Graduate School of Social Work Assistant Professor Summer Hawkins is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on the impact of policies on disparities in maternal and child health. Hawkins was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for the study "Early Determinants of childhood obesity: Etiology disparities policy analysis." Her current projects involve racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in maternal smoking during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and how state-level tobacco control policies affect maternal smoking during pregnancy. She is the co-author of the article “Do state breastfeeding laws in the USA promote breastfeeding?” published recently in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Hawkins earned her doctorate from the University of London, her master’s from Drexel University, and her bachelor's degree from Vassar College.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause is an expert on international security, Middle East politics, non-state violence, and social movements, and is currently completing a book on the political effectiveness of violence within national movements. He has published articles on US intervention in the Syrian civil war, the politics of division within the Palestinian national movement, the war of ideas in the Middle East, and a reassessment of US operations at Tora Bora in 2001. Krause teaches International Relations of the Middle East, Terrorism, Insurgency, and Political Violence and Introduction to International Studies. A former research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies of Brandeis University, Krause holds a doctorate from MIT and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Hao Wu earned a PhD from Ohio State University in 2012. Wu's research interests include evaluation of statistical models in Psychology. Wu is particularly interested in issues such as how to compare multiple statistical models, how to account for the fact that models are not exactly true in reality, and how to handle nonlinear relations or non-normal distributions.
"Welcome Additions," an occassional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College. (Photos by Lee Pellegrini)