Danforth Volunteer Leadership

Ellie Anbinder

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Ellie@CareGivers-WellBeing.com

Ellie Anbinder has always had an inquisitive and questioning part to her DNA; she always asks questions about the “non-obvious” in life and as she has lived her life, has had multiple careers which centered around asking the hard questions and working toward answers to those questions.

In the 80’s she grew a networking referral company in the New England area; the company was actually the first networking company in the New England area.

When Ellie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, her question was always: “why did I get this disease?”  Since no one seemed to be able to answer the question she founded a non-profit to fund research the links between breast cancer and the environment.  This mission was unique at the time and set into motion a new way of thinking about breast cancer.

The theme of finding out and asking question about untouched topics again arose for Ellie when she became the frontline caregiver for her husband who was suffering from Alzheimer’s.  She noticed and lived through the loneliness and isolation of being a caregiver and started a consulting practice which provides a safe place for caregivers to discuss their questions and find resources to navigate through the difficult dementia process which affects not just the health of the patient but impacts the caregiver dramatically.  Caregiver-Wellbeing is this new mission.

Ellie has always been very interested in art and architecture; and took her daughters to all the museums in Boston as they were growing up.  When the Danforth Museum opened, it was a lovely new resource in Framingham which she frequented and supported happily.  The privilege of seeing and learning about art was a hobby and one that brought great job to Ellie’s leisure time.

Richard Baiano

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

richard@childsgallery.com

Richard is an art collector, President and Owner of Childs Gallery in Boston, and a Principal in the interior design firm Platemark Design. Prior to joining Childs Gallery, he worked as an architect at GUND Partnership. Richard has served on the Patron Steering Committee and Museum Council for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and on the Executive Board of the Boston Chapter of Save Venice. His degrees in architecture include a BA from Clemson University and an MArch from Syracuse University. Richard resides in Boston.

Brian Bishop, MFA

Professor of Art

Member, Danforth Art Museum Advisory Board

Chair, Danforth Art Museum Collections Committee

bbishop@framingham.edu

Brian Bishop is an artist and educator who teaches in the Department of Art and Music at Framingham State University. His studio practice focused on photography and its relationship with the discursive and lyrical nature of painting has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to a curatorial career, he has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate level for over twenty years.

Barry Burlingham

Danforth Museum Development Officer

Ex-Officio Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

bburlingham@framingham.edu

Barry has spent a career in development, working with non-profit organizations throughout the country, but primarily in the Boston area.  Following graduate school, he spent two years with Ketchum, Inc., a company specializing in in-residence capital campaign direction serving various clients that included hospitals, YMCAs, and even a city mission.  Returning to Boston, he became Director of Development and Section Head for the Museum of Science, launching their $20,000,000 expansion campaign for the new wing and Mugar Omni Theater.

More recently, Burlingham spent over a decade raising funds for Derby Academy in Hingham, Learning Prep, a special needs school in Newton, and two social service organizations in Boston, FriendshipWorks and EMPathways.  Barry received his A.B. degree in English Literature from the University of Lancaster in the UK and a masters in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard.

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Ellie@CareGivers-WellBeing.com

Ellie Anbinder has always had an inquisitive and questioning part to her DNA; she always asks questions about the “non-obvious” in life and as she has lived her life, has had multiple careers which centered around asking the hard questions and working toward answers to those questions.

In the 80’s she grew a networking referral company in the New England area; the company was actually the first networking company in the New England area.

When Ellie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, her question was always: “why did I get this disease?”  Since no one seemed to be able to answer the question she founded a non-profit to fund research the links between breast cancer and the environment.  This mission was unique at the time and set into motion a new way of thinking about breast cancer.

The theme of finding out and asking question about untouched topics again arose for Ellie when she became the frontline caregiver for her husband who was suffering from Alzheimer’s.  She noticed and lived through the loneliness and isolation of being a caregiver and started a consulting practice which provides a safe place for caregivers to discuss their questions and find resources to navigate through the difficult dementia process which affects not just the health of the patient but impacts the caregiver dramatically.  Caregiver-Wellbeing is this new mission.

Ellie has always been very interested in art and architecture; and took her daughters to all the museums in Boston as they were growing up.  When the Danforth Museum opened, it was a lovely new resource in Framingham which she frequented and supported happily.  The privilege of seeing and learning about art was a hobby and one that brought great job to Ellie’s leisure time.

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

richard@childsgallery.com

Richard is an art collector, President and Owner of Childs Gallery in Boston, and a Principal in the interior design firm Platemark Design. Prior to joining Childs Gallery, he worked as an architect at GUND Partnership. Richard has served on the Patron Steering Committee and Museum Council for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and on the Executive Board of the Boston Chapter of Save Venice. His degrees in architecture include a BA from Clemson University and an MArch from Syracuse University. Richard resides in Boston.

Professor of Art

Member, Danforth Art Museum Advisory Board

Chair, Danforth Art Museum Collections Committee

bbishop@framingham.edu

Brian Bishop is an artist and educator who teaches in the Department of Art and Music at Framingham State University. His studio practice focused on photography and its relationship with the discursive and lyrical nature of painting has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to a curatorial career, he has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate level for over twenty years.

Danforth Museum Development Officer

Ex-Officio Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

bburlingham@framingham.edu

Barry has spent a career in development, working with non-profit organizations throughout the country, but primarily in the Boston area.  Following graduate school, he spent two years with Ketchum, Inc., a company specializing in in-residence capital campaign direction serving various clients that included hospitals, YMCAs, and even a city mission.  Returning to Boston, he became Director of Development and Section Head for the Museum of Science, launching their $20,000,000 expansion campaign for the new wing and Mugar Omni Theater.

More recently, Burlingham spent over a decade raising funds for Derby Academy in Hingham, Learning Prep, a special needs school in Newton, and two social service organizations in Boston, FriendshipWorks and EMPathways.  Barry received his A.B. degree in English Literature from the University of Lancaster in the UK and a masters in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard.

Gary Christelis

Vice President and Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

garychristelis@gmail.com

Gary Christelis is a Boston area corporate transactional attorney, businessman, and angel investor with extensive legal and commercial management and operational experience with a focus on startups and emerging high-tech companies. He is an accomplished leader in building successful teams, scaling companies, managing risks, and addressing complex business and legal transactions, with experience in both domestic and international matters. In addition to serving as a trustee and officer of the Danforth Art Alliance, which supports the Danforth Art Center, he is a trustee and President on the board of The Wayside Inn Foundation which owns and operates The Wayside Inn Historic Site in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Mr. Christelis was one of the principal architects of the merger of the Danforth Museum and School into Framingham State University in 2017 working directly with the leadership team at Framingham State University. He lives in Sudbury with his wife Doris, and two sons.

Marc Cote

Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities

Board Chair and Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

mcote@framingham.edu

Marc holds an MFA from the University of Connecticut and a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Marc serves on the Board of the Boston Printmakers. He has displayed his work in many local, national, and international venues including the Kingston Gallery in Boston, the 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, the International Print Center in New York, the Santa Cruz County Art Museum in California, and the Kyoto Woodprint Association in Japan. His prints are in numerous collections including Harvard University, the Boston Public Library, the Danforth Museum, the Zuckerman Museum in GA, and McNeese State University in LA.

Michele DiVito

Treasurer and Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

michele.divito@rsmus.com

Michele is a certified public accountant and a Senior Director at RSM US LLP in the assurance practice group. Her work focuses on nonprofit clients in the education, international non-governmental organizations, health and welfare, and foundation sectors in the area of auditing and financial consulting.

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Noelle Fournier

Director, Danforth Art School

 Ex-Officio Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

nfournier1@framingham.edu

Noelle received a B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. In addition to Danforth, she has been on the faculty at the De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord. She was selected as Artist-in-Residence for a yearlong study of sculpture, and has also designed and presented a series of professional development seminars on sculpture and art education. Since 2016, Noelle has overseen the relocation of the school, as well as the integration of Danforth with Framingham State University. Noelle enjoys creating art, but her primary vocation is in providing exceptional art classes for all ages.

Vice President and Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

garychristelis@gmail.com

Gary Christelis is a Boston area corporate transactional attorney, businessman, and angel investor with extensive legal and commercial management and operational experience with a focus on startups and emerging high-tech companies. He is an accomplished leader in building successful teams, scaling companies, managing risks, and addressing complex business and legal transactions, with experience in both domestic and international matters. In addition to serving as a trustee and officer of the Danforth Art Alliance, which supports the Danforth Art Center, he is a trustee and President on the board of The Wayside Inn Foundation which owns and operates The Wayside Inn Historic Site in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Mr. Christelis was one of the principal architects of the merger of the Danforth Museum and School into Framingham State University in 2017 working directly with the leadership team at Framingham State University. He lives in Sudbury with his wife Doris, and two sons.

Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities

Board Chair and Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

mcote@framingham.edu

Marc holds an MFA from the University of Connecticut and a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Marc serves on the Board of the Boston Printmakers. He has displayed his work in many local, national, and international venues including the Kingston Gallery in Boston, the 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, the International Print Center in New York, the Santa Cruz County Art Museum in California, and the Kyoto Woodprint Association in Japan. His prints are in numerous collections including Harvard University, the Boston Public Library, the Danforth Museum, the Zuckerman Museum in GA, and McNeese State University in LA.

Treasurer and Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

michele.divito@rsmus.com

Michele is a certified public accountant and a Senior Director at RSM US LLP in the assurance practice group. Her work focuses on nonprofit clients in the education, international non-governmental organizations, health and welfare, and foundation sectors in the area of auditing and financial consulting.

Director, Danforth Art School

 Ex-Officio Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

nfournier1@framingham.edu

Noelle received a B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. In addition to Danforth, she has been on the faculty at the De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord. She was selected as Artist-in-Residence for a yearlong study of sculpture, and has also designed and presented a series of professional development seminars on sculpture and art education. Since 2016, Noelle has overseen the relocation of the school, as well as the integration of Danforth with Framingham State University. Noelle enjoys creating art, but her primary vocation is in providing exceptional art classes for all ages.

Betty Funk

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

bettyfunk@rcn.com

Betty’s love of art is as unbounded as her pride in the people of Framingham,  Town Meeting, Framingham State University, the Danforth Corporation, Inc., and  Massachusetts State Government, all of whom worked together to create and make the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University.   It has been an incredible experience to be part of assuring access to art and art education in the beautifully restored, and historic Jonathan Maynard Building on the Framingham Common.

 

Betty is a founder and past President and CEO of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corporations of Massachusetts, a past active member and Board Chair of the Washington based National Council for Behavioral Health, and past Executive Director of the Framingham Youth Guidance Center.  Her broad community board experiences have generated wisdom that moderates fear of change. She is very comfortable with well thought out strategies for change and believes strongly that the community can be expanded and mobilized to support expansion of fundraising and volunteerism for the Danforth Art Museum.  Betty notes that community boards like Danforth Art Alliance, while geared to protect the educational, social, and cultural products of art, are equally committed to protecting the financial base that is essential to survival.

 

Ms. Funk has an MBA from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management and continues to live in Framingham with her ever growing family.

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Jessica Roscio

Director & Curator, Danforth Art Museum

Ex-Officio Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board Collections Committee

jroscio@framingham.edu

Jessica joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011, was appointed Curator in 2015, and Director in 2020. Selected exhibitions include Barbara Swan: Reflected Self, The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior, Beautiful Decay, Dressed, Family Circle, and Lois Tarlow: Material Vocabulary. Jessica has held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, has served as a juror for regional and national exhibitions, and is a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography in New England. Jessica has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.

Kurt Steinberg

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

kurt.steinberg@montserrat.edu

Dr. Kurt T. Steinberg began his tenure in 2018 as the 8th President of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, on Boston’s North Shore.  This followed 12 years as Executive Vice President and Acting President at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Dr. Steinberg’s focus has been to promote the ideas of a creative life; a mutual commitment made between the college, its students and its alumni to a lifelong relationship of helping artists, designers and artist educators achieve their creative goals. He strongly believes in fostering the diversity of creating traditions as a way to challenge both students and faculty to expand their social and global awareness. In support of these ideas, he has focused on the expansion of Montserrat’s presence internationally and nationally through affiliations in China, Bahamas, Japan, India, the New World in Miami, FL and NOCCA in New Orleans, LA.

An authority in collegiate operations, Dr. Steinberg has delivered guest lectures on higher education finance, urban planning and social justice. He has lectured on the power of innovation and design through art education in China, Japan, India as well as throughout the United States. He has participated in site visits for the New England Council on Higher Education (NECHE), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). He serves on the board of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development, the St. Botolph Club Foundation and is a Nominator for the Boston Foundation/Brother Thomas Fellowship. He was elected to serve as Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design in 2019. Most recently, Kurt became a Commissioner of the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Dr. Steinberg is an Honorary Trustee of the Danforth Art Alliance after serving as Trustee and Treasurer of the Danforth Museum and School.  He was recently invited to be a reviewer by the Iceland Ministry of Education.

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John Thompson

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

John is a painter and printmaker who exhibits widely and continues to teach.   He founded and maintains a studio at the Lincoln Arts Building in Waltham.   A retired Vice President of Blackbaud, a software company specializing in fundraising software for nonprofit organizations, John has served on the Boards of the Cambridge School of Weston, The MassArt Foundation, The Foundation for Metrowest, and others.  He holds degrees from Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin, Babson College, and Massachusetts College of Art.  John resides in Weston where he is active on the Historical Commission and the Weston Art and Innovation Center.

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

bettyfunk@rcn.com

Betty’s love of art is as unbounded as her pride in the people of Framingham,  Town Meeting, Framingham State University, the Danforth Corporation, Inc., and  Massachusetts State Government, all of whom worked together to create and make the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University.   It has been an incredible experience to be part of assuring access to art and art education in the beautifully restored, and historic Jonathan Maynard Building on the Framingham Common.

 

Betty is a founder and past President and CEO of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corporations of Massachusetts, a past active member and Board Chair of the Washington based National Council for Behavioral Health, and past Executive Director of the Framingham Youth Guidance Center.  Her broad community board experiences have generated wisdom that moderates fear of change. She is very comfortable with well thought out strategies for change and believes strongly that the community can be expanded and mobilized to support expansion of fundraising and volunteerism for the Danforth Art Museum.  Betty notes that community boards like Danforth Art Alliance, while geared to protect the educational, social, and cultural products of art, are equally committed to protecting the financial base that is essential to survival.

 

Ms. Funk has an MBA from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management and continues to live in Framingham with her ever growing family.

Director & Curator, Danforth Art Museum

Ex-Officio Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board Collections Committee

jroscio@framingham.edu

Jessica joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011, was appointed Curator in 2015, and Director in 2020. Selected exhibitions include Barbara Swan: Reflected Self, The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior, Beautiful Decay, Dressed, Family Circle, and Lois Tarlow: Material Vocabulary. Jessica has held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, has served as a juror for regional and national exhibitions, and is a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography in New England. Jessica has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

kurt.steinberg@montserrat.edu

Dr. Kurt T. Steinberg began his tenure in 2018 as the 8th President of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, on Boston’s North Shore.  This followed 12 years as Executive Vice President and Acting President at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Dr. Steinberg’s focus has been to promote the ideas of a creative life; a mutual commitment made between the college, its students and its alumni to a lifelong relationship of helping artists, designers and artist educators achieve their creative goals. He strongly believes in fostering the diversity of creating traditions as a way to challenge both students and faculty to expand their social and global awareness. In support of these ideas, he has focused on the expansion of Montserrat’s presence internationally and nationally through affiliations in China, Bahamas, Japan, India, the New World in Miami, FL and NOCCA in New Orleans, LA.

An authority in collegiate operations, Dr. Steinberg has delivered guest lectures on higher education finance, urban planning and social justice. He has lectured on the power of innovation and design through art education in China, Japan, India as well as throughout the United States. He has participated in site visits for the New England Council on Higher Education (NECHE), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). He serves on the board of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development, the St. Botolph Club Foundation and is a Nominator for the Boston Foundation/Brother Thomas Fellowship. He was elected to serve as Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design in 2019. Most recently, Kurt became a Commissioner of the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Dr. Steinberg is an Honorary Trustee of the Danforth Art Alliance after serving as Trustee and Treasurer of the Danforth Museum and School.  He was recently invited to be a reviewer by the Iceland Ministry of Education.

Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

John is a painter and printmaker who exhibits widely and continues to teach.   He founded and maintains a studio at the Lincoln Arts Building in Waltham.   A retired Vice President of Blackbaud, a software company specializing in fundraising software for nonprofit organizations, John has served on the Boards of the Cambridge School of Weston, The MassArt Foundation, The Foundation for Metrowest, and others.  He holds degrees from Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin, Babson College, and Massachusetts College of Art.  John resides in Weston where he is active on the Historical Commission and the Weston Art and Innovation Center.

David Weinberg

President, Secretary and Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

Board Member, Framingham University Foundation

David.Weinberg1@Comcast.net

David Weinberg received his B.A. from Temple University in 1971, and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 1977 from New York University School of Medicine.  Following his residency and research fellowship, Dr. Weinberg served as a staff pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

 

Upon retiring from a thirty-year career in academic medicine, David pursued a second career, completing a certificate program in professional photography at Boston University in 2006. He has exhibited his fine art photography in galleries in New York City and Boston, and has participated in many national juried shows. David is a resident of Brookline, MA.

Evelyn Wolfson

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

e.wolfson@comcast.net

Since graduating from college, Evelyn Wolfson has been teaching and writing about the environment, history, and Native American life. While raising two children, Mrs. Wolfson taught ecology and Indian lore to students and teachers at an environmental education center in Massachusetts. She also conducted teacher in-service training in Massachusetts schools. For the past thirty years she has been a teaching specialist in Native American culture in public schools throughout Massachusetts.

Mrs. Wolfson is the author of thirteen books for children, two for adults, and co-authored a textbook on environmental education. She contributed to an anthology of women adventurers and writes for both newspapers and magazines.

Ellen Zimmerman

Interim Provost & Vice President, FSU

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

ezimmerman@framingham.edu

Dr. Ellen Zimmerman has been a well-respected professor of Anthropology in the Sociology Department for more than two decades and was Chair of the department for nearly three years. She served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2010-2015, during which time she instituted the Offices of Assessment and of Institutional Effectiveness within Academic Affairs.

Ellen has a deep commitment to human rights and social justice issues and strongly supports antiracism initiatives. In connection to this, she served as Faculty Advisor to the Human Rights Action Committee for most of that student group’s active existence and has been part of the Faculty Against Hate group since its inception. Her research has involved several years of field work in South India, where she studied the sociolinguistics of English as well as sound symbolism in the Telugu language. Her recent teaching and research interests focus on language and power and the creation and dissemination of dominant ideologies, as well as the construction of the “other,” through language and imagery. Dr. Zimmerman took both her M.A. in Linguistics and a joint Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

President, Secretary and Trustee, Danforth Art Alliance, Inc.

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

Board Member, Framingham University Foundation

David.Weinberg1@Comcast.net

David Weinberg received his B.A. from Temple University in 1971, and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 1977 from New York University School of Medicine.  Following his residency and research fellowship, Dr. Weinberg served as a staff pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

 

Upon retiring from a thirty-year career in academic medicine, David pursued a second career, completing a certificate program in professional photography at Boston University in 2006. He has exhibited his fine art photography in galleries in New York City and Boston, and has participated in many national juried shows. David is a resident of Brookline, MA.

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

e.wolfson@comcast.net

Since graduating from college, Evelyn Wolfson has been teaching and writing about the environment, history, and Native American life. While raising two children, Mrs. Wolfson taught ecology and Indian lore to students and teachers at an environmental education center in Massachusetts. She also conducted teacher in-service training in Massachusetts schools. For the past thirty years she has been a teaching specialist in Native American culture in public schools throughout Massachusetts.

Mrs. Wolfson is the author of thirteen books for children, two for adults, and co-authored a textbook on environmental education. She contributed to an anthology of women adventurers and writes for both newspapers and magazines.

Interim Provost & Vice President, FSU

Member, Danforth Art Center Advisory Board

ezimmerman@framingham.edu

Dr. Ellen Zimmerman has been a well-respected professor of Anthropology in the Sociology Department for more than two decades and was Chair of the department for nearly three years. She served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2010-2015, during which time she instituted the Offices of Assessment and of Institutional Effectiveness within Academic Affairs.

Ellen has a deep commitment to human rights and social justice issues and strongly supports antiracism initiatives. In connection to this, she served as Faculty Advisor to the Human Rights Action Committee for most of that student group’s active existence and has been part of the Faculty Against Hate group since its inception. Her research has involved several years of field work in South India, where she studied the sociolinguistics of English as well as sound symbolism in the Telugu language. Her recent teaching and research interests focus on language and power and the creation and dissemination of dominant ideologies, as well as the construction of the “other,” through language and imagery. Dr. Zimmerman took both her M.A. in Linguistics and a joint Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Chicago.