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Professor brings Haiti experience to NIU

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 1:23 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development (NGOLD) and the Department of Anthropology announced Mark Schuller has accepted a joint appointment as an assistant professor.

Schuller was hired following a national search, and is the first joint appointment between NGOLD and anthropology.

Supported by the National Science Foundation, among others, Schuller’s research on globalization, NGOs, gender and disasters in Haiti has been published in 20 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters as well as in traditional media outlets.

He is the author of “Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs” (Rutgers, 2012) and co-editor of four volumes, including “Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake” (Kumarian Press, 2012). He is the co-director and co-producer of the documentary “Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy” (Documentary Educational Resources, 2009) and a series co-editor for “Catastrophes in Context” (Kumarian Press).

Schuller is also a regular contributor for The Huffington Post. He chairs the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Human Rights and Social Justice Committee.

Schuller also brings international collaboration to NIU. Since 2003, he has been an affiliate of the Faculte d’Ethnologie, l’Universite d’État d’Haiti, where he teaches during intersessions, and where he has supervised more than a dozen student-research assistants. As an activist for Haiti solidarity and other global efforts, Schuller has presented before Congress, the World Bank, USAID and  agencies in Haiti.

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