Staff: Susan Nall Bales | Nat Kendall-Taylor | Julie Sweetland | Moira O'Neil | Eric Lindland | Alexis Celeste Bunten | Adam F. Simon | Michael Baran | Rob Shore | Andrew Volmert | Abigail Haydon | Linda Macri | Marissa Fond | Jennifer Nichols | Chris Vo | Kylé Pienaar | Fellows: Linda Bowen | Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. | Prajwal Kulkarni | Tiffany Manuel | Ezra Markowitz | Curt McPhail | Anna Mikulak | Pamela S. Morgan | Claudia Strauss | Holly Valero | Administration: Beth Fisher | Christine Nolan |
SUSAN NALL BALES is founder and president of the FrameWorks Institute, an independent nonprofit research organization founded in 1999 to advance the nonprofit sector’s communications capacity for framing the public discourse about social problems.
Ms. Bales is a senior fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. She has served as a visiting scientist in the department of society, human development, and health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a visiting scholar in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was awarded the Rural Sociological Society’s 2004 award for excellence in translating research findings to policy (More…)
NAT KENDALL-TAYLOR is Vice President for Research at the Institute. In this role, he employs social science theory and research methods from anthropology to improve the ability of public policy to positively influence health and social issues. This involves studying how cognitive theory can be applied in understanding how people interpret information and make meaning of their social worlds. His past research has focused on child and family health and in understanding the social and cultural factors that create health disparities and affect decision-making. As a medical anthropologist, Kendall-Taylor has conducted fieldwork on the coast of Kenya studying pediatric epilepsy and the impacts of chronic illness on family well-being. He has also applied social science methods in research in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and has conducted ethnographic research on motivation in “extreme” athletes. Kendall-Taylor has a B.A. from Emory University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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JULIE SWEETLAND is a sociolinguist and Director of Learning at the Institute where she leads the translation of research findings into learning tools for nonprofit leaders. Julie has been actively involved in improving teaching and learning for over a decade, first as a classroom teacher, and more recently as an educational researcher, curriculum developer, teacher educator, and education reform advocate. Prior to joining the FrameWorks Institute, she served as the Director of Teaching and Learning at Center for Inspired Teaching and launched a graduate teacher preparation program for the University of the District of Columbia. Her past research has focused on the intersection of language and race; on the role of language variation and language attitudes on student learning; and on effective professional learning for teachers. Julie's work has appeared in publications such as Journal of Sociolinguistics, Educational Researcher, and Education Week. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and is a lecturer at her alma mater. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics at Stanford University.
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MOIRA O'NEIL is Senior Researcher and Manager with the Institute. In this role, she works with an interdisciplinary team employing a range of methods to further public understanding of social issues. O’Neil is trained as a sociologist, earning her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara. O’Neil has a broad range of research interests and experiences. Her master’s thesis was an in-depth analysis of racial imagery in popular fitness magazines, and her dissertation examined the medicalization of war trauma at the turn of the twentieth century in the United States. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research associate on projects related to immigration policy as well as illicit drug use and drug policy.
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ERIC LINDLAND is a senior researcher with the Institute. Prior to joining FrameWorks, he taught anthropology at Emory University, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame, and before that was a high school teacher and administrator in Guatemala. As a cognitive anthropologist, his research has focused on how analogies are used in language, symbolism, and ethics to bridge meanings between differing cultural systems. In particular, he has engaged cultural modeling theory to explore the intersection of African and Western religious and medical systems. His ethnographic and historical research in Malawi centered on the challenges of therapeutic decision-making in a pluralistic religious and medical culture, and on people’s creative development of new models that combine and correlate magical, spiritual, and biomedical healing techniques. Lindland has a B.A. in political studies from Gordon College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University.
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ALEXIS CELESTE BUNTEN is a senior researcher with the Institute. Her areas of expertise include heritage, interpretation, cross-cultural communication, community development, tourism, and workplace ethnography. Prior to coming to FrameWorks, she taught at UCLA and Humboldt State University, completed postdoctoral fellowships at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, and was an invited scholar at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and University of Victoria, Wellington. Dr. Bunten’s current research examines ethnic branding and cross cultural forms of capitalism. In addition to scholarly endeavors, Dr. Bunten has contracted research and ethnography for numerous indigenous organizations, museums, and communications companies. She currently serves as the Project Ethnographer for Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Bunten received a B.A. in art history at Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology at UCLA
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ADAM F. SIMON is a senior researcher with the Institute. He has taught courses in political communication and American politics at Yale, the University of Washington and UCLA. His latest major work, “Toward a Theory Relating Political Discourse, Media and Public Opinion,” won the American Political Science Association/International Communication Association award for Best Article in Political Communication for 2008. His current work, Mass Informed Consent: Upgrading Democracy with Polls and New Media, popularizes polling and public opinion research by introducing social scientific techniques in three empirical studies and relating media to polling results. His first book—The Winning Message: Candidate Behavior, Campaign Discourse and Democracy—broke new ground in investigating candidate behavior in American electoral campaigns. His work has also appeared in the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Communication as well as other scholarly journals. Simon earned his Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.
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MICHAEL BARAN is a senior researcher at the Institute. His past research has focused on the cultural and cognitive factors influencing how children across different cultures learn about race, ethnicity, and other categories of identity. This research has taken him through Brazil, Guatemala, Spain, and the United States. Prior to joining FrameWorks, he taught courses on race and diversity, Latin America, child development, expository writing, and research methods at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He has consulted for schools and businesses about a range of diversity-related issues. He also created two popular interactive iPhone apps: Guess My Race, targeted to teenagers and adults, and Who Am I? Race Awareness Game, designed for adults to play with younger children. Both apps were developed to make learning about race fun by integrating art, technology, and game play with academic insights from various disciplines. Michael holds a B.A. from Emory University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan.
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ROB SHORE is the manager of the Public Presentation Unit at the Institute. He specializes in the public presentation of research findings and oversees the production and dissemination of video-based and interactive digital media. Outside of FrameWorks, Shore has written and directed numerous documentary and narrative films on subjects ranging from American family ritual, to political activism, and recently, a comedy. His writing and photography have been published in Smithsonian Magazine, Worldview Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Porchlight, Anderbo, and Juked. His essay "Time Travel" was published in the collection Being There: Learning to Live Cross-Culturally (Harvard University Press, 2011). Shore graduated with highest honors from Emory University with degrees in film and anthropology. His honors thesis examined cinematic myths of the dysfunctional American family.
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ANDREW VOLMERT is a researcher at the Institute. Prior to joining FrameWorks, he taught at Georgetown University and held appointments as Postdoctoral Research Associate and Visiting Scholar with the Political Theory Project at Brown University. A political scientist by training, Volmert’s areas of expertise include political culture, hermeneutics, semantics, rhetoric, nationalism, and democratic deliberation. His past research explored how the meanings embedded in political traditions can facilitate or impede productive political argument. This work examined the capacity of historical exemplars to provide a common political idiom in pluralistic societies and to enable constructive engagement across ideological and cultural divides. His research has appeared in Political Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The Good Society. Volmert received an A.B. in religious studies from Brown University and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.
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ABIGAIL HAYDON is a researcher and the assistant to the vice president for research at the Institute. A public health scholar with training in maternal and child health, developmental science, and demography, she has combined these perspectives in research on adolescent relationships and reproductive health, teen dating violence and educational and social outcomes among youth with chronic illnesses. Prior to joining FrameWorks, Abigail worked at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as an executive branch science fellow sponsored by the American Psychological Association and the AAAS. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and the American Journal of Public Health. Abigail received her B.A. from Pomona College and her M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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LINDA MACRI is the assistant to the director of learning and an associate at the Institute. A rhetorician trained in classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, Dr. Macri’s work focuses on the intersections of stories and arguments and on how readers enter into texts, particularly through intertextuality and retellings. Pursuing these interests, she has taught courses on a variety of subjects, including the rhetoric of fiction, literature by women, and introduction to graphic narrative. Prior to coming to FrameWorks, Dr. Macri directed the Academic Writing Program in the English Department at the University of Maryland, where she introduced a range of digital writing assignments, spearheaded a blended learning curriculum, and created a robust program using undergraduate teaching assistants in writing courses. Her recent work in the scholarship of teaching and learning focuses on the role of peer-to-peer learning in active and alternative learning environments. Dr. Macri earned her bachelor’s degree at Columbia and her doctorate in English at the University of Maryland.
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MARISSA FOND is a researcher at the Institute. An applied sociolinguist with training in discourse analysis, pragmatics, and conversation analysis, her past research has explored the practice of talking topically, or co-constructing an intersubjective orientation to talk in interaction. In particular, she has examined this interactional skill in the evaluation of discourse-pragmatic communication disorders that often result from acquired brain injury. Prior to joining FrameWorks, she worked as a research sociolinguist at the U.S. Census Bureau, conducting cross-linguistic sociocultural research on survey respondents’ understandings of various data collection materials and methods, the measurement of race and ethnicity, and functional equivalence in translation. She received her B.A. in linguistics and Spanish from Smith College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University.
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JENNIFER NICHOLS is an associate on the Learning team at the Institute. Prior to joining FrameWorks, she worked as a higher education policy specialist and union organizer at the American Association of University Professors. In that role, she developed policy guidelines to protect academic freedom and taught faculty members how to create grassroots campaigns to build institutional support for the adoption of sound academic procedural standards. She also won representation and fair-share campaigns for both public- and private-sector employees. A literary studies scholar by training, she has taught courses in literature, women’s studies, and interdisciplinary humanities. Her past research has analyzed the influence of migration narratives in American literature and film on US public discourse about economic mobility, immigration, sex trafficking, and the labor movement. She holds a B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
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CHRIS VO is the digital media associate for the Public Presentation Unit at the FrameWorks Institute. He specializes in graphic design, digital photography, and audio/video production. With a dual B.S. degree in Business Management and Business Marketing from California State University, Long Beach, Chris emphasizes aesthetic functionality: information design for precise scientific communications.
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KYLÉ PIENAAR is a digital media associate at the FrameWorks Institute. She previously created short documentaries about public health across the African continent for allAfrica.com and contributed to a program about U.S. foreign policy on PBS. She directed a non-fiction film about DC’s Ethiopian Diaspora and the community's relationship to gentrification. Her writing on Xhosa rites of passage appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Kylé graduated from Georgetown University with departmental honors in English. She also majored in government and minored in film & media studies. A South African, she dreams of Johannesburg summers constantly.
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LINDA BOWEN is a fellow with the Institute and has been executive director of the Institute for Community Peace in Washington, D. C., since its inception in 1995. She has over twenty-five years of experience in violence prevention, program management and development, policy analysis, research and community building. Prior to joining ICP, she served as special assistant to the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration; assistant dean at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago; and program director at the Center for Successful Child Development in Chicago, Ill. (a precursor of community-based, comprehensive parent engagement and child development programs). Bowen had authored or co-authored papers and reports on child development, adolescent pregnancy, and parenting and violence prevention.
FRANKLIN D. GILLIAM JR. is a senior fellow with the Institute and dean of the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. He has served since 2002 as UCLA’s first-ever associate vice chancellor of community partnerships. In that role, he built a strong program of academic civic engagement through the Center for Community Partnerships. He is the founding director of the Center for Communications and Community at UCLA. At FrameWorks, Gilliam has served as project director for the Framing Race in America Project and has contributed to projects on health care, early child development, youth, and rural issues.
Gilliam is the author of Farther to Go: Reading and Cases in African-American Politics (Harcourt Brace), and has published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Social Policy Report, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Politics, Nieman Reports, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Public Opinion, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Government and Policy, Sociological Inquiry, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, Ethiopian Review and The Source. In 2004 Gilliam was awarded the Mark O. Hatfield National Scholar Award, Portland State University, and in 2006 he was presented with the Distinguished Alumni, University of Iowa, 2006. Gilliam received his B.A. from Drake University and his Ph.D. from University of Iowa.
PRAJWAL KULKARNI received his PhD in applied physics from Stanford University in 2009, and his B.S. in electrical engineering and physics from Penn State University in 2003. While his dissertation centered on space physics, Prajwal has always been interested in the intersection of science and society. He designed and taught classes on science policy as a graduate student. From 2009 – 2011, Prajwal served as a Science Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In this role, Prajwal helped develop and deploy an environmental decision support system, coordinated numerous meetings and conferences. and organized a major conference panel on climate change communication. In his spare time, Prajwal trains for and competes in triathlons.
TIFFANY MANUEL is a fellow with the Institute and Senior Vice President of Knowledge, Impact and Strategy at Enterprise Community Partners. For four years, she served in senior level positions at FrameWorks. Prior to joining FrameWorks, Manuel served as a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as a senior researcher at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She was an assistant professor of political science and public policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Manuel holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University, and doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
EZRA MARKOWITZ is a fellow with the Institute and a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University. His research centers around the intersection of social and moral psychology, environmental conservation, communications and policy. Current projects include research on the consequences of communicating uncertain climate information with the public, an examination of the “environmental compassion fade” phenomenon, and an analysis of cross-national climate change threat perceptions. Ezra received his PhD from the University of Oregon in August, 2012 and is a former National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Scholar-in-Residence at American University and staff member at PolicyInteractive.
CURT MCPHAIL is a fellow with the Institute and program officer at the Mary Black Foundation, a private foundation focused on early childhood development and active living in Spartanburg, S.C. An avid cyclist and bike commuter, McPhail is also the founder of globalbike, a nonprofit organization that believes in the transformative power of bicycles to create social change throughout the developing world. Globalbike currently connects community care workers with bicycles in Zambia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Bolivia. Prior to joining the Mary Black Foundation, McPhail worked for Stop The Violence, a community-based violence prevention organization. In this role, he organized residents of two of Spartanburg’s most violent neighborhoods around issues of housing and violence. A graduate of Wofford College, McPhail spends his free time hiking, biking, or exploring the trails around the upstate of South Carolina with his wife and two sons.
ANNA MIKULAK is a graduate fellow with the Institute and a doctoral student of developmental science at Georgetown University. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University in psychology, with a minor in cognitive science. Previously, she conducted research investigating the possible immune system involvement in the etiology of autism-like behaviors. Having always been interested in the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and policy, she hopes to learn more about how issues are framed and the effect of framing on both policymakers and the public. In her dissertation, she plans to investigate the various ways in which child development research is disseminated and understood.
PAMELA S. MORGAN is a fellow with the Institute and president of Morgan Research Professionals, Inc. She has been associated with the Institute from its early days. She received a Ph.D. in cognitive linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has taught courses involving discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, and language in American society at the University of California, Berkeley. She was the first director of framing research at the Rockridge Institute, and was also vice president of framing and cognitive science at American Environics.
CLAUDIA STRAUSS is a fellow with the Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Pitzer College, Claremont, Calif. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, and her B.A. from Brown University. Strauss has expertise in the areas of cognitive anthropology; discourse analysis; and anthropology of policy. Prior to joining the faculty at Pitzer, Strauss was Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She has authored Making Sense of Public Opinion: American Discourses about Immigration and Social Programs (Cambridge University Press, 2012), co-authored A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning with Naomi Quinn (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and is the co-editor of Human Motives and Cultural Models with Roy D’Andrade (Cambridge University Press, 1992). Her current research focuses on the experiences and views of the long-term unemployed.
HOLLY VALERO is a fellow with the Institute and President and owner of HollyWorks. She specializes in creating smarter Websites that combine accessibility and visual impact with intuitive design and organic searchability. Valero’s sixteen years of Internet-specific expertise combines with over twenty years of traditional media experience in the radio, television, newspaper and educational publishing industries. A writer, activist and artist, Valero is advising FrameWorks on its next generation of interactive, educational products and tools.
BETH FISHER serves as FrameWorks’ director of administration. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Towson University, Fisher worked in some of Baltimore’s leading advertising firms as a production manager. She spent ten years overseeing print production of numerous brochures, outdoor boards, print ads, posters, radio ads, and specialty items. During this time, Fisher formed relationships with the industry’s most talented printers, illustrators, photographers, and broadcast production facilities. At the same time, she was busy earning a master’s degree in early childhood development from Loyola College. For the past six years she’s put her management and organizational skills to work for FrameWorks Institute — helping to supervise projects of all sizes and complexities.
CHRISTINE NOLANserves as an administrative associate with the Institute. She received her B.S. from Drexel University in design and merchandising. After serving several years in management within the retail industry, her focus moved to advertising and public relations. As a director of production for two of the mid-Atlantic’s top firms, Nolan was responsible for purchasing and managing several million dollars in printing and production services annually. With over 13 years of field experience, she uses her leadership, communication and administrative skills to support FrameWorks’ organizational development and project management.