Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Professor Baker works closely with colleagues in the Northeastern's Global Resilience Institute, linking it to the School of Law's new Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC). She teaches courses at the law school and in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities related to her research interests in environmental law and energy law.
Professor Baker served as an Air Force officer prior to her honorable discharge under the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, and became a vocal advocate for repeal of the policy. Following her graduation from law school, Baker clerked for Justice Roderick Ireland of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She also worked as a corporate and project finance associate for Bingham McCutchen LLP, initially in Boston and later in Japan. Professor Baker also completed a William H. Hastie Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she also received her LLM degree. In 2016, she won a Fulbright award and spent a year in Mexcio exploring energy reform, climate change and indigenous rights.
Before joining Northeastern's faculty, Professor Baker spent three years as an associate professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i, where she was the founding director of the Energy Justice Program. Prior to that, she served on the faculty at University of San Francisco School of Law.
Professor of Law
Professor Breckenridge specializes in environmental and natural resources law. She began her career as an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, where she worked on some of the agency's initial regulatory efforts to implement the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Professor Breckenridge continued her environmental work as an assistant attorney general with the state of Tennessee and the commonwealth of Massachusetts. She served as a law clerk for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1977-1978.
Before joining the faculty of the School of Law, Professor Breckenridge was chief of the Environmental Protection Division for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, where she was engaged in a wide range of litigation to enforce the requirements of federal and state air and water pollution statutes, hazardous waste management requirements, and wetlands and tidelands protection laws.
At Northeastern, Professor Breckenridge teaches courses in environmental law, wildlife and ecosystems law, land use zoning and planning law, and property. She also works with students on independent study projects focusing on a variety of related topics, such as urban environmental justice, affordable housing and federal lands management. In her research and advocacy work, she has a particular interest in aquatic ecosystems and in the evolution of property and regulatory systems to manage conflicts over water flow and quality. As a member of the board of directors of the Charles River Watershed Association and a participant in other government task forces, she has advocated for new policies and regulations to manage urban infrastructure and land uses in order to maintain adequate water quality and instream water flows in rivers and streams.
Associate Professor, International Business & Strategy. Associate Fellow, Center for Emerging Markets.
Luis Dau is an Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at Northeastern's D’Amore-McKim School of Business and an Associate Fellow at the Center for Emerging Markets. His research and teaching interests include global strategy, emerging market firms, institutional changes, pro-market reforms, business groups, family firms, firm performance, international corporate social responsibility, sustainability, formal and informal entrepreneurship, and culture.
Dau received his PhD in International Business/Strategy from the University of South Carolina. He was named a John H. Dunning Visiting Fellow for the 2016/17 academic year, hosted by the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business at the Henley Business School, University of Reading.
Professor of Psychology
David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. At the broadest level, his work examines the mechanisms of the mind that shape vice and virtue. Studying hypocrisy and compassion, pride and punishment, cheating and trust, his work continually reveals that human moral behavior is much more variable than most would predict.
David is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, for which he serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion. His work has been repeatedly funded by the National Science Foundation and has been regularly featured in the media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's Radiolab and Talk of the Nation, and USA Today.
He is the author of The Truth About Trust and co-author of The Wall Street Journal spotlight psychology bestseller Out of Character. He has written about his research for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, Pacific Standard, Mother Jones, and The Atlantic.
David received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University.
Tina Eliassi-Rad is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is also on the faculty of Northeastern's Network Science Institute. Prior to joining Northeastern, Tina was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University; and before that she was a Member of Technical Staff and Principal Investigator at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Tina earned her Ph.D. in Computer Sciences (with a minor in Mathematical Statistics) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research is rooted in data mining and machine learning; and spans theory, algorithms, and applications of massive data from networked representations of physical and social phenomena. Tina's work has been applied to personalized search on the World-Wide Web, statistical indices of large-scale scientific simulation data, fraud detection, mobile ad targeting, and cyber situational awareness. Her algorithms have been incorporated into systems used by the government and industry (e.g., IBM System G Graph Analytics) as well as open-source software (e.g., Stanford Network Analysis Project). In 2010, she received an Outstanding Mentor Award from the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy. For more details, visit http://eliassi.org.
Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University
Dr. Özlem Ergun was the Coca-Cola Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology until August 2014 when she joined Northeastern University. She has also a co-founded and co-directed the Health and Humanitarian Systems Research Center at the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute. She received a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001.
Dr. Özlem Ergun’s research focuses on the design and management of large-scale networks. She has applied her work on network design, management and collaboration to problems arising in the airline, ocean cargo and trucking industries. Recently, Dr. Ergun’s work has been focused on the use of systems thinking and mathematical modeling in applications with societal impact. She has worked with organizations that respond to humanitarian crisis around the world, including: UN WFP, UNHCR, IFRC, CARE USA, FEMA, USACE, CDC, AFCEMA, and MedShare International.
College of Professional Studies
Associate Teaching Professor, Business Management
Francesca Grippa, PhD, is an Associate Teaching Professor and Lead Faculty for the BS in Management at Northeastern University, College of Professional Studies.
Dr Grippa’s research and scholarship interests include: collaborative innovation networks; entrepreneurship and change management; e-mail based social network analysis; promoting collaboration within healthcare teams; building resilient communities of patients, researchers and healthcare providers. Dr Grippa published several papers in peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Business Research; Computers in Human Behaviors; Knowledge Management Research & Practice; and Social Networks. She co-edited the Springer book “Collaborative Innovation Networks. Building Adaptive and Resilient Organizations” and was guest editor for a special issue on “Collaborative Innovation Networks”, in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.
Dr Grippa is member of a research project at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence that focuses on the application of dynamic network analysis to investigate the diffusion of innovation. She is also part of the Team Science Advisory Board of the European Project GEDII - Gender Diversity Impact, Improving research and innovation through gender diversity. She obtained a PhD in e-Business Management from University of Salento, Italy, and was a visiting scholar at the MIT Center for Digital Business.
CDM Smith Professor and Chair Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jerome F. Hajjar is the CDM Smith Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. He is also the Director of the Laboratory for Structural Testing of Resilient and Sustainable Systems (STReSS Laboratory). He has served as Chair of the Structures Faculty and as Deputy Director of the NSF Mid-America Earthquake Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a Professor and Narbey Khachaturian Faculty Scholar from 2005-2010. His research and teaching interests include analysis, experimental testing, and design of steel and composite steel/concrete building and bridge structures, regional modeling and assessment of infrastructure systems, and earthquake engineering, and he has published over 200 papers and edited three books on these topics.
Prior to joining the University of Illinois, he was a Professor at the University of Minnesota since 1992. He has also served as the Information Technology Director for the NSF George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) experimental testing facilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Dr. Hajjar was a structural engineer and associate at the architectural/engineering firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in their Chicago and New York offices.
Dr. Hajjar serves on the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Committee on Specifications and several of its task committees, including chairing Task Committee 5 on Composite Construction. He is the past chair of AISC Task Committee 3 on Loads, Analysis, and Systems and AISC Subcommittee 6 on Composite Construction for AISC Task Committee 9 on Seismic Design, and he led the editing of the AISC Commentary for the 2005 AISC Specification.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and International Affairs
Laura Kuhl is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the International Affairs Program. Her research examines climate adaptation and resilience in developing countries. Prior to Northeastern, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School, where she helped establish a new research partnership with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) on climate policy in developing countries. She has studied innovation, technology transfer and adoption for adaptation as well as mainstreaming adaptation in development policy in East Africa and Central America. Current projects also address climate information and early warning systems, coastal resilience and national adaptation plans. She has conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and New England and has collaborated with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UNDP. She has a PhD and MALD in International Affairs from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Middlebury College.
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Faculty Affiliate in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michelle Laboy is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, with an Affiliate appointment in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Her research and teaching explore interdisciplinary design approaches to engage architecture in the creation of a sustainable and resilient urban landscape, with a particular focus on how buildings’ site and structural strategies enable adaptation to changing climatological, ecological and cultural environments.
Michelle’s design research received grants from Autodesk and the Boston Groundwater Trust to design systems to visualize the varying water table in the city of Boston and the effects of localized recharge strategies in individual building sites in the last decade. As draw-down of groundwater in the urban environment threatens wood foundations of historic buildings, and low stormwater retention in building sites increases the vulnerabilities to urban coastal and riverine ecologies, her work will make the real-time monitoring of groundwater in public space a valuable tool to evaluate impacts and engage the public in implementing solutions. Michelle is Co-PI on a current project titled Future-Use Architecture: Design for Persistent Change, which received the 2017 Latrobe Prize of the AIA College of Fellows. She is part of an interdisciplinary team developing a tool that makes information on sustainability and resilience of the existing urban fabric accessible to homeowners and tenants, funded by the AIA Upjohn Research Initiative. Her recent scholarship has been published in The Plan Journal, Enquiry: the ARCC Journal, and the Journal of Architectural Education.
Michelle has Master degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan; and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. She co-founded FieLDworkshop, a research-based design practice in Boston, to explore how smaller scale design contributes to conditions of urban resilience and sustainability at larger scales. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Michelle worked as a licensed engineer and architectural designer in San Juan, Detroit, Barcelona, Chicago and Cambridge. Her professional experience includes transportation and urban design, building design for commercial, educational and residential projects, and water-sensing installations in public space.
Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Communication; a Senior Editor at ORE Climate Science; and a consulting communication researcher to the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.
Nisbet holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Communication from Cornell University and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College. Nisbet studies the role of communication, journalism, and advocacy in shaping debates over complex policy issues such as climate change, income inequality, or gene editing. He is the author or co-author of more than 75 peer-reviewed studies, scholarly book chapters, and reports including the recent U.S. National Academies consensus study on Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.
With his co-author Declan Fahy, he is currently writing a book with Harvard University Press that examines the influence of a special generation of public intellectuals who have helped define the major scientific and social issues of our time. By evaluating the careers of writers like Bill McKibben, David Brooks, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Susan Faludi, Michael Pollan, Fareed Zakaria, Malcolm Gladwell, and Naomi Klein, the book explores the power of ideas and narratives to influence public opinion, inspire social movements, and alter political decisions. In other current projects, Nisbet is analyzing the role of strategic philanthropy in supporting actions to address climate change; evaluating sources of financial support for non-profit journalism; studying the impact of income inequality on public reservations about science and technology; and evaluating strategies for promoting thoughtful dialogue about science and religion.
Among awards and recognition, he has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. Nisbet serves on the editorial boards for Public Understanding of Science and the International Journal of Press/Politics, and on the Board of Directors for the International Environmental Communication Association. He is an affiliated researcher with the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine and the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.
Associate Teaching Professor
Lead faculty for Geospatial Services (GS) in the graduate program at the College of Professional Studies. I completed my Ph.D. at UCL; continued as a postdoc at the (then named) Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge MA; as a Junior Scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Berlin, Germany; and Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing, where I worked as a Research Associate Professor for over 10 years. My research centered on issues of water scarcity and water security in the MENA region using geospatial innovation. I joined Northeastern full time in Jan 2007, continuing this research alongside 2 Fulbright scholars. Current research focuses on geospatial intelligence and multidisciplinary geospatial, particularly deriving actionable insights from big geospatial datasets to support community resilience in response to complex challenges. In 2014 and 2015, I earned USGIF accreditation and the NGA-USGS Geospatial Center of Excellence Designation for the GS program.
Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management
Dr. Sanders is an internationally recognized expert in forecasting, predictive analytics, risk management, and supply chain management. Her research includes identifying best practices in forecasting, developing a corporate technology strategy, and creating a resilient supply chain. Her teaching includes advanced supply chain management problems, supply chain strategy, supply chain analytics, and forecasting. She has taught at a wide range of academic levels, primarily at the MBA and Executive MBA levels, and has designed multiple successful MBA programs.
Dr. Sanders has held a range of leadership roles in both academic and professional organizations and has served on numerous Executive Boards. She has provided training and consulting to a range of Fortune 500 companies, including IDG, Nike, AT&T, CIBA Corning, Mattel, MTC Corp., Dell, and many others. She is a frequently called upon keynote speaker and expert witness having worked with firms such as Jones Day; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease; Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and others.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Health Sciences, Bouve College of Health Sciences
Dr. Sceppa’s program of research addresses three main areas of aging and health promotion. These include: (1) assessing the efficacy of nutrition and physical activity/exercise interventions on chronic disease risk factors and health outcomes; (2) translating evidence based lifestyle interventions into ‘real world’ settings; and (3) developing sustainable strategies to promote health and reduce the burden of chronic diseases.
Dr. Sceppa’s translational research contributes to our understanding of the role of exercise, physical activity, and healthy foods to counteract physical and psychosocial stressors associated with the onset of chronic conditions and disability in older adults (including the spectrum from acquisition of risk factors and pathology, impairment and functional limitations, to disease, disability, and poor quality of life). Dr. Sceppa’s multidisciplinary research helps develop, evaluate and disseminate effective lifestyle health promotion interventions that contribute to managing and promoting the health of underserved communities and populations. Dr. Sceppa is an active member of the American Society for Nutrition, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Abhi Shelat joins Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science after serving as an associate professor at the University of Virginia’s computer science department.
Abhi grew up in Austin, Texas, where his father worked after earning his MBA from Northeastern in May of 1975. Abhi is very happy to join his father’s alma matter this Fall. Abhi earned a BA from Harvard in 1997, before moving to San Francisco to work at a startup. He earned his PhD in cryptography from MIT in 2005 and joined the Zurich IBM Research Lab shortly after. Abhi then joined the computer science department at the University of Virginia in 2007. He was promoted and tenured from an assistant professor to an associate professor in 2013.
Abhi has received the NSF CAREER award, Microsoft Faculty Fellowship Award, the FEST fellowship award, an Amazon Research award, an SAIC research award, a Jacobs Future of Money Workshop research prize, the Google Faculty Research Award, and an ACM UVA-chapter Professor of the Year award. Abhi is also co-founder of a software company, Arqspin, in Charlottesville that now operates itself.
His research interests lie in cryptography and applied security. Abhi works on secure computation protocols, which are methods for mutually distrusting parties, each with private inputs, to jointly compute a function while ensuring maximal privacy and correctness.
Abhi has three energetic children with his partner and acclaimed architectural historian, Cammy Brothers (also joining Northeastern).
Vice President, Nahant Campus Operations
Director, Coastal Sustainability Institute
Professor and Chair, Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Trussell received his PhD from the College of William and Mary and completed his postdoctoral studies at Brown University before joining the faculty of Northeastern. He is presently Professor and Chair of the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Marine Science Center. In 2012 Dr. Trussell developed the white paper that led to the creation the Urban Coastal Sustainability Initiative (UCSI). The overarching goal of UCSI is to create an interdisciplinary research hub that leverages existing strengths in ocean science, engineering and policy to respond to the major environmental threats facing the world’s coastal marine habitats, particularly those located in urban centers, as well as both social and technical tools and strategies necessary to overcome these threats. UCSI is now producing innovative solutions that create cleaner, safer, and smarter coastal communities. The success of this initiative has paved the way for UCSI to evolve into the Northeastern Institute for Coastal Sustainability.
Dr. Trussell’s research program focuses on a number of issues related to coastal sustainability and the evolutionary and community ecology of natural ecosystems. Since arriving at Northeastern he has served at the lead PI or Co-PI on grants totaling $6.1M and has published over 65 papers and book chapters. During his research career he has gone to a depth of 2.5 miles on the East Pacific Rise in the Alvin Deep Submergence Vehicle and lived for 10 days underwater in the Aquarius Undersea Research Habitat, 11 miles offshore in the Florida Keys.
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Research
Dr. Tunik received his B.S. in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University, PhD in Neuroscience from Rutgers University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Department of Psychological and Brain Science at Dartmouth College. Prior to coming to Northeastern in 2015, Dr. Tunik has held faculty appointments at NYU and Rutgers University. His primary research interest is in the study of brain mechanisms involved in human motor control, motor learning, and motor recovery from disease.