PARC has a group of over a dozen fellows, faculty at Northwestern who teach a variety of subjects, from political science to chemistry to journalism, and who are at your fingertips as resources throughout your time at Northwestern, and will be coming in several times over the course of the year to present their research and just chat with PARC members.

A complete list of PARC's fellows with their pictures and biographies is below.

Raquel Amorese

Assistant Professor in Spanish and Portuguese

Raquel Amorese is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese where she teaches introductory and intermediate Spanish and Portuguese courses. Raquel currently coordinates the Portuguese Language Program. She received a M.A. in Portuguese Language and Literature from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil in 2000 and a M.A. in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from Baylor University, TX in 2004. She also pursued graduate studies towards a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University, TN. Prior to teaching at Northwestern University Raquel taught courses in Portuguese and Spanish at Baylor and Vanderbilt universities, and for three years she served the College of The Albemarle in North Carolina. Raquel’s research interests are in Latin American Literature and Second Language Acquisition. She has a special interest in Latin American literature of the twentieth century, more specifically in literature written by women. Raquel is passionate about teaching Spanish and Portuguese and is always looking for professional development opportunities in the field. She enjoys traveling and watching foreign movies.


Gail Berger

Assistant Professor of Instruction in Industrial Engineering and Management

Gail Berger received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and holds a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University and a B.A./B.S. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Boston University. She has blended her background in education, business and psychology to create a powerful approach to her teaching that focuses on conflict resolution, team building and leadership development. On the home front, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, ages 11, 9, and 6. She is also and an avid skier, but does not have an opportunity to ski nearly as often as she’d like because of the lack of mountains in the Midwest.


Desiree Hanford

Lecturer in Journalism

Desiree Hanford is a lecturer at Medill, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that include news reporting and business and money reporting. She is the co-faculty adviser for the Northwestern Business Review and the faculty adviser for the student chapter of the Association of Women in Sports Media. In addition, Desiree is a contributing editor for a B2Bpublication. Outside of Medill, Desiree was an equities reporter for Dow Jones & Co. for more than 10 years, where her work appeared on Dow Jones Newswires, The Wall Street Journal and other national publications. She also worked for the Associated Press and other news organizations and magazines, and she has freelanced for several publications, including The New York Times. Desiree has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree, with an emphasis in magazine publishing, from Medill.


Harriet Lightman

Senior Librarian/History Subject Specialist

Harriet Lightman is the librarian for history, American Studies, and German. She can help navigate the mysteries of online resources, bibliographic citations, and other library services and resources. Visit her in person in the library (2nd floor/east tower), or online at


Thom McDade

Professor in Anthropology

Thom McDade is a biological anthropologist who conducts research on how social, economic, and cultural contexts shape human biology and health over the life course. Much of this work focuses on the long-term effects of early environments, stress and health, and the integration of biological measures into population-based, social science research. He is director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research, and of Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health.


Julie Windsor-Mitchell

Director of the University Christian Ministry

Rev. Julie Windsor Mitchell has been Campus Minister at University Christian Ministry at Northwestern for 20 years (the gray house next to Allison). She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ with full standing in the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church (USA). She loves working with young adults to explore religion, spirituality, and vocation. She is especially passionate about about queer theology and interfaith dialogue. She has a BA from Brown University in Religious Studies and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. During vacations, she loves to travel internationally with husband and two sons, learning more about other cultures and people. Contact Julie at

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Sarah Pritchard

Dean of Libraries

Sarah M. Pritchard has been the Dean of Libraries and the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian at Northwestern University since 2006. She administers the Main Library, Deering Library, Seeley G. Mudd Library, the Schaffner Library (Chicago), and the Oak Grove Library Center (Waukegan). Pritchard also has oversight of the Northwestern University Press and manages shared services with the law, medical and NU-Qatar libraries. Previously she was University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Director of Libraries at Smith College; associate executive director at the Association of Research Libraries; and a specialist in reference and collection development at the Library of Congress. She has authored dozens of articles and reviews, and served as editor and advisor on many publishing projects. She represents Northwestern’s libraries in regional and national associations including the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Chicago Collections Consortium, the Association of Research Libraries, and others. She has lectured and consulted internationally on library management, assessment, women’s studies, digital systems, collection development and other professional issues. Pritchard received her B.A. degree in French & Italian from the University of Maryland, and master’s degrees in French and in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She grew up in Massachusetts, Italy, California and Maryland.

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Mesmin Destin

Associate Professor of Psychology & SESP

Mesmin Destin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the School of Education & Social Policy, and a faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research. He generally studies how students develop their goals and what types of supports help them along their paths. Mesmin teaches a course on Identity & Motivation, and he enjoys taking advantage of living in Chicago, practicing his French, playing the piano, and a good game of recreational soccer. Contact him at:


Jessica Biddlestone

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Jessica is a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies. Her dissertation, Empire of Ruins: France in Roman Africa, 1830-1900, examines how the Roman precedent informed French imperialism in Algeria and Tunisia in the nineteenth century. This spring, she’ll being teaching a freshmen seminar on Modern France. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction, exploring Chicago, and hanging out with her dog and cat.

Affiliated Graduate Students


Josh Basseches

PhD Candidate in Sociology

Josh Basseches's current research focuses on the politics of legislation to combat climate change, which has been enacted predominantly in U.S. statehouses, not the U.S. Congress, specifically examining the roles of state legislators, executive branch administrators, social movements, and a range of other interest groups. He also studies economic considerations associated with the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.


Sean Harvey

PhD Student in History

Sean Harvey is a PhD candidate in history at Northwestern University whose main interests include environmental history, the North American West, and the U.S.-Mexico border. His dissertation is titled “Assembly Lines: Maquilas and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.” It locates the origins of maquiladora plants—which are export-oriented assembly factories along the U.S.-Mexico border— in the environmental and economic policies of the New Deal and Great Society. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Sean now lives in Chicago with his wife, son, three cats, and turtle. In his spare time, he enjoys baking, collecting FUNKO Pops, unabashedly listening to pop-punk classics from the 1990s, and spending time with his family.