Faculty Fellows and Research Associates

The central mission of International Studies and Programs (ISP) is supporting the international research of a talented and growing cadre of international studies faculty.

For many years ISP has appointed Fellows from among regular UMSL faculty and provided funds to support their research projects. What began as a corps of two research fellows has grown to 29, establishing our unique role as the only research-oriented international studies center in the state of Missouri. The books and articles published by ISP fellows reflect an impressive productivity and multidisciplinary diversity

International Studies & Programs 2014-2015 Fellows

College of Arts and Sciences

DEBORAH BALDINI, Ph.D., University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Teaching Professor of Spanish, and Associate Dean/College of Arts and Sciences/School of Professional and Continuing Studies Project: The rescue and safeguarding of Spanish art treasures during the Spanish Civil War. 

SUSAN BROWNELL, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara.
Professor of Anthropology
Project: 8-8-2008:  When the Olympic Games linked China with the World.

DEBORAH COHEN, Ph.D., University of Chicago.
Associate Professor of History
Project: The Global 1968:  From Eugenic Empire to the Erotics of Modernization.

STEPHANIE DI PIETRO, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park.
Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Project: Cross-national comparative study of post-war adaptation among Bosnians in St. Louis and in Sarajevo.

MARIS GILLETTE, Ph.D., Harvard University.
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Museum Studies and Community History
Director, Museum Studies Program
Project: Development of an Academic Program or certificate to train future museum professionals for transnational museum work.

JEAN-GERMAIN GROS, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Administration
Project: Healthcare Policy in Africa:  Institutions and Politics From Colonialism to the Present.

RUTH IYOB, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara.
Professor of Political Science
Project: Comparative Research:  Refugee Producing Countries, Refugee Hosting Countries and the Challenges of Granting Citizenship in Africa and the Middle East in the 21st Century.

FARIDA JALALZAI, Ph. D., University of Buffalo.
Associate Professor of Political Science, and Chair, Department of Political Science
Project: Presidentas:  Women Presidents of Latin America.

SARAH LACY, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis.
Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology
Project: Diet change in the aftermath of a change in climate.

KATHLEEN BUTTERLY NIGRO, Ph.D., Saint Louis University.
Associate Teaching Professor of English and Program Advisor, Gender Studies Program
Project: Voices from the Holocaust:  Music Makes You Free.

DAVID ROSE, Ph.D., University of Virginia.
Professor of Economics
Project: Why Culture Matters Most.

LAUREN SCHMIDT, Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington.
Assistant Professor of Spanishaa
Project: Acquiring Spanish dialectal sounds in a study abroad context.

Associate Professor of English
Project: To speak at the Second Annual GUST (Gulf University for Science and Technology) English Language and Literature Conference.

UMA SEGAL, Ph. D., Washington University in St. Louis
Professor of Social Work
Project: There and Back Again: The Japanese Brazilians.

College of Business Administration

MAURICE DAWSON, D.Sc., Colorado Technical University.
Assistant Professor of Information Systems
Project: Participation in the West African Symposium on Technology, Science, Sustainability, and Computing.

College of Education

ANGELA COKER, Ph.D., The Union Institute and University.
Associate Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
Project: SisterScholars-in-Training Making Connections Across Cultures:  An international peer-mentoring project. 

Assistant Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy
Coordinator of School Counseling Program
Project: Career Theory and Development Collaboration with Al Akhawayn University [AAU]  in Ifrane, Morocco and the MENA Region.

ALINA SLAPAC, Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa.
Associate Professor of Education
Project: Romanian High School Teachers’ Perceptions and Beliefs about America:  Embedding the Two Cultures in English Language Classes.

College of Fine Arts and Communication

ZACHARY CAIRNS, Ph.D., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.
Assistant Professor of Music Theory, and Associate Chair
Project: A Display of Czech Nationalism from America:  Karel Husa’s Music for Prague 1968.

RITA CSAPÓ-SWEET, Ed.D., Harvard University.
Associate Professor of Media Studies
Project: two projects: The Life of Christ, a film by Alice Guy Blaché and Academic Exchange Program with the Balkans.

YAEL EVEN, Ph.D., Columbia University.
Professor of Art History
Project: Role of two members of the Medici dynasty in expanding Paris beyond its 16th century boundaries: Catherine de Medicis and Marie de Medicis.

BARBARA HARBACH, D.M.A., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.
Curators’ Professor of Music
Project: The Birth, Life and Death of Christ.

MARILU KNODE, M.A., City College of New York.
Aronson Endowed Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, and
Executive Director Laumeier Sculpture Park
Project: Research travel funds for outreach projects/program development between Laumeier Sculpture Park and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MCAA), Cape Town.

JENNIFER MC KNIGHT, M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts.
Associate Professor of Graphic Design
Project: Competition to design a custom typeface to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis and the 110th anniversary of the 1904 world’s fair.

JEFFREY SIPPEL, M.F.A., Arizona State University.
Professor of Art
Project: Participation in the 2015 Southern Graphics Council International Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee.

TERRY SUHRE, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Research Associate Professor and Director, Gallery 210
Project: Competition to design a custom typeface to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis and the 110th anniversary of the 1904 world’s fair.

College of Nursing

ANNE FISH, Ph.D., University of Michigan.
Associate Professor of Nursing
Project: Continue building already established relationships with nursing scholars and partners in Nanjing, China.

JEE YOUNG JOO, Ph.D., University of Iowa.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Project: Predictors of Glucose Control among Asian American Immigrants.

College of Optometry

HOWARD MCALISTER, O.D., The Ohio State University
Associate Professor of Optometry
Project: A survey of chapters of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity International.

Fellow Application Guidelines

Contact Robert Baumann for Fellow application guidelines.

Information contact:

Dr. Joel Glassman, Director, International Studies & Programs

Robert A. Baumann, Assistant Director, International Studies and Programs