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The newly established TIE Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) assists in the organization and guidance of TIE programs, strategy, communications, and initiatives. Working together with TIE Leadership, the IAC advises on integral components of TIE’s mission and direction. The Committee is comprised of TIE Affiliated Faculty from a wide variety of departments and schools across Tufts. Committee membership rotates bi-annually, with members selected from TIE's affiliated faculty pool.

Silvia Bottinelli

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Dr. Bottinelli teaches Visual and Critical Studies at the SMFA at Tufts. She received her Ph. D from the University of Pisa, Italy in 2008. Her current research focuses in Food and Contemporary Art, and attempts to define Food Art by looking at the different intentions behind including food in sculpture and performance. She also focuses her research on Art and Domesticity in Post-Fascist Italy, looking at how reconstruction, governmental support to nuclear families, and targeting women as consumers has deeply transformed the home.

Ujjayant Chakravorty

Professor, Department of Economics
School of Arts and Sciences

Ujjayant Chakravorty is Professor of Economics at Tufts University and Fellow at the Toulouse School of Economics and CESifo. He is co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He has worked on the economics of fossil fuels and clean energy, the effect of environmental regulation on energy prices and the economics of water resources. His current work involves estimating the economic benefit of reliable electricity in rural India, studying groundwater markets in India and China, the effect of US biofuel mandates on world food prices and poverty and the relationship between deforestation and household time allocation.

Diana Chigas

Associate Provost, Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Provost Office, Fletcher School

Diana Chigas is Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and also serves as Senior International Officer and Associate Provost at Tufts University. As Senior International Officer, she is also responsible for leading the development and realization of a university-wide global strategy. Prior to joining the Provost’s office, Diana was also director of the Reflecting on Peace Practice program and co-director of collaborative learning at CDA, a non-governmental organization dedicated to working with development, humanitarian and peacebuilding practitioners, as well as the private sector, to improve the effectiveness of international assistance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. At CDA, Diana focused on systemic approaches to conflict analysis, the role and impact of the private sector in peacebuilding, and strategic planning, reflection and evaluation to improve the impact of peace programming. 

Janet Forrester

Associate Professor, Public Health & Community Medicine
School of Medicine

Dr. Forrester is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the study of the interactions between infectious diseases and nutrition in children and people with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Forrester’s expertise is in the fields of water, sanitation, and hygiene research and policy. She has also worked with One Health because of her interest in the role of infectious diseases in settings with limited access to resources.

David Gute

Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

David M. Gute is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Tufts faculty Dr. Gute served as an Assistant Commissioner responsible for personal and environmental disease risk factor reductions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and as an Epidemiologist with the Rhode Island Department of Health. He has served as a consultant for a number of organizations including the World Health Organization and AcademyHealth. He is interested and committed to offering environmental and public health training in a variety of settings including international venues, having lead and co-directed training programs in Brazil and the Philippines.

Eric Kemp-Benedict

Senior Scientist
Stockholm Environment Institute

Eric Kemp-Benedict is a senior scientist at SEI-US in Somerville, MA. Eric’s research focuses on the macroeconomics of a sustainability transition. From the time Eric joined SEI in 1997, he has contributed to studies on diverse topics of relevance to sustainability at national, regional, and global levels. He has also actively developed and applied tools and methods for participatory and study-specific sustainability analyses.

Eric led SEI’s Rethinking Development theme during 2011 and 2012, and he was director of SEI’s Asia Centre from February 2013 until February 2016. As director, he was responsible for research, administrative and financial leadership. He was also part of SEI’s international management and helped coordinate the Asia Centre’s interactions with headquarters and with SEI colleagues worldwide.

William Moomaw

Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy
The Fletcher School

Dr. Moomaw is a Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School. His research interests include: sustainable development, trade and the environment, technological and policy related implications of climate change, the relationship between water and climate change, biodiversity, and negotiation strategies for environmental agreements. Additionally, his research on nitrogen pollution and its effect on human health and other ecosystems has important ties to industry as a whole and how it can address the issue of nitrogen pollution.

Elena Naumova

The Friedman School

Elena N. Naumova is the Academic Dean for Faculty, as well as a Professor at the Friedman School. Her research activities span a broad range of research programs in emerging and re-emerging diseases, environmental epidemiology, molecular biology, nutrition, and growth. Her primary expertise is in development of analytical tools for spatio-temporal and longitudinal data analysis applied to disease surveillance, exposure assessment, and studies of growth; creation and application of statistical tools to evaluate the influence of an extreme and/or intermediate event on spatial and temporal patterns.

Matthew Panzer

Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
School of Engineering

With expertise in green energy and nanostructured electronics, Matthew Panzer obtained an honors bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, with distinction, from the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota under the direction of Professor C. Daniel Frisbie, with a thesis entitled “Polymer Electrolyte-Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistors.” Before coming to Tufts, Panzer spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at MIT in the laboratory of Professor Vladimir Bulović.

Modhumita Roy

Associate Professor
Department of English

Dr. Roy is an Associate Professor in the Tufts University English Department. Her research interests include Anglophone literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora, South Asian literature, literatures of empires, post-colonial theory, feminist theory, and literary theory. Roy’s publications include topics of undocumented workers and the social costs of mothering within contemporary texts, as well as the outsourcing of reproduction in the age of globalization.

Christopher Whittier

Research Assistant Professor, Conservation Medicine
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Chris Whittier, V97, uses his vast experience and knowledge in the fields of population medicine, veterinary medicine and One Health, to direct the MS in Conservation Medicine program (MCM). In addition to teaching courses, mentoring students, and directing the MCM program, Chris is actively involved in global research and conservation efforts.

Dr. Whittier has earned his DVM and PhD in population medicine, with a focus on the diagnosis and epidemiology of infectious disease in wild gorillas. He has since put his expertise to work as a regional field veterinarian with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project) in Africa, as a contributor to the USAID PREDICT Project, and as director of the MCM program at Cummings School.