2016 Distinguished Associate Professor Awards

The Provost Office is pleased to announce the 2016 Distinguished Associate Professors:

 James Habyarimana, McCourt School of Public Policy

James Habyarimana joined the McCourt School Public Policy in 2004 after completing doctoral studies at Harvard University. His main research interests are in Development Economics and Political Economy. In particular he is interested in understanding the issues and constraints in health, education and the private sectors in developing countries. In health he is working on understanding the impact of policy responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and evaluating a number of health improving interventions in road safety and water, sanitation and hygiene. In education, his work focuses on identifying programs and policies to improve access and quality of secondary schooling. His primary regional focus is Africa.

He has been a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. At the McCourt School, James teaches the second course in regression methods and courses on the history of development and education and health policy in developing countries.

 Diana Kapiszewski, Government

Diana Kapiszewski received her PhD in political science from UC Berkeley in 2007. Her research interests include public law, comparative politics, and research methods. Her first book, High Courts and Economic Governance in Argentina and Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which received the APSA Law and Courts Section’s C. Herman Pritchett Award, explores high court-elected branch interactions over economic policy in Argentina and Brazil in the post-transition period. Her current work examines judicial politics and the uses of law in Latin America. One project analyzes institutions of electoral governance and another investigates informal workers’ use of legal strategies in the region; each focuses specifically on Brazil and Mexico. She has also co-edited Consequential Courts: Judicial Roles in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

In the area of research methods, Kapiszewski co-directs the Qualitative Data Repository and co-edits the new Cambridge University Press book series, Methods of Social Inquiry. She is also co-authoring Field Research in Political Science: Practices and Principles (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), and in 2013 was awarded the APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section’s Mid-Career Achievement Award. Her work has appeared in “Latin American Politics and Society,” “Law and Social Inquiry”, “Law & Society Review,” “Perspectives on Politics,” and “PS: Political Science and Politics.”


PhD (2007) University of California, Berkley: Political Science

MA (1997) Georgetown University: Latin American Studies

MA (1991) Middlebury College: Spanish

BS (1991) Dartmouth College: Spanish

 Shiloh Krupar, School of Foreign Service

Shiloh Krupar is a Geographer and an Associate Professor of Culture and Politics in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California-Berkeley, an MA in East Asian Studies from Standford University, and a BA from Case Western Reserve University.

Her teaching and research interests, which span geography, architecture, performance studies, the medical humanities, and environmental justice, have explored several interrelated areas: military landscapes, such as decommissioned military sites and nuclear facilities; model cities and urban-environmental projects in China; cities in aftermath and the impacts of environmental, juridical, and financial disasters on the urban environment; and, lastly, biomedicine, specifically environmental biomonitoring, medical hot spotting, and medical geographies of waste. 

The recipient of a Quadrant Fellowship, her book Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) explores the politics of nature conservation, environmental memory, contamination and compensation issues at decommissioned military sites in the western United States. She is currently working on one solo book project and two co-authored volumes: What Remains—The Unseen Medical Geographies of Waste; Museum of Waste: Capital, Ecology, Sovereignty (with C. Greig Crysler, University of California-Berkeley); and The Enterprise of Life (with Nadine Ehlers, University of Sydney). 

Krupar has been published in such venues as Society and Space, Antipode, Public Culture, Radical History Review, Configurations, Liminalities, cultural geographies,Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Occasion, and Progress in Human Geography. The 2012 SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory includes her co-authored chapter (with Stefan Al, University of Pennsylvania) on theories of spectacle and branding. Her collaborative long-term art project “The National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service” (with Sarah Kanouse, Northeastern University) works at the intersection of art, research, and government policy to address the toxic afterlife of U.S. militarism and has been included in the Institute for Wishful Thinking (NYC, 2011), “Ecocultures” exhibition (George Mason University, 2011), Figure One Gallery (Champaign, IL, 2013), and is a Finalist in the traveling show “Monument to Cold War Victory” during 2014-17 (Cooper Union, NYC, October 2014; Wende Museum, Los Angeles, 2017). 

Krupar travels extensively to give lectures and performances, at the University of St. Andrews, the Royal Geographical Society in London, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study’s workshop “Space, Power, Nation,” the Montreal-based Artivistic Conference “Un.Occupied Spaces,” and the annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers and the American Studies Association. 

As a member of the CULP core faculty, Professor Krupar teaches the courses “Theorizing Culture and Politics,” “Green Politics,” “Detouring the Global City,” “Introduction to Critical Geography,” “Cartography and Social Justice,” and other offerings on cultures of exhibition, and landscape as an aesthetic object, political-economic artifact and social practice. She has worked collaboratively with The Phillips Collection to develop an institutional partnership and innovative new course on “Globalization, Diplomacy, and the Politics of Exhibitions.” 

 Micah Sherr, Computer Science

Micah Sherr is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Georgetown University and director of the Georgetown Institute for Information Assurance. His academic interests include privacy-preserving technologies, electronic voting, wiretap systems, and network security. He participated in two large-scale studies of electronic voting machine systems, and helped to disclose numerous architectural vulnerabilities in U.S. election systems. His current research examines the security properties of legally authorized wiretap (interception) systems and investigates methods for achieving scalable, high-performance anonymous routing.

Micah received his B.S.E., M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award.

McDonough School of Business Term Chairs

 Volodoymyr Babich, Lapeyre Family Term Associate Professorship

Volodymyr Babich is the Lapeyre Family Term Associate Professor of Business Administration at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. In the past he has been a visiting scholar at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an engineer at Penske Logistics Engineering, Cleveland, OH. He earned his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management. He also holds M.S. degrees in Management Science and Mathematics. 

Prof. Babich’s research interests are the interface of operations and finance, supply risk management, supply chain management, stochastic modeling, and risk management. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, and multiple university and industry grants. His papers have been published in leading Operations Research, Operations Management, and Industrial Engineering journals. Prof. Babich serves as an associate editor for Management Science and M&SOM and as a senior editor for Production and Operations Management. He is an active member of INFORMS, POMS, and the MSOM societies, and has served as the Chair of the MSOM Special Interest Group on the Interface of Finance, Operations, and Risk Management (iFORM). 

 Jason Brennan, Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Term Associate Professorship

Jason Brennan’s research focuses on democratic theory, the ethics of voting, competence and power, freedom, and the moral foundations of commercial society.  Brennan is currently writing Global Justice as Global Freedom, with Bas van der Vossen (under contract with Oxford University Press): The dominant theories of global justice tend to recommend the exact opposite of what economists think actually works. Van der Vossen and I ask, what would a theory of global justice look like it it were informed by standard development economics? Our conclusion is that it would defend significant economic liberalization, including open trade, open borders, and secure property rights. 

Before coming to Georgetown, Brennan was Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Research, at Brown University. 

 Victor Jose, Sonneborn Term Associate Professorship

Victor Jose’s area of research interest and expertise is decision/risk analysis and forecasting, with a particular focus on the development of prescriptive models and tools that could help managers make good decisions in uncertain environments. In particular, he has worked extensively in the areas of probability elicitation, forecast verification, and expert combination of forecasts. Aside from this, he also has a long-standing interest in data science, Bayesian statistics, and stochastic modeling. His work has appeared in leading academic journals such as Management Science and Operations Research. 

Currently, Dr. Jose teaches the core statistics class for the undergraduate and MBA programs. Aside from managerial statistics, he previously has taught classes in quantitative analysis, operations management, research methods, decision making, and spreadsheet modeling.

 Jason Schloezter, Sonneborn Term Associate Professorship

Professor Schloetzer’s research focuses on management control systems, with an emphasis on controls related to corporate governance and the value chain. His papers have been published in leading academic journals, including Journal of Accounting Research and The Accounting Review. He serves on the Editorial Advisory and Review Board of The Accounting Review, and is a member of the American Accounting Association and the Institute of Management Accountants. 

Professor Schloetzer links his research-related activities to practice as a frequent contributor to The Conference Board’s Governance Center. He is particularly involved in issues regarding hedge fund activism, CEO succession, and board structure. His research-related activities have generated media mentions in national and international news outlets, including CNBC, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, and USA Today. 

Professor Schloetzer currently teaches Financial Analysis for Managers and Investors (MBA core), Performance as Value Creation (MBA elective) and Strategic Management of Cost and Profit (Executive MBA elective). He has received two MBA teaching awards. 

Professor Schloetzer earned his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas, MBA from George Washington University, and PhD in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

 Debora Thompson, Beyer Family Term Associate Professorship

Professor Thompson specializes in the study of consumer behavior. Her research interests are in the area of judgment and decision making, information processing, and attitude change. Thompson uses psychological principles to predict how consumers form preferences. Her work offers recommendations for the most effective marketing strategies to business leaders and industry executives. She has published in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, and Harvard Business Review.