Specialists

Specialists

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Are you interested in connecting with the international community in Cincinnati? You have come to the right place!

The Global Connections are a compilation of global businesses, organizations, and specialists in the Cincinnati region. Find anything from foreign-based trade associations to international festivals to language classes and translation to specialists in different international fields, and everything in between! These resources include arts and culture, education, health, immigration, social services and more! Engage with your world right here in Cincinnati!

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Professors, professionals, religious leaders and thought leaders in the Cincinnati region

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David H. Aaron Ph.D.

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Professor of Hebrew Bible & History of Interpretation Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of ReligionRabbinical Program and School of Graduate Studies Work Phone: 513-487-3265 Website: http://huc.edu/directory/david-h-aaron
Biography

David H. Aaron has been Professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Interpretation at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, since 1998. He is also the Director of Scholarly Publications.

He earned a doctorate from the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University; he holds Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR (Cincinnati ‘83). Prior to coming to HUC-JIR, Aaron taught Bible and Rabbinic Literature in the Religion Department of Wellesley College (1991-98) and Biblical Studies at Boston’s Hebrew College (1987-91).

Professor Aaron is the author of Biblical Ambiguities: Metaphor, Semantics, and Divine Imagery (2001); Etched in Stone: the Emergence of the Decalogue (2006); and Genesis Ideology (forthcoming, 2013). He is presently completing a commentary on Pirke Avot called Subversive Principles: Reflections on a Foundational Text. As a fellow at the Frankel Institute of the University of Michigan, Aaron began work on a large study that blends theories of complexity and pan-computationalism with a philosophy of causality in history. This interdisciplinary study, tentatively titled, Approaching Daybreak: On Complexity and Historical Causality, will entail two volumes; the first will deal specifically with complexity theory and historiography, the second with the ideology of Hebrew language usage in Judaism from the biblical period through the writings of Abraham ibn Ezra.

Aaron’s scholarly articles have appeared in a variety of journals, includingHarvard Theological ReviewJournal of the Academy of ReligionThe Journal of Jewish Thought and PhilosophyApproaches to Ancient JudaismHebrew Union College Annual, and AJS Review. He is a contributor to the Brill Encyclopedia of Midrash (2005); the Blackwell Companion to Judaism (2004), and the Encyclopedia of the Hebrew Language and Linguistics (2010).

Elena Jackson Albarrán

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Associate Professor; Joint appointment in the History Department and in the Latin America, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies Program; Affiliate of the Black World Studies Program Miami UniversityHistory; Latin America, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies Program Work Phone: 513-529-0843 Website: http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/departments/history/about/faculty/albarran/index.html
Biography

Professor Albarrán’s teaching and research interests include revolution and social movement in Latin America, popular culture, modern Mexico, kitsch and commodification of Latin American icons. Her book project, Children of the Revolution: Constructing the Mexican Citizen, 1920-1940, examines the development of cultural nationalism through children’s popular culture in revolutionary Mexico.

Paul Allaer

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Director Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Ohio Work Thompson Hine LLP 312 Walnut Street, 14th Floor Cincinnati OH 45202 Work Phone: 513-352-6658 Website: http://belgiumconsulateinohio.com/
Biography

Honorary Consuls are official representatives of a foreign country, who on a voluntary basis represent that country in cities that are distant from a full-time diplomatic mission of that foreign government. Honorary Consuls assist and protect the citizens of that country and facilitate trade and friendship between their city and the foreign government they represent.

As the Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Ohio, we are here to support and assist you, whatever your needs may be: questions about a work permit or residency permit to work or stay in Belgium, a travel visa to travel to Belgium, trade and investment questions about doing business in Belgium and its regions, etc.

There is a surprisingly strong and active bond between Belgium and the State of Ohio. Not only are many Ohio companies doing business with Belgium, a number of them also have established operations in Belgium itself, not the least of which the State of Ohio itself, which established its European trade and investment in Brussels, Belgium many years ago. Likewise, many Belgian companies are doing business with Ohio, and a number of them have established operations in Ohio. 

Rodney D. Coates

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Professor of Sociology and Black World Studies; Interim Director of Black World Studies Miami UniversityCollege of Arts&Science; Department of Sociology&Gerontology Home Miami University 348 Upham Work Phone: 513-529-1590 Website: http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/departments/sociology-gerontology/about/faculty-staff/rodney-coates/index.html
Biography

Professor Coates teaches, researches, and lectures on issues of globalization, social justice and human rights. Currently he is working with 20 universities from around the globe towards producing a innovative curriculum which will not only explore these issues, but allow students to interact in a kind of global classroom. He is also extensively published in the areas of race and ethnic relations, education and policy. His focus in these issues is from a social justice and sociological paradigm.

Rabbi Michael J. Cook Ph.D.

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Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures; Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judaeo-Christian Studies Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of ReligionRabbinical Program and School of Graduate Studies Work Phone: 513-221-1875x3271 Website: http://huc.edu/directory/michael-j-cook
Biography

Dr. Cook is Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures, and holds the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Chair in Judaeo-Christian Studies, HUC-JIR / Cincinnati. A graduate of Haverford College, he then studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York, and earned his doctorate at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.

He is likely the only rabbi in the North America with a full professorial Chair in New Testament. Having extensive expertise in Jewish-Christian relations, he has keynoted more than 200 Institutes for Christian clergy in 40 states and Canada. He was one of seven scholars selected by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to assess the accuracy of the advance script of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ.

His service on advisory boards includes the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding (Muhlenberg College, Allentown), Institute for Christian-Jewish Studies (Baltimore [founding member]), Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (St Leo University, St Leo, FL), Joint Commission on Interreligious Affairs (Union for Reform Judaism; Central Conference of American Rabbis; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion); Executive Board Central Conference of American Rabbis; on-going Consultant/Reviewer to the Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection in Interreligious Affairs (Jacob Rader Marcus American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati).

Marek Dollar

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Dean and Professor of Engineering Science Miami UniversityCollege of Engineering and Computing Work Miami University Benton Hall, 106 Oxford OH Work Phone: 513-529-0700 Website: http://miamioh.edu/cec/about/faculty-staff-directory/dean/index.html
Biography

Honorary Consuls are official representatives of a foreign country, who on a voluntary basis represent that country in cities that are distant from a full-time diplomatic mission of that foreign government. Honorary Consuls assist and protect the citizens of that country and facilitate trade and friendship between their city and the foreign government they represent.

Anne Golden

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Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Carlos Gutierrez

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Professor and Chair of Romance Languages and Literatures University of CincinnatiRomance Languages and Literatures Work University of Cincinnati 714 Old Chemistry Building Cincinnati OH Work Phone: 513-556-1239 Website: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/rll/fac_staff/byDeptMembers.html?eid=gutiercs&thecomp=uceprof
Biography

Professor Gutierrez has expertise on contemporary Spanish society, culture, politics, economy, literature and culture. His research focuses on early Modern Spanish literature and authorial self-fashioning. His research interests also include Quevado, Cervantes, Góngora, inter-authoriality/interautorialidad, and creative writing. He is currently working on a book about Cervantes and directs the Madrid Summer program.

Dr. Raymond G. Hebert

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Full Professor, Gemini Program Director and Dean of the College Emeritus Thomas More CollegeHistory Work Phone: 859-344-3310 Website: http://www.thomasmore.edu/history/faculty.cfm?id=287
Biography

Dr. Hebert has degrees in History from St. Anselm College (New Hampshire), Duquesne University (Pennsylvania), and the University of Maryland, College Park (Ph.D.) He has been at Thomas More College for 39 years and, for 14 of those, served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. Since his return to the classroom in 2001, in addition to his teaching responsibilities, he served as Chairperson of the History, International Studies and Political Science Department from 2001-2008 and Director of the James Graham Brown Honors Program from 2001-2011. In 2011-2012 he assumed duties as Director of the College’s Gemini (Dual Credit) Program and Director of Faculty Development. His teaching specialty is in Modern European History and his expertise is primarily in the British Isles where he has been a Director or faculty member for many programs in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia.

An ongoing special project is a team-taught course on History and Literature of Irish Nationalism 1798-1926 that has been offered in Ireland since 1991 and currently as well on alternate campuses with Dr. Gary Walton of Northern Kentucky University’s Literature Department since 2001. He has also been a Board member, Director and faculty member for the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) since 1987 with at least twenty trips abroad and thirteen to Ireland alone. Dr. Hebert is consistently asked to conduct the orientations for faculty and students who participate in CCSA’s Early Ireland (late May) and Late Ireland (late July) programs and typically directs or teaches in the Late Ireland program every year. His particular expertise is the History of Irish Nationalism 1798-1926 and the travel aspects of Ireland involving the Republic.

Abie Ingber

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Executive Director – Office for Interfaith Community Engagement; Adjunct Professor of Theology Xavier University Work Phone: 513-745-3780 Website: http://www.xavier.edu/interfaith
Biography

Rabbi Abie Ingber was appointed executive director of the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University in Cincinnati in November of 2012.  In 2008 he founded the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier and serves as adjunct professor of theology. For over 30 years, he was executive director at Hillel Jewish Student Center.

Himself an immigrant, Rabbi Abie has advocated his entire life on behalf of immigrants. As a teenager, he talked his way into John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bedroom during their 1969 -Bed In and they signed his petition for Russian Jewish emigration. In 2009, he traveled to Darfur with HIAS to experience refugees situation and to share the message of hope with which his Holocaust survivor parents raised him. In 2010, HIAS work took him to Uganda and Kenya. In 2012 he was an eyewitness in Ethiopia to the repatriation of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. In the fall of 2012 he logged 24,734 miles in two trips serving as the keynote lecturer at the Cameroon Muslim Student Union annual conference and at the new Museum of Dialogue of Cultures in Kielce, Poland.

Rabbi Abie co-created the 2005 award-winning exhibit, A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People, which has toured over eighteen American cities. In 2009, he delivered 31,009 prayers written by exhibit visitors to Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Rabbi Abie’s work at Jesuit-run Xavier University, encourages all faith and ethnic backgrounds to encounter one other and serve together for Tikkun Olam. He has Xavier involved in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. His 4 years at Xavier have seen him take 40+ pre-med students to serve among the poor in Jamaica and Guatemala and to pray with the patients afterward. He has encouraged students to build and fly paper airplanes in the student atrium to raise money for airlifts for sick children. He has held a Kristallnacht remembrance each year.  When a pastor in Florida threatened to burn the Koran, he encouraged students of all faiths to read the Koran aloud in the center of campus, showing how similar Islam is to its Abrahamic brethren. He has hosted an interfaith wedding of two of his advisory cabinet students, co-presiding with representatives of Islam, Hindu, and Catholic faiths. Afterward, everyone shared foods and dances from each culture.  Every year, he invites immigrants with restaurants to share their immigration stories, their culture, their religion and their food in the student cafeteria.

Rabbi Abie has a program, Touching History, in which he invites people who have participated in historic events to speak to students and give first-hand accounts of what really happened and what their thoughts were at the time. It is always standing-room-only and attracts audiences of all ages. For students, it brings the textbook to life.

Ingber is known across the country and around the world for his unifying efforts and strong speeches and received the Eternal Light Award from the Center for Jewish-Catholic Studies in Tampa. The University of Cincinnati has bestowed on him the Dr. Martin Luther King Award and the Just Community Award.

Dr. John M. Jeep

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Professor of German; Chief Departmental Advisor; Director of the Intensive German Summer Program and the Linguistics Program Miami UniversityDepartment of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures Work Miami University Irvin Hall, 166 Oxford OH 45056 Work Phone: 513-529-1852 Website: http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/departments/gramelac/about/faculty-staff/jeep/index.html
Biography

Dr. Jeep’s specialties range from German culture to German language, Medieval Germany, Linguistics, German-Jewish Relations, Liberal Education, Study Abroad, and the History of Germany.

Dr. Martin Johnson

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Associate Professor; Administrative Director- Hometown American History Miami UniversityHistory Work Miami University – Hamilton Campus Mosler Hall, Rm. 202 Hamilton OH 45011 Work Phone: 513-785-3273 Website: http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/departments/history/about/faculty/johnson/index.html
Biography

Dr. Johnson’s research interests include Lincoln and the Civil War, as well as Modern Europe. He has published several works on the subject of Abraham Lincoln, the most recent of which was Writing the Gettysburg Address in September of 2013. Dr. Johnson plans to extend his research into the last year of the Civil War by exploring the continuing development of Lincoln’s policies and writings in the context of early Reconstruction.

Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph Ph.D.

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Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development Hebrew Union CollegeRabbinical Program Work Phone: 513-487-3264 Website: http://huc.edu/directory/samuel-k-joseph
Biography

Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Ph.D. is Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, where he teaches in the rabbinical school. His special interest is how Jewish institutions and organizations, from schools to synagogues to national groups, can be most excellent as they seek to fulfill their mission and vision. Toward this end, Rabbi Joseph works with such groups throughout the world. Most recently he taught at the first rabbinical seminary in Germany since the Holocaust, the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin as the Jacobs Fellow. In past years he worked with the Jewish community in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Argentina. He is the founding rabbi of the liberal congregation in Hong Kong. Rabbi Joseph consults with rabbis, educators, administrators, communal leaders and lay leaders, supporting them as they lead their institutions and organizations. He is the author of four books and more than fifty articles in the area of education and leadership.

Changjoo Kim

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Associate Professor of geography, Graduate Director University of CincinnatiGeography Work University of Cincinnati 400B Braunstein Hall Cincinnati OH 45221 Work Phone: 513-556-3424 Website: http://homepages.uc.edu/~changjkm/ Website: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/faculty-staff/listing/by_dept/geography.html?eid=changjkm
Biography

Professor Kim is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Cincinnati. Kim’s research and teaching interests are in geographic information science, urban transportation, networks, location analysis, and spatial modeling. His research addresses theoretical and practical questions in urban and economic geography through the application of GIS methods. Kim investigates a range of urban and economic concerns including transportation, urban sprawl, commuting, public health, airline industry, and retailing. His current research focuses on spatial and temporal analysis and modeling.

Anna Klosowska

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Professor of French Miami UniversityFrench And Italian Work Miami University 207 Irvin Hall Oxford OH Work Phone: 513-529-7453 Website: http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/departments/french-italian/about/faculty-staff/klosowska/index.html
Biography

Specialties include medieval and early modern French literature, critical theory, LGBT studies, women writers in the pre-modern period, and 21st c. French literature written by women.

David Knutson

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Chair and Associate Professor Xavier UniversitySpanish Work Xavier University ML 5184 805 Schott Hall Cincinnati OH Work Phone: 513-745-4240 Website: http://www.xavier.edu/campusuite/modules/faculty.cfm?faculty_id=93&grp_id=30
Biography

David Knutson is a native of Iowa. He began studying Spanish in high school and was a Spanish major at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. While in college, he spent his junior year at the Universidad de Granada in Spain. After completing his bachelor’s degree at Hamline, he served as a VISTA volunteer with literacy and English-as-Second-Language programs in the Twin Cities before beginning graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Dr. Knutson taught for two years at Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, and became a Xavier faculty member in August, 1994.

While at Xavier, he has accompanied groups of students to Nicaragua, Mexico, and Spain, and he has served on the Academic Computing Committee, the Committee on Public Honors, the Diversity Advisory Council, Board of Undergraduate Studies, Pilot Core Curriculum Committee, and the Faculty Committee. He served as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages from 2006 to 2012. During the 2007-08 academic year, he participated in the first cohort of the Xavier Leadership Academy.

Dr. Knutson lived in Madrid during the 2003-04 academic year as a visiting professor with the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) in the fall semester and on a research sabbatical in the spring. He also worked as a USAC visiting professor in Alicante during July sessions in 2011 and 2012.  In addition to his scholarship on the Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza, he has published articles and given presentations on numerous topics relating to 19th- and 20th-Century Spanish literature. 

Ms Robyn Lamont

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Specialist Refugee Connect Work 3500 Columbia Parkway Cincinnati OH 45226 United States Work Phone: 5134490368

Dr. Christopher N. Lorentz Ph.D.

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Professor; Director of Environmental Science Program; Director of Biology Field Station Thomas More CollegeBiology Work Phone: 859-344-3373 Website: https://www.thomasmore.edu/academics/faculty_profile.cfm?id=26
Biography

Dr. Lorentz began teaching at Thomas More College in 1994. Since then, he has taught a variety of classes including Aquatic Biology, Genetics and Evolution, among others. In addition to these courses, he travels to Australia with students for two-week study-abroad experiences in the natural history of the rain forests and coral reefs there. In 1999, he received the award for the Outstanding Full-Time Teacher of the Year and recently participated in the Northern Kentucky Teacher Leadership Program. He currently serves as the advisor to Delta Epsilon Sigma, the College’s national scholastic honor society, the advisor to the Outdoor Adventures Club and serves on the Institutional Planning and Effectiveness Committee. He has been awarded several teaching grants focusing on the improvement of middle school science education in the State. Through these projects he has developed a new science course for pre-service teachers at Thomas More and has collaborating with Northern Kentucky University on a similar course for graduate students. In addition, he has developed workshops for middle school science teachers and science camps for K-12 students. Most recently, Chris has developed and directs the Environmental Science program for the Biology Department. Along side his teaching, he serves as the Director of the Center for Ohio River Research and Education at the College’s Biology Field Station. Through the Center, he has been awarded several research grants involving aquatic biology and collaborations with the University of Louisville to study the primary productivity of the Ohio River and the effects on fish growth rates and another collaboration with the USEPA in the development of a biomonitoring program for the Ohio River. In addition, he has been working with the Husbandry Department at the Newport Aquarium in the collection and care of the local freshwater specimens and volunteering as adjunct curator of fishes at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. He has served as president of the local chapter of Sigma Xi, a national scientific research society, and is an active member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetology and the American Fisheries Society. Most recently, Dr. Lorentz has been appointed by the Ohio EPA to serve on the Hamilton County Environmental Action Commission and also serves as the science advisor for the Licking River Watershed Watch and the Science Education Committee for the Kentucky Academy of Sciences. In the community, Chris has been active with Big Brother/Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati for over ten years and was Co-Chair of the VISION 2015 Educational Excellence Planning Committee, a regional initiative dedicated to the smart growth and development of Northern Kentucky. He currently serves on the Boards of the Ohio River Way, the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education and the WAVE Foundation of Newport Aquarium.

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