Patrice M. Franko, Economics

Grossman Professor of Economics and Director, Global Studies
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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 and recently directed the Goldfarb Center of Public Affairs.  She was a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in International Security Affairs.  She lectured for EMIL, the executive master’s program in logistics at Georgia Tech, was 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 publications include:

— The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development 4th edition, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).
— Defense Industrialization in Latin America (with Monica Herz), Comparative Strategy, Vol 37 (4) 2018.
— Latin American Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis,” invited review essay for the Latin American Research Review, March 2019.
— The Puzzle of 21st Century Globalization:  An Economics Primer (with Steve Stamos) (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017).
— Hard to Pick Fruit: Transforming the Landscape of Poverty in Brazil,” Chap. 13 in Latin America in the World, Edited by Daniel J. Greenberg, Routledge Press, 2017.
— Latin America Defense Modernization: Will it transform the technological base?” (with Jose Albano Amarante) Democracy and Security, March 2017 DOI: 10.1080/17419166.2017.1290527
— The Defense Acquisition Trilemma: The Case of Brazil (INSS Strategic Forum 2014).

Patrice is currently working on a project on technology cooperation and defense industrial transformation in Latin America (with Monica Herz), assessing regional capacities to contribute to environmental security.   Her new work pivots from defense to look at the ways the private sector might contribute to addressing social and environmental deficits in Latin America; the first essay will compare private sector engagement in Peru, Colombia and Brazil.  On sabbatical in 2020 split between California and Washington, DC, she lives on Great Pond in Rome, Maine with her husband Sandy Maisel and their enormous golden retriever Rory.

Nadia R. El-Shaarawi, Global Studies

Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Assistant Directior, Global Studies
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Nadia El-Shaarawi is Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Colby College. At Colby, she teaches courses on refugees and migration, humanitarianism, and global health. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist who specializes in transnational forced migration, humanitarianism, and mental health in the Middle East and North Africa and Europe. She is currently working on two research projects. First, her current book project focuses on how Iraqi refugees in Cairo, Egypt negotiated uncertain conditions of protracted urban exile and how interactions with transnational and local humanitarian institutions and policies, especially refugee resettlement, had implications for mental health and well-being. The second project (in collaboration with Prof. Razsa), Insurgent Mobilities, is an ethnography of the Balkan route that tells the story of the migrants who challenged and circumvented borders in their efforts to reach Europe in a struggle for what they and their activist allies called freedom of movement. Prior to joining Colby, Nadia was the Global Migration Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, where her work included collaborative research on the health and social effects of displacement and resettlement. Nadia received her PhD in Anthropology and her MPH in International Health from Case Western Reserve University.



Lola Bollo-Panadero, Spanish

Assistant Professor of Spanish
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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.


Inga Diederich, History

Assistant Professor of History
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Inga Kim Diederich is Assistant Professor of History. She works in the areas of East Asian history specializing in Korea, history of medicine, race and nationalism studies and gender studies. Her current scholarship explores the historical development of modern Korean ethnonationalism and its medico-scientific dimensions, focusing on the role of blood as both a cultural symbol and medical material in the formation of modern Korean identity. Professor Diederich previously taught in the Department of History at UCSD, where she received her doctorate degree, and spent the last three years conducting archival research in South Korea. At Colby, she is teaching courses that survey East Asian and Asian diaspora histories, addressing the role of race, gender, class, and (post)colonialism in shaping historical experiences in and beyond East Asia.


Sarah Duff, History

Assistant Professor of History
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Sarah Emily Duff is Assistant Professor in African and World History. An historian of age and gender in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa and the British Empire, she was awarded her PhD in Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London. Before moving to Maine, she held positions at Goldsmiths, University of London, and at Stellenbosch University and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is the author of Changing Childhoods in the Cape Colony: Dutch Reformed Church Evangelicalism and Colonial Childhood, 1860-1895, and is currently at work on a history of sex education in South Africa. She teaches HI276 Patterns and Processes of World History, and offers introductory and advanced courses on African and World History.


Ben Fallaw, Latin American Studies

Professor of Latin American Studies
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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 interests include politics, religion, and anticlericalism, the military, and the Maya in post-revolutionary Mexico. He is currently writing an ethnobiography  of Yucatecan mestizo politico Bartolomé García Correa (1893-1978).   Fallaw has directed senior honors theses at Colby on a wide range of topics from Guatemalan testimonios to the revolt of the Pingüinos in Chile.


Britt Halvorson, Global Studies

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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Britt Halvorson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. 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 southern Africa, particularly Madagascar. Her recent writing focuses on moral imagination, media and race, looking at the ongoing production of banal whiteness through public story-telling about the Midwest U.S. Her work has been featured in American Ethnologist, Journal of Religion in Africa, Discard Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History and several essay collections, including The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors (Palgrave Macmillan). Her first book, Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota (University of Chicago Press), won Honorable Mention in the 2020 Clifford Geertz Prize. Co-authored with Josh Reno, her second book grapples with questions of nationalism, race, space and the making of global heartlands and is titled Imagining the Heartland: White Supremacy and the American Midwest (University of California Press).


Christel Kesler, Sociology

Associate Professor of Sociology
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Christel Kesler joined the Colby faculty in 2017. She previously taught at Barnard College and conducted postdoctoral work at Oxford University.

Professor Kesler’s research focuses on cross-national comparisons of social inequality. She is particularly interested in how political-economic institutions and social policies shape the experiences of immigrants and their host societies in North America and Western Europe. She has worked on several projects that consider immigrant socioeconomic incorporation in various countries. Other recent projects examine immigration-driven diversity’s effects on social solidarity and the welfare state and patterns of racial, ethnic, and national belonging among immigrants’ descendants. Professor Kesler’s work has appeared in journals such as the International Migration Review, Social Science Research, and Social Forces. She is currently a commissioning editor for the American Sociological Association’s public sociology blog Work in Progress and has been a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology.

Professor Kesler teaches numerous courses on social inequality, social policy, international migration, methods for social research, and data analysis.


Daniel R. LaFave, Economics

Assistant Professor of Economics
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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

Assistant Professor of Government & Assistant Director, Global Studies
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Lindsay Mayka is an Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College.   Her areas of research include social-citizenship rights for marginalized populations, citizen engagement in the policymaking process, social policy, and urban politics, with a regional focus on Latin America. Mayka’s first book, Building Participatory Institutions in Latin America: Reform Coalitions and Institutional Change, was published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press.  In 2020, Mayka received the Clarence Stone Scholar Award from the APSA Urban and Local Politics Section, which recognizes scholars who are pre-tenure or recently advanced who are making significant contributions to the study of urban politics.  She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, an M.P.P. in public policy from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College, where she was a first-generation-to-college student.


Mary Beth Mills, Anthropology

Professor of Anthropology
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Mary Beth Mills teaches anthropology and conducts research on contemporary social and cultural transformations in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Thailand. Her courses include “Global-Local Asia,” “Land, Food, Culture, Power,” “Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality,” and “A World in Motion: Cultures of Transnationalism.” She is the author of Thai Women in the Global Labor Force and other work about the global-local dynamics of labor migration, urbanization, commodification, and related processes. Her current research focuses on the anthropology of food and tourism.


Mouhamedoul A. Niang, French and Italian

Associate Professor of French
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Mouhamédoul A Niang (Associate Professor of French) is a native of Senegal. He holds a Ph.D in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Niang received his bachelor’s degree in English from l’Université Gaston Berger (Saint-Louis, Senegal), and two Master’s degrees in English and French from East Tennessee State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. His research interests focus on narratives of identities (national/cosmoplitan, ethnic and migrant identities), the representations of gender, space and the body in Francophone African cinema and literature. He is the author of the monograph, La représentation de l’espace dans les littératures africaine et créoliste: de la polarité à sa transcendance (Paris, L’Harmattan, 2017). His articles are featured in academic journals such as Nineteenth Century French Studies, Nouvelles Études Francophones, French Studies in Southern Africa, Alternative francophone (University of Alberta, Canada), La Tortue verte (revue en ligne des littératures francophones, Université de Lille, France), CELAAN, etc. He has also authored articles in collective volumes on Ousmane Sembène, Fatou Diome, and Aminata Sow. He regularly publishes book reviews, and some of his works are featured in The French Review, Cahier d’études africaines, and Nouvelles Études Francophones. He teaches in the Department of French and Italian Studies at Colby College.


Laura Nuffer, East Asian Studies

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies
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Laura Nüffer is an assistant professor of East Asian Studies whose work focuses on animal-human relations and folkloric elements in the literature of medieval and early modern Japan. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.


Maple Razsa, Global Studies

Global Studies
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Maple Razsa is an Associate Professor of Global Studies at Colby College. He is committed to using text, images, and sound to embody the lived experience, as well as the political imaginations of, contemporary social movements. 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. The Society for Visual Anthropology named Uprisings the Best Feature Film of 2017. Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics After Socialism (Indiana University Press, 2015), the written companion to the film of the same title, won the William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology. Trained as a filmmaker and anthropologist at Harvard University, Maple has held fellowships from Stockholm and Harvard Universities, Amherst College, and been funded by IREX, NSF, Wenner-Gren, Fulbright and Truman Foundations. His current research titled Insurgent Mobilities, a collaboration with Prof. El-Shaarawi, for which they received a 2018 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship, is on the autonomy of migration and the struggle of refugees and European activists to enact freedom of movement in Europe.


Kenneth A. Rodman, Government

Global Studies
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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

Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz and Sheldon Toby Katz Professor of History
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Raffael Scheck, who was born in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), is Katz Distinguished Teaching Professor of modern European history at Colby, where he has taught since 1994. After growing up in Germany, Israel, and Switzerland, he received his Master’s Degree at the University of Zürich and his Ph.D. at Brandeis University in 1993. In 2003, he completed a Habilitation at the University of Basel. Scheck is the author of six books and more than thirty articles and chapters on German history 1871-1945. He started out with studies of right-wing politics in Germany during World War I and the Weimar Republic before focusing on French colonial prisoners of war. In 2006, Scheck published Hitler’s African Victims: The German Army Massacres of Black French Soldiers in 1940 (Cambridge University Press), which sparked an investigation by the German office charged with prosecuting Nazi crimes that unfortunately led to no trial because the last suspects and witnesses died in 2012. The book also appeared in French (2007) and German (2009). The German version was selected as the fourth best non-fiction book published in German in 2009 by a group of editors and journalists. In 2011, Scheck discovered an unknown captivity report of Léopold Sédar Senghor, the first president of Senegal (1960-80), who was a German prisoner of war 1940-42. Scheck’s latest book is French Colonial Soldiers in German Captivity during World War II (Cambridge University Press, December 2014). He has completed a new book on Love Between Enemies: Western Prisoners of War and German Women in World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and has started a book about the western campaign of 1940. Scheck is also an active concert cellist with a specialization in baroque performance practice.


Laura E. Seay, Government

Assistant Professor of Government
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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

Assistant Professor of History
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Born, raised, and educated in The Netherlands, having completed my studies and now working and living in the United States, and specialized in Indonesian, Southeast Asian, and World History, I am not rooted anywhere in particular, but rather at home in the world around me. I like to think this explains my fascination with cultural exchange, human encounters, commodity histories, the creation of identities and notions of difference, and global interconnectedness. These interests profoundly shape my research and my teaching. For instance, in addition to the required world history course for GS majors (HI276: Patterns and Processes) I offer courses on Genocide & Globalization (HI141), Slavery, Diaspora and Revolution in Southeast Asian Histories (HI255), Modern Southeast Asian History (HI377), and Global Commodities (HI438).


Andreas Waldkirch, Economics

Mitchell Family Professor of Economics
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Andreas Waldkirch is the Mitchell Family 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 in 2005, Prof. 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.


Jennifer A. Yoder, Government

Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government & Professor of Global Studies
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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

Associate Professor of East Asian Studies
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Hong Zhang is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies. Her research interests include labor migration, globalization, aging and changing eldercare patterns, China’s population policy, family life and marriage, and Chinese popular culture. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and served as the guest editor or co-editor of several special issues for Ageing International, Chinese Economy, and Chinese Anthropology and Sociology.