Faculty & Staff

ACADEMICS

FACULTY AND STAFF

 

Terence Blackburn (Dean)

(J.D. Columbia University, BA Political Science Duquesne University).   He most recently served as Country Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative programs in Cairo, Egypt and in Rabat, Morocco.  He is the former Dean of Michigan State University College of Law; former founding Dean of Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations; and former Dean of KIMEP University School of Law in Almaty Kazakhstan.  As a volunteer he  is currently the Chair of the Education Committee of the National Council of the United Nations Association of the USA.  Before joining Michigan State University as Dean, he was a tenured professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he taught and wrote in the areas of business law and international business law, was a Fulbright Scholar at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing China, and director of the Seton Hall University School of Law program in Italy.  Prior to joining the academic world, he was a civil rights lawyer and then a corporate lawyer.

New York

Rainer Braun (Adjunct Faculty)
(Ph.D. and B.A. 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.

Jocelyn Lieu (Senior Thesis Coordinator)
(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.

Colette Mazzucelli (Adjunct Faculty)

(PhD Georgetown, EdM Teachers College (Columbia), MALD Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts/Harvard), BA U Scranton) is Digital Learning Innovator at LIU Global. Since 2014 she has advised senior thesis students, taught the synchronous International Relations World Education Seminar across several continents, and developed the on-site Europe Seminar in Vienna and Budapest. She is leading with James Felton Keith The Ethics of Personal Data Collection Series for Anthem Press (New York, London, New Delhi). A participant in the Bled Strategic Forum 2018 and the Parallel Histories conference in the House of Lords, she is an alumna of the Global Diplomacy Lab and the Brandeis University Summer Institute for Israel Studies. Her diplomatic experience includes hosting the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) at New York University in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State. A BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader, in 2016 she was named an Ambassador of Peace in recognition of her service as an educator with 20+ years’ experience in technology-mediated learning. The author and/or editor of five books, including Leadership in the Big Bangs of European Integration with Derek Beach (Palgrave 2007) and France and Germany at Maastricht Politics and Negotiations to Create the European Union (Routledge 1997), she has taught courses since 2005 on graduate faculty in conflict resolution, radicalization & religion, international relations in the post-Cold War era, ethnic conflict, and Europe in the 21st Century at NYU New York. A Fulbright Scholar to Belgium and Germany (2007) as well as France (1991), her courses have been profiled by the Council on Foreign Relations in Foreign Affairs. During 2000-03, she was responsible to direct and teach the first technology-mediated seminar in the history of the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) Paris analyzing conflict in the former Yugoslavia. She is a former Director, International Programs, Budapest Institute for Graduate International and Diplomatic Studies, Budapest University of Economic Sciences, 1995-97. As a participant in the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program for Future American Leaders, she assisted with the ratification of the Treaty on European Union (“Maastricht”) in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1992-93.

Carlett Thomas (Director of Student Affairs and Administrative Services)
(MS.Ed. in Education/Bilingual School Counseling, LIU Brooklyn; B.A. in Criminal Justice and Public Management, Florida Atlantic University). Carlett has been in higher education for many years, first in Florida and then New York. She began her employment at LIU Brooklyn in 2005 and transitioned over to LIU Global in 2009. She worked for a number of years as an academic advisor, adjunct, and now she is in the area of Student Affairs.

 

Costa Rica


Jessica Clark (Faculty)
(M.S., English Literature, University of Costa Rica) Professor of the Joining the Conversation: The Argumentative Essay Seminar in fall and Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and Introduction to Strategic Communication in spring. Jessica is a published science fiction writer. She has worked as an advertiser, script writer and speech writer in the Costa Rican Embassy in Washington D.C.

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere (Adjunct Faculty)

(PhD, English with a focus on Africa/African Diasporic Literature and History, University of South Africa, Pretoria South Africa; M.A. African Literature University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; M.ED in Secondary and Tertiary Education/Literature, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York) Professor of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Course and one section of the Joining the Conversation: The Argumentative Essay Seminar in fall and Exploring the Question: Writing the Research Paper in spring. Natasha was an Associate Professor of English at Medgar Evers College, CUNY for 12 years. Born in New York of Central American/Caribbean parentage, Natasha lives in Costa Rica as a full time writer and independent scholar. Her scholarly research focuses on slavery and its impact. She is currently completing a historical fiction novel on 17th century slavery in Costa Rica which includes a revisioning of the Black Madonna narrative. She writes a monthly column Musings from an Afro Costa Rican for the Tico Times: http://www.ticotimes.net/categories/musings-from-an-afro-costa-rican .


Mihir Kanade (Adjunct Faculty)
(LL.B. from Nagpur University [India] and Doctorate and Masters from UPEACE)
Professor of the Foundations of Global Studies: Governance Seminar. Academic Coordinator of UPEACE, the Head of its Department of International Law, and the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre. He is also an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain) and Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal). His principal area of academic research and study is International Law, Human Rights and Globalization, covering several themes within that interface including trade and investment, sustainable development, forced migration, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, amongst others. He has extensive experience in training staff of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as professionals, in the field of human rights. He acts as an advisor to several human rights organizations and corporations on issues related to international law and human rights. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the International Bar Association on the topic of Business and Human Rights. He also leads a project of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting the Right to Development. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for several years as a lawyer at the Bombay High Court and at the Supreme Court of India.ia.


Sarah Moran (Assistant Dean & Costa Rica Center Director)
(M.S. in Adult Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University, BA in Social Sciences and Secondary Teaching Certificate from University of Michigan). Apart from her administrative responsibilities as Costa Rica Center Director and Assistant Dean of LIU Global, Sarah teaches the Foundation Year Orientation Seminar and is the academic advisor for first year students where she focuses on student success, intercultural communication and competence, experiential education and global community engagement. She has worked with the Costa Rica Center of LIU Global for over 12 years. Prior to that, she worked for 8 years as Training Director for Peace Corps Costa Rica after several years of experience as a technical and cross-cultural trainer. In Chicago, she worked in adult education with institutions of higher education (Chicago City Colleges and Northeastern Illinois University) as well as with community organizations and the union representing the adult educators of City Colleges. Originally from Evanston, IL, she has lived and worked in Costa Rica for over 25 years.

Maria Sandberg (Student Services Coordinator & Global Health and Safety Coordinator)
(M.A in Human Rights and Peace Education from La Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, B.A in International Relations from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica) Maria was born and raised in Sweden. Some of her passions includes photography and mediating.

Olivia Sylvester (Adjunct Faculty)
(Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada; Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Program, University of Manitoba; M.S. Honours in Biological Sciences, Universidad de Costa Rica).
Professor of the Foundations of Global Studies: Ecology and Environment and Engaging the Field:  Introduction to Research Methods. Olivia is Canadian and has been teaching and doing research in Canada and Costa Rica for 15 years; her research and teaching programme includes: food security, climate change, resilience, sustainable agriculture, gender, and Indigenous people's rights to food, land and resources. Specifically, her emphasis is on grass-roots projects that address food security and climate change for youth and women using feminist and Indigenous methodologies. Olivia is an assistant professor at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in the department of Environment, Development, and Peace. She is also a member of the following organizations: The International Union for Conservation of Nature, the International Society of Ethnobiology, the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Project, and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Being active within these networks allows her to work at the interface of policy and practice.


Oscar Ugalde (Administrative Coordinator and LIU Global Finance Officer)
(PhD in Economics and Business from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología [ULACIT] in Costa Rica, his MA in Development Economics from the Institute of Social Studies Netherlands, and his MBA in International Trade from ULACIT, Costa Rica.) Oscar is also a part-time professor of Economics, Finance and Development at Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) and at the National University at the bachelor’s and master’s programs. He recently joined the Latin American Network of Researchers on Development Studies as well as the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics where he contributes doing research.


Maria Jose Zuniga (Social Media and Communications Coordinator)

(Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica). Mari is a sales, marketing and communication enthusiast who became a content creator trained at Experian Marketing Services. She is currently studying Japanese and is passionate about traveling and photography.

 

SPANISH PROGRAM (9 weeks of each semester)
The Spanish Program is led by Costa Rican professionals in the field of Spanish as a second language contracted to design, implement, oversee and evaluate the program. The academic coordinator for the Spanish program is:

Gabriela García (Academic Coordinator)
(Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from the University of Costa Rica, coursework for the Master’s in Latin American Literature program from the University of Costa Rica). Gabriela has participated in training programs at the Universidad Nacional and other institutions in Costa Rica. Gabriela has been working in this field since 1997, first as a professor and then as a coordinator. She has been the Spanish Coordinator for the Peace Corps and private institutions in Costa Rica and Panama. She has experience as a trainer for professors and as a curriculum coordinator for Spanish programs. She is certified by the ACTFL to conduct interviews and determine a student’s speaking ability. She is very interested in Intercultural Studies.

Xinia Sanahuja (Field Coordinator of Spanish Program)
(Bachelor's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from University of Costa Rica) Xinia has had an exemplary career as a program coordinator and teacher of Spanish as a second language in Costa Rica. Xinia has worked for some of the most important Spanish programs in the country, the Peace Corps, and Fundación Vida. She founded the COSI Spanish Institute. She has also trained professors for many years and has taught many workshops on that subject. She is also certified by the ACTFL.

 

Europe

Giovanna Arecchi (International Program Administrator)
(BA Global Studies, LIU) graduated from LIU Global in 2016 after studying in Costa Rica, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Turkey, Australia, Indonesia, and the USA. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she has been based between Competa and Benicassim, Spain, since 2011. Currently, Giovanna is the International Program Administrator for the Europe program and will support students in Spain and Italy. She is also a professional yoga teacher and a yoga teacher trainer.

Rainer Braun (Adjunct Faculty)
(Ph.D. and B.A. 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.

Eirini Gouleta (Associate Dean and Director of the Europe Program)

(Ed.D. Bilingual Special Education The George Washington University, M.Ed. Counseling and Development George Mason University, BA/MA Elementary Education and Pedagogy Democritus University Greece).  Most recently, she served as a senior education adviser with the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Office in Washington, DC managing a portfolio of basic education and teacher education and training programs in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia. She lived and worked in Pakistan serving as a senior education adviser and team leader for the provincial delivery of education with the UK Department for International Development (DFID). She has consulted for the World Bank, USAID, UK DFID, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, SIL Lead, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, and other national and international education and development agencies. She has work and research experience in Greece, Spain, Georgia, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and the Tibetan Regions, Vietnam, Guatemala, and Mexico and was a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar in Japan. She worked in academia as a university professor of education at Trinity College in Washington DC, George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and is a tenured professor at the University of Macedonia in Greece. She is a licensed teacher (N/K-6 in Virginia and in Greece and TESOL K-12 in Virginia) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia.  She has published and presented internationally.

Jocelyn Lieu (Senior Thesis Coordinator)
(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.

Colette Mazzucelli (Adjunct Faculty)
(PhD Georgetown, EdM Teachers College (Columbia), MALD Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts/Harvard), BA U Scranton) is Digital Learning Innovator at LIU Global. Since 2014 she has advised senior thesis students, taught the synchronous International Relations World Education Seminar across several continents, and developed the on-site Europe Seminar in Vienna and Budapest. She is leading with James Felton Keith The Ethics of Personal Data Collection Series for Anthem Press (New York, London, New Delhi). A participant in the Bled Strategic Forum 2018 and the Parallel Histories conference in the House of Lords, she is an alumna of the Global Diplomacy Lab and the Brandeis University Summer Institute for Israel Studies. Her diplomatic experience includes hosting the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) at New York University in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State. A BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader, in 2016 she was named an Ambassador of Peace in recognition of her service as an educator with 20+ years’ experience in technology-mediated learning. The author and/or editor of five books, including Leadership in the Big Bangs of European Integration with Derek Beach (Palgrave 2007) and France and Germany at Maastricht Politics and Negotiations to Create the European Union (Routledge 1997), she has taught courses since 2005 on graduate faculty in conflict resolution, radicalization & religion, international relations in the post-Cold War era, ethnic conflict, and Europe in the 21st Century at NYU New York. A Fulbright Scholar to Belgium and Germany (2007) as well as France (1991), her courses have been profiled by the Council on Foreign Relations in Foreign Affairs. During 2000-03, she was responsible to direct and teach the first technology-mediated seminar in the history of the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) Paris analyzing conflict in the former Yugoslavia. She is a former Director, International Programs, Budapest Institute for Graduate International and Diplomatic Studies, Budapest University of Economic Sciences, 1995-97. As a participant in the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program for Future American Leaders, she assisted with the ratification of the Treaty on European Union (“Maastricht”) in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1992-93.

 

China

Dale Albanese (Adjunct Faculty)
(M.A. in Development Studies from National Chengchi University [NCCU]; Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Psychology from NCCU)
As an adjunct faculty member, thesis advisor, and program coordinator for LIU Global, teaches Global Studies Seminar (Fall) and Topics in Chinese Society and Change (Spring), advises student research project development in Senior Thesis I (Fall) and Junior Research Seminar and Senior Thesis II (Spring), and develops and coordinates LIU Global China Center programming in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has been involved in LIU Global programming for almost a decade. During that period, he has also served as Resident Director of and taught the internship course for CET Academic Programs in Taiwan, co-taught undergraduate and graduate courses at NCCU, and served as an educational and cross-cultural consultant for various public and private organizations. He has also been a research affiliate with the Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies at NCCU, with interests in creativity and innovation, cross-cultural experience, and experiential learning. From Ohio, USA, he came to Taiwan on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in 2007 and has been there since.

Difei "Vivian" Hu (Director)
(M.P.A., Columbia University; M.A. and B.A., Zhejiang University)
Vivian joined the China Center in August 2013 and has an extensive academic and professional background in issues of global development. She specializes in program evaluation, survey research, gender, and economic statistics. Prior to joining LIU Global, Vivian worked as a consultant to provide training and technical services in the fields of program evaluation, gender, and sustainable development. Her clients were mainly international organizations, including GIZ, UN Women, and UNDP. She has also previously worked for the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and Human Development Report Office of UNDP, as well as the Zhejiang Academy of Social Sciences. She has field experience in South Asia and Africa, including working as a short-term consultant for UNDP in Cambodia, the UNDP Regional Center of Asia and Pacific in Sri Lanka, and the Millennium Village Project in Kenya. Difei received her B.A. and M.A. from Zhejiang University and also has an M.P.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, with a concentration in Economic and Political Development.

Wang "Adel" Jing (Adjunct Faculty)
(Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University; B.A., Zhejiang University)
Adel is an art anthropologist and sound event organizer. Born in Lanzhou, trained in performance studies, Adel gets her Ph.D. from the School of Interdisciplinary Art at Ohio University. Now she is an associate professor in the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University. Her book Sound and Affect: An Anthropology of China’s Sound Practice (Zhejiang University Press, 2015) explores the concepts of freedom, affect and sound through anthropological research on China’s sound culture. She is published in academic journals including Leonardo Music Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, International Review of Qualitative Research. Her current research focuses on sound studies, sensory studies, performance studies, and anthropological methods. She is an active organizer of sound events and talks and has organized more than 20 sound events in the city of Hangzhou from 2013 to 2015. From 2013 to 2014, she served as the academic curator of the monthly year–long series “Savaka: Asia Experimental Music Currents” at Rockbound Art Museum, Shanghai. In January 2015, she founded The Sound Lab at College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University. More about her work and publications can be found at her personal website: www.sonorouspresence.org. 

Minglei 明磊 (Instructor in Chinese Martial Arts)

Minglei has been the martial arts teacher at the China Center since 2007. His class teaches not only the movements of Tai Chi, but also the Taoist philosophy behind them. As a coach, Minglei teaches Chinese Martial Arts such as Xingyi Boxing and Chen Style tai chi, which he has been teaching since 1990. He has been practicing martial arts since he was a young child and began his Kungfu career in 1970 when he began practicing Shaolin Kungfu. In the following two decades, he won the Tai Chi Championship of Hangzhou, became a member of the Hangzhou Chinese Martial Arts Association, and became certified as a Grade-Three Chinese Martial Arts coach. In 2005, he was accepted to be a member of China Huaxia Tai Chi Masters Association and achieved the certification of Tai Chi Master in 2007. Minglei is equally adept at the philosophical and psychological aspects of Chinese Martial Arts, and the application of those ideas to everyday life. He teaches a course called Creative Thinking at Zhejiang University City College, and was certified as a psychological consultant by the LSSETC (Ministry of Labor and Social Security Education Training Center) and IIAA (International Information Authentication Association). He is currently writing a book about creative thinking.


Qin "Cherry" Wang (Administrator & Chinese Teacher)
Wang Qin, known to her foreign friends as Cherry, has been working part-time with the China Center since January 2014 as an administrator and Mandarin Chinese tutor. Cherry was born in Sichuan Province, and grew up in Xi’an, the old capital of many dynasties in Shaanxi Province. She graduated with a B.A. in Chinese Linguistics and Literature Education from the Shaanxi Normal University in 1997 and received her M.A. in Education from the same university. She has been teaching Chinese as a second language at Zhejiang University since 2004 and has taught courses in intensive reading, listening, and speaking. She is a patient and passionate teacher and has an excellent relationship with her students. In addition to her role as administrator, Cherry also holds weekly Mandarin tutoring hours for LIU Global students.

Liu Wei (Adjunct Faculty)
(Ph.D. in History, Nanjing University)
Liu Wei began serving the China Center in 1996 as a regular guest speaker, and in 1997 he became a formal staff member and faculty advisor. Since then he has taught an area studies course on contemporary Chinese history and politics, and several seminars on Chinese foreign relations. Currently, Liu Wei serves as a senior teacher as well as faculty advisor and program coordinator for the students interested in Peace and Reconciliation in China. Professor Liu served in the Red Army during the Cultural Revolution, ending his military career as a staff sergeant in 1976. After working as the private secretary to the Provincial Minister, he entered university on an ex-serviceman's pension in 1978, where he majored in Chinese history and minored in French. After seven years of graduate study and extensive research on 18th-century English political history at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Liu completed his Ph.D. in History from Nanjing University in 1989. Soon thereafter, he began teaching as a lecturer of political science at the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at Zhejiang University. He then returned to the University of Edinburgh and completed his postdoctoral research on the history of late 18th-century Sino-British relations in 1992. He then assumed the position of associate professor the following year at Zhejiang University, where he continues to teach world political history in the Department of Global Studies. Professor Liu also continues to supplement his academic career with an intriguing vocation in television. For seven years beginning in 1994, he worked for China Central Television as a part-time host of a literary review program, and he currently hosts a program about local popular culture in Hangzhou on Zhejiang Provincial Television.


Asia-Pacific & Australia

Soenke Biermann (Asia-Pacific Australia Program Director, Faculty & Advisor)
(PhD in Cultural Studies [ABD], GradCert in Higher Education and Bachelor of Indigenous Studies (Hons.) from Southern Cross University). Professor of Political Economy and Ecology in the Asia-Pacific Region and Global Studies Seminar in the Fall Semester, and Culture, Politics and Identity in Australasia and Junior Research Seminar in the Spring Semester. As a researcher, Soenke has presented his work on pedagogy, decolonization, social justice, and human rights at more than 20 national and international conferences. He has been invited to give guest lectures at institutions such as the University of Barcelona, McGill University, UC Berkeley, and Humboldt University, and has published articles in a range of scholarly journals. Soenke is a passionate and dedicated teacher who has won a number of institutional and national Australian teaching awards over the past few years. He also has set up and been involved with a series of university and community initiatives and projects focusing on social justice, cultural diversity and decolonization. Originally from northern Germany, Soenke has been living in Australia for almost twenty years.

Nigel Hayes (Adjunct Faculty and Advisor)
(PhD in Cultural Studies [ABD], GradCert in Higehr Education (Teaching and Learning) and BA (Hons.) from Southern Cross University, Australia). Professor for Introduction to International Development and Innovative Encounters with Nature and Knowledge in the Fall Semester and Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Development in the Spring Semester. Nigel is an experienced university teacher (both online and face-to-face) and has project leadership expertise in effective assessment and feedback. He has been teaching in the Environmental Humanities and Creative Writing for Southern Cross University and LIU Global College since 2008. Nigel’s research interests revolve around theories of embodiment and subjectivity, the cultural controls on perception, especially as they involve food, and the ethics of eating. He has published several scholarly articles in academic journals and has presented his research at a number of national conferences.

 Jessica O’Rourke (Student Services & Administrative Program Coordinator)
(Bachelor of Health Science, Westminster University, London). With a background in health science and a wealth of administrative experience in a variety of private-sector roles, Jessica (JJ) has recently joined the Asia-Pacific Australia Program to provide administrative and student services coordination. In her free time, JJ is interest in yoga, dance, travel and culture, and sustainable living.

 Marcelle Townsend-Cross (Adjunct Faculty and Advisor)
(PhD and MEd in Indigenous Studies from University of Technology, Sydney, and Bachelor of Contemporary Music from Southern Cross University). Professor of Australia’s First Peoples in the Fall Semester and Race, Power and Indigeneity in the Spring Semester. Marcelle is a mixed-heritage Indigenous Australian woman of Biripi, Worimi, and Irish descent. She has more than twenty years’ experience teaching Indigenous Studies in Australian Universities. Her research and professional activities have concentrated on defining and engaging Indigenous Australian philosophy in relation to pedagogical theory and praxis in past, present, and future contexts, and in engaging Indigenous Australian values in mainstream Australian social policy and practice. Specifically, her research pursuits focus on exploring critical Indigenous Studies pedagogical theory and practice in the vocational, higher education, and community adult education sectors.