Faculty and Staff
Jeffrey Belnap is Dean of LIU Global and LIU's Dean of International Education. Jeffrey holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory from the University of California, and an M.A. and B.A. from Brigham Young University. His teaching and research interests include post-colonial cultural studies, visual arts and nationalism, and Latin American/U.S. cultural relations.
Rainer Braun holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin. He teaches at Columbia University and Long Island University, where he is the research coordinator for the graduate United Nations Program. His research interests are economic and political development, human rights, and corporate social accountability. At LIU Global he teaches in the European program in London and Berlin, and advises and teaches in the Capstone program.
Eric Darton’s books include the New York Times bestseller Divided We Stand: A Biography of The World Trade Center (Basic Books, 1999, 2011) and Free City, a novel (WW Norton, 1996). His short fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized. In addition to LIU Global, Darton teaches in the Urban Design and Architecture Studies MFA program at New York University, the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies (Empire State College) and leads an ongoing workshop in advanced prose writing. He is certified to teach foundational Liang-style Ba Gua Zhang, a Chinese martial art, health preservation and meditation practice. He holds an M.A. in Media Studies from Hunter College.
Jocelyn Lieu holds an M.F.A from Warren Wilson College and a B.A. in English from Yale. She is the author of a 9/11 memoir, What Isn’t There (Nation/Basic Books), and a collection of stories, Potential Weapons (Graywolf Press). Her creative prose has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies including 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11th and Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction. She has taught writing and literature at New York University, the New School, and Sarah Lawrence College, and has advised and taught at LIU Global’s New York Center since 2011. Currently, she is the Senior Thesis Coordinator and teaches bibliographic methods for LIU Global in Spain.
Kerry Mitchell oversees the Capstone Semester as Global Director of Academic Affairs. He is also Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Program. He is an experienced teacher, working with undergraduates since 1997, with particular skills in social scientific approaches to the study of religion. Kerry received a B.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he wrote a dissertation on the state production of spirituality in national parks. His book, Spirituality and the State: Managing Nature and Experience in America's National Parks, was published by NYU Press in 2016.
Tami Shaloum is Assistant Director of Student Affairs & Administrative Services. Tami holds an M.A. in International Education from NYU and a B.A. in English from Binghamton University. Tami came to LIU Global in 2012 as an International Education intern. She has worked in intercultural exchange since 2008 and enjoys a freelance career as an online writer and editor. Her New York theatre reviews can be found at StageBuddy.com. One of her favorite activities is exploring New York City’s neighborhoods by bicycle.
Carlett Thomas is the Director of Student Affairs & Administrative Services. Carlett has been in higher education for 25 years and has been with LIU for the past 12 years. She holds an M.S.Ed. in Education/Bilingual School Counseling and two B.A.s in Criminal Justice and Public Management. She enjoys exploring the Big Apple, reading, teaching, watching movies, and serving as an interpreter.