographs about postwar Italian Art in 2007 and 2010, and recently received grants from the American Philosophical Society and the Center for Italian Modern Art to work on a new book (McGill-Queen's University Press, forthcoming), which analyzes the representation of the domestic in Italian art and visual culture from the 1940s to the 1970s. Together with Sharon Hecker, Silvia is working on an edited volume that analyzes the use of lead in modern and contemporary art for Bloomsbury Academic. The Food Studies Research Network awarded Silvia with an International Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2016.

Silvia enjoys curating student work; among other events, she organized “nARTure. Reshaping Eco-Art” at the Slater Concourse at the Tufts Art Gallery in 2018 and the SMFA Graduating Students Show in 2015.

Silvia chairs the Sustainability Committee at SMFA; she is also an Eco-Ambassador and a member of the Green Fund Steering Committee at Tufts. Finally, Silvia is affiliated faculty at the Tufts Institute for the Environment (TIE) and the International Literary and Visual Studies Program (ILVS). She serves as a member of TIE's Internal Advisory Committee and ILVS's Executive Committee. Silvia is an advisor for Environmental Studies and ILVS, and some of her courses are cross-listed with ENVS and Italian Studies.

In addition to art and its complex histories, Silvia's passions include cooking, gardening, traveling, yoga, and animals. Silvia loves spending time with her family, including her spoiled rabbit, Buddy.

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Kevin Cody

Hoch Cunningham Professor of Practice in Food Systems & the Farmer Training Program Manager, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Kevin Cody is the inaugural Hoch Cunningham Professor of Practice in Food Systems and the Farmer Training Program Manager at New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. Sustainable food system transformation is at the core of his applied and academic work. In the academic context, a background in agrarian political economy and the sociology of food and agriculture informs courses on political agroecology, sustainable development, and experiential education. His applied research focused on beginning farmers carries over into the non-profit arena where he works on improving the sustainability of regional food systems and the farmers on which these systems depend. Kevin received a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Bridget Conley

Bridget Conley

Research Associate Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Bridget Conley is the Research Director of the World Peace Foundation and Associate Research Professor at The Fletcher School. At WPF, she is the lead researcher on the “Tracking COVID-19 in Detention” and  Mass Atrocities projects. Her research has focused on memory following mass atrocities and has produced a book, Memory from the Margins: Ethiopia’s Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum (Palgrave 2019). She is the editor of How Mass Atrocities End: Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq (Cambridge University Press 2016). She has published on issues related to the 1992 – 1995 war in Bosnia, mass atrocities and genocide, and how museums can engage on human rights issues.

In 2020-2021, she is a Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Her project is, “Connecting people to resources: A Proposal to Support the Tufts Educational Re-entry Network,” which will be developed in conversation with the Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College. It is part of the Tufts Educational Re-Entry Network (TERN), which aims to build programming for formerly incarcerated people in MA, valuing those in the network with lived experience of incarceration as leaders of the project. Working closely with formerly incarcerated people who have experience with re-entry challenges and opportunities, this project aims to create, workshop and launch a dynamic and sustainable online hub connecting people needing re-entry support with resources available through the larger community networks.

Eileen Crehan

Eileen Crehan

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

Eileen T. Crehan is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Studies and Human Development. Her research focuses on access to and dissemination of health information for autistic individuals, such as sexuality and relationship education, primary care, and physical activity. Dr. Crehan is particularly interested in how autistic adolescents and adults navigate systems as awareness of autism beyond childhood increases. Her research lab, the Crehan Lab, works in conjunction with their Autism Community Advisory Board, a group of stakeholders who provide feedback on research priorities and methodologies.

Autistic adults face significantly more health costs and challenges than their neurotypical peers. This disparity is driven by many factors, such as limited provider knowledge about autism or barriers to navigating the necessary care system. As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Dr. Crehan will be working with an advisory board to develop and present information on autism in adolescence and adulthood to local medical providers. Feedback on this training will be used to inform future roll outs of this program, with the goal of increasing access to health services and thus improved outcomes for autistic adults.

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Meera Gatlin

Small Animal Veterinarian & Assistant Professor of Public Health, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Meera Gatlin is a small animal veterinarian and assistant professor of public health in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University and her DVM and MPH degrees from Tufts University. She is also a vice president for the New England Veterinary Medical Association, representing Massachusetts. 

Her research and teaching focuses on veterinary public health education, food safety and foodborne diseases, and practice in small animal theriogenology. As a Tisch Fellow, Dr. Gatlin will be leading veterinary students to design an integrated One Health Curriculum for students in Grade 10 at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford, Massachusetts. Bringing together principles of animal health, human health, and environmental health, they will aim to teach high school students about public health and veterinary medicine using vocational training and engagement with local community partners. The project's focus is on creating an accessible and diverse student pipeline into formal veterinary technical programs to promote diversity within the veterinary profession and broaden the civic responsibilities of the veterinary profession to the entire patient care team.

Laurie Goldman

Laurie Goldman

Senior Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Laurie Goldman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Her research and teaching focus on how dynamics within and across organizations influence policy and planning practice. She is especially interested in creative problem solving, inter-organizational collaboration, and the contributions of actors whose knowledge and influence derives from lived experience. Laurie received a Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the Technion in Israel. Ongoing experience as a community organizer, policy advocate, and organizational consultant inform her research and teaching and sustain her dedication to social change. 

As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Laurie will develop a series of interactive case studies that draw on her participation in anti-displacement advocacy in the gentrifying neighborhood of Union Square, Somerville. The project will focus on the six years of organizing, advocacy, and planning that led to the negotiation and ratification of a precedent-setting Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) signed by the Union Square Neighborhood Association and the private developer of the transit-oriented mixed-use development. Activists involved in the Union United Coalition and the Union Square Neighborhood Association’s CBA negotiating team will participate in the case study design and piloting in UEP classes and in the Somerville Community Corporation’s Leadership Development Institute.

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Karen Jacobsen

Henry J. Leir Professor in Global Migration at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Karen Jacobsen is the Henry J. Leir Professor in Global Migration at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and directs the Refugees in Towns Project at the Feinstein International Center. Professor Jacobsen’s current research explores urban displacement and global migration, with a focus on the livelihoods and financial resilience of migrants and refugees, and on climate- and environment-related mobility. In 2013-2014, she was on leave from Tufts, leading the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) at United Nations in Geneva. From 2000-2005, she directed the Alchemy Project, which explored the use of microfinance as a way to support people in refugee camps and other displacement settings.
Prof. Jacobsen’s Ph.D. in Political Science is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of expertise include refugee and migration issues, humanitarian assistance in developing countries, urban impact, and climate change and migration. She is currently at work on a book that examines the impact of displacement on cities.  Her books include A View from Below: Conducting Research in Conflict Zones (with Mazurana and Gale, Cambridge UP 2013 ); and The Economic Life of Refugees (Lynne Rienner, 2005), which is widely used in courses on forced migration. She consults and works closely with UNHCR and other UN agencies and international NGOs. She is a citizen of both South Africa and the U.S., and splits her time between Brookline, MA and western Maine (Andover, ME).

Kris Manjapra

Kris Manjapra

Professor and Department Chair of Studies in Race, Colonialism and the Diaspora

I joined Tufts History Department in 2008. I study global, transnational, and comparative history. I am especially interested in connected histories of the Global South. My work adopts postcolonial and critical perspectives in the study of race, colonialism, diaspora, and capitalism.

My most recent book is Colonialism in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2020). My book, Age of Entanglement: German and Indian intellectuals across Empire (Harvard University Press, 2014), explored the tangled cultural politics of Indian and German thinkers during the long nineteenth century, in the age of anti-colonial nationalism. It received the international 2019 Merck-Tagore Award. I am currently writing a book on archives of slavery and emancipation across the Black Atlantic. My long-term research project focuses on global plantation histories.

Along with colleagues, I completed a large digital humanities exploration of the genealogy of the Third World Humanities using oral histories. We developed the Corpora platform as part of this work.

I serve as the Chair of the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. I have held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. And I am honored to be the 2017 recipient of the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising of Students at Tufts.

Kimberly Theidon

Kimberly Theidon

Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies

Professor Theidon is a medical anthropologist focusing on Latin America. Her research interests include political violence, transitional justice, humanitarian and post-conflict interventions, gender studies and drug policy. She is the author of many articles, commissioned reports, and two books. "Entre Prójimos: El conflicto armado interno y la política de la reconciliación en el Perú" (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 1st edition 2004; 2nd edition 2009) was awarded the Latin American Studies Association 2006 Premio Iberoamericano Book Award Honorable Mention for outstanding book in the social sciences published in Spanish or Portuguese. Her second book, "Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) was awarded the 2013 Honorable Mention from the Washington Office on Latin America-Duke University Libraries Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, and the 2013 Honorable Mention for the Eileen Basker Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology for research on gender and health. She is currently completing two book manuscripts. "Pasts Imperfect: Working with Former Combatants in Colombia" is based on research with former combatants from the paramilitaries, the FARC and the ELN. "Sex at the Security Council: A Greater Measure of Justice" draws upon her research in Peru on sexual violence, children born of wartime rape, and the politics of reparations.

Monica Duffy Toft

Monica Duffy Toft

Professor of International Politics; Director of the Center for Strategic Studies

Monica Duffy Toft is a professor of international politics and director of the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School of Tufts University. Before joining Fletcher, Professor Monica Duffy Toft taught at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, she directed the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs and was the assistant director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies.  

She was educated at the University of Chicago (M.A. and Ph.D. in political science) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. in political science and Slavic languages and literature, summa cum laude). Prior to this, she spent four years in the United States Army as a Russian linguist.

Monica’s areas of research include international security, ethnic and religious violence, civil wars and demography. Her most recent books include: "Securing the Peace" (Princeton, 2011); "Political Demography" (Oxford, 2012); and "God’s Century" (Norton, 2012). In addition she has published numerous scholarly articles and editorials on civil wars, territory and nationalism, demography, and religion in global politics. Monica can also be found on Twitter @monicaduffytoft.

Affiliations: Monica is a research associate of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a supernumerary fellow at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, a Global Scholar of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Minorities at Risk Advisory Board and the Political Instability Task Force. In 2008 the Carnegie Foundation of New York named her a Carnegie scholar for her research on religion and violence, in 2012 she was named a Fulbright scholar, and most recently served as the World Politics Fellow at Princeton University.

Rockford Weitz

Rockford Weitz

Director, Maritime Studies Program, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Rockford “Rocky” Weitz is a Professor of Practice and Director of the Maritime Studies Program at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.  He teaches courses in Global Maritime Affairs and Maritime Security.  His Tisch Faculty Fellow project will explore the possibility of a Tufts University-led stakeholder engagement effort to support the offshore wind energy industry in New England.  The project involves engaging the fishing industry in Massachusetts and Maine, local governments, port authorities, environmental groups, and other stakeholders to identify creative solutions to potential hurdles to offshore wind development in New England.  Northeast fisheries face an existential threat from overfishing and ocean warming, so they need a vision for their own future independent of offshore wind.  The offshore wind industry might consider engaging the fishing industry in a regional and comprehensive way – rather than a project-by-project basis – that tries to build a shared consensus on a sustainable future for both industries.

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