Hideko Abe, East Asian Studies – hideko.abe@colby.edu

Hideko Abe is an Associate Professor of East Asian Studies. The area of her research is linguistic anthropology, more specifically language, gender and sexuality. Her most recent book, Queer Japanese (2010 Macmillan), focuses on how Japanese sexual minorities (especially lesbians and gays) negotiate their lives though linguistic practice in various social contexts. Currently, she is working on three book projects, Nüshu: Chinese Women’s Script, Linguistic Practice of Transgender Speakers in Japan, and Negotiationg and Constructing Diverse Roles and Identities at Danso (FtM) and Joso (MtF) Cafes in Akihabara, Japan. She teaches various levels of Japanese language courses as well as sociolinguistic and gender related courses (Culture of Cuteness; Language and Gender; Japanese Language and Culture, etc).

Ericka Benayad, Administrative Assistant – ebenayad@colby.edu

Lola Bollo-Panadero, Spanish – maria.bollo-panadero@colby.edu

María Dolores Bollo-Panadero is an Assistant Professor at Colby College in Maine. She got her Licenciatura in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Seville, and her PhD in Spanish Language and Literature from Michigan State University. She has published a book and several articles on topics related to Medieval Iberian Societies, Literatures, and Cultures. Her research has been focussed on questioning the meaning of imperialism, culture, identity and ideology in Medieval Iberian Literary production.

Valerie M. Dionne, French and Italian – vmdionne@colby.edu

Nadia R. El-Shaarawi, Global Studies – nrelshaa@colby.edu

Ben W. Fallaw, Latin American Studies – bwfallaw@colby.edu

Ben Fallaw, Professor of Latin American Studies, received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1995, and has taught Latin American history in the program since 2000. His research centers on politics, religion, and anticlericalism, the military, and the Maya in post-revolutionary Mexico. At the present, he is currently writing an ethnobiography  of Yucatecan mestizo politico Bartolomé García Correa (1893-1978), and co-editing a collection of essays comparing citizenship, capitalism and state formation in Mexico and Peru with David Nugent of Emory University. He has directed thirteen senior honors theses at Colby on a wide range of topics from Guatemalan testimonios to the revolt of the Pingüinos in Chile.

Patrice M. Franko, Economics – pmfranko@colby.edu

Patrice M. Franko is the Grossman Professor of Economics and Professor of Global Studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she teaches international economics, Latin American economic policy, and microeconomics.  In 2012 she was a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, affiliated with IUPERJ/Candido Mendes University in Rio de Janeiro. She has been a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in International Security Affairs and lectures for EMIL, the executive master program in logistics at Georgia Tech.  She has been a consultant for the Office of Inter-American Affairs in the Department of Defense, for the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and for the Office of International Affairs at the National Academy of Sciences. She holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, and her recent  publications include The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development 3rd edition, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), The Defense Acquisition Trilemma: The Case of Brazil (INSS Strategic Forum 2014) and “Brazil,” Chapter for the 2014  Routledge Handbook To The History Of Global Economic Thought (ed: Vincent Barnett) . She is currently working on a project on technology cooperation and defense industrial transformation in Brazil, a book for Rowman & Littlefield The Puzzle of 21st Century Economic Globalization as well as the 4th edition of her Latin American text.  She lives on Great Pond in Rome, Maine.

Britt Halvorson, Global Studies – britt.halvorson@colby.edu

Britt Halvorson is a Faculty Fellow in the Global Studies Program, and has taught Anthropology courses at Colby College since 2010. She received her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, where she was also the recipient of a teaching award from the University’s Graduate School and a departmental nominee for a Distinguished Dissertation Award. Her research examines the cultural history and practice of medical humanitarianism within religious communities, and specifically the ethics and politics of aid relationships between Christian communities in the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Madagascar. Other research interests include global waste economies, medical risk, medical commerce, healing and African Christianities, as well as African Christian migration to the U.S. Her work has been featured inAmerican Ethnologist, Journal of Religion in Africa, Discard Studies, and several essay collections, including the forthcoming The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors (Palgrave). She is currently finishing a book manuscript,Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota.

Walter F. Hatch, Government – wfhatch@colby.edu

Walter Hatch is an Associate Professor of Government and Director of the Oak Institute for Human Rights. A former news reporter, he earned a PhD from the University of Washington in political economy. He teaches courses on international relations, Japanese and Chinese politics, development and regionalism. He has written two books and numerous shorter pieces. His third book, nearly complete, explains why Japan has been less successful than Germany in achieving reconciliation with neighbors brutalized in the past. He has launched a new project on the politics of U.S. military bases in Asia.

Paul R. Josephson, History – prjoseph@colby.edu

Paul Josephson (Colby 2000-present) is Professor of History and member of the STS and GS programs.  He received his MA from Harvard and PhD from MIT.  A specialist in the history of big science and technology in the 20th century, and an environmental historian, he is the author of 12 books and dozens of articles, most recently The Conquest of the Russian Arctic (2014) and Fish Sticks, Sports Bras, and Aluminum Cans (2015).  He focuses largely on the former Soviet Union and has lived and done field research in the Russian Arctic, Siberia, and European Russia; Ukraine; Northern Europe; Brazil; and the US.  His GS courses examine Russian and Soviet history.

Elizabeth LaCouture, History, East Asian Studies – elizabeth.lacouture@colby.edu

Elizabeth LaCouture is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies and History. She teaches courses on all of East Asia from the beginning of time until yesterday. She offers seminars on Asian migrations, the history of women in East Asia, and beauty and cosmetics. She leads a senior research seminar for students with significant language and research experience on East Asia. Professor LaCouture’s research focuses on the history of modern China, especially gender, and visual and material culture. Her first book looks at the rise of the “middle class” house and home in Tianjin, China during the first half of the twentieth-century. Her current research examines cosmetics and fashion across the Chinese world (Mainland, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong) to examine how new technologies of beauty shaped gendered and racial identities of women in the Sinophone. Professor LaCouture’s multi-sited research in China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and France has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, ACLS, the Korea Foundation, and the Kyujanggak library in Seoul.

Daniel R. LaFave, Economics – drlafave@colby.edu

Dan LaFave is an Assistant Professor of Economics. His research focuses on the interplay of health, human capital, and labor markets in developing settings. His current projects draw from longitudinal data in Indonesia, China, and Ethiopia to provide new insights on questions related to rural agricultural markets, early life nutrition, sustainable development, and intergenerational family networks. Dan teaches courses in econometrics, development economics, and microeconomics and holds a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University.

Lindsay Mayka, Government – lindsay.mayka@colby.edu

Lindsay Mayka is Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College. At Colby, she teaches classes on Latin American politics, democracy, political economy, civil society, and political science methodology. Her research interests include popular participation, interest representation in the policymaking process, and the quality of democratic institutions. She is currently writing a book manuscript that examines the divergent trajectories of nationally-mandated participatory institutions in Brazil and Colombia, which is based on two years of field research. Prior to coming to Colby, Mayka was a post-doctoral Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2013, she received the Latin American Studies Association/Oxfam Martin Diskin Dissertation Award, and she has also received grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright program, and the Javits Foundation. Outside of academia, Mayka has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, DESCO (a Peruvian NGO), and has consulted for the Open Society Institute and the Hewlett Foundation. Mayka completed her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s in public policy from Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.

Mary Beth Mills, Anthropology – memills@colby.edu

Amanda Murphy, German – afmurphy@colby.edu

Mouhamedoul A. Niang, French and Italian – maniang@colby.edu

Luke P. Parker, Russian – luke.parker@colby.edu

Maple J. Razsa, Director, Global Studies – mjrazsa@colby.edu

Maple Razsa, an Associate Professor of Global Studies, teaches on social movements and activism, human rights and social justice, political documentary, migration, and nationalism. Trained as a filmmaker and anthropologist at Harvard University, Maple is committed to using text, images, and sound to embody the experience and political imagination of contemporary activists. His films, including The Maribor Uprisings, Occupation: A Film About the Harvard Living Wage Sit-In, and Bastards of Utopia have shown in festivals around the world. Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics After Socialism, the written companion to the film of the same title, was published by Indiana University Press in 2015 and won the 2016 William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology. He has held fellowships from Stockholm and Harvard Universities, Amherst College, and IREX, Wenner-Gren, Fulbright and Truman Foundations.

Kenneth A. Rodman, Government – karodman@colby.edu

Professor Ken Rodman is the William R. Cotter Distinguished Teaching Professor of Government at Colby College, where he has taught since 1989. Ken was the first Director of Colby’s interdisciplinary International (now Global) Studies Program and the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. He is the author of two books – Sanctity versus Sovereignty: The United States and the Nationalization of Natural Resources in the Third World (Columbia University Press, 1988) and Sanctions Beyond Borders: Multinational Corporations and Economic Statecraft (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001). His current research on international criminal justice and conflict resolution has been published in Ethics & International Affairs, Human Rights Quarterly, the Leiden Journal of International Law, International Criminal Law Review, and the International Encyclopedia of Ethics.

Raffael M. Scheck, History – rmscheck@colby.edu

Laura E. Seay, Government – leseay@colby.edu

Laura E. Seay is Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College. Seay’s research addresses community and international responses to state fragility in central Africa. Her research has appeared in the Review of African Political Economy, L’Afrique des Grands Lacs: Annuaire, and an edited volume, War and Peace in Africa.  Seay is completing a book manuscript, Substituting for the State, on the role of non-state actors in governing eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the state’s absence, and also researches the impacts of western advocacy movements on conflict-affected populations in central Africa. She has also served as a primary investigator and researcher on World Bank development impact studies relating to questions of public service provision in Nigeria. She is an associate editor of the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post, and has written for Foreign Policy, Politico, and The Atlantic online. At Colby, Seay teaches African politics, conflict, and development.

Arnout van der Meer, History – arnout.van.der.meer@colby.edu

Andreas Waldkirch, Associate Director, Economics – awaldkir@colby.edu

Andreas Waldkirch is an Associate Professor of Economics. At Colby, he teaches International Trade, Economic Integration, a Global Production seminar and Research Methods and Statistics for Economics. His research focuses on the determinants and effects of multinational firm activity, mostly in low and middle income and transition countries and has been published in leading Economics journals and as book chapters. Prior to coming to Colby, Waldkirch taught at Oregon State University. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Boston College and a masters in Economics and American Studies from Tuebingen University in Germany.

James L.A. Webb, Jr., History – jlwebb@colby.edu

Jim Webb, Professor of History, teaches HI 276: Patterns and Processes in World History, the core course in history for Global Studies and History majors, as well as courses in global health history and ecological history. His current research is on the historical epidemiology of enteric disease, biomedicine, and public health.  In the fall of 2015 he was in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and in the spring of 2016 he held the Sanofi Chair at the Centre Virchow-Villermé (Université de Paris-Descartes). In the spring of 2017, he will hold a joint research fellowship at the University of Zurich and the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich. For more information, visit his personal website.

Jennifer A. Yoder, Government – jayoder@colby.edu

Jennifer Yoder holds a joint appointment in Global Studies and the Government Department. Currently chair of Government, she directed Global Studies between 2002-2005, 2007-2010, and again in 2012-2013. Yoder’s courses include introductory courses on European Politics and German Politics and more advanced courses on Memory and Politics, the Transformation from Communism, the European Union, and on Political Ideologies and Revolutionary Movements in Europe. Her senior seminars focuses on German Foreign Policy. She is the author of two books: From East Germans to Germans? The New Post-Communist Elite and Crafting Democracy: Regional Politics in Post-Communist Europe. Her articles have appeared in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, German Politics and Society,German Politics, German Studies Review, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies and Regional and Federal Studies.

Hong Zhang, East Asian Studies – hzhang@colby.edu

Jinyan Zeng, Oaks Human Rights Fellow – jinyan.zeng@colby.edu