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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Media Resources

The media resources below provide an overview of Northwestern Buffett’s work and impact as well as entryways to learn about the collaborations and conversations supported or elevated by our initiatives. For media inquiries, please contact Dayna Dion, Northwestern Buffett’s Director of Global Communications, Outreach and Engagement.
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Our one-pager provides a concise overview of our signature Idea Incubation Process and the work that happens across Northwestern Buffett’s offices and teams 

Look Book

Our look book provides more in-depth descriptions and examples of our recent initiatives and accomplishments
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Buffett Briefs

Our Buffett Briefs illustrate how each of our Global Working Groups are tackling the most pressing issues of our time through collaborative research across disciplines and geographies. 
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Our Breaking Boundaries podcast features stories of successful collaborations fueling progress toward reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Faculty Leaders and Experts

Our faculty leaders, fellows and Global Working Group leads make Northwestern Buffett a nexus for collaborative approaches to research, global learning and community engagement.

Our Leaders

Annelise Riles HeadshotAnnelise Riles
Executive Director; Associate Provost for Global Affairs; Professor of Law and Anthropology 
  • Global financial regulation 
  • International human rights 
  • Transnational legal problems 
  • International law 
  • Feminist legal theory 
  • Legal anthropology 

baron-reed.jpegBaron Reed 
Deputy Director; Professor of Philosophy 
  • Epistemology (emphases on epistemic agency, normativity and psychology) 
  • Ancient and early modern philosophy 
  • Metaphysics 
  • Skepticism 
  • The relevance of practical interests to knowledge 


Our Faculty Fellows

vilna-bashi.pngVilna Bashi 
Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow; Osborn Professor of Sociology
  • Race and ethnicity 
  • International migration 
  • Inequality 
  • Hierarchical socioeconomic structures 
reynaldo-morales.pngReynaldo Morales 
Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow; Northwestern Medill School of Journalism Assistant Professor
  • Indigenous issues and knowledge systems (emphasis on sustainability) 
  • Environmental journalism 
  • Global biodiversity governance 
  • Traditional knowledge integration in environmental education 
vs-subrahmanian.pngV.S. Subrahmanian 
Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow; Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science
  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Predictive modeling 
  • Probabilistic inference and machine Learning 
  • Social media 
  • Counterterrorism 


Our Global Working Group Leaders

Northwestern Buffett Global Working Groups undertake collaborative, interdisciplinary research that addresses complex global challenges related to one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Each Global Working Group has one or more Northwestern University faculty leaders.

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Mehreen Arshad

mehreen arshad headshotAssistant Professor of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Antimicrobial resistance 
  • Child health 

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Erica Hartmann

erica-hartmann.pngAssociate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Microbiology of the indoor environment 
  • Microbial responses to anthropogenic chemicals 
  • Bioremediation 
  • Public health 

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V.S. Subrahmanian

vs-subrahmanian.pngNorthwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow; Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science
  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Predictive modeling 
  • Probabilistic inference and machine learning 
  • Social media 
  • Counterterrorism 

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Brayden King

brayden-king.pngMax McGraw Chair in Management and Environment Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management
  • Organizational change 
  • Social movements and corporate policymaking 
  • Economic sociology 
  • The emergence and transformation of organizational identities 

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J.P. Sniadecki

jp-sniadecki.pngProfessor and Director of the MFA in Documentary Media, Medill School of Communication
  • Media anthropology (emphasis on anthropological film) 
  • Sensory ethnography (emphasis on U.S. and Chinese urban spaces) 
  • Documentary filmmaking 

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Michael Metzger

michael-metzger.pngPick-Laudati Curator of Media Arts, Block Museum of Art
  • Media arts and cinema 
  • Cinematic pedagogy 
  • History of images and information 

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Daniel Horton

daniel-horton.pngAssistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Link between climate change and extreme weather events such as heatwaves and droughts  
  • Climate change impacts and how humans can adapt 
  • Earth’s climate system over time 

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George Chiampas

george-chiampas.pngExecutive Director of the Disaster Management and Community Emergency Preparedness Initiative, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Emergency medicine 
  • Disaster management and community emergency preparedness 
  • Mass event management 
  • Sports injuries 
  • Sports medicine 
  • Sudden cardiac death 

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disproportionate-impacts-icon.pngDisproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges >>

Kimberly Marion Suiseeya

kimberly-marion.pngAssistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Environmental Policy and Culture program, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Global environmental politics 
  • Environmental justice 
  • Environmental policy 
  • Indigenous rights 
  • International development 

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Jennifer Dunn

jennifer-dunn.pngResearch Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering; Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Northwestern Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE)
  • Emerging technologies’ potential to contribute to air/water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions 
  • The use of remote sensing, computer vision and economic models to characterize land use and land use change 

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Rana Raddawi

rana-raddawi.pngAssistant Professor of Instruction, Midde Eastern and North African Languages, Arabic and Translation, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Theory and practice of translation 
  • Gender equality in the language curriculum 
  • Critical pedagogy and cross-cultural studies 

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Marcelo Worsley

marcelo-worsley.pngAssistant Professor of Computer Science, McCormick School of Engineering; Assistant Professor of Education and Social Policy, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Technological innovations for supporting inclusive learning and teaching 
  • The use of multimodal technology in educational environments (e.g., how student learning is demonstrated across different modalities and time scales, how multimodal data can support student and teacher reflection) 

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race-caste-colorism-icon.pngRace, Caste and Colorism >>

Laura Brueck

laura-brueck.pngChair and Associate Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture, Weinberg Colleges of Arts and Sciences
  • Caste and race 
  • Dalit literature and literary publics 
  • Modern and contemporary Hindi literature (emphasis on Indian detective fiction) 
  • Postcolonial literature and literary theory 
  • South Asian cinema and media studies 

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Ivy Wilson

ivy-wilson.pngAssociate Professor of English, Weinberg Colleges of Arts and Sciences
  • The Black diaspora 
  • U.S. literary studies (emphasis on African American culture) 
  • Tropes of Blackness and cultural meanings of U.S. citizenship 
  • The manipulation of aesthetics as a means to enter political discourse 

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trauma-music-and-the-breath-icon.pngTrauma, Music and the Breath >>

Sarah Bartolome

sarah-bartolome.pngAssociate Professor of Music Education, Bienen School of Music
  • Participatory music making as social capital 
  • World music pedagogy 
  • Gender expansive music education 
  • Trauma-informed approaches in music education 

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Global Catalyst Grant Group: Global Media
Representations of Mental Health/Illness

David Tolchinsky

david-tolchinsky.pngProfessor, Northwestern School of Communication; Director, Pritzker Pucker Studio Lab for the Promotion and Creation of Mental Health via Cinematic Arts

  • Screenwriting and playwriting
  • Sound design and film scores/music
  • Teen films, horror films and science fiction
  • Illness and health in the contemporary world (emphasis on unexplainable illnesses)
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Rebecca Seligman

rebecca-seligman.pngAssociate Professor of Anthropology; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research

  • Medical and psychological anthropology
  • Cultural influences on mental health and healing
  • Psychophysiology and cultural neuroscience
  • Immigrant and refugee mental health

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Peter Locke

peter-locke.pngAssistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Anthropology

  • Global health
  • Critical medical anthropology
  • Eastern Europe (especially the former Yugoslavia), West Africa (Sierra Leone),
  • Humanitarian psychiatry
  • Post-conflict public health

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