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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

2022-2023 Tisch Faculty Fellows

Learn more about the current cohort of Faculty Fellows.

Aggeliki Barberopoulou

Aggeliki Barberopoulou


Aggeliki Barberopoulou's research is broadly centered on natural hazards and risk, with the goal of understanding the response of the environment to naturaldisasters in order to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from them. She has provided technical assistance and support to experts’ panels, emergency management (for planning/preparedness) and has participated in community preparedness, training, exercises, evaluations/assessments, and post-disaster field surveys.

For more than ten years she worked extensively with emergency management officials and represented California as the numerical modeler of the Golden State at the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and the Tsunami Steering Committee of California. In New Zealand she also served in the Tsunami Experts Panel (TEP) that provides support and advice to the Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management (MCDEM) during a tsunami.

Barberopoulou holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Geophysics also from the University of Washington.

In 2022-2023 she is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Her work with disasters has led to her interest in building resilient communities summarized in the titleof her project: “Civic Engagement in Disaster Response: Empowering Residents”. Inspired by the response of communities to disasters (most times informal) she is interested in how community-based models in disaster response would be received in Greece. Based on previous studies, there is a weak involvement of Greeks into associations or other organizations which affect them, and generally mistrust others and the government.Is a neighborhood/community model which is designed by the residents themselves going to offer a better way for communities to respond to disasters?

MyDzung Chu

MyDzung T. Chu

Faculty Researcher

MyDzung T. Chu, PhD, MSPH, is a Faculty Researcher in the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center. She is also the Director of the ADAPT (Addressing Disparities in AsianPopulations through Translational Research) Coalition at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. As an environmental and occupational epidemiologist, she is invested in community-engaged research on social-contextual and environmental determinants of health for Asian and immigrant populations, particularly in the built environment. Her current community-engaged research includes investigating the influence of acculturation and environmental risk factors on gestational diabetes risk for Chinese foreign-born women; evaluating cultural responsiveness of the Mental Health First Aid for Asian populations in Greater Boston; and assessing the impact of administrative burdens in affordable housing access on health. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the George Washington University examining the impact of federal housing assistance on residential environmental exposures, specifically blood lead levels. Dr. Chu received her PhD in Population Health Sciences from Harvard University, MSPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from Emory University, and BA in Neuroscience from Smith College. She is first-generation Vietnamese American, an Agents of Change in Environmental Justice Fellow, and a Gates Millennium Scholar.

In 2022-2023 she is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Her project is "Assessing the Impact of Culturally-Responsive Family Social Services on Civic Engagement, Protective Social Factors, and Health Indicators: A Case Study at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center." The project, in partnership with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and the Tisch College Research Center, will investigate the impact of participation in BCNC’s Family Services on parental civic engagement, protective social factors,and adult health and psychological distress. Additionally, it will look at the role of civic engagement and protective social factors as mediators of adult health and psychological distress.

Ioannis Evrigenis

Ioannis Evrigenis

Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Relations Program

Ioannis D. Evrigenis is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Relations Program at Tufts University, where he directs the Bodin@Tufts project, aimed at a new edition of Jean Bodin's Six Books on the Commonwealth. He is the author of Images of Anarchy: The Rhetoric and Science in Hobbes's State of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2014), of articles on a wide range of issues in political theory, and co-editor of Johann Gottfried Herders Another Philosophy of History & Selected Political Writings (Hackett Publishing Company, 2004). He received the 2009 Delba Winthrop Award for Excellence in Political Science for his book Fear of Enemies and Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2008), as well as the 2016 RSA-TCP Article Prize for Digital Renaissance Research, from the Renaissance Society of America, for his article "Digital Tools and the History of Political Thought: The Case of Jean Bodin."

During the 2022-2023 academic year, Evrigenis will work with Kelly Greenhill to design a CAP course for incoming first-year students focused on serious dialogue about controversial political issues, such as race, poverty, inequality, and migration.  The aim of the course will be to encourage students to genuinely engage with different points of view on these issues, and get to the point where they can discuss them calmly and substantively with those who may not share their views.  Much of the design will center on the framework for meaningful and collaborative dialogue, in an environment that feels simultaneously safe and challenging.  The course is part of the School of Arts & Sciences’ “Start at the Source” initiative to support DEIJ work at the department level.

Kelly Greenhill

Kelly Greenhill

Associate Professor

Kelly M. Greenhill is a political scientist with faculty appointments at Tufts University and at MIT. Greenhill holds an SM and a PhD from MIT, a CSS from Harvard, and a BA from UC Berkeley. Greenhill has Greenhill has published four books: Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion, and Foreign Policy (winner of the 2011 International Studies Association’s Best Book of the Year Award--a second, expanded and updated edition of which is forthcoming); Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict; The Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics (8th ed.); and Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics. She is currently preparing for publication a fifth book, provisionally entitled Fear and Present Danger: Extra-factual Sources of Threat Conception and Proliferation

Greenhill's research and political commentary have also appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and in national and international media outlets. Greenhill’s research has been cited and employed in legal briefs in cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and in policy briefs and planning guidance for other civilian and military organs of the U.S. government. She has held fellowships at Stanford’s Center for Security and Cooperation, at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and Belfer Center; at Columbia’s Saltzman Institute; and, in the UK, at the University of Cambridge and at SOAS (University College London). She also serves as Director of the MIT-Seminar XXI Program and as Co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. Outside of academia, Greenhill has served as a consultant to NATO, the United Nations and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Bank, and the Ford Foundation; as a defense program analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense; and as an economic policy intern for then Senator John F. Kerry. 

During the 2022-2023 academic year, Kelly M. Greenhill will work with Ioannis Evrigenis to design a CAP course for incoming first-year students focused on facilitating serious dialogue about controversial political issues, such as race, poverty, inequality, and migration.  The aim of the course will be to encourage students to genuinely engage with different points of view on these issues, and get to the point where they can discuss them calmly and substantively with those who may not share their views.  Much of the design will center on the framework for meaningful and collaborative dialogue, in an environment that feels simultaneously safe and challenging.  The course is part of the School of Arts & Sciences’ “Start at the Source” initiative to support DEIJ work at the department level.

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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).

In 2022-2023 she is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. This year’s project builds on Jacobsen's work last year which sought to gain a better understanding of how refugees learn about and experience racism in the United States. In partnership with Hello Neighbor, the project conducted two in-depth case studies led by student researchers in Pittsburgh, PA and Mobile, AL. That research provides the basis for the planned work this year, which continues our work with Hello Neighbor, and adds a curriculum consultant in order to develop a pilot version of an anti-racism teaching and training curriculum targeted at students and adult learners. The project will also include draft policy recommendations around race and refugees/immigrants. directed at the Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Jennie Jieun Lee

Jennie Jieun Lee

Professor of the Practice

Jennie Jieun Lee is a Professor of the Practice in Ceramics at SMFA Tufts University. Before her time at SMFA, she taught ceramic students at New York University and California State Long Beach where she earned her MFA She has danced at The Kitchen in NYC with collective, Stanley Love Performance Group and has been a member of the downtown New York art scene for many years. She is a John Simon Guggenheim fellow (2017) and Art Matters Grant recipient (2019).

Since graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 1999, she has been utilizing clay as a way to embrace the inherent vulnerability of life in forms such as sculpture, installation, vessels, busts, and paintings. In her work there are waves of references to immigration. assimilation, memory, death and pain.

In her current show, Marie which opened on September 8th of 2022 at Martos Gallery in NYC, she created an installation with her interpretation of the historical tomb of Marie Laveau, the infamous Vodoun priestess of New Orleans from the late 1800’s. Using the memories, she’s kept since her seminal visit in 1994 of Laveau’s tomb, she lined the outside of the mausoleum with her personal artifacts collected over the last thirty years along with flowers grown and picked from her micro flower farm in upstate NY. She also included in her show glazed porcelain organs made by her former students at NYU.

In 2022-2023 she is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Over the pandemic, Lee began creating an online community with other Korean-American women who moved from Korea to the US at an early age. With this fellowship, Lee plans to return to South Korea, her birthplace and a country she hasn’t returned to since 1988. She will use her art contacts to research ceramic villages and clay artists to inspire her work for her next exhibition at AF Projects in Los Angeles, CA in 2024.

Lee’s book, Rainbow One Hour Photo (Pacific Books, 2019) has a collection of her ceramic sculpture over the last decade. She is currently developing a new book covering contemporary ceramic in America.

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Revati Masilamani

Assistant Professor

Revati Masilamani is an immunologist and STEM education researcher at the Center for Science Education at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Immunology from The Rockefeller University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Tufts University. Her research and teaching programs in STEM education focus on approaches that bring cutting-edge biomedical science to high school classrooms. Her current work is addressing how to teach inquiry based-problem solving skills so they can be transferred across content domains and how to design professional development programs for educators that build capacity to teach these skills. The overall goal of these efforts is to help nurture a health literate and scientifically engaged citizenry.

Health science education in classrooms typically emphasizes the biology of disease at an individual level, but often ignores the impact of socio-economic environment on the health of individuals and communities. As a 2022-2023 Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Dr. Masilamani will lead the design and development of a curriculum that uses case studies to delve into the biological consequences of social determinants of health, such as poverty, education, and support networks. Her partners in this effort include undergraduate activist-scholars and public school teachers from under-resourced communities whose lived experience and expertise will help ensure that the curriculum is an authentic reflection of the stories of their communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the disproportionate impact of disease on under-resourced communities. This project will provide students with a framework for understanding and engaging with issues of disparity, while stimulating them to explore pathways to change –  for themselves and for their communities.

Claudia Mattos Avolese

Claudia Mattos Avolese

Senior Lecturer

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Claudia Mattos Avolese obtained her PhD in art history from the Free University in Berlin, Germany, and was an associate fellow at the Courtauld Institute in London for a year. In 2003 she became a professor for the history of art at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in Brazil, where she taught visual culture and art history until moving to the United States in 2019. She was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 2017 and became a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University in 2021. Dr. Mattos Avolese continues to collaborate with the Graduate Program in Art History and Visual Studies at UNICAMP, through a Getty Connecting Art Histories Grant. Her principal areas of interest are visual culture in Brazil, indigenous art, material culture, global art history and theory. Her recent research focuses on indigenous arts in Brazil, the imaginary of the forest and ecology. She has published widely on global exchanges in the 19th century, including scientific expeditions by explorers to Brazil, and the creation and development of art academies in South America. Additionally, she has published on connections between German art theory and 19th century visual culture in Brazil, and on the history of art history with special focus on Winckelmann and Aby Warburg. Her scholarly work has appeared in many peer review journals including, The Art Bulletin, Perspective, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, and Journal of Art Historiography. Claudia Mattos Avolese was president of the Brazilian National Art History Committee (2013-2016) and is member of the directory board of the International Art History Committee (CIHA).

In 2022-2023 she is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Her project is “Decolonizing the Amazon: reappropriating Marajoara legacy in the Marajó Island. This project relates to a larger one entitled Atlas of Lost Finds directed at promoting reparation and creating new forms of building community and identity for the contemporary “mestizo” population of the Marajó Island and for indigenous peoples of the Brazilian Amazon, who are the legitimate hairs to the long-standing indigenous traditions in the region. The project started with the creation of an archive of 3D scanned Marajoara objects (vessels, statuettes, utensils) that were taken away in the 19th and early 20th century to museums in Europe and the US. Using these digital files, the objects were rematerialized at the Marajó island in collaboration with the local community of ceramists. This enterprise brought together high-end technology and ancestral knowledge about ceramics with the end of studying and reappropriating the Marajoara legacy in the region. It also served as opportunity to create an interdisciplinary conversation involving a team of local ceramists, indigenous artists and curators, art historians, archaeologists, and designers to think about new ways of imagining the history of the region in its connections to the Brazilian Rainforest. A last phase of the project is planned to start next spring, when some of the objects created in Marajó will travel to the US and Europe to serve as mediators in conversations about how to decolonize museum collections.

Evan Papa

Evan Papa

Founding Director

Evan Papa is Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program for Tufts University (Seattle, WA). Throughout his academic career in physical therapist education, he has been a strong advocate on the local and national level for healthcare equity and increased racial/ethnic diversity within the physical therapist profession. 

The physical therapy profession is one of the least diverse and most poorly representative of our population when compared to other health care professions. Despite the US population being 13% Black, the December 2020, Physical Therapy Workforce Analysis showed that less than 4% of Physical Therapists and 6% of Physical Therapist Assistants are Black. There is an even larger gap in the Hispanic and Latinx communities. 

In 2022-2023 he is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Dr. Papa’s project, entitled “Improving the Culture of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Physical Therapy” is designed to raise awareness to these disparities and provide recommendations for improvement through two mechanisms: 1) as an invited speaker at the 2022 American Physical Therapy Association annual conference, where Dr. Papa will be speaking on ways to inclusively conduct demographic data collection for marginalized groups, including African American, LGBTQ+ and Tribal communities, among others; and 2) preparing a white paper for dissemination in a leading journal for Physical therapists on the topic of improving access to grants and scholarly support for historically marginalized investigators in the rehabilitation field. 

Peter Probst

Peter Probst


Peter Probst is professor of art history and anthropology. He is based in the department of the history of art and architecture where he runs the interdisciplinary minor Museums, Memory, and Heritage. He is the author and editor of numerous books. His latest book is What is African Art? A Short History (University of Chicago Press 2022). In 2021 he started a new project on the Humboldt Forum in Berlin which is also informing his project at Tisch College

In 2022-2023 he is a Tisch Faculty Fellowship at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. His project is situated at the intersection of art history, anthropology, and museum studies. It intends to explore the civic potential of Marcel Mauss’s classic ideas on (gift) exchange and reciprocity in the context of current debates on decolonization, restitution, and repair at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. Special emphasis will be given to the understanding of heritage as a form of intergenerational exchange. The aim is to translate key ideas of a scholarly project into a student-centered undergraduate class within the Museums, Memory, and Heritage minor. 

Ryan Redmond

Ryan Redmond

Senior Lecturer

Ryan Redmond is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education where he directs and teaches in the Middle and High School Master of Arts in Teaching program and teaches undergraduate courses on social studies teaching and issues of food in schools. He taught high school and middle school history and English for ten years in Kathmandu, Nepal; Putney, Vermont; and Framingham and Marblehead, Massachusetts, before returning to his alma mater, Tufts University (MAT '04), in August of 2010.

In 2022-2023 he is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life with a project focusing on MAT students. Public K-12 schools are the most central and significant future-generating institutions in society, and as much as teaching is disciplinary, academic content and skills work, it is also deep culture work, people work, and society work. It is, in fact, impossible to conceive of teaching as somehow separate from all that it is nested within. All teaching, therefore, is civics teaching. The Middle and High School MAT program at Tufts University has had a long history of preparing future public school teachers (of all disciplines) to know and wrestle deeply with and act upon the profound civic questions at the heart of schooling and education. As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Ryan will reinvigorate and build on that history of preparing MAT students to be citizen-leaders as well as teachers of their disciplines. Crucial and important areas of training and mentoring should result in the following: teachers who know the communities in which they teach, who have trust and belief in institutions, who are committed to multi-racial democracy, and who have the professional tools to work in effective collaboration with others and the pedagogical tools to, in turn, center these commitments in their own students’ learning. In short, teachers as citizen-leaders.

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 the environmental humanities. She is the author of many articles, commissioned reports, three books and an edited volume.  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. In her most recent book, Legacies of War: Violence, Ecologies and Kin (Duke University Press, 2022) Theidon considers the multiple environments in which conception, pregnancy, and childbirth unfold, reimagining harm to account for the impact of armed conflict on individual people as well as on more-than-human lives, bodies, and ecologies. Her co-edited volume, Challenging Conceptions: Children Born of Wartime Rape and Sexual Exploitation (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) offers cutting-edge case studies on children born of wartime rape, their mothers, families and communities, aiming to contribute to more humane policy responses and interventions. She is currently completing Theaters of War: Working with Former Combatants in Colombia, under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press. 

In 2022-2023 she is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Her project is titled "#Don’tConsumeViolence: Partners for the Planet." The project's goal is to awaken consumers to the conditions under which the food they consume and beverages they drink were produced. The bananas ripening on a windowsill, the coffee percolating in those early morning hours: how might global awareness change if consumers paused to consider how many environmental defenders died in order for those items to arrive in our kitchens? Consumers can play an important role in changing the behavior of multinational companies and their business practices.  They can also play a rolein pressuring governments to live up to their duty to protect the environment and the people who defend it. Around the globe, environmental activists are under attack, and Latin America is a hotbed for violence against environmental defenders. In 2018, 84 environmental defenders were killed, with impunity. Rather than abate, in 2019, the number increased to 148 making up more than two-thirds of the world’s total. Latin America’s wealth of natural resources creates conflict between environmental defenders and businesses that wish to exploit these resources. This tension is exacerbated by governmental complicity with the multinational companies, and with the economic elites who benefit from their presence.  Who are the dead? Overwhelmingly they are Afro-descendant, Indigenous and peasant people. Surely the burden ofdefending this planet should not fall upon the shoulders of the most marginalized members of society. #Don’tConsumeViolence: Partners for the Planet aims to disrupt the supply chain of violence by developing a global consumer campaignto raise awareness of the conditions under which common products —pineapples, bananas, Coca-Cola, coffee and more —are produced in Latin America.

Mir Ahmad Shekib

Mir Ahmad Shekib

Research Analyst

Mir Ahmad Shekib is the Research Analyst for the Fletcher School Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion (FLPFI) and a visiting Scholar-at-Risk at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Before joining Fletcher/Tufts, Mir worked as the Director General for Financial Inclusion, Deputy Director General for Monetary Policy Department, and Risk Manager for Financial Risk Management Department at the Central Bank of Afghanistan (Da Afghanistan Bank). He has 12 years of experience in Central Banking and has worked closely with commercial banks, Mobile Money Service Providers, and Microfinance Institutions. Mir has led the efforts of the Central Bank as well as the former Government of Afghanistan in developing and implementing the first National Financial Inclusion Strategy for Afghanistan in close collaboration and coordination with the World Bank Group and many public, private, and non-government stakeholders. He has also led the Central Bank of Afghanistan initiatives in the areas of financial consumer protection, agent banking, and financial education. Mir was a 2020 FLPFI fellow and has received his master’s degree in policy economics from Williams College in the United States and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kabul University.

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