Dr. Barbara J. Risman
Barbara J. Risman is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was previously Alumni Distinguished Research Professor at North Carolina State University and the Director of Graduate Studies at NCSU.
She is the author of Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition (Yale, 1998), Families As They Really Are (Norton, 2010), and over two dozen journal articles in venues including American Sociological Review, Gender & Society, and Journal of Marriage and the Family. She has been editor of the journal, Contemporary Sociology, and is currently one of the editors of a book series, The Gender Lens. She has served as Co-Chair, Executive Officer and is now President of the Board of Directors of The Council on Contemporary Families, an organization whose mission is to bring new research findings and clinical expertise to public conversation.
In 2005, Dr. Risman was honored with the Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. In 2003, she was chosen as Feminist Lecturer by the Sociologists for Women in Society. In 2011, Dr. Risman was honored with the American Sociological Association's Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology.
Professor Risman is currently writing a book Gender as a Social Structure: Toward a Post-Gender Society (Oxford University Press). She has several empirical projects in process including a qualitative study of gender among today's young adults, and an analysis of the efficacy of grants designed to integrate women into science, technology engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
Dr. Risman completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University and earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington.
Dr. Stephen L. Esquith
Stephen L. Esquith has been working on ethical problems in developing countries since 1990 when he was a senior Fulbright scholar in Poland. While in Poland he collaborated on two collections of essays written by Polish and U.S. scholars on the changes in Eastern Europe since 1989. His research and teaching since that time has focused on democratic transitions in post-conflict situations. He has written on the rule of law, the problem of democratic political education, mass violence and reconciliation, and moral and political responsibility.
He is the author of Intimacy and Spectacle (Cornell, 1994), a critique of classical and modern liberal political philosophy, and The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010) on mass violence and democratic political education. He has been involved in numerous civic engagement projects in the public schools and has led a study abroad program focusing on ethical issues in development in Mali in summer 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010.
He spent the academic year 2005-06 teaching and working with colleagues at the University of Bamako, Mali as a senior Fulbright scholar. There he taught two seminars on ethics and development at the Institut Polytechnic Rural and the Institut Supérieure de Formation et de Recherche Appliquée.
After serving as chair of the Department of Philosophy for five years, he returned to Michigan State University in fall 2006 to become Dean of the new Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, and also still serves as one of the leaders of the doctoral specialization in Ethics and Development, which he helped to found. He is currently working with colleagues in Mali on the National Commission for Dialogue, Truth, and Reconciliation, and planning a new study abroad program there for summer 2014 that will focus on role of local dialogue forums in the reconciliation process.
Dr. Esquith completed his undergraduate study at Harvard College and graduated cum laude. He received his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Princeton.
Dr. Susan Sterett
Susan Sterett is a professor of political science at the University of Denver. She served as associate dean of the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences from 2009-2011, and chair of the department of political science from 2005-2009.
She is currently on leave at the National Science Foundation, where she is the program director for Law and Social Sciences. In addition to managing the program, she has collaborated with colleagues on a cross-directorate coastal sustainability solicitation. While at NSF, she has participated in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice, in a forensics working group, and in the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable, convened by the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Dr. Sterett's areas of scholarship include law and society, social welfare in Western post-industrial states, displacement, American political development, and citizenship. She was a Fulbright scholar at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick in 1995, a Fulbright scholar at the China University of Political Science and Law in 2002, a Fulbright senior specialist at Tongji University in Shanghai in 2008, and a fellow at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, in 2008.
She has organized a workshop hosted at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain, co-funded by the Institute and by the National Science Foundation, building upon an NSF-funded project. She is the author of two books and numerous articles, and the editor of a book and of a special issue of a journal.
Dr. Sterett completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California at San Diego and earned her Ph.D. in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Joseph S. Francisco
Joseph S. Francisco completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin with honors, and he received his Ph.D. in chemical physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Francisco was a research fellow at Cambridge University in England, and following that he returned to MIT as a provost postdoctoral fellow. In 1991 he was a visiting associate in planetary science at California Institute of Technology. He accepted an appointment as professor of chemistry and earth & atmospheric sciences at Purdue University. In 2006 Francisco was appointed as the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science and Chemistry at Purdue University. From 2010-2013, Francisco served as associate dean for research in the College of Science at Purdue University.
Francisco has received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award. He received an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor Award in 1994. He was a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, which he spent at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He was the recipient of the Edward W. Morley Medal from the American Chemical Society Cleveland Section in 2011.
He was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Award by the German government, as well as being appointed a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy. He was Professeur Invité at the Université de Paris, France; a Visiting Professor at Uppsala Universitet, Sweden; an Honorary International Chair Professor, National Taipei University, Taiwan. He is a co-author of the textbook Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics, published by Prentice-Hall.
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