Dr. Regina M. Abrami is the Director of the Lauder Institute’s Global Program and Head of its International Studies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Lauder Institute, she is broadly responsible for interdisciplinary curricular development in support of the university’s joint-degree MBA-MA program in International Studies. Dr. Abrami brings to the Lauder Institute a passion for, and expertise in, experiential education, with focus on issues of political economy, intercultural group dynamics, strategic foresight, and qualitative field-based learning.
Dr. Abrami holds appointments in the Departments of Political Science and Management as Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow, respectively. Prior to Wharton, Dr. Abrami served on the faculty of Harvard Business School for 11 years in various capacities. These include co-designer of its “Doing Business in China” course, inaugural faculty chair of its international immersion program, and faculty member in its “Business, Government, and International Economy” unit. HBS honors include appointment as a Hellman Faculty Fellow, awarded for distinction in research, and the Robert F. Greenhill Award, given in recognition of distinguished service.
Dr. Abrami has authored dozens of HBS case studies, and continues work on the political economy of economic governance, national innovation, and the geopolitics of national economic security, with special focus on China. Her published work has appeared in Comparative Politics, Journal of East Asian Studies, Harvard Business Review, Marketwatch (WSJ), the China Policy Institute, the Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems. In 2014, her book, Can China Lead? Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth (co-authored with William C. Kirby and F. Warren McFarlan) was published by Harvard Business Review Press (published in Chinese in 2017).
Dr. Abrami earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was both a Reinhard Bendix and John L. Simpson Memorial Fellow. She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, Phi Beta Kappa, and a former Fellow of the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright-Hays Program.
Moira Alvarez holds the degree Licenciada en Letras (BA in Linguistics and Literature) from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), and received an MA in Hispanic Studies (2009) and a PhD (2015) from Temple University. Her work takes a Cultural Studies approach to issues in contemporary Latin American literature and film. She has taught Spanish language and culture at several different institutions in Argentina and the US, including the University of Buenos Aires, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College.
Moira has collaborated with the Lauder Institute since 2006 in different capacities, as a tutor, academic assistant and instructor. As member of the Lauder faculty, Moira’s objectives are to help students to learn about, understand, and discuss critical cultural topics from the Spanish speaking countries. In addition, her double certification as tester for the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) by the Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) allows her to enhance students’ language proficiency.
Asked what drew Claire Babanoury to teach at Lauder in 1999, she answered “the mix of nationalities, the amazing professional experiences within the faculty and student body, and the declared and concerted will to look at language and culture as the quintessential elements underlying human actions in today’s globalized business world.” What prepared her to teach her was a world-class education and her depth of experience in applying what she has learned. Her pre-Lauder experience includes teaching language and business language courses in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania and working in Brussels, Belgium, as a translator for the Commission of the European Union (ACP-EC Lome II Convention negotiations), as well as for other international organizations. Her two master’s degrees – one in Language and Translation (Ecole d’Interprètes Internationaux, Mons, Belgium) and the other in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (Université Stendhal in Grenoble) – ground her expertise in the speaking, reading, and teaching of French. Multilingual, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and German Languages and Literatures (University of Saint-Etienne). Since 2006, she has served as Penn’s Business Languages Group Coordinator.
Trained in modern world history (Princeton, 2010), Carolyn Biltoft’s work approaches the dynamics of global capitalism since 1850 through the lenses of intellectual and cultural history. In particular, she is interested in the ways that individuals and institutions have responded to, made sense of, and then influenced the bundle of interconnected phenomena collated under the term globalisation. Her first book project, Global Flesh and Spirit: The Information Age as seen from the League of Nations, 1918-1939, situates the rise and fall of the world’s first intergovernmental organisation within the riptides of a global modernity where markets and societies became entangled with information systems. Rather than telling one institutional story, the book uses the League’s archives to tell a series of micro-histories. Missing typewriters, press releases and financial statements reveal that as information flows knit together people and economies, they also generated conflict over cables and the money and messages running through them.
Carolyn’s additional research projects include a series of forthcoming papers on the global historical contexts of the micro/macro divide, as well as a longer-term project that looks at the relationship between psychology, religion, and market dynamics in the long twentieth century.
Maria Bourlatskaya has been teaching at Lauder been lecturing in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures since 1992. She also serves as Director of Lauder’s Russian Language and Culture Program and Russian Summer Immersion Program. Perhaps part of the secret of her long, successful career is that, as she puts it, “the flow of ideas arising from the varied cultural backgrounds and educational experience of both the faculty and the students provides a constant intellectual stimulus and an invaluable source of learning.” As for her own cultural and educational background, Maria holds an M.A. in Philology from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Management Certification from Wharton. Before coming to Lauder, she taught Russian as a foreign language at the USSR Academy of Sciences and worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Soviet and East European Studies.
María del Milagro Lozada Cerna, or Mili for short, has a Ph. D. in Hispanic Studies from Temple University, an M.A. in Communication Sciences from Universidad Católica de Santa María, Peru, and a Marketing Certification from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. At the Lauder Institute since 2011, Mili previously taught classes in Spanish language, Hispanic literature and culture, and business practices at various institutions, including Temple University, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interest interests are primarily contemporary applied linguistics, Spanish-American narrative, film studies, and cultural Studies.
As a member of the Lauder Institute faculty, she strives to enhance not only students’ knowledge of Spanish as a language but also their understanding of the diverse cultures, contexts, and countries in which Spanish is spoken.
Frederick R. Dickinson is Professor of Japanese History and co-director of the Lauder Institute. Born in Tokyo and raised in Kanazawa and Kyoto, Japan, he teaches courses on modern Japan and empire and nation in modern East Asia. He holds an M.A. in International Politics from Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan, 1986) and an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) in History from Yale University. He has received grants from the Japanese Ministry of Education, the Fulbright Commission and the Japan Foundation and was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford University, 2000–01) and Visiting Research Scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, 2011–12). He has held visiting professorships at Swarthmore College, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Kyoto University and Kwansei Gakuin University and has served as Acting Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn (2008–09). He is the author of War and National Reinvention: Japan in the Great War, 1914–1919 (Harvard, 1999), Taisho Tenno (Taisho Emperor, Minerva, 2009 [in Japanese]) and World War I and the Triumph of the New Japan, 1919–1930 (Cambridge, 2013).
Anand K. Dwivedi began teaching at Lauder in 2013, the year the Hindi language and culture program was introduced. Prior to his arrival at Lauder, he was Associate Director at the South Asia Center, Syracuse University. He earned an M.Phil. in Linguistics (University of Delhi) and an M.A. in Linguistics (University of Delhi) before starting his career teaching Hindi to Korean and American students and working as a faculty member on study abroad programs of American universities. He later taught Hindi at the University of Virginia and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where he also served as a language specialist for the Institute’s assessment projects. His work on material development projects for the ACTFL’s Heritage Learners is just one of many platforms he has used for his own professional development in the field of foreign language pedagogy. As a teacher, his goal is to make language instruction culturally rich and pedagogically effective through innovative, technology-driven instructional design. Dwivedi’s areas of interest include issues of language and education, inclusive growth, environment, rural empowerment and sustainable agriculture. He also enjoys Hindi literature and listening to Indian music and ghazals.
Ann Farnsworth-Alvear teaches Latin American History and directs the Program in Latin American Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences. She holds a B.A. from William and Mary and a Ph.D. from Duke University. In her book Dulcinea in the Factory: Myths, Morals, Men and Women in Colombia’s Industrial Experiment, 1905-1960, published by Duke University Press in 2000, she combines her interest in working-class history, gender studies, and oral history in modern and colonial Latin America. Ann has received both the Allan Sharlin Prize of the Social Science History Association and the Bolton-Johnson Prize of the Conference on Latin American History. Her current research focuses on the Colombian Choco and the history of race in Latin America.
Ronald J. Granieri is a historian of European Politics and Diplomacy, with special attention to the period after 1945. After receiving his A.B. in History from Harvard, he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, and has also studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cologne in Germany. He is the author of The Ambivalent Alliance: Konrad Adenauer, the CDU/CSU, and the West, 1949-1966, as well as a number of articles on European history, European-American relations, and contemporary politics. Ron has been the winner of several teaching awards, including the Penn History Department’s Richard S. Dunn Award for Undergraduate Teaching, and the Friars Senior Society Faculty Award, among others. Currently a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, Ron’s past fellowships have included a Federal Chancellor Scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as membership in the American Council on Germany’s Young Leader Program. Before teaching at Penn, Ron taught at Syracuse and Temple and served as a visiting professor at the University of Tübingen in Germany.
Before she joined the Lauder Institute in 2015, Fernanda Guida was a visiting professor and the Overseas Coordinator of the Portuguese Flagship Program at the University of Georgia (UGA). She taught Portuguese language and culture at UGA and at UFSJ in Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Romance Languages from UGA, where she received two awards: 1) the Presidential Honors Recognition for Academic Credentials and Outstanding Contributions and 2) the Outstanding Teaching Award. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book chapter, “Maximizing Oral Proficiency Development via Telecollaborative Partnerships in the Portuguese Flagship Program,” which she wrote with fellow UGA professors. Fernanda’s main academic interests include Brazilian literature, foreign language education, and film studies. She believes that learning foreign languages must go beyond the grammatical components of the language and include exposure to various spheres of communication by crossing borders and exchanging culture and ideas.
Mauro F. Guillén is the Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at Penn. He holds the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School and a secondary appointment as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University and a Doctorate in political economy from the University of Oviedo in his native Spain. His current research deals with emerging-market multinationals, and with the impact of globalization on patterns of organization and on the diffusion of innovations. His most recent books are Global Turning Points (Cambridge University Press), The New Multinationals (Cambridge University Press), and The Taylorized Beauty of the Mechanical (Princeton University Press). He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals and as a trustee of the Fundación Princesa de Asturias. He is an elected fellow of the Sociological Research Association, and a winner of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award. He was a member of the University of Oviedo’s team that won the National University Basketball Championship of Spain in 1987.
As an economic field researcher in Algeria in the early 1990s, Deborah Harrold learned quickly that political, cultural, economic, and religious issues are inextricably bound together. One of her research trips was based around supposedly uncontroversial economic issues, but Deborah found that, in the midst of a political struggle that was quickly spiraling into civil war, the politicization of economic ideas had cast Islamists and liberal economists together as a danger to the regime in power. Now, as a lecturer in political science and history, Deborah emphasizes the interrelationships between history, politics, and economy, especially in the Middle East. Deborah holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. Deborah’s research and teaching interests include economic policy in the Middle East and the history of economic ideas in the region – interests that developed out of her research experiences in North Africa.
After teaching at Princeton University and Bryn Mawr College, Theresa Jen joined the Lauder faculty in 2000 as a lecturer in the Chinese Language and Culture Program, which she now directs. She has received a Ph.D. in Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics from Rutgers University and an M.A. in East Asian Studies and Cross-Culture Studies from Seton Hall University. She has been invited to speak at international conferences in Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and elsewhere, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship after completing her undergraduate studies. Theresa holds appointments with the U.S. Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Committee in China, where she serves as chair. Theresa’s professional interests include diplomacy, international studies, and sociolinguistics. She has published several textbooks, including Chinese Culture ABC, co-authored with Robert DiYanni and published by Shangwu Press, Beijing.
James G. McGann is a senior lecturer of International Studies at the Lauder Institute, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program and senior fellow, Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming his current post, James was Assistant Director of the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as the Senior Vice President for the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats, the Assistant Director of the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, and the Public Policy Program Officer for The Pew Charitable Trusts. James earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a National Fellow at Stanford University while writing his doctoral thesis, which examined the nature and evolution of public-policy research organizations in the United States such as Brookings Institution, Heritage Foundation, Urban Institute, and others. James compared and contrasted the mission, structure, and operating principles of these leading think tanks to determine how those factors influenced the institutions’ role in policymaking. His research and consulting have enabled him to work with governments and civil society organizations in over 100 countries.
Since 1998, Emiko Nagatomo has encouraged the aspirations of Lauder students who seek to become future global leaders and exponentially increase their mastery of Japanese in their two years at the Institute. She is the co-author of a book on business Japanese and five books to prepare students for the Japanese Language Profiency Text (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken: N2 Yomu, N2 Bun no Rule, N2 Kiku, N3 Yomu and N3 Kiku) – all of which were published in Japan. She has taught Japanese at Drexel University and Villanova University and previously served as executive assistant to the president and chairman of a U.S.-Japan joint venture firm for several years. She has an M.A. in Foreign Language Education from Temple University. Her professional interests include intercultural communication, business-language education, and Multimedia-Assisted Language Learning technology. She is certified to teach Japanese cultural practices such as the tea ceremony and flower arrangement. She directed the Lauder first-summer immersion in Japan in 2014.
Born and raised in the ancient city of Nanjing, China, Xiaolin Peng developed an interest in the study of different languages and cultures at an early age. She came to the U.S. to attend the University of Georgia, where she earned her M.S. Ed in Teaching Foreign Languages, and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Xiaolin has been teaching at Lauder since 2009, and in 2014 she joined the faculty as a lecturer in Mandarin Chinese in the Chinese Language and Culture Program. Prior to Lauder, she taught English as a foreign language and Chinese at universities, private language schools, and non-profit organizations. According to Xiaolin, language teaching and learning is “an interactive process that should involve the use of meaningful, goal-oriented communicative tasks.”
Eva Recio joined the Lauder Institute faculty in 2011 after teaching at Independence Charter School, the Romance Language Department of the University of Pennsylvania, and Saint Joseph’s University. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in History from Universidad de Salamanca and Universiteit van Amsterdam, respectively, as well as a M. Ed. in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from Saint Joseph’s University and a Spanish Teaching Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Eva’s professional interests include bilingual education, heritage students’ language teaching, and intercultural education. She is currently pursuing a M. Ed. in Educational Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.
Susanne Shields joined Lauder in 1993 as a language instructor during the German Summer Immersion program. A year later, she started directing the Lauder German Language and Culture Program and has done so ever since. Professor Shields has a Ph.D. in German Literature (University of Pennsylvania), an M.A. in German Languages and Literature (Penn State University), and a Degree in Pedagogy (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt). She is also certified to conduct the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and WPT (Written Proficiency Test). Before she came to the Lauder Institute, Professor Shields taught courses as a teaching assistant in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Penn State University while she pursued her master’s degree (1982-1986). After graduating from Penn State, she worked as a teaching assistant and lecturer in the Department of Germanic Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Shield’s main academic interest is in cross-cultural communication, and she has focused her research on the relationship between foreign-language study and cultural understanding in the business context. She continues to teach courses at the Department of Germanic Languages at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal has had a long and distinguished career in government and academia. Dr. Westphal was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on March 26, 2014.
Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Westphal was the Under Secretary of the Army and its Chief Management Officer from 2009 to 2014. He also held the positions of Assistant Secretary of the Army from 1998 to 2000 and Acting Secretary of the Army in 2001.
Dr. Westphal began his career in 1975 as a professor of political science at Oklahoma State University and later served as a Department Head. In 2002 he became the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and Professor of Political Science. He also served as Director of the Tishman Environmental Center and Provost at the New School University in New York and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
In government, he worked in both the House and Senate for more than twelve years. He has held positions in the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama, working in the Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Defense.
Ambassador Westphal also recently joined Korn Ferry as Senior Advisor to Global Industrial Market Practice.
Ambassador Westphal received a B.A. from Adelphi University (1970), an M.A. from Oklahoma State University (1973), and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1980).
Ambassador Westphal was born in Santiago, Chile and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1957. He is fluent in Spanish.
He and his wife Linda have four children and seven grandchildren.