Ted Landsmark

Director / ext: 6017

Ted Landsmark is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University. He holds a Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University, and professional degrees in Law, and Environmental Design from Yale University.

As Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s first appointment to the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s Board of Directors, he has brought to the board a wealth of expertise in architecture, urban design, civic leadership, architectural and construction law, and community advocacy. During his seventeen-year tenure as President and CEO of the Boston Architectural College, Dr. Landsmark led the growth of the school from a center into an internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary institution. In August 2014, he was named President Emeritus of the College. Landsmark has served as Academic Vice President of the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina, and as a faculty member and administrator at the Massachusetts College of Art, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and UMass Boston. He has also served as a Trustee or board member for many non-profit organizations, including: the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, American Architectural Foundation, the Design Futures Council, The Boston Society of Architects, Historic New England, and Historic Boston. He was also President of the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and the Association of the Collegiate School of Architects.

His research and practice interests include diversity in design, environmental design, design education, higher education administration, community-based economic development, historic preservation, and African American art and artisanry.

Alicia Sasser Modestino

Associate Director / ext: 7998

Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino is an associate professor with appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics. Previously, Modestino was a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where she lead numerous research projects on regional economic and policy issues for the New England Public Policy Center. In that role, she frequently advised policymakers and business leaders and testified on key pieces of legislation related to labor market policies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been presented at the annual meetings of the American Economic Association.

Her current research focuses on labor market dynamics including skills mismatch, youth labor market attachment, migration, and the impact of health care reform on employers. She is currently a co-principal investigator on Russell Sage Foundation Project #85-14-05, “Upskilling During the Great Recession: Do Employers Demand Greater Skill When Workers Are Plentiful?”


Alan Clayton-Matthews

Senior Research Associate / ext: 2909

Alan Clayton-Matthews is a professor and director of quantitative methods in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He spent his 2007 sabbatical leave at the Dukakis Center. At the Center, he was the chief designer of the Labor Market Assessment Tool (LMAT) and has served as a consultant on a number of projects including “Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts.”

Clayton-Matthews is co-editor of Massachusetts Benchmarks, a joint publication of the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that presents timely information and analysis about the performance of the Massachusetts economy. He is also a Director of the New England Economic Project, a group of economists and managers from academia, business, and government who study and forecast the New England economy.

Joan Fitzgerald

Senior Research Associate / ext: 3644

Joan Fitzgerald focuses on urban climate governance and the connections between urban sustainability and economic development and innovation. Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors and discusses the state and national policy needed to support these efforts. Emerald Cities builds on her 2002 book, Economic Revitalization: Strategies and Cases for City and Suburb (Sage), which identifies strategies for incorporating sustainability and social justice goals into urban economic development planning. In 2012 she published a three-volume anthology, Cities and Sustainability.


Nicole Aljoe / ext: 4543

Nicole N. Aljoe is an associate professor of English and African American Studies. Her fields of specialization are eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Black Atlantic Literature, the Slave Narrative, Postcolonial Studies, and eighteenth-century British Novel. Professor Aljoe’s recent publications include “Caribbean Slave Narratives” in The Oxford Handbook of African American Slave Narratives.

Shalanda Baker / ext: 3307

Shalanda H. Baker is a professor of law, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University. She is an affiliate faculty member in Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute, and she teaches courses at the law school and in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Baker was awarded a 2016-17 Fulbright-García Robles grant, which she utilized to explore Mexico’s energy reform, climate change and indigenous rights.

Christopher Bosso / ext: 4398

Christopher Bosso is professor of public policy at Northeastern University. His areas of interest include food and environmental policy, science and technology policy, and the governance of emerging technologies. His newest books are Framing the Farm Bill: Interests, Ideology, and the Agricultural Act of 2014 (University of Kansas Press, 2017) and, as editor, Feeding Cities: Improving Local Food Access, Sustainability, and Resilience (Routledge, 2017).

Margaret Burnham / ext: 8857

Professor Margaret Burnham joined the Northeastern University School of Law faculty in 2002. Her fields of expertise are civil and human rights, comparative constitutional rights, and international criminal law. She is the founder of the School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), which conducts research and supports policy initiatives on anti-civil rights violence in the United States and other miscarriages of justice during the period 1930-1970.

José Buscaglia / ext: 7863

José F. Buscaglia is a philosopher, university administrator, and consultant. Deeply trans-disciplinary, his work deals primarily with the history of ideas and social institutions, the discourse on the human body in theorizing the public sphere and citizenship rights, as well as exploring questions of historical memory and the political imaginary in the Atlantic World.

Ellen Cushman / ext: 4540

Ellen Cushman, a Cherokee Nation citizen, is the Dean’s Professor of Civic Sustainability and professor of English. In the College of Social Sciences and Humanities she is also the associate dean of academic affairs, diversity and inclusion. Her research explores institutional and community-based literacy practices using activist qualitative methods.

Elmer Freeman / ext: 5179

Elmer Freeman has 35 years experience in Boston’s communities of color as a community organizer, health care clinician, administrator, public health practitioner, and more recently as community researcher. Freeman is a recognized expert in the application of community-based participatory research principles in partnerships with academic researchers to address disparities and inequities in health and health care of underserved communities.

Peter G. Furth / ext: 2447

Peter Furth is a professor of civil engineering at Northeastern University. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at MIT, finishing in 1981. His transit research covers routing and scheduling, data collection, ridership estimation and modeling, and transit signal priority.

Laura Green / ext: 4544

Laura Green, associate dean of teaching, learning, and experiential education and a professor of English and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, works with colleagues throughout the college and the university in strengthening our mission in the Experiential Liberal Arts; connecting cutting-edge classroom work and experiential learning; fostering excellence and innovation in teaching; expanding undergraduate research opportunities; and refining curricula and assessment.

Heather Heimarck

Heather Heimarck, ASLA, RLA is a lecturer in the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. She is an experienced educator and practitioner of landscape architecture. Heimarck is the founder of HighMark Land Design, a landscape architecture firm that focuses on environmentally and aesthetically informed design on a variety of scales ranging from private residential to larger institutional and public works.

Linda Kowalcky / ext: 3765

Linda Kowalcky is professor of the practice in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, where she teaches public policy, public administration, and works with the school’s internship programs. Her career includes senior positions in government as well as academia. Most recently, Linda served as liaison to higher education to former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, with responsibility for higher education policy, city-university partnerships, and campus planning for the 34 colleges and universities in Boston. She also served as senior staff in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tim Love / ext: 4637

Timothy Love is a tenured Associate Professor at the Northeastern University School of Architecture where he teaches the undergraduate housing studio and the Masters Degree research studio focused on market-driven building types. Love’s research focuses on what he calls the “schizophrenia of contemporary architectural practice,” the result of a division between two kinds of architectural production. One is supported by institutions and patrons, and the other serves the pragmatic commercial marketplace.

Jack McDevitt / ext: 3482

Jack McDevitt is the director of Northeastern’s Institute on Race and Justice. He is also the associate dean for research in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. McDevitt is the co-author of three books: Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed, Hate Crime Revisited: American War on Those Who Are Different (both with Jack Levin) and Victimology (with Judy Sgarzy). He has spoken on hate crime, racial profiling human trafficking and security both nationally and internationally and has testified as an expert witness before the Judiciary Committees of both U.S. Senate and The U.S. House of Representatives and as invited expert at the White House.

Daniel T. O’Brien / ext: 6234

Dan O’Brien is assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and co-director of the Boston Area Research Initiative. His work focuses on the ways that researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can work together to leverage modern digital data (i.e., “Big Data”) to better understand and serve cities.

Rebecca Riccio / ext: 4020

Rebecca Riccio is the Khaled and Olfat Juffali Director of The Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University, an innovation hub that bridges sectors, disciplines, and generations to facilitate knowledge building in the social impact arena. Throughout her career, Riccio has developed and managed cutting edge projects around the world, including the first federally funded teacher training program in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall; satellite-based email networks connecting health facilities in Africa and Asia before commercial options became viable; and the world’s first massive open on-line course or MOOC on experiential philanthropy, which engaged thousands of students around the world in awarding grants from the Buffett family’s Learning by Giving Foundation.

Gavin Shatkin / ext: 3074

Professor Shatkin has a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Architecture. His research focuses primarily on globalization and urban poverty in Southeast Asian cities. He is the author of Collective Action and Urban Poverty Alleviation: Community Organizations and the Struggle for Shelter in Manila.

Jennie C. Stephens / ext: 8341

Jennie C. Stephens is the Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy and director of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She is also director of strategic research collaborations at the Global Resilience Institute and co-director of the MS in Environmental Science and Policy. Her research, teaching, and community engagement focus on social and political aspects of the renewable energy transition and responses to climate change. Her research focuses on institutional and cultural innovation in the energy sector, including gender diversity and energy democracy, and technological optimism and the “usability” of climate science in climate mitigation and adaptation.

Dan Urman / ext: 2862

Dan Urman is the director of Northeastern School of Law’s Online & Hybrid Programs and holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, where he runs the law and public policy minor. Dan has taught at Northeastern since 2009, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes and leading programs at the university.

Monica Valdes Lupi

Monica Valdes Lupi, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), manages a $162 million budget and leads 1,100 employees. In addition to operating a broad range of public health programs, the BPHC includes Boston Emergency Medical Services, school-based health centers, several substance abuse treatment facilities and the largest homeless services program in New England.

Administrative Staff

Elda Ceribashi

Budget and Grant Administrator / ext: 2729

Elda Ceribashi works as Budget and Grant Administrator in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. She oversees sponsored research administration for the School and the Dukakis Center, general financial operations, and student employment. Elda’s main areas of expertise include grants management, pre- and post-award. She has more than 15 years of experience in finance, auditing and research administration in both academic and non-profit sectors. Elda earned her MBA degree from the University of Tirana and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to English, she is fluent in Albanian and German.