Faculty and Courses

The teaching faculty at Faraday House are here to provide you with an inclusive learning environment and additional support to help you thrive as a global student. Our courses are designed to make as much use as possible of London’s unique resources and opportunities, integrating field trips, guest speakers, and local case studies.

Below, you can browse our diverse faculty – all of whom bring not only their academic expertise into their teaching, but also their London savvy. Click on a professor’s bio link to read more about their background and interests.  You can view updated course details here.



  • Joe Videan, ADV206: Advertising Practice in a Diverse Society
    Professor Videan's bio
    Joe Videan is a graduate of Michigan State University and has nearly 29 years of advertising experience. From Chicago, to Hong Kong and Southeast Asia to the United Kingdom and Europe, he has produced campaigns for clients in most business sectors, using all types of media. Joe has worked as a full time or contract creative director/writer for Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, GGT Direct, TBWA, G2, Grey Advertising, Carlson Marketing Group, Amarrati Puris Lintas and many others. He has received over 25 national and international creative awards on work produced for a virtual A to Z of British and Multinational companies. Having recently left G2 UK (part of the Grey Advertising Network) where he was European Regional Creative Director and Global Copy Director, Joe is now a Consultant Creative Director at TBWA working on Global Brands. Joe began teaching formally as a Consultant Professor for Syracuse University International Study programme in 2009. He has also spoken at many other Universities as a guest lecturer. Joe has lived in the UK for nearly 25 years and resides with his wife and two daughters in the village of Ashtead, Surrey, just south of London.



  • Mark Campbell, ARC434: London’s Built Environment
    Professor Campell's bio
    Mark Campbell is an architect and academic. He received his PhD and MA from Princeton University and his current research focuses on architecture as a marker of lost economic processes. Mark is a Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London, and a Visiting Professor of Architecture at Southeast University, Nanjing. He has previously taught at Cambridge University, the Cooper Union, Princeton University and served as editor of the Journal of Architecture (RIBA / Routledge) and Grey Room (MIT Press). Mark is a member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • João Prates Ruivo, ARC561: Survey of British Architecture
    Professor Ruivo's bio
    João Prates Ruivo is currently an MPhil / PhD candidate at the Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. His research focuses on the relation between the financialization of natural resources in Angola and urbanization processes as a tool for counterinsurgency warfare. He graduated with a degree in Architecture in 2004 from Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, where he was a student of Prof. Manuel Vicente. After studying one year in the Technical University of Eindhoven, he worked in Rotterdam between 2005-2008, where he collaborated with Theo Deutinger (TD*) and at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. He then moved to Athens to start his own practice, FORA, in 2009. The work of FORA explores role of architecture in defining the relation between public and private realm, and has been awarded in several international competitions, including first prizes for Plovdiv Central Square and “Upto35” in Athens, which was exhibited at the 2012 Venice Biennale, Common Ground.
  • Davide Sacconi, ARC407: Architectural Design and ARC608: Architectural Design
    Professor Sacconi's bio
    Davide Sacconi is an architect and a researcher from Rome, where after graduating with honors in 2006, he founded TSPOON, a research-based office that has received awards in several national and international competitions for architecture, landscape, urban design and editorial projects. In 2009 he moved to Holland where he earned a post-graduate diploma at the Berlage Institute of Rotterdam focusing on territorial and large scale projects in different cultural and geographical contexts, such as Los Angeles, Beijing, Moscow and Athens. He worked as architect and urban designer for MVRDV, a leading international firm based in Rotterdam, before moving to London where he ran the Research Cluster 14 for two years at the Bartlett School of Architecture in the MArch Urban Design program. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Architectural Association in London where he is developing a thesis on the notion of Archetype as conceptual and methodological approach to reframe the idea of Modernity in the Brazilian context.
  • Alessandro Toti, ARC500: Genealogies of the City
    Professor Toti's bio
    Alessandro Toti is an architecture historian, trained in Rome and London. He is completing his PhD degree at the Bartlett, UCL in Architecture History & Theory with a research on West Berlin Marxist architecture groups at the turn of the 1970s. He has taught architectural history and theory, architectural design and urban design in different universities, including UCL, Westminster, Roma Tre, Camerino, and the Rome Programmes of Cornell and Virginia Tech. His publications have focused on Italian neo-avant-gardist and West German Marxist architectural groups, and on contemporary issues of architectural production.


Art History

  • John Dickerson, HOA372: Business of Art
    Professor Dickerson's bio
    John Dickerson is an Art consultant, lecturer and professional artist.
  • Donatella Sparti, HOA201: Masterpieces of Art and HOA473: London Museums
    Professor Sparti's bio
    Donatella Sparti has been teaching Art History at Syracuse London since 2001. She obtained her PhD from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy) magna cum laude and specializes in Italian 17th-century Art. She is the author of two books and some fifty articles and reviews published in major Art History journals and conference proceedings. Donatella began teaching in American study abroad programmes in 1992 in Florence (Italy) and since 1998 in London. In 2007 she was awarded the Michael O’Leary Prize for Excellence in Teaching at SUL and has also been the recipient of many fellowships, including ones from the British Academy, the J. Paul Getty Grant Program and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.



  • Carol Nahra, COM300.1: Digital Britain: Engaging the User and TRF560.2: Documenting Reality: Factual Formats in British Film & TV
    Professor Nahra's bio
    Carol Nahra is a freelance journalist, documentary producer and media studies lecturer based in London, England. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Carol has written extensively about the factual television industry for publications including Realscreen, Dox and International Documentary. She has been associated longterm with the UK’s largest documentary film festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, where she writes the film catalogue, sits on the Advisory Board, and works as an Associate Programmer. As a documentary producer she has helped bring to the screen a number of creative documentaries on topics ranging from climate change to religion to mental health. She produced the feature length documentary Secrets of the Tribe, which aired on HBO and the BBC, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has played at more than 60 film festivals.
  • Darrell Panethiere, COM505: Communications Law for Journalists
    Professor Panethiere's bio
    Darrell Panethiere is an American lawyer working in the music and entertainment industry in London. He is a specialist in international copyright law, working also as a consultant to UNESCO on intellectual property issues. Previously, he was the US Senate Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property, before becoming Vice-President, Legal & Business Affairs, Warner Music International (London). He is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Chicago.
  • Jacqueline Springer, COM346: Race, Gender & the Media and HOM400.1: Black British Music: Exploring Identity Through Sound
    Professor Springer's bio
    Jacqueline Springer is a London-based broadcast music journalist and university lecturer. She began her media career in print, writing for a number of specialist music titles before moving unto lifestyle publications, broad-sheet newspapers, international music imprints and music-related websites. She was employed by the BBC as a Senior Broadcast Journalist in radio (working in entertainment news) and contributed to discussion (long and short form) on contemporary music, culture and representation. During her time at the corporation she was employed by Radio 1, 1xtra, The World Service and 6Music in addition to contributing to output on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5live and television: BBC Four, BBC2 and the BBC News Channel. Jacqueline also works in event curation as part of fashion, culture and identity studies duo Union Black (The British Library, London College of Fashion, the Victoria & Albert Museum) and independently, where she explores race, culture and musical expression (under the banner of Contemporary Black Music – through which she has lectured at Berklee College of Music (Boston), Purdue University (Indiana), London College of Communication, The 49th and 51st London Film Festivals, the National Film Theatre, Lillian Bayliss School of Technology, Turku University (Finland), Suffolk University’s College of Arts & Sciences (Boston), The Tate Modern, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Princeton University and New York University – the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music). Jacqueline continues to contribute to BBC television and radio arts and news programming in a freelance capacity.


Communications and Rhetorical Studies

  • Emmanuelle Dirix, CRS318: Fashion in Focus: Discourses and Meanings, CRS325: Presentational Speaking, and COM348: Beauty and Diversity in Fashion Media
    Professor Dirix's bio
    Emmanuelle is a cultural theorist who specialises in fashion studies. She has 20 years of teaching experience including at Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, the Royal College of Art. She has been head of critical and contextual studies at the Antwerp Fashion Academy since 2009. She has published widely on fashion in both academic and popular publications. Her most recent work includes “Dressing the Decades” (Yale University Press) and several academic journal articles for “Film, Fashion & Consumption”, “Fashion Theory Russia” and the journal “Clothing Cultures”. In addition, she works as a free-lance fashion branding and communications consultant for the luxury industry. Emmanuelle recently joined the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College as a senior teaching fellow


Computer Science

  • Tugkan Batu, CIS473: Automata and Computability and CIS477: Introduction to Analysis of Algorithms
    Professor Batu's bio
    Tugkan Batu has earned his BSc degree in Computer Science at Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) and his MSc and PhD degrees at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA). He has held Postdoctoral Fellow Positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas at Austin, and Simon Fraser University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the London School of Economics. His research interests lie in algorithms and theory of computation in general. In particular, he is interested in randomised computation, sublinear algorithms on massive data sets, and property testing.



  • Diony Kypraiou, IND481: Ethnography & Culture in Design
    Professor Kypraiou's bio
    Trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Diony is interested in the relation between the collective unconscious and the psyche of the built. Her research is looking at post-war dispossessed towers within the context of London, suggesting an alternative reading of such buildings through their projections in arts, urban fiction and social imagination. She holds an MArch (Dist) in Architectural Design (AD) alongside an MSc in Architectural Engineering.



  • Michael Barclay, DRA451: The Modern Stage
    Professor Barclay's bio
    Michael Barclay has been involved in the London theatre scene for more than three decades. He has lectured on Drama and Theatre Arts at several universities in North America, Britain and South Africa. Dr Barclay earned his PhD form Royal Holloway, University of London and he has been the Head of the Theatre programme at a University in London since the mid-1980s. Dr Barclay has also directed many prestigious productions at a variety of London theatres. Dr Barclay has taught at Syracuse University for many years, and is responsible for the Drama Majors who study at Shakespeare’s Globe.
  • Cathy Haill, DRA351: Contemporary British & European Theatre
    Professor Haill's bio
    Cathy Haill is a senior curator in the Theatre and Performance department of the Victoria and Albert Museum and an adjunct professor at Syracuse University with over 20 years’ teaching experience of West End theatre. She has performed, lectured and published on theatre and the ephemera of entertainment. With a particular interest in 19th century theatre and the history of popular entertainment she has curated several exhibitions including Circus! Circus! (1988), Slap! (1990), The Wind in the Willows (1993). She contributed to the V&A’s 1998 Power of the Poster exhibition and book, and more recently to the books accompanying the V&A exhibitions on Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1902-1929 (September 2010) and The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 (April 2011). A series of thematic essays by her is available online here.
  • Murray Woodfield, DRA529: Acting for the Frame
    Professor Woodfield's bio
    Murray Woodfield is a film and theatre producer/director/writer who is Director of The UK Film Festival. His latest work as writer and producer, “A Confession” won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival and BAFTA nominating Aesthetica Film Festival and is currently screening in festivals all over the world. His company’s previous co-production, “Mike” also won a Bear at Berlin in 2014. The UK Film Festival also backed “The Phone Call” with Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent which went on to win the Oscar for Best Short Film. Murray teaches acting and screen acting at several drama schools and universities including Ithaca New York London Centre. He also runs scriptwriting courses at Birkbeck College, University of London.



  • Michael Harris, ECN300.1: Europe’s Economic Policy Failures from Maastricht to Brexit
    Professor Harris' bio
    Mike Harris has spent over 27 years in London as an analyst, equity macro-strategist and research manager for investment banks. With 22 top number 1 rankings in the prestigious Institutional Investor survey for both company research and macro strategy, he is the single highest rated research specialist in the history of the survey in Europe. He managed the Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa equity and macro research team at Bank America Merrill Lynch and he was Head of Research at Renaissance Capital where both of his teams respectively received number one rankings. As founder of Cribstone Strategic Macro he advises controlling shareholders and companies on European stock market listings across sectors and institutional investors on macro strategy. He previously taught a course on Investment Banking in Emerging and Frontier economies at the Syracuse program in London. He is a regular guest on CNBC Squawkbox Europe
  • Michael Keating, ECN362/PSC462: Globalization, Development and the Environment
    Professor Keating's bio
    Dr. Michael F. Keating graduated with a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick in February 2006. His research interests revolve around globalization, governance, development, comparative and international political economy, public policy Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. His doctoral thesis looked at central banking and electricity sector reform in Malaysia and Uganda from the perspective of the historical institutionalism, focusing on the impact of ‘global best practice(s)’ on policy process.
  • Nick Wilkinson, ECN312: Behavioural Economics
    Professor Wilkinson's bio
    Nick Wilkinson was educated at Cambridge University (BA), Loughborough University (MSc), and City University (PhD). He is a Professor at Richmond the American International University in London and has taught economics and finance in various international institutions in the UK and USA. He has also worked in business management in both countries and served as a consultant to many companies, mainly in the leisure industry. He has authored two books, ‘Managerial Economics: A Problem-Solving Approach’, published by Cambridge University Press (2005), and ‘An Introduction to Behavioural Economics’, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2007), now in its second edition. His research interests lie in that field, particularly in the implications of evolutionary biology and neuroscience for behavioural economics.



  • Mark Leipacher, ETS320: Interpreting Shakespeare
    Professor Leipacher's bio
    Mark Leipacher is a theatre director and writer. As Artistic Director of The Faction (thefaction.org.uk) he has directed and produced 14 productions of Shakespeare’s plays. He has written articles for the Guardian newspaper, the National Theatre and the Old Vic Theatre amongst others. He is the author of Catching The Light and the forthcoming biography of Simon Russell Beale both published by Oberon (oberonbooks.com).
  • Forbes Morlock, ETS430: Reading Pictures, Seeing Stories and ETS464: Travellers’ Tales: An Education Abroad
    Professor Morlock's bio
    Beside his work with visual artists, Forbes has published on hospitality, friendship, seduction, transference, cinema, and the uncanny—as well as the writing of Jacques Derrida, Jacques Rancière, and Sigmund Freud. He has taught at Syracuse London for more than 20 years, including leading courses to Istanbul, Florence, Edinburgh, Yorkshire and the Lake District.
  • Bev Zalcock, ETS430.2: Global Cities & World Cinema
    Professor Zalcock's bio
    Bev Zalcock is a teacher, writer and filmmaker. She has two published film books to her name, as well as numerous academic publications. She is also teaching film at Birkbeck College, University of London.


Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises

  • Tyler Knight, EEE370: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    Professor Knight's bio
    Tyler combines elements of his health, tech, commercial real estate, and management experience to help start-ups embrace macro-trends by taking their innovative ideas to market. He also helps universities keep up with the ever-changing study abroad market.



  • Stephen Hannah, FIN355: Money & Banking
    Professor Hannah's bio
    Stephen Hannah is a freelance economist working as Adjunct Professor for both NYU London and Syracuse London, specialising in macroeconomic and monetary analysis. Stephen has substantial experience in financial markets and public affairs, having formerly been a Chief Economist, Board Director and consultant at several City banks. Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Sussex and University College London, his career began in the UK Parliament as an Officer of the House of Commons. Before entering the City, Stephen lectured at the University of Keele, publishing research on macroeconomic theory and labour markets, and was an Economic Adviser at HM Treasury on econometric modelling, exchange rate regimes, foreign currency borrowing, reserves management and monetary policy.



  • Becca Farnum, GEO304: Sustainability on Trial: Environmental Justice in Northern Europe
    Professor Farnum's bio
    Dr Becca Farnum is an environmental activist-academic currently serving as Assistant Director for Outreach & Engagement at Syracuse University London. Her doctoral research partnered with local organisations in the Middle East and North Africa to explore how communities work with nature to bridge political and cultural divides. Past projects have involved fog-harvesting in Southwest Morocco; peace journalism in Lebanon; conservation diving in Kuwait; and leading an environmental education exchange between Norfolk, one of England’s agricultural counties, and Rogaland, Norway’s oil and gas capital. Becca’s teaching focuses on inclusive learning and transformative pedagogies, supporting students to understand and purposefully impact socio-environmental change.



      • Meghan Callahan, HST400.1: Underground London
        Professor Callahan's bio
        Dr Meghan Callahan is the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning at Syracuse London. She is an art historian who has taught English in Brazil; art history in Italy with Syracuse Florence, and in London with the Workers’ Educational Association and Birkbeck College. Dr Callahan was formerly at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and has also worked with a London art dealer.
      • James Hicks, HST474: A History of London in Eleven Objects
        Professor Hicks' bio
        James Hicks is a London-based art historian. Originally from Virginia, he lectures for the Tate galleries, the National Portrait Gallery, Sotheby’s Institute and various American universities.
      • Joe Kerr, HOA208: An Architectural History of London and HST300.2: London’s Burning: Rebellious Histories
        Professor Kerr's bio
        Joe Kerr trained at University College London and the Bartlett School. He has previously lectured at Middlesex University, the University of North London, and the Royal College of Art, and is now a Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London. His great passions are for architecture and the built environment generally, for landscape and rural life, and for public transport, both as an operative and as an advocate.
      • Maggie Scull, HST300.4: Borders in Flux: Identities and Conflict in Ireland and HST300.6: Death as Political: Violence, Grief, and Protest
        Professor Scull's bio
        Dr Maggie Scull is a modern historian whose work explores religious institutions, secularisation, political violence, sectarianism, and peace. Previously, Maggie held an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at NUI Galway. After graduating from Boston University, Dr Scull earned a Master’s and PhD at King’s College London while beginning her teaching career, which has included work with American students abroad.
        Maggie’s interdisciplinary research explores the relationship religion and politics in the contemporary period. Her current work examines the role of funerals throughout the conflict in Northern Ireland. Oxford University Press published her first book, The Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-98, in 2019. She has been a regular contributor to the international press including The BBC, The Irish Times, and RTÉ Brainstorm.
      • Richard Tames, HST300.3: London’s Living History
        Professor Tames' bio
        Richard Tames has been teaching with the Syracuse London Program since it began more than forty years ago. He read history at Pembroke College, Cambridge, took his postgraduate degree at Birkbeck College, London and is also a qualified Blue Badge London Guide. He is the author of more than twenty books on the history of London, as well as histories of Oxford, Cambridge, Bath – and Japan.


Information Studies

      • Indy Neogy, BUA300.2: From Harry Potter to Airbnb: The Business of Tourism and IST345: Managing Information Systems Projects
        Professor Neogy's bio
        Indy Neogy is an innovation consultant and global culture scanner. Following a business career that has covered six sectors, seven countries and three continents he is now a co-owner of Kiln (www.kilnco.com), an innovation consultancy that ignites creativity in companies by turning trends into objects you can hold. He holds an SB from MIT in Aero/Astro Engineering and an MBA from the University of Leeds. His research interests focus on culture, choice and decision making in business.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies

      • R. Justin Hunt, QSX/SOC/WGS400.1: Sex, Gender & the City and SOC200.1 Business of Nightlife: London Subcultures
        Professor Hunt's bio
        Dr R Justin Hunt is a lecturer and arts professional based in London. He has been teaching at Syracuse University since 2010. He is currently Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art (BA) at The University for Creative Arts (Farnham) and is Relationship Manager (Combined Arts) for Arts Council England. His research is on queer culture and performance, specifically in terms of nightlife and performance spaces in NYC and London.



      • Wahyd Vannoni,  MAR301: Essentials of Marketing
        Professor Vannoni's bio
        Wahyd Vannoni has been developing and implementing successful corporate communications and social media strategies for over 15 years. He does so in several languages and across industries, from telecoms, to finance and engineering. He has also worked with CEOs and company directors in the UK, Italy and North America prepare for key public speaking events. Similarly, he helped a past Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank prepare for media interviews. Wahyd has a BA in Finance from Richmond University and a MBA from Boston University. He was elected member of the board at the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia. He is an occasional columnist for PBS Newshour Making Sen$e and Linkiesta news websites and is a keen footballer.


Native American and Indigenous Studies

      • Becca Farnum, NAT300.1: Climates of Resistance: Environmental Racism and Collective Action
        Professor Farnum's bio
        Becca is an activist-academic specialising in the interaction between environmental, economic, social, and political forces; the intersectionality between oppression and agency for those with marginalised identities; and the interplay between localised movements and transnational discourses.
        Past projects have involved drafting legal policy for the United Nations; community organising around fair housing, workplace discrimination, and environmental rights; and serving a stint in the Obama White House.
        Becca’s teaching focuses on transformative learning, partnering with students to understand and purposefully impact global change in pursuit of sustainable justice.



      • Eric Litwack, IST343: Data in Society and PHI494: Bioethics: Technology, Science and Human Rights
        Professor Litwack's bio
        Dr Litwack is a philosopher and ethicist with years of experience in academia and the private sector. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. He has been an ethics consultant to both industry and the Canadian and UK governments. In addition to general social and moral philosophy, Dr Litwack’s current research interests centre on political theory and the philosophy of technology and architecture. He first taught at Syracuse University in London in January 2013.



      • Ian Hessenberg, PHO204: Introduction to Photography
        Professor Hessenberg's bio
        Ian Hessenberg has worked as a professional photographer in many fields: portraiture, theatre and dance, fashion, advertising, editorial and commercial/industrial photography. He was Head of Photography at The University of The Arts (Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London) and has wide experience teaching students across many disciplines.
      • Simon Periton, PHO204: Introduction to Photography
        Professor Periton's bio
        Simon Periton is a practicing fine artist working in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture and photography. He has exhibited widely in Britain and internationally. As well as many solo exhibitions, Periton’s work has been included in prominent group shows including Undone: Making and Unmaking in Contemporary Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2010, The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives, UK, 2009, Wunschwelten, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 2007, and the 2007 and 2004 Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy, London. Commissions include public sculpture projects for firstsite, Colchester, Essex, Channel Four, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has been recently commissioned by Oxford University as the Site Wide Artist as part of the redevelopment of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. His teaching experience includes Goldsmiths University, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, Sheffield Hallam University and The University of The Arts, London where he also worked in the Photography Department at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for twelve years.


Political Science

      • Karen Bennett, PSC354: Human Rights and Global Affairs
        Professor Bennett's bio
        Dr Karen Bennett received her PhD in Human Rights at London Metropolitan University; MA in International Relations (international communication and international development) at the American University School of International Service in Washington DC; and BA in International Communications at Webster University, studying in St. Louis Missouri and Leiden Netherlands. Karen began her academic work in human rights and international relations in 2003, conducting research and teaching at universities in both the USA and UK. Previous to academia, Karen was a human rights practitioner – working on refugee protection (with the International Rescue Committee in Washington DC and with the US Department of State in Southeast Asia) and monitoring human rights in post-conflict situations (with the United Nations and Organisation for Security and Cooperation, including six years in Bosnia-Herzegovina working as a human rights monitor, researcher, senior manager, and programme evaluator). Karen’s research interests are in human rights cosmopolitanism and the effectiveness of transnational networks as mechanisms for human security, especially in the protection of civil society actors. She has led global research projects, including assessing the European Union’s external relations policies and diplomatic approaches toward the protection and security of human rights defenders. Karen has developed training and action research programmes with civil society individuals and groups, including lawyers, journalists and human rights NGOs, and has led extensive projects in Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to improve the human rights defender protection regime. Karen lives in London (since 2006), and works as a human rights consultant and teaches human rights at Syracuse University London and the University of London School of Advanced Study.
      • Troy Gordon, PSC315: Politics and Media: Mass Persuasion
        Professor Gordon's bio
        Dr Troy Gordon earned a BA from the University of Puget Sound, and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2001-2006, Dr Gordon was Lecturer in Writing Programs at UCLA, and in 2007 he relocated to London to serve as Head of the Media & Communications Department and later as Associate Dean at Hult International Business School.
        In 2012, Dr Gordon took up the post of Academic Director at Syracuse London before stepping into the role of Director, a position he has held since 2014. Dr Gordon researches, teaches and presents on techniques and uses of mass persuasion; the study of mass atrocities and post-conflict societies; critical perspectives on US foreign policy; male/female friendship; study abroad education; and the changing nature of work and organisational life in the 21st century.



      • Lara Frumkin, PSY47: Forensic Psychology: Crime & Violence
        Professor Frumkin's bio
        Lara Frumkin received her BSc. in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith and an MA and PhD at the University of Maryland, both in Social and Community Psychology. Dr Frumkin worked at a non-profit association in Washington, DC prior to a role at the Justice Department with the US Federal Government. She moved to the UK in 2003, and works as a professor of forensic psychology at the University of East London. Her research is in perceptions of eyewitness testimony based on accent and ethnic background, precursors to engagement in terrorist activities, and stereotyping, marginalization and involvement in deviant behaviour.
      • Limore Racin, PSY382: Health Psychology
        Professor Racin's bio
        Limore Racin holds a Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Psychology from University College London, UK (UCL) and obtained further training in Global Mental Health, Trauma & Recovery (Harvard University). As an applied psychologist she has done extensive mental health research throughout different villages of former war-zones in central Mozambique and ethnographic studies throughout Israel. She conducts international consultancies mainly in applied research and in capacity building projects related to mental health, culture, and public health.
      • Catherine Roberts, PSY400.1: Conflict, Trauma and Collective Memory: Psychology and the Great War
        Professor Roberts' bio
        Catherine Roberts was awarded her PhD for a social psychological thesis on the impact of victimisation and has since worked both in the UK and the US as an Independent Research Consultant, primarily in the areas of interpersonal violence, and the evaluation of therapeutic practice and the learning process. She was a founding member of the collective which launched the Rape Crisis movement in the UK, developing crisis and short term focused counselling practice for sexual abuse survivors, and, in the case of Domestic Violence, for offenders too. She was Research Fellow at the Tavistock Clinic in London (a Centre of Excellence for psychodynamic psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychology) from 1996 to 2003, heading a National Research Programme. She began teaching at Syracuse University London Centre in 1994, and has combined experience in research, therapeutic practice and teaching, each supporting the other. Areas of specific interest are victimisation on an interpersonal to global level, co-operation, conflict resolution and empathy. She is currently researching the social psychological aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome, through a professional qualification in Trauma Psychology. A new focus, responding to experience of teaching and counselling, is providing learning support and mentoring for study abroad students at Syracuse London.



      • Dan Wheatley, REL300.5: Beyond Beliefs: Religion & Power
        Professor Wheatley's bio
        Dan Wheatley specializes in British social history and human rights. He was awarded a scholarship to attend a United World College in Southern Africa before attaining a B.A (Honours) in Classical Civilisation and an M.A. in International Relations. He has taught the course on “Multi-Cultural London” at Syracuse London program since 2008. Dan serves as an Adjunct Professor and has another vocation as Senior Diplomatic Officer for the Bahai community of the UK, a religious minority deeply engaged in human rights and social policy issues, working at a high level with government, parliament and international institutions.


School of Art

      • Steve Jeppesen, ART400.1: History of Contemporary Design
        Professor Jeppesen's bio
        In his professional life, Steve Jeppesen combines roles in education with those as designer and artist. Currently he is involved with ethical building projects in Croatia and also runs a London-based company which has re-introduced Sir Frank Bowden’s original “All-Steel” design bicycle to the market.



      • Dan Wheatley, SOC412: Multicultural London
        Professor Wheatley's bio
        Dan Wheatley specializes in British social history and human rights. He was awarded a scholarship to attend a United World College in Southern Africa before attaining a B.A (Honours) in Classical Civilisation and an M.A. in International Relations. He has taught the course on “Multi-Cultural London” at Syracuse London program since 2008. Dan serves as an Adjunct Professor and has another vocation as Senior Diplomatic Officer for the Bahai community of the UK, a religious minority deeply engaged in human rights and social policy issues, working at a high level with government, parliament and international institutions.


Sport Management

      • Genevieve Gordon-Thomson, SPM300.1: Sports in the United Kingdom and SPM300.2: Global Sport Marketing: Case Study Approach
        Professor Gordon-Thomson's bio
        Genevieve Gordon-Thomson has enjoyed a successful career to date teaching sport- and law-related topics at both American and British institutions. Gen is a lawyer with a first degree in Business and a Masters in International Sport Law. She is currently an editor of Law in Sport, co-author of Law for Recreation and Sport Managers, and Director at Tactic Counsel Ltd, a sports law and brand management company.


Television, Radio, and Film

      • Christopher Cook, TRF560: The BBC
        Professor Cook's bio
        After reading English at Cambridge University, Christopher joined BBC TV as a documentary writer/director/producer before moving to Channel 4. He continues to broadcast on politics, the media and the arts for the BBC and is a regular contributor to a number of print publications. Christopher has run a department in one of the London art schools and has been a visiting professor at the London College of Fashion within the University of the Arts. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College in the University of London. He teaches on a number of other Study Abroad programs in London where his life is governed by just three passions, classical music, soap operas and food. But not necessarily in that order!


Women’s and Gender Studies

    • Flora Pitrolo, WGS416: British Masculinity On Screen: James Bond and Sherlock Holmes
      Professor Pitrolo's bio
      Dr Flora Pitrolo is a London-based lecturer and cultural theorist. Alongside her work at Syracuse, she is a Visiting Lecturer at Birkbeck University of London (MA Text and Performance) and at London South Bank University (BA Drama and Performance). Her research investigates performance and modes of representation in European culture from the 1980s to the present, particularly in stage and screen-based media; she is also active as a popular music scholar, and is currently co-editing the volume Disco Heterotopias: Global Dance Cultures in the 1970s and 1980s (forthcoming).