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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Global Council

This council of senior leaders from each of Northwestern’s schools best positioned to represent each school on global programming and curricula is charged with defining key priorities for the globalization of the university, developing and implementing policies relating to internationalization, and with sharing information and coordinating initiatives among the schools.

Areas of focus for the council include global learning, global safety and security, international students and scholars, global partnerships, the globalization of research initiatives, the internationalization of the curriculum, globalizing Northwestern’s engagement mission, and the development and implementation of Northwestern’s globalization strategic plan. The council will also serve as a conduit between the schools and Northwestern Buffett.

Members

Elizabeth Bennett

Elizabeth Bennett

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

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Beth Bennett is associate dean and assistant professor of Journalism at Medill. She is an award-winning producer and reporter with more than 15 years of experience in broadcast television news and video production. Her experience spans many areas of television news, including on-air reporting, studio/booth producing, and field producing. Since leaving the broadcast industry, she has specialized in producing web and tablet-based videos in addition to independent documentary film work. In addition to her work at Medill, Bennett introduces journalism principles to STEM researchers through The Graduate School's research communication fellowship program, Ready Set Go. Interview strategies, narrative techniques, and on-camera presentation skills are some of the topics she teaches during this interdisciplinary 10-week program.
Ann Bradlow

Ann Bradlow

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

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Ann Bradlow is Professor in the Department of Linguistics, and Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives. Bradlow is also the Principal Investigator in the Speech Communication Research Group. This group pursues an interdisciplinary research program in acoustic phonetics and speech perception with a particular focus the impact of long-term linguistic experience on speech production and perception.
Drew Edward Davies

Drew Edward Davies

Bienen School of Music

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Drew Edward Davies is Chair of the Department of Music Studies and an Associate Professor of Musicology.  He is a specialist in 17th- and 18th-century music in Latin America, Iberia, and the wider European context, with complementary research interests in colonialism, contemporary architecture, and a diversity of musical genres and practices. Professor Davies creates academic scholarship, editions and catalogs of primary sources, and frequently collaborates with performing groups such as the Chicago Arts Orchestra to revive and better understand repertoires of early modern music. His critical editions of music from 18th-century Mexico, Manuel de Sumaya: Villancicos from Mexico City and Santiago Billoni: Complete Works, are available from A-R Editions. His thematic catalog of the music archive at Durango Cathedral, Mexico, is published by the press of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Sumit Dhar

Sumit Dhar

School of Communication

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Sumit Dhar studies hearing, hearing loss, and hearing healthcare. One major focus of his work is in understanding the physiology and biophysics related to sounds created in the inner ear (otoacoustic emissions). The sounds are recorded using small microphones placed in the ear in an attempt to understand the workings of the inner ear by analyzing them in various ways. He is also keenly interested in using these sounds to detect malfunction of the ear at the earliest. A second major focus is on hearing healthcare delivery. Dhar is interested in understanding why so few people seek hearing health care. Once barriers to access are identified, Dhar’s research group attempts to devise tools and methods to remove these barriers, thereby improving the affordability and accessibility of hearing health care.

Michael Fishman

Michael Fishman

Kellogg School of Management

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Michael Fishman is the Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research and the Norman Strunk Professor of Financial Institutions. He has published widely in finance and economics. His research focuses on financial market regulation and contracting. Recently, he has investigated insider trading, disclosure regulations, the role of self-regulatory organizations, and long-term financial contracting. He has won a number of research awards including the Smith Breeden Prize, awarded by the American Finance Association. He co-edited A Primer on Securitization (MIT Press, 1996). Professor Fishman has been on the editorial boards of a number of finance journals. The graduates of Kellogg's Executive Masters Program chose Professor Fishman for the Outstanding Professor Award in 1995, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Lorenzo Gallon

Lorenzo Gallon

Feinberg School of Medicine

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Lorenzo Gallon is currently the medical director of the Translational Medicine Program, the director of International Relations and the director of the Renal Transplant Fellowship. His primary research interests are: role of immunosuppressive medications in modulating the immune system; genomic of chronic renal allograft rejection; chronic kidney disease after liver transplant; prednisone-free and calcineurin inhibitors free immunosuppressive protocols; new immunosuppressive strategies; FSGS; aging and impact of physical exercise after kidney transplantation; and tolerance induction.
Matthew Grayson

Matthew Grayson

McCormick School of Engineering

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Matthew Grayson is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an AT&T Research Professor. He is an expert in the design, fabrication, and electrical characterization of electronic devices and materials. He has specialized in studies of the low energy excitations of such low-dimensional electron systems as quantum wells, one-dimensional wires, electron-beam patterned structures, and both integer and fractional quantum Hall edges. Systems of interest are thermoelectrics, aisotropic conductors, Luttinger liquids, quantum Hall ferromagnets, Type II superlattices, and multivalley quantum systems. Matthew completed his PhD studies at Princeton University with Prof. Daniel Tsui studying tunnel spectroscopy of fractional quantum Hall effect edges. His postdoc work at the University of Maryland investigated the infrared Hall angle of cuprate superconducting films. He then won a Humboldt Fellowship to research in Germany at the Walter Schottky Institut of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, where he remained for 7 years leading a small research group. He joined Northwestern in 2007.

Kathleen Hewett-Smith

Kathleen Hewett-Smith

Northwestern University in Qatar

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Kathleen Hewett-Smith is the interim senior associate dean of Northwestern University in Qatar. An internationalist and institution builder, Hewett-Smith's previous leadership roles include associate director and dean at the Institute for International Liberal Education at Bard College; dean of arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh; and, most recently, head of the Department of English at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. She began her career as a faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA. Hewett-Smith’s current research interests include the aesthetics and politics of the long postcolonial novel as well as the history and development of international education and global educational models. Her scholarly publications include an edited volume on William Langland’s Piers Plowman as well as various articles and papers on topics ranging from allegorical theory in medieval texts to transnational identities and human rights in South Asian literatures.

D.J. Hoek

D.J. Hoek

Northwestern Libraries 

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D.J. Hoek is Associate University Librarian for Research & Engagement. He is a member of the Libraries’ executive leadership team, with particular responsibility for the administration of all public services, including research services, distinctive collections, instruction and curriculum support, academic engagement, access services, and marketing and communication. His work centers on connecting students and faculty to the Libraries’ network of local and global resources, creating situations that inspire new avenues for learning and discovery, and highlighting the extraordinary research collections available only at Northwestern.

Jeanne Hughes

Jeanne Hughes

School of Education and Social Policy  

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Julia Moore

Julia Moore

The Graduate School

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Julia Moore is the Director of English Language Programs at the Graduate School, with a lecturer faculty appointment in Linguistics.  She oversees multiple programs for graduate student and postdoctoral English language learners at Northwestern University, including orientation programs, classes, tutoring, supported speech training software, and proficiency testing. She also oversees the Applied Linguistics in English Language Teaching training program for graduate students in Linguistics and related disciplines. Julia completed her PhD in Linguistics, Articles and Proper Names in L2 English, at Northwestern University in 2004.

Kim Rapp

Kim Rapp

Office of International Relations

Kim Rapp is the Assistant Vice President in the Office of International Relations.  Kim has worked in international programs in higher education for over 20 years. Before coming to Northwestern in 2014, Kim was Executive Director of Stanford University’s Global Studies Division. Kim has lived and worked in several countries including England, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal. Originally from the East Coast, Kim completed her undergraduate degree in Communications and International Studies at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and her graduate degrees in African Languages and Literature (MA), Educational Administration (MS) and Higher Education Leadership and Policy Analysis (PhD) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her publications have focused on graduate education in the U.S., and her teaching experience has ranged from African literature to international research methods, but Kim remains most passionate about facilitating the international interests and research goals of others.
Baron Reed

Baron Reed

Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern Society of Fellows

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Baron Reed is a professor of philosophy who specializes in epistemology and has research and teaching interests in both ancient and early modern philosophy as well as metaphysics. His recent research focuses on skepticism, the relevance of practical interests to knowledge, epistemic norms, epistemic agency, and epistemic psychology.  Baron is also the Director of the Northwestern Society of Fellows, which will be in full operation in Fall 2020, and a Special Assistant to the Provost.
Jim Speta

Jim Speta

Pritzker School of Law

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Jim Speta is the Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law and Vice Dean at the Pritzker School of Law. His research interests include telecommunications and Internet policy, antitrust, administrative law, and market organization. He teaches in the Law School and in the Joint Program in Law and Business operated by the Law School and the Kellogg School. A 1991 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Speta joined the Northwestern faculty following a one-year visit. He had previously clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and practiced appellate, telecommunications, and antitrust law with the Chicago firm of Sidley & Austin.