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Faculty Fellows



galembaRebecca Galemba, (PhD Brown University) is an anthropologist and has been a Lecturer at the Korbel School of International Studies since 2012. Prior to Korbel, she was a Lecturer in Social Studies at Harvard University. Her research on informal and illicit economies at the Mexico-Guatemala border has been published in American Ethnologist, The Anthropology of Work Review, the Applied Anthropologist, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review, among others. She is currently working on her book, Contraband Corridor: Legality, Morality and Survival at the Mexico-Guatemala Borderwhich examines how residents at the Mexico-Guatemala border interpret the smuggling of basic goods as legitimate work in the context of crisis in the countryside, restrictive official trade policies, and militarized border security. She will also be beginning a qualitative study on wage theft experienced by Denver immigrant day laborers in collaboration with Korbel students and colleagues from the Sturm College of Law.


Lynn Hollhollandand, (Ph.D. political science, University of California at Los Angeles) has taught at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies for the last ten years. Her courses have included International Political Economy, Political Economic Development in Latin America, Democracy and Militarism in Latin America and Illicit Markets in the Americas.  She has written on citizenship, immigration and deportation in the U.S., land rights and development in Central America, and the historic evolution of drug policy in the U.S. She was the recipient of the Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award in 2011.



Jonathan D. Moyer is the Associate Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures (IFs) and a Research Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His research focuses on measuring and modeling international relations theory. His dissertation analyzed trends and pressures driving international conflict (global power transition, climate change, demographic shifts, state failure, and peak oil) by formalizing assumptions and building scenarios within the International Futures (IFs) model.  While his research focuses on international relations theory, Jonathan also has published on the following topics:  domestic governance and national stability, infrastructure, environmental constraints on human development, malaria, education, ethics and trade, traffic fatalities, and agricultural development. Jonathan has been working with IFs since he started his MA program in Denver in the fall of 2005. In this capacity, he has consulted for the US National Intelligence Council, the European Commission, the United States Institute of Peace, the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), the government of Slovenia, the government of Kosovo, and various organizations in South Africa.  He has led many projects that have extended the IFs model through data gathering, modeling, or analysis.


Timi AderohunmuTricia Olsen (Ph.D. Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver where she researches and teaches about business ethics, human rights, and sustainability in emerging economies. Dr. Olsen’s current research is on business and human rights, which involves the creation of a large-N database of historical trends of businesses’ human rights practices. She also writes about the development, and ethics, of microfinance across emerging economies. Her work has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Human Rights, and Journal of Peace Research.  Olsen has received support from Fulbright-Hays, the British Academy/Leverhulme, FLAS, the PEO Foundation, the Latin American Public Opinion Project, and Zennström Philanthropies, among others.




Peter W. Van Arsdale, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in applied and cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado – Boulder.  As a Senior Lecturer at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, he also directs its African Initiatives program.  On a part-time consultancy basis, he serves as a Senior Researcher with eCrossCulture Corporation.  Throughout his 40-year career, he has served as co-founder of six community organizations in Colorado and the U.S., has published six books and over 150 articles, issue papers, and essays.  Van Arsdale has worked in a dozen countries worldwide, most recently Timor-Leste, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.  Often featuring refugee issues, his applied research and community outreach have engaged topics involving resource development, human rights, mental health, and humanitarianism.  He has served as an expert witness in court cases involving Sudanese and Bosnian asylum seekers.  He is a former president of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology.