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Joe Hurley

Associate Professor, Sustainability and Urban Planning, RMIT University
Dr Hurley is an Associate Professor with the Sustainability and Urban Planning program at RMIT University and member of the Centre for Urban Research. His research focuses on urban planning and urban sustainability issues. Recent research topics include planning systems performance, urban greening, urban sustainability performance assessment, and research-practice exchange. He is deputy lead of the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes hub funded by the the National Environmental Science Program (www.nespurban.edu.au).

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Joe Jackson

Associate Professor in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary English Literature, University of Nottingham
My work faces two of the big, related questions in twenty-first century Britain: how we represent racism and racial justice, and the changing national story of Britain itself. The literary imagination tells us many things about race and nation that statistics or social science research cannot. My approach questions the popular narrative of an increasingly diverse and inclusive Britishness - I look at many things that undermine such a narrative, including the history of racism, the aftermath of the Empire, and the possible disintegration of Britain into its smaller nations.

My research specialism is in late twentieth-century fiction, with a particular emphasis on the Scottish novel, on writing Blackness in post-war Britain, and on Caribbean fiction - areas which have evident, but also surprising and generative, overlaps. I published a book, Writing Black Scotland: Race, Nation and the Devolution of Black Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) where I look at the way the politics of race - in a sense of government policy, in grassroots activism, and in an everyday social context - meet with the peculiar national formations of contemporary Britain. These include the 'master narrative' of Britishness and the stories of Britain's constituent nations like England and Scotland, as well as national affiliations that overspill territorial boundaries.

I also have a research interest in the literary representation of addiction: what literature can tell us both about addiction at the level of the individual people and their experiences, but also what it tells us about society more widely, in history, in attitudes, and as a metaphor for different things.

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Joe Mazur

Assistant Professor of Economics, Purdue University
Professor Mazur joined the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in June 2015. He studies industrial organization ("I.O.") and is chiefly interested in the capital investment decisions of firms that behave strategically. Professor Mazur's work in this area combines reduced-form empirical analysis with recent econometric advances in the estimation of dynamic games to study how legal/policy changes and market frictions influence investment incentives. His interests also extend to the analysis of mergers and acquisitions, complementing his professional experience as a corporate financial analyst specializing in industrial M&A.

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Joe O'Hara

Professor of Education, Dublin City University
Joe O'Hara holds the Chair of Education and is a member of the School of Policy and Practice in the DCU Institute of Education. He is Director of EQI- The Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection and a member of the Centre for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Joe O'Hara is a Past President of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland was a member of the The Teaching Council of Ireland from 2012-2016. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Personal Services Overseas (APSO) from 2002-2004 and represented Ireland on the Council of the European Educational Research Association from 2008 to 2013. Joe O'Hara was Head of the School of Education Studies, DCU from 2010 to 2016. He is a Director and Founding Member of the Irish Evaluation Network and is a member of the Board of the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland. Joe O'Hara is President of the European Educational Research Association.

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Joe Ross

Bunuba Dawangarri AC Director, Indigenous Knowledge

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Joe Sekhon

Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Portsmouth
Awards and Positions of Responsibility

Having completed my academic stage of legal training at the College of Law Guildford I joined Portsmouth Business School to lead the development of its Intellectual Property Law curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I am member of the European Intellectual Property Teachers' Network and sit on the UK Intellectual Property Offices' Universities Working Group. I have provided extensive mentoring to student and graduate startups through my award winning IP Clinic scheme.
I have also helped the University secure over £100,000 in external grant funding and supervised research in the field of intellectual property up to PhD level.
In recognition of my outputs I have received an outstanding achievement award from the University Vice-Chancellor..

Curriculum Leadership
I am the academic lead for the University's Intellectual Property Law programmes.
I have also held other senior positions at the University including Course Director for the Postgraduate Law and the Non-Executive Director Training Programmes. I have also led the University Business School's widening participation efforts.

Research Interests
Experienced Principal Investigator on Externally Funded Projects with Impact

I have helped the University secure over £100,000 in external grant funding principally from the UK Intellectual Property Office.

£30,000 for an IP Clinic for students and graduates entrepreneurs.

£75,000 for the Creation of a knowledge exchange campus between the universities of Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton as a means of assisting regional SMEs exploit their intellectual property.

£30,000 shortlisted bid in response to an invitation to tender for the IP Enforcement Landscape Review.

Experienced Research Supervisor

I have supervised numerous undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and projects in the field of intellectual property as well as supervised PhDs.
To date I have supervised three PhD students to completion.

Publications and Conferences

I was recently awarded the Harts Publishing Best Presentation Prize for my conference paper at the 10th Anniversary European Intellectual Property Teachers' Network Conference at the University of Lund, Sweden. My paper examined the use of social media to educate student entrepreneurs about the importance of IP to their startups.
I have had a paper accepted for publication by the Nottingham Law Journal. This paper examines what Dutch and British universities are currently doing to embed intellectual property education in their respective curricula and whether the changing nature of their roles in society, has helped or hindered these universities in their ability to deliver intellectual property education in the form that their student communities desire.

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Joel Cabrita

Associate Professor of History, Director of the Center for African Studies, Stanford University
Joel Cabrita is a historian of modern Southern Africa who focuses on Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and South Africa. Her most recent book is Written Out: The Silencing of Regina Gelana Twala (Ohio University Press, 2023). Twala was an unjustly neglected Black African literary figure in apartheid South Africa and colonial Swaziland (now Eswatini). The book shows that her posthumous obscurity has been no accident, charting how white scholars and politicians used racial and gendered prejudices to erase Twala’s work and claim her uncompensated intellectual labor for themselves.

Cabrita's other publications include The People’s Zion: Southern Africa, the United States and a Transatlantic Faith-Healing Movement (Harvard University Press, 2018) which investigates the convergence of evangelical piety, transnational networks and the rise of industrialized societies in both Southern Africa and North America. The People's Zion was awarded the American Society of Church History's Albert C Outler Prize for 2019 https://churchhistory.org/grants-and-awards/ She is also the co-editor of a volume examining the global dimensions of Christian practice, advocating for a shift away from Western Christianity to the lateral connections connecting southern hemisphere religious practitioners (Relocating World Christianity, Brill, 2017).

Cabrita has a long-standing interest in how Southern Africans used and transformed a range of old and new media forms. Her first book (Text and Authority in the South African Nazaretha Church, Cambridge University Press, 2014) investigates the print culture of a large South African religious organization, while her edited collection (Religion, Media and Marginality in Africa, Ohio University Press, 2018) focuses on the intersection of media, Islam, Christianity and political expression in modern Africa.

Cabrita did her PhD at the University of Cambridge and was subsequently a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. Before moving to Stanford, she held permanent posts at SOAS (University of London) and the University of Cambridge. Her research has been recognized by two major early-career research prizes, the British Arts and Humanities Early Career Research Fellowship (2015) and the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2017).

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Joel Gray

Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, Sheffield Hallam University
Joel is a researcher, teacher and passionate advocate of Media, Art and Communication at Sheffield Hallam University, and has a leadership role of Associate Dean in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering. His teaching is the subject of Public Relations to Journalism, Media and Marketing students. His research interests include sequential art and visual culture, popular culture and public relations/marketing strategy and campaigns.

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Joel Komakech

Assisstant Professor of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, Mississippi State University
A Public Health Nutritionist with experience in community nutrition, management of acute malnutrition, nutrition, and WASH programming in complex and emergencies. Enthusiast of research and teaching in Human Nutrition and Public Health; preferences in global nutrition, nutrition in emergencies, public health, and fundamentals of nutrition and human metabolism.

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Joel Mead

PhD Candidate in History, University of Liverpool
I joined the Department of History in October 2022 to conduct my doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr Chris Pearson (Department of History), Dr Mark Riley (Department of Geography and Planning) and Dr Sarah Arens (Department of Languages, Culture and Film).

Prior to this, I completed a BA in History at the University of Birmingham and an MA in Modern History at the University of Warwick.

My research interests include:

History of Consumer and Popular Culture
History of Food
History of Medicine
Animal History
Environmental History

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Joel Mero

Associate professor of marketing, University of Jyväskylä
Joel (Järvinen) Mero got his D.Sc. (Econ.) degree in 2016 at Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics. Mero's research focuses on B2B digital marketing management (the managerial use of digital data and technologies in business markets). He has received the best paper award twice in the world's most prestigious academic B2B marketing journal, Industrial Marketing Management (2017 & 2019).

Mero leads Digital Marketing and Communication research group at JSBE and acts as the director of the international master's program in Digital Marketing and Corporate Communication (DMCC). With a special emphasis on digital marketing in teaching, Mero has designed and executed over 20 different study courses in more than 10 different higher-education institutions at Bachelor, Master, EMBA and Doctoral levels. He has also supervised several completed doctoral theses and dozens of master's theses.

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Joel Mier

Lecturer of Marketing, University of Richmond
Joel Mier is a Lecturer of Marketing at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He received his Doctorate in Business Administration from Georgia State University in 2016. His primary teaching responsibilities at the University of Richmond include teaching the Principles of Marketing and Strategic Marketing courses. Previously, Joel had taught a variety of marketing courses at the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Joel has a rich practitioner background in marketing, spanning a wide variety of industries and company life stages. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Marketing of Contactually, a SaaS-based relationship marketing software firm in Washington, D.C. Prior, he was Vice President of Marketing at Genworth, a Fortune 500 global financial services company in Richmond, VA. Joel spent his early career in Silicon Valley at such firms as Gartner (Senior Market Analyst), Adobe (Senior Business Analyst), and Netflix (Director of Marketing).

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Joel Pearson

Professor of cognitive neuroscience, UNSW Sydney
Joel Pearson is a Psychologist, Neuroscientist and public intellectual working at the forefront of science, innovation and agile science.

Joel started his career studying art and filmmaking at one of Australia’s top fine arts school, Collage of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. However, he then decided to apply his creative discovery techniques to the scientific mysteries of human consciousness and the complexities of brain. He completed his science PhD in 2 years, while fitting in several around the world trips and invited conference and university talks, alongside several publications.

An internationally recognised leader in human consciousness research, Pearson’s group takes an innovative, agile, first principles approach to developing new methods to measure dimensions of human experience previously thought to be immeasurable. A few examples are the group’s novel methods to measure the human imagination, intuition and hallucinations, using objective, reliable, neuroscientific methods. This work spans from fundamental science to helping individuals in the clinic – translational cognitive neuroscience.
Joel’s research has been recognised with major accolades including the 2009 William James award for the greatest scientific contribution to understanding consciousness. His team’s efforts have been featured in The Huffington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, LiveScience, Discovery Channel, BBC and a host of other major media outlets.

Recognising that the most exciting and surprising scientific discoveries of the 21st century will likely involve a high number of accidental breakthroughs and large amounts of rapid iterative pilot testing. Joel is a passionate proponent of high-risk discovery science and has developed a method called Agile Science, a practical guide to both practicing and reporting scientific discoveries – the ‘Lean Startup’ for the world of science.
Joel takes a multidisciplinary agile approach to running his lab, bringing in staff and students from art, architecture, mathematics, computer science, psychology, neuroscience and medical imaging. The group studies many different exciting and cutting-edge topics, from new methods to map the human brain, treating mental illness, how to boost the human imagination and decision-making, to cognitive biases in financial risk assessment.
A prolific writer and speaker, Joel sits at the intersection between science, innovation and art.

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Joel Pedro

Palaeoclimatologist, Australian Antarctic Division
My research exploits high temporal resolution ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland to address questions concerning climate forcings, variability and feedbacks over a range of timescales: (i) sub-annual to decadal-scale environmental influences on the 10Be solar activity proxy; (ii) centennial to millennial-scale internal climate variability; and (iii) the phase relationship between Antarctic temperature and atmospheric CO2 during the last deglaciation.

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Joel Richter

Professor of Neuroscience, UMass Chan Medical School
We study the molecular biology of mRNA translational control by cytoplasmic polyadenylation and how this process influences interesting biological phenomena including early animal development, cellular senescence/growth control, neuron synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory, and neurologic disease.

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Joel Vallett

Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Southern Utah University
I am an Assistant Professor at Southern Utah University (SUU) and teach in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. My research focuses on policy incentives as a driving force for policy implementation, success, and ethical decision-making. I have been fortunate to publish articles in policy journals such as the Policy Studies Journal and Administration and Society. While I enjoy my research, my true passion lies in incorporating applied learning in the classroom. My goal is to cultivate dedicated public administrators equipped to tackle life's challenges.

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Joel Heng Hartse

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Joel Heng Hartse is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University courses. His research and teaching focuses on the teaching of language (especially writing) in the context of the internationalization of higher education, and his academic work has appeared in the TESL Canada Journal, Journal of Second Language Writing, Asian Englishes, Composition Studies, the Journal of English for Research Publication Purposes. Across the Disciplines, and English Today. His recent books include Dancing about Architecture is a Reasonable Thing to Do (Cascade, 2022), and TL;DR: A Very Brief Guide to Reading & Writing in University (On Campus/UBC Press, 2023. He is president (2022-2024) of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing, and former co-editor of the journal Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie.

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Joelle Gergis

ARC DECRA Climate Research Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne

Dr Joëlle Gergis is a climate research scientist and writer working with Professor David Karoly at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on reconstructing Southern Hemisphere climate variability over the past 200–1,000 years using annually-resolved tree rings, corals, ice cores and historical records.

From 2009–2012 she led the Australian Research Council Linkage funded South-Eastern Australian Recent Climate History (SEARCH) project; a landmark initiative, spanning the sciences and the humanities to reconstruct the region’s climate variability from first European settlement in 1788.

Since 2009 Joëlle has led the international Past Global Changes (PAGES) working group on Australasian climate variability of the past 2,000 years (Aus2K). This involved coordinating the development of the region’s 1,000 year temperature reconstruction for input into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.

Joëlle received her PhD in high-resolution palaeoclimatology from the University of New South Wales in 2006. Since 2003 she has authored over 60 articles on climate variability and change publications. Her work has been covered on national and international television (SBS World News, ABC, TVNZ), radio (ABC Radio National, AM, Bush Telegraph, Science Show, RRR) and print media (The Guardian, The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Geographic).

In 2007 she was one of three national finalists for the 2007 Eureka Prize for Young Leaders in Environmental Issues and Climate Change, and was one of nineteen Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists’ Science Leaders Scholarship recipients selected nationwide. Professor Tim Flannery, the 2007 Australian of the Year, was one of her mentors during the program aimed at training outstanding young scientists to help bridge the communication gap between science and public policy.

In 2012 Joëlle was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellowship, and her team won the 2014 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research – informally known as the ‘Oscars of Australian Science’. Most recently Joëlle was awarded the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne.

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Joelle Grogan

Head of Research, Senior Researcher, UK in a Changing Europe, King's College London
Joelle is a Head of Research and a Senior Researcher at UK in a Changing Europe. She is an expert in the rule of law, working in the fields of EU law, and UK public law. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute in Budapest, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the UCD Sutherland School of Law in Dublin. She is a legal academic with expertise in EU and UK law.

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Joelle Rollo-Koster

Professor of Medieval History, University of Rhode Island
Socio-cultural historian of the late middle ages with an emphasis on the Avignon papacy and the Great Western Schism.

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Joerg Bibow

Professor of Economics, Skidmore College
I grew up in Hamburg, northern Germany, and have studied and worked in six countries, including South Africa, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Before and during my studies of economics at three different universities I gathered a number of years of work experience in the financial services industry (insurance, pension fund, and banking).

Degrees
B. Com. Hons. (Econ), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 1991
Diplom-Volkswirt, University of Hamburg, Germany 1992
M. Phil. (Econ), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom 1993
Ph. D. (Econ), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom 1996
Habilitation, University of Hamburg, Germany 2004

Previous teaching positions
Undergraduate supervisor, various Cambridge Colleges, U.K. 1993-96
Temporary Lecturer, University of Cambridge, U.K. 1995-96
Assistant Professor, University of Hamburg, Germany 1996-2004
Guest Professor, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy 2003
Assistant Professor, Franklin College, Switzerland 2004-2006

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Joey Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University
I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, primarily working on NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. My research focuses on understanding how planets form and evolve by studying circumstellar disks and exoplanets. I received my PhD in Physics from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University in 2016. In 2010, I completed my Bachelors of Science in Astrophysics and Psychology at Rutgers University and I received my Master of Science in Applied and Engineering Physics from George Mason University in 2012.

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Johan Flygare

Associate Senior Lecturer, Division of Molecular Medicine and Gene Therapy, Lund University
Red blood cell and gene therapy researcher at Lund Stem Cell Center, Lund University, Sweden.

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Johan Schot

Director of Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

Professor Johan Schot joined the University of Sussex as the Director of SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit - in January 2014. He is a Professor in the History of Technology and Sustainability Transitions Studies. His research is wide ranging but has always focused on integrating social science and historical perspectives for a better understanding of the nature and governance of radical socio-technical change. Prior to coming to Sussex, he held academic posts at the Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente, Netherlands. Under Johan’s directorship, SPRU is embarking on an ambitious, new strategy to expand and build on its impressive track record across research, teaching, impact and engagement. The strategy, designed in the lead-up to the 50th anniversary in 2016, will draw on SPRU’s extensive activities and capture the best thinking within and beyond SPRU.

As part of this new strategy, Johan and SPRU colleagues aim to develop a new innovation theory which will address the current crisis of capitalism and a number of key challenges our world is facing: inequality, climate change, the democratic deficit, and the need to develop new system of provision for security, food, water, energy, healthcare and mobility. Necessarily the program will theorize the nature, scale and scope of long-term transformative change, and ways of providing directionality to economic growth. The new theory will synthesize insights from economics of innovation, science & technology studies, history of technology, and other relevant fields.

Johan is in an excellent position to nurture the development of such a programme in SPRU. His work has always been at the junction of various academic fields and disciplines. In 2009, Johan Schot was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) for the genuine interdisciplinarity of his work. He has been heavily involved in the development of innovative new concepts and interpretations, and has co-produced highly cited and influential academic contributions. In 2002 he was awarded a VICI grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). This is a personal award for top-scholars comparable with the ERC Advance Investigator Grant.

His ability to create and pioneer large scale, creative, academic collaborations has helped to transform policy practices, broaden academic understandings, and develop new innovative outputs in the form of programmes, book series and networks.

Johan has always been keen to support and invest in PhD students and early career scholars. He was the founder and director of several doctoral programmes as well as a string of summer schools and master classes. A passionate teacher, Johan has been heavily involved in designing and developing undergraduate and graduate programmes that incorporate social science and humanities perspectives into the education of future business leaders, policy makers, engineers and scientist.

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Johan Verhoeven

I am a professor of experimental phonetics at City, University of London. My research focuses on understand the process of human speech production and the distribution of speech sounds in the languages of the world. My research has been funded by a.o. the Leverhulme Foundation for studying asymmetries in the articulation of the English speech sounds.

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Johanna Peetz

Professor in Psychology, Carleton University
Dr. Johanna Peetz is a professor at the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. Her research includes a range of topics broadly connected to time perception, financial decisions, and interpersonal relationships. Across different topics her research aims to foster better everyday decisions and goal-consistent actions.

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Johanna Richlin

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Maine
I specialize in the anthropology of religion and psychological and medical anthropology, with expertise in evangelical Christianity in the U.S. and Brazil, U.S. migration, studies of affect and emotion, and gender, health and society.

My first research project explored the impact of U.S. migration experience on the varied religious beliefs, choices, and sentiments of Brazilian migrants in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. From this body of research, I published a research article in Current Anthropology, entitled “The Affective Therapeutics of Migrant Faith: Evangelical Christianity among Brazilians in Greater Washington, D.C” (2019), and completed my first book, In the Hands of God: How Evangelical Belonging Transforms Migrant Experience In the United States (Princeton University Press, 2022). My research was reviewed in The Economist (“Religion and Vulnerability: Why Charismatic Christianity is Popular with Migrants” (2019)) and featured on The Chris Voss Show (2022).

My current research investigates U.S. healthcare experience and vaccine beliefs, behaviors, and solidarities among diverse demographics. The first publication related to this project, “From Iatrogenesis to Vaccine Skepticism: U.S. Mothers’ Negative Vaccine Perceptions and Non-vaccination Practices as Reverberations of Medical Harm,” was published last spring (2023) in Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

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Jóhanna Kristín Birnir

Professor Comparative Politics, University of Maryland
Jóhanna Kristín Birnir is a Professor in the department of Government and Politics and the director of GVPT Global Learning. Jóhanna studies the effect of identity (ethnicity, religion, gender) on contentious political outcomes (elections and violence), and has done extensive fieldwork in the Andes, South-East Europe and Indonesia. Jóhanna´s first book "Ethnic Electoral Politics" (Cambridge University Press) examines the relationship between political access and minority strategic choice of peaceful electoral participation, protest or violence against the state. Her most recent book (with Nil Satana) "Alternatives in Mobilization: Ethnicity, Religion and Political Conflict" (Cambridge University Press in 2022), examines the relationship between identity (ethnicity and religion) and minority peaceful and violent political mobilization. Jóhanna´s articles on identity and politics are published in numerous academic journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Party Politics, Latin American Research Review , Studies in Comparative International Development, and Journal of Global Security Studies. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Global Religion Research Initiative among others.

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Johannes Laube

Honorary Lecturer, Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of East Anglia
Johannes C. Laube works at the Institute for Energy and Climate 7: Stratosphere, Forschungzentrum Jülich, Germany and is also an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK.

Laube's research spans meteorology, environmental chemistry and analytical chemistry.

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John Affleck

John Affleck, a journalist and leader at The Associated Press who has served most recently as sports enterprise editor/interim deputy sports editor for the news organization that produces content seen by half the world’s population on a given day, was named the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State on Aug. 6, 2013.

Affleck served as a reporter, editor and national manager at the AP, working regularly with all of the organization’s major editorial departments during his 22-year career. In his most recent role before joining the University faculty, he helped manage day-to-day operations for the roughly 70-member domestic sports team. He directed coverage of the Lance Armstrong saga, coordinated efforts with the news department as the Jerry Sandusky case unfolded and guided the U.S. sports report last summer when the AP’s sports team was split between Olympic and non-Olympic coverage.

Affleck has directed coverage of college football and the last five Bowl Championship Series national title games. He also oversaw the wire service’s 2013 Final Four coverage and was a key editor at the World Cup in South Africa. He also represented the AP at the 2012 Associated Press Sports Editors convention and at APSE’s sessions this year with commissioners from major pro sports leagues. He has also covered the Super Bowl and the World Series.

Reporters and projects under Affleck’s direct supervision have been honored in dozens of regional and national contests, and have earned awards from a wide array of groups, including the nation’s education writers, religion reporters and the lesbian and gay journalists association. Work under his guidance has captured the AP’s top internal prizes for news enterprise, sports enterprise and sports features.

As the Knight Chair, Affleck will serve as director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, housed in the College of Communications. The Curley Center, a first-of-its-kind academic endeavor in U.S. higher education when founded in 2003, explores issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, programming and research.

As Affleck transitions to higher education, he brings a lifelong passion for education and sports journalism to the position. He worked for the AP in Albany, N.Y., Buffalo, N.Y., and Cleveland before moving to the organization’s main office in New York. Along with his leadership and mentoring young reporters, Affleck also has earned writing awards himself. He brings an appreciation of journalism fundamentals and an understanding of the need for innovation in the changing multimedia journalism environment to the position.

As director of the Center, Affleck will: teach several courses, including sports writing; serve as a voice about sports journalism issues and trends; and coordinate the Center’s programming, which includes a variety of partnerships at Penn State and off campus for guest lectures and special events. Guests for Center programming have included Christine Brennan, Bob Costas, John Feinstein, Brent Musburger, Bob Ryan and more.

Affleck grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., and has been a competitive runner for most of his life, once finishing in the Top 500 at the Boston Marathon. He was ranked nationally as a master’s competitor by USATF in four events (800 meters, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters and the mile) as recently as 2005. He is married to Jessica Ancker, an assistant professor at the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

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John Atkin

Reader in Fine Art, Loughborough University
Henry Moore OM CH personally funded Atkin throughout his MA sculpture course at the RCA in London. Since then, he has exhibited his work worldwide: e.g., the Guggenheim Museum in Italy, Museum of Modern Art Melbourne and New Orleans Museum of Art - are three such examples of high-profile venues worldwide. Recent publications on Atkins’ public art output focus on references to cultural heritage within urban design.

Atkin has been invited to present keynote papers at a number of conferences worldwide including, 16th China Sculpture Forum. DIAOSU- National Sculpture Magazine of China: Sculpture by the Sea Symposium -Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia: Understanding the Post-Industrial City: Universidade Técnica de Lisboa Bauhaus – Lisbon, Portugal: International Sculpture Centre Conference, Pittsburgh USA: Curating in Action – Art as Social Practice, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China.

Atkin is Reader in Fine Art and Director of Internationalisation at Loughborough University, and has lectured at numerous institutions worldwide, including Boston University: Tsinghua University, Beijing: Virginia Commonwealth University: Kansas City Art Institute: Hartford University, CT.: Sydney College of the Arts: Victoria College Melbourne: The Curtin Institute, Perth.

He is Honorary Fellow, National Academy of Sculpture, Beijing, and Fellow at the Royal Society of Sculptors, London.

John Atkin has developed a substantial body of work over the past 40 years which has been exhibited worldwide in the form of solo and group exhibitions, as well as public art. His research interests have evolved from the use of the found object as a metaphor for human identity into how outcomes from such research can be embedded into the public realm via regeneration projects worldwide.

His early work is characterised by a series of figurative artworks which explore his own identity through the examination of family relationships, principally his father. The resulting artworks, sculpture, installation, tableaux, painting, film, screenplay formed the basis of a series of exhibitions, Juda Rowan Gallery London, Hatton Gallery, Ceolfrith Gallery.

Themes of conflict permeated his output, which led to the development of further works influenced by study visits to, the Imperial War Museum, Wallace Collection, First World War poetry. Outcomes have been exhibited widely, from the Peggy Guggenheim Museum Italy, to Olympic Park Beijing.

His output has straddled the digital-divide, where one half of his career is characterised by traditional making processes, and since 2003 has become an increasing synthesis of digital and traditional methods of making. Drawing has been the central plank of this extensive activity, recognised by significant awards from, the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation, Royal College of Art, and Loughborough University.

Atkin continues to work with Interdisciplinary Design Teams, where the role of art in urban regeneration projects and urban design are key factors in shaping public space. To this end, he collaborates with Architects, Urban Designers, Landscape Architects, City Planners, Highway Engineers, Environmental Designers, Civil & Building Engineers, and other Design groups.

Although his studio is the discreet environment for developing ideas, his work takes place worldwide, often working as an embedded component in fabrication team’s, as well as community groups, where history and heritage are prerequisites of a projects aims and objectives.

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John B. Williamson

The long term goal of my research is to advance our mechanistic understanding of the interacting effects of neurological injury and chronic stress on the brain, particularly as they relate to autonomic functions. Further, we seek to develop strategies and methods to optimize cognitive function and regulate neurophysiological state to ameliorate the effects of chronic stress on negative cascade effects such as in maladaptive aging.

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John Barlow

Lecturer in Applied Geomorphology (Geography), University of Sussex

John Barlow completed his BSc (hons) and MES at Wilfrid Laurier University. His honours and masters theses focused on mass movements along the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario. John received his PhD from the University of Calgary for research into the automated detection of rapid mass movements using digital data. Upon completion of his doctoral research, John did post doctoral work at both the University of Saskatchewan and Durham University. He joined the University of Sussex as Lecturer in Applied Geomorphology in 2011.

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John Barrick

Associate Professor of Accountancy, Brigham Young University

John Barrick is an Associate Professor of Accountancy at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, where he has worked since 2009. He is a Certified Professional Accountant (Washington State Board of Accountancy 1994) and worked as a tax policy accountant on the Joint Committee on Taxation (2007-2009). He is the author of Taxation of Individuals and Business Entities (2010). John holds a PhD in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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John Batten

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Winchester
John has been an academic at the University of Winchester since January 2008. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and the Subject Group Lead Sport and Exercise Sciences in the Department Sport, Exercise and Health.

John completed a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and MSc in Psychology of Sport and Exercise at the University of Chichester. He then later completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and a PhD in Expectancy Effects in Higher Education at the University of Winchester.

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