Travel-Learn Faculty Hosts
Dr. Noit Banai received a Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University before joining Tufts University in 2007. Her research interests focus on the post-war and contemporary construction of new publics through the visual arts, especially the transfer of ideas between China and France in the 1960s and the ways that Chinese artists are articulating the intensified role of China as an arbiter of taste, culture, and power in the last decade.
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.
Professor Baskins received 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.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney earned her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, a master of public health from University of California, and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Health in Paris, France. Dr. Berger-Sweeney is an internationally recognized neuroscientist specializing in learning and memory, and currently the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University.
Jeffrey Berry received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. 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.
Katrina Burgess is an Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She received a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College. Her research interests have added to the intellectually engaged atmosphere of the Tufts Travel Learn journeys.
Alessandra Campana grew up in Italy, received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and 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, film and film music. Her research centers around 18th- and 19th-century opera.
Jennifer Coates earned her Ph.D. from the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, and is now an Assistant Professor in the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at Friedman. Her research focuses on food security and livelihoods, in addition to global nutrition.
Patricia Di Silvio
Senior Lecturer/Coordinator of the Italian Language Program at Tufts University, Patricia Di Silvio earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina, received an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College, the Laurea in lingue e letterature straniere moderne from the Università di Firenze, and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Colorado. Her areas of specialization and interests are Italian language, linguistics, foreign language methodology, and Italian cinema.
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 D. Evrigenis is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, with a joint appointment in Classics. He holds Ph.D. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University, with his dissertation was awarded the Herrnstein Prize. Dr. Evrigenis earned an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a B.A. from Grinnell College. He teaches courses on ancient and early modern political thought, the social contract, and ethics and international relations.
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 a Bachelor’s Degree 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
Professor Gardulski has acted as the faculty host on previous Travel-Learn trips including Antarctica and Great Journey through Europe. She is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geology at Tufts. She earned a B.S. at Michigan State University, an M.S. at the University of Arizona, and Ph.D. at Syracuse University. She has been on the Tufts faculty since 1987, where she teaches oceanography, structural geology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy. Her research interests are focused on Triassic strata and environments in the 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
Dean of Undergraduate Education James M. Glaser received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences. Glaser’s scholarship addresses issues of American electoral politics and political behavior. He compares the American political system to the political systems of other western countries. Such comparisons, he argues, highlight the distinctiveness of the American political culture and illustrate democracy in all of its varieties.
Affiliated with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Eulogio Guzmán holds a Ph.D. in Art History and an M.A. from the University of California, as well as a B.Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. 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 host.
Dr. Hasselblatt grew up in Germany and Ethiopia. He began his higher education in Berlin and received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1989. His areas of specialization and interest are dynamical systems ("chaos theory") and classical music. 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
Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Professor Vida Johnson came to the United States with her family. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard and her B.A. in Russian History and Literature from Radcliffe. 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.
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, his M.A. at the University of East Anglia, and his B.A. from University College, London. McClellan’s field of expertise as an art historian is 17th–19th century European art and the history of collecting and museums. As a member of the Tufts faculty he has been a frequent contributor to the Talloires program near Annecy and has traveled widely in Europe. As a former dean, Professor McClellan is a seasoned host of the Tufts Travel Learn program.
Lynne Pepall is a Professor of Economics at Tufts University and a Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Professor Pepall received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, England and her B.A. at the University of Toronto. 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.
Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program, Bea Rogers is on the faculty at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She holds a Ph.D. from the Heller School at Brandeis, where she studied economics and health policy. Her undergraduate degree is from Radcliffe College. Her research on food aid programs, food price policy, household food security, and the means by which food and other resources are distributed within households has taken her to Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.
Jeffrey W. Taliaferro is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, where he teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, security studies, international relations theory, and grand strategies of the great powers both at Fletcher and the School of Arts and Sciences. He earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University and an A.B. in political science and history from Duke University. Professor Taliaferro is the author of Balancing Risks: Great Power Intervention in the Periphery, for which he won the American Political Science Association's Robert Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Award for the Best Book in International History and Politics.
Florina S. Tseng
In 2000, Flo Tseng joined the faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts where she is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Wildlife Clinic. She received her B.S. from Oberlin College and graduated from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University with her D.V.M. degree. She completed an internship in wildlife medicine at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. She was the staff veterinarian at two large wildlife rehabilitation centers where she became involved in oiled wildlife response and developed expertise in seabird medicine and rehabilitation. She has published articles in numerous wildlife journals. She has traveled to Costa Rica, Ecuador, China, South Africa, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.