Monica van Beusekom, Ph.D.

MonicaMonica van Beusekom earned a B.A. in History from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in African History from Johns Hopkins University. Her research has focused on colonial development policy and practice in francophone West Africa, especially Mali. Publications include the book, Negotiating Development: African Farmers and Colonial Experts at the Office du Niger, 1920-60, as well as several articles. She taught African and global history at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh (1994-98) and African history at Trinity College in Hartford (2000-06). Prior to teaching, Monica also worked for several international development NGOs, including four years managing Oxfam-Great Britain’s program in Chad. She joined IISP in 2006.

Monica primarily advises current individualized major students. She also serves as the Honors adviser for the Individualized Major Program. She and Michael alternate teaching the Individualized Major Program gateway course, UNIV 2600 Individualized Study Across Academic Disciplines. Monica also coordinates the Crime and Justice minor.

Michael Cunningham, Ph.D.

MichaelMichael Cunningham earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in European History from the University of Connecticut. His interests include twentieth-century Europe and the history of science, including the work of Charles Darwin and the continuing controversy over the theory of evolution by natural selection. He taught European history, primarily in the context of Western Civilization, and history of science at UConn and several other colleges in Connecticut. In the years between graduating from Lehigh and beginning the graduate program at UConn, Michael served as an account manager for Travelers Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut. He joined IISP in 2013.

Michael advises students interested in creating their own individualized majors and he teaches the Capstone Course (UNIV 4600W).