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Faculty Advisory Board Members, 2021-2022

CELT formed a Faculty Advisory Board in the Spring of 2012 to guide their strategic programming.

Paul Bergen

Director Educational and Online Technology Services.

Paul’s career spans more than 20 years of work with university faculty on the uses of computing technology in teaching and research. He has hands-on experience as an educational software developer and had been a leader in the collaborative development of enterprise educational systems and services. Between 1993 and 1995, he served as the founding director of the University of Virginia’s Social Sciences Data Center and GIS Lab.  From 1995 through 2007, as the founding Director of the Instructional Computing Group in Harvard’s Faculty and Arts and Sciences, he played a key role in the emergence of Web and digital video technology across Harvard’s undergraduate curriculum. He assumed a university-wide role at Harvard in 2007 as the director of “iCommons,” the academic computing group of Harvard’s central administration charged with providing shared software and academic IT services to all of Harvard’s schools.

Amahl Bishara

Associate Professor & Department Chair, Department of Anthropology

"My research revolves around expression, space, media, and settler colonialism. I am currently working on two book projects. The first, tentatively entitled "Permission to Converse: Laws, Bullets, and other Roadblocks to a Palestinian Exchange," addresses the relationship between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank, two groups that are positioned slightly differently in relation to Israeli settler-colonialism. Through ethnographies of protest as well as of more everyday forms of expression, I analyze the barriers to these two groups speaking to and with each other. I argue that speech is always an embodied and emplaced act. My second ongoing project examines Palestinian popular politics in a West Bank refugee camp. It examines how Palestinians in this refugee camp strive to resist three authorities, the Israeli occupation, the Palestinian Authority administration, and the United Nations Relief Works Agency through struggles over land, water, bodies, and expression."

Tom Downes

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Professor Downes received his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Bowdoin College in 1982 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1988 and was a faculty member at Northwestern University from 1988-1994. His research focuses on the evaluation and construction of policies to improve the delivery of publicly-provided goods and reduce inequities in these services, with particular attention paid to public education. He has also pursued research on the roles of the public and private sectors in education provision. Among his current projects are papers that document the implications for student outcomes, community composition, private school enrollment, and non-education spending of school finance reforms and property tax limitations and that quantify the extent to which charter schools draw from private schools. He served on the Panel on Formula Allocations of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies, participated in symposia sponsored by the New York State Board of Regents that resulted in Educational Finance to Support High Learning Standards and Educational Finance and Organizational Structure in New York State Schools, and recently completed a term as co-editor of Education Finance and Policy.

Boris Hasselblatt

Professor of Mathematics

Boris Hasselblatt works primarily in the area of teaching, learning, and faculty development. As such, he co-chairs the University-wide Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development whose purview includes the Tufts Innovates seed grant program and the Teaching and Learning Engagements elements of the T10 strategic plan and Educational and Online Technology Services. This includes work on the evolving University-wide strategy on online and digital initiatives. He is also the Provost’s liaison with the Tufts libraries, the Digital Collections and Archives, and the Tufts Institute of the Environment and provides support with the establishment of institutional affiliation agreements and of centers at Tufts.

Y. Natalie Jeong, DMD, MA

Associate Professor of Periodontology, Tufts School of Dental Medicine

Natalie Jeong is Assistant Professor of Periodontology and has been on faculty at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine since 2000.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree (Biology) and Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) from Northeastern University.  She earned her D. M. D. and her Certificate in Periodontology from Tufts University and receiver her M.A. in Health Professions Education from The University of Pacific.  She is a Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology and currently teaches in both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral program at Tufts University school of Dental Medicine. She is a graduate of ADEA LI (American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute).

Keith Maddox

Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Keith Maddox is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Tufts University Social Cognition Lab. He received his A.B. in psychology from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Maddox is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including grants from the National Science Foundation, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, and an SPSP Distinguished Service Award. His lab is focused on research programs examining social cognitive aspects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

Jeff Marchant

Associate Professor of Medical Education, Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Jeff Marchant is a Research Assistant Professor of Immunology at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. He received his B.S. in Biology from St Lawrence University, his M.S. in Plant Biology from Indiana University, and Ph.D. in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology from the Sackler School at Tufts University. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester and Tufts School of Medicine. His major research interests focus on the eye with emphasis on the aqueous humor outflow pathway and its role in intraocular pressure (IOP) regulation and glaucoma.



Dorothy Meaney

Director of Library, Tisch Library

Dorothy Meaney is the Director of the Tisch Library at Tufts University. Prior to arriving at Tufts in 2014 she served as the Director for University Planning and Assessment at Drew University. She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Georgetown University, and her MLIS, LIS from Rutgers University.

Peggy Morris, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Senior Lecturer, Program Coordinator, School of Arts and Sciences

Peggy received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University, her M.S. in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University, and her doctoral degree (OTD) from Tufts University. She is Board-Certified in Pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association. Peggy has over 30 years of experience providing pediatric occupational therapy services in private practice and in schools and currently lectures at Tufts University in the Occupational Therapy department. Peggy has 12 years of experience with the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, Pre-K through fifth grade and is a Certified National Presenter for Handwriting Without Tears.

Heather Nathans

Chair, Professor, School of Arts and Sciences

A former Jumbo who earned her doctorate from the department, Nathans’s primary areas of scholarly interest include American theatre and drama, African American theatre, Jewish American theatre, musical theatre, 17th and 18th century French theatre, theatre historiography, English Restoration drama, and directing. Nathans holds numerous professional affiliations. She is the past-president of the American Society for Theatre Research and the American Theatre and Drama Society. In addition, she is affiliated with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education; the Society of Early Americanists; and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Chris Schonhoff

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Schonhoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  He received a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.  He completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Medicine.  Much of his research has centered on studying signal transduction pathways in both neuronal and hepatic systems.  He currently studies the effects of opioids and sex differences in hippocampal neuronal differentiation.  He serves as course director and lectures extensively in the first year biochemistry and physiology courses at the Cummings School.

Chris Swan

Associate Professor and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Dr. Swan received a Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT in 1994 and both Bachelor (BS) and Master (MS) of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. An initiator of explicitly using service-learning in department courses, Dr. Swan continues to champion the development, implementation, and assessment of community engagement efforts in engineering education. Dr. Swan’s current research interests lie in the areas of engineering education, waste reuse, and unique soil behaviors.

Jeffrey Taliaferro

Professor, Political Science

Jeffrey (Jeff) W. Taliaferro is Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, where he has taught since 1997. His research and teaching focus on security studies, international relations theory, international history and politics, the grand strategies of the great powers, United States foreign policy, intelligence, cybersecurity and policy. He earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. Professor Taliaferro's most recent book is of Defending Frenemies: Alliance Politics and Nonproliferation in US Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Monica Duffy Toft

Professor of International Politics, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies; The Fletcher School

Monica Duffy Toft is a professor of international politics and director of the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School of Tufts University. Before joining Fletcher, Professor Monica Duffy Toft taught at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, she directed the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs and was the assistant director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. She was educated at the University of Chicago (M.A. and Ph.D. in political science) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. in political science and Slavic languages and literature, summa cum laude). Prior to this, she spent four years in the United States Army as a Russian linguist. Monica’s areas of research include international security, ethnic and religious violence, civil wars and demography. Her most recent books include: "Securing the Peace" (Princeton, 2011); "Political Demography" (Oxford, 2012); and "God’s Century" (Norton, 2012). In addition she has published numerous scholarly articles and editorials on civil wars, territory and nationalism, demography, and religion in global politics.


Flo Tseng

Associate Professor Associate Chair, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health; Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

As Director of the Wildlife Clinic, Flo Tseng oversees Clinic operations and instructs students during their rotations at the Clinic. Before joining the Clinic in 2000, she received her D.V.M. from Cornell University in 1981, worked in small animal and exotic private practice and then completed an internship in wildlife medicine at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. After her internship, she was the Director of Veterinary Services at a large rehabilitation center near Seattle until 1996. At that time she became the Research Director and Staff Veterinarian for International Bird Rescue Research Center in Berkeley, California. IBRRC is internationally renowned for their expertise in treating wildlife suffering from the effects of oil spills. Flo’s expertise lies in seabird rehabilitation and the effects of petroleum on these species. She is one of the principal investigators of Tufts CCM’s Seabird Initiative, which has established SEANET, a regional seabird population and mortality monitoring program. In addition, she has interests in the use of analgesics in wildlife species and the ecological factors contributing to wildlife morbidity and mortality. When she is not running around after students and wild animals, she is kept very busy by her daughter, Rosie!

Chantal Zakari

Professor of the Practice, Graphic Arts Area Coordinator, School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA)

Chantal Zakari is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and art educator; a Turkish-Levantine, and a US citizen, residing in the Boston area. In her work, she draws upon contemporary social issues by making connections through personal narratives, history and popular culture. Inspired by social phenomena she positions herself in relationship to a public or a sub-culture. Her studio practice freely combines research methodologies and artistic strategies borrowed from various disciplines such as photography, documentary, performance, storytelling, installation, graphic design and social interventions.