Faculty

Faculty teaching academic courses in the GGE Summer Program are college professors with Ph.D.s who are recognized experts in their fields and award-winning teachers from some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities. They have been carefully selected for their internationally-recognized expertise in their research areas, as well as for their effectiveness, enthusiasm, and dedication in the classroom.

Patricia Berman (Art History)

Patricia Berman GGE Summer School
Dr. Patricia Berman is the Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. She researches the visual culture of art from the late 19th century through present-day with a focus on  European and Scandinavian art at the turn of the century. Dr. Berman is a member of the Board of Trustees at the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

Drew L. Harris (Business Fundamentals)

Dr. Drew Harris is Professor of Management at Central Connecticut State University. He earned a BA in Mathematics at the University of West Florida and his M.B.A. (Statistics) and Ph.D. (Management) from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Before embarking on his academic career, Professor Harris worked in New York City as an information systems consultant and executive for Arthur Young & Company, Morris Decisions Systems and as president/founder of the management consulting firm Haas Partners. He has written extensively on human resource management, public policy, entrepreneurship and pedagogy and co-authored the book Managing Quality: A Primer for Middle Managers and a chapter on Strategic Human Resource Management in the popular Portable MBA series. Dr. Harris is also a musician (clarinet and zurla), a founding member of the Balkan brass band, Zlatne Uste, and plays now with brother Laine in the Harris Brothers Band.

Heba El-Shazli (International Relations & Politics)

Dr. Heba F. El-Shazli is Assistant Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on International Relations Theory, Politics, Government and Society of the Middle East, and Political Islam. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (SFS). Dr. El-Shazli has 28 years of experience in civic and union organizing, institution building, leadership skills training, labor education and training methodologies, political advocacy, and development, implementation and management of international programs. An Egyptian-born, naturalized American citizen, El-Shazli was educated in Egypt, England, and the United States. Her work with trade unions, political institutions, political parties, and NGOs has taken her to Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucuses, Iran, South America, Western Europe, the United States, and to the Middle East and North Africa. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (www.cfr.org). Fluent in three languages (Arabic, French and English), El-Shazli holds a Ph.D. in Government and International Affairs, from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. She also holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown. (https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/nefertari/).

Janet Stark (College Bootcamp)

Janet Stark has been providing Admissions Consulting services (tutoring, advising, and helping with applications) for over 20 years. Prior to and concurrent with her admissions advisory work, she has also held senior marketing positions in both large and entrepreneurial organizations including General Foods (now Kraft), Nestle, AFS, Zing (a cable start-up) and McKinsey. Additionally, Janet has worked as a member of NYU-Stern’s Admissions Committee. Her breadth and depth of experiences have been invaluable to her clients as their job is to “market” themselves to the schools. And, unlike competitors, Janet does not have people working for her. Janet earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. As a founding member of the board of the HBS Women’s Association of metropolitan New York she maintains close ties to the school. She also holds a BS in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and a MSW from University of Michigan.

Benjamin Dirks (Digital Photography)

Benjamin Dirks is a professional photographer living in Berlin. He studied History and English at Greifswald University and Photography at the innovative Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Design Thinking School and City University of New York. He has developed a singular, creative, and exciting approach to teaching digital photography that equips students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of digital technology and perceptual psychology. This foundation enables students to begin thinking like professional photographers and to conceive and arrange their images – whether landscape, portrait, still life, or action – with clarity and purpose.