Visiting International Scholars 2013

Thomas Anamooh, Ghana, School of Divinity,

Lars Bergqvist and Sofia Wernquist Orberg – Sweden, School of Engineering/Sister Kenny Institute

Chong Xu – China, School of Engineering

Barbara Luppi

Adjunct Faculty, Assistant Professor in Political Economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

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Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political SciencePh.D., University of BolognaM.Sc., London School of Economics and Political ScienceLaurea, University of Bologna

Dr. Soraya Castro

Professor and senior researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Relations in Havana will be lecturing and working with UST faculty until Fall, 2013.

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In addition to Cuba-U.S. relations, Castro also specializes in U.S. domestic politics, including elections and Congress. She has visited St. Thomas twice before, in 2002 and 2008.
Castro holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Havana, a degree in international law from the Institute of Foreign Relations in Moscow, and did post-doctoral studies at the University of Bologna in Italy.

Jason Felch

Investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times

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Award-winning investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times and co-author of Chasing Aphrodite, which detailed the acquisition of illegally excavated and imported antiquities at several museums around the world.  This book is also required reading in the Art History department's methodology classes, highlighting the importance of preserving art and protecting archaeological sites.

Victoria Reed

Sadler Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Victoria Reed of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) researches and curates art for a living. She researches provenance of art, the chronology of the ownership, custody or location of historical artworks. Her realm is the MFA’s vast collection, as well as objects curators are considering adding to it.

Cori Wegener

Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, Office of the Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution

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Cori Wegener is an expert in cultural heritage in art, and has worldwide experience in protecting cultural heritage both home and abroad.  She previously worked for the Civil Affairs branch of the Army Reserve, and was called into action to work with the Iraq National Museum staff after the 2003 lootings in Iraq.  Subsequent roles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the US COmmittee of the Blue Shield helped prepare her for her current role at the Smithsonian Institution.

Dr. Kimberly Cleveland

Assistant Professor, African and African-American Art History, Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University

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Prof. Cleveland’s main research interests are modern and contemporary Afro-Brazilian art. Her doctoral dissertation entitled "New Center, Old Periphery: Race, Identity, and Regional Thematic Influences in Afro-Brazilian Art," explores Afro-Brazilian art through the lenses of African and Modern Latin American art history and features the work of Abdias do Nascimento, Ronaldo Rego, Eustáquio Neves, and Rosana Paulino. She is particularly interested in examining the implications and restrictions of the Afro-Brazilian artistic category in relation to national artistic production. Cleveland has been going to Brazil since 2003 and won a Fulbright fellowship for her doctoral research. Other research interests include connections between Afro-Brazilian art and international politics in the 1960s and 1970s and artwork from Lusophone Africa.

Juan Alvarez

Professor of Fundamental Philosophy in Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences at Francisco de Vitoria University, Madrid

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Juan Jesús Álvarez Álvarez was born in Lillo (Toledo), Spain in 1963. He has a  PhD. in Philosophy and Educational Sciences from the Complutense University and is a Professor of Fundamental Philosophy in Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences at Francisco de Vitoria University, Madrid. At Francisco de Vitoria University he has taught Anthropology (I and II) and Ethics. He has also been a professor of Political Philosophy in “Master of Political Action and citizen participation in the Civil Society,” offered by several universities and other Spanish and international corporations. Currently, he´s teaching Epistemology and Natural Theology in the Masters Program of Humanities and Philosophy.


He is a member of the Economics and Socials Studies Institute, and of the Editorial Board in the “Mar Océana” Review. He has written several books and many articles in national and international reviews.


Professor Álvarez will be at the University of St. Thomas Center of Catholic Studies during the fall semester of 2013. He is collaborating with the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought in its projects with emphasis on the identity of a Catholic university.

Ramazan Bozkurt

Research Assistant and Ph.D. student in Finance, Erzincan University

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Ramazan Bozkurt completed his BS degree in Business at Erciyes University, Turkey in 2008 and MA degree in Accounting and Finance at Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey in 2010. He currently works on his PhD degree in Finance at Erzincan University, Turkey. He is investigating the existence of overreaction hypothesis in the short-  and long-term in  Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE), and whether the market is efficient in weak-form.