Lauder Faculty

The Director

Martine Haas

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

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Martine R. Haas is the Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, the Lauder Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and 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 Co-Director

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As the Lauder Co-Director, Julia Lynch serves as the liaison between the Lauder Institute and the School of Arts & Sciences, including on matters related to SAS coursework and faculty. Julia is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Harvard University. Her research focuses on the politics of inequality, public health, and social policy in the rich democracies, particularly the countries of western Europe. She has special interests in comparative health policy and the politics of health inequalities; comparative political economy of western Europe; southern European politics; and the politics of aging. At Penn, she is co-director of the Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium, on the advisory boards of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Italian Studies Program, and the Bioethics minor, and faculty director of the European Studies minor. She currently sits on the Executive Committee of the faculty senate, and chairs the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility. She edits Socio-Economic Review, a multi-disciplinary journal focusing on analytical, political and moral questions arising at the intersection of economy and society, and serves on the editorial boards of Perspectives in Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Polity, Journal of European Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. In the wider world, Julia is an expert advisor to the World Health Organization’s European regional office, past chair of the Health Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association, and past treasurer of the Council for European Studies.

Senior Global Fellows

Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian

Senior Global Fellow
Rene M. Kern Practice Professor, The Wharton School
President, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz

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Mohamed A. El-Erian is a Senior Global Fellow at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies and the Rene M. Kern Practice Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As part of the Senior Global Fellows Program at the Lauder Institute, El-Erian leverages 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 Advisor at Allianz, Senior Advisor at Gramercy, and the President of Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge. 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.

Dean Geoffrey Garrett

Senior Global Fellow
Dean, Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration, and Professor of Management and Organization at the USC Marshall School of Business

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Geoffrey Garrett is the Dean at the USC Marshall School of Business where he is also the Dean’s Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Management and Organization. Prior to serving as Dean of the Wharton School from 2014 to 2020, Geoff was dean of the business schools at both The University of Sydney and UNSW and founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre in his native Australia. He also served as President of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and as founding Dean of the International Institute and Vice Provost of International Studies at UCLA. Earlier in his career, he also held academic appointments not only at Wharton and at USC, but also at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities. Geoff is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a winner of the Foreign Policy Association Medal and the Advance Global Australian Award, and a member of the board of directors of Park Hotels and Resorts. He also sits on the Advisory Boards of the Indian School of Business and the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. A well-respected commentator on global business, economics and politics in major media outlets, he writes a regular series of articles as a LinkedIn Influencer. Geoff holds a BA (Honors) from the Australian National University, and an MA and PhD from Duke University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Gerard (Gerry) George

Senior Global Fellow
Professor of Management at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University


Gerry George is Professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Previously, he served as Dean and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University (SMU), where he now continues as a Visiting Professor. An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor George has published extensively in innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tackling grand challenges in society, and achieved the Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher distinction for Cross-Field Impact. 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 earned tenure at London Business School and University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, the flagship empirical journal in the field of management. 

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 on the Business of Sustainability (Edward Elgar, 2022), 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). He received an honorary doctorate in economics from the University of St. Gallen for contributions to the fields of strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship. He was conferred Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute and Distinguished Alumnus Award from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (Pilani). 

Dean 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.

Dr. Melissa Thomas-Hunt

Senior Global Fellow
John Forbes Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business and
Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia
Special Advisor, Airbnb

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Melissa Thomas-Hunt is the John Forbes Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Dr. Thomas-Hunt was formerly the Head of Global Diversity and Belonging at Airbnb where she led the strategy and execution of Airbnb’s global internal diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging programs. She retains an external senior advisor role at Airbnb focused on advancing connection and belonging research.

An expert on building inclusive, global teams, Dr. Thomas-Hunt also served as Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence at Vanderbilt University and as Global Chief Diversity Officer at the Darden School of Business, prior to her role at Airbnb.

For 25 years, she has taught MBAs and executives leadership, team dynamics, and negotiations and conducted research on the factors that unleash, leverage and amplify the contributions made by individuals, particularly women, underrepresented individuals and numerical minorities. Her publications have appeared in Research on Organizational Behavior, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Management Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Research on Managing Groups and Teams.

Dr. Thomas-Hunt received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal

Senior Global Fellow

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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 Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Leadership and Change Management at Wharton, Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration and Non-Resident Fellow at the International Studies Center of the Catholic University of Chile.

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 eight grandchildren.

International Studies Faculty

Regina Abrami

Chang Sun Term Professor
Faculty Director, Global Program
Senior Lecturer, Political Science
Senior Fellow, Management Department

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Dr. Regina M. Abrami is Chang Sun Term Professor and Faculty Director of the Global Program at the Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies. In addition, she is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Senior Fellow of Management at the Wharton School. Prior to joining the Lauder Institute, she was on the faculty of Harvard Business School where she taught in the MBA, Doctoral, and Executive Education Programs, with special focus on the context of global business, including government-business relations, international and comparative political economy, and the origins and global impact of Chinese business today. Her expertise in these areas is combined with continued passion for curricular design, experiential education, and the practice of strategic foresight and leadership development.

Dr. Abrami is an award-winning teacher and author of Can China Lead? Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth. Her research has appeared in Comparative Politics, Journal of East Asian Studies, Harvard Business Review, and the Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems, in addition to media outlets. She also serves as editorial review board member of the Asian Business and Management Journal and advisor to the Management & Business Review. Other recent honors include the Aspen Institute’s “Ideas Worth Teaching Award” for her course on strategic foresight for future worlds.

Eileen Doherty-Sil

Faculty Director-CAP (Core & Africa general Program)
Senior Lecturer, Political Science

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Dr. Eileen Doherty-Sil is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Faculty Director of the Core & Africa general Program at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies. At the Lauder Institute, she is part of the leadership team focusing on interdisciplinary curricular development in support of the University’s joint-degree MBA-MA program in International Studies. Prior to joining Lauder, she was the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in the University of Pennsylvania’s Political Science Department. Dr. Doherty-Sil brings to Lauder over twenty years of experience in executive education with the Doctor of Business Administration program at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, where she has taught courses in Conflict & Cooperation in the Global Arena as well as Theory & Practice of Collective Action.

Dr. Doherty-Sil’s research focuses on international human rights law, especially the role of business & human rights in international relations. She has written and taught extensively on these issues; her current book project focuses on the global governance of business & human rights. Dr. Doherty-Sil earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an IGCC Ford Foundation Fellow in Multilateral Cooperation. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards.

Ecaterina Locoman

Faculty Lead, Global Knowledge Lab
Senior Lecturer, Political Science

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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.

Sudev Sheth

Faculty Lead, Entrepreneurship Initiative
Senior Lecturer, History

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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.

The Language & Culture Faculty

María del Milagro Lozada Cerna

Faculty Director, Language and Culture Programs
Lecturer in Foreign Languages, 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.

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.

Simone Cavalcante

Lecturer in Portuguese

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Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Simone studied English and American Literature at Rio de Janeiro State University and completed her graduate studies in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Simone has been teaching Portuguese language and culture since graduate school and has done extensive research on new methodologies in language teaching, as well as Brazilian contemporary cinema. Her academic interests also include questions of gender and sexuality, Latin American and Lusophone cinemas, Human Rights and Environmental Studies. Furthermore, in the last couple of years Simone has decided on getting a degree in leadership studies with a focus in diversity, inclusion and belonging. In her free time, she enjoys running, surfing, cooking, playing music, writing poetry, and watching series/movies with her two cats, Kerby and Little (aka Titus).

Sophie Degât-Willis

Lecturer in Foreign Languages in French (Europe)

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A native Parisian, Sophie Degât-Willis is a Lecturer in Foreign Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. She began working with the Lauder Institute in 2018 as the Europe French (Europe) Language & Culture Summer Immersion Coordinator.

She earned her Master of Science in Management & Business Administration from ESSEC Business School (Cergy, France) while pursuing a degree in Law at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise. In 2010, she decided to go back to her first love, languages (her undergraduate studies focused on the Humanities with a major in Italian) by enrolling in a Master of Arts in Specialized Business and Legal English Translation (Université Paris X, Nanterre).

Among various professional experiences in fields such as marketing, foreign affairs, and law, she has founded two companies and is still managing one of them, Sophie Degat Translations. She discovered her passion for teaching language while volunteering as a literacy teacher for immigrants and refugees and decided to come to Penn in 2012 to teach French language and culture. This experience made her want to further her understanding of learning and (multicultural) classroom interaction, which is why she chose to pursue an M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication from Penn Graduate School of Education, going back to the field site where everything started and writing her thesis on performing arts as a tool of empowerment in immigrant literacy education in French banlieues.

She is now pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Linguistics at GSE. She has presented her pedagogic work and ethnographic research at numerous international conferences, such as NEALLT, ACTFL, LSA, and the Ethnography in Education Research Forum. She teaches all levels of French, including specialized advanced courses, such as the French for Business curriculum (Fren211, Fren313), as well as an intro to sociolinguistics course titled Le Français dans le Monde (Fren229).

Lenir Dos Santos

Lecturer in Portuguese

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Lenir Neiva dos Santos is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, but has been living in the US since 2001. She   holds a M.S.Ed.  in TESOL, from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in Letras (Literature, Portuguese and English), with a minor in Portuguese-English-Portuguese translation and interpretation, from Unibero- Universidade Ibero Americana, São Paulo, Brazil.

In the Fall of 2010, she began teaching Portuguese at the Hispanic and Portuguese Department at UPenn, where she has taught a variety of courses of Portuguese. She has also been teaching Portuguese courses for graduate students at the Lauder Institute for the past years, and occasionally teaches ESL courses at the English Language Programs at UPenn.

She is a member of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as a certified Limited  Portuguese OPI tester/rater and a Certified Portuguese ILS (Interpersonal Listening/Speaking) and PW (Presentational Writing) Rater for The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL).   

Her areas of interests and research are focused on Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism.

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.

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.

Amel Mili

Lecturer in Arabic

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Dr. Amel Mili holds a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Global Affairs from Rutgers University, Newark. She also holds a JD in Law from the Law School of Tunis and a Master’s in Public Administration from The University of Tunis. From 1991 to 2009, Amel served as a Magistrate in the Administrative Tribunal of Tunisia. From January 2010 to May 2017, Amel served as director of the Arabic Language and Culture Program at the Lauder Institute. Currently, she is a lecturer in the department of Global studies and Modern languages at Drexel university and the co-founder of the Middle East and North Africa minor. Amel’s professional interests include the intersection between religion and law, gender politics and constitutional transition, and language policies and education. She has published numerous articles and is the co-editor of the book: Arab Women’s Activism and Socio-Political Transformation: Unfinished Gendered Revolutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

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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.

Marc Audox Papé

Lecturer in Foreign Languages in French (Africa)

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Born in the village of Manaboué in the South-Western district of Sassandra, Marc Adoux Papé is a native of the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire), West Africa. After his Undergraduate education at the University of Abidjan (Cocody) with a Maîtrise in International Law from the Law School, he moves to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree in International Affairs at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where he received two Ph. D’s: One in Political Science (International Relations/Comparative Politics) and one in French and Francophone African Literature.

His teaching experience and research interests reflect his dual background in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. More specifically, he is strongly committed to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research focused on issues relevant to African communities of what French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre famously called the “mystic geography of Africa”, which include continental Africa, Europe and the Americas. Indeed, he has not only presented numerous papers at international conferences and universities on a wide range of African and African Diaspora literatures, languages, cultures and politics but is also building a publication record with a strong interdisciplinary content, including:

1. Gloire À l’Ancêtre Vivant : Hommage à Bernard B. Dadié. Père-fondateur de la littérature ivoirienne d’expression française, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2019.
2. Les Conflits Identitaires en Afrique ‘francophone’, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2011.
3. Hopes and Impediments for Successful Democratic Transitions in ‘Francophone’ West Africa, VDM Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2008.
His Work in Progress is: Éloge de la post-francophonie/In Praise of post-Francophony: Beyond French Hegemony in West Africa.

Prior to his new assignment at the Lauder Institute, Dr. Papé taught at Frostburg State University, (Frostburg, Maryland), Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) and Saint John Fisher College, (Rochester, NY). What excites him most about joining the Lauder Institute is the extra-ordinary opportunity to work with an outstanding leadership, faculty and staff endowed with a heightened sensitivity, expertise, and critical appreciation of the value of global cultures in shaping the training of future business leaders, graduates from a major Business School of an Ivy League Institution. He is looking forward to making his contribution to this tradition of teaching excellence by bringing the linguistic, cultural and political perspectives of ‘Francophone’ Africa.

Dr. Papé’s main passions are his unconditional surrender for Africa, for Humans and Nature, and for Soccer! His primary residence is in his adoptive village of Frederick, Maryland.

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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.

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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.

Simone Schlichting-Artur

Lecturer in German

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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.

Regional History Faculty

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Ramya Sreenivasan is a historian of society, politics, and culture in second-millennium South Asia: the period between the thirteenth century and the present in northern India. She is interested in questions of long-term change and continuity—in institutions, communities, and in cultural practices.

Professor Sreenivasan is the author of The Many Lives of a Rajput Queen: Heroic Pasts in India, 1500–1950, and is writing a second book about the making of early modern polities in northern India between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. Professor Sreenivasan has also published about the history of the household, kinship, and slavery in early modern South Asia.

Ronald Granieri

U.S. Army War College, Department of National Security Policy and Strategy, Faculty Member

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Ahmad Shokr is a historian of the modern Middle East, and currently teaches at both Swarthmore College and The Lauder Institute. His teaching and research interests include the political economy of empire and decolonization, the history of capitalism, the history of economic thought, environmental history, and postcolonial state formation. He is currently working on a book manuscript about the relationship between state power and economic management during the era of decolonization. Set in Egypt between the 1920s and the 1960s, it looks at transformations in the world of financial and physical infrastructure around Egyptian cotton as a lens to understand changing forms of the state and geographies of state power, the politics of postcolonial nationalism, and the reorganization of global capitalism during this period.

Professor Shokr holds a Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from New York University. In 2016-2017, he was a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. His writings on historical and contemporary issues have appeared in Arab Studies JournalCritical Historical StudiesMiddle East ReportJadaliyya, and Economic and Political Weekly. He is also a contributor to several volumes, including The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt (2012) and Dispatches from the Arab Spring: Understanding the New Middle East (2013), Global Middle East: Into the Twenty-First Century (2021), and A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa (2021).

Temporary Faculty

Andrés García-Londoño

Lecturer in Spanish

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Andrés García Londoño is Colombian-Venezuelan. He holds a degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia), and a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also finishing his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies. Currently, he is studying how the globalization process is perceived in contemporary Latin American novels, and how technological and cultural changes affect our conception of time and space. He is also a fiction and essay writer, with three books published to date.

He has lived in the United States during the last nine years, where he has taught all levels of Spanish. Since 2016 he collaborates with the Lauder Institute as a tutor and instructor. His objective is to give students new tools to allow them to understand better the complex reality of the Spanish-speaking countries, as well as improving their linguistic skills, under the conviction that there cannot be effective communication without real understanding of the cultures that history has built around the language.

Farah Jan

Lecturer, Global Program

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Dr. Farah Jan is an International Relations Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in May 2018.

Dr. Jan’s research focuses on interstate rivalries and alliances, the causes and consequences of nuclear proliferation, and security politics of South Asia and the Middle East. Her dissertation, Adversarial Peace: The Persistence of Nuclear Rivalries, examined the impact of nuclear weapons on strategic rivalries. Her writing has appeared in a range of scholarly and policy-relevant publications, including, Foreign Policy, Arab News, Asraq Al-Awsat, Foreign Policy Journal and Democracy & Security.

Leslie Rogne Schumacher

Lecturer, Global Program

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Dr. Leslie Rogne Schumacher is Lecturer in International Studies at The Lauder Institute, where he teaches global leadership in the past and present. He also holds an appointment in the Institute for European Studies at Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and as a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of America & the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the David H. Burton Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Schumacher has also taught at SUNY-New Paltz, Hamline University, Germantown Academy, and the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy. He has held prior research fellowships at Harvard University and the University of London.

Dr. Schumacher’s research focuses on such topics as: imperial and national rivalry in the Mediterranean and Middle East, migration and refugee studies, the EU’s history and future, British diplomacy and foreign policy, and Orientalism and the East-West relationship. He has published research on the Eastern Question and the rise of European integration theory, Britain’s Ionian protectorate, and Britain and the 1890s Armenian massacres. Dr. Schumacher’s book on the Eastern Question in British politics and society will be out next year with Palgrave Macmillan. He is also currently working on Mediterranean migration during the age of nationalism, focusing on European political and war refugees in Britain’s Mediterranean colonies as well as in North Africa.

Dr. Schumacher sits on the Board of Directors of Britain and the World. Having been Vice-Chair of the Board from 2014 to 2018, he currently serves as Director of Communications & Social Media. In May 2017, Dr. Schumacher was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), for his research, teaching, and civic engagement on immigration and refugee affairs. He has since served on the Philadelphia Host Committee for the RSA’s 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal.

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