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.


Eva Paus

Professor of Economics, Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives; Chair, Program Committee, Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society

Eva Paus teaches and publishes on critical issues in economic development and globalization. She has authored and edited/co-edited 6 books and more than 40 refereed articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on the middle-income trap, the implications of the rise of China, and innovation strategies in the age of globalization. Paus has received numerous national grants, has consulted with international organizations, and been a visiting faculty at institutions in Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Peru, and South Korea.

Eva Paus

Kirk Lange

Director of International Experiential Learning

Joanne Picard

Dean of International Studies

Donna Van Handle

Senior Lecturer in German Studies; Dean of International Students

Donna Van Handle is Senior Lecturer in German Studies and Dean of International Students.  Her specialities include cross-cultural education and learning, second language acquisition, and the use of technology in language teaching and research.  In her role as dean she offers programming and support for international students and coordinates activities that celebrate international diversity.  Her goal is to help international students learn about other cultures with differing viewpoints, perspectives and belief systems so that they can engage with their new community in a respectful way.

Donna Van Handle

Jennifer Medina

Immigration Advisor for International Students

Fatoumata Gadjigo

Administrative Assistant, McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives

Faculty Advisory Board

Michael T. Davis

Chair of Architectural Studies, Professor of Art History

Michael Davis teaches 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 at work reconstructing lost buildings in medieval Paris (early video). Featured in seminars on Paris, these projects actively engage students in the evaluation of evidence, medieval design techniques, and the use of digital media.

Michael T. Davis Chair of Architectural Studies, Professor of Art History

Martha Hoopes

Professor of Biological Sciences, co-Chair Nexus in Data Science, on leave spring 2017

Ecologist Martha Hoopes is interested in how species coexist and even more in why they don't. Her research focuses on invasion ecology and conservation biology and the human interactions with the environment that lead to interactions between invasive species and rare species. Hoopes and her students study invasive plant species in the Quabbin, Harvard Forest, and on Mount Holyoke property, using fieldwork, mathematical models, and statistical approaches to explore spatial dynamics and metacommunities, or how communities interact through dispersal.

Martha Hoopes

Kavita Khory

Professor and Chair of Politics and International Relations

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.

Kavita Khory

Lynn M. Morgan

Mary E. Woolley Professor of Anthropology

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.

Lynn Morgan standing by tree in front of building

Nieves Romero-Díaz

Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Chair of Romance Languages and Cultures, Study Abroad Advisor for Spain and Latin America

Nieves Romero-Díazes 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.

Nieves Romero-Diaz

Dylan Shepardson

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Dylan Shepardson works on mathematical problems that are motivated by applications in other disciplines, like biology, epidemiology, sociology, or archaeology. He is especially interested in new and unusual applications of optimization theory. In most physical, biological, and economic systems, a property is being optimized (like energy or entropy in physical systems, or reproductive success in evolutionary biology), and optimization techniques offer interesting insights into these systems. Shepardson's recent projects include voting theory and its connections to combinatorial geometry, infectious disease modeling, and the problem of using collections of radiocarbon data to estimate dates of the earliest human settlements of Pacific islands.

Dylan Shepardson