Bashar Alobaidi is the Staff Assistant at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He provides information and personal assistance to visitors, callers, internal staff, and faculty regarding programs, policies, and services of the Institute. He assists in the arrangements of the Monday Seminar, Faculty Council, and Faculty Study Group meetings. Bashar is originally from Iraq, having moved to the U.S. in December 2012 after getting his DDS in Cairo, Egypt.
Emily Bowles is the Communications Manager at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She supports Kenan staff and faculty with communication strategies and outreach to both campus and community, while also overseeing the Kenan website, general eNews, and social media engagement. She holds a B.A. in art history from Wellesley College, and master’s degrees from UCLA (art history) and Hunter College-CUNY (education). A native of Maine, Emily lives in Carrboro and is an avid photographer.
Tom DeGeorges is the Development Director for the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He is responsible for planning giving programs to fund Institute priorities and manages all development for the Institute, including individual, foundation, and corporate giving. He holds a B.A. in history from Brooklyn College; he earned his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.
Christian Ferney is the Program Director at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He oversees university-wide ethics initiatives, ethics curriculum development, and the KIE alumni network. In a previous role, he managed many of the Institute’s co-curricular programs, such as Team Kenan and Project Change. A native of Portland, Oregon, he has lived in Durham since 2003. He holds a B.A. in sociology from Linfield College; he earned his M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) in sociology at Duke University.
Ada Gregory is the Associate Director at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She develops a variety of programs related to student life and community engagement, runs the DukeEngage in New York program, and facilitates faculty involvement in projects across KIE’s portfolio. Ada graduated from Duke (BA/MA) and went on to work at the state and local levels for 20 years to influence policy and practice related to victim’s rights, violence against women, and criminal justice reform. She returned to Duke in 2006 and worked in several capacities, including as director of the Duke Women’s Center and chief administrator for the university’s signature institutes and initiatives, before joining Kenan in 2018.
Dana Hall is the Associate Director of Operations at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She oversees the day-to-day financial responsibilities as well as manages personnel activities for the Institute. A native of Durham, North Carolina, Dana has worked at Duke University in various administrative positions since 1979.
Manda Hufstedler is the Program Coordinator at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She provides support for the Ethics & Society Certificate program and the Ethics and Global Citizenship Living/Learning Community, manages the ethics film series, and serves as the assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Study for Ethics. Manda holds a B.A. in English from Duke University (T’18) and is an avid bibliophile, photographer, and macaroni and cheese enthusiast.
Olivia Johnson is a Post Graduate Fellow at the Kenan Institute of Ethics. She works with the Kenan Refugee Project, conducting research and providing support to student initiatives. Olivia holds a B.A in international comparative studies and political science from Duke University (T’17) and is an alumna of Kenan’s Focus program, DukeImmerse, and Ethics & Society Certificate.
Mari Jørstad is a Research Associate at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She provides support for Facing the Anthropocene, a project under the Ethics and Environmental Policy program area. Mari is originally from Norway but spent a decade in Canada, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art & art history and political science and a Master’s in religion before coming to Duke to work toward a Ph.D. studying the Hebrew Bible.
Suzanne Katzenstein is a Research Scholar and the Project Director at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Her current research analyzes government use of different economic and legal strategies to protect national security and promote human rights. Most recently, Suzanne was a visiting assistant professor at Duke Law School. At Kenan, she teaches classes on human rights and is working to advance new human rights programming with a special focus on cultivating global partnerships. Suzanne has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
Amber Díaz Pearson
Amber Díaz Pearson is a Research Scholar at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She works on research and programming with the Religions and Public Life Initiative, the Kenan Graduate Fellows Program, and manages survey research, data analysis, and writing for the Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility project. She also manages the KIE Campus Grants Program and the Moral Purpose Award essay competition. Amber holds a B.S. in political science and a B.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.
John Rose is Instructor and Associate Director of the Arete Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He assists the Arete Initiative in sponsoring scholarship and learning opportunities focused on recovering and sustaining the virtues in contemporary life, especially in the workplace, university, and public square. John’s research concerns the tradition of virtue ethics and Christian theology. Originally from Iowa, John holds a B.A. in religion from Wabash College, an M.T.S. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Dan Smith is Student Programs Manager at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He manages many of the Institute’s co-curricular programs, such as Team Kenan and Project Change, as well as the Institute’s arts initiatives, including the Graduate Arts Fellowship. His photography has been published in The New York Times, Ain’t Bad and Bit & Grain, amongst others. A native of Durham, Dan hold a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University and an M.F.A. in experimental and documentary arts from Duke.
Tra Tran is a Research Associate at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She works with the Global Migration program, specifically with the Kenan Refugee Project. Tra moved to North Carolina from New Mexico, and holds a B.A. in psychology and cultural anthropology from Duke University. She is also an alumna of KIE’s DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted program.
Deirdre White is International Programs Coordinator at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She provides support for the Kenan Refugee Project, Duke Human Rights Center, and Religions and Public Life. Deirdre also coordinates the Ethics Book Clubs and the Pickus Library. Deirdre has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from New York University and an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Alberta. Deirdre’s research is focused on urban indigenous youth and their participation in popular musical forms within a North American context.