The Fulbright Association is proud to feature the following speakers for session presentations at its 2018 annual conference, “Un Mundo, Muchas Voces”, taking place in Puebla, Mexico. Please note that this list is subject to change.


Dr. Alberto Díaz Cayeros, Mobility for Indigenous Youth Through Higher Education & International Programs

Dr. Díaz-Cayeros joined the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for Intentational Studies, at Stanford University, in 2013. Prior to this, he served for five years as the director of the Center for US-Mexico Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Ph.D at Duke University in 1997. Díaz-Cayeros has been assistant professor of political science both at Stanford and UCLA; and has served as researcher at the Centro de Investigacion para el Desarrollo, A.C. (CIDAC) in Mexico City. His work has primarily focused on federalism, poverty and economic reform in Latin America, and Mexico in particular. His forthcoming book (with Federico Estevez and Beatriz Magaloni) is: The Political Logic of Poverty Relief: Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico.

Ms. Bahia Braktia, Improving Women’s Socio-Economic Status in Algeria and Costa Rica: Non-Formal Educational Workshops

Bahia Braktia is doctoral student in the literacy program at Sam Houston State University, and she is a doctoral research assistant at the educational leadership program. She was an English teacher at Guangdong Peizheng College, and a French teacher at Guanmei International School, China. She is a former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Central Florida. She is the president of The Diversity Education Institute, a non-profit educational organization located in Houston, Texas. Her areas of interests are education, social justice, translation, languages and culture, women’s rights, and development. She earned a master’s degree in translation from the Higher Arab institute of Translation (Arabic, English and French), Algeria.

Dr. Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, Nuestros Manos y Corazones, A Social Justice Response to Natural Disasters

Dr. Hernandez Arriaga is Assistant Faculty at the University of San Francisco in California in the Counseling Psychology program. Her work is focused on Latino Mental Health, Community Mental Health, Immigrant Child Trauma and optical and societal violence against immigrants. She is Founder and Director of Ayudandno Latinos A Soñar, (ALAS) where she infuses the cultural arts as a healing space for immigrant families. Her program has served as a model of healing for community spaces.

Dr. Christine Leuenberger, Crumbling Walls and Mass Migration: Ways Forward

Christine Leuenberger, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University has published widely in various academic journals, books and popular news outlets. She was a Fulbright Scholar (in 2008), a Fulbright Specialist (since 2011), and an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Science &Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and at the U.S. Agency for International Development (2016-2017) in Washington D.C. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Scholar’s award to investigate the history and sociology of mapping practices in Israel and the West Bank. She is also conducting research on global migration patterns and the rise of Separation Walls around the globe. She is further engaged in peace and educational initiatives in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Cindy J. Lahar, Developing and maintaining long-term research and training collaborations post-Fulbright

Cindy J. Lahar is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Psychology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Since receiving her PhD in Psychology from Brandeis University, she has worked at universities in Canada, Japan, Cambodia and the USA. Cindy was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003, and continues to explore her interest in best practices for teaching in online, hybrid and traditional format classes. She has received two Fulbright grants to Cambodia (2004, 2006) and continues to work with the only psychology department in Cambodia at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She also teaches at Vietnam National University in Hanoi in their first PhD program in clinical psychology.

Dr. Clara Amador-Lankster, Transforming Public Schools in Colombia through Rectores Lideres Transformadores

Dr. Amador-Lankster’s professional career has centered on English as a Foreign Language, English as a Second Language, Bilingual and Dual Language Education in the United States and abroad. Holding degrees in Sociology of Education, Elementary Education, Bilingual Teaching Methodologies, Educational Leadership and Education Policy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, she had the opportunity to teach in diverse urban settings from K-12 schools to post-graduate degree programs in teacher preparation. Currently she is the Program Director of the M.Ed. in Inspired Teaching and Learning Graduate Credentialing Program at National University in California. Her research and practitioner inquiry include Differentiated Instruction; Second Language, Bilingual and Dual Language Education Programs; Alternative Teacher Certification; Program Evaluation and Assessment; and Education Equity for Highly Diverse Students. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Grants to Colombia.

Dr. Connie Voisine, Dulegil, Ion Dubh and Yum Cha: Travels in Poetic Language

Connie Voisine’s next book “The Bower,” will be published in 2019. Past books have won the AWP Award in Poetry and have been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches at New Mexico State University.

Ms. Emine Baysoy, Isolation or Inclusion? Syrian Refugee Students in Turkish Education System

Ms. Emine Baysoy has worked at the Ministry of Education as an English Teacher at the Ishakağa Secondary School in Istanbul, the Istanbul Medipol University as an English Lecturer. She worked at Yale University’s Haskins Laboratories in Neurolinguistics Studies on a project about language acquisition of bilingual and multilingual children. She was a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia from 2014-2015. She received her M.A. from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey in International Relations and an in Language and Identity at Ankara University, as well as a B. A. English Language and Literature.

Ms. Grace Aneiza Ali, Women, Art & Activism in South America and the Caribbean

Grace Aneiza Ali is an Assistant Professor of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and a Curator and Editor. She is the founder and editorial director of OF NOTE Magazine — an award-winning nonprofit arts journalism initiative reporting on the intersection of art and politics and global arts activism. Her curatorial research practice focuses on socially engaged art and contemporary art of the Caribbean and its diaspora, with a focus on her homeland Guyana. She is the recipient of the NYU Provost Faculty Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

Ms. Holly Wheeler, After India: Applying the ETA Experience as Alumni to further International Education, Student Development, and Positive Social Change

Holly Wheeler was a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant in New Delhi, India from 2016-2017. She is now an Education Abroad Advisor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where she focuses on mentorship and increasing diversity in study abroad. She is also a Ph.D student in Applied Linguistics researching the intersections of intercultural competence, language learning, and education abroad.

Mr. J. Oseas Ramirez Assad, How to use Silicon Valley-grade startup innovation in large public and private organizations

Oseas is a serial startup entrepreneur and corporate entrepreneur with a 20-year track record of spearheading innovation at startups and within large enterprises. He has founded 5 startups in Guadalajara, including one of Mexico’s premier e-learning companies, worked for Cisco Systems in the heart of the Silicon Valley and currently sits at the board of the startups he co-founded, a VC fund and advises large corporations internationally on innovation topics.

Mr. Javier Treviño, Mexico’s Education Reform: The Challenge Ahead

Javier Treviño is the Deputy Minister of Education at the Mexican Public Education Ministry, since November 20, 2014. Before being appointed to this position, Javier Treviño was a member of Mexico’s Congress in the House of Representatives (Diputado Federal, State of Nuevo León, PRI, from 2012 through 2014). He served as secretary of the Energy Committee and of the Finance Committee; was a member of the Migratory Affairs Committee and of the Special Committee on Information and Communication Technologies. Previously, Mr. Treviño served as Lieutenant Governor in the State of Nuevo León (2009-2012). Javier Treviño held several high-ranking positions in the Mexican Federal Government, including Deputy Finance Minister for Administration (1998-2000), Deputy Foreign Minister (1994-1998), Senior Advisor to Minister of Social Development Luis Donaldo Colosio (1993-1994) and Minister for Public Affairs and Spokesman at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1989-1993), during the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. In the private sector, Mr. Treviño served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs of CEMEX, a global building materials company with operations in over 50 countries (2001-2009). He has served as Vice President of the Mexican Council on International Affairs (Comexi), and he has been a member of the board of the Institute of the Americas, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, the OAS’ Trust for the Americas, the North American Center at Arizona State University, and of the Trust of El Colegio de México, a leading Mexican university and think tank. Mr. Treviño holds a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México, and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Fulbright Scholarship).

Mr. Jonathan Sanchez Leos, Amplifying Latino Voices in Hollywood

Jonathan Sanchez Leos is the Director of Fellow Affairs at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where he oversees student services and community engagement initiatives . Prior to working at AFI, Jonathan served as an Advisor to the Ukrainian Ministry of Youth & Sports in Kyiv – a placement through the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship. For many years, Jonathan worked for the federal government as a program manager and policy analyst, and also as a clinical social worker in schools, corrections and community mental health settings. He is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Chicago, as well as a former professor of Social Work at St. Augustine College.

Ms. Justyna Janiszewska, Diversity/ Inclusion – The Social Dimension of Change

Dr. Manfred Philipp, The Fulbright Journal: Research, Experiences, Perspectives, and Ideas

Manfred Philipp is Executive Director of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences and a former Trustee of the City University of New York (CUNY). He was chair of CUNY’s University Faculty Senate in 2006-2010 and President of the German Academic Exchange Service Alumni Association of the US in 2013-2014. Dr. Philipp is Professor Emeritus and past department chair of chemistry at Lehman College in New York and Professor Emeritus in the Biochemistry and Chemistry Doctoral Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. As a Fulbright scholar in 2005, Dr. Philipp taught bioinformatics and biopharmaceutics at the Catholic University of Portugal. As a Fulbright scholar in 2012-2013, he did research on multidrug resistant bacteria at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Philipp received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University. Dr. Philipp has been Program Director for the National Institutes of Health-supported, research-based student support programs Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS), Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), and the High School Summer Research Apprentice Program. He was co-Program Director of the NIH-supported Bridges to the Baccalaureate at Bronx Community College and Lehman College. He has also served as national president of the MBRS/MARC Program Directors Organization.

Dr. Marcia A. Grant, The Fulbright Legacy in Mexico: a Gift that Keeps on Giving

Marcia Grant has had four strong connections to the Fulbright Program: a grantee to the UK in 1962, where she did her doctorate at the LSE in African Politics; a research fellow in Mexico in 1976, working on Mexican Foreign Policy at El Colegio de Mexico; she then developed the Fulbright Program in Mexico from 1981-1984, and was treasurer of the Franco-American Fulbright Program in Paris in 1985-1987. Graduated from Swarthmore and Fletcher, she has spent her career starting new universities in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Ghana, and most recently was Provost at the American University of Paris.

Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on, The Present and Future of Social Entrepreneurship in Mexico: Theory and Practice

Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on is a Professor of International Business and Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business and visiting professor at IPADE. Her research in social entrepreneurship in Mexico began with her selection as a Fulbright-García Robles Scholar in 2013. She has also published extensively in areas of international marketing, non-profit brands, social entrepreneurship, cross-cultural consumer behavior and gender and marketing ethics. His published work includes a book, 5 book chapters, 8 cases, more than 20 articles in academic journals and more than 50 presentations / panels / conference proceedings. BA, Bradley University; MBA / MIM, University of Denver; Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Ms. Mary Stanton, Experience the Fulbright Difference: Travel with Us

Mary Ann Stanton is Chair of the Fulbright Travel Task Force. She is also a member of both the Minnesota and National Fulbright Association Boards. Her Fulbright grant was a Teacher Exchange at Bal Bharati Public School in Delhi, India in 2010-11. She has participated in Fulbright Association Service Corps trips to Albania in 2015, Serbia in 2016, and Vietnam this year. Mary also was the Fulbright Association Representative on Fulbright Association Insight trips to India in 2016 and 2017. A retired junior and senior high school teacher, Mary enjoys travel and volunteering locally and internationally. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two dogs, one a registered therapy dog. Mary’s life-long goal is to make the world a better place to live in and to improve the quality of life for all its citizens.

Dr. Mary-Ellen Boyle, One Educational Philosophy, Many Interpretations? Liberal Education, Fulbright, and Vietnam

Mary-Ellen Boyle is a Fulbright Specialist with expertise in liberal education and academic leadership. As a Specialist, she spent five weeks consulting with Hoa Sen University in Vietnam during 2016. Prior to that, she served as Dean of the College and Associate Provost at Clark University (Worcester, MA, USA), where she is now an associate professor of management. Her scholarship is focused on organizational and social change, and she has published on topics including workplace education, corporate citizenship, university-community partnerships, and the arts in business. She has taught courses on sustainable economic development, corporate social responsibility, ethics, entrepreneurship, leadership, cross-cultural management, education, women and work. She received an MBA and PhD in sociology from Boston College, and a BA in American Studies from Yale.

Dr. Natalia Moussienko, The Role of Arts Education and Expression in Peace-Making

Dr. Natalia Moussienko currently is a Head of the Fulbright Alumni Association “Ukrainian Fulbright Circle” and is Leading Research Fellow of the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine in Kyiv. She is the author of the books and articles on the art history and cultural diplomacy—notably: Art of Maidan (2016), Kyiv Art Space (2013), Arts and Politics (2002). In 2016, the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine awarded Moussienko by the Golden Medal. She was awarded by Fulbright Scholarship (2011-2012) for her research at the Kennan Institute, Wilson Centre, Washington, and Thesaurus Polonia fellowship at the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, (2017). Moussienko is an initiator and curator of the Art of Maidan project that documents an explosion of artistic creativity during the Revolution of Dignity, 2013-2014. It includes the book and the traveling exhibit that have been already displayed in 17 locations through Ukraine, the USA, and Europe.

Dr. Pat LeMay Burr, The Fulbright Journal: Research, Experiences, Perspectives, and Ideas

Dr. Burr holds a Ph.D. in Business and Economics from University of North Texas. Her post-doctoral studies have included International and Area Studies at Yale University, the SCMP Program at Harvard University, and the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Her language and cultural studies have included La Sorbonne in Paris, France, and La Universidad Internacional in Mexico. She has received Fulbright Awards to Mexico, China, Kuwait, and Vietnam, and has worked in various capacities in more than 30 countries. She is founding and current President of the San Antonio Chapter of the Fulbright Association, and founder and Program Chair of the Southwest Fulbright Symposium.

Dr. Philip Kaisary, Human Rights and the Haitian Revolution

Philip Kaisary is Assistant Professor of Critical Legal, Social, and Political Theory in the Department of Law & Legal Studies, and cross-appointed to the Department of English Language & Literature and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art & Culture at Carleton University. He is author of “The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination: Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints” (University of Virginia Press, 2014), as well as articles and book chapters on topics including slavery and film, the Haitian Revolution and rights, and hemispheric American literature. He currently holds a Canadian Insight Development Grant to pursue his research project titled: “The Haitian Revolution and Rights: Liberation, Law, Poetics.” Prior to his appointment at Carleton, he was a US-UK Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt University.