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Dec. 14, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 8

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Asst. Prof. Jennifer Allen (CSON)
PhD, Harvard School of Public Health
Research Interests: Development and evaluation of community-based approaches to cancer prevention among medically underserved populations.
Courses: Nursing Research Methods, Advanced Practice in Community Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing Clinical.

For the past 13 years, Allen has been an investigator in the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently working on a number of research studies with a goal of contributing toward the elimination of disparities in cancer morbidity and morality. In addition to holding bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Boston College, she earned a master's degree in public health and doctorate in health and social behavior and maternal and child health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Assoc. Prof. Gauvin Alexander Bailey (Theology)
PhD, Harvard University
Research Interests: Intersection of art and Catholicism in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, especially in Italy, Latin America and Asia.
Courses: Introduction to Christian Theology I and II (Western Art and Christianity); Saints and Sinners: Religion in Caravaggio's Italy; Art and Catholic Missions/Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Bailey is the former Luce Visiting Professor in Scripture and the Visual Arts at Boston University and was program director in art history and associate professor of renaissance and baroque art at Clark University. He has curated or co-curated a number of museum exhibitions, including "Saints and Sinners: Art and Culture in Caravaggio's Italy" at Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art in 1999. He is working on two new books, The Mestizo Style Churches of Colonial Peru and Baroque & Rococo.

Prof. James Morris (Theology)
PhD, Harvard University
Research Interests: Islamic theology and philosophy.
Courses: The Religious Quest: Comparative Perspectives; Encountering the Qur'an: Contexts and Approaches; Mystical Poetry in the Islamic Humanities.
Morris' teaching career includes the University of Exeter in England, where he taught and directed graduate studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, as well as stints at Oberlin, Temple, Princeton and the Institute of Ismaili Studies in Paris and London. He earned a Danforth Fellowship and Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in addition to foreign research fellowships in Iran, Egypt, France and Morocco. His publications on Islamic religion and philosophy include the books Knowledge of the Soul and The Reflective Heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn 'Arabi's 'Meccan Illumination.'

Prof. Thanh V. Tran (GSSW)
PhD, University of Texas at Arlington
Research Interests: Cross-cultural research methodology; evidenced-based research and evaluation; mental health services research.
Courses: Research Methods.
Tran returned this fall to the Graduate School of Social Work, where he taught from 1988 until 2001, when he left to become director and professor at the California State University-Los Angeles School of Social Work. Tran, who coordinates GSSW faculty research, has served as principal or co-principal investigator of nearly a dozen research and training grant activities in recent years, involving such areas as mental health research infrastructure programs, child welfare training contracts, and health care needs of Vietnamese-Americans, elderly Russian immigrants and refugees, and elderly Chinese-Americans, among others. -Reid Oslin

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