Faculty and Staff

A.T. Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity

Senior Lecturer, English Department

Instructor for EDUC 3610

A.T. Miller came to Cornell as Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity in the summer of 2011.  In this position he is responsible for the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Cornell Intergroup Dialogue Project, the Learning Strategies Center, and the Office of Internal Transfer.  He also is part of a team of five executives who manage Cornell’s overall approach to diversity and inclusion through the University Diversity Council. Prior to coming to Cornell, he served as Faculty Director of the Center for Global and Intercultural Study and Coordinator of Multicultural Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan from 2000 to 2011, and Director of Africana Studies at Union College from 1992 to 2000. He conducted his Ph.D. research in American Civilization in the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture and the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  His dissertation, “Looking at African American Families:  Recognition and Reaction”, analyzes the non-Western, African-influenced family patterns found in the United States, the Caribbean, and in Africa, primarily focusing on informal child fosterage.  He has published numerous scholarly articles on this topic, along with studies of African-based knowledge systems and ways of knowing, in addition to poetry and short creative writing.  He is a member of the English faculty at Cornell and is also a musician in his spare time, performing as half of the folk duo, “Bridgewater”.  For eight years he headed a rural high school in Kenya, East Africa, near the Uganda border and worked for the National Music Festival of Kenya for ten years.  He now lives with his husband (the other half of the folk duo) on an organic farm in Scipio, New York, north of Ithaca.

Email: atmiller@cornell.edu

Adi Grabiner Keinan, Ph.D.

Director of IDP

Instructor for EDUC 2610 & 4980

Adi is the Director of the Intergroup Dialogue Project at Cornell University. Adi’s doctoral research (Department of Anthropology, Cornell) examined the Israeli Left and political activism in Israel/Palestine. As a graduate student at Cornell University, she taught classes on the politics of protest and issues related to social justice. Before coming to Cornell she served as the Academic Administrator for Experiential Learning at Brandeis University, where she worked with faculty to incorporate experiential learning and reflective practice into their courses, and created opportunities for students to construct knowledge from direct experience. Her experience at the Branco Weiss Institute for the Development of Thinking (an Israeli educational NGO) allowed her to work with teenagers and educators from different social and cultural backgrounds in Israel. She developed educational programs for at-risk high school students and led multicultural teams of educators to implement them nationwide. She received her Ph.D. (Anthropology) from Cornell University, her M.A. (Cultural Production) from Brandeis University and her B.A. (History) from Tel Aviv University.

Email: ag649@cornell.edu

Alex Brown, M.A.

Assistant Director of IDP

Instructor for EDUC 2610 & 4980

Alex is the Assistant Director of the Intergroup Dialogue Project at Cornell University. He completed his MA in Germanic Studies at Cornell, where he is ABD in the graduate program. Alex’s theoretical interests include critical race, gender, queer, and postcolonial studies with a focus on the role of state and institutional bureaucracies in enforcing social norms. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Alex studied French- and German-language literature and music, focusing on drama, poetry, and opera. Alex participated in the first IDP session for graduate students in Summer 2016 at Cornell, having received training in intergroup relations as an undergraduate resident advisor at the University of Michigan. Alex gained additional experience in intercultural education through international programs in France and Germany, particularly while teaching English in Germany on a Fulbright grant in 2012-2013. As a resident of the Telluride House at Cornell, Alex further developed his facilitation practice in a supportive environment of diverse, collegial scholars.

Email: asb348@cornell.edu

Natasha Steinhall, B.S.

Program Assistant 

Natasha Steinhall is the Program Assistant for the Intergroup Dialogue Project at Cornell University. She serves as the point of contact for program development and management.  Natasha completed her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell, where she first discovered the Intergroup Dialogue Project in her senior year. She went on to facilitate the course and continued to be involved with the program after she graduated. Prior to her return to IDP, Natasha volunteered as a tutor with Tompkins Learning Partners, helping ESL students prepare for their U.S. citizenship tests. Her passion for dialogue and cultural exchange as means for working towards social justice and equity has led her back to the IDP program. 

Email: nms68@cornell.edu

John Forester, Ph.D.

Professor, City & Regional Planning

Instructor for EDUC 2610, 3610 & 4980

In addition to teaching with the Intergroup Dialogue Project, John is a Professor in the Department of City & Regional Planning. He studies the micro-politics of the planning process, ethics, dispute-resolution and political deliberation: the ways that planners shape participatory processes and manage public disputes in diverse settings. He has served as a mediator for the Community Dispute Resolution Center of Tompkins County, has consulted for the Consensus Building Institute, and has lectured widely, particularly in the U.S. and Europe. Forester’s recent writing includes Dealing with Differences: Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes (2009), Planning in the Face of Conflict (2013) and two forthcoming books: Rebuilding Community after Katrina (with Ken Reardon, 2015) and Conflict, Improvisation and Governance (with David Laws, 2015). Forester spent the 2008–09 academic year as NICIS Scholar at the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Conflict Studies. He has served as department chair of CRP, director of graduate studies for several terms, and for a year as associate dean. He received his B.S., M.S., M.C.P., and Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.

Email: johnforester@cornell.edu

Troy Richardson, Ph.D.  (Saponi/Tuscarora)

Associate Professor, American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Instructor for EDUC 2610 & 4980

As both a philosopher of education and scholar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, my research, scholarship and pedagogical efforts center on the intellectual traditions of Indigenous and other minoritized communities. He draws particular attention to the epistemological and ontological dimensions of Indigeneity as revealed in literature, visual culture and non-fiction works by Indigenous peoples. More specifically, he theorizes the nature of selfhood, ethics, gender, ecology and power from these Indigenous intellectual traditions to chart the alternative social and philosophical imaginaries of Indigenous peoples. Moreover, this work assists in revealing the precise operations of a still operative coloniality in Euro-centric intellectualism and knowledge production in research and academic settings. His scholarship seeks to contribute to philosophical and theoretical discourses developed by Indigenous peoples to advance forms of de-colonial education. Professor Richardson received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah, his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Michele Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Organizational Behavior

Instructor for EDUC 3610

In addition to teaching with the Intergroup Dialogue Project, Michele is assistant professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. Her research concentrates on gender and on the influences of interpersonal processes such as trust, emotion, perspective taking, and interpersonal sensitivity on how cooperative relationships evolve, especially on projects involving people from multiple organizations or groups within an organization. She teaches courses on negotiation, dispute resolution and women in leadership and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. levels. She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Email: mwilliams@cornell.edu