Since 1994, Susan Taylor-Leduc has taught international students in Paris, most recently serving as academic director and associate professor of art history at Trinity College in Paris, which she co-founded in 2006. She has served as a visiting lecturer at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP) in Paris, and Columbia University’s Global Center in Paris. Building on a background in 18th-century landscape design, Taylor-Leduc’s scholarship explores a number of periods and disciplines, such as the interconnections between gambling, play theory, and French picturesque garden design. Taylor-Leduc earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from Trinity College and her master’s degree and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Florence Leclerc-Dickler has spent most of her life abroad and has recently returned to France to oversee the launch of Parsons Paris. A longtime member of the Foreign Languages faculty and former chair of Foreign Languages at The New School for Public Engagement, Leclerc-Dickler uses her research to explore new ways to teach French through music. She also applies her familiarity with French and American educational cultures as well as her international experience in the corporate world to her new role overseeing human resources, budgeting, facilities, and operations at Parsons Paris. Leclerc-Dickler received an MA in Translation from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and an MBA from SUNY New Paltz.
Edward Mills began as director of Student Life and Advising at The New School Parsons Paris in June 2013, building, implementing, and heading the offices of Student Life, Student Services, and Academic Advising. Prior to joining Parsons Paris, Mills served as director of Auxiliary and Summer Programs at Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York. Before that, he served for six years as academic director of the International School of Management in Paris, France. Mills earned his MA in Political Science at UNC, jointly with Sciences Po, and his BA at Skidmore College. He recently completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.
Mike Fakih has lived in North America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and for eight years worked at Sciences Po Paris as director of the Europe-Africa Program and associate director of the Middle Eastern Program. His role encompassed project development, institutional partnerships, and notably developing international admissions and promotion. He also taught seminars on corporate social responsibility and media studies. Previously he worked on the founding and launch of an international sustainable development forum in France and was also a journalist in the Middle East. Fakih earned his MPA from Sciences Po and had also completed an MA and BA in Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University in the United States.
Ivan Twohig is a visual artist, designer, and educator from Dublin, Ireland. Before assuming his role in Parsons Paris, Ivan initiated the highly successful public making space Makeshop, and his artwork has been included in exhibitions in Ireland, France, Norway, Germany, and China. Ivan is curious about how things work and the way materials and technology can be used to communicate ideas. His current artistic research focuses on skeuomorphism in digital interfaces. Ivan received a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and a MA in Art in the Digital World from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
Alison Carey studied fine art at the BFA level and later received her MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from University College Dublin. Alison’s work and research have focused on artist-led organizations and professionalization strategies for artists in their early careers. She spent four years working as an exhibition producer for Science Gallery Dublin at Trinity College, exhibiting projects that cross the space between contemporary art and scientific research. At Parsons Paris, Alison works closely with MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies students and leads a transdisciplinary gallery program that focuses on preparing creative minds for professional practice.
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