Please join me in welcoming nine new tenure–track faculty members to the College. These scholar-teachers will contribute work and expertise in their special areas of interest. They will also enrich the intellectual environment within the College and Georgia Tech by expanding our range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and the learning experiences we provide our students. I am confident that each of these individuals will further our momentum in knowledge creation, innovation, and problem solving at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, and technology.
Paul Alonso is a Peruvian journalist and author. He began working as a journalist at age 18 in a Peruvian national newspaper, and edited his own liberal arts magazine at age 20. Alonso has published since in some of the most prestigious newspapers in Spanish (such as El País from Spain and El Nuevo Herald from Miami), and in diverse international magazines. He is the author of three books of fiction—Por las Muertes que Cargamos (2001); El Primer Invierno de Diana Frenzy (2006); and Me Persiguen, relatos de escape (2009)—and has hosted a weekly interview show at Terra TV. He holds a double Master’s in Journalism and Latin American Studies, and a Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. His academic research focuses on the convergence of journalism, entertainment, satire, politics and popular culture. Alonso has also been a staff member of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas since 2004. He currently serves as Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Daniel Amsterdam is an historian of the United States whose research focuses primarily on cities and social policy since the turn of the twentieth century. He completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received Penn's Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies. Among other honors, he has been awarded fellowships by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Council on Library and Information Resources. His first book, The Roaring Metropolis: Businessmen’s Forgotten Campaign for a Civic Welfare State, which includes an intensive focus on Atlanta, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in its series “American Business, Politics and Society.”
Mariel Borowitz is an Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. Dr. Borowitz earned a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Her research dealt with international cooperation in climate monitoring via satellite, focusing on the incentives for and barriers to data-sharing. Her research and teaching specializations include technology policy and space policy. Dr. Borowitz earned a Masters degree in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has also worked as a research analyst at the Space Foundation in Washington, DC.
Matej Drev is an applied economist whose research focuses on economics of technological innovation and international economics. He joins the Georgia Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy after completing his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013, where he was affiliated with the Heinz College and the interdisciplinary Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change research group. His research has been published in leading scholarly journals and presented at conferences and seminars in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Nassim JafariNaimi received her PhD in Design from Carnegie Mellon University and holds an MS in Information Design and Technology from the Georgia Tech. Her research interest is in the ethical and political implications of emerging technologies. More specifically, she examines the experiential and participatory dimensions of social media and their relationship to establishing and supporting democratic forms of social interaction. Her research spans both theoretical inquiry and experimental design, situated at the intersection of Design, the Humanities, and Human Computer Interaction.
Yasha (Yakov) Klots received his PhD degree in Russian literature from Yale University in 2011 and an M.A. from Boston College in 2005. Before joining Georgia Tech, he taught at Yale and at Williams College. His research fields are contemporary Russian poetry, émigré literature and culture, linguistic anthropology, bilingualism, literary translation, Gulag narratives, urbanism, the mythology of St. Petersburg and the representation of other cities in Russian literature. He is the author of Joseph Brodsky in Lithuania (St. Petersburg: Perlov Design Center, 2010; in Russian), which features his photographs of Lithuanian towns and rural landscapes. Together with Ross Ufberg, he translated into English Tamara Petkevich’s Memoir of a Gulag Actress (DeKalb: Northern Illinois UP, 2010) and, most recently, Sergei Dovlatov’s The Outpost: Notes of a Correspondent (under submission). He is currently working on an anthology of Russian poetry about New York City, as well as on a monograph that explores the presence of New York in Russian and East European cultures; as a supplement to these projects, he is also preparing a volume of interviews with Russian and East European poets writing about the American metropolis. His hobbies include photography and travel.
Mary G. McDonald (Ph.D., University of Iowa) joins HTS as the Homer Rice Chair in Sports and Society. McDonald was previously a professor at Miami University (Ohio). A past president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Professor McDonald has published more than three dozen refereed articles and book chapters and co-edited Reading sport: critical essays on power and representation, a foundational work in the field which earned a Choice award as a top academic title. Here research focuses on American culture and sport including issues of inequality as related to gender, race, class and sexuality. She has edited special issues of the Sociology of Sport Journal devoted to (Post) "identity and sport" and "whiteness and sport" and is a frequent speaker on these and other subjects in professional forums and other venues. As Homer Rice Chair, she will head the new IAC initiative in Sports, Society, and Technology.
Matthew E. Oliver hails from Memphis, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of Memphis in 2008, and his PhD in Economics from the University of Wyoming in 2013. His primary fields of expertise are environmental and natural resource economics and international trade and development. Dr. Oliver’s research interests focus on energy resources and energy infrastructure, particularly natural gas markets and interstate pipelines. Additionally, he has a wide variety of ongoing research projects, including topics such as bio-economics and invasive species, international negotiations on climate change, and governance and resource use in developing countries.
John Matthew (Johnny) Smith (Ph.D., Purdue University) came to HTS in fall 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow and was recently appointed Assistant Professor in Sports History. His book, The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball, was recently published in the University of Illinois Press series on Sport and Society. Smith has published three scholarly articles and is at work on a biography of Muhammad Ali. He will teach modern U.S. history and a variety of foundational courses in the Sports, Society, and Technology undergraduate program, which he will coordinate.