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Advisory Board

Molly Andolina
Associate Professor, Political Science

Molly Andolina is an associate professor of Political Science at DePaul University. Her field of expertise includes public opinion and youth political engagement. Her book, "A New Engagement?" (Oxford University Press), written with Cliff Zukin, Scott Keeter, Michael Delli Carpini, and Krista Jenkins explores the civic and political activism of today's youth generation, comparing them to older cohorts of Xers, Boomers and the Dutifuls. She has published work on a host of topics, including the relationship between faith and civic engagement among college students, the role of issues in college student activism, Americans’ attitudes toward gay rights, the challenges of survey research measurement, and public opinion on the Monica Lewinsky scandal. 

Dr. Andolina graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in History and received both her M.P.P. (1992) and her Ph.D. (1997) from Georgetown University.

John Mazzeo
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Public Health, and Director, Public Health

Professor Mazzeo is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. He is an applied medical anthropologist with a doctorate from the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. 

His research interests include global health, food security and livelihood systems, migration, adaptive and coping strategies, and community-based public health.  In Zimbabwe he examined the combined impacts of HIV/AIDS and drought affect rural livelihood systems.  Since 1996, he has worked in Haiti with peasant organizations to understand and address causes of rural poverty, food insecurity and health disparities through community-based initiatives.  His research in the Bahamas is with Haitian migrants and explores the connections between migration and health.  As an applied anthropologist, he works with international humanitarian organizations on program and policy relevant research.

Professor Mazzeo graduated from State University of New York at Geneseo with a B.A. in Anthropology, and received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology.

Noam Ostrander
Associate Professor, Social Service and Chair, Social Work

Noam Ostrander, PhD, LCSW joined DePaul University's Department of Social Work as an assistant professor in 2006.  He received his A.M. from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Ostrander worked with former gang members who sustained violently-acquired disabilities.  Through his research and publications, Dr. Ostrander has developed an international reputation as an expert on gun violence, disability, and masculinity.   This research is informed through Dr. Ostrander’s social work experience in hospitals, community agencies, and as a clinical therapist.        

Above all, Dr. Ostrander values his opportunities to teach and mentor students entering the social work field. Dr. Ostrander utilizes a four-pronged approach in teaching to empower students with the skills and confidence necessary to embrace their chosen pathway.  First, he encourages students to realize that they are collaborators, co-creating a learning environment through critical but respectful discourse.  Second, he seeks to raise students' awareness about issues of social justice and inequality, as well as the complexities inherent in addressing these issues. By engaging in this effort, the students explore the core Vincentian question: "What must be done?"  This leads to the third prong: knowledge integration.  To identify, understand, and address social injustices, students must critically analyze ideas that span multiple disciplines.  Finally, Dr. Ostrander seeks to understand and build on students' existing strengths.  Students who enter the department's MSW program possess a host of skills and attributes that undergird all the work they will do in the program.  Whether inside the classroom or in the field, Dr. Ostrander tries to tap into those skills and integrate them into the students' development as emerging social work professionals.

Zack Ostrowski
Associate Professor, Art, Media, and Design, and Graphic Art Area Head​

Zack Ostrowski aka Beverly Fresh is a contemporary artist and musician. He has broken several Guinness Book World Records; including breaking the most eggs on his head and compiling the tallest stack of rap tapes. His background combines graphic design, music, drawing, video, installation and performance art.  

He has exhibited and performed throughout the United States and internationally, including China, Japan, Peru, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, France and Germany. Recent notable exhibitions include, MR MDWST - A REAL GOOD TIME (2015), a solo exhibition at the Cranbrook Museum of Art. He is the co-founder of sUPERIORbelly (1999), a multi-media art and design collective and record label based in Detroit, Michigan and cofounder of WILD AMERICAN DOGS (2013), an interdisciplinary art duo focused on producing experimental feature films and performance. 

He has a BFA in Graphic Design/Interactive Media from the College for Creative Studies and an MFA from the 2D Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he was the 2009 recipient of the Daimler AG Emerging Artist Award. He is an Associate Professor and Area Head of Graphic Art at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. 

Ramya Ramanath
Associate Professor, School of Public Service and and Chair of Intl. Public Service​

Professor Ramya Ramanath joined DePaul University’s School of Public Service (SPS) after serving as faculty at Grand Valley State University’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs where she examined two decades of multifarious relations between three leading housing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and five governmental agencies negotiating to shelter the millions of Mumbai’s slum and squatter residents. This historical analysis linked research on the urban political economy of housing to research on organizational life cycles and strategic institutional change.  

Her interest in the housing concerns of Mumbai developed during her Master’s training in social work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from her home city Chennai.  She has trained with diverse NGOs, including a night shelter for street boys, a housing rights advocacy NGO and with the micro-credit operations of a rural NGO. She has professional and research experience in a variety of institutional settings including non-profit, state, and corporate entities in India and the United States. Ramanath began her professional career helping initiate a new, not-for-profit, micro-finance institution in South India. Prior to coming to the U.S. in 1999 she also worked with leading private and public sector housing finance and development institutions in India. 

Her current research projects are spread over three continents and draw on disciplinary perspectives in urban sociology, anthropology and political science. In particular, they demonstrate a primary interest in the decision-making behavior of international and domestic NGOs as they participate in within-sector and cross-sector collaborations to deliver human services. Her research is forthcoming or has appeared in Evaluation and Program Planning, Voluntary Sector Review, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Sage Reference Publication on Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations and Public Voices.

As faculty and chair of the Masters in International Public Service degree, Ramanath teaches courses on the management of international nongovernmental organizations, sustainable international development, cross-sector analysis, international dimensions of public service and policy implementation.

Cate Ekstrom (Ex Officio)
Director, Research Development & Pre-Award, Office of Research Services

Susan M. Loess-Perez (Ex Officio)
Director, Research Compliance, Office of Research Services