Alumni Journeys

Learn more about the distinguished faculty representing a variety of disciplines who will accompany many of the tours.

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Phyllis Berger

Phyllis Berger is a practicing fine arts photographer who supervises the photography program in the Homewood Art Workshops and is a full-time instructor in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Bill Blair

Bill Blair

William P. Blair is an astrophysicist and research professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University. He currently splits time between ongoing research projects at Johns Hopkins and as the Project Scientist for User Support for the James Webb Space Telescope project at the Space Telescope Science Institute. For many years Blair worked on the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) project at Johns Hopkins, where he served as head of mission planning from 1996 to 2000 and then as Chief of Observatory Operations from 2000 through the end of the mission contract in mid-2009. Prior to FUSE, Blair worked for many years on another telescope project headquartered at Johns Hopkins. This telescope, called the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope, flew twice on the space shuttle (in 1990 and 1995). Blair is also a user of various instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and other space-based and ground-based facilities.

Upcoming Trips: Family Dude Ranch: Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 1 - 7, 2018

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Eliot Cohen

Elliot Cohen , Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), is the author or editor of eight books.

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Steven David

Steven David is a professor of International Relations and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education at Johns Hopkins University. David specialized on the impact of developing nations on global politics and American interests.

Robert "Tony" Dalrymple

Dr. Robert A. Dalrymple has been the Willard & Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University since 2002. Prior to that time he was the E.C. Davis Professor of Civil Engineering and founding director of the Center for Applied Coastal Research at the University of Delaware, where he taught for 29 years.

Tristan Davies

Tristan Davies is the author of the fiction collection Cake (JHU Press) and, with the late Cortright McMeel, Bluebloodbath (Bare Knuckles Press). His work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Boulevard, The Mississippi Review, Action Yes!, Murdaland, Noir Nation, Seltzer, and the Johns Hopkins Magazine. His honors include a George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Award in Fiction, a Visiting Artist Residency at the American Academy of Rome, a National Forest Service Writer-in-Residence Award, the Advanced Academic Programs Award for Teaching Excellence, and the JHU Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Gabrielle Dean, PhD

Gabrielle Dean is the Curator of Modern Literary Rare Books and Manuscripts for the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins. In the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, she teaches interdisciplinary classes about literature and books as artifacts. Her research focuses on literary and visual culture from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century, especially the influence of photography on readers and writers.

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Lisa DeLeonardis

Lisa DeLeonardis has been the Austen-Stokes Professor in Art of the Ancient Americas at Johns Hopkins University since 2009. Prior to that time, she held a joint curatorial appointment with the Baltimore Museum of Art and was research associate with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), at the National Gallery of Art. She regularly conducts research in South America and lectures and publishes on Latin American art and architecture. DeLeonardis is the recent recipient of the Charles K. Williams II Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation.

Upcoming Trips: Colombia: From San Agustin to Cartagena, March 1 - 12, 2018

Linda DeLibero

Linda DeLibero is the Director of the Film and Media Studies program at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches courses on film history and aesthetics, including Hitchcock and Film Theory, Films of the ’70s, The Actor in Hollywood, and Critical Approaches to Contemporary Film. She earned a BA and an MA in English literature from Case Western Reserve University and an MA in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Since 2011, DeLibero has been a regular film critic and commentator for Midday on WYPR 88.1. She has published widely on contemporary film and media in both popular and academic journals, and lectures at film festivals and conferences around the globe.

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Richard Giarusso

Richard Giarusso is a member of the Peabody Conservatory faculty and teaches classes in 19th and 20th century music. In addition to his scholarly work, he maintains an active career as a singer throughout the Northeast.

Upcoming Trips: Journey Along the Elbe: Berlin to Prague, July 15 - 26, 2018

Earle Havens

Earle Havens is the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts and teaches in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. He is an expert on the Renaissance period, and focuses on the intersection of history, literature, art, and material culture from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. His teaching at JHU covers a range of interdisciplinary subjects, including recent seminars on the art and culture of the Catholic Reformation in Italy, the origin of the museum in the West, the cultural impact of the Printing Revolution, and the history of literary forgery from antiquity to the Renaissance. He has traveled extensively throughout Italy and, in addition to informal discussions of the history of Italy and the Italian Riviera during our tour, will present an illustrated talk on the art, and in particular the sculpture, of Michelangelo in conjunction with our visit to the famous marble quarry at Carrara.

Timothy Heckman

Timothy M. Heckman, the inaugural Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor, is the director of the Center for Astrophysical Sciences and the incoming Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy. In this role he is responsible for promoting and supporting research in astrophysics, for nurturing large-scale projects and providing them with an organizational structure, for providing a forum and a focus for strategic planning, for fostering cooperation between the different elements of the local astrophysics and space science communities, and for providing a structured career path for the non tenure track research staff. The center comprises nearly 80 PhD-level faculty and research staff and 40 graduate students and receives $10 million annually in NASA grants and contracts.

Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson began his teaching career at Howard University in 1997 and is now Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. Known for his extensive scholarship on African-American literature and culture, he is the author of Chester B. Himes: A Biography (W.W. Norton 2017), My Father’s Name: a Black Virginia Family after the Civil War (Chica- go 2012), The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics (Princeton 2010) and Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius, 1913-1952 (Wiley 2002).

Upcoming Trips: On the Road to Freedom: Understanding the Civil Rights Movement, March 18 - 25, 2018

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Franklin W. Knight

Franklin W. Knight is the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History and specialist in Latin America and the Caribbean's social and economic history with an emphasis on the late colonial period, an interest in American slave systems and the modern Caribbean.

JoAnn Kulesza

JoAnn Kulesza

Ms. Kulesza is presently Interim Chair and Music Director of the Opera Department at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins. Well versed in Opera's vast repertoire, she teaches classes in recitative, repertoire and works with collaborative pianists and conductors at the school.  A lifelong lover of choral music, she has led choral groups and presently conducts the Arundel Vocal Arts Society. Since entering the conducting realm, Ms. Kulesza has conducted three world premieres and led as well as played continuo for productions of Mozart, Rossini, and Britten. She has worked with some of the most notable conductors in the field – Loren Maazel, George Manahan, Heinz Fricke, Stephen Lord, Margaret Hillis – and is in demand as a clinician and educator around the country. She made her Opera Omaha debut in February '11, conducting and playing continuo for Mozart's Don Giovanni.

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Stuart "Bill" Leslie

Stuart “Bill” Leslie is Professor of History of Science and Technology and teaches the history of technology, history of science-based industry, regional economic geography, science and architecture.

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Ernest Liotti

Ernest Liotti is both a graduate of and a faculty member of the Peabody Institute, where he studied piano. An instructor in Opera Literature and a choral director, he is also a longstanding faculty member of the Road Scholar at Peabody program where he addresses more than 40 different subjects.

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Louis Maccini

Louis Maccini is Professor of Economics and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Financial Economics at Johns Hopkins, where he has taught since 1969. His major areas of teaching and research interest are macroeconomics and applied econometrics. In his role as host, he will be available to discuss a range of economic issues as well as developments at Johns Hopkins.

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Bruce Marsh

Bruce Marsh is Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and has taught at Johns Hopkins since 1974. He has made nine expeditions to Antarctica and for 20 years has studied and mapped the geology of the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

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Paul Mathews

Paul Mathews, Peab ’98 (DMA), is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Peabody Conservatory and a composer of opera and chamber music. A member of the Music Theory faculty, his published scholarship concerns orchestration and music of the early twentieth century. Local concert-goers may remember Dr. Mathews lecturing for the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

Upcoming Trips: Tuscany, June 26 - July 4, 2018

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Susan McCarter

Susan McCarter has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins since 1988. She has also taught for more than 20 years in the non-credit Osher and Odyssey programs, as well as in the Masters of Liberal Arts degree program. Her background is in Mediterranean Studies (Prehistoric Archaeology) with a focus on the Neolithic period.

Mitchell Merbeck

Mitchell Merback

Mitchell Merback received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1995, and is currently Professor of History of Art at Johns Hopkins. Specializing in northern European Art of the later Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, he is the author of The Thief, the Cross and the Wheel: Pain and the Spectacle of Punishment in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (1999), and Pilgrimage and Pogrom: Violence, Memory and Visual Culture at the Host-Miracle Shrines of Germany and Austria (2013), as well as numerous articles and reviews. He is the editor of Beyond the Yellow Badge: Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture (2008). He is currently writing about Dürer's famous Melencolia I engraving and investigating the role of "recognition" in Christian art; his third book project, Radical German Renaissance: Art, Dissent, and Freedom in the Era of Reform, examines the work of painter-printmakers whose lives intersected with the radical religious movements of the early Reformation.

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Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy is professor of jazz piano, theory and composition at Peabody Conservatory where he received a BMA and MMA in organ performance. He also conducts and arranges for the Peabody Latin jazz ensemble. He has performed and recorded with such Grammy winning Latin artists as Dave Samuels and the Afro Bop Alliance ensemble. For 25 years he has been a member of Palmetto recording artists Rumba Club, a group whose guest artists have included Andy Gonzalez, Nestor Torres and Tito Puente. As a jazz pianist Tim has worked with such artists as Jimmy Heath, Charlie Rouse, Curtis Fuller, Woody Shaw, Pat Metheny and Gary Thomas, As well as performing and conducting Latin jazz, Tim maintains an active career as an organist. He teaches organ and harpsichord at Towson University and is an active recitalist. Tim has held the position of organist at St. Ignatius church in Baltimore since 1983.

Upcoming Trips: New Year's in Havana: A Family-Friendly Program, December 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Phillip Phan

Phillip H. Phan is Professor and Executive Vice Dean at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and Core Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. He held the 2004 and 2005 Haniel Foundation Visiting Chair at Humboldt University in Berlin and was the 2006 Robert Bosch Foundation Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He is Visiting Professor of Medicine at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. His areas of research are in the management of innovation as it relates to new technologies, business processes, and patient safety. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed research articles and has consulted for Fortune 50 companies and numerous agencies. His talks will include entrepreneurship and innovation as an engine of growth in the European Union, the economics of the wine industry with a vertical wine tasting, and disruptive innovation as a means for entrepreneurs to compete with large corporations.

Hollis Robbins

Hollis Robbins, A&S ’83, is Chair of the Humanities Department at the Peabody Institute and incoming Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her work focuses on 19th-century English and American literature and classification culture. The winner of the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award at Peabody, Robbins teaches Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle and On the Origin of Species in courses on Victorian literature. Her recent articles include “William Wordsworth’s ‘We Are Seven’ and the First British Census” and “Killing Time: Dracula and Social Discoordination.” She is co-editor of The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Chris Sands

Christopher Sands

Christopher Sands (SAIS ’94, Ph.D. ’09) is Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins’ Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he is the seventh director of the Center for Canadian Studies, established at the university in 1960. Dr. Sands has led graduate student trips to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City in Canada and last year led students on a study trip to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to consider the potential of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Originally from Detroit, he taught at American University and Western Washington University before joining the SAIS faculty in 2014.

Upcoming Trips: Newfoundland and Labrador, July 28 - August 7, 2018

Alan Shapiro

Alan Shapiro is Professor of Classics and W. H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Classics at Johns Hopkins. A fluent German speaker, he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Munich and has lectured at more than a dozen German and Austrian universities. He has enjoyed extended research leaves in Cologne, Berlin, Freiburg, Würzburg and other university towns and traveled widely throughout Germany. His particular interests in Middle European culture include Wagnerian opera, German Renaissance painting and sculpture, the history of Lutheranism and German regional cuisines.

Ron Walters

Ron Walters is professor of History at Johns Hopkins where he has taught since 1970. His present work divides between his early interest in radical and reform movements and more recent research on 19th- and 20th-century American commercial popular culture. His undergraduate courses focus primarily on U.S. social and cultural history, 1800-1970, cultural pluralism, reform and radicalism, the American west, and popular culture.

Molly Warnock

Molly Warnock

An assistant professor in History of Art at Johns Hopkins University, Molly Warnock specializes in twentieth-century art and theory, with a particular focus on abstraction in Europe and the Americas. The author of Penser la Peinture: Simon Hantai (Gallimard, 2012), she has also published writings in, among other journals, Artforum, Art in America, Les Cahiers du Musee, National D'Art Moderne, Journal of Contemporary Painting, and on nonsite.org, as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues. She has recently completed a second, English-language book manuscript on the Hungarian-born French painter Simon Hantai and is currently at work on a comprehensive study of the American artist James Bishop.

Upcoming Trips: Village Life in Dordogne, May 24 - June 1, 2018