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Alumni News and Updates 2012-13

Kenneth Lewis (BA’12) has joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as an Associate Bank Examiner.

Kevin J. Kelley (MPA’98) is now the System Director of Privacy at Hartford HealthCare.

Matt Cournoyer (BA ’12) has joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Washington, DC office as a Press Assistant.

Burt Buchman (LA’75) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees for 20 years of public service.

Leanne Doherty (PhD’05) was appointed Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum at Simmons College in the summer of 2012. She had been chair of the department of Political Science and International Relations after receiving tenure in the spring of 2010.

John Hart (MA’08) was hired in August 2011 as a Legislative Budget Analyst for the Rhode Island House Finance Committee.

Mary Cardaras (PhD’12) has had her book , Fear, Power, and Politics: The Recipe for War in Iraq after 9/11, accepted for publication by Lexington Press, the academic arm of Rowman and Littlefield.  One of her reviewers is quoted as saying, “I believe this text is not only truly unique, but it will make an important contribution to the literature.”

Chow Bing Ngeow (PhD’10) was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer at the Institute of China Studies at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Rob A. DeLeo (PhD’13) was recently offered and accepted a full-time tenure-track position at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Rob’s area of specialization at Northeastern University was Public Policy and he successfully defended his dissertation titled, “”Anticipatory Policymaking: When Government Acts to Prevent Problems and Why it is so Hard” on September 7, 2012.

Esmael Ansari (BS’09; MPA’11) has joined Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications (RBSC), one of the top 50 public relations and public affairs firms in the nation, as Senior Public Affairs Associate.

In this new position, Ansari assists with recruiting, organizing and mobilizing diverse constituencies in support of the firm’s grassroots, digital advocacy, and ballot question campaigns.

Earlier in his career, Ansari successfully managed the re-election campaign for Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo. His primary responsibilities included developing pre-Election Day and Election Day GOTV communications and projects, managing communications with key stakeholders, volunteers, and committee members and developing content and materials for campaign.

Ansari serves as the Treasurer of the Hyde Park Main Streets board of directors and is an active member of the Riverside Theatre Works board.

According to firm President Joe Baerlein, “Esmael’s background in candidate campaigns and public policy are a real asset to our team.  His clear understanding of complex issues helps him quickly identify the right people who are willing to engage. He is a valuable addition to our Public Affairs practice group.”

Chau Ly (MPA’12) has accepted the position of Program Manager for State Wide and Community Supports at the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

David Green (PhD’12) has just been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nagoya University, ranked among Japan’s top 10 universities for many years.  His appointment begins on December 1st, 2012. In April, he defended his dissertation, Local Autonomy Versus Central Domination: An Examination of Japanese Immigration Policy.

Liam Holland (BA’11) was recently promoted to the position of Research Director for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

Makese Motley (BS’04) is now Assistant Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Martin Comack (PhD’10) had his book, Wild Socialism: Workers Councils in Revolutionary Berlin, 1918-21  published by the University Press in August 2012.

Ryan Mulcahey (BS’10) has joined Senator Jack Reed’s Washington, D.C. office as a Legislative Correspondent. He is responsible for constituent correspondence related to energy, environment, transportation, and appropriations issues.

Liubomir Topaloff’s (PhD’10) book, Political Parties and Euroscepticism was published  by Palgrave-Macmillan in July 2012.

Alumni News and Updates 2011-12

Ivo Tankov (MPA’09) was recently hire to work for Ernst & Young in Germany, where he specializes in international tax.  Ivo also co- wrote  an article published in the International Tax Review.

Kaitlyn Sullivan (MPA’12) has been promoted to Project Manager at the Boston Redevelopment Authority in the Economic Development department.

Nicholas Dantzer (MPA’12) has been hired as a Fiscal Policy Analyst at the MA Executive Office for Administration and Finance.

Alyssa Miller (MPA’12)  is currently the Director of Targeting for the Florida Democratic Party.  Alyssa was recently invited to become a Partner with the Truman National Security Project. The Truman National Security Project is a national security leadership institute, the nation’s only organization that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security.  Selection is by nomination only. Alyssa was also invited to be a member of the Analyst Institute, a nationally recognized organization for evidence-based best practices in progressive voter contact. The Analyst Institute assists organizations in building testing into their voter contact efforts, especially with regard to high priority topics and elections.

Aishatu Yusuf (MPA’12) will a be fellow at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), working on Attorney General Eric H. Holder’s Child Exposed to Violence (CEV) Task Force.

Mary Cardaras (PhD’12) has  been appointed Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay in the Department of Communication, where she will be managing the journalism program.  She has also been asked to serve on the board of the Global Press Institute where she will be helping to expand bureaus in the Middle East and create a curriculum in radio, television and multi-platform reporting.

Marian Simion (PhD’12) been appointed lecturer at Boston College Department of Theology.  He has also been instrumental in establishing the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity.

Ashley Collins (MPA’10) co-Founded Innovative Policy Solutions with Alex Morash (MA’11), a public policy consulting firm based in Rhode Island and North Carolina. Recently, she opened a branch of IPS in Asheville, North Carolina serving the community of Asheville and the Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph P. Ritchie (BA’97) is currently stationed at JBER, AK with the 95th Chemical Company, US Army. He is a 74D Heavy Decontamination Specialist. He is married with two children. He and his wife Angie are expecting their third in July. Joseph is currently pursuing a master in public administration.

Kevin J. Kelley (MPA’98) joined Hartford HealthCare where he serves as its System Privacy Officer.

David Adler (LA ’79) was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for superior performance by the Commerce Inspector General. He was recognized for his efforts in conducting complex reviews of the Department’s  systems and IT security program resulting in improvements to the security of the systems and the protection of sensitive data.

Jack O’Connor (MPA’11) has been appointed as Citizen Advocate / Legislative Aide in the Office of the Supervisor to the Town of Islip, New York.

Esmael Ansari (MPA’11) is currently working as a Campaign Manager for The Committee to Re-elect Rob Consalvo and is a Trustee for the Riverside Theatre Works.

Dan Burgess (MPA’11) was recently hired by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources as a Clean Energy Fellow focused on Communications and Outreach around clean energy projects.

Alumni News and Updates 2010-11

Philip D’Agati (PhD’06) recently had his book, Nationalism on the World Stage: Cultural Performance at the Olympic Games, published by the University Press of America.

Kristen Hudak (PhD’10) recently accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. Additionally her article “Building Microfinance Associations: Goals, Implementation and Policy Implications” and was just published in the Nonprofit Policy Forum with Berkeley Electronic Press.

Chow Bing Ngeow (PhD’10) recently joined the Institute of China Studies at the University of Malaya as a Lecturer.

Joe Salvatore (MPA’94) was recently promoted to the position of Director for the Reports and Information Service Division within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics.

Nicole Wilkins (BS’10) was just hired as a Communications and Policy Associate at the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership (an education non-profit that seeks funding for afterschool and out-of-school activities.)

Natalja Zabeida (PhD’05) wrote a chapter in the recently published book, Women, War, and Violence: Personal Perspectives and Global Activism, edited by Robin M. Chandler, Lihua Wang, and Linda K. Fuller. For more information on this book please visit,