Born in Italy, Dr. Laura Baffoni Licata earned her first doctoral degree from the Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna (Italy) with a concentration in foreign languages and literatures. She received her Ph.D. in Italian literature from the University of Connecticut. She combines a background in Italian literature, culture, and history with an interest in travel. At Tufts, she teaches upper-level Italian literature courses. Dr. Baffoni-Licata is an experienced faculty host who has accompanied our travelers on a number of Tufts Travel-Learn trips.
Associate Professor, History of Art & Architecture
Cristelle Baskins holds a PhD in Art History from UC Berkeley. At Tufts she is Associate Professor in the department of the History of Art. She is the recipient of prestigious grants including a Fulbright-Hayes, a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Mellon funded sabbatical, an Aga Khan fellowship at Harvard, and a Newhouse Fellowship at Wellesley College. In 2008 she co-curated an exhibition for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston: “The Triumph of Marriage: Renaissance Painted Wedding Chests." Her articles on Turkmens, Syrian Christians, and Baroque travelers have appeared in the Journal for the Society of Armenian Studies, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, Muqarnas, Renaissance Studies, and Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her current research focuses on links between the north and south shores of the Mediterranean. Her talks will address a sixteenth-century Portuguese queen and patron of art as well as her son, who led a disastrous invasion of Morocco.
Nancy Bauer is currently serving as Dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and as Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences—a position to which she was appointed in 2012. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. She is also a philosophy professor at Tufts University. She is a published author and has won a number of teaching awards, including the Leibner Award for Distinguished Advising and Teaching. Her areas of specialization include feminist philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy and film, and ordinary language philosophy.
Jeffrey Berry earned his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Professor Berry holds the John Richard Skuse Class of 1941 Chair in the Department of Political Science at Tufts. His many books include The New Liberalism and Lobbying and Policy Change. His strong interest in European politics and economics and in the development of the European Union (EU) has led him to host many trips for the Tufts Travel-Learn program.
Steven Block earned his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. He is Professor of International Economics and Academic Dean at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Specializing in international development, his work focuses on sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on issues relating to food policy, agricultural development, and political economy.
Dr. Sarah L Booth, PhD, serves as the Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University and is a Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She earned her BS from McGill University, her MS from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and her PhD from McGill. Dr. Booth is an expert in the role of fat-soluble vitamin metabolism in the prevention of chronic disease. Her doctoral research was focused on the use of indigenous plants in food and medicine. She has given presentations at a number of international conferences and traveled extensively.
Katrina Burgess earned her Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. She is an associate professor of international political economy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her research interests have added to the intellectually engaged atmosphere of the Tufts Travel-Learn journeys.
Gregory Carleton is Professor of Russian Studies and Chair of the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D from the University of Michigan and has taught at Tufts for 25 years. His specialties include Russian culture, literary and history. He is the author of three books on Russia, the latest being Russia: the Story of War (Harvard, 2017).
Dr. Cash is the Bergstrom Foundation Professor of Global Nutrition and an Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. He is an economist who teaches and conducts research on food, nutrition behavior, agriculture and the environment. He has lived and worked in Germany, and regularly visits the Rhine cities of Bonn and Cologne as part of his work.
Professor Steve Chapra is the Louis Berger Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Tufts. He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and has published over 200 technical publications including eight textbooks. Steve’s research focuses on protecting the water-quality of rivers, lakes, and estuaries. He has lived and travelled extensively through Europe and has studied many of the great European waterways. He has special interest in how technology can be employed to manage water-related problems in a sustainable and cost-effective fashion, an area pioneered by the Dutch from the 13th century onward.
Professor Dorfmann received an undergraduate degree from the University of Padova in Italy and advanced degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, both at Tufts University. Dr. Dorfmann has a high level of familiarly with Italy, having lived for many years in his country of birth.
Daniel Drezner earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is a professor of international politics at The Fletcher School at Tufts, as well as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Professor Drezner is a contributing editor at the Washington Post and has written several books.
Kevin Dunn earned his Ph.D. in Renaissance studies from Yale University. Since joining Tufts, he has served as the dean of academic affairs and dean of the College of Special Studies. Currently he is the vice provost of the University. He has published writing on a variety of topics in Renaissance poetry, prose and drama, and Biblical literature. His present book project, entitled Figures of Speech: The Representation of Counsel in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, studies the intersection of drama and politics in Renaissance England.
Lewis Edgers is Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. A professional engineer and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Professor Edgers is especially interested in the relationship between people and their environment. On this program, using examples by Brunelleschi, Galileo and Leonardo Da Vinci, he will examine the relationship between art, science and engineering from classical times through the Italian renaissance. Prof. Edgers will also discuss the challenges of ground subsidence in Venice and Pisa and flooding in Venice.
Born in Germany, raised in France, and educated in California, Professor Ellmore earned his Ph.D. in botany at the University of California at Berkeley. His Tufts research combines basic and applied work in plant biology. His work on fluid flow rates in trees led to new injection methods for treating Dutch elm disease. In addition to teaching biology courses, Professor Ellmore manages annual student research trips to Hummingbird Tropical Field Station in the Bahamas, directs the Environmental Studies program, and teaches alpine botany in Talloires, France.
Ioannis (Yannis) Evrigenis is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Classical Studies at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, which awarded his dissertation the Herrnstein Prize. He is the author of Fear of Enemies and Collective Action, which received the Delba Winthrop Award for Excellence in Political Science, as well as of Images of Anarchy: The Rhetoric and Science in Hobbes's State of Nature. In addition to a Fulbright Specialist Grant to Finland, he has received fellowships and grants from Princeton University's Center for Human Values, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
Professor Fyler is on the faculty of the Department of English at Tufts, where he has served as the chair of English, and acting chair of Romance Languages. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from U.C. Berkeley, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. His areas of expertise are Chaucer and medieval literature, the Latin classics, and Renaissance literature. He has traveled extensively in Western Europe, lived in Provence, and has done a great deal of work with Latin and Old English. Dr. Fyler is a seasoned host of the Tufts Travel-Learn program.
Anne F. Gardulski earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She is an associate professor and teaches oceanography, structural geology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy. Her research interests are focused on Triassic strata and environments in southwestern U.S. She has traveled to Australia, New Zealand, and England for geologic field trips, and to the Four Corners area of the U.S., including Navajo Nation land.
Professor of Latin American Literature and Director of Latin American Studies
Year of joining Tufts
Nina Gerassi-Navarro, Professor of Latin American Literature and Director of Latin American Studies came to Tufts in 2006. She teaches courses on nation building, bandits, Latin American cities, women writers, travel literature, and visual culture. Her books include Pirate Novels: Fictions of Nation Building in Spanish America (Duke, 1999), a co-edited volume on Transatlantic Studies (2009), and more recently Women, Travel, and Science in Nineteenth-Century Americas: The Politics of Observation (Palgrave, 2017). She has traveled several times to Colombia, especially to Cartagena where the history of piracy is rich and fascinating. She is currently working on the intersection of politics and scientific knowledge during the nineteenth century through the writings and fieldwork of Aimé Bonpland in South America and his research on yerba mate.
James M. Glaser earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Dean of Arts and Sciences. His book, The Hand of the Past in Contemporary Southern Politics, received the Southern Political Science Association’s V.O. Key Prize Award for the year’s best book on southern politics. Glaser’s scholarship addresses issues of American electoral politics and political behavior.
Dr. Jeanne Goldberg earned her PhD in Nutrition from Tufts University. In her work she has combined research in nutrition and her love of food and cooking. Her international travels have taken her to many corners of the world and frequently to Italy. Here she seeks out local markets to learn about specialties among the regional foods. For many years she co-authored a nationally syndicated newspaper column, with former Tuffs president, Jean Mayer.
David Gute earned his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Tufts University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine as well as at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He directs a M.S./Ph.D. program in Environmental Health and has served as the academic director of Tufts’ Talloires program in France.
Affiliated with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Eulogio Guzmán earned his Ph.D. in art history from the University of California. His courses focus on the visual culture of pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern Latin America, and the important role art plays in societies. Accordingly, he has a deep interest in cave art in both the Old and New World. He has traveled extensively throughout the American and European continents, and is an experienced Tufts Travel-Learn host.
Zeina Hakim is from Geneva, Switzerland and she is Associate Professor of French literature at Tufts. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She also holds a doctorate from the Université Paris-Sorbonne. She has published a book on the interactions between literature and painting in Early Modern France (Fictions déjouées, Droz, 2012), and her field of expertise are 17th- and 18th-century French literature and intellectual history, French Revolution, theater, and women writers. During this trip, Prof. Hakim plans to talk about Versailles and the Age of Louis XIV. She will also talk about the French Enlightenment and its contribution to the making of modernity.
Raised in Germany and in Ethiopia, Dr. Hasselblatt came to the US on a Fulbright Scholarship. Since earning a Ph.D. from Caltech, he has been a Professor of Mathematics at Tufts, with occasional research appointments in Marseille, Paris, Tokyo and Zürich. He publishes extensively and has served as Department Chair and as Associate Provost of the University. Born on the North Sea coast, his travels as lecturer, researcher, singer, tourist, and faculty host have taken him from 66˚ North to 55˚ south: to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, and across Europe. On this trip he will discuss how language, religion and migrations divide and connect the parts of this region and other areas of Europe.
Dan Jay is the Dean of the School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Developmental Molecular and Chemical Biology and Adjunct Professor of Drawing and Painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and a John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences all at Harvard University. He has published extensively on neuroscience and cancer biology. He is also an active artist making works at the art-science interface and has exhibited and lectured internationally on the art-science interface. He is making a large Buddha sculpture from recycled cell culture plates that recites the whole human genome sequence as a mantra and will talk about Buddhist art from Southeast Asia and its use in this project.
Vida Johnson earned her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from Harvard. She was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and came to the United States with her family. Professor Johnson currently serves as director of the Russian program. Her coursework includes Russian language, literature, and film. Currently the focus of her research is post-Soviet, post-colonial, Central Asian, and world cinema. A seasoned travel veteran, she has participated in a number of Tufts Travel-Learn journeys.
Born in New York City, Joel LaRue Smith attended The City University of New York where he earned his Bachelor of Music in classical music composition. He received a Masters of Music in jazz piano from Manhattan School of Music. His CD, September's Child is comprised of seven original Afro Cuban jazz compositions, and several Latin jazz standards. He is a contributing writer to JazzED magazine, with numerous published articles and essays on Latin jazz and jazz. Widely traveled, he was appointed a Cultural Envoy to Costa Rica and Guatemala, and has also led tours to Cuba, Costa Rica, Portugal, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
After earning her Ph.D. in geology from Brown University, Professor McCanta conducted research at NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Institute. In addition to volcanology, and geochemistry, Professor McCanta’s current study includes planetary geology. In order to evaluate rocks from planets throughout the solar system, she employs experimental techniques to simulate the high temperature and pressure under which these rocks may have formed. Professor McCanta’s terrestrial explorations include trips to Central and South America as well as Europe.
Former Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts & Sciences and Professor of Art History Andrew McClellan joined the Tufts faculty after earning his Ph.D. in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. McClellan’s field of expertise includes 17th–19th century European art and the history of collecting and museums. As a member of the Tufts faculty and a former dean, Professor McClellan is a seasoned host of the Tufts-Travel Learn program.
Donald Megerle currently serves as the Director of the Tufts University President’s Marathon Challenge. Previously he served as the staff host for the Tufts Travel-Learn Iceland Reykjavik Marathon and Tufts University Men’s Varsity Swimming Coach. He was the Coach and Coordinator of the 2007 NOVA Marathon Documentary. A recipient of numerous awards as well as the National Collegiate and Scholastic Trophy, Don will accompany the 2016 Tufts Travel-Learn Reykjavik Marathon contingent to Iceland.
Elena N. Naumova earned her doctorate from Novosibirsk State Technical University, Russia and completed her postdoctoral training in artificial intelligence systems at the Baumann State Technical University in Moscow. Dr. Naumova is a recognized mathematician, Professor and Chair of the Division of Data Sciences of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), has published numerous papers and held grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Naumova is studying the effects of climate change, extreme weather and disasters on vulnerable populations. Her international work and travels have taken her to a number of countries, including Ecuador, Japan, India and Indonesia. She participated in UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan and is currently leading research on effects of marine microplastic contamination on health and wellbeing of coastal communities.
Felicia B. Nutter earned her Ph.D. in comparative biomedical sciences from North Carolina State University. At Tufts, she directs the International Veterinary Medicine Program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Her research has been published in a variety of scientific journals, magazines, and books. Dr. Nutter is a wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist, working on health issues at the interfaces among wildlife, domestic animals, humans, and the environments they share.
Lynne Pepall earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cambridge, England. She is a professor of economics at Tufts University and a dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has authored papers in microeconomics and industrial organization. She is the co-author of the leading textbook Industrial Organization: Contemporary Theory and Empirical Applications, and also of Contemporary Industrial Organization: A Quantitative Approach.
Elizabeth Remick earned her Ph.D. in government from Cornell University. She is an associate professor of political science at Tufts. She has been visiting and living in China regularly since 1985. Her books include Building Local States: China During the Republican and Post-Mao Eras and Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local Statebuilding, 1900-1937.
James Rice earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Maryland. He is a visiting professor of history at Tufts University. Professor Rice is the author of Nature and History in the Potomac Country: From Hunter-Gatherers to the Age of Jefferson and Tales from a Revolution: Bacon's Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He is currently writing an environmental history of Native America from the Arctic to southern Mexico and from the first human habitation of North America to the present.
Beatrice Rogers earned her Ph.D. in economics and public health from the Heller School at Brandeis. She is the program director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, as well as an adjunct professor at the Tufts School of Medicine.
Dr. Romero received his PhD from Stanford and has been teaching in the Tufts Biology Department for over 20 years. He recently received an award for outstanding mentoring of undergraduate and graduate research students from the White House and the National Science Foundation. His research focuses on stress in wild animals, with both laboratory and field components, and on how understanding stress can help in the conservation of those species. On this departure Professor Romero will discuss how climate change causes stress in animals and how understanding animals’ responses to stress will inform conservation efforts.
Kelly Sims Gallagher, a Truman Scholar, earned her PhD in international affairs from The Fletcher School. She is Professor of Energy & Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, where she also directs the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. From 2014-2015 she served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Senior China Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. State Department. Her most recent book is The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology: Lessons from China.
Patrick Skelly is a Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his PhD in Biochemistry at the Australian National University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at University College Dublin. His NIH-funded, global health research focuses on a neglected tropical disease, caused by long-lived, parasitic worms. These parasites currently infect over 200 million people mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to his research and travel in global destinations, his wide ranging interests include history, art, and music.
Emese Soos earned her Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also studied Italian. At Tufts, she is a Senior Lecturer in the Romance Languages Department. Her area of expertise lies in the French Language, 20th Century, and Second Language Pedagogy. She has been a faculty host on a number of Tufts Travel-Learn programs.
Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), served as the Supreme Allied Commander of the NATO alliance before becoming the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He earned his Ph.D. from Fletcher. He has published several books and articles, and serves on the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ichiro Takayoshi earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is currently an associate professor at Tufts in the English Department. His scholarly book, American Writers and the Approach of World War II, 1935-1941: A Literary History, was published in 2015. Ichiro is a historian specializing in American literature and social thought in the modern period, with an interest in methodology and literary theory.
Jeffrey W. Taliaferro earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is an associate professor of political science at Tufts University, where he teaches both at The Fletcher School and the School of Arts and Sciences. Professor Taliaferro has received the American Political Science Association's Award for the Best Book in International History and Politics.
Florina S. Tseng is an assistant professor and associate chair at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as the director of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic. She received her D.V.M. degree from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and a B.S. from Oberlin College.
Marten Vandervelde, an alumnus, is the strength and conditioning coach in the Athletic Department at Tufts. He has participated in the development of Tufts’ first National Championship teams in men’s lacrosse and women’s field hockey. He recently published a book about college athletics and health, studying the paradoxical dichotomy of the college lifestyle on one hand and the pursuit of athletic excellence on the other. He was a staff host for the Tufts Travel-Learn 2014 Reykjavik Iceland Marathon program, and will return again for the 2016 program, also in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Professor Webb, a British citizen, is a 19th century explorer at heart. He has a PhD in geography from the UK and is a Fellow of the renowned Royal Geographical Society (RGS). Patrick has lived and worked in some of the world’s most challenging environments, including the Sahara desert in Niger, the Himalayas in Nepal and Tibet, and tropical jungles of East Timor and Uganda. His interest in Antarctica was fueled decades ago when handling some of Capt. Scott’s artifacts at the RGS headquarters, including his personal sextant and stuffed penguin! Today, he holds an endowed chair at Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition and an appointment at the Fletcher School.
Jill Weinberg is an Assistant Professor Sociology whose research/teaching lies in the areas of law/deviance, sports, and gender. She received a PhD from Northwestern University, MA from University of Chicago, and JD from Seattle University. Specializing in law in everyday life, her research examines how ordinary people advocate to decriminalize particular behaviors.
Chris Whittier earned his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. Professor Whittier directs the Conservation Medicine program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts and maintains a position with the Smithsonian. He is an avid wildlife photographer, has appeared in a number of wildlife documentaries, and has had field and laboratory research and photographs published in a variety of scientific journals, magazines, and books.
Carol Wilkinson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. She is a lecturer in the Department of English at Tufts University. Her research interests include medieval literature, and she has recently completed a biography of Mary Silsbee, the poet and femme fatale who haunts the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.