Third Round Hires

Posted On August 19, 2013
Categories Hires

Ann-Margaret Esnard

2CI Award: Future of Cities

Public Management & Policy
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Prior to joining GSU, Dr. Esnard held tenure appointments in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University and in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Esnard’s expertise encompasses disaster planning, disaster-induced population displacement, hazard and vulnerability assessment and GIS/spatial analysis.

She has been involved in a number of related research initiatives, including NSF funded projects on topics of disaster-induced population displacement and long-term recovery, and has written on a number of topics that include: population displacement from catastrophic disasters, the role of the diaspora groups in assisting in long-term recovery and resilience, GIS-based vulnerability assessments, quality of life and holistic disaster recovery, public participation GIS and GIS education.

Dr. Esnard has served on several local, state and national committees including: the Steering Committee for Evaluation of the National Flood Insurance Program, the Disasters Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences; the National Research Council’s committee on Private-Public Sector Collaboration to Enhance Community Disaster Resilience, and the State of Florida Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning initiative. She holds degrees in Agricultural Engineering (B.Sc., University of the West Indies-Trinidad), Agronomy and Soils (M.S., University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez) and Regional Planning (Ph.D., UMASS-Amherst). She also completed a two year post-doc at UNC-Chapel Hill.

John Marshall

2CI Award: Future of Cities

Assistant Professor
College of Law

John Travis Marshall teaches Environmental Law and Land Use Law and is interested in the challenges associated with the growth and contraction of urban areas.  In particular, John studies private, non-profit and government interventions to promote long-term urban recovery from crises and disasters.

John joins the College of Law from Yale Law School where he was a Clinical Lecturer in Law and the Ludwig Community Development Fellow.  From 2007 to 2011, John was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA).  In that role, John advised NORA on post-Hurricane Katrina implementation of Authority’s urban revitalization efforts, including land acquisition, development, and disposition programs.

Prior to his work in New Orleans, John was a partner with Holland & Knight LLP, specializing in land use and zoning matters as well as real estate litigation.

Nicole Vincent

2CI Award: Neuroethics 

Associate Professor
College of Arts & Science

The concept of responsibility occupies center stage in Dr. Vincent’s scholarly pursuits, which span across the fields of neuroethics, neurolaw, ethics, philosophy of tort and criminal law, and political philosophy. Her approach is analytic and empirically-informed, and her past work has devoted equal attention to tackling conceptual, normative, metaphysical and practical problems.  Dr. Vincent has written about such topics as the different meanings of the term “responsibility”, the compatibility of responsibility and determinism, medical interventions to make criminal offenders competent for execution, how neuroscience and behavioral genetics fit into criminal responsibility adjudication procedures, tort liability for failure to use cognitive enhancement medications, and whether people who live unhealthy lifestyles should have restricted access to public health resources. Some of her recent publications include “Restoring Responsibility: promoting justice, therapy and reform through direct brain interventions” in the journal Criminal Law and Philosophy, “Blame, desert and compatibilist capacity: a diachronic account of moderateness in regards to reasons-responsiveness” in the journal Philosophical Explorations, “Criminal Responsibility and Neuroscience” in the journal Justitiële Verkenningen (Judicial Explorations, in Dutch), and an edited book entitled “Neuroscience and Legal Responsibility” published in February 2013 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Vincent recently co-organized a conference about Stephen Morse’s body of work, and her ongoing projects include co-organizing two workshops on the topic of mental capacity at different stages of the criminal trial, and leading the Dutch-funded research project “Enhancing Responsibility: the effects of cognitive enhancement on moral and legal responsibility”.  She will be devoting the 2013-14 academic year to co-developing GSU’s Neuroethics Program, and drafting chapters for her book “A Compatibilist Theory of Legal Responsibility”.

Dr. Vincent obtained her PhD in philosophy of law from the University of Adelaide in Australia with a dissertation entitled “Responsibility, Compensation and Accident Law Reform”.  From late 2007 until early 2011, she worked in the Philosophy Section at Technische Universiteit Delft in The Netherlands on a neurolaw research project entitled “The Brain and The Law”.  And from February 2011 until July 2013, Dr. Vincent was a Macquarie University Research Fellow working in the Philosophy Department on a research project entitled “Reappraising the Capacitarian Foundation of Neurolaw”.