Affiliated Faculty


Dina Al Raffie, Affiliated Faculty

Dina Al Raffie is a professor and researcher in the field of International Security Studies, with a focus on terrorism and political violence, and security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Al Raffie lectured and taught in various locations across Europe, at both university and practitioner levels. Dr. Al Raffie has published on a variety of terrorism-related topics including the identity dynamics of radicalization, terrorist leadership, terrorist motivations and ideology, countering violent extremism (CVE), as well as non-Western counterterrorism practices, with a focus on her home country at birth, Egypt.

Mark Geiger, Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Geiger is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, Duquesne University. His general areas of research include Meta-Analysis, Quantitative Methods, Diversity in Entrepreneurship, Venture Funding, and Individual Differences in Organizations. His research has been published in Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Business Venturing Insights, and Group & Organization Management. He currently teaches courses on business analytics, managerial decision making, and entrepreneurship.

Elisabeth T. Vasko, Affiliated Faculty

Elisabeth T. Vasko is an associate professor of theology at Duquesne University, where she teaches courses on theological anthropology, Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and liberation theologies. Elisabeth prioritizes collaborative, interdisciplinary, and community-based methods in her teaching and research because she believes they are building blocks for expanding the moral imagination and creating a more just society. Her published works include True Crime and the Justice of God: Ethics, Media, and Forensic Science (2022) and Beyond Apathy: A Theology for Bystanders (2015). She holds a Ph.D. in theology from Loyola University Chicago.

Wenqi Zhou, Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Wenqi Zhou is the Inaugural David Warco Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology in the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. She received her Ph.D. from George Washington University School of Business. She studies online user-generated contents, healthcare IS and economics, and gender related issues on e-commerce and social media platforms, using econometrics and computational methods. Her works have been published in prestigious journals, presented in various conferences, and recognized by awards including Duquesne Presidential Scholarship Award, Beard Research Fellowship in Ethics, Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, and several Best Paper Awards.