A vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners dedicated to understanding the moral challenges of our time and creating scholarly frameworks, policy, and practice to address them.
Bashar Alubaidi serves as the assistant to the Director and is the payroll representative of the Institute. He provides information and personal assistance to visitors, callers, internal staff, and faculty regarding KIE programs, policies, and services. He assists in the arrangements of the Faculty Council meetings. Bashar is originally from Iraq, having moved to the United States in December 2012 after earning his DDS in Cairo, Egypt.
Tom DeGeorges is responsible for planning giving programs to fund Institute priorities and managing all development for the Institute, including individual, foundation, and corporate giving. He holds a BA in history from Brooklyn College; he earned his MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University.
Christian Ferney 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 BA in sociology from Linfield College and an MA (2005) and PhD (2009) in sociology from Duke University.
Ada Gregory develops a variety of KIE programs related to student life and community engagement, runs the DukeEngage in New York program, and facilitates faculty involvement in projects across the Institute's portfolio. Ada graduated from Duke (BA/MA) and went on to work at the state and local levels for 20 years influencing policy and practice related to victims' 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 the Kenan Institute for Ethics in 2018.
Assistant Director of Operations, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Dana Hall serves as part of the Institute's senior leadership team, providing strategic administrative and programmatic direction, including overall administrative management and coordination of a variety of business-related functions such as finance, budget, personnel, space and facilities, planning grant administration, and policy interpretation.
Manda Hufstedler 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. She holds a BA in English from Duke University (T’18) and is an avid bibliophile, photographer, and macaroni and cheese enthusiast.
Gair McCullough coordinates Reimagine Medicine and supports the Arete, Purpose, What Now, and Project Change programs at KIE. Before Duke, she worked in youth ministry, education, and entrepreneurship, always with a focus on youth empowerment and flourishing. Gair earned a BA in English and an MA in Teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as a Master’s in Christian Practice at Duke Divinity School. She’s a devotee of the NYT Sunday crossword and the New Yorker caption contest.
Amber Díaz Pearson works on research and programming with the Religions and Public Life Initiative and the Kenan Graduate Fellows Program, along with 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, and is responsible for educational program assessment at the Institute. She holds a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University, and a A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University.
Communications Manager, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Scott Peters is responsible for the Institute's communications and media outlets, graphic design and photography. Scott holds a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University and comes from a career in public and private sectors spanning strategic planning, project management, and multimedia arts.