Dean’s Office Staff

McCormack Graduate School Dean's Office Staff

Rita Kiki Edozie, Interim Dean, McCormack Graduate School, and Professor of Global Governance

Rita “Kiki” Edozie received her PhD in politics from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and for over 20 years, has been a teacher-scholar as well as an academic administrator of graduate education and undergraduate studies at Columbia University and more recently at Michigan State University where, as professor of international relations, she has been recognized for her scholarly productivity, teaching excellence, and outstanding community service. Edozie has authored eight books and several journal articles and book chapters in global development and African affairs. As interim Dean, Kiki is responsible for the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of the College. In collaboration with the college’s leadership and faculty, she shapes the College’s future and articulates a compelling vision that will inspire engagement and financial support from external audiences. Internally, she encourages collaboration and continuous improvement, with a focus on undergraduate and graduate student success and support of faculty in research, scholarship, and creative activity. She encourages and supports a community committed to challenging oppression that is based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender, ability, location in the academic hierarchy, and other forms of oppression, creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

Marlene Kim, Associate Dean, McCormack Graduate School, and Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts  

Marlene Kim specializes in race and gender discrimination and the working poor. She is editor of Race and Economic Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2007) as well as numerous scholarly articles on these topics. She has published widely in journals and books, including editing Race and Economic Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2007). Her current research examines the intersection of race and gender discrimination in the earnings of women of color. She helped the pay equity coalition write the pay equity law in Massachusetts and worked on the pay equity lawsuit against the State of California. She serves on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Recently, she has been featured on NPR, CNN, CBS, the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, and USA Today, discussing women, race, and Asian Americans in the US.

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Michael Tull, Assistant Dean, Finance, Budget, and Operations  

Michael Tull is the Assistant Dean of Finance, Budgets, and Operations. Michael most recently served as Assistant Dean for Finance and Business Intelligence at the College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS) at UMass Boston from 2015-2022. He was also CAPS’ Director of Finance from 2003-2015. Michael has a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Business Administration from UMass Boston. In this role as assistant dean, Michael will serve as the chief financial, budget, grants management and operations officer for MGS; and is responsible for managing the fiscal functions related to budgeting, needs assessment, grants, resource allocation and analysis of resource use and personnel management for the college.

Elizabeth Diaz

Elizabeth Diaz, Executive Assistant to the Dean

Liz Diaz has worked at the University of Massachusetts Boston for almost 25 years in several departments and colleges on campus in many capacities. She joined the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies in 2010. In her role as Executive Assistant to the Dean, she is responsible for a wide range of complex organizational, administrative, and professional duties. She provides support to the dean through schedule and calendar coordination, communication with University leaders and external entities, correspondence preparation and management, and various executive office support activities and special projects.

Christopher Graham

Christopher C. Graham, Manager, Student Success & Undergraduate Advising 617.287.5579;

As Manager for Students Success and Undergraduate Advising, Christopher works with students, faculty and staff to deploy various support services for student success, academic governance and community building events at the John W. McCormack Graduate School. Christopher is an alumnus of University of Massachussetts Boston having earned a Master's ‘16 and PhD ‘20 in Global Governance and Human Security with concentrations in Public Policy, International Relations and Political Economy. Christopher also was Coordinator for Academic Programs and Events, and was the inagural Program Assistant for the Dean's Office Student Success (DOSS) Program. As a scholar and research scientist, Christopher researches the socio-ecological dimensions of climate change including climate displacement, environmental migration, and climate adaptive governance, STEM, security and policy solutions. Christopher enjoys creating art and often blends his love of expressionist and abstract art with themes from his research. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys watching premier league soccer, playing basketball, reading scientific novels, and watching nature documentaries and historical films.

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Jamie Tull, College Business Coordinator

Jamie has worked at UMass Boston for almost 16 years in two departments and colleges on campus in various roles. Jamie joined the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies in 2019 as College Business Coordinator. Jamie is responsible for a wide range of organizational and administrative functions at the Dean’s Office that supports the mission of The McCormack School. Jamie also provides operational and administrative support to our various Departments, Centers and Institutes. Prior to coming to UMass Boston, she worked as an Accountant in the Banking Industry.

Gifty Debodes-Jackson, Dean's Office Program Assistant

As Dean’s Office Program Assistant, Gifty supports senior staff on McCormack academic programs including the Dean’s Office Student Success (DOSS), event organizing, and providing media and communications support. Gifty is also a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at UMass Boston.

Chris Brindley

Christopher Brindley, IT Specialist
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Chris has provided technical support to the McCormack Graduate School's faculty, staff, and students for 12 years. Previously, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as a historical writer for The Canton Journal, Stoughton Journal, and The Sharon Advocate. Prior to coming to UMass Boston, he worked as a Microsoft certified Operating Systems Support and Networking trainer.





Balkissa Daouda Diallo, Senior Program Assistant 

Balkissa is the senior program assistant for the Africa Scholars Forum (ASF) and the McCormack Racial Equity Task Force (M-RET). She works with the Chairs of these two programs on operations and administrative functions. She is also a PhD Candidate in the Global Governance and Human Security program at UMass Boston. Balkissa's research interests include Migration, Environment and Conflict Resolution. As a Fulbright Scholar from Niger, she obtained dual Masters degrees in International Development and Environmental Studies at Ohio University, and recently completed a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution at UMass Boston. Balkissa is also an instructor at the Osher Life Learning Institue (OLLI) at UMass Boston. 

Adam Mooney, Newsletter Writer/Communications Specialist  

Adam Mooney is a Staff Writer/Communication Specialist at the McCormack School. He is also a writer, English composition instructor, and graduate academic writing tutor in the English Departments. Adam completed his master’s in English literature at UMass Boston in 2019, specializing in queer and postcolonial literature and theory, and has since worked in writing and writing instruction at UMB and Lesley University. Adam exhibits a passion for academic writing, recognizing its concrete stakes in political and cultural discourse while attempting to broaden and make accessible its social impact. He holds office hours from 11–12 on Mondays and Fridays in Wheatley 6-91 and by appointment here.

Marcy Murninghan, Senior Advisor, Outreach and Engagement 

Marcy Murninghan is the Senior Advisor, Outreach and Engagement in the Dean’s Office. She is a systems design thinker, scholar, author, educator, and entrepreneur. For almost 50 years, her career has been devoted to channeling knowledge and ethics into systems of self-governance, thus advancing a culture conducive to human dignity, pluralist democracy, responsible markets, and wise statecraft. Since 1983 she has promoted the interrelated concepts of “equity culture,” “civic stewardship,” and “moral multi-capitalism” — that is, the integration of civic moral principles, ethics, and values into public policy making, institutional governance and operations, and the media — via ongoing organizational learning and proximate leadership. Her special emphasis is on corporations and capital markets, situated in a wider frame of public governance, policy, and accountability. Marcy’s sensibilities were forged as a politician’s and journalist’s daughter in Lansing, Michigan, where family and community ties taught her that civic virtue could be lived every day, despite disagreements over substance and style. Marcy holds a doctorate from Harvard University (1983); her dissertation, Court Disengagement in the Boston Public Schools: Toward a Theory of Restorative Law, was based on her direct involvement in that desegregation case. Later that year, Marcy pivoted from “race and schooling” to “race and money,” concentrating initially on investor and corporate pathways to furthering economic and social justice in South Africa. Marcy was among the first group of McCormack Fellows (and the only woman) named in 1983-84 by then-McCormack Institute founding director Edmund Beard. A select group of her writings on these topics, spanning almost four decades, appears in a special issue of the New England Journal of Public Policy (2018) entitled “Wealth, Power, and the Public Interest: Building Equity Culture and Civic Stewardship.” Read more about Marcy here.

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