Alexandra S.V. Barker serves as the Data Dissemination Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau – New York Regional Office, out of her Massachusetts office. She is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont through the dissemination of Census data and information. She also manages all media relations in the New England states, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico. Previously, Mrs. Barker served as a Supervisory Survey Statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau Boston Regional Office, overseeing field operations for the American Community Survey in MA and PR. She graduated from PUC-Rio (Brazil) with a B.S. in Journalism and earned her Masters of Science in Public Affairs & International Relations from University of Massachusetts Boston.

Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier holds a professional masters and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. In spring 2009, she became the Department Head of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. She simultaneously serves as a professor of economic geography and regional planning. She has two books on policies to develop and expand technology industries. Her book, Manufacturing Time: Global Competition in the World Watch industry, 1750-2000, provides considerable perspective on how different modes of industrial organization and varieties of capitalism yield varying levels of competitive success of national systems of industrialization. In addition, she has written two books focused on the special development problems of rural areas and has worked closely with academics and policy makers around the country to fashion programs designed to assist in formulating sustainable development strategies for rural areas. Her most recent book, published fall 2005 by Routledge Press, An Atlas of Poverty in America: One Nation, Pulling Apart 1960-2003 examines the experience of people and places in poverty since the 1960s, looks across the last four decades at poverty in America and recounts the history of poverty policy since the 1940s. She is finishing up a project on the spatial location of wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. With a Freedom Of Information request, Glasmeier acquired data that allows her to map the location of health care services and the soldier’s home of record. She hopes this research will help draw attention to the particular difficulties of soldiers seeking health care while living in rural areas.

Amanda Izenstark is Associate Professor and Reference and Instructional Design Librarian at the University Libraries, University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. She received her MLIS from URI in 2001, and is currently ACRL New England Member-at-Large and co-chair of ACRL Instruction Section’s Instructional Technologies Committee. Amanda is an adjunct faculty at the URI-GSLIS teaching Reference and Information Services and is also co-recipient in 2006 of the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation in Instruction Award.

Dr. Keith Maddox is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Tufts University Social Cognition Lab. He received his A.B. (1991) in psychology from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Maddox is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including grants from the National Science Foundation, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, and an SPSP Distinguished Service Award. His lab is focused on research programs examining social cognitive aspects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination seeking to understand topics such as: cognitive representations and stereotypes of African Americans based on variation in skin tone and other phenotypic characteristics; how stereotypes and prejudice influence perceptions of those who claim to be the targets of discrimination; stereotype threat among members of socially marginalized groups; and the role of social categories in spatial representation.. As the United States becomes a more diverse society, issues surrounding stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination will continue to gain importance. The long-range goal of this work is to further the understanding of the representation of stereotypic knowledge and its implications for the behavior and treatment of members of stereotyped groups.

Katherine McNeill is the Social Science Data Services and Economics Librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  She is a member of the Libraries’ Research Data Management Team, which supports the management and curation of research data produced at MIT.  She leads the Social Science Data Services program, which facilitates access to and use of secondary research data in the social sciences. She is MIT’s representative on the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) Alliance Expert Committee and its Official Representative to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).  In addition, she is a member of the Administrative Committee of the International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST).

Jane Morris has a Master’s in Library Science from Simmons College and a J.D. from Boston University. She worked as a Reference Librarian at Suffolk University Law Library and as Associate Librarian for Reference/Instruction at Ginn Library at Tufts University. Jane went to Boston College in 2007 as the Head of the Social Work Library. She has been active in the scholarly communication field since 2001, serving as chair of the Scholarly Communication Team at Tufts, and chair of the Scholarly Communication Committee at Boston College. In 2010, Jane became Boston College’s first Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Dr. Sarah Pinto is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, where she teaches courses on gender, medical anthropology, anthropological theory, and South Asia. Her research has looked at reproduction, traditional birth practitioners, and psychiatry, with a regional focus on northern India. She is the author of Where There Is No Midwife: Birth and Loss in Rural India (Berghahn 2008), and is completing a manuscript on women and psychiatric care in north India. Pinto was recently awarded the American Council on Learned Societies’ Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, to conduct research on the history of hysteria in India.

Munish Puri is a political risk analyst for Recorded Future, which aggregates and visualizes forecasts from the web and social media. Recently, he has worked for The Carter Center in Liberia and consulted independently on political risk, international business strategy, and social media in New York, London, and Johannesburg. He has previously worked in technology in San Francisco, nuclear policy in New Delhi, and security policy in DC. Munish is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, for which he have a forthcoming white paper on the political risk industry and a guide for graduate students on careers in political risk.

Dr. Charles Stewart III is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT, where he has taught since 1985. His research and teaching areas include congressional politics, elections, and American political development. His current research about Congress touches on the historical development of committees, party leadership, and Senate elections. Since 2001, Professor Stewart has been a member of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, a leading research efforts that applies scientific analysis to questions about election technology, election administration, and election reform. He is currently the MIT director of the project. Professor Stewart is an established leader in the analysis of the performance of election systems and the quantitative assessment of election performance. Professor Stewart has been recognized at MIT for his undergraduate teaching, being named to the second class of MacVicar Fellows in 1994, awarded the Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the recipient of the Class of 1960 Fellowship. Since 1992, he has served as Housemaster of McCormick Hall, along with his spouse, Kathryn Hess. Professor Stewart received his B.A. in political science from Emory University, and S.M. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Thomas Stieve graduated with a MLS and a MA in geography from SUNY Buffalo in 2005. Afterwards, he worked as the Social Sciences Data Librarian at Brown University until he started work at Tufts University as the Senior GIS Analyst in 2011. He has concentrated on spatial and numeric data acquisition, management and reference and has taught GIS for years.


Before Boston College, Dr. Joseph Tecce did research on aging and Alzheimer’s disease in the Department of Neurology at Tufts Medical School. Main interests are how the mind affects the body during times of stress and how we can use body language, especially eye movements, to identify and control stress. Presently, a faculty member in the Psychology Department at BC; Lecturer at Boston University School of Medicine; Board of Directors, International Organization of Psychophysiology; Editorial Consultant for Psychiatry Research and the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports; and a Fellow in: the American Psychological Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and International Organization of Psychophysiology.