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Suzanne Shanahan is Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology. Suzanne also oversees DukeEngage, the university’s signature civic engagement program, and ran the DukeEngage-Dublin program for 11 years. Additionally, she directs the Kenan Refugee Project, a 6-country, community-based project on forced migration. Her current research focuses on forced migration and moral responsibility. More specifically, Suzanne’s work explores the impact of displacement on refugee well-being and moral boundaries before and after resettlement with particular focus on Bhutanese, Iraqi and Syrian refugees. This community-based research is a collaboration with communities both in the Middle East and with newcomer communities in North Carolina. Other work explores the dynamics of racial collective action in the United States and Europe. She is recipient of the Robert B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award and the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. Suzanne received her PhD from Stanford University.
Peggy spent most of her early years in Virginia and moved to North Carolina after earning a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia. She spent a number of years working in newspaper advertising before deciding to return to school and change careers. Peggy earned a Master of Accounting degree from North Carolina State University in 2012. Before joining DukeEngage in 2015, she spent 3 years working in Treasury and Cash Management at Duke. Peggy loves to spend her free time walking and hiking, and she has a fondness for Winnie the Pooh and fun socks.
Adria’s work focuses on developing initiatives to train and prepare students pre-departure as well as for their transitions back to Duke. Some of her main responsibilities include directing the annual Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy and DukeEngage’s student leadership programs: the Academy preceptors, the guiDE Group, and the Brodhead Service Fellows. A DukeEngage alumna herself (Kenya—WISER), Adria believes civic engagement is crucial for the development of culturally competent global citizens. After graduating with an AB in Psychology, Adria spent three years teaching English overseas, first in Beijing, China and then in Madrid, Spain. While in Spain, she earned a Master’s degree in International Education from Universidad de Alcala. Before joining DukeEngage, Adria worked as a College Adviser for Duke’s College Advising Corps and as a College Liaison for Durham Technical Community College.
A former elementary school educator and filmmaker, Oriana earned a BFA in film and television production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MSc in childhood education from St. John’s University, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in educational psychology from North Carolina State University. She left teaching to pursue work as a researcher in hopes of influencing education policy and creating equitable educational spaces for culturally different and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Oriana has first-authored and co-authored several research publications and continues to present her work at national conferences. Prior to DukeEngage, she was on the Research and Evaluation team at The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and was the Assistant Director of the Academic Year Programs at Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).
Hesper started her Duke career in 2006 as coordinator of communications and donor relations for Arts & Sciences Development. From 2009-2013, she was a senior marketing and communications specialist for Duke University Development, where she helped create collateral for the Duke Forward campaign launch. Before joining DukeEngage in 2017, Hesper was the development communications director for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and The Graduate School.
Inga Peterson is the Associate Director of Operations for DukeEngage. She has been developing and managing programs and cross-functional teams at Duke for the majority of the past eleven years, five of which she spent as an assistant director for programs with DukeEngage. Most recently, she served as the Vice President for Campus Engagement for the Duke Alumni Association, where she was the senior administrator responsible for the campus-facing programs and functions of the 175,000-member Association. Prior to coming to Duke, Inga working in academic advising and student affairs at the University of Chicago, Harvard, and Boston University, and developed and managed international community development programs with the Academy for Educational Development, the Harvard Institute for International Development, and the United States Peace Corps. Inga lives in Durham with her son and Yorkie mix.
Charlie Piot is a professor in the departments of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies and is the Peter Lange Faculty Director of DukeEngage. His area of specialization is the political economy and cultural history of rural West Africa. His recent book, Doing Development in West Africa: A Reader By and For Undergraduates (2016), describes small-scale development projects his DukeEngage students have carried out in villages in northern Togo, West Africa.
Kristin serves as the point person for faculty-led group programs, supporting faculty and staff in program development and implementation. She also manages student recruitment efforts and collaborates on both student and staff training.
Kristin has a background in education and worked in admissions and program evaluation at the University of British Columbia for several years before returning to NC to coordinate faculty support and student development efforts for Duke’s academic service-learning program. She lives in Durham with her husband and her daughter and devotes her spare time to PTA fundraising and voter registration.