Faculty Directors

Janice R. Bellace

Janice R. Bellace, Samuel Blank Professor of Legal Studies, and Professor of Legal Studies and Management at the Wharton School, specializes in International human rights law in the employment area. The author of numerous books, chapters, articles and papers, her research interests are in the field of labor and employment law, both domestic and international. She is the chairperson of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of the International Labor Organization. She is on the editorial board of several journals, and is senior editor of the Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal. She is the president-elect of the International Industrial Relations Association and on the executive board of the U.S. branch of the International Society for Labor Law and Social Security. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and of the Methodist Hospital Foundation. She is also on the board of Singapore Management University and Koc University in Istanbul. She received her bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics, which she attended as a Thouron Scholar. More


Rudra Sil

Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business. He joined the department in 1996, held the Janice & Julian Bers Chair in the Social Sciences from 2000 to 2003, and received awards for distinguished teaching in 2001 and 2011. His teaching and research interests encompass Russian and post-communist studies, Asian studies, comparative labor politics, theories of development and institutional change, qualitative comparative methods, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  He is author of Managing “Modernity”: Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (University of Michigan Press, 2002) and coauthor, with Peter Katzenstein, of Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010). His articles have appeared in such journals as Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Europe-Asia Studies, and Post-Soviet Affairs.  He is also author of more than a dozen book chapters and has coedited several anthologies, including The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2001); World Order After Leninism (University of Washington Press, 2006) and Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007).  Professor Sil is currently working on a new book - tentatively titled Pathways of the Postcommunist Proletariat - that analyzes the evolution of labor politics in Russia, with comparisons to Poland, the Czech Republic, China and Vietnam. More


Roger Allen

Roger Allen (Faculty Director 1994-2006) is the Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Chair of Department and Professor of Arabic Language and Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Between 2009 and 2011 he will be President of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America. He specializes in Arabic Literature and is also an expert on language pedagogy. From 1986-2004 he was a certified tester for the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages and also served as ACTFL's National Trainer of Testers in Arabic. More


Administrative Staff

Inge Herman

Inge Herman (Executive Director) joined the Huntsman Program six years ago. As the Executive Director, she manages the Program as a whole, serves as the primary academic advisor for Huntsman students and works closely with the Office of Admissions, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton Undergraduate Division as well as External Affairs. She also oversees Huntsman specific internships abroad and the newly established annual Reinsberg Lecture. Prior to her tenure in the Huntsman Program, Inge was Overseas Program Manager in the Office of International Programs, where she advised Huntsman and other Penn students on their semester and academic year abroad and she also served as a pre-major Academic Advisor for College of Arts and Sciences students at the University of Pennsylvania for many years. A native of Germany, she studied economics, French and English at the Georg-August-Universität and subsequently matriculated at Miami University, where she later taught language, literature and cultural studies in the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Literature and served as faculty director of several summer programs, including an intensive language program in Heidelberg and Berlin before coming to Penn. She is an active member of national and international organizations in the field of education abroad, including NAFSA: Association for International Educators. Inge holds a B.A. in English Literature from Miami University and a M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Cincinnati.

Flora Cornfield

Flora Campos Cornfield is currently an Academic Advisor in the Huntsman Program. Her responsibilities revolve primarily around study abroad and academic credit for students returning from programs abroad. She holds a B.A., an M.A. and a Ph. D. in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to the Huntsman program in 2009, Dr. Cornfield was an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn for most of her academic career.




Marco Alves joined the Huntsman Program in December 2011. He came from Austin, TX where he was a doctoral student at the University of Texas in Luso-Brazilian Studies, with a research focus in cultural and literary theory. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida and a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and in English literature from Rutgers University and William Paterson University respectively. Marco has taught courses in critical and creative writing and in Portuguese and Spanish, and over the years participated in numerous university initiatives, including academic journals, professional conferences, and student affairs. In the Huntsman Program Marco serves as an advisor to prospective students and families and also to current sophomore and juniors, especially for study abroad. He particularly enjoys meeting with prospective students to discuss the interdisciplinary opportunities of the Huntsman Program.



Monica Montiel joined the Huntsman Program in November 2011. As Program Coordinator, she is responsible for event coordination, social media, and handling day-to-day tasks in the Huntsman Program office. Prior to joining the Program, Monica worked as a publicist in New York City where she organized national, regional and local public relations campaigns for a diverse group of clients. A native of South Jersey, Monica has lived in New York City, Costa Rica, and traveled extensively throughout South and Central America before returning to the Greater Philadelphia region.  Monica spent a semester abroad at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile while earning her B.A. in Communications and Latin American Studies from New York University. She is currently working towards a Masters in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennyslvania. 


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Melissa Pavri

Class: 2010

Target Language: French Activities: A Capella,        Spoken Word

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