GCAS-RII is committed to searching and dispersing truths. To this end we have two different kinds of researchers: (a) Doctoral Researchers; and (b) Research Fellows.


Doctoral Researchers

Antonia Alomar

Chad Badiyan

Stephen Bujno 

Anthony Clemons

Forrest Cole

Ekaterina Filippova

Mina Ilhan

Cory Johnson

Samantha Kostmayer

Susannah Livingston

Petra Paulic

Courtney Reynolds

James Saker

Jessy Schingler

Walter South

Christos Stergiou

Mark Stimson

Sviatlana Viarbitskaya

Nathan Wiley

Antonia Alomar

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Antonia (Tonina) Alomar graduated from the London School of Economics with a Bsc in History and International Relations and an Msc in Comparative Politics. Her research centres on the intersection of social and environmental realities. By using environmentally- induced migration as a case study, Tonina is investigating how the neoliberal framework determines the way we reflect and respond to climate change - especially how the the system dilutes actualities into digestible categories that often borrow from stereotypes and misconstructions. Centring on critical theory and green colonialism tradition, the research also looks into on how native populations build perceptions of the “different” and how they “embody strangers”. She uses qualitative methodology to develop questionnaires and interviews in Great Britain, Netherlands and Spain to deconstruct how perceptions, identities and subjectivities are created.

Tonina is based in Brussels/London were she works as an editor and researcher. Currently she is helping develop a three series documentary for TV on the historical, social end environmental sustainability of the food supply chain. Prior to this, Tonina worked in the European Parliament for the energy and Industry committee. She is very interested in experimenting with different communication medium such as creative documentary making or video-essays.



Stephen Bujno

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Stephen Bujno has earned graduate degrees in Philosophical Anthropology and Moral Theology. As a formally trained, life-long professional ceramic artist, he blends those research areas with the aesthetics of beauty. This culminates in exploring the interrelation of human persons with each other and the development of culture. Currently, he is a doctoral student (in Political and Social Thought) with GCAS-RII researching alt-experiences of apriori love manifesting in personal and cultural transformation.


With published journal articles in the Social Justice Review (the oldest social justice journal in the United States)Stephen has peer-reviewed writings on topics ranging from poverty and hypocrisy, including a response to the ‘2008 Recession’ entitled, “Economic Ideology:  A Virtueless Recovery”. Along with a published chapter, “Liturgical Man—An Anthropology of Light”, he has a journal book due to appear in print this fall entitled, The Ways of Love: Transforming the Person.


Stephen lives with his wife and extended family north west of Philadelphia, PA. He can be reached via email—

Cory Johnson


"Cory's path of Inquiry involves types of knowledge which, in the words of Zizek, conceive themselves not as neutral, adequate descriptions of their objects, but as direct interventions in them. These include psychoanalytic eidetics, quantum semiotics, & communist metaphysics, philosophical attractors wherein knowledge directly affects its object. These foci then unleash the transformative potential of philosophy as abstract theories become increasingly concretized as praxis.

His inspiration for pursuing this trajectory comes from his BA thesis (in Physics) on the interpretations of quantum mechanics, as well as his MA thesis (in Philosophy) on so-called deontic logics (modal structures of normative reasoning). Cory's current approach is syncretic, with influences from the anglo-analytic, pragmatist-process, as well as continental traditions, especially with respect to a mathematical ontology that helps to visualize the architecture of a nonclassical (mereotopological) epistemology.

In his non-academic time Cory manages a Table Tennis club in Portland, OR, USA."


Samantha Kostmayer Sulaiman

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Samantha Kostmayer Sulaiman is a writer, editor and translator from New York City. She graduated from Columbia University, CUNY and the American University in Cairo with degrees in history, forced migration and law. Samantha is currently working on a volume of short stories and translating an anthology of contemporary Syrian poetry. Her translations have appeared in The WolfThe Manhattan Review, Washington Square, and various anthologies.

Her writing has appeared in English, Swedish and Croatian.


Susannah Livingston



Susannah Livingston (MA, Johns Hopkins University) is a critical educator in New York City.  Her work in critical pedagogical theory draws from her background as an Indigenous American as well as her work in public and non-public urban school systems.  Susannah has degrees in American Indian Studies and Education from Rutgers and Johns Hopkins Universities, which guide her work in researching both the practical applications of and the philosophies behind critical pedagogical theory in American schools.  Susannah’s work is based in the Freirian principles of challenging hegemonic power structures by critical education, and seeks to explore applying critical pedagogical practices to non-public schools as a method of stopping the cycle of students as cultural capital.  


Jessy Schingler

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Jessy Kate Schingler is a space geek turned computer scientist designing human settlements on a planet called Earth. She is interested in the design of systems that manifest our environment and social structures as iterative learning platforms for experimentation and innovation, with citizens as creators and participatory scientists. She is a founding partner at Open Door Development Group, a real estate and property development company. Open Door works to prototype new approaches to usage, ownership, permission and interaction in our built environment, with an emphasis on models rooted in openness, collaboration, sharing and connectivity. Open Door is activating properties which operate as part of an open network called The Embassy Network, a global platform of co-living communities and 3rd spaces where members retain the same level of access and community in locations around the world. The Embassy Network is a collaboratively managed commons designed to support and amplify a generation of cultural and social entrepreneurs.

Jessy has her BScH in Physics and Mathematics, and a Masters degree in Computer Science. She worked for many years in the space security policy arena, and then as a software developer for NASA and Sunlight Labs before focusing her attention on the future of placemaking. She is an avid open source software developer, Crossfitter, and cook

Sviatlana Viarbitskaya

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Sviatlana Viarbitskaya (PhD in Physics University of Stockholm) Sveta was born and grew up in Belarus, former Soviet Union, 1981. She studied physics in university during the day and practiced and choreographed dance in the evenings. After moving to Sweden in 2003, she continued studies in physics along with dance self-education, occasionally teaching dance to kids and adults. After having met a biologist, dancer and choreographer Eng Kai Er (Kai) in 2009, Sveta resumed her choreographic practices, and contributed to and directed several dance-theater and improvisation performances and events, produced in Stockholm in 2010-2011. In 2011 Sveta moved to France to pursue her scientific career. Now Sveta is an independent artist, aspiring free-jazz saxophone performer and plasmonic optician, working on multiple dance/theater/video/film projects with artists from Sweden, France, Germany, Holland and Singapore. Her artistic expressions are often in some relation to outcasts, minorities and things hidden - anything that bears some energy of the unknown. Her latest dance and theater project The Pleasure of Eating Oranges in collaboration with Kai Eng, produced at Performing Arts Forum, France, 2012-2013, was shown in Berlin, Stockholm, Brussels and Toulouse.


Courtney Reynolds, PhD Researcher

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 I graduated from the University of Kentucky, with a minor in Women's Studies, and majoring in English Literature, with an emphasis of study in Creative Writing with Gurney Norman (Kentucky's Poet Laureate) as her mentor. I completed my Masters of Arts in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati which focused on environmental sustainability. 

I am researching my PhD on the topic entitled, "The Government Subsidization of an American Territory: A Case Study of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands"



Christos Stergiou, PhD Researcher

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Christos Stergiou holds a Bachelors (Political Science) and a Masters degree (in Political Economy) from the New School for Social Research (New York City) and is a theorist and strategist of 21st century digital and financial economies including crypto-currency. 

Stergiou's PhD dissertation is entitled, "What is the Basis of Social Change: Castoriadis, The Social Imaginary & Psychoanalysis"

PhD Supervisor, Julie Reshe, PhD



Ekaterina Filippova, PhD Researcher

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Ekaterina Filippova holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from The Russian State University for the Humanities. She is a practicing psychologist (private practice) in Barcelona, Spain. Here PhD dissertation topic is entitled, "Psychological Motivation for Viewing Pornographic Films by Young Men and Women with Different Levels of Neuroticism and Psychopathy".

Supervisor: Julie Reshe, PhD


Personal Website

Practical experience:

2017| now  - working as a psychologist in ONG in Barcelona

2012/ now - private psychological practice

2015 - Practice in a mental Hospital (diagnostic).
2014 - Practice in a mental Hospital (clinical interview).
2013 - Hippotherapy with children with autism, cerebral palsy.
2012 - Practice in a Hospital № 10 (diagnostic psychology).
2011 - Practice with children at school.
2010 - Practice with children in the orphanage.

Published articles:

  • Filippova, E. (2013). Depersonalization and derealization in normality for different characterological features. Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities.
  • Filippova, E. (2011).Attitude to the suicide problem between students who are studying psychology. Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities.
  • Fillipova E. ( 2014). Drawing as a dream.  Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities



Mark Stimson, PhD Researcher

Mark Stimson holds two Masters degrees from Maharishi University of Management, the first in Vedic Science (Indian Philosophy) and the second in Sustainble Living.

Stimson's PhD Dissertation is entitled, "A Dynamic systems Approach to (Dis)solving Global Problems



I grew up on Cape Cod, under the cultural umbrella of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where my father worked as an oceanographic engineer. The Cape was an idyllic environment of pine woods, sandy beaches and salt marshes, and I spent a lot of my youth alone, observing and learning from Nature. From this I acquired an appreciation of natural law, and developed pattern recognition skills. When I was five my mother changed partners, and I acquired a step-father, Dr. Robert Guillard, a superb scientist and an extraordinary Renaissance man. He had a big influence on my development. With the rise of "alternative" lifestyles and technologies in the 1960s and 70s, my family and I took up organic gardening, and together we restored an antique Cape-style homestead with a brick fireplace and woodfired bread oven.

In 1970 we started a small summer farm in rural Maine. There I studied Forestry and Woodlot Management with the local extension service. During that period I read a lot of books on alternative lifestyles. My early influences include historian Eric Sloan, visionary Buckminster Fuller, homesteaders Helen & Scott Nearing and guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I credit Maharishi and the TM program for keeping me out of a lot of trouble, for which I was clearly headed. Conversations about selfsufficiency, spirituality and sustainability1 were a daily part of our family life. My high school education included 1 1/2 years at Bourne High, a fairly good public school, followed by academic studies at Sea Pines Academy in Brewster, MA and its extension, Sea Pines Abroad in Austria, Italy and other parts of Europe. After some misunderstandings, I left the program, disillusioned with formal education in general. I earned a GED during the following year. Rather than attending college, I went into the trades, learning to build traditional wooden sailing craft. This hands-on, apprenticeship learning suited me better than abstract, disconnected learning as practiced in school. Working with men who were mostly in their 60s and 70s, I discovered the meaning of vernacular wisdom (and humor!). Concurrently, I gave sailing lessons, was the navigator and sailing master on several yachts, and captain of my own 32' South African-built yawl. In 1980, my involvement with the Transcendental Meditation Program led me to Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, where I helped build two large-scale meditation domes.

In 1982 and newly married, my wife and I settled in Fairfield to raise a family. I managed several MIU construction and restoration projects and formed and operated two business, including a nationwide manufacturer and distributor of wood moldings used in antique house restorations, and a local distributor of windows, doors and other building materials. From these ventures I learned a lot about managing and motivating people. To supplement my skills, I studied business accounting and marketing. My wife and I homeschooled our three children for most of their upbringing. Many of my current ideas on pedagogies come from this period of intentional "learning by doing." One of our projects was the building of a 36' 1 Although we did not call it that at the time catamaran, and taking her by inland waterways from Iowa to Maine. As a measure of our homeschooling success, all three of our children were admitted to Interlochen Academy, a highly selective private high school in Michigan. In the late 1990s a mid-life creative turn sent me in the direction of professional artist, and my oil paintings were shown in well-known galleries in New England and the Midwest. In 2001-2, I wrote a novel, Gislebert, and self-published with a reasonable return for the time it took. I then became fascinated with the Irish (Uilleann) bagpipe and served a five-year apprenticeship under master instrument maker Tim Britton.

In 2007 I joined MUM's2 Sustainable Living Department and helped with curriculum development and the "green" renovation of the 20,000 S.F. Library Science Wing. As MUM's Sustainability Coordinator, I took on the job of assessing campus energy use and finding solutions for saving energy, reducing waste, lowering MUM's carbon footprint and producing the campus' first carbon reports. During that time I coauthored, with Executive V.P. Craig Pearson and others, MUM's AASHE campus Climate Action Plan. Given the moniker "Professor of Practicality," I taught numerous project-based courses, and was director of the SL Built Environment concentration. The courses I developed include: Sustainability, Buildings & the Built Environment, Natural Building, High-performance Green Building, Eco-Cities, and Tiny Houses. I also taught Creative & Critical Thinking. In addition, I helped coordinate SL Senior Projects, and coordinated community sustainability projects with the SL MA students. With Dr. David Fisher, I founded MUM's Applied Soil Biology Laboratory, with guidance from renowned soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham. In 2015 I earned a MA in Maharishi Vedic Science (Indian Philosophy), and, in 2017, an additional MA in Sustainable Living. My focus for the former was to examine the relationship of moral development (Kohlberg) 3 , higher states of consciousness (Alexander, Travis et al)4 and sustainable behavior. The latter degree focused on sustainable community development, with an emphasis on sustainable education. In mid-2016 I left the SL Department to pursue other ventures.

Working with my wife and two sons, we founded Big Blue Fairfield, a local sustainable center for Music, Art, Science and Technology. Projects we have worked on include building and delivering to the NoDAPL protest group a solar and wind powered mobile medical clinic, developing an advanced industrial-scale compost turning machine, hosting numerous workshops, concerts and art exhibits, and purchasing and commissioning a sailboat from which to conduct international humanitarian and social sustainability endeavors. My intention at this point is to pursue whatever worthwhile social/sustainable projects I can become involved with. GCAS fits the criteria well. 2 Maharishi International University (MIU) was renamed Maharishi University of Management (