MemberDaniel Skinner

Daniel Skinner, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Dublin, Ohio, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University (at Nationwide Children’s Hospital), and Assistant Director of the Health Policy Fellowship, a certificate program of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. His areas of expertise include health care politics and policy; the politics of medicine and disease; hospital-community relations; and health care for vulnerable and underserved populations.

MemberAngela Cassidy

…oefert K, Woods A (2017). (2017). Animal roles and traces in the history of medicine, c.1880–1980. BJHS Themes, 2, 11-33. DOI: 10.1017/bjt.2017.3 OA.
Cassidy, A., Lock, S. and Voss, G. (2016) Sexual Nature? (Re)presenting Sexuality and Science in the Museum, Science as Culture, 25:2, 214-238, DOI: 10.1080/09505431.2015.1120284
Cassidy, A. (2015) ‘‘Big Science’ in the Field: Experiments, expertise and policy on badgers and bovine TB’ History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 37(3), Sept. 2015, 305-325. DOI: 10.1007/s40656-015-0072-z OA 
Cassidy, A., & Mills, B. (2012). “Fox Tots Attack Shock”: Urban Foxes, Mass Media and Boundary-Breaching’. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 6(4), 494–511.
Cassidy, A. (2012) ‘Vermin, Victims and D…

I specialise in science and technology studies, with particular  interests in contemporary history of science, technology and medicine; expertise and policy; science communication, engagement and participation; environmental and agricultural politics; and interdisciplinarity. My research explores how scientific knowledge is produced, communicated, interpreted and contested in the wider public sphere during public knowledge controversies. I have explored these dynamics through case study investigations of popular evolutionary psychology, as well as food chain risks. I am also interested in cross-disciplinary interactions across health, agriculture and the environment, particularly in terms of ‘One Health‘ agenda building. I have recently completed a Wellcome Trust Fellowship investigating the history of bovine TB in the UK since c. 1965 and debates over whether to cull wild badgers in order to control the disease in domestic cattle. This work has just been published in a new open access book: Vermin, Victims and Disease: British Debates over Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). You can see further details of my publications here and on Google Scholar. As an extension of my interests in public engagement, I chair the Science in Public Research Network – a cross disciplinary meeting space for academics and professionals interested in science, technology and medicine in the public sphere.

MemberMeral Ekincioglu

Trained as an architect, I am a scholar with a Ph.D. degree and my scholarly endeavor is based on problem-centered research in architecture. More specifically, I am a scholar in postwar architecture history and the subjects of my current academic study are politics of gender, multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion in my expertise field. In this respect, I conducted my advanced academic research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture Program for two years after my Ph.D. degree in Architecture at Istanbul Technical University. My scholarly project brings into focus a critical insight into the politics of gender in institutional policies, academia, the profession, education, history and history-writing, and examines cross-cultural relations and transnational (design) practice in postwar architecture. Following my productive research process at MIT, I am currently developing the manuscript for my book, and conducting my new research project to “unfold” how diverse and inclusive historical documentation practice in archives and collections at (multicultural) pioneering schools of architecture in the US. Prior to the MIT-HTC, I was research scholar at the Columbia University, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Ph.D. Program, and research fellow at the Harvard University, History of Art and Architecture, Ph.D. Program for my Ph.D. dissertation research studies. Based on my advanced academic and archival research during my studies at the MIT-HTC Program, I presented my scholarly project and findings at the MIT-HTC Program (2016), the International Women in Architecture Symposium at Virginia Tech. (2017), the MIT-Women’s and Gender Studies Program Intellectual Forum Series (2017), the Women’s Studies Speaker Series organized by Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY-Graduate Center (2017), Harvard University for a talk series organized by New England Turkish Student Association (2017), the 71st Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) – Annual International Conference where I was awarded by a SAH Fellowship (2018), and  was a panelist at “A Convergence at the Confluence of Power, Identity and Design” organized by the Women in Design Group at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (2018). In addition to my presentations and talks on my expertise field, I was invited to “A Square and Half – The Colors, A Tribute by Ivaana Muse” as a panelist at the MIT Museum (2018), presented my recent research study and findings at WikiConference North America at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2019), and at the 51st NeMLA Convention titled “Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures” organized at Boston University (2020). On my most recent research project, my conference abstract was officially accepted by “Midwest Archives Conference, Annual Meeting” (2020), and I will be speaking at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting. (2020), and Society of American Archivists, 2020 Research Forum, “Foundations and Innovations”. Prior to these, I presented my papers at “Media in Transition 5 and 6”, two international conferences organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Comparative Media Studies (2007 and 2009), and discussed historical progress of professional architectural journalism, the important role of journalistic criticism in postwar Turkey, and recent developments in architectural media in the country. In my expertise field, I am an author and a contributor of two international publication projects on women architects (forthcoming 2021). In order to stimulate critical awareness of gender and women in architecture (in its profession, practice, education, history and historiography), and to give an impetus for new collections in those fields, I created and developed the collection, “Women in Modern and Contemporary Territories of Turkish Architecture” at MIT. Conducted for Archnet, online source of MIT and named one of the top 20 architecture websites by the Global Grid in 2016, this is the first project on documenting the leading figures of the first and the second generations of Turkish women architects as a digital collection, open to international scholars and based on my scholarly research, literature review and texts. In addition, I am a certificate holder by Consortium for Graduate Studies, Gender, Culture, Women & Sexuality (GCWS) at MIT. For more, please:

MemberHussein Rashid

Hussein Rashid, PhD, is founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. He works with a variety of NGOs, foundations, non-profits, and governmental agencies for content expertise on religion broadly, with a specialization on Islam. His work includes exploring theology, the interaction between culture and religion, and the role of the arts in conflict mediation. Hussein has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, a Masters in Theological Studies focusing on Islam, and an MA and PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, focusing on South and Central Asia from Harvard University. He is a contingent faculty member and has taught at Hofstra University, Fordham University, Iona College, Virginia Theological Seminary, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, SUNY Old Westbury, Barnard College, Columbia University, and The New School. His research focuses on Muslims and American popular culture. He writes and speaks about music, comics, movies, and the blogistan. He also has a background in South and Central Asian studies, with a deep interest in Shi’i justice theology. He has published academic works on Muslims and American Popular Culture, Malcolm X, qawwali, intra-Muslim racism, teaching Shi’ism, Islam and comics, free speech, Sikhs and Islamophobia, Muslims in film, and American Muslim spaces of worship. His current project focuses on the role of technology in teaching religion. He is a fellow with The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship, the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and the Truman National Security Project. He was a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, and a term member on the Council of Foreign Relations. He is on the advisory boards of The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Building Bridges Program), Sacred Matters, Anikaya Dance Theater, the Tanenbaum Center, and Al-Rawiya. He served on the advisory board of Project Interfaith, Everplans, Intersections International, Deily, and the British Council’s Our Shared Future Program. He is currently working with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert. He was on the editorial boards of Religion Dispatches, The Islamic Monthly, and Cyber Orient, in addition to being an emeritus scholar at State of Formation. Hussein appears on mainstream media, including CNN, Channel 4 (UK),  Al-Jazeera America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and has published at On Faith (Washington Post), Belief Blog (CNN), On Being (NPR), The Revealer, and as a contributor to Religion News Service.

MemberIan Cummins

I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Salford. My main research revolves around the experiences of people with mental health problems in the Criminal Justice system. This includes all areas of the CJS but I have focused on policing and mental illness.  I argue the CJS has become, in many incidences, the default provider of mental health care. In the area of social theory, I am influenced by Wacquant’s analysis of  processes of advanced marginality.and the development of the penal state. I have used has Jonathan Simon’s notion of “governing through crime”  to the analysis of the history of community care. I am exploring social work’s response to poverty. I am working with colleagues to explore societal obsession with violent crime. Like all right thinking people, I am slightly obsessed with the Wire.