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.


Danna Freedman

Assistant Professor in Chemistry

Danna grew up in a small town in upstate New York that might have more cows than people. She took advantage of the remote location by working at Kopernik Observatory, leading instructional programs for children and vying for telescope time on the 12″ reflector. After high school, she studied at Harvard, doing research in Prof. Hongkun Park’s laboratory studying defect engineering in single-walled carbon nanotubes. She earned her Ph.D. in Prof. Jeffrey Long’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley and afterward moved back to Cambridge, MA to work in Prof. Daniel G. Nocera’s laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she worked on geometric spin frustration in Kagomé lattices and quantum spin liquids. Danna accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, where her laboratory’s research focuses on applying inorganic chemistry to solve problems in physics. When she’s not in lab communicating with her SQUID magnetometer, Danna likes to follow politics, read contemporary fiction, and walk to faraway places.


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.


Marina Henke

Assistant Professor in Political Science

Prof. Henke’s academic expertise is in military interventions, peacekeeping and European security and defense policy. She examines questions such as: Why do military interventions occur? How are coalitions-of-the-willing constructed? And what are the long-term political effects of military interventions? Prior to joining Northwestern University, Prof. Henke was a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She also served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA) and worked with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the German Foreign Office as well as NGOs in Mexico and Argentina. Prof. Henke holds a Ph.D. in Politics and Public Policy from Princeton University, a Double-MS in Development Studies and International Political Economy from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics, and a BA (summa cum laude) in Economics, Politics and Latin American Studies from Sciences Po Paris.


Kevin Leonard

University Library Archivist

Kevin Leonard serves at Northwestern's University Archivist and is responsible for collecting and preserving NU's materials of historical and documentary significance. Included among those are official records of Northwestern as well as personal papers of NU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. A unit of Northwestern University Libraries, University Archives holds a collection measuring approximately 20,000 linear feet in volume (informally speaking, that's a considerable amount) which includes written records, publications, photographs, sound recordings, motion picture films and video recordings, and realia. The collection encompasses both physical and digital formats. University Archives supports and sustains research by students and academics, NU staff and alumni, and the general public. When not occupied by formal duties within Deering Library, you will find Kevin planting the flag of University Archives at a variety of Northwestern events usually associated with alumni activities, the performing arts, and Wildcat athletics. During the summer months you might find him at Wrigley Field, cheering for the Chicago Cubs.


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.


Sarah Pritchard

Dean of Libraries

Since 2006, Sarah Pritchard has administered the Main Library, Deering Library, Mudd Library, Schaffner Library (Chicago), and the Oak Grove Library Center (Waukegan). She also has oversight of the Northwestern University Press and manages shared services with the law, medical and NU-Qatar libraries. She’s also worked at UC Santa Barbara, Smith College, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Library of Congress. Her expertise is in library management, assessment, women's studies, digital systems, collection development and how to organize things (anything). Sarah has a B.A. 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. And in her spare time – hah! – she loves art museums, the Rolling Stones, and blue iguanas.


Jackie Stevens

Professor in Political Science

Jackie Stevens teaches political theory at Northwestern University and is the founding director of the Deportation Research Clinic. She is the author of States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals, and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her research on misconduct in deportation operations has been used by civil rights attorneys to bring successful class action lawsuits against international prison firms.


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

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.