Director of Catering Operations
Executive Assistant to the President
Phyllis S. Bendell
Director of Publications, Managing Editor of Dædalus
Program Coordinator, Education Policy
Eliza Berg is Program Coordinator for Education Policy at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is responsible for coordinating project activities for the Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Higher Education and the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. Prior to joining the Academy in December 2014, she worked for Boston-based international organizations, including Empower Dalit Women of Nepal and the United Nations Association of Greater Boston. Eliza received her B.A. in International Relations with a regional concentration in Africa and the Middle East from Boston University in May 2014. Her research and work has been published by the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies and The International Relations Review.
Manager of Human Resources and Organizational Development
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Susan Chudd is the Manager of Human Resources and Organizational Development at the American Academy. In this role, she manages employee recruiting, onboarding, and benefits; provides support and consultation to staff; and works on projects designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and experience of staff. Prior to joining the Academy, Susan worked at Simmons College as the Director of Student Leadership and Activities. Susan holds an MBA from Simmons College, an MA in Higher Education from Boston College, and a dual degree of a BFA in music performance and a BS in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Chief of Staff
Daniel Cuzzolino is Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at the American Academy. In this role, Daniel provides high-level organizational support to the President in the areas of executive communications, planning, and special projects. Prior to joining the Academy, Daniel served for more than 10 years as an analyst and senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In the latter role, he directed the development of the President’s annual drug policy strategy, which coordinates public health and safety programs among 16 federal departments and agencies. Daniel holds an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in political science from the George Washington University.
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Steven W. Dansby
Director of Finance
Program Director for Humanities, Arts, and American Institutions
Jonathan F. Fanton
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Chief Communications Officer
Alison Franklin is the Chief Communications Officer at the Academy. She has 25 years of experience as a communications professional in academia, government, politics, and the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Academy staff in 2017, she was the Director of Communications at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for six years. Previously, she led communications at City Year, a national service organization. Her experience in the public sector includes four years as an analyst on the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee, six years as communications director and press secretary for the Massachusetts Senate President, and campaign work in California and Massachusetts.
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Senior Research Associate, Humanities Indicators
Program Director, Global Security and International Affairs
Francesca Giovannini is the Program Director for Global Security and International Affairs at the American Academy. In this role, she oversees the projects within the Global Security and International Affairs portfolio. She is also an Associate to the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and an Affiliate to the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, where she was previously a MacArthur Nuclear Postdoctoral Fellow. She has taught undergraduate courses at University of California, Berkeley, and at Oxford University. Prior to completing her PhD at the University of Oxford, Francesca served as a Post-Conflict State-Building Consultant for the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Network program and the United Nations Regional Pacific Center, Suva – Fiji Islands, and as Resident Coordinator Analyst and Post-Conflict State-Building Specialist for the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Beirut, Lebanon. She also served in the Gaza Strip, Turkey and Ghana. She has written and presented on the emerging regional nuclear architectures in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
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Kristin L. Gustafson
Director of Membership Information and Elections
Kristin Gustafson is the Director of Membership Information and Elections at the American Academy. She oversees the membership canvass committees, the sections panels and class committees, the nomination and election process, and the updating and maintenance of data for the entire membership. Prior to coming to the Academy she worked in city government, the software industry, and academia. She earned a master’s degree in intercultural management from the School for International Training, and a B.A. in international studies (with an emphasis on Latin America) from Earlham College.
Program Coordinator, Global Security and International Affairs
Kristin Josti is the Events Coordinator at the American Academy. In this role, she coordinates logistics for local, national, and international Academy events, including the annual Induction weekend. Prior to joining the Academy, she coordinated events at MIT and Stanford University. Kristin received her BA in English from Suffolk University, and her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.
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Program Coordinator for Science, Engineering and Technology
Shalin Jyotishi is the Program Coordinator for Science, Engineering & Technology at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Previously, he served as the Research Assistant for the Academy’s New Models in U.S. Science & Technology Policy project and as a consulting Research Analyst for Innovation Associates. From 2014-2017, he held a secondary research appointment at the University of Michigan where he assisted science policy experts Homer A. Neal, Tobin L. Smith & Jennifer B. McCormick write the 2nd edition of the text, Beyond Sputnik: U.S. Science Policy in the 21st Century (forthcoming MIT Press). Shalin’s background and interests center on the intersection of science, technology and policy and its impact on commerce and communities. He is currently an Editor of the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education and the CEO of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance. Shalin earned his BA in political science and government from the University of Georgia.
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Program Coordinator, Humanities, Education and the Arts
Michele Lavoie serves as the Archivist at the American Academy. In this role, she manages the preservation, digitization, and exhibition of the Academy’s historical records, publications, artifacts, and artwork. She provides operational support by conducting historical research for Academy staff and advises on various aspects of information management. Prior to joining the Academy, she was an archivist for History Associates in Rockville, MD, and the National Sporting Library and the McGhee Foundation, both of Middleburg, VA. Michele has over 15 years of experience in the archival profession, and earned her MLIS with an Archives concentration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Hellman Fellow in Science and Technology Policy
Alison is a Hellman Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the American Academy. She contributes to several projects in the Science, Engineering, and Technology program including the Public Face of Science, the Alternative Energy Future, and New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy. Alison joined the American Academy after completing her doctoral work in cell biology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). As a graduate student, Alison investigated how signaling receptors are delivered to the primary cilium, an antennae-like extension from the cell that plays a critical role in cell signaling. Additionally, she served as a leader for both the Science Policy Group at UCSF and the graduate student-led National Science Policy Group. Alison holds a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of California, San Francisco and a B.A. in biochemistry from Cornell University.
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Niki C. LeFebvre
Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellow
Niki C. LeFebvre is the Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She supports the office of the Academy President in the areas of speechwriting, communications, and management of the Academy’s Exploratory Fund. Niki joined the Academy after completing her Ph.D. in American Studies at Boston University, where her research explored the intersection of politics, international trade, and consumer culture during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Niki has also developed talks and tours at several public historical institutions, including the National Park Service, and holds an M.A. in public history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College.
Peter Ljutich serves as a research associate at the American Academy. In this role, he prepares presidential briefings, new member nominations, and other research projects. He previously served as the Academy’s associate director of foundation and corporate relations. Prior to joining the Academy, he worked at Brandeis University, where he headed the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, as associate director, director, and assistant vice president. He received an A.B. from Rutgers University, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Harvard University, all in European history.
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Senior Editorial Assistant
Membership Engagement Coordinator
Courtney is the Membership Engagement Coordinator at the American Academy. She handles logistics for membership engagement activities and for the regional program committees. Prior to joining the Academy she was an adjunct faculty member at Framingham State University and Tufts University. She continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member in the online Master’s in Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University. Her debut collection of short stories, How They Spend their Sundays (Whitepoint Press, 2013) was nominated for The Story Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her book was inspired by her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho. She holds a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame.
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Morton L. Mandel Director of Membership Engagement
Laurie McDonough joined the American Academy in June 2015 as the Academy’s first Morton L. Mandel Director of Membership Engagement. She designs and implements programs and activities that provide members with more opportunities to connect to the Academy—and to each other. Prior to joining the Academy, Laurie worked in Stanford University's School of Humanities and Sciences for nearly ten years. As associate director of development programs, she led annual giving, outreach events, stewardship, volunteer councils, and administration for the school’s External Relations team. Laurie earned an A.B. in chemistry at Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, working under Academy member Stephen Leone.
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Program Associate, Global Security and International Affairs
Kathryn Moffat serves as the Program Coordinator for Global Security and International Affairs at the American Academy. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating project activities for the Global Nuclear Future Initiative; the Committee on International Security Studies; New Dilemmas in Ethics, Technology and War; and potential new projects. Prior to joining the Academy, Kathryn was a staff intern at the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Kathryn received her M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and her B.A. from the University of Washington in history, Spanish, Eastern European literatures and cultures.
Executive Administrative Coordinator
Associate Director of Development, Director of Institutional Giving
Associate Director of Development; Director of the Annual Fund
Chief Advancement Officer
Director of Events
Director of the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education
John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs
Senior Program Director and Advisor to the President
John Randell leads the Science, Engineering, and Technology program at the American Academy. He is currently the staff director for a multiyear initiative on The Public Face of Science, which is examining the public’s perceptions of the scientific process and exploring how scientific expertise is incorporated into public policy. John was also the staff director for the Academy report Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream. Other Academy projects include a recent report on public trust in childhood vaccinations and a six-year study on the social and regulatory factors that govern the adoption of clean energy technologies. John received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and microbiology from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in virology from Harvard University. From 2003–2009 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Stephen P. Bell at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied the initiation and cell-cycle control of eukaryotic DNA replication. In 2001 he was a visiting assistant professor of microbiology at Kathmandu University Medical School.
Theresa M. Rice
Development Operations and Database Manager
Chief Operating Officer
Mark is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Academy including oversight of member events, the nomination and election process, governance support, finance and administration, human resources, facilities, information technology, and catering operations. Before joining the Academy, he held the position of chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. He also enjoyed a 26-year career with the American Red Cross, working last as the chief operating officer with ARC of Mass Bay in Boston. During this time, he filled the position of interim CEO from January 2001 through January 2002, leading the local unit through its response in support of the families of victims of the September 11 attacks. Before coming to Boston, he was the national Vice President of Chapter Operations at the Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC, and also held other leadership positions in the Red Cross. He holds a BA from the University of Vermont.
Policy Fellow for Humanities, Education, and the Arts
Esha Senchaudhuri is the policy fellow in humanities, education and the arts. She contributes to several Academy exploratory projects including the Responsibility to Protect Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict Zones, the Preservation of Intellectual Legacies in the Digital Age, and the role of the arts in American civic life. Esha works closely with the Commission on Language Learning. Prior to joining the American Academy, Esha worked for a biostatistics firm and was a part-time teaching assistant at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has previously taught at the University of York in Great Britain and Emmanuel College in Boston. Esha holds a PhD in Philosophy from the London School of Economics, an MSc in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in economics and philosophy from Swarthmore College.
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Program Officer for Humanities, Arts, Education, and American Institutions
Natoschia Scruggs is the Program Officer for Humanities, Arts, Education, and American Institutions. She has held many positions over the years in academia, at NGOs, and in government. Just prior to coming to the Academy, Natoschia served nearly five years as principal advisor on research to Ambassador Susan Rice, Ambassador Samantha Power, and Ambassador Nikki Haley at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She has an interdisciplinary PhD in African Diaspora Studies with a focus on global migration, comparative public policy, and women’s studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow and Fulbright Scholar.
Hellman Fellow in Science and Technology Policy
Keerthi is a Hellman Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the American Academy. She contributes to several projects in the Science, Engineering, and Technology program including the Public Face of Science, Human Performance Enhancement, the Alternative Energy Future, and New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy. Keerthi joined the American Academy after completing her doctoral work in immunobiology at Yale University. Keerthi’s thesis research involved studying the recruitment of RAG1 and RAG2—two important proteins of the immune system that help create antibodies—to chromatinized DNA during V(D)J recombination. At Yale, she was the co-president of the Yale Science Diplomats, a science policy group. Leading this organization, Keerthi helped develop a science lecture series for local high schools and the general public, organized policy writing workshops and seminars, and contacted legislators about funding issues concerning biomedical research. Keerthi holds a Ph.D. in immunobiology from Yale University and an A.B. in molecular biology from Princeton University.
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Director of Development
Emmanuel J. Tellez
Membership Information & Elections Coordinator
Senior Program Advisor
Robert B. Townsend
Director, Washington DC Office
Robert Townsend oversees the Washington office of the American Academy and day-to-day work on the Humanities Indicators initiative. Prior to the Academy, he spent 24 years at the American Historical Association, in positions ranging from editorial assistant to deputy director. He is the author of History’s Babel: Scholarship, Professionalization, and the Historical Enterprise in the United States, 1880-1940 (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and author or co-author of over 200 articles on various aspects of history, higher education, and electronic publishing. He received his PhD in history and new media from George Mason University.
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Peter Walton is assistant editor at the American Academy. Peter edits Dædalus, the Bulletin, and reports and research papers produced by the Academy. Prior to joining the Publications Department at the Academy, Peter worked for the Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle and the Seattle Opera. He earned his BA in history and music at the University of Washington.
Jennie Wood is the Development Associate at the American Academy. In this role, Jennie provides a wide range of organizational support for the development team. Prior to joining the Academy in February 2017, Jennie worked for Pearson as a writer and editor. She is a writing instructor at Grub Street, Boston’s independent writing center. Jennie is also an author and graphic novelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Advocate. She holds a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
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