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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Security, American 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.
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.
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.
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 Executive, Organization 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.
IRC Faculty Fellows
Professor of English
Prof. Arata has taught and published extensively on English literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition to producing classroom editions of novels by William Morris, George Gissing, and H. G. Wells, he is Co-Editor of the Blackwell Companion to the Novel and General Co-Editor of the 38-volume Edinburgh University Press edition of The Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. Prof. Arata was a Fulbright Lecturer in India and also held the NEH Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University of Virginia. His other honors include the Alumni Board of Trustees Outstanding Teaching Award, the American Council of Learned Society Fellowship and the Lilly Teaching Fellowship.
Commonwealth Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Prof. Blemker is a leading researcher and scholar in the area musculoskeletal biomechanics. The goal of her large research group is to identify the principles of muscle design and to apply these findings to understand and improve treatments for musculoskeletal impairments associated with movement disorders, such as cerebral palsy. Prof. Blemker has received several recognitions including the Hartwell Biomedical Research Award, the Fund for Excellence in Science and Technology Award, and the Journal of Biomechanics award from the American Society of Biomechanics.
Associate Professor of the McIntire School of Commerce and
IRC Founding Fellow
Prof. Brown teaches and researches in the areas of management, sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, microfinance, and corporate social responsibility. He is renowned for his international commerce expertise and business experiences (including 15 years in management before joining academia), and is on the editorial boards of Corporate Reputation Review and Multinational Business Review. Professor Brown has led a wide variety of international student-integrated UVA programs (including short courses in Nicaragua, Bangladesh, and elsewhere) and has been honored with visiting faculty appointments in Europe and Asia. He is also the founder and first Principal of the International Residential College, where he spearheaded the development of a highly collegial student community.
Commonwealth Professor of Psychology
Prof. Brunjes is the Commonwealth professor in the Psychology Department and was a former director of the UVA Neuroscience Program.He currenlty directs the UVA NeuroLab, which focuses on development of the brain and organization of the olfactory system. Current investigations focus on the organization, function and development of the vertebrate brain, with emphasis on the ventral forebrain. Prof. Brujes received his PhD from Indiana University. His publication Maturation and plasticity in the olfactory system of vertebrates in the journal entitled Brain Research Reviews is a landmark scholarly article in the field, and has over 300 citations.
Associate Professor of Architecture
Prof. Canfora specializes in architectural design studios and founded initiative reCOVER, a program established to assist disaster recovery efforts and underserved populations through partnerships with humanitarian, community-based organizations, professional firms and manufacturers. The reCOVER "Breathe House" won 1st place in the Housing and Health in Haiti international design innovation competition and will be built for the community of St. Marc, Haiti later this year. His recognitions include an American Institute of Architects Education Honor Award for reCOVER's primary school project in Uganda, the Donna M. Salzer Award of Teaching Excellence, and the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. He has been twice honored by the ACSA with the Faculty Research/Design Award and the Collaborative Practice Award.
Professor, Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Alfredo Garcia received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) in 1991, a Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies DEA in Control Systems in 1992 from Universite Paul Sabatier (Toulouse) in 1992 and Ph.D. in Operations Research from University of Michigan. During 1996-99, he worked for the Colombian Government (Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission CREG) and Fundesarrollo, a think tank, in a number of public policy issues including the deregulation of electricity & natural gas industries and taught courses in Game Theory, Optimization and Stochastic Processes at Universidad de los Andes (Bogota) and Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla)
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Tom Horton received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1987. He joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia in the spring of 2001. In 1991 and 1998 he won an Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching at Florida Atlantic University, and in 1994 he won an Award for Outstanding Service. His leadership in national software engineering education activities includes chairing the Steering Committee for IEEE-CS Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training. Tom is a Commissioner for ABET's Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) and has been an ABET program evaluator for computer science programs since 2001, and he leads the development of assessment process for state technology skills requirement at Virginia.
Professor of Law
Prof. Hurwitz specializes in international legal affairs and is the Director of the UVA Human Rights Program and the UVA International Human Rights Law Clinic. She also has an interest in the practical aspects of modern Islamic law and spent a sabatical year in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories directing Middle East Witness. Prof. Hurwitz is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. From 2000-03 Hurwitz was at Yale Law School where she was the Robert M. Cover/Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights. While at Yale she co-supervised the law school's human rights clinic, and taught International Human Rights. Prof. Hurwitz also served as a legal counselor with the Washington Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Professor of Environmental Sciences
Prof. Lerdau is an organismal ecologist with interests in both the ecosystem implications of physiological processes and the evolutionary underpinnings of these processes. His research centers on fundamental question of resource acquisition and allocation in plants and touches upon such topics as herbivory and tri-trophic interactions, atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, community and ecosystem impacts of biological invasions, and organismal controls over element cycling. Prof. Lerdau has served as a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies and as a consultant to the New York State Department of Transportation. He has published in Nature, one of the most prestigious journals, and is one of the most cited authors for impact of emissions on species.
Professor, Department of Psychology
Prof. Lillard specializes in childhood education with an emphasis on the Montessori technique, and is the Director of the UVA Early Development Laboratory. Her book Montessori: The science behind the genius was a #1 best seller in education and she has given international invited talks in conferences in England, Italy and Japan and universities throughout the US and the world. After completing her PhD at Stanford, Prof. Lillard has received a number of honors including the American Psychological Association Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award, and later Fellow appointments at the British Psychological Society and at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology. She was also a University Teaching Fellow at UVA and has received several grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. Prof. Lillard was also on the editorial board for Development Psychology and appeared in the Discovery Television filmThe Human Body.
Lisa Russ Spaar,
Professor of English and Creative Writing
Prof. Spaar is the Director of the Area Program in Poetry Writing at the University of Virginia, an Advising Fellow, and the winner of an All-University Teaching Award (2009), a Mead Honored Faculty Award, and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award (2010). Her widely read list of publications includes Vanitas, Rough: Poems (2012), Satin Cash (2008), Blue Venues: Poems (2004), and Glass Town: Poems (1999), for which she received a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers in 2000. Prof. Spaar has also been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and by the Academy of American Poets, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry, and well as the Carol Weinstein Poetry Prize.
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics
Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl is Assistant Professor of Politics. He is a specialist on civil wars with a focus on politics and development in the Middle East. His research examines the conduct of civil wars and the effect of external assistance on the dynamics of conflict using a combination of game-theoretic analysis, interviews with former commanders who participated in the civil war in Lebanon from 1975-1990, cross-country statistical evidence, and focused comparisons of other civil wars. Prior to joining the UVa faculty he was a fellow in regional political economy at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Recent publications include “Parochialism as a Central Challenge in Counterinsurgency” (May 2012; with Nicholas Sambanis and Moses Shayo) Science 336(6038): 805-808.
Professor of History and Economics
Prof. Thomas specializes in a celebrated teacher and researchers in International Economics, especially with respect to Britain and Australia. He has written several books and book chapters, and has been published in a wide variety of journals, including the Journal of Economic History where he was awarded the Arthur H. Cole Prize for best article of the year. Prof. Thomas has received a number of other acclaims including the John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship in History, the T.S. Ashton Prize for best article by a young scholar in Economic History, the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize. He has also received a Summer Research Fellowship at Stanford, a Heyworth Memorial Fellowship at Oxford, an American Political Economy Fellowship at Cornell University , a Leverhulme visiting Professor at Warwick, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University, and a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge.
Professor of Politics
Prof. Womack is renowned in the areas of asymmetric international relationships, the relationship of public authority and popular power in China; foreign policy of Vietnam; and China's relations with Southeast Asia. He is the author of more than one hundred journal publications, including articles in World Politics, World Policy Journal, China Quarterly, Pacific Affairs, and China Journal. He is also author of several books including most recently China among Unequals (2010) as well as Politics in China, now in its 3rd edition. Prof. Womack has been honored as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Munich, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Mellon Fellow; as well as two honorary professorships in China and a visiting faculty position at the University of London.
Lecturer in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Protuguese
Originally from Longview, Texas, Peter has also lived in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio and now Charlottesville. He holds a master's degree in Hispanic linguistics from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. During the summer of 2010 he studied abroad in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. When not teaching, Peter can be found on his bike or reading a good book. He is a Spanish lecturer here at UVA and this semester he is teaching 3 sections of SPAN 2010. he is looking forward to getting to know the students in the IRC and participating in IRC events.
Program Coordinator, VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation, Office of VP/Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity
Marga Odahowski, M.S.E.
Author, activits and former IRC Director of Studies
Marga has been on the faculty with the University of Virginia for over 20 years. She is an executive mindfulness consultant and coach. For over 15 years she has taught mindful leadership skills to faculty, students and staff at the University of Virginia. Marga is skilled at the integration of information from various fields bringing research to life in the classroom. As a consultant she developed and taught the Mindful Executive program for the MBA Executives Program at the University of Virginia's Darden Schol of Businness, the Mindful Leadership course at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and the Mindful Executive Program at the Federal Executive Institute. Marga works with individuals and speaks to groups and organizations on the topic of mindfulness as it relates to lifestyle and work. Her book The Way of the Hammock Designing Calm for a Busy Life, will be released by Hay House in Spring 2015.
Director, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia
Margo Smith (BA William & Mary; MA, PhD U.Va) is the director and curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia. She has a PhD in anthropology from U.Va. and conducted fieldwork in central Australia form 1991-1993. She co-edited Art from the Land: Dialogues with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Australian Aborigianl Art with Dr. Howard Morphy published by the University of Virginia in 1999. Smith has worked with the Collection since 1995 and has taught various courses on Aboriginal art at U.Va. since 2003.
Mara Sprafkin has a BA from Bowdoin College and an MFA from Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Sprafkin has exhibited extensively in her home city (at Concrete Utopia, MARCH and Oliver Kamm 5BE Gallery, among others) and has mounted major installations at Vanderbilt University, the Coleman Burke Gallery in Portland, ME and here in Charlottesville at Second Street Gallery. Sprafkin's window drawings can also regularly been seen at Sustain on West Main Street. The feminine is a central theme in the course of art history as both a subject as well as an idea that currently impacts how woman exist and are viewed by men as well as by other women. Sprafkin uses scrapbooking and craft as well as gossip rags, glossy fashion magazines and romance novels to create patterns and open up meaning in the female experience. She is constantly printing, drawing, gathering and collecting in small and large series. These prints and drawings then become building blocks for larger site-specific installations.
Denise Stewart is a wellness coach, motivational speaker, playwright, and actor. Over the past three years she has spoken to groups and events including Blogville, CASA State Conference, AORN Nurses’ Conference, the Women’s 4-Miler Training Program, Charlottesville Rotary Club, Martha Jefferson Hospital, and NRVCares of Blacksburg. Her corporate clients have included Real Estate III, Crutchfield Corp., MicroAire Surgical, CFA Institute, and Martin Horn, Inc. Stewart holds a master’s degree in playwriting from U.Va. and a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Catawba College. She is the executive director of Wellness Charlottesville, LLC. She also teaches wellness and self-esteem workshops for teenage girls, and recently toured her one-woman show, Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales, in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Edinburgh, Scotland
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Yuri Urbanovich was born in Tbilisi, the capital city of the Republic of Georgia. He received his M.A. in International Relations (IR) from the Moscow State University of International Relations in 1972 and his Ph.D. in International Relations (IR) from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984.
After graduating from the Ph.D. program, Dr. Urbanovich was invited to teach at the Diplomatic Academy. His academic interests were focused on disarmament issues, theory and technique of international negotiation, and conflict resolutin. From 1986 to 1987 he served as consultant to the Soviet Delegation at the Geneva Conference on Disarmament.
In 1992, Dr. Urbanovich was invited by the University of Virginia's Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction (CSMHI) to participate in and coordinate a multi-year project in the newly independent Baltic republics of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. This project was aimed at promoting Russina-Baltic dialogues, defusing detrimental nationalistic tendencies, and enabling a "velvet divorce" from the Soviet Union.
In 1995, Dr.Urbanovich was invited by President Jimmy Carter to serve as a consultant of his representative on a trip to the Republic of Georgia for preliminary assessment of the relations between the opposing sides (Georgians and Abkhazians) after the brutal conflict of the early 1990's.
Since 2002, Dr. Urbanovich has served as Lecturer in the Departments of Politics, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the School of Continuing & ProfessionalStudies at the University of Virginia.
Associate Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students
Mark Walkup (Ph.D., Political Science, University of Florida) helps humanitarian and development organizations improve their organizational fitness using applied research, introspective analysis, communication, and collaboration. With over two decades of service advising senior policy makers and managing field programs, he has worked in forced migration and post-conflict assistance operations worldwide. Employed by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Organization for Migration, and various NGOs, Dr. Walkup has a healthy appreciation of bureaucracy, international diplomacy, policy analysis, and strategic planning. He is particularly interested in how the unique culture of humanitarian organizations inhibits their ability to incorporate evaluation research, to coordinate with partners, and to learn from mistakes. He loves his time in the woods as a volunteer Trail Overseer for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.
International Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach & Trainer, Cultural Antrhopologist
Dr. Ruth Walkup is a cultural/medical anthropologist with more than 25 years in global health policy and development with U.S. government agencies, private sector organizations, and academic institutions. She served in the US Department of Health and Human (HHS) where she was an an advisor to the Executive Board of UNICEF, served as public health advisor to the Department of State and the USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance on Iraq health issues before and after the start of the recent war, developed a systematic response for HHS to international emergency and humanitarian responses, worked with States on health care provided of refugees being resettled into the US. As a Presidential Management Fellow, she rotated to the World Bank and the House of Representatives where she drafted and pushed through a positive vote to restore U.S. funding to UNFPA. She recently completed seven years in Zimbabwe, first as Country Director of a U.S. HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy NGO and then as the Director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operations. Now an independent consultant, she primarily works with foreign governments and various institutions in organizational/leadership improvement and health systems policy strengthening.
Dr. Walkup is committed to academia, having developed and taught a range of graduate school courses including Theories of Social Organization (Johns Hopkins U School for Advanced International Studies), Qualitative Investigative Methods for Public Health (Columbia U School of Public Health, American U, Georgetown U), and Refugee Health (George Washington University School of Public Health). She has extensive workshop design and facilitation experience and presents regularly to groups around the world. As a trained executive coach, she enjoys helping leaders of multi- and cross-cultural organizations and teams. Born in Liberia, she spent her childhood in Cameroon, Tunisia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo as the daughter of medical missionaries and development specialists. She is fluent in French and Haitian Creole.
Assistant Dean, Student life and programs, McIntire School of Commerce
Lecturer in th eDepartment of Germanic Languages and Literature
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