I am passionate about: research and teaching that makes a difference and focuses on the "real world" rather than the "ivory tower".
What excites me about being a professor at MIIS: Our students and faculty are on fire! People here want to build a better world, and have the skills and knowledge to make it happen.
People learn and grow when they work together to solve problems that hold meaning and significance for their lives. While experts are important, they are never smarter than a group of committed individuals working together in pursuit of social justice. Here are seven short videos that offer my perspective on Social Change.
What excites me:
Professor Black’s international experience includes Senior Associate Membership at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University; Fulbright, Mellon and other grants and Fellowships in South America, the Caribbean, and India; on-site or short-term teaching and honorary faculty positions in several Latin American countries, and extensive overseas lecturing and research. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile and a faculty member with the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea program.
One of the most critical challenges to development and indeed humanity is armed violence, especially in fragile states. This violence leads to death and injury, lost productivity, lowering of already inadequate health budgets, and psychological costs. In short, development cannot proceed alongside such violence. I believe that this violence can and must be prevented, reduced and eventually eliminated. I have devoted most of my professional life to this end.
Professor Olsen has been working as a conference interpreter and translator since 1993. Before joining our faculty, he was a translator in residence at American University in Washington, D.C. He has taught various courses on simultaneous and consecutive interpreting in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Over the years he has interpreted for the U.S. State Department, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, National Geographic Society, C-SPAN Television, and many other public and private sector clients.
Professor Fredric Kropp is the Chair of the Fisher International MBA Program as well as a full time faculty member teaching entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, marketing, and creativity and innovation. The need for cognition motivates Professor Kropp as a lifelong learner and pushes him to innovate and build new things.
Professor Vassilieva is a teacher, author, translator, and editor. She appears regularly as a commentator on various national and international television and radio programs, such as Jim Lehrer’s Newshour and CNN International. Her published works include articles in the Soviet Environmental Watch, Environmental Resources and Problems in the Former Soviet Union, Nature, Moscow News, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Asahi Shimbun. She regularly contributes her analysis of Russian and Eurasian politics to Brazilian Jornal do Brasil.
Professor Bailey is currently serving as President and Chair of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). With her work for TIRF, Professor Bailey and the TIRF Board of Trustees are seeking to promote effective practices in the use of English in the emerging global knowledge economy of the 21st century. She has conducted teacher training activities, including leading workshops and teaching courses, in thirty different countries.