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TIP Advisory Board

Herman Beavers, Advisory Co-Chair

Professor Beavers has a joint appointment in the Department of Africana Studies and teaches courses in African American and American literature, including courses on Southern Modernism, 20th Century African American Poetry, as well as  “Trading Fours:  The Literatures of Jazz,” which is a requisite course in the Jazz and Popular Music minor.  He also teaches a section of the introductory poetry workshop in the Creative Writing Program.  Professor Beavers also teaches (with Prof. Suzana Berger) the Arts-Based Community Service course entitled, “August Wilson and Beyond,” which brings Penn students together with West Philadelphia residents to read August Wilson’s Century Cycle of plays.

His most recent poems have appeared (or are about to appear) in MELUS, The Langston Hughes Colloquy, Versadelphia, Cleaver Magazine, and The American Arts Quarterly.  He has published essays on  August Wilson, Charles Johnson, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison.  His latest book, Changing the Order of Things: Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.  He also serves as an advisory editor at African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Black Scholar.  

Rogers Smith, Advisory Co-Chair

As Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, Rogers M. Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, oversees the Departments of Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, History and Sociology of Science, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as several research centers. Prof. Smith is a renowned scholar of constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory, with special interests in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender.

He has authored or co-authored six books, including Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Prof. Smith is also recognized as an outstanding educator who has received the University’s Lindback Award, the SAS Dean’s Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research, and the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring. In 2006, he founded and has since chaired, the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism.

Sigal Ben-Porath, Professor of Education; Special Assistant to the University President

Cory Bowman, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Lee Cassanelli, Associate Professor of History

Dennis DeTurck, Professor of Mathematics; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English; Faculty Director Kelly Writers House;  Director Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing

Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator and Jeremy A. Sabloff Keeper of the American Collection, University of Pennsylvania  Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

Vivian Gadsden, William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education

Reto Gieré, Professor and Department Chair, Earth and Environmental Science

David Grossman, Director, Penn Civic House

Ira Harkavy, Associate University Vice-President & Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Ross Koppel, Adjunct Professor of Sociology; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Walter Licht, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History

Deven Patel, Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Undergraduate Chair, South Asia Studies

Scott Poethig, Patricia M. Williams Professor of Biology

Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of Music

Jorge Santiago-Aviles, Associate Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering

Herb Smith, Professor of Sociology; Director, Population Studies Center

Eve Troutt Powell, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History