Our Affiliates

Steering Committee
Lori Bakken-Civil Society and Community Studies Associate Professor
Connie Flanagan-School of Human Ecology Associate Dean
Dale Leidheiser-UW Extension
David Liners-WISDOM Director
Salli Martyniak-Forward Community Investments Executive Director
Jonathan Patz-UW Global Health Institute Director
Shannon Sparks-Civil Society and Community Studies Assistant Professor
Boyd Rossing-SoHE Professor Emeritus
Torry Winn-PhD Candidate, Civil Society and Community Research

Jean Geran

Dr. Jean Geran, the Founder and President of Each Inc., has worked on international child protection and related policy issue in many capacities. She served as the Director for Democracy and Human Rights on the National Security Council, as Advisor on UN Reform and as an Abuse Prevention Officer for USAID in Iraq.

Linda Bowen
Linda Bowen has served as Executive Director of the Institute for Community Peace (ICP), formerly the National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention since its formal inception. Bowen has over 30 years of experience in violence prevention, program management and development, policy analysis, research and community building. 

Lori DiPrete Brown
Lori DiPrete Brown is the Associate Director for Education and Engagement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Global Health Institute.  She leads global education and outreach at UW-Madison, including designing curricula for the highly subscribed global health education programs of the Global Health Institute and supporting the development of faculty-led field courses and internships around the world.  

Patty Loew
Dr. Patty Loew is a professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is affiliated with American Indian Studies and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her research interests lie in television documentary production, diversity, and Native American media.

Steven Krauss
Dr. Steven Krauss is a Research Fellow at Putra University in Malaysia in their Institute of Social Science Studies.  A qualitative researcher, his research interests include topics related to youth development, including youth work and positive youth development.

Alfonso Morales
Dr. Alfonso Morales is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is affiliated with a number of centers and programs, including the Department of Sociology, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Agroecology Program, and the Chica/o LLatina/o Studies Program.  Morales studies food systems, public marketplaces, and street vendors, and the role and function that they serve in economic development. 

Ian Baird
Dr. Ian Baird is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His main geographical area of interest is mainland Southeast Asia, especially Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, where he studies a range of issues, including political ecology (rural), human-environment relations, development and post-development, and social developments.

Lewis Friedland
Dr. Lewis Friedland is a professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication and an affiliated professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He founded and directs the Center for Communication and Democracy. His research and teaching centers around civic and citizen journalism, communication and society, communication research methods, international news reporting, and civil society and public life.

Peter Miller
Dr. Peter Miller is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Miller focuses on issues of school and community-based educational leadership, inter-organizational collaboration, and education in contexts of homelessness. 

Melanie Schmidt
Melanie Schmidt is the current President and Chief Strategy Officer of Timpano Group, a Madison consulting firm that helps leaders discover, articulate, and employ practical strategies in meaningful ways.  Schmidt also serves in an Operational Planning and Strategic Initiatives position with Alliant Energy.  

Kathy Cramer
Dr. Kathy Cramer is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisocnsin-Madison and has taught a service-learning course called “Citizenship, Democracy, and Difference” for the past 14 years. Her teaching and research focuses on public opinion, civic engagement, and deliberative democracy. 

Young Mie Kim
Dr. Young Mie Kim is an Associate Professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kim’s research concerns media and politics in the digital age; specifically the role digital media play in political communication among political leaders, advocacy groups, and citizens.

Randy Stoecker
Dr. Randy Stoecker is a professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Center for Community and Economic Development.  His areas of interest include communities and urban sociology, qualitative methods, science and technology, and social movements and collective behavior. 

Geoffrey Swain
Dr. Geoffrey Swain is a Professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He mostly focuses on urban population health, sexually transmitted infections, and public health advocacy and leadership. 

Pam Oliver
Dr. Pam Oliver is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is well known for her work on collective action and social movements and is a leader in the area of racial disparity in criminal justice. 

Lynet Uttal
Dr. Lynet Uttall is a professor in the Counseling Psychology department in the School of Education and a community-based researcher in the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches Family Theories and a community based research course on Immigrant Families, and leads international service learning courses to Honduras and Mexico. 

Gavin Luter
Dr. Gavin Luter received his PhD. in Educational Administration from the University of Buffalo in 2015.  He holds a Master’s of Science degree in the Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Public and Non-Profit Management. Currently, he is the Coordinator of Educational Programs at the University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies.

Revel Sims
Dr. Revel Sims recently received his PhD from the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA and is currently an Honorary Fellow in the department of Urban and Regional Planning at UW-Madison. His current research approaches the dynamic of urban change through the lens of gentrification. Through this perspective, his attempt to uncover the way in which urban change occurs by way of the process of displacement and eviction. His work draws attention to the role that property owners, financial institutions, and the state perform in the process of urban displacement and gentrification. 

Linda Vakunta
Linda Vakunta is a PhD student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She is also the program director for Project 1808. A native of Cameroon, Linda has travelled to Sierra Leone numerous times to facilitate and implement Project1808 programs in country. Linda co-lead the first UW-Madison Sierra Leone global health field course. Linda’s International community work has also taken her to Ghana as a business environment intern for USAID’s West Africa Trade Hub where she supported research work on the promotion of Sustainable Development through free movement of transport, goods and persons. She also co-hosts Panafrica Radio Show on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin, a weekly program on music, culture, history, and issues from Africa and Diaspora.

Michel Wattiaux
Michel Wattiaux is a Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison. His research focuses on the improvement of dairy farms globally in a way that fosters the social, economical, and environmental soundness of production systems. With a strong focus on sustainability, Dr. Wattiaux works to understand how to alleviate rural poverty and improve nutrition in the face of change effects.