Staff Profiles

Senior Faculty Director

michael-handelsman Michael Handelsman

Senior Faculty Director

Michael Handelsman has been on the UT faculty since 1976. His principal teaching and research interests are Latin American narrative, Ecuadorian literature and culture, concepts of national identity, women writers, literary journals, Afro Hispanic literature, and globalization. He recently was a recipient of the the prestigious of UT Chancellor’s ‘Ready for the World’ Award.

Student Assistants

kalafsky-300x257 Ronald Kalafsky

Faculty Fellow
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Ron Kalafsky’s research and teaching interests comprise of two interconnected components: economic geography and geography education. The first element focuses on examining the competitive challenges and strategies of manufacturers, especially as they pertain to the differences between export-intensive firms and non-exporters located in industrialized economies. He is particularly interested in the location-based factors that hinder small-to-medium-sized firms from accessing global markets, and in turn, the strategies (e.g. trade fairs, international business networks) that successful firms use to overcome such obstacles. His research also examines the parts that manufacturing and exporting can play in regional economic growth, mainly in terms of [READ MORE]

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 2.26.34 PM Rebecca Mattingly Harman

Graduate Student Assistant

Becca Harman is currently pursuing her Masters in Soil Science with an emphasis on international development at UT. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and French in 2010 before managing an organic farm in Dallas and working in agricultural development in northern Haiti. Her husband, David Harman, is currently a Masters in Fine Arts student in painting. She greatly looks forward to contributing to the efforts of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships during her time as a graduate student.

Photo 1 Katie Lou Rogers

Undergraduate Student Assistant

Katie Lou Rogers is currently pursuing a biomedical engineering major and materials science engineering minor and plans to graduate in May of 2016.  She works in a materials science engineering lab that focuses on the application of nanogels toward medical research.  Over the summer of 2014, she received an Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) from UT’s Office of Research and spent her internship learning about atomic force microscopy (AFM) at the University of Edinburgh.  On campus, Katie is actively involved in TEDxUTK as a co-organizer and hopes to establish a TEDxUTK legacy.  She is a member of Pursuit: The Journal of [READ MORE]