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25 Years

Teaching Faculty & Visiting Scholars

Teaching Faculty

Brewer, Rose

Teaching Faculty 

Research Interest: economy & culture, Black family life, Black women’s studies

Brown, Karen

Teaching Faculty 

Director, ICGC

Director of Graduate Studies and Senior Lecturer, Development Studies and Social Change Graduate Minor Program

MDP Program Co-Chair

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Karen Brown is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), where she directs international and interdisciplinary education and research programs including the ICGC Scholar and Mellon Scholars fellowship programs and a partnership with the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Dr. Brown also co-leads the systemwide Sustainable Development Goals Initiative. In her ICGC role, she co-chairs the Master of Development Practice degree program in international development studies with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, serves as the Director of Graduate Studies and teaches in the ICGC Development Studies and Social Change (DSSC) Ph.D. minor program, and also serves as a Graduate Faculty member in Feminist Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Dr. Brown’s past positions include Assistant Vice President for International Scholarship (2012-2015) in which she directed the University’s system-wide Global Spotlight grants program to support international and interdisciplinary research and Special Assistant for International Scholarship in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Dr. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Minnesota) with concentrations in International Relations and Comparative Politics. She also earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies (University of Minnesota) and a B.S. in Chinese (Georgetown University). Her academic interests focus on gender and public policy in global context, international women's and children's human rights, girls in international policy, and international research ethics and methods.

Selected publications:

“The Rise of Interdisciplinarity:  Implications for Promoting Advanced Specialized Knowledge at Public Research Universities,” with Karri Holley, in Robert H. Bruininks, Robert J. Jones, Andrew Furco and Kateryna Kent, eds., Re-Envisioning the Public Research University: Tensions and Demands. New York: Routledge, 2022.


“Global girl policy and the Girl Effect: gendered origins and silences,” in Deborah Levison, Mary Jo Mayes and Frances Vavrus, eds., Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents: Innovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time, Palgrave MacMillan, 2021.


“Young Women in UN Peace and Security Policy: At Risk or In the Lead?,” in Katrina Lee-Koo and Lesley Pruitt, eds., Young Women & Leadership: New Directions in Sustaining Movements for Change?. New York: Routledge, 2020.


“The Master of Development Practice (MDP): Reflections on an adaptive and collaborative program strategy to develop integrative leaders in sustainable development” with David Wilsey, Glenn Galloway, George Scharffenberger, Claire Reid, Nina Miller, Katherine Snyder, and Larry Swatuk, in K. Kremers, A.L. Leipens & A.M. York, eds., Developing Change Agents: Innovative Practices For Sustainability Leadership. Minneapolis, Minnesota, ANGLES Press, 2019.


“A Retreat from International Human Rights is not Gender Neutral,” with Robin Skrebes, Amanda Lyons and Barb Frey, The Gender Policy Report, May 8, 2017.


”Wither Gender in U.S. Trade and Development?” with Cosette Creamer, The Gender Policy Report, January 16, 2017.


“Gender and International Relations.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press, 4-27-17.  DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756223-0211

Courses taught:

Doctoral Research Workshop; Global Survey of Gender and Public Policy; Scholarship and Public Responsibility; Ways of Knowing

Research Interest: feminist international relations, gender and politics, international human rights, international research ethics

Condit-Shrestha, Kelly

Teaching Faculty 

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Kelly Condit-Shrestha is a transnational U.S. historian of migration, childhood, adoption, critical race, and Asian American studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her work has been featured in zeitgeschichteAdoption & CultureYouth Circulations, and U.S. History Scene. Her most recent publication is the chapter contribution, “Archives, Adoption Records, and Owning Historical Memory,” in the edited volume Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents: Innovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Adoption and American Empire: Migration, Race-Making, and the Child, 1845–1988.

Johnstone, Christopher

Teaching Faculty 

Research Interest: Inclusive education, development internationalization of higher education, intersection of diversity, equity, and internationalization

Sumida Huaman, Elizabeth

Teaching Faculty 

Associate Professor

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Research Interest: Comparative Indigenous education research, indigenous knowledge systems, nature-mediated education/place-based education/decolonial education,i ndigenous women’s narratives and transformative human rights

Wilsey, David

Teaching Faculty 

Program Director, MDP Program

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David Wilsey is the Program Director for the Master in Development Practice (MDP) program, which is co-administered by ICGC and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Dr. Wilsey’s research and practice focus on development of integrated natural resource conservation and livelihood programs, generally focusing on forest-and farm-based livelihood systems. He is particularly interested in the role of non-timber forest products in food and livelihood systems and the development of market-based interventions to support livelihood and lifestyle goals.

Dr. Wilsey joined the MDP program in 2013 as the program coordinator and a lecturer. Prior to joining the program, he spent five years as an associate Extension professor & educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences. His Extension work focused on three themes: natural resource based livelihood systems, non-timber forest products, and cross cultural program development. Dr. Wilsey was situated within the forestry program area, his work extended to other areas and he established productive collaborations with the small farms team, community vitality and economics, family resource management, and the American Indian leadership team, of which he was an active member. Though his interests are broad ranging, over the course of his career Dr. Wilsey primarily worked with forest–based and forest–oriented groups in the Americas: in Minnesota, several states in Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador. He finds the opportunity to expand this portfolio to include other themes and regions to be a great privilege of working with the MDP program.

Research Interest: Sustainable livelihood systems, integrated conservation and development strategies, non-timber forest products, and food systems research

Visiting Scholars

Awungjia, Ajohche

Visiting Scholar

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Ajohche Awungjia is a Cameroonian scholar from the class of 2016. She is currently teaching Language and Communication Studies while completing her PhD in Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), where she also acquired her B.A. (Summa cum Laude), B.A. Hons (Cum Laude) and M.A (Cum Laude). Ajohche’s research falls within the field of interactional sociolinguistics and it explores the complex processes through which our mundane, taken-for-granted and/or commonsensical language (discourse) practices are implicated in the (re)construction, maintenance and/or transformation of our social ‘reality’. She specifically analyzes the naturally occuring conversations of a group of friends to show how they do friendship in talk and how through talk, larger sociocultural and political narratives are appropriated for the negotiation of complex alignments and ideologies in mundane conversation. Her overall aim is to highlight the role of seemingly insignificant daily discourse practices in materializing, perpetuating and/or transforming dominant sociocultural and political norms and orders. Outside her academic work, Ajohche is a singer and songwriter. Her musical style consists of a unique fusion of afro sounds, jazz and soul. She’s currently working on her debut project due to be released in 2022. She also enjoys working on her fitness, hiking the stunning Cape town mountains in South Africa and dancing at any given occasion. While Ajohche has big dreams, she ultimately strives to stay mindful of and present with all the people and little things and moments that make life worth living.

Liu, Esther

Visiting Scholar

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Esther moved to Minnesota three years ago from New York City to work with Dakota communities on Indigenous food sovereignty and decarbonizing infrastructure. Her past research, entitled a "Decolonoscopy", took place at ICGC's partner university, University of the Western Cape. Now she is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology with a minor in American Indian Studies, and researching reciprocity and kinship relations, between horses, humans, and hay (soil/place/land) in the Northern Plains. She is a farmer, a florist, a forager, and a feisty Leo.

Sharma Pathak, Jaan

Visiting Scholar

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Jaan Sharma Pathak is an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow (IDF) at the ICGC. He is a PhD student at the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). As part of his doctoral research, he is studying floods in Assam (India) with a focus on the social and ecological impact of flood control measures. He plans to carry out fieldwork amongst government functionaries, experts, and riverine communities to understand how social, biophysical, technical, and political processes interact and produce flood landscapes. He will also focus on the role of infrastructure like dams and embankments in producing hazardscapes and unevenly distributing the risks associated with floods.


Jaan completed B. A (Hons) in History from St. Stephens College (University of Delhi, 2010-13). He also has a master’s degree in International History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. During and after his master’s, Jaan worked with NGOs and other organizations on social and environmental issues like wetland conservations and the rehabilitation and resettlement of communities displaced by mining in India. Prior to commencing his PhD at UMN, Jaan worked for three years at Ashoka University (Sonepat) as a Critical Thinking and Writing Instructor.

See a list of Past Visiting Scholars.