In this podcast series, Dr. Robert Groves interviews distinguished faculty members at Georgetown University about their academic journeys, research interests, and how they balance teaching, research, and service. 
Click each title for a full episode description, including a time-stamped table of contents.

 


Episode 1: Deborah Tannen

Name: Deborah Tannen
Department: Linguistics
Rank: University Professor

In addition to Dr. Tannen’s seventeen academic books and over one hundred scholarly articles, she has written eight books for general audiences. The best known of these is You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages. This is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness. Deborah’s a frequent guest and contributor to many national television and radio programs.

--Table of Contents--
 0:00 - Intro
 1:20 - How did you end up at Georgetown?
 2:00 - How does sociolinguistics define itself in the larger context of linguistics?
 3:45 - How do you describe your research to those outside of academia?
 8:10 - Do you think people are conscious of their culturally-situated behaviors?
 9:00 - What’s the germ of the passion that keeps you going?
12:50 - How do you choose the next topic?
15:10 - How do you blend your teaching and research?
16:25 - What is a common misperception you’ve found among young graduate students?
17:40 - What is the next research question you plan to address?

Music
Main Theme: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes
Background: “Ambient Vol. 1” (album) by Daniel Birch

 


    Episode 2: Nancy Sherman

    Name: Nancy Sherman
    Department: Philosophy
    Rank: University Professor

    Since 1995, Nancy has consulted for the U.S. Armed Forces on issues of ethics, moral injury, stoicism, resilience, and post-traumatic stress, lecturing here and abroad. She has written or contributed to seven different books, including Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers, published in 2015. She has also written over 60 articles on the subjects of ethics, military ethics, the history of moral philosophy, ancient ethics, the emotions, moral psychology, and psychoanalysis. She has been a frequent contributor in the media, and her articles, opinion pieces, reviews and mention of her work have appeared widely in the press.

    --Table of Contents--
      0:00 - Intro 
      1:20 - What are some reflections on your intellectual journey?
      3:00 - Explaining a pivotal external change in research trajectory
      5:00 - What stimulated your journey into philosophy?
      7:00 - How did you come to the conclusion to go deeper into psychoanalysis?
    10:40 - How did the psychoanalytic training help you frame questions for “Afterwar”?
    13:40 - How do you navigate between teaching and publishing your work?
    16:00 - Are you working on multiple issues, or just the “issue of the day”?
    17:45 - What would you say to a younger you?

    Music
    Main Theme: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes
    Background: “Ambient Vol. 1” (album) by Daniel Birch

     


      Episode 3: George Akerlof

      Name: George Akerlof
      Department: Public Policy (Economics)
      Rank: University Professor

      George has been a distinguished contributor to the field of economics for over 50 years. His most notable contributions have come in the areas of asymmetrical information, identity economics, reproductive technology shock, corporate looting, and natural norms of macroeconomics. In 2001, he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. The Nobel Committee cited his seminal paper from 1970 on asymmetrical information titled “The Market for Lemons.” He taught, with only brief interruption, at the University of California at Berkeley from 1966 to 2010, then served as a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund until 2014 before coming to Georgetown. He has co-authored a handful of books, the most recent of which is titled “Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception.”

      --Table of Contents--
        0:00 - Intro 
        1:20 - What’s your story?
        2:30 - How did you connect your childhood interests to economics?
        4:30 - Were anomalies the kernel of your research?
        9:15 - How did societal problems prompt your economic perspective?
        8:00 - Did you have trouble publishing early work? Were you viewed as a rebel?
        9:00 - Meeting Mentors: Robert Solo & Raoul Bott
      11:05 - What are your views on your mentors?
      12:30 - How do you bring conceptual frameworks from outside of economics into the mainstream?
      14:35 - Did you see your work accumulating in a design path?
      16:25 - What common advice do you give to young faculty members?
      17:30 - What are you most excited about in your current work?

      Music
      Main Theme: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes
      Background: “Horizon Soundscapes” by RF Soundtracks

       


        Episode 4: Cal Newport

        Name: Cal Newport
        Department: Computer Science
        Rank: University Professor

        Dr. Cal Newport is a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He studies the theory of distributed systems, but in addition to his academic research, he writes about the intersection of technology and society. He is particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work and lead satisfying lives. Cal has published six books since 2005, including his most recent work from 2019 titled, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. This book has been a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller. Along with his other writings, Digital Minimalism advocates for limited usage of social media and distracting technologies in order to maintain and develop our propensity for deep, prolonged focus. Many of his books and writings are tailored for students and their academic success. He also regularly contributes to his Study Hacks blog, which he created in 2007.

        --Table of Contents--
        0:00 - Intro 1:40 - What compelled you to write in areas outside traditional computer science? 3:45 - Blending entrepreneurship, writing, and computer science 4:50 - What was it like to write books while still in graduate school? 5:30 - How did you balance writing and research as a student? 6:10 - What was the germ of your interest in computer science? 7:00 - What are distributed systems and what do you find most interesting about them? 8:45 - Do you have an agenda in your mind, or does the external world present you with puzzles? 10:15 - How did you see the different sides of your life coming together in your new book? 12:05 - What advice do you have for young academics navigating across disciplines? 14:30 - How do you balance teaching and research? 16:05 - Do you see these two sides of your life changing your research agenda going forward? 17:20 - Are there new collaborations of disciplines in your future?

        Music
        Main Theme: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes
        Background: “Horizon Soundscapes” by RF Soundtracks

         


          Episode 5: Emanuela Del Gado

          Name: Emanuela Del Gado
          Department: Physics
          Rank: University Professor

          Dr. Emanuela Del Gado is a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Physics. She is a theoretical physicist working on engineering motivated problems. She uses statistical mechanics and computational physics to model the structure and dynamics of engineering materials like gels, glasses, and amorphous solids. Emanuela taught and conducted research in Italy, France, and Switzerland, before bringing her talents to Georgetown, and has produced dozens of publications and writings within her fields of interest. She has contributed to the new theoretical description of amorphous solids-- specifically, the material properties of concrete and cement. This research has been used in an effort to develop an environmentally-sustainable form of these constructive materials that have become so essential to our society and infrastructure.

          --Table of Contents--
          0:00 - Intro 1:30 - How did you become interested in the topics you are so passionate about now? 2:15 - Is yours an unusual approach to one’s selected area of emphasis? 3:00 - Tell us how concrete and cement came into the equation 4:10 - Did your engineering colleagues draw you into application or did you seek it out? 5:00 - Did you feel a pull and a push between theory and application in your field? 6:20 - Are these two fields opposites in the way they approach problems? 7:25 - How doe 0 s a system approach yield so much insight for concrete and cement? 9:00 - Is making concrete energy-intensive? 9:50 - Is concrete production increasing globally? 11:15 - How would your research make the world better? 13:05 - Are your publications a mix of theory and application? 14:00 - Are there protocols and insights you’ve gathered over the years as a female theoretical physicist? 15:10 - How do you think of research and teaching balance within your career? 16:30 - What’s the most fascinating thing you’re working on right now?

          Music
          Main Theme: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes
          Background: “Horizon Soundscapes” by RF Soundtracks

           


            Episode 6: Carolyn Forche

            Name: Carolyn Forche
            Department: English
            Rank: University Professor

            Dr. Carolyn Forche is a University Professor in the Department of English, and also the Director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown. She is a renowned poet and translator, and has published numerous books of poetry. Her most recent book, published in March of 2019, is titled What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance. The book recounts her experience in El Salvador leading up to the Salvadoran Civil War. Carolyn is a long-time human rights activist, and is particularly interested in the effect of political trauma on the poet's use of language. She has received many awards for her literary work, and her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other reputable publications

            --Table of Contents--
            Table of Contents 0:00 - Intro 1:20 - Where did your interest in poetry begin? 2:30 - Did your urge to write continue into adolescence? 4:00 - What attracts you to the form of poetry? 7:00 - Can you elaborate on the process of writing poetry? 8:30 - Are you making conscious observations through your writing? 10:30 - How intentional are the layers of emotion and meaning in a poem? 12:00 - How do you see the compatibility between your teaching and creative life? 15:10 - How many times you do you usually rework your writing? 16:40 - How have you combined your passions for writing and social justice? 18:35 - What is some advice that you would offer to a younger self?

            Music
            Main Theme: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes
            Background: “Horizon Soundscapes” by RF Soundtracks

             


              Episode 7: Daniel Shore

              Name: Daniel Shore
              Department: English
              Rank: University Professor

              Dr. Daniel Shore is a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of English. His scholarly training is in the literature of the Renaissance and the humanist rhetorical tradition, with a focus on John Milton and the 17th-century. Daniel has published two books, the most recent from 2018, titled Cyberformalism: The Histories of Linguistic Forms in the Digital Archive. By lauding searchable digital archives as a valuable research tool, this book asks literary scholars to expand their conception of the sign to include abstract linguistic forms. It shows how we can study the careers of these linguistic forms as they travel across hundreds or thousands of years of literary and intellectual history.

              --Table of Contents--
              0:00 Opening 
              4:05 What are you interested in?
              4:30 How did you enter the linguistics side of things?
              5:57 What is your personal journing in combining the literature and linguistics disciplines?
              9:58 What are the driving passions behind your current research?
              11:51 How do you do your scholarship and teaching?
              18:17 What are common interests in your projects?
              19:41 What are your current research projects?
              21:30 Ending

              Music
              Main Theme: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes
              Background: “Horizon Soundscapes” by RF Soundtracks

               


                Episode 7: Brian McCabe

                Name: Brian McCabe
                Department: Sociology
                Rank: University Professor

                Dr. Brian McCabe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. He also holds multiple secondary appointments within the university: as an adjunct instructor in the Regional and Urban Planning program; a core faculty member in the program on Justice and Peace Studies; an affiliated faculty member in the Department of African-American Studies; and an affiliated faculty member in the McCourt School of Public Policy. Through his teaching and research, Brian investigates the structures that contribute to social inequality, especially in American cities. He teaches courses on urban studies, neighborhood inequalities and quantitative methods for social research at Georgetown. He has published in numerous academic journals, and in 2016 he published his first book, No Place Like Home: Wealth, Community and the Politics of Homeownership. This book unpacks the challenges of strengthening communities through homeownership as owning a home has emerged as the core vehicle for building wealth in the United States. (Interesting note: In 2018, Brian completed a trans-America cycling tour from Washington D.C. to Seattle, WA., which lasted more than 50 days and 4,000 miles!)

                --Table of Contents--
                1:50: How did you become what you are? 16:15: Tell us about your research? 19:24: What is the most exciting thing you are working on right now? 21:16: What are the driving passions behind your current research? 23:45How did you come to choose this particular research area?

                Music
                Main Theme: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes
                Background: “Horizon Soundscapes” by RF Soundtracks

                 


                  Episode 8: Diana Kapiszewski

                  Name: Diana Kapiszewski
                  Department: Government
                  Rank: University Professor

                  Dr. Diana Kapiszewski is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Government. She has authored multiple journal articles and four books, including the award-winning High Courts and Economic Governance in Argentina and Brazil. Her current work examines judicial politics and law in Latin America. One project analyzes institutions of electoral governance and another investigates informal workers’ use of legal strategies in the region, focused in Brazil and Mexico.

                  Beyond her work in this field, she is also distinguished and award-winning in the area of research methods, co-directing the Qualitative Data Repository and co-editing the new Cambridge University book series: ‘Methods of Social Inquiry’. Her work has appeared in publications such as Latin American Politics and Society, Law and Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Perspectives on Politics, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

                  Table of Contents:
                  0:00 Welcome & Introduction
                  1:17 How did you end up at the Department of Government at Georgetown?
                  4:34 How do language and culture inform your research?
                  7:07 What are the driving questions of your book?
                  13:15 What are the ingredients of success in your research?
                  19:05 Who should care about combining methods?
                  21:33 What are the challenges of promoting combining methods in academia?
                  22:36 What is the qualitative data repository?
                  25:45 How do you juggle numerous roles?

                  Music
                  Main Theme: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes
                  Background: “Horizon Soundscapes” by RF Soundtracks