Armen Hratchian ’06 MPA director of Teach for America Detroit

ARMEN HRATCHIAN-main_iArmen Hratchian was named executive director for Teach for America’s Detroit Regional Office. Previously, Hratchian was an analyst for Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and was vice president of K-12 education at Excellent Schools Detroit. He is currently pursuing a MBA at the University of Michigan.

Greg Ahlgren ’74 BA (PSc) writes novel set during U.S. civil war

gregahlgrenGreg Ahlgren wrote Olustee: America’s Unfinished Civil War Battle published by Canterbury House. The novel is about the recent efforts to erect a Union monument to Union soldiers in Olustee, Floria, and the opposition to this effort by neo-Confederate apologists. Ahlgren is a criminal defense lawyer in Manchester, New Hampshire, and has worked as a criminal justice professor, a state legislator, and a political activist.

Eric Schultz ’02 BA (PSc) takes lead a communications company

SchultzEric Schultz is director of strategic communications for Lumentus, a digital communications agency. Previously, Schultz was associate director, senior media strategist, writer, and content producer for Portland Communications in New York and Washington, DC. Schultz also produced influential live television shows at CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox 5 New York. For more information about his new job see this webpage.

John Bacheller ’72 PhD (PSc) named Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Research Fellow

unnamedJohn Bacheller was recently named a Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Research Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute, State University of New York at Albany. The Rockefeller Institute is a public policy think tank that focuses on problems facing New York State. Bacheller has retired and writes a blog (policybynumbers.com) that focuses on New York issues, with a focus on upstate economies.

Mark Hibben ’07 MA (PSc)/’14 PhD (PSc) writes book critiquing IMF

mark-hibbenMark Hibben wrote What’s Wrong with the IMF and How to Fix It published by Polity Press. The book critiques IMF governance, surveillance, lending, and capacity development and offers solutions to increase program effectiveness. Hibben is assistant professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. His research interests include globalization and development, international political economy, human rights, and the politics of poverty and inequality.

Kurt Steinberg ’93 BA (IR)/’94 MPA is president of Massachusetts College of Art and Design

SteinbergKurt Steinberg will assume the presidency of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design on July 1. Steinberg has worked at Mass Art for 12 years, including one year as acting president. During his time at Mass Art Steinberg oversaw a 10-year plan to renovate the school’s Boston campus and established a partnership with the Beijing Royal School in China. Previously he was associate vice chancellor and chief financial officer at the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. He is currently completing his doctoral studies in organizational leadership at Northeastern University.