New Faculty: 2013-2014
LIN BAO BOLDT
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Management
Lin Boldt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. in marketing. Her research involves using advanced statistical and econometrical methods to study marketing problems. She studies group decision-making, context effects in choice decision-making, household financial decisionmaking, non-compensatory choice models and retailer pricing policies with Hierarchical Bayes Models and estimation algorithms. Boldt's dissertation examined the extent and causes of the compromise effect in joint decision-making, and has policy implications in the context of retirement planning involving families. Prior to beginning her dissertation, Boldt was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She also worked in marketing research at Synovate, Ipsos and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She earned an M.B.A. in marketing research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Foreign Affairs University in China.
CYNTHIA CARON '90
Assistant Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Cindy Caron is a political and environmental sociologist. Her research on land and natural resource management has two complementary foci: the first coalesces around decentralization, state-society relationships, and governance; the second coalesces around gender relations, property rights, and equity. Caron has held several professional posts in development programming in India, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka for the United Nations, World Wildlife Fund, and CARE International. As Senior Research and Evaluation Manager at Landesa, she conducted cross-national research on land tenure security in Rwanda, India, and Ethiopia. She has been awarded research grants from the Institute of Current World Affairs, Tropical Resources Institute, Harvard Institute for International Development, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a Fulbright Hays. Caron presently serves on the boards of the Growing Places Garden Project of North Central Massachusetts and the Institute of Current World Affairs based in Washington, D.C. She holds a Ph.D. in development sociology from Cornell University, an M.F.S. from Yale University and a B.A. in international development and social change from Clark University.
Assistant Professor, Education Department
Jie Park's research interests include adolescent literacy and language practices in school and out-ofschool settings. For the past two years, she has been studying how first-generation immigrant students acquire academic discourses, and what cultural and linguistic resources they bring to their schooling. Her most recent work has been published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Education, and Children's Literature in Education. Before coming to Clark, she was assistant professor of literacy education at Bard College's Master of Arts in Teaching Program. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree (with honors) in English language and literature from Stanford University.
HEATHER SILBER MOHAMED
Assistant Professor, Political Science Department
Heather Silber Mohamed specializes in Latino politics, immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, and identity politics in the U.S., with a particular focus on the intersection of race, class, and gender. She has participated in numerous academic conferences, and published an article in American Politics Research on the 2006 immigration protests and their effects on Latino self-identification. Mohamed received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Brown University. She also holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Tufts University. Before completing her doctorate, she worked for six years as a legislative aide in the U.S. Congress.
Multi-Year Visiting Faculty
Visiting Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Management
Christopher Alt teaches investments, portfolio management, managerial finance, financial strategy, and corporate finance. He previously taught at Brandeis University's International Business School and Providence College's Business School. A senior investment consultant with more than 20 years of experience in institutional asset management, Alt worked as a senior investment consultant and principal for Mercer Investment Consulting in Boston, advising mid/large institutional clients on asset allocation, performance evaluation, and manager selection & monitoring. Previously, he worked for MetLife, managing a staff of investment specialists, and providing asset allocation and investment counseling to small-to-midsized defined benefit pension plans. Alt received a B.A. in political science from Bowdoin College, an M.P.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in finance and applied economics from the Sloan School at MIT. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and the CFA Institute.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology Department
Diala Hawi has taught, practiced clinical work, and assisted communities in Lebanon that have struggled with political conflict. She has been a volunteer relief provider and a psychosocial coordinator, organizing workshops on postwar trauma, conflict resolution, dialogue, and group mediation. Her doctoral training was in applied research within social, political, and clinical psychology, where she focused on research that stemmed from intergroup conflict and group dynamics, with an emphasis on minority status groups and alliance-building between groups. Hawi holds a master's degree in clinical psychology from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts — Amherst.
ROSALIE TORRES STONE
Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology Department
Rosalie Torres Stone focuses on a theoretical foundation and research studies in racial/ethnic economic disparities. Her empirical work in mental health and health disparities extends existing conceptual frameworks by including socioeconomic and cultural-specific factors in examining health outcomes and access to care for underserved populations. Over the last 12 years, she has been involved in numerous research projects addressing access to appropriate care and health outcomes for Hispanics. She was an assistant professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received the Arts and Science Distinguished Teaching Award and studied the immigration experiences of Latino youth residing in rural communities. At Clark, Torres Stone hopes to work with undergraduates, graduate students and community stakeholders to apply sociological theories and research methodologies in understanding and eliminating disproportionate health-related burdens in minority populations. Torres Stone earned her B.A. in social relations from Lehigh University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Connecticut.