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Co-Chairs

Frank Y. Wong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Global Health, and Epidemiology at the Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, as well as with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology at the Emory College of Arts and Sciences of Emory University. He has expertise in community-based research efforts targeting racial/ethnic and underserved populations (including immigrants, refugees, and linguistic and sexual minorities) with a history of or who are currently using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) and engaging in HIV-related risk practices. My NIH-funded research focuses on the social epidemiology of ATOD and HIV/ STIs (sexually transmitted infections) targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the U.S., South Africa, and China, as well as Viet Nam and Russia.

Elizabeth Carson Pastanis a professor of art history, and an affiliated faculty member of the graduate division of religion (GDR) and Islamic civilizations studies (ICVIS), and a board member of the Medieval Studies Roundtable. She is also the president of the American Corpus Vitrearum, the group of scholars devoted to preservation, study and publication of medieval stained glass; and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA).In 2007, she was given the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities award, bestowed by the faculty, and in 2009, the Crystal Apple award, generated by students. Her work explores medieval architecture and the reception of medieval monumental pictorial cycles within it, and to date has focused primarily on stained glass and textiles, as well as issues of patronage and collecting. The research for her most recent book with the medieval historian emeritus Stephen D. White,The Bayeux Tapestry and its Contexts: A Reassessment(Boydell), was supported by the URC and an ACLS Collaborative Research fellowship.

Sub-Committee Chairs

Biological Health Sciences

Robert Craig Castellino is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine. He received his MD from Duke University. His research focuses on aberrant signaling that diverts normal developmental programs toward the growth of a high-grade malignancy in the developing brain.

Humanities

Brian Vick is an associate professor of history. He completed his PhD at Yale University in 1997.  He has taught at Bard College, Yale, Stanford, the University of Sheffield in England, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  His published work has focused on questions of nationalism, liberalism, historicism, and ideas of race, in several articles and in my first book,Defining Germany The 1848 Frankfurt Parliamentarians and National Identity  (Harvard University Press, 2002)

Interdisciplinary

Bonna Wescoat is a Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History. She completed her doctorate of Philosohy at Oxford University in 1983. Her research interests include ancient greek art and architecture, with an emphasis on Archaic adn Hellenistic archtitechtural trends adn architechtural sculpture. 

Mathematics & Natural Science

Khalid Salaita is an assistant professor of chemistry. He completed his PhD at Northwestern University. His areas of research include biophysical, materials, and nanoscience.

Performing Arts

Donald McManus is an associate professor of theater studies. He completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests include comedy, popular entertainment, clown, 20th-century theater, foreign plays in translation, scenography, interculturalism, and multimedia performance.

Social Sciences

Neil K. Mehta is an assistant professor of global health at the Rollins School of Public Health. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the behavioral and social determinants of older age mortality including the roles of obesity and smoking.