Welcome to ten new members

This month we extend a warm NCIS welcome to ten new members to NCIS: seven full members and three associate members. They hail from the USA, England, Scotland and Finland.
Dr Janis C. Bell (USA) gained her PhD from Brown University (1983) for her dissertation on "Color & Theory in Seicento Art: Zaccolini's Prospettiva del Colore and the Heritage of Leonardo" following an M.A. Boston University (1974) and A.B. cum laude majoring in Psychology (University of Pennsylvania, 1971). She was Associate Professor of Art History at Kenyon College (1982-1994), achieving tenure in 1988, and her publications include her co-authored book  The Fabrication of Leonardo’s Treatise on Painting, 1651, with Critical Edition and English Translation (2018). Now retired, she is currently finishing a book on Matteo Zaccolini, a perspective painter and treatise writer living in Rome in the early 1600s, and a translation of his treatise, Prospettiva del colore.
Dr Mark Davis (USA) holds a PhD in Sociology from  Ohio State University (1989) where he was a lecturer in sociology between 1982 and 1997. He was successively Chief Criminologist at Columbus, Ohio  (1998-2002), Associate Director, Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Kent State University, Ohio (2002-2006) and Research Scientist, Criminal Justice Research Center, Ohio State University (2007-2020). Dr Davis is currently working on two projects : a book on fairness and crime, and another on narcissism and crime.
Dr Kaisu Koskela (FINLAND) has a PhD in social sciences from the University of Helsinki and a MSc in social anthropology from the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) at the University of Amsterdam. Furthermore, she is an anthropology and international relations alumni of University of Malta, as well as a past visiting scholar at National University of Singapore. She has worked on international research projects in the field of migration, such as the European Commission’s project 'POLITIS' and Migration Policy Centre's 'INTERACT'. Skilled in ethnographic methods, she has conducted fieldwork with tribes in Tanzania, American students in the Netherlands, and skilled migrants in Finland. Her research interests include the intersectionality of ethnicity and class, imposed categorizations, and social identities in the everyday experience of migrants. Her most recent publication on the subject is "Claims to a nation, dressing the part and other boundary making strategies by skilled migrants in response to ethnic categorizations" (2020, Social Identities, DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2020.1816952). https://ncis.academia.edu/KaisuKoskela
Dr Katie McCullough (SCOTLAND) earned her PhD in History from the University of Guelph (2014). Her current research focuses on economic development and community formation in the British Atlantic world and Indigenous-settler relations in Early Canada, ca. 1770-1850. Following posts as Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University and Director, Centre for Scottish Studies, she is currently Co-Editor of Northern Scotland. She is working on a monograph based on her PhD: “Building the Highland Empire: The Highland society of London and the Formation of Charitable Networks in Great Britain and Canada, 1778-1857,” for Boydell and Brewer as well as journal articles on the Highland Society of London and Gaelic Education; Shetland Sheep and the Promotion of British Agriculture During the Improvement Era; and Gender and Highland Fantasies in Scottish Chapbooks.
Dr Melissa Meinhart (USA) has a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the School of Social Work at Columbia University (dissertation: “The role of social support among urban migrants: Implications for Resilience”) as well as an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.S. in Social Work (concentration: International Social Welfare Policy). Dr Meinhart is currently an assistant adjunct professor at Hunter College and a consultant with Washington University. She is working on several publications using publicly available data (VACS & DHS), one of which focuses on exploring how witnessing domestic violence during childhood mediates the association between intimate partner violence experience during adulthood and mental health.
Dr Elizabeth Sajdel-Sulkowsak (USA) is a Polish-born biochemist who earned her D.Sc. from MIT in 1972. She has been a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School since 1980 and In 2016 she was awarded the title of Professor, Doctor Habilitated in Medical Sciences by the President of Poland and sponsored by Warsaw Medical University, 2016; the nomination was for outstanding scientific achievements. Since then she has been a Professor at Warsaw Medical University, Poland. With the advent of COVID-19, she shifted her attention toward the potential therapeutic role of probiotics in viral infection. She is enthusiastic about the idea since probiotic-based therapy has been successfully used in humans with lung pathologies such as cystic fibrosis, as well as adjuvant in several vaccines.
Dr. Nicole Zillmer (USA) earned her PhD (2016) from Teachers College of Columbia University and has conducted postdoctoral research as a Visiting Scholar at Arizona State University and as a researcher for Authentic Connections foundation in Arizona. She has taught at Columbia University, ASU, and Park University, and has published in numerous journals devoted to learning and educational psychology.  Using a cognitive lens, she asks how educational intervention can support self-awareness and perspective-taking during challenging discourse. In addition to the impacts of argument-based interventions on individuals’ cognitive skills, she is interested in their effects on individuals’ personal relationships and on discourse throughout society.

Sanju Gurung (ENGLAND) is currently a first-year PhD (part-time) student at Queen Mary University London (dissertation topic: “On a razor’s edge: the troubled neutrality behind the geopolitical dilemma facing Nepal amid the global rise of India and China.” However he aims to leave QMUL to continue with his research project as an independent scholar. By profession, Sanju is an Independent Consultant (on Nepal and Gurkhas) and Nepali linguist, and his research interests include geopolitics, small states, domestic-foreign policy nexus, security studies, the rise of Asia, and China-South Asia.
Renzo Reategui (USA) graduated from Florida International University majoring in Hospitality Management and Psychology. A few years later he completed his M.S. in Psychology with his thesis, “The relationship between expectation and hypnotic susceptibility: A literature review” which led to a publication in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Currently, he is the owner of Renzo R Corp. which imports, distributes and provides super-foods, healing-herbs and dietary supplements throughout Florida. Areas of interest and research include: hypnosis, expectation, human intelligence, human talent/abilities, personality, intuition and spirituality. As time permits, he plans to continue writing and publishing.
Dr Kyoko Waseda-Hida (USA) holds a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania for her dissertation on “Japanese Intelligence and Imperial Diplomacy in 1920s China,” an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a first degree from the University of Tokyo. She is currently an Asia Pacific/Eurasia intelligence analyst providing News, Production, and Sports business units within NBCUniversal with critical intelligence and security assessments to mitigate risk exposure at high-risk locations for travel, production, and major events and is a former Director of Intelligence Operations and Chief of Training working with Department of Defense and US Air Force (USAF) policy directives, regulations, and guidance.

Contact us

National Coalition of Independent Scholars