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Meet Some of Our Volunteer Professors

Francesco Arneodo

Francesco Arneodo is an experimental physicist interested in detectors for particle physics and their applications. He obtained his PhD from the University of Rome - La Sapienza. With an interest in the socio-economic aspects of science, he also obtained an MBA from the University of Warwick. He started his research activity at the Gran Sasso Laboratory, working on cosmic rays with the EAS-TOP experiment, then on neutrino physics with liquid argon detectors. Since 2004, he has been a part of the XENON program, an international collaboration that designed and operated several liquid xenon detectors for the search of Dark Matter. He joined NYUAD in 2013, creating a research group - The Astroparticle Laboratory - where he continues the effort on Dark Matter.

 

Rahman Azari

Rahman Azari is an associate professor of architecture and director of RE2 Lab at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to Penn State, Professor Azari served as an assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Texas San Antonio. With a background in architecture, Azari holds a Ph.D. in Built Environment (Sustainability track) from the University of Washington in Seattle (2013). Azari is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC).

 

Jessie Barton-Hronesova

Professor Barton-Hronesova is a lecturer in political sociology at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London with a focus on Southeast and Central Europe. She has extensive experience and knowledge of comparative politics and the international development sector, both as an academic and practitioner. She works across several disciplines (political sociology, politics, history and socio-legal studies), using qualitative, archival and fieldwork methods. She holds a DPhil in Politics and MPhil in Russian and East European Studies, both from the University of Oxford.

 

Diana Craciun

Diana is currently a PhD candidate at UCL, where she divides her time between teaching philosophy and researching topics such as the emotions, the imagination, and self-knowledge. She earned her BA in Philosophy and German, enriched by spending one year in Germany working as a translator and studying German Linguistics and Philosophy; and her MPhil in Philosophy from UCL, where her thesis focused on emotional recalcitrance. Diana has also taught English in China for pupils aged 6-12.

 

Gary Felder

Professor of Physics, Smith College, Massachusetts, US; BA in Physics from Oberlin College, PhD in Physics from Stanford University.

Professor Felder's research has mostly focused on the production of matter in the early universe, and more recently on the intersections of chaos theory and quantum mechanics. Professor Felder has also published two college-level textbooks: "Mathematical Methods in Engineering and Physics" and "Modern Physics," as well as a video course for "The Great Courses" entitled "The Big Bang and Beyond: Exploring the Early Universe."

 

Lucy Ferriss

Professor Ferriss holds a PhD in English and American literature from Tufts University. She is the author of twelve books, including her new Bookmarked title, Christina Stead's "The Man Who Loved Children" (Ig Publishing, Sept. 2023), a memoir of reading. Also out recently are her essay collection, Meditations for a New Century (2023) her republished novel The Misconceiver (2022), Foreign Climes: Stories, and A Sister to Honor (2015) She is Writer in Residence Emerita at Trinity College, and President of the Board of Afghan Female Student Outreach.

 

Elisa Francini

Associate Professor in Mathematical Analysis at the University of Florence, Italy. Professor Francini holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Florence and has previously worked as a researcher at the Italian National Research Council. Her research interests primarily focus on inverse problems for partial differential equations.

 

Erin Leigh Frymire 

Erin Leigh Frymire is a lecturer at Trinity College and has been a faculty member since 2017. She holds a Ph.D. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Skidmore College. Professor Frymire's research interests include rhetorics of the body, law, space, and human rights. She specializes in systemic violence and its impact on human bodies. Her teaching emphasizes critical thinking and rhetorical literacy, helping students develop effective communication skills. She fosters a student-centered classroom environment that respects diversity and encourages independent thinking and writing.

 

Rana Habibi

Professor Habibi is a senior lecturer and researcher in urban design at the Faculty of Built Environment of the University of Breda and an associate researcher at the University of Leuven. Her courses include Urban Design Strategies, Design Labs in different contexts of China, South Africa, and the Netherlands, and Energy Transition: Future Urban Strategy at the University of Breda. Her research focuses on the intersection of non-western urban history, inclusive urbanism, and climate change. She is engaged in numerous European Union-funded projects such as Inclusive City, KreativEU, and Greengage within Breda University. Professor Habibi's monograph, "Modern Middle-Class Housing in Tehran - A Reproduction of Archetype: Episodes of Urbanism 1945-1979" (2021), stands out among her publications.

 

Barbara Kaltenbacher

Professor Kaltenbacher teches Applied Analysis at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria and is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Mathematical Society. Her research concerns inverse problems, regularization, and PDE-constrained optimization. She earned her doctorate at Johannes Kepler University, Linz.

 

Judy Lewis

Judy Lewis is a public health sociologist and Professor Emeritus of Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Medical School.  Her major interests are women's health, maternal, child and adolescent health, and health care in low resource countries. She is President of the Grand'Anse Health & Development Association Board and founding member and Board Chair of Women and Health Together for the Future. Her global health leadership has included the World Federation of Public Health Associations, American Public Health Association and CORE Group. She received the 2018 Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Health Section, American Public Health Association, honoring the visionaries and leaders in international health.

 

Sean McCann

Professor McCann is Kenan Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan University. He studies late-nineteenth and twentieth century American literature and its relation to contemporaneous political development. He is the author of A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Gumshoe America: Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism (Duke University Press, 2000). He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center. 

 

Janet F Morrison 

Professor Morrison has been a member of the Chemistry Department faculty at Trinity College since 1997, where she has taught both lecture and laboratory courses in Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis, Introduction to Forensic Science, and Introductory Chemistry. Her research is focused on the development and optimization of analytical methods for detecting trace analytes in biological specimens, including drugs in alternative biological specimens, biomarkers of Parkinson's Disease, and ethanol biomarkers. Professor Morrison holds degrees from The American University, Northeastern University, and Hartwick College.

 

Natalia Parker

Professor Parker is a lecturer in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. As well as being a keen educator and a language practitioner, she researches how learners process language information and looks for ways of optimizing learners' cognitive processing in the classroom. She earned her MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Sheffield, and her PhD at the University of Leeds.

 

Shazia Sadaf

Shazia Sadaf teaches Human Rights and Social Justice in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University in Canada. She holds a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of London and a second doctoral degree in Postcolonial Studies from Western University, Canada, with a primary interest in the field of human rights literature.

Professor Sadaf's research focus lies in the intersectional areas of War on Terror studies, human rights discourse, and post-9/11 Anglophone literature. Professor Sadaf is currently working on a research monograph on contemporary Pakistani speculative fiction with Aroosa Kanwal. She is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

 

Kirstin Smith

Kirstin is fascinated by how performance shapes our daily lives and ways of relating to each other: our conceptions of value, identity and economy. She's taught performance theory, texts, practice and writing, and particularly enjoys supervising creative dissertations from BA to PhD. Recently, she's been researching casting (Theatre Journal, PLATFORM) and her book about the emergence of stunts in public life is published by Routledge. Kirstin began her work as an actor on screen and stage, before becoming a dramaturg and devising performer. A fan of eclecticism, she has also published fiction and worked in disability access.

 

Sarah Elizabeth Whitney

Professor Whitney is Director of Academic Affairs, Director of the Women's Studies program, and Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at Peynnsylvania State University Behrend. Her work has been published in Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Clues: A Journal of Detective Fiction, and in the book Investigating Veronica Mars. Her research interests include the history of American women's literature, women's popular culture, American Gothic, and post-feminism. She is currently in the middle of a manuscript on post-feminist gothic literature in America. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia.