Kenneth Baxter Wolf Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesKenneth Baxter Wolf is the John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics at Pomona College. He is also the creator and coordinator of the Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS) program. He specializes in the history of the medieval Mediterranean, with particular interest in two areas: Christian sanctity and early Christian views of Islam.

Kenneth WolfAmong his publications are: Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain (Cambridge, 1988); Making History: The Normans and their Historians in Eleventh-century Italy (Pennsylvania, 1995); and The Poverty of Riches: St. Francis Reconsidered (Oxford, 2003). He has also produced three book-length translations (from Latin): Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain (Liverpool University Press, 1990; rev. 1999); The Deeds of Count Roger of Calabria and Sicily and of His Brother Duke Robert Guiscard, (University of Michigan Press, 2005); The Life and Afterlife of St. Elizabeth of Hungary: Testimony from her Canonization Hearings (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is currently finishing a translation of the writings of Eulogius of Córdoba, contracted with Liverpool University Press.

Yan Sun Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesYan Sun gained her Ph.D. in English Literature at Shanghai International Studies University. She is a Judicial Master at the Law School of Fudan University. In 2007-2008 she was Fulbright visiting scholar at Mississippi Valley State University, and in 2014-2015 visiting scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  She is a certified Standard Chinese Test Examiner at China Language Test Center (Shanghai). Her research interests focuse on law, literature and legal history.

Yan SunRecent Publications:

Sun, Y. (2015).  Britain and Western Africa [殖民与后殖民时期英国与英属西非各国之间的关系]. In Cao & Deming (Eds.), EU and Africa from Historical and Cultural Perspectives(pp. 160-168).  Shanghai:  Shanghai Foreign Education Press.

Sun, Y. (2015). Judicial realism and William Brown’s Clotel. English and American Literary Studies (英美文学论丛), 252-263.

Sun, Y. (2015). Afanti and his family series (Translated, 4 books). Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Education Press.

Sun, Y. (2015 ) Afanti and Little Donkey Series (Authored, 3 books). Sudan: Fudan University Press.

Sun, Y. (2014). Little Cricket Gery series (Translated, 12 books). China Technology Press.

Sun, Y. (2008). Southern American culture series [美国南方文化]. Teach Yourself English[英语自学], Issues 7-12, pp. 19-21; 18-19; 20-21; 17-18; 20-21; 17-19.

Akari Takenishi Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAkari Takenishi has recently completed a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Communication at Royal Roads University in Canada. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geography, focusing on the cultural and social aspects of Geography at the University of Victoria. She is interested in studying multiculturalism in Canada. Examining her personal experiences as an international student from Japan, she wrote about the influences of multiculturalism on self-representation of identity in society. While completing her Master’s, she also served as research assistant for a study examining the impacts of social media on higher education.

Akari Takanishi photoAkari has served as an interpreter and translator, believing that the power of knowledge is limitless and translation is one of the most influential ways to make knowledge reach a greater audience. She has translated several TED talks into Japanese, including:

  • “You don’t need an app for that” By Toby Shapshak
  • “Don’t insist on English” By Patricia Ryan
  • “How to air-condition outdoor spaces” By Wolfgang Kessling
  • “Learning from Sherman the shark” by Jim Toomey
  • “The economic injustice of plastic” by Van Jones

Having grown up in a small village in Japan, she appreciates nature and enjoys growing plants. She became involved in her family tea farm as a distributor dealing with a local tea shop in Canada. Her life has brought her unexpected opportunities and excitement and she feels fortunate to be surrounded by friends, family and mentors who support her personal life as well as academic pursuits. Her academic interests include:

  • Designing a platform where small farmers around the world can share their knowledge and experience with sustainable farming methods, resource management, and reliable market building.
  • Investigating the role of eco-politics in international relations and how it challenges international relations theory in global environmental conflicts.
  • Investigating the academic language proficiency of international graduate students studying in North America and the accuracy of scores of English proficiency tests in portraying academic language skills.

Akari is currently increasing her translation skills, focusing on articles and journals related to intercultural communication and competence. She would like to connect with any individuals or groups who share similar academic interests to discuss future projects and opportunities. As a recent graduate, she is excited to share her knowledge and skills, and learn more from others, hoping that she can be a part of a positive change for a socially and environmentally sustainable future.

Yan Qiu Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesYan Qiu is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication program at Royal Roads University in Canada, and is now a teaching assistant at RRU. Her professional experience includes working at a language arts training center, and as a teacher in China, and helping to prepare students applying to Chinese universities. Yan has also worked in television in China, with experience in improvisational oral expression, talent performance, language skill and broadcast phonation techniques in Mandarin; as a result, she is familiar with the operation of the Chinese media industry, and television production. Currently she manages the official Facebook pages for the Canada Youth Robotics Club, and Sager Education in Canada, managing both social media sites and editing videos.

Yan QiuYan’s areas of interest include Communication and Media, Intercultural Communication, Film, Second Language Acquisition, and Applied Linguistics. She has studied media development in ancient China and China today, the management pattern and political trends in the Chinese media industry, as well as Chinese scholarship in communication and media theory today.

Yan has traveled not only in China, Canada, and the United States, but also Cuba, Russia and Korea. Her goal is to promote cultural diversity, cross-cultural understanding and second language acquisition through travel and applied approaches.




Inga Milēviča Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesInga Milēviča was born and lives in Latvia. She has a Ph.D. in contrastive and comparative linguistics. She currently serves as Docent at Alberta College and The University College of Economics and Culture (academic courses: Rhetoric and Presentation Skills, Introduction into Communication Theory, Business Ethics, Corporate Culture, Business Communication and professional Ethics, Stylistics, and Culture of Latvian Language), and has been Guest Lecturer at the Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan (September, 2017); Uniwersytet Łódzki, Lodz, Poland (May, 2013); and Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal (May, 2012). Since 2014 she has been a member of the Association for Business Communication (ABC); since 2016 she has been a member of the Liaison Committee of ABC. In 2014 she received one of the CID Micro-grants funded by ABC, for travel to a conference in Japan.

Inga MilevicaMilevica is the author of one monograph and 97 articles in comparative linguistics, cinematic text and translation and gender journalism. Some of her published papers include:

Milevica, I. (2013). Journalistic discourses: The question of the principles of differentiation. Scholarly discussion: Problems of Philology, Art Criticism, and Culturology: Proceedings of XV International Scientific-Practical Conference (pp. 92-97). Moscow: International Centre of Science and Education.

Milevica, I. (2014). Cinematic text and translations: Film adaptations. British Journal of Science, Education and Culture, 1(5), 8-15.





Marika Preziuso Researcher Profile

Researcher Profiles Marika Preziuso holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Caribbean Diaspora and an M.A. in Gender, Society and Culture, both from the University of London, UK. Prior to discovering her calling as a teacher, Marika studied French, German, Spanish and English language and culture and worked as a literary translator and consecutive interpreter in Italy and the UK, where she lived before moving to the United States.

Marika PreziusoMarika is Associate Professor of World Literature in the Liberal Arts department at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, where she teaches courses in postcolonial and multicultural literature, women’s literature in global perspective, and the intersections of technology, creativity, and social justice. She is very interested in socially engaged speculative fiction and in artists like Wangechi Mutu, Kara Walker and Doris Salcedo, who use surreal elements and uncanny strangeness as a form of social commentary, intercultural practice and feminist critique.

Marika’s instructional approach emphasizes intercultural knowledge and communication, and the dialogue across disciplines and media. Her globally responsive teaching has been informed by her experiences as an international student in the UK and in the Caribbean (Cuba and Martinique), as well as an international faculty aboard of one of the Semester at Sea voyages in 2012.

In 2014, Marika co-edited the collection of essays Migrant Identities of Creole Cosmopolitans, with Dr. Nirmala Menon of the India Institute of Technology (IIT). Published by Peter Lang, this collection offers numerous perspectives on the condition of the displaced migrant in light of the colonial legacies and the often problematic framework of cultural hybridity.

Contact email: mpreziuso AT

For full list of Marika’s publications follow link to academia page.

Other relevant websites:
Migrant Identities of Creole Cosmopolitans
Creative Counterpoints: Women, Difference, and the Arts 



Lauren Mark Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesLauren Mark is a doctoral student and Graduate Teaching Associate at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She is a certified Civil Dialogue Facilitator and holds an M.Ed in Educational Organization, Leadership and Policy, an M.A. in Dance, and a B.A. in English Literature and French. Prior to joining Hugh Downs, Lauren worked as a co-founder and project manager of two cross-cultural learning organizations in Taipei, Taiwan – Becoming, 緣創an intercultural development platform, and the East West Culture Project. Lauren has also worked as a translator and interpreter in Taiwan and Israel across a variety of business and artistic sectors.

Lauren MarkRooted in her experiences in the field, Lauren’s general research interests focus on identity shifts in acculturation. Her studies focus on the intersection of ethnic, linguistic and performative factors in acculturation, as well as how local cultures influence people’s ways of being.

Pedagogically, Lauren explores innovative means to bring embodied self-reflexivity to classroom contexts, within courses such as Communication and Creativity and Gender and Communication. Her work in this arena began with her thesis work, Visible Histories, in which she explored how the sharing of embodied reminiscence and the collective physical reconstruction of memories served as a meeting ground for multiple generations exploring the art of dance. Lauren continues to experiment with ways that purposeful nonverbal communication can enhance reflexivity and active listening. This is an extension of her previous work in Taiwan, where she managed creative interdisciplinary labs and choreographed works that tested the boundaries between audience and performers.


Brezis, R. S., Singhal, N., Daley, T., Barua, M., Piggot, J., Chollera, S., Mark, L., & Weisner, T. (2016). Self- and other-descriptions by individuals with autism spectrum disorder in Los Angeles and New Delhi: Bridging cross-cultural psychology and neurodiversity. Culture and Brain, 4(2), 113-133.

Competitively Selected Presentations

Mark, L. (July, 2017). The construction of narrative schema in acculturation and third culture building. Paper presented at Benedictine University at Mesa’s conference, “Identity Negotiations,” Mesa, AZ.

Mark, L. (May, 2017). Visible histories. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Kim, Y., Shin, Y., Mark, L., & Lu, Y. (November, 2016). CTI and Social media: Investigating multi-layered identities on the Facebook. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.


Gabriel Furmuzachi Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesGabriel Furmuzachi has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Vienna (Austria). His academic work deals with issues such as multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism, language learning, communication and narrative identity. His present research interests gravitate around the idea of dialogue as a means of bringing cultures closer and of cosmopolitanism (both in its guise as identity and responsibility and as moral and institutional cosmopolitanism). He also has written essays about metaphors and emotions, the accommodationist use of reason in Canadian philosophy, the relationship between reason and nature, aesthetics and more.

Gabriel FurmuzachiHis non-academic work consists in surveying the international fine art trade (with emphasis on Eastern European art), buying and selling nineteenth and twentieth century paintings.

He is also involved in a series of projects spread on a wide cultural spectrum including, for example, Space and Place (a non-profit group based in Vienna, Austria, focused on urbanism and social interventions aiming at promoting cultural and social diversity in the city), Liternautica (a Romanian literature portal where he is part of the editorial team, encouraging young and established Romanian writers and building bridges between literary traditions) and Revista Timpul (where he is contributing with interviews and essays on various themes).



Emin Yiğit Koyuncuoğlu Researcher Profile

Researcher Profiles Emin Yiğit Koyuncuoğlu is about to graduate with a BA in Communication Design and Management from the University of Anadolu (Turkey), including a year of studying Tourism Management at the University of Primorska (Slovenia).

Emin Yiğit KoyuncuoğluHe completed a Marketing internship in Tallinn (Estonia), and has worked as a tour guide and as a staff member with Tourcon Turizm ve Kongre Hizmetleri in Antalya (Turkey), helping that organization prepare for national and international conferences. As a travel enthusiast and hitchhiker, he manages a Facebook page about his experiences, improving social media and video editing skills. He considers himself a linguaphile currently learning the art of translation.

Amparo Huertas Bailén Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAmparo Huertas Bailén (Ph.D., UAB, Spain) is professor in the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and director of the Institute of Communication at UAB (InCom-UAB).

Amparo HuertasShe is also member of the Table for the Diversity in Broadcasting (Audiovisual Council in Catalonia-Spain). Her research is focused on the relationship between culture and communication from the perspective of social minorities. The objective of most of her projects is to understand the cultural consumption of migrant population and its influence on their adaptation process in a new country.

Selected publications:
HUERTAS, A. (2016): “Culturas que conviven, ¿pero se interrelacionan?”, in LOBILLO, G.; CASTRO-HIGUERAS, A.; SEDEÑO, A.; AGUILERA, M. (eds.) Prácticas culturales y movimientos sociales en el Mediterráneo: ¿Un cambio de época? Málaga (Spain): Universidad de Málaga (pp. 13–22).

HUERTAS, A.; MARTÍNEZ, Y. (2016): “La adaptación de la población migrante desde sus consumos culturales”, in GERVASI, F. (ed.): Diversidades. Perspectivas multidisciplinarias para el estudio de la interculturalidad y el desarrollo social. Coahuila (México): Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila; Ediciones de Laurel (pp. 185‒210).

Huertas, A.; Martínez, Y. (2013): “La educación mediática como herramienta de integración social en contextos migratorios: estudio de casos a partir de mapeados de proyectos”, in Aranda,D.; Sánchez, F. ; Creus, S. (eds.): Educación, medios y cultura de la participación. Barcelona(Spain): Editorial UOC (pp. 263-278).

Huertas, A.; Martínez, Y. (2013): Maghrebi women in Spain: family roles and media consumption. Observatorio (OBS*) Journal, Special Issue (p. 111-127).

Cogo, D.; Elhajji, M.; Huertas, A. (eds.) (2012): Diásporas, migraciones, tecnologías de la comunicación e identidades transnacionales. Bellaterra (Spain): Institut de la Comunicació, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.