When she came to Lauder from the faculty of Harvard Business School – where she was faculty chair of the inaugural MBA Immersion Experience Program (IXP) and Senior Fellow in Asian Business and Globalization, among other appointments held over 11 years – Regina Abrami brought extensive teaching and research experience and demonstrated expertise in political economy and business in China and Vietnam. Throughout her career, Regina has been invited to give expert testimony and talks at places such as the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition, she has received support from the Social Science Research Council, the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China, the Institute of World Politics, and Fulbright. Regina earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She has lived and conducted research in several Asian countries, and her academic work has been published in multiple university-press–edited volumes. Harvard Business School Press published Can China Lead? Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth, co-authored with William C. Kirby and F. Warren McFarlan, in 2014.
Moira Alvarez has the degree Licenciada en Letras from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an MA in Hispanic Studies from Temple University. Currently she is finishing her PhD in the area of Latin American literature; 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.
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.
An experienced director of summer language programs in Portuguese, Ana Isabel Delgado works to “create a rich academic and cultural experience for the students in the Portuguese program.” Ana Isabel also directs the Portuguese program at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., and she serves as Chair of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Portuguese Special Interest Group. Before Lauder, Ana Isabel lectured in Portuguese at Stanford University and taught English and Portuguese at the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos, a large bi-national center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has also trained teachers in Brazil, Spain, and Costa Rica. Ana Isabel holds an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Alabama.
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.
Jesus Fernández-Villaverde is a Professor of Economics in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. Born and raised in Spain, he moved to the U.S. to complete a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Minnesota after receiving his B.Sc. in Economics and Management and his B.J. in Law from ICADE in Madrid. Jesus has taught at Duke University, and he has been a visiting professor at both NYU and Yale. He has also served as a consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. In Spain, Jesus directed a research group on macroeconomics for the Prime Minister’s Economic Office and served as Research Associate Chair for FEDEA, the Foundation for the Study of Applied Economics. He has received the IX Herrero Prize for an Outstanding Economist in Spain under 40, as well as the Kravis Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, among other honors. Jesus has been at Penn since 2001. His main areas of research are macroeconomics, econometrics, and economic history. In economic history, he studies the interaction between institutions, economics, and political arrangements from a global and comparative perspective.
2015 German Summer Program Director (Germany and Turkey)
Recognized for distinction in teaching, Angelika taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Iowa, Smith College, Bryn Mawr College, and the Ohio State University, where she received the University Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has also taught at and served as Director of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University since 2000, where she developed and directed the SAIS German Studies Summer Program, for which she received a grant through the German government’s Transatlantik-Programm. Angelika holds a Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in German Linguistics and German Literature from the Ohio State University, and a B.A. in German History, Social Studies, German Linguistics and Literature from Universität Augsburg in Germany.
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 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.
Lidia has been teaching Spanish language, Hispanic cultural history and Spanish literature at the University of Pennsylvania since 2007. Her role at Lauder has been to evaluate the final Spanish Language and Culture presentations required for graduation, and to direct the Spanish Summer Program in Colombia. Lidia holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and an M.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from Stony Brook University, as well as a B.A. in Art History and Aesthetics from the University of Seville in Spain. In her position in the Department of Romance Languages at Penn, Lidia has received an award for Excellence in Teaching, Outstanding Performance, and Lasting Contribution to the Spanish Language Program. She has also received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Stony Brook University and a Certificate in Pedagogical Aptitude from the University of Seville. Lidia specializes in intellectual and political history, intercultural studies, and feminism and gender studies.
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.
Before joining the Lauder faculty in 2010 as a lecturer in Arabic and the Director of Lauder’s Arabic Language and Culture Program, Amel Mili served as a magistrate in the Administrative Tribunal of Tunisia, a special court modeled on France’s Conseil d’Etat. During her tenure with the Tribunal, she also completed short-term assignments in Quebec City, Canada and Paris, France. She holds a Ph.D. in Global Affairs and an M.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University, Newark, an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Tunis, and a J.D. in Private Law from the Law School of Tunis. Amel has published eighteen articles in journals and conferences, as well as a textbook, Arabic for Business Studies. Passionate about gender equality, Amel is currently preparing a book for University Press of New England/ Brandeis University Press called Gender and the Arab Spring, which is due to appear in 2015. She served as program co-chairwoman of the first International Workshop on Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning Arabic, held in Tunis, Tunisia.
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.
As chair of the South Asia Studies Department and South Asia Language Coordinator, Ramya’s research interests include early modern South Asia; religion and caste in early modern Rajasthan; colonialism and modernity; and gender history. She holds a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and is the author of The Many Lives of a Rajput Queen: Heroic Pasts in Indian History c. 1500-1900, for which she received the 2009 Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize for the Best Book in South Asian Studies. She has also been the recipient of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy’s Annual Research Grant at the University of Buffalo Law School, where she teaches South Asian history, and she has served as the Chair of the South Asia Council for the Association for Asian Studies.
Keren Weitzberg received her PhD in history from Stanford University in June 2013. She has traveled extensively in East Africa, where she has conducted archival research and oral histories. Owing to her use of diverse methodologies and her interest in the ways in which the past and present inform one another, her work sits at the intersection of the disciplines of history and anthropology. Her specializations include: the history of Kenya and its relationship to the Indian Ocean and the Horn of Africa; nationalism in Kenya and Somalia; and Islam in East Africa.
Keren is currently working on a book project, which is under contract with Ohio University Press for the New African Histories series, tentatively entitled Citizenship on the Borders: Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya. This work, which spans the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial eras, draws attention to linkages and networks that went beyond the policed boundaries of empire and nation-state. It shows that Somalis and other related groups have long been part of Islamic, nomadic, and lineage communities that spanned Northeast Africa and Arabia. These older forms of cosmopolitanism, kinship, and nomadic life came to co-exist and compete with the more recent territorial state. Keren’s research calls into question popular assumptions that Africans are a “local” people who can only be impacted by global forces, but cannot contribute to them. It also examines how the nation-state and the colonial state before it criminalized older forms of mobility and belonging.
Keren has published in the Journal of Northeast African Studies and has forthcoming work in The Journal of African History and the edited volume Kenya at Fifty: History, Policy, and Politics. Her second project will focus on the history of Jews in Africa. It will examine the intersections between blackness and Judaism and trace the diverse, diasporic dimensions underpinning the religion. It will also challenge assumptions that Africa is marginal to the history of Judaism.