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11/13/13
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By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Nov. 13, 2013

After nearly a decade as a clinical assistant professor in the Connell School of Nursing, this fall Holly Fontenot became a tenure-track assistant professor. She coordindates CSON’s women’s health nurse practitioner program and teaches Advanced Practice in Women’s Health Nursing. Fontenot’s clinical and research interests are in HPV (human papillomavirus) and the intersection of violence and women’s health. She is a women’s health nurse practitioner at the Sidney Borum Health Center, where she supervises graduate students on clinical rotations, and served as a sexual assault nurse examiner for Massachusetts. Her research has been published in the Journal of Forensic Nursing, Journal of Nurse Practitioners and Nursing for Women’s Health, among other publications. Her awards include National Academies of Practice Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow this year and the March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter Nurse of the Year in 2012. In addition to her master’s and doctoral degrees from BC, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing/Mercer University.

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A scholar in such areas as early modern European social history, Britain and the British empire, social history of the economy, and urbanization and migration, Assistant Professor of History Penelope Ismay spent the previous academic year as a visiting scholar at the Center for British Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees. Ismay’s academic and professional honors include a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, an Institute of European Studies Dissertation Fellowship, and an Anglo-American Fellowship at Pembroke College in Cambridge, England. Her credentials also include a military background: She earned a bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy and served on the USS Constellation and the USS John Young.

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Assistant Professor of Political Science Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner — with a doctoral degree in comparative politics and political economy and a master’s degree in city planning, both from MIT — studies issues related to international development, state-civil society relations, political participation, local governance and decentralization, and public service delivery in developing countries, with a regional focus on South Asia. Her research and professional experience includes stints with Oxfam America, WaterAid-Mozambique, the Washington Office on Latin America, the Urban Justice Center and Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, as well as dissertation fieldwork in a rural area of India. This fall, Kruks-Wisner is teaching Politics of India: Challenges of Democracy and Development and in the spring will lead a seminar for juniors and seniors titled The State and Civil Society.

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Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Tam Nguyen’s research interest is in chronic disease management and health literacy in vulnerable or immigrant populations, particularly high blood pressure control among Vietnamese Americans. Nguyen received a joint master’s degree in nursing and public health and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University — where she served as a faculty research associate in the School of Nursing and as a critical care nurse at the John Hopkins Hospital — and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. She has been published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and Diabetes Educator. Nguyen is serving as a mentor in CSON’s KILN (Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing) program and teaching Research Methods for Evidence-based Nursing Practice and Theoretical Foundations in Public, Community and Family Health.