Chief Executive Officer

Anastasia Nicéphore, phd

Anastasia Nicéphore completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney Australia in 2016, MA in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of London Institute of Education UCL in 2014, MA Research University of Sydney, and BA (Honours) in English at the University of London Goldsmiths College. She is the recipient of the University Postgraduate Awards (UPA) at the University of Sydney (2013-16), and the Nicholas Aroney Prize (2016). She has over twenty years of teaching and supervision experience in emotional intelligence and pedagogy, Educational Leadership and professional development, literature, literary theory and criticism, philosophy and psychoanalysis, and critical pedagogy in Australia and Europe. Anastasia is the Executive Director of the GCAS Research Institute Ireland and an affiliate of the Chartered Management Institute (UK).


Tere Vadén, PhD

Tere Vadén is a philosopher currently working in the School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland, and the multidisciplinary research unit that focuses on anticipation of deep socio-ecological transformations. He has published several articles on the philosophy of mind and language, as well as co-authored the books Rock the Boat. Localized Ethics, the Situated Self, and Particularism in Contemporary Art (2003), Wikiworld (2010), and Heidegger, Zizek and Revolution (2014). Together with Mika Hannula and Juha Suoranta, he has worked on the methodology of artistic research (Artistic research. Theories, methods, practices. (2005) and Artistic research methods. Narrative, Power, and the Public. (2014)). Recently he has been obsessed with the question of energy, especially fossil fuels, and their impact on the experience of modernity, publishing with Antti Salminen the book Energy and Experience. An Essay in Nafthology (2015). Tere is also a long-time editor of the Finnish philosophical journal niin & näin and managing director of the activist hedge fundén


Thomas Hampton, PhD Researcher

Thomas is a PhD Researcher at GCAS College Dublin. His interests include sustainability theory, biopolitics, ethics, disability theory, critical theory, and philosophy of religion. 

Thomas holds a BSE degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (2016), and he is finishing an M.Div degree from Columbia Theological Seminary (2019).  

Thomas lives in Decatur, Georgia.  He is the founder of the medical device startup Parallax Hearing Company (, and he is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Sustainable Engineering Institute (  His personal website is


Julie Reshe, PhD

Julie Reshe is a leading researcher in psychoanalysis and professor of philosophy at the Global Center for Advanced Studies where she directs the Institute of Psychoanalysis. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Alenka Zupančič at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She works at the intersection of philosophy, psychoanalysys and neuroscience, her research topics include sexuality, emotions and cognition, childhood, and trauma studies.

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Robert Dassanowsky, PhD

Robert Dassanowsky is Professor of German/Austrian Studies and Visual and Performing Arts, and Director of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and works as an independent film producer. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA, where he has also taught as Visiting Professor. He is a delegate of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a Fellow of the UK Royal Historical Society, and a member of the Austrian Academy of Film, and the European Film Academy (EFA). A former president of the Austrian Studies Association, he is currently a member of the Salzburg Institute’s Board of Advisors, and he presented the Seventh Annual Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Lecture at the Austrian Embassy Washington DC in 2015. Additionally, Dassanowsky participated in the FIPSE/European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture Atlantis Project for transnational US/EU Master’s degree programing. His articles on film and culture have been widely published, and his recent books include Austrian Cinema: A History (2005); New Austrian Film, ed. (2011); Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds: A Manipulation of Metafilm, ed. (2012); World Film Locations: Vienna, ed. (2012); Screening Transcendence: Film under Austrofascism and the Hollywood Hope 1933–1938 (2018); Trip to the Movies: Psychedelic Cinema – Aesthetics and Politics (in progress). Dassanowsky serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Austrian Studies, Colloquia Germanica, Studia Germanica Posnaniensia (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań) along with several international literary publications, and is a jury member and donor for the annual Oscar qualifying VIS: Vienna Shorts Film Festival. His research and lecture areas focus on Central/European Studies, Film Studies, and topics in the Humanities.


Creston Davis, PhD

Creston Davis is the founder and director of The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) and the Chancellor and CEO of GCAS College Dublin. Davis was promoted to Associate Professor at Rollins College (2012) and has published books with The MIT Press, Columbia and Duke University Press. He is the creator of and co-edits the Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics and Culture an academic book series published by Columbia University Press.

He currently researches future consciousness, sustainability, and advanced technologies.