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Program Faculty

Belén Atienza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Spanish Program Coordinator
Dr. Atienza specializes in the cultures and literatures of Spain from 1492 to the present, with a special focus on history of psychology, marginalized groups, hybrid identities, and drama. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Atienza received a B. A. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Princeton University. She was also the recipient of an Erasmus European Award which gave her the privilege to study Italian literature at the Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy. Dr. Atienza teaches courses on minorities in the Hispanic world, representations of violence in Spanish literature and cinema, and the myth of the hero in Spanish narrative, as well as more traditional topics such as Spanish literary analysis, golden Age drama and Cervantes. Her book El loco en el espejo:Locura y melancolia en la Espana de Lope de Vega was published by Rodopi in 2009. In addition to being a scholar of literature, Dr. Atienza is also a poet and a writer of satires. Her book of short stories entitled Saltaparedes was published in Pontevedra, Spain, in 2011. Dr. Atienza is passionate about sharing her love for poetry inside and outside of the classroom. As a founding member of the Tertulia Julia de Burgos in Worcester, she often does poetry readings for the Hispanic community. Her interest about pedagogy and poetry has brought her to unexpected places such as Chiapas, Mexico, where she established a teaching collaboration with the CELALI (Centro de Estudios de Lenguas y Literaturas Indigenas) and designed and taught workshops about poetry, ritual and symbolism.
Tel: 1-508-793-7256

Michael Butler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Director, Leir Center in Luxembourg
Foreign policy, conflict and cooperation, global governance, political violence and terrorism, international relations theory
Tel: 1-508-793-7186

Patrick Derr, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Environmental ethics, philosophy of science, biomedical ethics, ethical issues in hazards management
Tel: 1-508-793-7128

Debórah Dwork, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scholar, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; History Department
Debórah Dwork is Senior Research Scholar at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. She was the inaugural Rose Professor of Holocaust History (1996-2018)and Founding Director of the Strassler. Debórah Dwork is a leading authority on university education in this field, as well as her area of scholarly expertise: Holocaust history. One of the first historians to record Holocaust survivors' oral histories and to use their narratives as a scholarly source, Dwork explores the social and cultural history of the Holocaust. Among her books, Flight from the Reich: Jewish Refugees, 1933-1946 opened the geographic view of the Holocaust and integrated the refugee experience into its history; Children With A Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe introduced a child-centered approach to historical investigation and Auschwitz, 1270 to the Present received the Spiro Kostoff Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and was voted a Best Book by the German Book Critics. She has been, inter alia, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Jude Fernando, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change; Director of Peace Studies Program
Economic development and political economy, with emphasis on non-profit organizations, environment, gender, and child labor, particularly in South Asia
Tel: 1-508-793-8859

Douglas Little, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Robert H. and Virginia N. Scotland Chair in History and International Relations
U.S. diplomatic history, U.S. 20th-century history
Tel: 1-508-793-7184

Ken MacLean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Associate Professor, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Director of Asian Studies States and state-effects, political violence, extractive industries, displacement and irregular migration, critical humanitarianism, (late and post-) socialism, legal regimes, science and technology studies, and comparative cartographies in Mainland Southeast Asia and the Greater South China Sea
Tel: 1-508-793-8817

Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, School of Geography
Environment and development, political ecology, forestry, agriculture and landscape change, with an emphasis on the role of gender, class and "popular" vs. "formal" science in resource allocation and land use.

Robert Ross, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Sociology and The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
Labor and labor rights in global context; urban structures; social policy

Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Sperling teaches a variety of courses in comparative politics, including Russian politics; revolution and political violence; mass murder and genocide under communism; transitions to democracy; globalization and democracy; and introduction to women’s studies. Her research interests include globalization and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region.
Tel: 1-508-793-7679

Johanna Ray Vollhardt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Group-based victimization; inclusive and exclusive victim consciousness; acknowledgment; prosocial behavior between groups (especially between minority and victim groups); psychology of genocide
Tel: 508-793-7278

Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, women's and gender studies; International relations theory, arms control and international security, nationalism and ethnic politics, U.S. foreign policy, women, gender and conflict.
Tel: 1-508-793-7446

Walter Wright, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy
19th-century philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, German idealism
Tel: 1-508-793-7414

Affiliate Faculty

George Lane, M.A.
Middle East: Conflict resolution

Research Faculty

Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
The structure and function of different emotions, the relationships between emotion and action, the social psychology of non-violent action for peace and justice