Choices Blog

Noam Bizan

Jo Fisher

Noam Bizan is an undergraduate majoring in history at Brown University. Noam has contributed to the Choices curriculum units on the Russian Revolution, the Syrian Civil War, and racial slavery.

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Melanie Pincus

Jo Fisher

Melanie Pincus is an undergraduate majoring in history at Brown University. Melanie is a contributor to the Choices curriculum unit History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba.

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Sophie Kupetz

Jo Fisher

Sophie Kupetz is an Assistant Curriculum Writer for the Choices Program. She is currently working on the forthcoming curriculum unit A Forgotten History: Slavery and Emancipation in the North. Sophie graduated from Brown University in December 2019 with a degree in history.

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Joseph Leidy

Jo Fisher

Joseph Leidy is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Brown University. Joseph works on the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East with a focus on the Arabic-speaking Eastern Mediterranean. His dissertation project focuses on the category of youth in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Mt. Lebanon and the Syrian-Lebanese diaspora in […]

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Emilia Figliomeni

Jo Fisher

Emilia Figliomeni is the Video Producer for the Choices Program. Before joining the Choices team in 2019, she spent five years as a videographer and editor at Brown University Media Services. She has also produced a range of commissioned videos and worked as an assistant editor on a feature-length film in 2017. In 2018, she completed […]

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Kevin Hoskins

Jo Fisher

Kevin is a Curriculum Developer for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2019, Kevin spent six years as a lecturer in U.S. History and the History of U.S. Foreign Relations at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Kevin holds a B.A. in History from Boston College and a M.A./Ph.D. in History from […]

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Aidan Wang

Jo Fisher

Aidan Wang is an undergraduate majoring in history at Brown University. Aidan is a contributor to the Choices curriculum unit on the Syrian Civil War.

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Daniel Youkilis

Jo Fisher

Daniel Youkilis majored in history at Brown University. Daniel is a contributor to the Choices curriculum unit, The Civil War and the Meaning of Liberty.

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Nicole Sintetos

Jo Fisher

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Jenny Lhamo Tsundu

Jo Fisher

Jenny Lhamo Tsundu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Brown University. Her research interests include 20th-century Russia, histories of planning, and literary representations of the economic. Her dissertation examines the twinned projects of a planned city and hydroelectric station in Soviet Siberia. Jenny is a contributor to the Choices curriculum unit […]

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Gustaf Michaelsen

Jo Fisher

Gustaf Michaelsen is an undergraduate majoring in applied mathematics at Brown University. Gustaf has created original maps for publication in several of Choices’ curriculum units, including A New Nation and The Civil War and the Meaning of Liberty.

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Heather Sanford

Jo Fisher

Heather Sanford is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Brown University. Her research explores the relationship between food systems and slavery in the colonial British Atlantic. She is currently the Interdisciplinary Graduate Dissertation Fellow at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown. Heather is a contributor to the […]

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Nick Roblee-Strauss

Jo Fisher

Nick Roblee-Strauss is a second-year student at Brown University.

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Christine Seguin

Jo Fisher

Christine is the Administrative Assistant for the Choices Program. Christine comes to Choices with more than 20 years of experience in sales and human resources management, acquired in both small independent retailers as well as Fortune 500 companies. She attended Rhode Island College, majoring in English.

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Talia Brenner

Jo Fisher

Talia Brenner is the Assistant Curriculum Writer at the Choices Program. She is currently working on the new curriculum unit about the conflict in Syria. Talia graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in history.

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Jo Fisher

Jo Fisher

Jo is the Communications and Marketing Specialist for the Choices Program. Prior to joining Choices in 2019, she worked as the Communications and Project Manager for the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. She holds a B.A. in English and Journalism and an M.A. in History.

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Kerry Smith

Jo Fisher

Kerry Smith did his undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard, and joined the Brown History Department in 1997. He is the author of A Time of Crisis: Japan, the Great Depression, and Rural Revitalization (Harvard University Press), a number of shorter works on the social history of interwar Japan, and a prize-winning article on Japan’s first “official” […]

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Tracy Steffes

Jo Fisher

Tracy Steffes is Associate Professor of Education and History. Her primary research and teaching interests are twentieth century United States history, the history of American education, and political and policy history.

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Françoise Hamlin

Jo Fisher

Françoise N. Hamlin (Ph.D. Yale University, 2004) is an Associate Professor in History and Africana Studies and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in twentieth century U.S. history, African American history, southern history, cultural studies and Africana Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at Brown, Professor Hamlin was a DuBois-Mandela-Rodney fellow at the University of Michigan (2004-2005), […]

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Elizabeth Doherty

Jo Fisher

Senior administrator on academic and faculty affairs; oversees academic program reviews and works with departments and senior officers on strategic planning; staffs the Academic Priorities Committee.

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Naoko Shibusawa

Jo Fisher

Naoko (Northwestern Ph.D., M.A.; UC Berkeley, B.A.) is an Associate Professor of History and American Studies. She is a historian of U.S. political culture and teaches courses on U.S. empire. In addition to her first book, America’s Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy (Harvard, 2006), she has published on transnational Asian American identities, Cold War ideologies, […]

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Leah VanWey

Jo Fisher

Leah VanWey is a Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brown University, and Senior Deputy Director (Research) of Brown’s Institute for the Study of Environment and Society. Her areas of interest include social demography (migration), population and environment, land change science, and social research design.

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Nina Tannenwald

Jo Fisher

Nina Tannenwald is a Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute and Director of the International Relations Program at Brown University. Her areas of interest include international security, arms control and nonproliferation, human rights, and the laws of war.

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Edward Steinfeld

Jo Fisher

Edward Steinfeld is Director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Director of the Watson Institute’s China Initiative, the Dean’s Professor of China Studies and Professor of Political Science at Brown University. His areas of interest include political economy of contemporary China, political economy of global production and innovation, and political economy of […]

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Jo-Anne Hart

Jo Fisher

Jo-Anne Hart is an Adjunct Professor of International Studies at the Watson Institute and a Professor at Lesley University. Her areas of interest include Iran’s internal politics and foreign policy, US-Iranian security relations, conflict resolution, negotiation, and threat reduction, Middle East political change, social context of technology, and teaching and learning political literacy.

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Nancy Jacobs

Jo Fisher

Nancy Jacobs is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Brown University. She is interested in South African historiography with a particular interest in the nexus between environment, social division, and power.

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James Green

Jo Fisher

James Green is the Director of the Watson Institute’s Brazil Initiative and a Professor of History at Brown University. His areas of interest include modern Brazilian history and society, U.S.-Latin American relationships, and gender and sexuality in Latin America.

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Beshara Doumani

Jo Fisher

Beshara Doumani is a Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute, the Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University, and a Professor of Modern Middle East History. His areas of interest include the history of social groups, places, and time periods that have been silenced or erased by conventional scholarship on the early modern and […]

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Mimi Stephens

Jo Fisher

Mimi is Professional Development Director for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and […]

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Ada Okun

Jake Camara

Ada is a Research and Writing Intern with the Choices Program. She comes to Choices after teaching 4th grade and then middle school Social Studies at a K-8 school in Central Falls, RI for five years, Ada is a graduate of Brown University’s MAT Program and received her B.A. in Educational Studies and English Literature […]

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Kathleen Magiera

Jake Camara

Kathleen is the Administrative Manager for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices team in 2011, she spent over 20 years with the Cranston Public Schools and was the Medicaid/Census Supervisor and Non-Public Textbook Coordinator. Kathleen is currently working on a degree in computer science.

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Susan Graseck

Jake Camara

Susan is Director of the Choices Program and a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Her areas of interest include renewal of American democracy, education, and civic engagement in international and public policy. Susan came to Brown University in 1988 to start the Choices Program. Prior to coming to Brown, […]

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Lisa Blake

Jake Camara

Lisa is an Office Assistant for the Choices Program. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for over 15 years. Her prior background working as an Administrative Assistant for a Charter High School has led her to University level. To add to her skills, she has accomplished a certificate as a Graphic Designer from URI. […]

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Andy Blackadar

Jake Camara

Andy is Director of Curriculum Development for the Choices Program. Andy joined the Choices Program in 1999. Andy is a former high school teacher with experience teaching in the United States and Brazil. Andy holds a B.A. in English from Bates College and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University.

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Susannah Bechtel

Jake Camara

Susannah is Assistant Director of Curriculum Development for the Choices Program. Since joining the Choices Program in 2008, Susannah has worked on a wide range of topics and has served as the lead writer for curricula on human rights and modern Turkey. She is a 2007 graduate of Tufts University where she majored in International […]

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