A Distinguished Team Advises WISC on Programs and Participants

A prestigious and diverse Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) counsels the Board of the Women’s International Study Center on its existing and future programs, and reviews potential Fellows and Scholars. The AAC members represent the four areas of interest to WISC. The members are:

Dr. Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., is 2017 Documentarian-In-Residence with the Institute of American Indian Arts' Essential Studies Department, Santa Fe Community Foundation lead designer for the Women of Color Leadership Initiative, and founding convener for the 2017 Black and Indigenous Social Movement Documentarian Summit, to be hosted at Omega Institute.
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Aline brings international, academic and business perspectives to the WISC AAC as a lead economist with the World Bank, where she currently focuses on topics of social assistance, social insurance, and labor markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Aline holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute in Italy.
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Wendy adds to the AAC’s international and business perspective as the World Bank’s Sector Leader for Human Development for Mexico and Colombia. She managed the research agenda of the World Bank’s Caribbean Region’s Gender team for several years, focusing on labor supply decisions, informal labor markets, and household risk management. Her PhD is in labor economics from the University of Illinois.
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Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research centers on the role of visual and material culture in the interactions between the diverse cultural groups of the American west, using close visual analysis, feminist and postcolonial theory, and cultural history to interpret the contributions of art objects to current and historical cultural debates. She was one of the first academics to recognize the significance of the Acequia Madre House™ archives.
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Janice is the Chief Executive Officer of the Special Library Association and was a Cabinet level officer in the Clinton Administration as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. She is an attorney and, with her links to 9,000 special libraries around the globe, brings knowledge of library, archive and research practices.
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Having grown up in Europe and America, Mariko Nagai studied English with concentration in poetry at the New York University where she was the Erich Maria Remarque Fellow. She has received the Pushcart Prizes both in poetry and fiction (nominated five times in total) and has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Arts, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Yaddo, and Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, to name a few. She is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Japanese Literature at Temple University Japan Campus where she is also Director of Research.
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Marni is a professor of history at Princeton University. She received her PhD in history from Yale University and began her career as a photography curator at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas. She later taught American studies and history at Amherst College for twenty years before taking her post at Princeton. Marni consults broadly on issues relating to the use of visual images for historical research and teaching.
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