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The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina is a multidisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of politics, policies and ideas.

Pell Center Announces Fellows Program

pell3The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy today announced the creation of a fellows program designed to drive the intellectual agenda and on-going research of the center located at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.

Drawing from faculty at the University and seasoned policy professionals across the United States, the Pell Center is assembling a team whose members understand issues, are gifted communicators and teachers, and who have spent time not just studying a topic, but also working in the policy community.

“We intend for the Pell Center to become a home to thought leaders and doers,” said Dr. Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center.  “We want a blend of traditional academics, policy professionals, and social entrepreneurs,” Ludes continued, “people who know how to get things done.  In this first class of fellows, I think we’ve done just that.”

The Pell Center is currently conducting a national search for a resident Senior Fellow in Public Policy.  The search, to be concluded in early 2013, is part of a new direction for the Pell Center, rebalancing its emphasis and its brand between international relations and public policy and also heralding the growth of an organic research capability at the Pell Center.

Pell Center Fellows are available as resources to journalists, policy makers, and the academic community.


Ms. Francesca  Spidalieri

At the Pell Center: Fellow

Day Job: Fellow for Cyber Leadership, Pell Center

Areas of Expertise: Cybersecurity; cyber crime; information security strategies and policies; NATO and Transatlantic Relations; EU Policies and Institutions; United Nations

Twitter: @Francesca_cyber

Francesca Spidalieri, fellow for cyber leadership at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina, leads the Cyber-security Leadership Development Project at the Pell Center. Spidalieri’s research focuses on cyber-security education and awareness. She also contributes to research activities on cyber-security at the US Naval War College Center for Cyber Conflict Studies under the mentorship of Professor Chris Demchak.

Before joining the Pell Center, Spidalieri worked as a research analyst for Femin Ijtihad, a NGO dedicated to the study of Islamic jurisprudence and law in pursuit of gender equality, and as an interpreter assistant in Paris, France.

Spidalieri earned her M.A. in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with a concentration in International Security Studies and Public International Law. Her graduate thesis, “NATO-EU Relations: A Strategic Partnership in the Making”, analyzed the implications of a stronger European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) on the NATO-EU relationship.

Prior to Tufts, Spidalieri received a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Milan, where she served as the faculty advisor for the University of Milan delegations to the Model United Nations in New York and China.

A native of Catania, Italy, Spidalieri lives in Newport with her husband, LT Samuel Train, USN. Fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish, Spidalieri is also an Italian tutor in the US for Italian companies.


Ms. Kelly L. Bovio 

At the Pell Center: Adjunct Fellow

Day Job: Senior Policy Advisor, The Alliance for Business Leadership

Areas of Expertise: Health Policy, Education Policy

Kelly Bovio serves as Senior Policy Advisor for the Alliance for Business Leadership, bringing more than 15 years of experience in public policy, economic development and program management.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Kelly served on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC as Senior Legislative Assistant to Senators John Kerry and Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, and Director of Rural Development to Congressman John Olver. She specialized in health and education policy, and was instrumental in drafting Senator Kerry’s first major piece of health legislation, “The Nurse Reinvestment Act.” Kelly also drafted the initial framework of Senator Kerry’s health care plan for his presidential platform. While working for Senator Hollings and Representative Olver, both members of the Appropriations Committee, she secured millions of dollars in support for community economic development projects. Kelly also oversaw Rep. Olver’s Foreign Operations Subcommittee assignment, and directed his Vice-Chairmanship of the Albanian Issues Caucus during the Balkan crises.

In addition to her Congressional experience, Kelly directed the Denver Student Voices Project, an Annenberg Foundation program aimed at improving high school civic education and promoting student activism. She also served as Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer for Horizons for Homeless Children. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an M.A. in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University.

Mr. Jonathan  Morgenstein 

At the Pell Center: Adjunct Fellow

Day Job: Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Empowerment Solar

Areas of Expertise: Foreign Assistance, Security Sector Reform, Middle East/North Africa, Human Rights, Democracy, Rule of Law, Clean Energy

Twitter: @jonathanmorgen

Jonathan Morgenstein is in the process of launching Empowerment Solar, selling solar electricity in the Middle East.  Most recently, he helped establish two offices in the Department of Defense, the Global Strategic Engagement Team and then the office of Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy. Previously he served as a Senior National Security Policy Fellow at the Third Way, a DC-based think tank. Prior to that he was a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace. As Senior Program Officer, he conducted conflict resolution trainings around the world, including in Bosnia, Colombia, Darfur, and Iraq. Before USIP, he assessed the African Union’s peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan for Refugees International. Jonathan has served over 21 years in the Marine Corps Reserves.  Currently a Captain, he has been selected for promotion to Major. He has served tours in, among other places, Ramadi, Iraq as a Civil Affairs Officer; Hit and Haditha, Iraq as a trainer embedded with the Iraqi Army; in Sarajevo, Bosnia; and at the Pentagon as an analyst for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Jonathan graduated from Cornell University and earned two Master’s degrees; in Teaching from the University of New Hampshire, and in International Policy Studies from Stanford University

Mr. Craig  Mullaney 

At the Pell Center: Adjunct Fellow

Day Job: Senior Vice President, USTREAM, INC

Areas of Expertise: Counterinsurgency, Afghanistan & Pakistan, U.S. Military

Twitter: @craigstream

Craig M. Mullaney joined Ustream, the world’s leading live broadcast network, in 2011.  As Senior Vice President for Content, Strategy, & Operations, Mullaney oversees media partnerships, programming, corporate strategy, and operations.

He previously led the operations, planning, and strategy portfolio at Development Innovation Ventures, a venture capital fund within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that identifies, tests, and scales breakthrough innovations to core challenges throughout the developing world.  He previously served at USAID as the senior adviser to the Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, on Afghanistan and Pakistan.  In 2010, Devex named Mullaney a “40 Under 40 International Development Leader.”

Before joining USAID, Mullaney served at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Principal Director for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia Policy and as the Chief of Staff for the Department of Defense Transition Team.  Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mullaney was on the national security policy staff of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Mullaney graduated second in his class from the United States Military Academy.  After completing Ranger School, he continued to the University of Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship and earned two masters degrees in diplomatic and economic history.

In 2003, Mullaney led an infantry rifle platoon along the hostile border between Afghanistan and Pakistan with the 10th Mountain Division as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.  His platoon, operating along a range from humanitarian assistance to combat engagements against al-Qaeda, earned the most combat decorations in the division.  Following his return to the United States, Mullaney joined the elite 3rd Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard,” in Arlington, Virginia, responsible for Arlington National Cemetery burials, the Tomb of the Unknowns, and defense of the National Capital Region.  He served a three-year appointment to the history faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and led the International Scholarships Program to institutional and national record levels of success.  Mullaney’s military decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, and Parachutist Badge.

Mullaney is the author of the 2009 New York Times bestseller The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education, a Washington Post Best Books of 2009, Military Times Best Military Books of the Decade, and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selectionHe has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show, The CBS Early Show, BBC World News America, National Public Radio, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Mullaney speaks frequently about leadership, management, and education.  His speaking engagements have included Harvard Business School, U.S. Southern Command, Princeton University, JP Morgan Chase, military service academies, and numerous other business, academic, leadership, and policy forums.  Mullaney is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Adjunct Fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

A proud Rhode Island native, Craig currently resides in San Francisco, California.  A former wrestler, rower, marathoner, and sport parachutist, Mullaney’s current interests include cycling and barefoot hiking.

Mr. Patrick J. O’Malley, Esq.

At the Pell Center: Adjunct Fellow

Day Job: Founder, Interpresas Consulting

Areas of Expertise: International Business, International Law

Patrick J. O’Malley is a Milan-based international corporate and securities lawyer, dual-qualified as an attorney both in the United States and in England & Wales, who serves a primarily European client base. He is an adjunct professor in comparative law matters at the Università Commerciale L. Bocconi in Milan, Italy the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, France Business School in Brest, France and ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.  He also teaches at a dozen other universities (including Salve Regina University and Providence College), companies, and professional legal/business training organizations around Europe and the U.S., and occasionally in Africa and Central Asia.

Most of his courses cover comparative US-EU corporate and securities law issues, as well as other comparative law topics (including contracts law/drafting and occasionally others such as anti-trust). He has focused especially on issues of international corporate governance, transparency and global efforts to combat corporate corruption/bribery. He speaks fluent Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

O’Malley is a graduate of Providence College (BA), The Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies (DES) and Boston College Law School (JD). He is currently a candidate for a European Doctorate in Law.


Dr. Luigi  Bradizza 

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Salve Regina University

Areas of Expertise: American Politics, U.S. Constitution, Public Policy


Dr. Michael  Budd 

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Professor and Program Director, Salve Regina University
Dr. Jameson F. Chace

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Director of Environmental Studies, Salve Regina University

Areas of Expertise: Urbanization, Climate Change, Water Quality


Dr. Craig  Condella 

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Salve Regina University

Areas of Expertise: Environment, Technology, Science in Society

Twitter: @craigcondella


Dr. Debra  Curtis 

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Salve Regina University

Areas of Expertise: Gender and Sexuality, Human Rights, Popular Culture, Medical Anthropology, Public Health


Dr. William P. Leeman 

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Assistant Professor of History, Salve Regina University

Areas of Expertise: U.S. Military, Civil-Military Relations, American Presidency and Politics


Dr. Arlene J. Nicholas 

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Director of MBA and Management Graduate Program, Salve Regina University

Areas of Expertise: Generation Y; Telework

Twitter: @ajnich13


Dr. Sheila O’Brien Quinn 

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Dept. Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology, Salve Regina University

Areas of Expertise: Autism Treatment, Practitioner Training, Mandated Coverage


Dr. Chad  Raymond 

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Salve Regina University

Areas of Expertise: Economic Development of Mid East and Asia; Higher Education


Dr. Martha McCann Rose 

At the Pell Center: Faculty Fellow

Day Job: Professor, Salve Regina University

Areas of Expertise: Education, Disabilities


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