Travel-Learn Program

Travel-Learn Faculty Hosts & Lecturers


Laura Baffoni-Licata

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.

Cristelle Baskins

Cristelle Baskins earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and has been teaching Italian Renaissance art history for a number of years. She joined Tufts University as an associate professor in 1997. She is the author of several scholarly articles, book chapters, and books, and the editor of two anthologies. Her area of specialization is 15th-century Italy and the relation of art to culture, politics, and gender. Professor Baskins is a seasoned faculty host for the Tufts Travel-Learn program.

Nancy Bauer

Nancy Bauer earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. She is a philosophy professor at Tufts University and is the dean of academic affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences. 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

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

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.


Katrina Burgess

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.


Alessandra Campana

Alessandra Campana grew up in Italy and earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She came to Tufts after serving as Junior Research Fellow at New College, University of Oxford. At Tufts she has been teaching courses on music history and aesthetics, opera and staging practices, and film and film music. Her research centers around 18th- and 19th-century opera.


Dan Drezner

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

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

Lewis Edgers earned his Ph.D. from MIT.  He is a professor emeritus and the former chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts and has served as the associate dean of the School of Engineering. A published scholar, Professor Edgers has earned numerous awards for his excellence in teaching. His areas of specialization include geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, soil behavior, and alternative energies such as geothermal and offshore wind.

George S. Ellmore

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 Evrigenis

Ioannis D. Evrigenis earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is an associate professor of political science at Tufts University, with a joint appointment in classics. His book, Fear of Enemies and Collective Action, received the 2009 Delba Winthrop Award for Excellence in Political Science. He teaches courses on ancient and early modern political thought, the social contract, ethics, and international relations.

John Fyler

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.

Kelly Sims Gallagher

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.

Anne F. Gardulski

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.

James M. Glaser

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.


Jeanne Goldberg

Dr. Jean 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

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.  

Eulogio Guzmán

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

Zeina Hakim earned her Ph.D. in French literature from Columbia University and a French doctorate from Université Paris-Sorbonne. She joined the Tufts faculty in 2008 and is currently an associate professor of French. Hakim’s field of expertise includes 17th-18th century French literature and early modern cultural history. Her book Fictions déjouées, Le récit en trompe-l'œl au XVIIIe siècle studies the relation between literature and the arts in the French Enlightenment. She grew up in Switzerland and lived in France for two years, as well as in the Middle East, before moving to the U.S. fourteen years ago.

Boris Hasselblatt

Boris Hasselblatt began his higher education in Berlin and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. He grew up in Germany and Ethiopia. Currently, he teaches mathematics at Tufts. His areas of specialization and interest are dynamical systems ("chaos theory”). He has published extensively, and his travels as a lecturer, researcher, performer, and visitor have taken him to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East as well as throughout Europe and the Americas. He is an experienced faculty host at Tufts Travel-Learn.

Vida T. Johnson

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.

Joel LaRue Smith

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.

Molly McCanta

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.

Andrew McClellan

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.

Don Megerle

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 Naumova

Elena N. Naumova earned her Ph.D. from Novosibirsk Polytechnic University, Russia, in areas of data processing and applied mathematical statistics. She completed her postdoctoral training in artificial intelligence systems at the Baumann State Technical University in Moscow. She is a recognized mathematician and the academic dean for faculty of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. Her current studies focus on developing analytical and computational tools to monitor environmentally driven infections.

Felicia Nutter

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

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

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

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

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.


Emesse Soos

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.


James Stavridis

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

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 Taliaferro

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

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. 


Patrick Webb

Patrick Webb earned his Ph.D. in economic geography at the University of Birmingham (UK). He is a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Professor Webb leads research on humanitarian policy and practice, development policy, nutrition, agriculture, food system development, and feeding the world. He is currently serving as senior adviser to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

Marten Vandervelde

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.

Christopher Whittier

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

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.