Gia Barboza is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Northeastern University.  She received her PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University, after having received a J.D. (summa cum laude), an M.A. in Family Studies, and a M.S. in Statistics there as well.  Her B.A. in Anthropology is from U.C.L.A.  Professor Barboza’s research areas include youth violence prevention, elder abuse, Latino politics, and political methods.

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Rachael Barlow graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in sociology and anthropology and received her Master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Indiana University.  In her dissertation, she examined how librarians and library buildings co-construct librarians’ professional identities.

Before coming to Trinity, she taught at Indiana University, University of Connecticut, and University of Hartford, where she taught everything from Social Change to the Sociology of Education.  As Trinity’s Social Sciences Data Coordinator, she works with faculty and students to locate data useful for long-term research projects and short-term analysis and simulation exercises.  She regularly guest-lectures about data gathering and data-related issues (sampling, poll, etc.) in classes across Trinity’s disciplines.

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Patrick Florance is the Manager of Geospatial Technology Services within Tufts University Information Technology (UIT). He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Tufts Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and in the  Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy. Previously Patrick was the digital cartography specialist at Harvard University. Patrick has taught and written extensively on geospatial librarianship. He has worked in a variety of public, private, and academic environments.


Helen B. Marrow is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at Tufts University. Her work explores Latin Americans’ racial and ethnic identities in the United States and Europe, the impact of immigration on social life and race relations in the contemporary rural American South, and variation in public bureaucracies’ approaches to unauthorized immigration (especially in education, law enforcement, and health care). Her work on immigration in the rural American South has been published in Perspectives on Politics, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the American Sociological Review, and also forms the basis for her book, New Destination Dreaming: Immigration, Race, and Legal Status in the Rural American South (Stanford University Press, 2011). Her scholarship on second-generation Brazilians’ racial and ethnic identities in the United States has been published in Ethnicities, and her research on first-generation Latin Americans’ racial and ethnic identities in Ireland is forthcoming in Latino Studies. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University, and her A.B. (summa cum laude) in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Princeton University.



Nathan M. Nickerson, RN, MSN, DrPH, is a founding director of Konbit Sante, and its first executive director.  Konbit Sante has been working on health systems strengthening in Northern Haiti for the past ten years. Prior to that, he had an extended career providing care and developing programs for people who were homeless, addicted, or marginalized.  Prior to changing his focus to international work, he was most recently the Director of Public Health for the City of Portland, Maine, where he oversaw services related to infectious diseases, health care for the poor and homeless, health care for children and families, and health promotion services.

Nate has BS degrees from Tufts and the University of Southern Maine as well as a master’s degree in primary care nursing from Simmons College. He received his doctorate in international public heath from Boston University.

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Alec Peck received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in Education of Exceptional Children. He has been on the Boston College faculty for over 20 years, and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty and Academics in the School of Education  He has been the recipient of numerous research, training, and demonstration grants in special education and educational technology. He is the co-founder of Teaching Exceptional Children Plus, an open-access on-line journal which offers additional content and extends the reach of Teaching Exceptional Children, which he also co-edited from 2001-2010.


Amy Pienta is an Associate Research Scientist at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.  At ICPSR as Director of Acquisitions, she oversees that identification of new data collections and strategic planning for new types of research data. She collaborated recently with Mary Vardigan and Nancy McGovern also at ICPSR to provide guidelines and resources for data management plans.  In her research on the science of data sharing, Pienta has examined (1) who shares data and (2) outcomes associated with data sharing, such as increased numbers of publications.  She is also a research affiliate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.  In her demographic research, she examines retirement and health in later life using longitudinal data from the Health and Retirement Study. Previously, she was on faculty at the University of Florida and Wayne State University.


Robert I. Rotberg is a frequent commentator on conflict and conflict prevention in the developing world, especially Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, on failed and fragile states, on good governance and encouraging good governance, on genocide and ethnic cleansing, on corruption, and on specific civil wars and other contemporary issues in Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Somalia, Burma, Sri Lanka and Haiti. He created the Index of African Governance.

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D. Rosalind Sewell (Roz) is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she is studying Security Studies and Islamic Civilizations. Her international awards include selection as a Fulbright Research Fellow to Morocco in 2009, and her selection as Pickering Foreign Affairs International Fellow in 2006. She was Director of Crisis Mapping on the Ushahidi Haiti Project and then Haiti Field Representative. Roz spent summer 2010 working at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo reporting on economic and ICT affairs in Sri Lanka.



Deborah Schildkraut received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and her B.A. from Tufts University. Her courses at Tufts include the Politics of Ethnicity and American Identity, Political Psychology, Political Science Research Methods, Introduction to American Politics, Public Opinion, and Political Representation in the United States. She is the author of Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Press ‘One’ for English: Language Policy, Public Opinion, and American Identity (Princeton University Press, 2005). Both books examine the implications of the changing ethnic composition of the United States on public opinion in a variety of domains. She has also published articles in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Political Research Quarterly, and Perspectives on Politics. She previously served as an Assistant Professor of Politics at Oberlin College.