Andrea Bachner is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. She holds an M.A. from Munich University, Germany, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research explores comparative intersections between Sinophone, Latin American, and European cultural productions in dialogue with theories of interculturality, sexuality, and mediality. Her first book, Beyond Sinology: Chinese Writing and the Scripts of Cultures (forthcoming from Columbia University Press), analyzes how the Chinese script has been imagined in recent decades in literature and film, visual and performance art, design and architecture, both within Chinese cultural contexts and in different parts of the "West."
She is the co-editor (with Carlos Rojas) of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures (under contract) and has published articles in Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Concentric, German Quarterly, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Taller de Letras as well as in several edited volumes. She is currently working on two book projects: Ethics of Inscriptions, or Poststructuralist Prehistories, a theoretical genealogy of the concept of inscription, and Comparison at the Margins: Latin America and the Sinophone World, a reflection on the limits of comparison through an exploration of the rich history of cultural contact, exchange, and affinity between Latin American and Chinese cultures from the late 19th century to today.
Victoria Beard conducts research and teaching with a focus on international urbanization and planning. More specifically, she is interested in the relationship between community-based planning and poverty in the global south. Her research explores the intersection of collective action, social movements, transnational processes, and planning. She has two ongoing research projects. One examines community-based planning and poverty alleviation in Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. The other examines transnational community-based planning in Southern California and Oaxaca.
Professor Beard has also worked as a planning practitioner for organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, AusAID, and RAND during the past 15 years. Her professional work has focused on three areas: helping community-based organizations plan and manage their own sustainable development; design, implementation, and evaluation of programs that address poverty; and applied social science research and monitoring and evaluation. Professor Beard is a core faculty member in the Cornell's Southeast Asia Program, and she is a faculty fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and in the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research. She received her B.A. degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California-San Diego in 1992. She received her M.A. degree in Urban Planning from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1995, and she received her Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia in 1999.
Saurabh Mehta, MD, received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India, and a Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology and Nutrition from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He conducted his post-doctoral research in nutritional epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Mehta has over 10 years of experience in working in resource-limited settings in the areas of infectious diseases, particularly HIV and Tuberculosis, epidemiology, and nutrition.
The Mehta research group broadly works in the areas of infectious diseases (particularly HIV, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases) and maternal and child health. The group focuses on the role of micronutrients in modulation of the immune response, perinatal health, and applying novel diagnostics and analytic methodologies to advance clinical care in resource-limited settings in India, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.
Dr. Mehta's research has identified a key role for vitamin D in reducing HIV disease progression and risk of HIV-related morbidities for the first time, and suggests vitamin D supplements could represent an inexpensive adjunct to anti-retroviral therapy.
Daniel Selva, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering joined the Cornell faculty in July 2014, working with the Systems Engineering Program in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He holds advanced-level degrees from world-class institutions in Barcelona (Spain), Toulouse (France), and Boston (USA). Combined with four years of professional experience in Kourou (French Guiana) as a member of the Ariane 5 launch team, this has given Selva a true awareness and appreciation of cultural differences, to the point of making international diversity a guiding principle in his personal and professional life.
His past research projects have been eminently international, as shown by two international development awards from the MIT MISTI initiative. His future research and teaching plans will continue to have an international component. In particular, Selva plans to develop a Cubesat (a very small satellite) for remote sensing of agriculture with Spanish and Russian partners. This project will have an educational component that will foster collaboration between Cornell students and Spanish and Russian students.