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Mobilities Research & Policy Faculty Advisory Board

Drexel University offers a distinguished group of experts covering a wide range of disciplines relevant to many dimensions of mobilities research, who serve on the Faculty Advisery Board of the Mobilities Center. Our members represent the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Computing and Informatics, the College of Engineering, the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, the School of Public Health, and the Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

Alison Kenner is assistant professor in the Center for Science, Technology and Society, and is an anthropologist trained in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS). She specializes in the study of contemporary health practices, and how biomedical science and emerging technologies shape the way we understand and care for chronic conditions. Her research and teaching focus on 1) environmental health and the politics of care, 2) the spaces in which health and disease are produced (homes, cities, clinics and public health networks), and 3) how embodied experiences of health and disease are technologically mediated. Her current research examines the experiences of asthmatics and how asthma is cared for across different U.S. contexts.

Andrea Forte is assistant professor in the College of Computing and Informatics who studies and designs technologies that support collaboration, cooperation and learning. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award and her research spans the areas of computer-supported cooperative work, social computing and the learning sciences. She received her PhD from the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology in human-centered computing. Forte is interested in understanding new forms of information production and sharing that are made possible by participatory media.

Anil Kalhan is associate professor of law in the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. He has expertise in immigration and citizenship law, constitutional law, international human rights, and criminal law. Professor Kalhan is a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also serves on the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association of New York, the national council of advisors for South Asian Americans Leading Together, and the advisory board of the Discrimination and National Security Initiative of the Harvard University Pluralism Project, and is an affiliated faculty member of the South Asian Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He contributes particular expertise to the mCenter on cross-border issues, human rights and international law.

Anthony H. Grubesic is associate professor in the College of Computing and Informatics and director of the Center for Spatial Analytics and Geocomputation. He also holds appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. His areas of interest include Geographic Information Science (GIScience), urban health, transportation, environmentrics, economic analysis, public policy and spatial analytical methods. His recent research foci include urban health disparities, critical infrastructure, geospatial intelligence, big data and geocomputation, technology policy, crime analysis, and regional economic development.

Brent Luvaas is assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. As a cultural and visual anthropologist, his work investigates the global circulation of style, sound and aesthetics in the digital economy as well as the impact of new media technologies on creative and cultural labor. He has published articles in Cultural Anthropology, Visual Anthropology Review, Asian Music, Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, Clothing Cultures, and The International Journal of Cultural Studies, among other places, and is currently editor of Visual Anthropology Review, the journal of the Society for Visual Anthropology. His first book, "DIY Style: Fashion, Music, and Global Digital Cultures," explores the role of music and fashion in the upward mobility of Indonesia’s emergent middle class and in redefining Indonesia’s stature in the global economy. He is currently finishing a new book on street style bloggers, amateur fashion photographers from cities around the world who are documenting the circulation of trends in real time and working to place their own cities on the fashion industry map.

Eugenia Ellis is associate professor in the Department of Interior Design in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering. She is also a practicing architect who designs energy-conscious buildings shaped by the sun. Her research interests include spatial visualization and three-dimensional imaging, visual perception, natural light and health, and innovative lighting strategies and environmental technology. At intersections of religion, nature and culture, her research investigates (eco)logical building technology, architectural theory and wellbeing with the goal of creating frameworks for the design of smart, sustainable buildings at the nexus of health, energy and technology.

Frank J. Lee is associate professor of digital media in the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, and executive director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio at the ExCITe Center. He is also an affiliated associate professor of Computer Science in the College of Computing and Informatics; of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences; and of biomedical engineering in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. He co-founded the Drexel Game Design Program, which is ranked as one of the "Top 10 Game Design Programs in North America" by The Princeton Review. He holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Video Game, but also has an interest in hand-held mobile games.

Sabrina Spatari is associate professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering. Her research interests are in industrial ecology; development and application of life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) methods for guiding engineering and policy decisions; and specific interest in biomass and bioenergy, biofuels and urban infrastructure. She is a member of two separate research teams that were recently awarded USDA funding for projects involving the production of biofuels. Spatari’s role in both research efforts is to perform life cycle assessment on the production of biofuels generated from switchgrass, equine waste, woody biomass/forestry residue and energy sorghum.

Yvonne Michael is associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. She received her ScD in Epidemiology and Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health, SM in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health and BA in Government from the College of William and Mary. Michael’s research is focused on three primary areas: active aging, women’s health, and health disparities. The unifying theme across these research areas is the use of epidemiology as a method of inquiry to identify social characteristics of communities and individuals and describe the impact of these factors on population health. She has also worked on urban neighborhood walkability measures and has an interest in age-related differential access to mobilities.