Mount Holyoke's commitment to educating students for global citizenship resonates throughout our curriculum. It is the driving force behind the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. The Center advances both on- and off-campus intellectual engagement with the global problems and challenges of the twenty-first century.
The faculty advisory board takes an active role in shaping a broad vision for international education for the 21st century, and its members are committed to help implement it in their respective spheres of influence at the College.
Faculty Advisory Board
Kavita Khory’s current research explores transnational political mobilization among South Asian diaspora populations in North America and Europe. Locating contemporary forms of migration from South Asia in broader historical and theoretical contexts, Khory’s work focuses on transnational forms of activism and political violence involving diaspora organizations with ties to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Khory regularly teaches courses on world politics, international security, ethnic conflict, propaganda and war, South Asia, and migration.
While actively pursuing the application of software testing to artificial intelligence systems, Valerie Barr promotes the interdisciplinary application of computing through a combination of changes to computer science curricula and courses, as well as research and course collaborations with faculty from the full range of disciplines within the liberal arts. She is very active in the computer science education community and has led significant diversity efforts for the Association for Computing Machinery.
Michael T. Davis
Michael Davis teaches courses on the art of the Middle Ages, the arts of Islam, and modern architecture. His research centers on French Gothic architecture including Notre-Dame, Paris and the cathedrals of Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges. Recently, he has been reconstructing lost buildings in medieval Paris (early video). Used in his seminars on Paris, these projects actively engage students in the evaluation of evidence, medieval design techniques, and the use of digital media.
M. Darby Dyar
Darby Dyar's research seeks to understand the distribution of hydrogen and oxygen throughout our solar system, using Mössbauer, reflectance, Raman, synchrotron, and LIBS spectroscopies as well as advanced machine learning technique for data processing and interpretation.She has published more than 260 papers in scientific journals and has been supported by grants from NASA and NSF totaling more than $10 million in the past decade alone. She served as a Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
Lynn M. Morgan
Lynn M. Morgan, a medical anthropologist and feminist science studies scholar, has authored and edited three books including most recently Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Human Embryos (University of California Press, 2009), and over 30 articles. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities, Social Science Research Council, and the School for Advanced Research. She is a founding member of the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science (CHS), and Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (RHRJ). She is currently writing about the backlash against reproductive rights movements in Latin America.
Eva Paus has published widely on different aspects of globalization and development. She is the author or editor of seven books and dozens of articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on technological change and the future of work and development, strategies for escaping from the Middle Income Trap, the implications of the rise of China for economic transformation in developing countries, and successful strategies in moving towards high-technology production linked to services.
Nieves Romero-Díaz's main area of research is gender and race in Early Modern Spain. She has authored and edited/co-edited 4 books and more than 30 articles, reviews, and book chapters. Making historical and critical connections between the past and the present, her courses include Black Spain, Spain and Islam, and Gender Violence in Spain. She has received numerous (inter)national grants and awards and has presented her research at conferences, invited lectures, and symposiums in England, France, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and the US.
As Associate Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, Kirk Lange works with other academic centers, faculty, and external partners to advance cross-cutting priorities like Global/Local and the Social Innovation Initiative. He also helps students connect and extend their academic interests to projects around the world, through research, internships, and community-based global learning as the Director of International Experiential Learning.
Ruby Maddox is the Internship Coordinator at the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and the Study Abroad Coordinator at the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. Ruby has over 12 years of experience working in higher education and experiential learning. Ruby is the co-founder of Gardening the Community; a youth urban agriculture and food justice organization in Springfield, MA, and Leaders of the Free World; an international experience and leadership development program for young black men.
Bri Rhodes is the Director of International Student Advising at Mount Holyoke College. She has over 10 years of experience working with international students at Western Illinois University, Truman State University, and the University of North Dakota. She served in the Peace Corps in Cambodia teaching English, and working in gender development and public health, followed by a year of teaching in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. In addition to her full-time director duties, she is pursuing research for a Ph.D. in Education focusing on emotional labor and educational barriers faced by Native American students.