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Fellows of the International Residential College

The Fellows mission is to enhance and advance the academic experience and careers of the IRC students.  The Fellows are grouped in three categories:

1.  Emmet Fellows - Internationally recognized administrators and leaders who support the IRC and are willing to interact with IRC students.

2.  Professorial Fellows - Honored UVA Professors willing to mentor a small set of IRC students (2nd or 3rd years, as coordinated by the Director of Studies) with informal meetings each semester .

3.  Community Fellows - Distinguished Leaders of the university and local area who create and design academic events for IRC students each year.

The 2013-2014 IRC Fellows are listed below with Faculty Fellows bios thereafter.

Emmet Fellows

     James Aylor, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science

     Holger Babinsky, Professor of Cambridge University

     Ian Baucom, UVA Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

     Dorrie Fontaine, Dean of Nursing

     Nathaniel Howell, Director, Institute for Global Policy Research and Former


     Baroness Helena Kennedy, Principal of Mansfield College at Oxford University

     and Member of British Parliament

     Patricia Lampkin, UVA Vice President & Chief Student Affairs Officer

     Jeff Legro, Vice-President for Global Affairs

     Larry Sabato, Director of the UVA Center of Politics

     Allan Stam, UVA Dean of Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

     Kathryn Thornton, Engineering Professor and Former NASA Astronaut

     Carl Zeithaml, Dean of McIntire School of Commerce

Professorial Fellows

     Steven Arata, Professor Department of English  

     Silvia Blemker, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

     Brad Brown, Associate Professor of Commerce and Founding Fellow

     Peter Brunjes, Commonwealth Professor of Psychology

     Anselmo Canfora, Associate Professor of Architecture

     Alfredo Garcia, Professor, Department of Systems and Information Engineering

     Tom Horton, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science 

     Deena Hurwitz, Professor of Law

     Manuel Lerdau, Professor of Environmental Sciences   

     Angeline Lillard, Professor, Department of Psychology

     Lisa Russ Spaar, Professor of English and Creative Writing    

     Mark Thomas, Professor of History and Economics

     Brantly Womack, Professor of Politics

Community Fellows

     Peter Gullette, Lecturer in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

     Jessica McCauley, Program Coordinator, VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation,

     Office of the VP/Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity

     Marga Odahowski, Author, Activist and former IRC Director of Studies

     Margo Smith, Director & Curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum

     Mara Sprafkin, Installation Artist

     Denise Stewart, Wellness Coach, motivational speaker, playwright, and actor

     Yuri Urbanovich, Lecturer in BIS Program, School of Continuing and Professional


     Adriana Vito, Associate Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students

     Mark Walkup, Humanitarian diplomat and policy analyst

     Ruth Walkup, International Development Consultant, and Public Health Specialist

     Chris Wilcox-Elliott, Assistant Dean, student life and programs, McIntire School of


     Rawan Zoubi, Lecturer in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature


Emmet Fellows


James Aylor,                                                                                      

Louis T. Rader Professor and Dean of Engineering

Dean Aylor has been an active researcher in the area of complex computer system design including computer technology for persons with disabilities. His most significant accomplishments include participating in the development of the VHSIC Hardware Description Language, and the development of a new "mixed-level" modeling technology to support the early phases of the computer systems design process, and the development and implementation of automatic test pattern generation techniques. Through his research efforts, he has guided more than 45 graduate students in their master's and doctoral thesis work and published over 145 research papers. Professor Aylor was instrumental in the founding of the Center for Semicustom Integrated Systems within the School of Engineering and Applied Science and served as its first Director. Under his direction, the Center was established as one of the first Technology Development Centers of the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology. The Center focused on the design and implementation of complex electronic systems. Dr. Aylor served as the President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society and served as a Division Director of IEEE. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and past Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer, the flagship magazine that is received by the more than 100,000 IEEE Computer Society members. He served as President of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.  

Holger Babinsky,                                                                                   

The Aerodynamic Professor of University of Cambridge & Director of Studies at Magdalene College   

Prof. Babinsky’s main areas of research are in the field of experimental aerodynamics and associated measurement techniques.  In particular, he has investigated supersonic flow related to aerodynamic surfaces in terms of fundamental science and for applications military and commercial supersonic aircraft for Airbus, NASA, Northup-Grumman and the Air Force, via work at Wright–Patterson Air Force Base and Eglin Air Force Base.  His book on Shock Wave- Boundary-Layer interactions has been acclaimed as the best new text in this area.  His other research includes is the aerodynamics of micro-air vehicles and analysis of bird flight, Formula 1 racing cars (including consulting contracts with Ferrari), wind turbines in metropolitan areas and flow control for transonic aircraft wings and supersonic engine inlets. He is Head of the Fluids Group in the engineering department, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of several RTO advisory groups.

Dr. Babinsky also worked at the Shock Wave Research Centre of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and is an editor of Experiments in Fluids.  Prof. Babinsky is also a Director of Studies and Fellow at Magdalene College, one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge (one of their students was a founding father of Harvard).   Cambridge and Oxford are universally recognized as the world’s best residential college systems, which is a reason why they are also among the world’s best universities.                                                  

Ian Baucom
Bucker W. Clay Dean of College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Dean Baucom works on twentieth century British Literature and Culture, postcolonial and cultural studies, and African and Black Atlantic literatures.  He is the author of several books including Out of Place: Englishness, Empire and the Locations of Identity.  He has edited special issues of the South Atlantic Quarterly on Atlantic Studies and Romanticism, and is currently working on a new book project tentatively entitled The Disasters of War:  On Inimical Life.  He came to UVA from Duke University, where he was a professor of English and directed the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.  The international consortium is a hub for member humanitites organizaitons to network, share ideas and best practices with a focus on cross-disciplinary activity.  During his term as president, Baucom has focused on helping the consortium continue its efforts to expand its global scope and presence.  Baucom has been honored for his teaching and writing, including Duke's Richard K. Lublin Teaching Award and Yale's Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities, and the Sarai Ribicoff Award for Teaching.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in African Studies and a Ph.D. in English, both from Yale University.  He was appointed in 2014 to be UVA's Dean of the Colege of Arts & Sciences, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduate students, more than 1,300 graduate students and nearly 750 faculty members.


Dorothy Fontaine,                                                                                      

Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor & Dean of Nursing

Prof. Fontaine’s distinguished career stems from a passion for critical care nursing where she has led as a clinician, a scholar, a researcher, a educator, and administrator.  As dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Fontaine has implemented Appreciative Inquiry methodology as the basis for the School’s strategic planning and launched an interdisciplinary process to create a transformational model to provide compassionate end-of-life care across the health care spectrum.  Dr. Fontaine’s teaching has centered on issues related to critical care, including sleep promotion, pain relief, and family presence at the end of life.  Most recently, she has investigated strategies to promote nursing education partnerships, diversity, and inter-professional education in university settings.  Prior to her appointment at UVA, Dr. Fontaine was an  associate dean at the University of California San Francisco and at Georgetown University School of Nursing.   She also served as president of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world.  That association recognized her contributions with its Lifetime Member Award. Prof.  Fontaine was also inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1995, has received the Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.  Her alma mater, Villanova University, honored her with a Medallion for Contributions to the Profession in 1999.

Nathaniel Howell,                                                                                   

John Minor Maury, Jr.  Professor of Public Affairs

Ambassador Howell is Director of both the Institute for Global Policy Research and the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Studies Program. Prior to joining the UVA faculty,  Dr. Howell served as Ambassador to the State of Kuwait (1987-1990) during the Iraqi invasion of that country.  As a result of his actions during and after the invasion, Howell was awarded the Kuwait Decoration with Sash of the First Class by the Amir of Kuwait.  Before his appointment to Kuwait, Dr. Howell served as Political Advisor (POLAD) to the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy in Algiers, Algeria (l983-85). From l979 to l982, he was Director of the Office of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria Affairs (NEA/ARN) in the State Department, prior to attending the National War College in Washington, D.C.  Ambassador Howell also had assignments in Cairo (as Executive Assistant to the Ambassador), Paris, Brussels and Beirut (as Political Officer with the U.S. Mission to the NATO) as well as serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Near East and South Asian Affairs.  Ambassador Howell is the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award for members of the Senior Foreign Service and has also been twice awarded the Secretary of State Award for Valor, the Department of State Superior Honor Award and the Meritorious Honor Award.  He is also the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and co-authored a strategy essay that won an award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Baroness Helena Kennedy,

Principal of Mansfield College at Oxford University and Member of British Parliament

Baroness Kennedy is the Principal of Mansfield College in Oxford University in England.  IRC and UVA established a formal relationship with Mansfield and Oxford in 2014 to facilitate study abroad relationsips, and as such IRC is a "little sister" college to Mansfield.  Baroness Kennedy is also one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers and active public figures.  She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have the least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights.  She has used many public platforms, including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997, to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice and constitutional reform.  She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.  In her wide public life Helena Kennedy is acitve in arts and literary organizations, including Chair of the British Council between 2004 and 2009 and judge of many literary prizes such as the Man Booker Prize.  Her involvement in education has included being the first Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and her current position of President of the School of Oriental and African Studies.  The Helena Kennedy Foundation, an educational foundation established in her name, provides bursaries to help seriously disadvantaged students from FE institutions to enter Higher Education.

Jeff Legro,                                                                                           

Randolph P. Compton Professor of Politics

and Vice-Provost for Global Affairs

Vice-Provost Legro is a co-founder and faculty associate of the Governing America in a Global Era Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. He is a specialist on international relations and author of Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order  and Cooperation under Fire: Anglo-German Restraint during World War II and the editor of To Lead the World: U.S. Strategy after the Bush Doctrine and In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11.  Prof. Legro chaired the American Political Science Association (APSA) Task Force on U.S. Standing in the World and is past president of APSA’s International History and Politics section. His articles on American foreign policy, international cooperation and conflict have appeared in Foreign Policy, The American Political Science Review, International Organization, International SecurityAmerican Journal of Political Science, European Journal of International Relations, and Perspectives on Politics. He is on the editorial board of the Washington Quarterly. He has been awarded fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Institute of Peace, The Ford Foundation, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and Harvard University’s Olin Institute and Center for Science and International Affairs. He has also been a Fulbright professor at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.

Larry Sabato,

Director of the UVA Center for Politics

Dr. Larry Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.  He is also the University Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and has had visiting appointments at Oxford University and Cambridge University in Great Britain. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his doctorate from Oxford, and he is the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics.  Prof. Sabato also directs the Center for Politics' Crystal Ball website, a leader in accurately predicting elections sinces its inception.  In 2004, the Crystal Ball notched a 99 percent accuracy rate in predicting all races for House, Senate, Governor and each sate's Electoral College outcome.  In 2006, the Pew Research Center and the Pew Charitable Trusts' Project for Excellence in Journalism recognized the Crystal Ball as the leader in the field of political predictors, noting the site"came closer than any other of the top ten potential predictors this cycle."  In 2013 Prof. Sabato won an Emmy award the the television documentary Out of Order, which he produced to highlight the dysfunctional U.S. Senate.  In October 2013, Prof. Sabato and the Center for Politics unveiled the Kennedy Half Century project.  The project consisted of a New York Times bestselling book, The Kennedy Half-Century PBS documentary, and in 2014, Prof. Sabato won a second Emmy award for this very documentary.

Allan Stam,

UVA Dean of Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Allan C. Stam is Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy.  Previously he was the Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.  His research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict between and within states.  Dean Stam has worked on several survey-based projects including surveys conducted in Russia, Rwanda, India as well as Web based surveys in the United States.  To help support a household survey in Rwanda, Stam and his colleagues developed a GIS sampling system based on randomly selecting residences from known geographic points distributed randomly throughout the country space.  In 2004, he received the Karl Deutsch award, given to the young scholar who has made the greatest contribution to the study of international politics.  Dean Stam's work on war outcomes, war durations, mediation, and alliance politics appears in numerous political science journals and several books including Democracies at War.  He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relation and was honored as a residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  Dean Stam holds a US government Top Secret Clearance and has worked on several consulting projects for the Department of Defense and the US Navy's Joint Warfare Analysis Center.

Kathryn Thornton,                                                                                   

Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Former NASA Astronaut

Prof. Thornton served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and as a Professor in Systems and Information Engineering. Prior to teaching at UVA, Dr. Thornton was selected by NASA in 1984 for their astronaut corps, and is a veteran of four space flights: STS-33, STS-49, STS-61, and STS-73. She has logged over 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity.  Dr. Thornton has served as co-chair of the National Research Council Study on Science Opportunities Enabled by Constellation, and on the NASA Return to Flight Task Group which evaluated NASA’s progress towards resumption of Space Shuttle flights after the Columbia Accident . She also served for several years on the National Research Council Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and was a physicist at the U.S. Army Foreign Science and Technology Center. Prof. Thornton is a member of the Board of Director of the Space Foundation and a co-author on Pearson’s Interactive Science, a K-8 science program. Thornton is the recipient of numerous awards including NASA Space Flight Medals, the Robert J. Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautics Association, the Explorer Club Lowell Thomas Award, the UVA Distinguished Alumna Award, the Freedom Foundation Freedom Spirit Award, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. She was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and is only the third woman to hold this honor.


Carl Zeithaml ,                                                                                        

F.S. Cornell Professor of Free Enterprise and Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce

Dean Zeithaml specializes in the field of strategic management, with an emphasis on global and competitive strategy. He conducts research on international expansion strategies, knowledge-based sources of competitive advantage, corporate political activity, strategic decision making, the strategic role of the board of directors, the implementation of acquisition and diversification strategies, and organizational transformation. Dean Zeithaml has led the implementation of McIntire’s strategy to achieve a position of global preeminence in business education. Since the 2006 introduction of the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of undergraduate business programs, the School’s B.S. in Commerce Program is the only program in the nation to be ranked either first or second each year. Dean Zeithaml has published his research in academic and professional journals and presented at numerous professional meetings. He co-authored several cases on global strategyssues as well as cases focused on firms in China and Southeast Asia in publications such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management ExecutiveOrganization Science; and the Asia Pacific Journal of Management. Dean Zeithaml’s recent presentations at the Academy of Management national meetings, served on editorial boards, received two teaching awards, and has been active in professional associations. Dean Zeithaml has been a regular participant in executive education programs, particularly for global firms and health care organizations.

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