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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Faculty Advisory Council

The Faculty Advisory Council serves as the key mechanism for representing faculty in Buffett decisions and activities. Members serve as strategic thought partners for Buffett leadership and ambassadors for Buffett's strategic goals. They will leverage their expertise and existing global research relationships to help build Northwestern's global network and transform Northwestern into a more global institution. This group has a key role in making recommendations to the executive director concerning funding priorities, programs, policies and appointments at Buffett.

 

Members

Adam Goodman

Adam Goodman

Center for Leadership, McCormick School of Engineering

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Adam Goodman directs Northwestern University's Center for Leadership and is a faculty member in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. He is also co-founder of Catapult, a University spin-off based on his research building a data intensive enterprise-wide web portal for leadership, coaching and teamwork assessment. His previous roles include: a founding partner of the NorthStone Group, Executive Director of the University of Colorado's Leadership Institute and its Presidents Leadership Class, and Special Assistant to three University of Colorado presidents.
Sossina Haile

Sossina Haile

McCormick School of Engineering

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Sossina M. Haile is a Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics. Her overall research goal is to elucidate the relationship between structure and electrical behavior in electrochemically active solids, as a key step towards designing materials with exceptional properties and applicability in sustainable energy technologies.
Laura Hein

Laura Hein

Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty Senate

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Laura Hein is a professor of history at Northwestern, specializing in the history of Japan in the 20th century and its international relations. Her most recent book is Post-Fascist Japan: Political Culture in Kamakura After the Second World War, London: Bloomsbury, 2018. She also co-edited with Rebecca Jennison Imagination Without Borders: Visual Artist Tomiyama Taeko and Social Responsibility, Center for Japanese Studies, (The University of Michigan, September 2010). The book accompanies a website created by the Academic Technologies staff at the Northwestern University Library. She also has a strong interest in problems of remembrance and public memory, resulting in three co-edited books with Mark Selden: Living with the Bomb: American and Japanese Cultural Conflicts in the Nuclear Age (1997), Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States (2000), and Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to American and Japanese Power (2003).
Mark Huffman

Mark Huffman

Feinberg School of Medicine

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Mark Huffman is the Quentin D. Young Professor of Health Policy and an associate professor of preventive medicine and medicine-cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Center for Global Cardiovascular Health within the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern. He has a secondary appointment as an associate professor of food policy at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia. He is a practicing cardiologist, researcher, and teacher interested in global cardiovascular health epidemiology, clinical trials, implementation science, health systems and policy research and training. He works across the spectrum of cardiovascular disease prevention in research on acute cardiovascular quality improvement, simplifying pharmacotherapy through fixed-dose combinations, programmatic implementation and evaluation for large-scale hypertension control, monitoring and improving the US and global food and medicine supply, and achieving tobacco endgame. He aims to improve global cardiovascular health and health care, especially in low- and middle-income countries, and to bring lessons learned back home to the United States.
Ofer Malamud

Ofer Malamud

School of Education and Social Policy 

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Ofer Malamud is an associate professor of human development and social policy, who focuses on education policy from an international perspective. His research is concentrated in three substantive areas: educational investments over the life course, the role of technology in the formation of human capital, and the effect of general and specific education on labor market outcomes. He has studied these topics in a wide range of institutional settings across countries such as Chile, England, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Scotland, and the United States. Malamud is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the CESifo Research Network. He also serves as a research consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Before joining Northwestern, he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Wendy Pearlman

Wendy Pearlman

Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

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Wendy Pearlman is associate professor of political science at Northwestern University. In 2018, she was named the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor. She earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an MA from Georgetown University, and a BA from Brown University. Her research focuses on the comparative politics of the Middle East, social movements, political violence, refugees and migration, emotions and mobilization, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Wendy Pearlman has studied or conducted research in Spain, Germany, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. As a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Wendy is a fellow at EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin during the summers 2016-2018 and 2021-2022.
J.P. Sniadecki

J.P. Sniadecki

School of Communication

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J.P. Sniadecki is an assistant professor of radio/television/film at the School of Communication, and works between the US and China as a filmmaker and anthropologist. From Chengdu demolition sites to New York City junkyards to the Sonoran Desert borderlands, he employs cinema and sensory ethnography to explore collective experience, the aesthetics of place, and the possibilities of film form. His films are in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and have been exhibited there and at the Whitney Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, the Shenzhen Biennale, and the Guggenheim, as well as at international film festivals such as Berlin, BFI London, Locarno, New York, AFI, San Francisco, Rotterdam, Viennale, IDFA, Mar del Plata, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, and more. His latest feature, El Mar La Mar (2017) won the Caligari Award during its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and earned “Best Film” awards at Olhar du Cinema, Dokufest Kosovo, and Lima Independent Film Festival, along with a University Award at Indie Lisboa. He cofounded the traveling screening series “Cinema on the Edge,” which showcases independent Chinese film. A 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, J.P. earned a PhD at Harvard and currently teaches film at Northwestern.
Vijay Viswanathan

Vijay Viswanathan

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

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Vijay Viswanathan is associate dean and associate professor of integrated marketing communications at Medill. His research focuses on consumer decision making, especially in the realm of branding, pricing, cross-media consumption and social influence. His research has important implications for the economic impact of managerial decisions related to brand architecture, loyalty programs, consumer engagement and omnichannel strategy. He uses a wide array of research methods, ranging from designing and analyzing surveys to developing sophisticated quantitative models to maximize the ROI of various marketing actions. His work spans a broad range of industries such as automobile, chemical and pharmaceutical, e-commerce, entertainment, financial services, luxury, media and retail. He teaches courses related to marketing research, marketing management and integrated marketing communications across various programs and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 faculty and staff at Northwestern.
Klaus Weber

Klaus Weber

Kellogg School of Management

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Klaus Weber is a professor of management & organizations. He is also affiliated with the Department of Sociology and the Northwestern Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN). His research is grounded in cultural and institutional analysis, with substantive interests in the intersection between social movements, organizations and markets; economic globalization; and environmental sustainability. Klaus' research has been published in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review. His work has won best paper awards at the American Sociological Association, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the SYNTEC Conseil en Management. He was a senior editor at Organization Science and has guest edited volumes for Organization Studies and Organization Science. At Kellogg, Klaus teaches MBA courses on environmental sustainability and on power in organizations; and doctoral seminars on cultural and text analysis, organization theory and research methods. Professor Weber received his PhD from the University of Michigan and joined the Kellogg faculty in 2003.
Zachary Wright

Zachary Wright

Northwestern University in Qatar

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Zachary Wright, PhD, is associate professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar, with joint appointments in history and religious studies. Wright received his PhD (history) from Northwestern University, with a dissertation focusing on the history of Islamic knowledge transmission in West Africa. He also has an MA in Arabic studies, Middle East history, from the American University in Cairo, and a BA in history from Stanford University. He teaches classes on Islam in Africa, modern Middle East history, African history, Islamic intellectual history and Islam in America. His book publications include Living Knowledge in West African Islam: the Sufi Community of Ibrahim Niasse (Brill, 2015), and On the Path of the Prophet: Shaykh Ahmad Tijani and the Tariqa Muhammadiyya (AAII & Faydah Books, 2005, 2015). He has also translated a number of West African Arabic texts into English, with publications such as The Removal of Confusion concerning the Saintly Seal (Fons Vitae, 2010, and reprint forthcoming), Pearls from the Flood (Faydah Books, 2015), and Islam the Religion of Peace (Light of Eminence, 2013). His current research concerns eighteenth-century Islamic intellectual history in North Africa.