South Africa Winter 2015 Faculty Biographies
pictured above: Nancy Grass Hemmert (left) and Catherine Haradon (right)
Nancy Grass Hemmert
Dr. Grass Hemmert has been a professor of Communication Studies for 15 years specializing in intercultural communication, public address, and communication climate. Currently chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College, she has been central to the development and implementation of the Global Citizenship Initiative, a service focused study abroad program, and many other college goals and initiatives. Author of Public Speaking in American English, Dr. Nancy Grass Hemmert received her Master's degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge and her PhD in higher education from Capella University where she researched methods for improving institutional communication climates in large public institutions. Dr. Grass Hemmert maintains a thriving communication consulting business serving both the public and private sectors, and continues to lecture at California State University, Northridge in their Master's of Public Administration program.
Dr. Catherine Haradon is an anthropologist who specializes in the study of human evolution, and has taught at SMC since 2010. She has a BA in Anthropology from Arizona State University and a PhD in Hominid Paleobiology from the George Washington University. Her dissertation and current research focuses on the paleoenvironmental context of the emergence of modern humans across different regions of Africa. Dr. Haradon has traveled extensively and has worked at a number of important archaeological and paleontological sites in East and South Africa. She maintains Research Collaborator status with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and serves as a lecturer for upper-division classes at UCLA and CSUN. She is the co-advisor of the SMC Anthropology club and part of the core faculty work group for the SMC/UCLA STEM Science and Research Initiative. Dr. Haradon decided to become an anthropologist after participating in an undergraduate summer study abroad program to South Africa, where she fell in love with digging in the dirt and studying fossils.