Welcome Additions

Introductions of new, tenure-track members of the Boston College faculty

Audrey Friedman

Asst. Prof. Audrey Friedman, a veteran teacher and consultant who received her doctorate in education from Boston College in 1995, has accepted a full-time position at the School of Education after serving as an adjunct faculty member since 1992.

Her research interests include the development of reflective judgment in students and alternative testing in reading, writing, mathematics and science. She is currently involved in training teachers in schools in Boston, Malden and Las Vegas. Among the courses she is teaching this year are Secondary and Middle School English Methods, Reading and Special Needs Instruction for Secondary and Middle School Students, and Senior Seminar in Secondary Education.

Friedman earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1972, a master's degree in reading and language arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, and a master of arts degree in critical and creative thinking from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1991.

Christopher Kelly

Prof. Christopher Kelly (Political Science), a scholar of the 18th-century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, was an associate professor for 19 years at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he chaired the political science department. He is teaching graduate courses this year in Rousseau's "Confessions" and in politics and the arts.

Kelly, who was appointed with tenure, is co-editor of the book series The Collected Writings of Rousseau , and is completing work on his second book on the philosopher.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Yale University in 1972, he earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto in 1973 and 1979, respectively.

Kelly has been a lecturer at the University of Toronto (1975-76), Yale University (1977-79) and Georgetown University (1981-83), and was a visiting associate professor at Dartmouth College in 1988.

Janice E. Jackson

Instr. Janice Jackson joins the School of Education faculty after nearly three years as a deputy superintendent in the Boston Public Schools, where she oversaw general operations as well as curriculum and instruction.

Jackson's research interests include English literacy, multicultural education, curriculum development and school reform, and she has written on the black experience in Catholic schools and on helping African-American students learn standard English. She teaches a class on elementary school learning and curricula, among other courses.

Her professional experience includes service from 1994-95 as deputy and then acting assistant secretary in US Department of Education Elementary and Secondary Education Office. She was executive director of the Office for Black Catholic Concerns at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 1983-87, and coordinator of human relations and of school-based management for the Milwaukee Public Schools from 1987-91.

Jackson is a doctoral candidate in the Urban Superintendents Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Marquette University in 1975, a master's degree in theology from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1988, and a master's degree in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 1989. She also received a degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard in 1992.

Ramón Grosfoguel

Asst. Prof. Ramón Grosfoguel (Sociology) was an assistant professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he was a senior research associate at the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations.

Grosfoguel is teaching courses on the sociology of international development and on the political, economic and cultural processes of "global" cities like New York, Paris and London. His research interests include urban sociology and the migration of colonial peoples of the Caribbean to the United States and Western Europe.

Grosfoguel received his bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico on 1979. He received a master's degree in urban studies and a doctorate in sociology from Temple Univeristy in 1986 and 1992, respectively.

He is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology, Transnational Communities and the Political Economy of New York , as well as a 1997 anthology, Puerto Rican Jam! Rethinking Colonialism and Nationalism .

Qamar-Ul Huda

Asst. Prof. Qamar-Ul Huda (Theology), a specialist in the history of Islam in India and the Middle East, received his doctorate in history from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1997. He is teaching courses on Islam and its sacred texts, while offering perspective on the Muslim faith to students in a core course on comparative religion.

Huda earned a bachelor's degree in comparative religion and international relations from Colgate University in 1990, and a master's degree in Near East history from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1993.

A former editor-in-chief of Jusur: The UCLA Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and managing editor of the Al-Talib Muslim Newsmagazine of UCLA , he has produced a number of articles and conference papers on Sufi mysticism in India and other topics pertaining to Islamic history and culture.
-Mark Sullivan

Welcome Additions is an occasional feature introducing new, tenure-track members of the Boston College faculty.

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