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Intensive English Language at Brown:

Intensive English Language in the Globalized World

Mary Grace Almandrez

Mary Grace Almandrez is the Director of the Brown Center for Students of Color and Assistant Dean of the College at Brown University. She works closely with students, faculty, alumni, and colleagues to create and implement initiatives that facilitate an inclusive campus community. Her research and teaching interests focus on women of color in leadership, diversity in higher education, and social justice education. In addition, her teaching approach is informed by transformative education and critical pedagogy principles. Mary Grace chairs the Multicultural Affairs Think Tank of Brandeis University and is a former board member of Youth In Action and HARI Vidya Bhavan. Prior to her arrival at Brown University, she founded multicultural centers at three private, liberal arts institutions. Mary Grace earned her Ed.D. in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco, M.S. in human resources development from McDaniel College, and B.A. in sociology from the University of San Diego. She was born in the Philippines and raised in California.

Course: Women & Leadership in the Age of Twerking, Mansplaining, and #HeForShe (CRN 10858)

Christopher Carr

Christopher Carr is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages at Brown, where he works on 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and film. Both his interests in Russian and teaching developed during his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan, after which he earned an M.A. in Russian from Middlebury College. After returning home from extensive travels throughout the former Soviet republics, Chris worked as an Adjunct Instructor of English and as a Writing Tutor at several colleges in New York City. During this time, he taught a wide range of writing classes, from Developmental Writing to First-Year Composition to Introduction to Literature, as well as a writing class for adult learners. As a graduate student at Brown, he has primarily taught Russian language and has served as a Teaching Assistant for Russian literature and history courses. In addition to his Slavic studies, Chris has worked to maintain his professional interest in teaching composition by taking a graduate seminar in composition theory and pedagogy and by working as a Writing Associate at Brown's Writing Center for the past three years. He is returning to teach in the Intensive English Program for the second consecutive summer.

Course: Read, Think, Write: Approaching the College Essay (CRN 10577)
Course: Putting Your Ideas into Words (CRN 10572)

Jonathan Gentry

Jonathan Gentry is a lecturer in the History Department at Brown University.  He specializes in the connections between politics and art, especially music.  Since completing his Ph.D. at Brown University, he has taught history at Portland State University and Rhode Island School of Design.  His dissertation, “Sound Bodies: Biopolitics in German Musical Culture, 1850-1910,” examines the origins and political significance of avant-garde music in Central Europe. In addition to researching classical music, Jonathan is working on essays about contemporary pop artists such as Arcade Fire and Radiohead. The courses he teaches for IEP explore the often subtle political messages in art and entertainment, showing culture to be a contentious venue in political disputes. These courses emphasize learning the craft of essay writing, that is, learning how to develop and convincingly communicate arguments. 

Course: Pop Music in American Culture and Politics (CRN 10766)

Richard Maher

Richard Maher is currently a Research Fellow in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Previously, he taught at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island and was a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the EUI. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University in 2011.

Course: Global Justice and International Politics (CRN 10767)

Coleman Nye

Coleman Nye is visiting faculty at Brown University in the departments of Theatre and Performance Studies and Anthropology. She received her PhD from Brown in 2014 for her research on cancer and performance in the US. Before coming to Brown, Coleman lived in New York City where she trained in the Meisner Acting Technique and studied Anthropology at New York University. Coleman has taught courses in American theatre, performance theory, and writing for performance, and has worked as a dramaturg in her time at Brown.

Course: English on Stage: Building Language Skills Through Performance (CRN 10571)

Panetha Ott

Panetha Ott graduated with an AB in Greek from Bryn Mawr College, and was a PhD student in Classics at Brown. She is currently enrolled in a doctorate in Higher Ed Management at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught Latin and Modern Greek, in addition to Classics courses in translation, as an assistant in the Classics Department at Brown and in secondary schools. She has served as an instructor to non-native speakers of English, both in the Summer School and in literacy programs in Providence. She has also served as Assistant to the Dean of the College at Brown where she worked on the freshman advising program and on the Resumed Undergraduate Education program. For many years, she has specialized in international education in the College Admission Office, where she has enjoyed seeing students at their very best.

Panetha has been advising students for over 25 years, both as an academic advisor and as a friend of many of the international students at Brown. Outside of Brown, she works primarily with international organizations to make the dream of a US education a reality for students around the world, and to make the goal of international peace and understanding a reality for students everywhere. She has served as chair of the Higher Education Committee for CIS (Council for International Schools), and as a member of national committees and advisory boards for NAFSA (Association of International Student Advisors), OACAC (Overseas Association for College Admission Counselors), the IB (International Baccalaureate), and the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Languages). For the past four years, she has worked with the Office of Overseas Schools of the US State Department to represent US higher education in international schools. She considers her work of inspiring students her most important contribution.
Her current passions are ancient literatures of the world, the development of the idea of the liberal arts, and the ancient historian Herodotus, who also had an enthusiasm for other cultures.

Course: TOEFL Preparation (CRN 10040)

Elizabeth Wolfson

Elizabeth Wolfson is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies. Her work is focused in the areas of photography studies and transnational American history. Her dissertation, "Intimate Encounters: Photography and the Spaces of American Cultural Enterprise in the Ottoman Middle East," uses photography as a means to study the history of American institution-building in the region just before and after the First World War. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Elizabeth worked as an art writer and in several non-profit art institutions in the St. Louis area.

Course: From Kodak to Instagram: Photography as a Global Language (CRN 10785)