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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Senior Fellows

Tisch College Senior Fellows are experienced Tufts faculty members who are exploring deep connections between civic life and their areas of scholarship, and who are often working on specific research projects, courses, events, and other initiatives to strengthen those ties. Working in fields as disparate as media, the humanities, science literacy, and veterinary medicine, Senior Fellows produce and propagate new knowledge that strengthens Tisch College's academic impact in unique interdisciplinary ways that illustrate how the principles of civic engagement have universal applicability.

The current Tisch Senior Fellows are:

Julie Dobrow

Julie Dobrow

Tisch College Senior Fellow for Media and Civic Engagement
Phone 617.627.4744

Julie Dobrow has an A.B. from Smith College in Anthropology and Sociology, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in media studies from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Much of her research centers on the content and effects of media on children; on issues of gender and ethnicity in media; and on how children make sense of these images in the world of animated programming. Dobrow’s other main research interests are in the intersection of history and communication studies and in biography.

Her book, Outside Emily's Door: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet, was published by WW Norton and Company in 2018. Dobrow has worked professionally as a journalist and runs workshops on media literacy training for parents, teachers, and students. She has written a blog on children and media issues for the Huffington Post, in addition to writing  freelance pieces for the Boston Globe Magazine and other publications.

Dobrow’s work at Tisch College focuses on developing and teaching courses in the area of Civic Media, mentoring Tisch College faculty, advising students in the Civic Studies major, coordinating internships for students that focus on issues of media and civic engagement, and putting on events such as the annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues and Journalism.

Outside of Tufts, Dobrow has volunteered extensively on town boards and committees in her community in educational and environmental realms. She also serves as vice president of the Boston Authors Club.

Moon Duchin

Moon Duchin

Tisch College Senior Fellow
Phone 617.627.5970

Moon Duchin is an Associate Professor of mathematics at Tufts University and serves as director of Tufts’ interdisciplinary Science, Technology, and Society program. Her mathematical research is in geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and dynamics. She is also one of the leaders of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, a Tisch College-supported project that focuses mathematical attention on issues of electoral redistricting.

Duchin's research looks at the metric geometry of groups and surfaces, often by zooming out to the large scale picture. Lately she has focused on geometric counting problems, in the vein of the classic Gauss circle problem, which asks how many integer points in the plane are contained in a disk of radius r. Her graduate training was in low-dimensional topology and ergodic theory, focusing on an area called Teichmüller theory, where the object of interest is a parameter space for geometric structures on surfaces.

Duchin has also worked and lectured on issues in the history, philosophy, and cultural studies of math and science, such as the role of intuition and the nature and impact of ideas about genius. She is involved in a range of educational projects in mathematics: she is a veteran visitor at the Canada/USA Mathcamp for talented high school students; has worked with middle school teachers in Chicago Public Schools, developed inquiry-based coursework for future elementary school teachers at the University of Michigan, and briefly partnered with the Poincaré Institute for Mathematics Education at Tufts.

Jonathan Garlick

Jonathan Garlick

Tisch College Senior Fellow for Civic Science
Phone 617.636.2478

Jonathan Garlick is a Senior Fellow at Tisch College of Civic Life and Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Engineering. His NIH-funded research laboratory has pioneered the use of stem cells for tissue engineering to develop new treatments for oral health, cancer and complications of diabetes. As a science educator, Jonathan teaches students to explore the impact of science in their lives as a bridge towards moral responsibility and social action. At Tisch College, he directs a science education and civic engagement initiative known as Civic Science, which strives to inform public learning about science issues in order to promote inclusive public dialogue about divisive science issues in ways that strengthen civic life. Jonathan received his D.D.S. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and his Oral Pathology training from Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has been awarded Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, the President and Chancellor’s Award, the State University of New York’s highest teaching honor, and he was recently inducted into the Monticello High School Hall of Distinction for contributions to society.

Jerry Mande

Jerold R. Mande

Tisch College Senior Fellow

Jerold R. Mande is Professor of the Practice, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a Senior Fellow, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University. Mande joined the Tufts faculty in May 2017.

In addition to his faculty duties, Mande is leading an initiative on advocacy, food policy change, and public health impact. Mr. Mande understands the complex intersection of nutrition science and policy and that merely supplying people with the right nutrition information is not enough to ensure a healthy public. Far beyond issues of personal responsibility, real change in public health requires changing our food environment.

Mr. Mande brings a wealth of experience in public health, nutrition, and public policy to the job. In 2009 he was appointed by President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, and after two years transitioned to focusing on reforming the national feeding programs. Mande brings prior academic experience as well. Before joining the Obama administration, he was the associate director for public policy at the Yale Cancer Center, and on the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. There, he devised a national model that leveraged state leadership to increase cancer prevention and control, including diet and cancer, and was affiliated faculty with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Nutrition.

Earlier in his career, as senior advisor to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, he helped shape national policy on nutrition, food safety, and tobacco and led the design of the Nutrition Facts label that now appears on virtually all packaged foods. Following his tenure at FDA, Mr. Mande served on the White House staff as a health policy advisor, working on food, cancer, and tobacco policy, and was deputy assistant secretary for occupational health at the Department of Labor. He began his career as a legislative assistant for Al Gore in the U.S. House and Senate, managing Gore's health and environment agenda, and helping Gore write the nation's organ donation and transplantation laws.

Megan Mueller

Megan Mueller

Tisch College Senior Fellow
Phone 508.839.7991

Dr. Megan Mueller is the Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and is the Associate Director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. She teaches in the M.S. program in Animals and Public Policy at the Center for Animals and Public Policy, as well as in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Dr. Mueller received her B.A. in psychology and M.A. and Ph.D. in child study and human development from Tufts University.

Dr. Mueller’s research, teaching, and service focuses on assessing how relationships with animals can promote healthy children, families and communities through pet ownership, animal-assisted therapy, and animal-based community programs. Her ongoing projects involve human-animal interaction in military families, the integration of animals into science and engineering education, the effects of equine and canine-assisted therapy in promoting mental health, and accessibility of veterinary care to underserved human and animal populations.

As a Tisch College Senior Fellow, Mueller focuses on issues related to public policy regarding animals and the role pets can play in improving education, health, and other aspects of civic life.

Diane O'Donoghue

Diane O'Donoghue

Director, Program for Public Humanities & Senior Fellow for the Humanities
Phone 617.627.6145

Diane O’Donoghue is the director of the Program for Public Humanities and Senior Fellow for the Humanities at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. She became affiliated with Tisch College, first as a Faculty Fellow and then in her current roles, after two terms as the chair of the Department of Visual and Critical Studies, a Tufts University department located at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. An art historian, her areas of specialization include the visual culture of early China, about which she authored a monograph on reflection as object and idea in the Bronze Age. From these art historical and archaeological interests came scholarship on issues of the representation of surface and depth, and memory and memorialization, work informed by visual and cultural studies, gender and postcolonial critiques, and the practice and theories of psychoanalysis. Her writings on these issues have been awarded the CORST, Deutsch, and Silberger Prizes and she is a scholar member and on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

“These Words,” an exhibition project created in 2016 with the Chinese Historical Society of New England, circled back to research with Chinese archival sources in the service of both public history and advocacy. She joined the John Nicholas Brown Center of Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University as Visiting Professor of Public Humanities as of the fall of 2018. Her fellowships include two visiting appointments as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, during which time she co-founded an organization of descendant families to advocate for the preservation of Jewish cemeteries and related sites in Austria. Diane O’Donoghue’s new book, On Dangerous Ground: Freud’s Visual Cultures of the Unconscious (Bloomsbury, 2019) was the recipient of this year’s Robert S. Liebert Award, given in recognition of interdisciplinary work in psychoanalysis and the humanities. The award and its memorial lecture are sponsored by Columbia University and its Psychoanalytic Center.