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 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.

Nancy Bauer

Nancy Bauer received her Ph.D. in philosophy and M.T.S 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 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.

Steven Block

Steven Block is Professor of International Economics and Academic Dean at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard 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 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

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

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.

Dan Drezner

Daniel Drezner is a professor of international politics at The Fletcher School at Tufts, as well as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University, as well as a B.A. from Williams College. 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 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 B.S. in civil engineering at Tufts and his M.S. and Ph.D. at 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 area of specialization includes 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 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, and earned an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics & Political Science. 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 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.  A Truman Scholar, she has a PhD in international affairs from The Fletcher School. Her most recent book is The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology: Lessons from China.

Anne F. Gardulski

Anne F. Gardulski earned a B.S. at Michigan State University, an M.S. at the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. at 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 received his B.A. from Stanford University and 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 received his Ph.D. and M.P.H. 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 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. 

Zeina Hakim

Zeina Hakim earned a 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 associate professor of French. Hakim’s field of expertise is 17th-18th century French literature and early modern cultural history. Her book Fictions déjouées, Le récit en trompe-l’oeil au 18e 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 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. Currently, he serves as the associate provost in addition to teaching 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

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.

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, 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.

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 M.S. and 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 holds a B.A. in biology and psychology from Yale University, a D.V.M. from Tufts, and a 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 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.

Elizabeth Remick

Elizabeth Remick is an associate professor of political science at Tufts. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College in Chinese and political science, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Cornell University. 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.

Beatrice Rogers

Beatrice Rogers 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. She earned her Ph.D. in economics and public health from the Heller School at Brandeis, as well as a B.A. from Radcliffe College.


Emesse Soos

Emese Soos earned her Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also studied Italian. At Tufts, she is a Senior Lecturer in the Romance Languages Department. She has been a faculty host on a number of Tufts Travel-Learn programs. Her area of expertise lies in the French Language, 20th Century, and Second Language Pedagogy.


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 both a Ph.D. and M.A.L.D. from Fletcher, as well as his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy. He has published several books and articles, and serves on the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Ichiro Takayoshi

Ichiro Takayoshi earned his B.A. and M.S. at the University of Tokyo and Ph.D. at 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 earlier this spring. 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 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. He earned both a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, as well as a B.A. from Duke University. 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 is a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, an Honorary Professor at Hohenheim University (Stuttgart, Germany), and is a Fellow of the London-based Royal Geographical Society. He earned his B.A. in Geography from the University of Sussex (UK); M.A. from the University of Birmingham (UK); and a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from the University of Birmingham. He leads research on food policy analysis, agriculture systems, international nutrition programming, and emergency relief. Professor Webb has first-hand experience of glacier-walking and Arctic geology in Iceland, and has used satellite imagery for mapping the Antarctic’s sub-ice topography as well as for monitoring penguin colony health.

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 directs the Conservation Medicine program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts and maintains a position with the Smithsonian. He earned his B.A. and B.Sc. from Brown, a D.V.M. from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He is an avid wildlife photographer, has appeared in a number of wildlife documentaries, and his field and laboratory research and photographs have been published in a variety of scientific journals, magazines, and books.

Carol Wilkinson

Carol Wilkinson is a lecturer in the Department of English at Tufts University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Rochester. 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.