2023-2024 Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellows

Recognizing the educational benefits of a diverse intellectual community, Georgetown aims to attract assistant professor level faculty from a wide range of backgrounds and to foster their success as independent scholars and educators on the tenure track. Announced in November 2020, the Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellows Program is one pathway by which Georgetown aims to attract and retain tenure-line faculty who support the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the university and contribute to their academic units through their scholarship, teaching, and service including mentoring.

Selected candidates must demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching/mentoring, research, and/or service. This commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion can be demonstrated in many ways, including those whose scholarship/teaching focuses on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or those who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion through their service activities.

Fellows will have completed their terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., JD, EdD.) at the time of their appointment and are hired on the tenure track at the assistant professor rank. They will have no teaching and service responsibilities in their first year and will devote their full time effort to building their research program.

The Provost’s office is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellows for the 2023-2024 academic year:

Melinda González
School of Foreign Service

Dr. Melinda González is a Puerto Rican scholar and poet, who was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, with ancestral home in the lush mountains of Moca, Puerto Rico. She is a socio-cultural anthropologist who focuses on environmental anthropology/disaster studies. Dr. González holds a BA from Barnard College, an MA from Rutgers University, and a PhD in Anthropology & Geography with a minor concentration in English Literature from Louisiana State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University’s Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, and is currently an Assistant Professor & Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Culture and Politics major at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Dr. Gonzalez works on racial, class, and gender disparities in the impact of environmental disasters. She uses decolonial and indigenous research methods to study new media technologies in environmental justice studies. Dr. Gonzalez is the 2021 Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award winner, which honors research on gender issues in disaster and emergency management. She is also a performance/spoken word poet who has performed internationally.

Crystal Luo
History, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Crystal Luo received her PhD in History from the University of Virginia in 2023. She will be an incoming Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Asian American History. Her dissertation, “Higher Rises, Lower Depths: Asian Americans and globalization,” charted the changing roles of Asian Americans and Asian American politics within a globalizing United States.

More broadly, her research interests focus on race and urban space in the American West; Asian American labor history; and Asian American transnationalism. She received her MA in History from UVA in 2019 and a Bachelors of Music from Boston University in 2017. Her research has been supported by organizations including the UVA Scholars’ Lab, the Huntington Library, and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. 

Lingxin Zhang
Classics, College of Arts & Sciences

Lingxin Zhang specializes in ancient Egyptian languages and cultures during the Graeco-Roman period (3rd century BCE – 4th century CE). Her research uses written records and material cultures to reconstruct the early scientific, divinatory, and medical practices in ancient Egypt. She is particularly interested in approaching these data through the lens of critical gender theories and post-colonialist studies.

From 2021-2023, Lingxin was Lector of Ancient Egyptian Language at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, where she taught different stages of ancient Egyptian language and topics on gender and identities in ancient Egypt. In 2020-2021, Lingxin partnered with the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University to offer two online courses aimed at promoting public engagement in ancient studies.

Amanda Sahar d’Urso
Government, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Amanda Sahar d’Urso is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and a Provost Distinguished Faculty Fellow received her Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. Before joining Georgetown, she was a Guarini Dean Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth University with joint appointments in the Department of Government and the Program in Quantitative Social Science. Dr. d’Urso studies racial and ethnic politics and American politics. She focuses on racial and ethnic identities which are ambiguous in American legal and social spheres. Her current book project details how Middle Easterners and North Africans (MENA) have been racialized throughout the 20th and 21st century, despite being legally classified as ‘White’. 

Amanda grew up in Northern Virginia and is an alumna of the University of Virginia (wahoowa). She is thrilled to be joining Georgetown University. Her hobby is trying new hobbies. She is of Iranian descent and also happily goes by Sahar.