The Goldfarb Faculty Advisory Committee is charged with advising the Executive Director on ways to integrate Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs programming with the current curriculum, particularly in public policy. The group helps shape policy themes and priorities, as well as helps identify speakers and students for events. In addition, the committee helps the Center support and fund faculty-led work on issues of public policy research and development, including awarding public policy grants to faculty.
Nicholas Jacobs is a political scientist whose research focuses on multi-level governance and the politicization of administrative power. He has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles and book-chapters on topics ranging from school segregation, tax reform, and America’s urban-rural divide. His first book, What Happened to the Vital Center?, with Oxford University Press, explores how institutional developments throughout the 20th century created incentives to craft public policies away from median voter and use administrative tools as a mobilizing strategy for party activists. He received the American Political Science Association’s John Kincaid award for his research on federalism and intergovernmental relations and he regularly comments on American politics for local and national media outlets. At Colby, he teaches courses on American political development, public policy, political science research methods, and institutional reform. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington.
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Jerzy Wieczorek teaches courses on statistical modeling, data visualization, and survey design and data collection. Professor Wieczorek’s research focuses on visualization of statistical
uncertainty and on model selection and assessment, particularly when fitting modern statistical or machine learning models to data from complex sample survey designs. He holds a BS in Engineering from Olin College, a MS in Statistics from Portland State University, and a PhD in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Wieczorek also spent several years as a mathematical statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau. As a volunteer, he has provided data analysis and visualization assistance for organizations such as StatAid, Statistics Without Borders, and DataKind.
Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies
Assistant Professor of East Asian History
Professor Inga Kim Diederich is a historian whose research focuses on the development of Korean ethnic nationalism and its medico-scientific dimensions. Working at the intersection of Asian Studies, Science Studies, and Ethnic Studies, she concentrates on how the symbol and substance of blood worked to congeal a new form of modern Korean identity across a divided peninsula and diverse diasporas. She has published, presented, and organized work that explores the connections between Korean nationalism and the biological sciences in the context of gender, race, and class formations in modern East Asia and the trans-Pacific sphere. She received her PhD from the University of California San Diego, an MA from Harvard University, and a BA from the University of Chicago. At Colby, Professor Diederich teaches courses in the Departments of History, East Asian Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies that survey East Asian history from antiquity through the present, explore the contours of Korean modernity, and consider how Asian bodies have been shaped by sexualized and radicalized discourses and practices.
Associate Professor of English
Chair of the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Department
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Todger Anderson Assistant Professor of Investing and Behavioral Economics
Assistant Professor of African American Studies