TIGR members

About Us

Interdisicplinary and Global

TIGR's core faculty is drawn from numerous departments at UNCW, including Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Public and International Affairs, International Studies, and Computer Science.

Dr. Jess Boersma, Director

Jess BoersmaDr. Jess Boersma teaches courses in Spanish Peninsular literatures and cultures, critical thought, and in International Studies. His primary research focus is on the various manifestations of violence in contemporary Spain.

Worked previously as an Army Special Forces Operator in Latin America.

910 962 2322


Dr. Lisa Pollard

Lisa PollardDr. Lisa Pollard is an historian whose work takes up gender, race and social movements in the nineteenth and early twentieth-century Egypt and Sudan.

910 962 3309




Dr. Dan Masters

photoDr. Daniel Masters is a Political Scientist. He specializes in International Security (Terrorism and Revolution), Foreign Policy, European and Russian Politics, and Middle Eastern Political Systems.

Previous military experience in the 82nd Airborne.

910 960 7583



Dr. Herb Berg

photoDr. Herb Berg is a scholar of Islam, Arabic, and International Studies. His research interests include globalized expressions of Islam. Currently, he serves as the Director of International Studies.

Worked previously with the Canadian Department of National Defence.

910 962-3701

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Dr. Karl Ricanek, Jr.

photoDr. Karl Ricanek's research interests include Age estimation, Gender and Race Classification, Biometric Systems, Computer & Machine Vision

Director ISIS Institute,
Director Face Aging Group,
Co-Director CASIS (Office of Director of National Intelligence, Center of Academic Excellence),

Worked previously for Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

910 962 4261

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