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Kevin Bruyneel

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Kevin Bruyneel is Professor of Politics at Babson College. His book, Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race in the United States, published in the Critical Indigeneities Series of the University of North Carolina Press in 2021. He presently writes on the relationship between race, colonialism, collective memory, and racial capitalism. He has published articles in History & Memory, Settler Colonial Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal, and The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy. His first book was The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations. He is of settler ancestry, born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Bruyneel completed his B.A. at Simon Fraser University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research in New York City. At Babson College, Bruyneel teaching courses in Political Theory, American Politics, Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Radical Politics.
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Stephen Deets

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Stephen Deets is a Professor of Politics, teaching courses on international and comparative politics, ethnic conflict, and sustainability.

With a strong background in post-communist democratization, his research focuses on a variety of issues related to ethnic politics, particularly ideas of minority rights, institutional forms involved in minority rights protection and representation, and how ethnic politics can impact public policy. He has published on Hungarian nationality policies, elections in East Europe and Lebanon, and social services in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Lebanon. In addition, he has co-authored several articles on sustainability in management education.

Before receiving his Ph.D., he spent a decade at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Responsible for cooperation with the East European academies, he organized projects on nuclear non-proliferation, terrorism, small business development and entrepreneurship, and a host of environmental issues.
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Maya Dworsky-Rocha

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Maya Dworsky-Rocha is from Israel, where she studies childhood, whiteness, and militarism in education. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and an MA in Comparative Humanities from Brandeis University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Brandeis University's Anthropology Department, and a Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.
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Mojtaba Ebrahimian

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Mojtaba Ebrahimian is a scholar of Modern Middle Eastern Intellectual History and Iranian Studies. His first book, Iran's Encounter with Europe, 1800-1840: An Intellectual History explores the extent of the Iranian knowledge of European civilization and European imperialism in Asia in the early nineteenth century. He has published or has under review several articles on Persian literature, Iranian cinema, and modern Iranian history. He has taught courses on Middle Eastern History, Islamic History, Islamic Political Thought, Middle Eastern Humanities, and Persian Language and Literature at the University of Arizona, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Harvard University.
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Candace Famiglietti

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Candace Famiglietti is a scholar of global governance. Her research is positioned at the intersection of gender, consumption, and the environment, where she is particularly interested in the roles of various actors in implementing international environmental agreements - the private sector, NGOs, policymakers, indigenous peoples, and end-user communities. She is particularly interested in how discourses shape policy responses, consumer behavior, and environmental management on the ground in relation to the illegal trade of wildlife and waste.

In addition to her position as an adjunct lecturer at Babson, she is currently a PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security and a research associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability (CGS) at UMass Boston. She received her BS in Finance in 2010 and MA in International Studies in 2011 from Oklahoma State University. Prior to a career in academia, she was a social entrepreneur focused on providing peace-based education in conflict-ridden areas around the world.
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Marjorie N. Feld

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Marjorie N. Feld's teaching and research interests include U.S. social, labor, and gender history, along with the history of global human rights movements, food justice, and sustainability. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Councils of the Jewish Women's Archive and Jewish Voice for Peace.

Her first book, Lillian Wald: A Biography, published in 2008 by University of North Carolina Press, won the Saul Viener Book Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society, an award presented biannually to an "outstanding book in American Jewish History." At Babson, she received a Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference award in 2009, the Martin Luther King Leadership Award in 2014, and the Babson Pride Award in 2017. From 2011-2015, she was the faculty director for Babson's Center for Women's Leadership. Her second book, Nations Divided: American Jews and the Struggle Over Apartheid, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in July 2014. In 2019-2020, Feld was a Goldstein-Goren Fellow in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. She is at work on her third book, to be published by New York University Press, titled The Threshold of Dissent: A History of American Jewish Critics of Zionism.
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Nabaparna Ghosh

  • Associate Professor
​​​​​​​​Nabaparna Ghosh is a historian of modern South Asia. Her teaching and research interests focus on the multiple meanings of urban modernity, empire and colonialism, colonial and postcolonial cities, caste and urban space, and histories of environmental transformations.

Professor Ghosh's book, A Hygienic City-Nation: Space, Community, and Everyday Life in colonial Calcutta( Cambridge University Press, 2020) goes beyond town plans and maps to explore how caste and kinship ties configured urban space in South Asia, crafting areas of self-government within colonial town plans.

Professor Ghosh is currently working on her second book, which explores oral archives of the Sunderban delta. The book examines indigenous understandings of nature and human-non-human relations, as well as how these understandings clashed with colonial attempts to demarcate wilderness areas.

Professor Ghosh graduated from Presidency College, Kolkata, and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, where she won the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Dissertation Completion fellowship. She has taught at the University of Virginia and also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow of History at The Cooper Union, New York, before joining Babson College.
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Mary Godwyn

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Professor Godwyn teaches introductory and advanced courses in Sociology, Women's Studies, Gender Studies, and the Nature and Environment Foundation course. She has lectured at Harvard University and taught at Brandeis University and Lasell College, where she was also the Director of the Donahue Institute for Public Values. Professor Godwyn focuses on social theory as it applies to issues of inequality. Within the field of sociology, her areas of expertise include Critical and Classical theory, Feminist Theory, Ethics and Business Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Sociology of Entrepreneurship. She has published in journals such as Symbolic Interaction, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Gender and Management, and the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In 2008, her business ethics case, Hugh Connerty and Hooters: What is Successful Entrepreneurship? won the Dark Side Case Competition sponsored by the Critical Management Studies Interest Group and the Management Education Division of the Academy of Management. In 2012, Professor Godwyn was given the Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award at Babson College, and in 2013, she was the recipient of the Women's Leadership Award, World Corporate Social Responsibility Congress in Mumbai, India. She has also published three books: Minority Women Entrepreneurs: How Outsider Status can Lead to Better Business Practices, coauthored with Donna Stoddard, DBA (Stanford University Press and Greenleaf Publishing, 2011), Sociology of Organizations: Structures and Relationships co-edited with Jody Hoffer Gittel, PhD (Sage Publications, Inc., 2012) and Ethics and Diversity in Business Management Education: A Sociological Study with International Scope (Springer-Verlag, 2015).
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Mariel Gruszko

  • Assistant Teaching Professor
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Meg Hassey

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Mission-driven sustainability leader possessing vast industry expertise with an aptitude for combining strategic planning with tactical execution to drive social, educational, and environmental initiatives. Leverages technical, scientific, and educational background to systematically address global sustainability challenges. Regarded as an innovative thought leader with a passion to identify opportunities to develop solutions and inspire change.
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Kandice Hauf

  • Associate Professor
  • Division Chair
Dr. Hauf has taught at Auburn University and at Wesleyan University in the areas of traditional and modern China. Dr. Hauf's thesis at Yale covered Ming-Quing China (1368-1911). A related minor field was Chinese intellectual history to 1279 A.D. She is a consultant on travel, life, and business in China, Japan, and Taiwan. Dr. Hauf is conversant in Japanese, German, Russian, French, classical and modern Chinese, and Serbo-Croatian.
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James Hoopes

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  • Murata Professor of Ethics in Business
James Hoopes is "Murata Professor of Ethics in Business" at Babson College. His latest book is Corporate Dreams: Big Business in American Democracy from the Great Depression to the Great Recession. The author of half a dozen other books on American history, Hoopes has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other funding agencies. His paper, "Managing a Riot," won the Paul Hersey Award for the best paper on leadership at the 2000 meeting of the Academy of Management. He has taught in both Europe and Asia.
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Xinghua Li

  • Associate Professor
Xinghua Li is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the History & Society Division. At Babson College, she teaches courses on critical media theory, consumer culture, and environmental sustainability. Her research explores the global spread of consumer capitalism through the perspectives of ecocriticism, psychoanalysis, and critical media theory. Her book Environmental Advertising in China and the USA: The Desire to Go Green (Routledge 2016) uses advertising as a lens to analyze the rising phenomenon of green consumerism and compares how the Chinese and American consumer desires for green products are shaped by ideological, cultural, and historical differences.

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Dr. Li received her Bachelor Degree in Advertising from Fudan University and finished her MA and PhD in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Dr. Li's previous works use psychoanalysis and poststructural theories to explore the relationship between media, desire, and the environment. She has published in journals such as Media, Culture and Society, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, the anthology Reading Brokeback Mountain, and for three years she authored the "Looking Abroad" Column for The 21st Century, an English-language weekly in Beijing affiliated with the China Daily News Group.

Dr. Li is also working on several other projects. One studies the Chinese tradition of consuming wildlife products such as ivory, rhino horns, and tiger bones and the NGO campaigns intending to stop it. Another examines the psycho-mechanism of eco-jokes in popular culture and explores the potential to increase environmental participation through comedy and humor. Another employs Freud's notion of the death drive to understand the relations between deadlines and systematized procrastination in modern capitalistic societies. Finally, one studies the digitization of the Chinese language through the computer keyboard and its impacts on literacy and the calligraphic tradition in China.

Dr. Li served as Chair of the Environmental Communication Division at the International Communication Association from 2018 to 2020, and is the Founding Member of the International Environmental Communication Association.
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William Mayborn

  • Adjunct Lecturer
William C. Mayborn is a scholar of Political Science, specifically International Security and Chinese Politics. He teaches Global Politics, Comparative Politics, China Today, U.S. Foreign Policy, and International Politics of Asia. He is currently researching North Korea's political control over its citizens.
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Ellen Milimu

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Ellen Milimu teaches the course Africa Rising at Babson college. She has previously taught Sports and Global Affairs at University of Massachusetts Boston, Honors College. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Global Governance and Human Security, and her research interests include Global Sports, African Political Economy, Diplomacy, and Gender and Intersectionality. She received her B.A in journalism and M.A in Diplomacy from University of Nairobi.

Ellen is a co-founder of Simama Africa, a Community Based Organization in Kenya that uses sports for social change and community support. On her down time, she runs her sports media page on social media, Soccer Embassy. These activities influence her research on African sports that aims to understand contemporary social, political, and economic African societies against the background of different historical perspectives and current global political economy environment.
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Nakia Navarro

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Krystal-Gayle O'Neill

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Krystal-Gayle O'Neill (She Series) is as an adjunct lecturer for global gender politics. In addition to being an adjunct lecturer she is also a PhD candidate in Global Governance and Human Security at UMass Boston and an Adam Smith and Dan Lavoie Fellow at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University. She received her BEd in Business and Computer Studies (2004) from the University of Technology, Jamaica, an MBA (2008) and MS (2012) from Nova Southeastern University, an MPhil (2016) from Wesleyan University and an MA in Conflict Resolution (2020) from UMass Boston.

She is a scholar in conflict resolution, human security, social and restorative justice. Her research is positioned at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality, where she is particularly interested in postcolonial societies, international organizations and the governance of race, gender and sexuality around the globe. Her research interests include the decriminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBGTQ) sexualities in the Anglophone Caribbean. Previously she has taught courses related to international relations, gender and human rights. Prior to a career in academia, she was a higher education administrator, working in residential life, student activities and campus recreation.
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Houman Oliaei

  • Assistant Professor
Houman Oliaei is an assistant professor of anthropology at Babson College. He holds a PhD and an MA in anthropology from Brandeis University, as well as an MA in anthropology from the University of Tehran. His research intersects various fields, including the anthropology of humanitarianism, the anthropology of citizenship and state, political theory, forced migration and refugee studies, and Middle East studies.

Oliaei's current research is centered around the lived experiences of displaced Yezidis (Êzîdî), who are an ethnoreligious minority in northern Iraq, particularly in the aftermath of collective violence and mass displacement caused by the genocidal attack of the so-called Islamic State in 2014. His first book project, titled "On the Margins of Humanity," delves into the intricate dynamics between humanitarian intervention, forced displacement, notions of belonging, and the politics of recognition among displaced Yezidis in Iraq.
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Frederick Opie

  • Professor
  • Baldwin Richardson Foods Term Chair
Dr. Frederick Douglass Opie is an innovative educator, speaker, and author. He has published books, journal articles, and contributed to anthologies. Dr. Opie has appeared on NPR, BBC Radio, The History Channel, PBS television, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Oprah Magazine. He is the producer and host of The Fred Opie Show. For more visit his website @ FredOpie.com
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Kristofer Petersen-Overton

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Professor Petersen-Overton holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He specializes in violence, structural injustice, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His writing has appeared in Contemporary Political Theory, The Journal of Political Science Education, Arab Studies Quarterly, The Guardian, Politics/Letters, and WarScapes, as well as the edited collections We Will Not Be Silenced (AK Press, 2017) and Peace Philosophy in Action (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010). He is the co-translator of Lex Icon (Ugly Duckling Press, 2024), by the Portuguese writer Salette Tavares.

Professor Petersen-Overton is currently writing a book on the concept of atrocity and co-designing a "Reacting to the Past" role-playing game for college instruction on the political thought of Karl Marx.

He is an editor at Sputnik & Fizzle, a small press that publishes work by artists, scholars, and activists.
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Paul Schmitz

  • Associate Teaching Professor
Paul Schmitz received his Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University in 2006. He has been a member of the History and Society Division at Babson College since the fall of 2006 and has taught courses on the Modern American City, the History and Culture of American Business, and Immigration and Race. His research focuses on issues of ethnic identity within the Italian and immigrant communities of New York City. Prof. Schmitz has also taught in the Babson Undergraduate Semester in San Francisco Program and served as the BUS-SF Program's faculty director.
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Denise Sharif

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Thomas Sojka

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Thomas Sojka is a PhD Candidate at Boston University, where he is completing his dissertation on elite social life in 1920s and 1930s Britain, with a particular focus on the role of space and class in understanding how Britons socialized. He received his BA in History and Political Science from Roger Williams University and his M.Litt in Modern History from the University of St Andrews. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Twentieth Century British History, and elsewhere.
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Kristen Tzoc

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Kristen has degrees in Sociology from Lehigh University (BA, MA) and is a current doctoral student in Sociology. Her research interests center inequalities focused on health, higher education, and the labor market. One of her ongoing projects explores the effect of (un)met adolescent occupational goals on early adulthood mental health. In a second, she investigates college job fairs as an instantiation of stratification in inter-organizational relationships at the moment of entry into the labor market. She has teaching experience at Lehigh University, and the Community College of Allegheny County, where she won the Student Choice Award for Extraordinary Faculty.
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