Matthew Archibald, Director of the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research
The Director of the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Matthew E. Archibald, Ph.D. holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology. He brings broad experience to the Fishlinger Center that spans academic, private, and public sectors. Prior academic appointments include Emory University, Bates, and Colby Colleges, and Michigan State University. Private and public sector positions include the Massachusetts’ Department of Education and the Office of the Commissioner of Probation, as well as, Hornby Zeller Associates and the Public Consulting Group.

Professor Archibald has served in leadership roles on the Colby College Health Committee and as an advisor to the Science, Technology, Society, and Global Studies programs. At Emory University, he helped coordinate the Center for Health, Culture, and Society in the Rollins School of Public Health, as well as its Graduate Fellowship Program. In the Department of Sociology, he served as the director of the undergraduate Certification Program in Social Research and Data Analysis, the co-director of Emory Study Abroad Program, Comparative Health Care Systems, and as the director of the department’s graduate seminar.

Professor Archibald’s teaching and scholarly work addresses public policy, medical sociology, health, illness and healthcare, and organizations. One strand of his current work focuses on disparities in healthcare. In this area, he and his colleagues and students examine local characteristics of behavioral healthcare networks. Another area of scholarship investigates minority participation in HIV/AIDS vaccine trials.

Professor Archibald received his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Washington, Seattle. He received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Omar Nagi,  Director of Undergraduate Research, Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research
The Director of Undergraduate Research at the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Omar Nagi, Ph.D. holds a faculty appointment as Associate Professor of Sociology. The founder of the Undergraduate Research Directorate in 2010, which focused on undergraduate research interests in the social sciences, Professor Nagi brings more than a decade’s worth of institutional experience and depth to the Fishlinger Center.

Prior leadership includes his role as the founding Director of the Master’s Program in International Development and Service (IDS). He also led an assessment of the Orange County community health network, and, in the St. Louis area, a project focused on voting outcomes of school board ballot initiatives.

Professor Nagi’s teaching and scholarly work addresses the sociology of political economy with emphasis on health care, social inequality, social change and human development. Another core area of expertise is social research methods and statistics.

He has won a number of awards including the Robert K Perry L Perry Award (2013) for Outstanding Mentorship of Faculty and Students (National Association of Ethnic Studies). In 2011, he was named Teacher of the Year. Professor Nagi also received a Mount Saint Vincent award for digital storytelling in collaboration with IPSL, St. Mary’s and Western Oregon University.

Professor Nagi received his Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New York Albany and his M.A. in sociology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He received his B.A. in economics from the American University in Cairo.