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The Faculty

The Directors

Martine Haas

Anthony L. Davis Director, The Lauder Institute
Lauder Professor and Professor of Management

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Martine R. Haas is the Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, and Lauder Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a tenured Professor of Management at the Wharton School, where she has taught since 2007. A native of South Africa and a US/UK citizen, her current research focuses on collaboration and innovation within multinational firms, knowledge sharing, and global teamwork. She has published academic and managerial articles in leading journals, served in senior editorial roles and on numerous editorial boards, and received scholarly awards from the Academy of Management and Academy of International Business, as well as awards for teaching excellence at Wharton in both the MBA and undergraduate programs. Before joining Penn, she served on the faculty at Cornell University and as a visiting faculty member at London Business School. She has also worked for McKinsey & Company in London and for the international aid agency Oxfam. She earned a PhD in Organizational Behavior (joint program between Harvard Business School and Arts & Sciences) and an MA in Sociology from Harvard University, an MA in International Relations from Yale University, and a BA with Honors in Human Sciences from Oxford University.

The International Studies Faculty

Senior Lecturers

Regina Abrami

Head, Lauder International Studies
Director, Lauder Global Program
Senior Lecturer, Political Science
Senior Fellow, Wharton Management Department

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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.

Lynsey Farrell

Senior Lecturer

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Dr. Lynsey Farrell is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies at the Lauder Institute supporting the Africa program of concentration. Her work has focused on the intersections of youth, international development, urbanization, and informality in sub-Saharan Africa. She completed extended field research among youth-self-help groups in the Kibera settlement of Nairobi while directing American University’s Kenya program on Sustainable International Development. A scholar-practitioner, she joined the University of Pennsylvania from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public where she led numerous knowledge and learning efforts. As program manager of Ashoka’s Future Forward: Innovations in Youth Employment in Africa initiative, she curated and facilitated the Future of Work in Africa course, co-authored an innovation guide called Youth Unstuck: Innovations in Youth Livelihoods and Leadership in Africa, and pioneered the Ashoka Emerging Insights report, which showcases the latest trends in social innovation around the world.  She received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University.

Ecaterina Locoman

Senior Lecturer

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Dr. Ecaterina Locoman is a Senior Lecturer of International Studies at the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an appointment in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Lauder Institute, Dr. Locoman is responsible for curricular development and academic oversight of its Global Knowledge Lab (GKL), the capstone vehicle through which joint-degree students carry out independent original research and complete their M.A. thesis. In addition, Dr. Locoman is a member of the teaching faculty within the Lauder Institute’s Global Program with focus on international order-making, the study of international relations, and comparative politics.

Dr. Locoman’s research focuses on comparative foreign policy analysis, the politics of alliance formation, mass media and public opinion, diplomacy, and the geopolitics of national interest, with regional emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Her book project, “Looking East or Looking West: Explaining Variations in the International Alignments of Post-Communist States”, explores why post-Communist states in Europe followed divergent foreign policy paths after the dissolution of the USSR. In addition, she had extensive experience and training in comparative analysis and field research, having completed studies at the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, as well as prior training as a journalist. She previously worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, covering a wide array of issues, including migration, human trafficking, taxation and foreign policy.

Prior to Lauder, Dr. Locoman was a Lecturer in the M.A. Program in United Nations and Global Policy Studies at Rutgers University. She also served as the Program Director of the Undergraduate Exchange Program between Rutgers University and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.

James G. McGann

Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Senior Lecturer

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Dr. 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 policy making. His research and consulting have enabled him to work with governments and civil society organizations in over 100 countries.

Sudev Sheth

Senior Lecturer

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Dr. Sudev Sheth is a Senior Lecturer of International Studies at The Lauder Institute where he teaches perspectives on entrepreneurship, global capitalism, and leadership. He also holds an appointment in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of South Asia, business history, and family enterprise in societies past and present. Prior to joining the Penn community, Dr. Sheth was the Harvard-Newcomen Fellow in Business History at Harvard Business School where he taught in the MBA and doctoral programs.

Dr. Sheth’s writings have appeared in Economic & Political Weekly, Journal of the Economic & Social History of the Orient, Manuscript Studies, and Business History Review. He has also published case-related materials on leadership, ethics, and family business for Harvard Business Publishing. Dr. Sheth is currently working on a book that explores how a prominent family business from seventeenth-century India navigated an environment of political uncertainty to grow their firm and eventually become one of Asia’s largest manufacturers of textiles and fast fashion today.

Senior Global Fellows

Mohamed A. El-Erian

Senior Global Fellow
Professor of Practice, Wharton Management Department

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Mohamed A. El-Erian is a Senior Global Fellow at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies and part-time professor of practice at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As part of the Senior Global Fellows Program at the Lauder Institute, El-Erian will leverage his distinguished experience in global affairs, policy, and business to contribute to the curriculum and serve as a mentor to the student community.

A widely followed leader in economics and finance, El-Erian is chief economic adviser at Allianz, senior advisor at Gramercy, and the incoming president of Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge effective fall 2020. El-Erian’s previous appointments include chairman of President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council, CEO of the Harvard Management Company, deputy director of the International Monetary Fund, and CEO/co-CIO of PIMCO.

In addition to being a contributing editor at the Financial Times, columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, and author of two New York Times best sellers, El-Erian was named four years in a row to Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” He is credited with identifying and coining the concept of the “New Normal” in 2009 to describe the likely sluggish economic performance of advanced economies after the 2008 global financial crisis, and for pointing out in 2016 the limitations to protracted and sole reliance on central bank policies.

El-Erian earned his MPhil in economics from the University of Oxford in 1982 as well as his PhD in 1985, and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cambridge in 1980.

Gerard (Gerry) George

Senior Global Fellow

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Professor Gerard (Gerry) George is a Senior Global Fellow at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies. He is currently serving as Dean and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University. Before joining SMU, he was Deputy Dean of Imperial College Business School, Founding Director of the Gandhi Centre, and Academic Director of the London Stock Exchange’s Elite Program, which supports ambitious private companies through their next stage of growth. Before Imperial, he held tenured positions at London Business School and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor George has published over 100 articles in innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tackling grand challenges in society. Among other distinctions, he was awarded a prestigious Professorial Fellowship from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council to work on socially-inclusive innovation in natural resources, healthcare, and energy. His co-authored books are Handbook of Inclusive Innovation (Edward Elgar, 2019), Managing Natural Resources (Edward Elgar, 2018), The Business Model Book (Pearson, 2018), Implausible Opportunities (Cambridge Press, 2012), and Inventing Entrepreneurs (Pearson, 2009). His next project is on how businesses can implement the sustainable development goals as part of their core purpose. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Ann E. Harrison

Senior Global Fellow
Dean and Bank of America Chair, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

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Ann E. Harrison is a Senior Global Fellow at the Lauder Institute. Since January 2019, she has served as the 15th dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley.

Prior to being named Dean of the Haas School of Business, Harrison was a professor of multinational management and business economics and public policy at The Wharton School. Before joining Wharton in 2012, she was the director of development policy at the World Bank, where she co-managed a team of 300 researchers and staff, and she served as a professor of Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. She has also held positions at Columbia Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the University of Paris. She has lectured at most major U.S. universities and in India, China, Latin America, Europe, the Philippines, and North Africa.

A renowned economist, she has dedicated her career to creating inclusive and sustainable policies in development economics, international trade, and global labor markets. Harrison is one of the most highly-cited scholars globally on foreign investment and multinational firms. She is the author of dozens of journal articles and the editor of three books, including Globalization and Poverty and The Factory-Free Economy: Outsourcing, Servitization, and the Future of Industry. In 2017, Harrison and her co-authors were awarded the prestigious Sun Yefang Prize by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The prize, given every two years, is considered one of China’s most prestigious honors in economics.

Harrison earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley with a double major in economics and history, and her PhD in economics from Princeton University. She also holds a DEUG (diplôme d’études universitaires générales) from the University of Paris. Born in France, she is a dual citizen of the U.S. and France.

Joseph W. Westphal

Senior Global Fellow
Chang Sun Term Professor

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Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal is a Senior Global Fellow at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Ambassador Westphal has had a long and distinguished career in government and academia.

Dr. Westphal was the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from March 2014 to January 2017.

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 (Head of the Army Corps of Engineers) 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, the Department of Defense and the Department of State.

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.

The Language & Culture Faculty

María del Milagro Lozada Cerna

Faculty Head, Language and Culture
Lecturer in Foreign Languages in Spanish

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Dr. María del Milagro Lozada Cerna, or Mili for short, is Director of the Lauder Spanish Program and Faculty Head of the Lauder Language and Culture Programs.  She is responsible for overseeing the curriculum of the two-year language programs and summer immersions for approximately ten languages and four regional programs.  Mili also developed and runs the Lauder Intercultural Venture (LIV) program, including overseeing faculty members from different disciplines and academic institutions.  As a member of the Lauder Spanish faculty, she is passionate about helping students master languages and understand complex social contexts and cultural diversity.

At the Lauder Institute since 2011, Mili previously taught classes in Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture at various institutions, including Temple University, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests lie primarily in language acquisition and intercultural development, experiential learning, and Latin American detective fiction, narrative, film studies, and cultural studies.

Mili earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Temple University, an M.A. in Communication Sciences from Universidad Católica de Santa María (Perú), and a Marketing Certification from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

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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.

Claire Babanoury

Lecturer in Foreign Languages in French

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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.

Maria Bourlatskaya

Lecturer in Foreign Languages in Russian

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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.

Anand K. Dwivedi

Lecturer in Foreign Languages in Hindi

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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.

Fernanda Guida

Lecturer in Portuguese

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Fernanda Guida joined the Lauder Institute in 2015 as the director of the Portuguese Program. Since then, she has overviewed the M.A. in Portuguese as well as coordinated the Summer Immersion Program in Brazil as part of the Latin America area of concentration. Before she joined Lauder, Fernanda was a visiting professor and the Overseas Coordinator of the Portuguese Flagship Program at the University of Georgia. She has experience in teaching Language and Culture at UPenn and UGA (U.S.A) and also at UFMG and UFSJ (Brazil). She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia and her 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.

Katie Lee

Lecturer in Korean

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Katie Lee received her Ed. D and M. Ed in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education from Temple University. Being a native speaker of Korean and specializing in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language), her professional interests include Applied linguistics and language pedagogy, sociolinguistics, cross-cultural communication and second language writing in both Korean and English. She has extensive teaching experience in the United States as well as in South Korea. She has taught all levels of Korean at several institutions in the United States, including Temple University, Drexel University and South Jersey Korean School. In addition, she taught college composition classes at Temple University. She also involved in training programs for Korean ESL teachers in South Korea and ESL teachers in the United States.

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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.

Bruno Nogueira Sales

Lecturer in Portuguese

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Bruno Nogueira Sales received his M.A. and PhD in Romance Languages and Portuguese from the University of Georgia. He has been teaching Portuguese Language and Culture classes at the Lauder Institute since 2016. His research interests are Lusophone literature and cultural studies, as wells as social and literary theory. Bruno is an ACTFL OPI rater and tester and was part of the ACTFL/DLPT standards setting group for Portuguese. Bruno’s teaching philosophy focuses on incorporating socio-historic components into language teaching, deploying methodologies that encourage rich and lively discussions, and utilizing technology to expand the limits of the classroom.   

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Xiaolin Peng 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. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Teaching Foreign Languages from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include bilingual education, second language acquisition, task-based curriculum, technology and language education, and language teacher training. Throughout her career as a language educator, Xiaolin has collaborated with several universities, international schools and non-profit organizations in U.S. and in China to develop and implement innovative language curriculum for a variety of students.

Chantal Philippon-Daniel

Lecturer in French

Farnaz Perry

Lecturer in Arabic

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Farnaz Perry joined the Lauder faculty in 2018 as a lecturer in the Arabic Language and Culture Program. She holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate in International Studies from Landegg Academy in Switzerland. Farnaz received along with her B.A a Teaching Diploma in foreign language instruction from the American University of Beirut. She teaches Arabic language at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, and was previously a lecturer in Arabic at Swarthmore College. In fact, she has been teaching language since 1988 to students of various disciplines in Lebanon, Switzerland, and Czech Republic. Her M.A. thesis is centered on prose poetry and its development in Arabic literature, and her areas of interest include translation of literary texts and passive watching of Iranian Cinema. Her poetry translations were recently published in Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature. In her classes she incorporates the critique of orientalist cultural representations as well as westernization into discussions about the MENA region.

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Eva Recio joined the Lauder Institute faculty in 2010 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./M.A. in Geography and History (Art History concentration) from Universidad de Salamanca and the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and a M. Ed. in Spanish Teaching from Saint Joseph’s University. Eva holds a Spanish Teaching Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and she has recently graduated with a M. Ed. in Educational Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania. Eva’s professional interests include language and culture education as well as intercultural competence learning and teaching.

Susanne Shields

Lecturer in Foreign Languages in German

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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.

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Xinyi Wu joined the Lauder faculty in 2017 as a lecturer in the Chinese Language and Culture Program. She received a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN) and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Foundations from Brigham Young University (BYU). Prior to Lauder, she was the Lead Faculty at the Chinese Flagship Center at BYU and Assistant Professor at Defense Language Institute at Monterey, California, where she also served as a technology and immersion specialist. She also taught at the Confucius Institute at UMN and the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at BYU while pursuing her degrees. In addition, she was involved in Chinese language test development and assessment, not only as a certified ACTFL OPI tester but as a consultant to the ACTFL/BYU Chinese Reading and Listening Proficiency Test Development. Her professional interests include intercultural and global competence, cross-cultural communication, international education, critical discourse analysis, language and identity, and culture production and ethnicity. She is the author of “Educational Journeys, Struggles, and Ethnic Identity: The Impact of State Schooling on Muslim Hui in Rural China” published by Palgrave MacMillan, as well as several articles on Chinese religious and secular education, language education pedagogy, Chinese culture and ethnic identity, and issues concerning international development and social inequality.

Summer Faculty

Africa Program

Lynsey Farrell

Anglophone Program Director

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Lynsey Farrell is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies at the Lauder Institute supporting the Africa program of concentration. Her work has focused on the intersections of youth, international development, urbanization, and informality in sub-Saharan Africa. She completed extended field research among youth-self-help groups in the Kibera settlement of Nairobi while directing American University’s Kenya program on Sustainable International Development. A scholar-practitioner, she joined the University of Pennsylvania from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public where she led numerous knowledge and learning efforts. As program manager of Ashoka’s Future Forward: Innovations in Youth Employment in Africa initiative, she curated and facilitated the Future of Work in Africa course, co-authored an innovation guide called Youth Unstuck: Innovations in Youth Livelihoods and Leadership in Africa, and pioneered the Ashoka Emerging Insights report, which showcases the latest trends in social innovation around the world.  She received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University.

Cara Welch

2019 French Summer Language Coordinator

East & Southeast Asia Program

Hanzhang Liu

2019 Summer Regional Program Director

Dela Jiao

2019 Chinese Summer Language Coordinator

Emiko Nagatomo

2019 Japanese Summer Language Coordinator

Siwon Lee

2019 Korean Summer Language Coordinator

Europe Program

Osman Balkan

2019 Regional Summer Program Director

Doreen Densky

2019 German Summer Language Coordinator

Maria Bourlatskaya

2019 Russian Summer Language Coordinator

Global Program

Shannon A. Brown

Program Director, Southeast Asia

Abigail Coplin

Associate Program Director, East Asia

Adrienne LeBas

Associate Program Director, Africa

Latin America Program

Fernanda Guida

2019 Portuguese Summer Language Coordinator

Moira Alvarez

2019 Spanish Summer Language Coordinator

SAMENA Program

Anand Dwivedi

2019 Hindi Summer Language Coordinator

Area History Faculty

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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.

Deborah Harrold

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science and Professional and Liberal Education, College of Liberal and Professional Studies

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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.

David Spafford

Associate Professor, Pre-Modern Japanese History

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