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Faculty Advisory Board

Drexel University is especially well positioned to offer a distinguished group of experts covering a wide range of disciplines relevant to mobilities research, who serve on the Faculty Advisory Board of the mCenter. Our members represent the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Media Arts and Design, the School of Public Health, the Earle Mack School of Law, and the iSchool.


Paul Diefenbach

is Co-director of Drexel’s RePlay Lab on Gaming Technology. He holds dual Assistant Professorships in the department of Digital Media in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, and the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering. He is the founder and CTO of OpenWorlds, Inc., a Web multi-media and 3D graphics applications developer. He was awarded his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 for his pioneering thesis on “Multi-pass Pipeline Rendering”, which serves as the technical basis for the current generation of rendering and gaming engines.

Richardson Dilworth

is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Politics, and Director of the Center for Public Policy in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include urban politics, public policy, and water policy. He is the author of The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy (2005) and editor of The City in American Political Development (2009) and Social Capital in the City: Community and Civic Life in Philadelphia (2006). He contributes a public policy and urban perspective.

Eugenia Ellis

is Associate Professor in the Department of Interior Design in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Her research interests include spatial visualization and three-dimensional imaging, visual perception, day-lighting, innovative lighting strategies, and environmental technology. Ellis is the faculty advisor for the Drexel Smart House and is co-Director of the Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative, where she is involved in the areas of Sustainability and Green Design, Public Health and Medical Infrastructure, and Disaster and Emergency Preparedness.

Tony H. Grubesic

is Associate Professor in the College of Information Science and Technology (iSchool) and director of the Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis (GISSA) laboratory. His areas of interest include Geographic Information Science (GIScience), urban and economic analysis, public policy evaluation and spatial analytical methods. Within these broad areas he works specifically on Telecommunication, National Security, Urban Equity Issues, Critical Infrastructure, Crime Analysis, Spatial Epidemiology and Regional Economic Development.

Charles Haas

holds the L.D. Betz Chair as Professor of Environmental Engineering, and serves as Head of Drexel University’s Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, in the College of Engineering. His research interests include drinking water treatment, microbial risk assessment, and bioterrorism (in which the illicit mobility of biohazards is crucial). He is Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment and co-Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation Collaborative Large-scale Engineering Analysis Network for Environmental Research (CLEANER). He also works with members of his department on cross-border issues that are especially relevant to the work of the mCenter.

Anil Kalhan

is Associate Professor of Law in the Earle Mack School of Law. He has expertise in immigration and citizenship law, constitutional law, international human rights, and criminal law. Professor Kalhan is a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also serves on the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association of New York, the national council of advisors for South Asian Americans Leading Together, and the advisory board of the Discrimination and National Security Initiative of the Harvard University Pluralism Project, and is an affiliated faculty member of the South Asian Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He contributes particular expertise to the mCenter on cross-border issues, human rights and international law.

Scott Gabriel Knowles

is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Great Works Symposium in the Pennoni Honors College. He is also co-director of the Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative. Knowles is editor and co-author of Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City (2009, U Penn Press), and is author of the forthcoming book Disaster City: Risk Experts in the American Metropolis. He teaches courses in modern United States history, urban history, and the history of technology. Knowles received his PhD in 2003 from the Johns Hopkins University, Department of the History of Science, Medicine and Technology.

Yvonne Michael

is Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. Her research interests include the impact of social characteristics of communities and individuals on population health, particularly as it relates to active aging, women’s health and health disparities. She has also worked on urban neighborhood walkability measures and can make a particular contribution to mobilities research concerned with differential access to mobilities by children and the elderly.

Julie Mostov

is Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice Provost for International Programs. She specializes in studies on the politics of national identity, sovereignty, citizenship, and gender and has a particular interest in Southeastern Europe. Her recent publications promote the notion of soft-borders, transnational citizenship, and relational sovereignty, and explore gender and sexuality in the politics of national identity. Her publications related to this work include, Soft Borders: Rethinking Sovereignty and Democracy (Palgrave, 2008) as well as her book with Rada Ivekovic, From Gender to Nation (University of Bologna/Longo Editore, 2002 and Zubaan Press 2004); “Soft Borders and Transnational Citizens;” “Softening Borders, De-Naturalizing Difference;” and “‘Our Women’/ ‘Their Women’: Symbolic Boundaries, Territorial Markers, and Violence in the Balkans.”