Professor Christopher Parsons, College of Social Science and Humanities
Chris Parsons is an interdisciplinary historian of science, medicine, and the environment in early modern Atlantic World. His current research traces the devastating spread of smallpox and other European illnesses in the northeast (New France, New England, and New Netherland) in the 1630s in order to understand how epidemic disease shaped colonial encounters and imperial rivalries. Prior to his arrival at Northeastern, Chris Parsons was a Barra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies (mceas.org).
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Professor Melissa Ferrick, Professor of the Practice, College of Arts Media and Design.
Melissa Ferrick signed with Atlantic Records in 1992 at the age of 21 after touring with British rocker Morrissey in the US and the UK. She released her debut and sophomore albums on Atlantic before moving on to Independent label W.A.R. Records in 1996. In 2000 Ms. Ferrick founded the nationally distributed independent record label Right On Records. Over the last twenty-seven years she has released seventeen albums, one documentary, one covers album, and performed more than six thousand shows. Her songs have been placed in major and independent films and on TV networks including HBO, Sears, ABC, and TBS. She is regarded in the industry and by her peers as one of the most prolific, hardworking, honest writers and performers active in the independent music industry today.
What goes into keeping our community vibrant and diverse? Among other things, stellar work by people committed to inclusivity and accessibility. The key member of our Benefits team doing this kind of work is Shana Feggins. Shana has a drive to keeping opportunities at Northeastern accessible to all, including those with disabilities. She works tirelessly to connect employees with medical conditions with the help they need from the university to perform their jobs.
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