A Tribute to Members Who Joined During the "Conference Rush"

These members joined NCIS as we were getting ready for our 30th-anniversary conference.  We thank them for their patience and marvel at the diversity of their research.
Martino Rabaioli: Martino was born and raised in Italy and studied Italian Literature and Language in Milan, at the Università degli Studi di Milano.  He then earned his M. A.  in Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame and his PhD in Italian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina.  Although he loves his field and his research, he is now exploring career directions outside academe. 

Mariah Contreras: Mariah completed her doctoral training in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University in 2015.  She holds a BA from Colgate University in educational studies and art and art history and an MA from Tufts in applied child development.  Her dissertation, Young Mothers' Early Ethnic-Racial Socialization and Children's School Readiness, was supported by a National Academy of Education/ Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.  She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections for Increasing Diversity Fellow.  Mariah's program of research focuses on linguistically and ethnically diverse populations in the US context; with specific aims to document the development of adaptive parenting processes (e.g. ethnic-racial socialization) and parent-child dynamics across early childhood, and understand how these processes link to young children's well-being and school readiness. 

Linda Arntzenius: Born and raised in Scotland, Linda has worked in publishing for three decades, first at the Association of Commonwealth Universities in London and then as a staff writer for the University of Southern California News Service.  A twenty-year resident of Princeton, she taught as an adjunct professor in the departments of English at Mercer County Community College and The College of New Jersey before becoming Publications Officer at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS).  Until 2009, Linda researched and edited articles for The Institute Letter and oversaw the production of the Institute’s various print and online materials.  Since 2009, she has been conducting an oral history project for the Institute’s Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center.  Her featured articles, profiles and interviews on local history, biography, art, architecture, and literature have appeared regularly in a variety of online and print media including The Princeton Packet, U.S.1 Weekly, Princeton magazine, and Princeton’s weekly newspaper Town Topics.

Shannon L. Griff: Shannon’s love of research and scholarly work was first sparked by a love of books.  She began her formal education at Northwest Missouri State University, earning a B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities.  She went on to graduate school at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she earned her M.A. in Philosophy.  She taught for three years at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois, and now teaches as an online tutor.  She has many philosophical interests, which entail a lot of research in anthropology as well. Her main interests are: Native American thought, aesthetics, social philosophy, American philosophy, feminism, and ethics. 

Robin Steiner: Robin is a political and economic anthropologist with who specializes in issues of development, employment, citizenship, and cultural economy in the Arab Gulf, and specifically Oman.  Robin’s current research (based on his dissertation) explores how regimes of economic expertise are applied in selective, locally specific ways to support oil-dependent distributive arrangements of the Omani state.  Robin is currently teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Donald Ariail: Donald entered academia after a thirty-four year career as a public accountant.  He holds doctorates in accounting and accounting research and is a candidate for a degree in higher education leadership.  Since earning his  first doctorate in 2005, he has published a number of peer-reviewed papers and presented papers at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences.

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