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Faculty Research Mentors
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jonathan Anderson is the Chair of the Psychology department at Eastern Washington University. His research interests include congnitive psychology, traumatic brain injury and time estimation.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kerryn Bell is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, teaching courses in criminology, penology, and women in prison. Her research interest include prison violence and recidivism as well as the intersectionality of gender and race/ethnicity with criminal offending.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. A. Ross Black is a Professor of Biology, with a PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include limnology, population biology, life histories, evolution, and aquatic ecology.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Robert Bartlett holds a Phd in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and is the current Interim Director of the Africana Education department. His research interests include African American Catholics, race, culture and ethnicity in the U.S., diversity awareness and appreciation, assessing social aspects and impacts of endangered species protection and recovery, rural sociology, African American experiences, history and culture, and complex organizations.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Georgia Bazemore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. Her specializations include Ancient Greek and Roman history, archaeology, and linguistics.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Rebecca Brown is an Associate Professor of Biology at Eastern Washington University. She conducts research on riparian and plant ecology and teaches Ecology, Botany, Research Design and Literature, and Riparian Ecology.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Prakash Bhuta received his PhD in Microbiology from University of Southwestern Louisiana, MS in Microbiology from Maharaja Sayajirao University at Baroda (India), a Diploma in Pharmacy from the Bombay College of Pharmacy, and BS in Microbiology from Bombay University, (India).
Dr. Bhuta has worked as a research fellow at the Cancer Research Institute (Chemotherapy Division) in Bombay, India. After graduating from the University of SW Louisiana, he carried out postdoctoral research at the Michigan Cancer Foundation (Chemistry Department), and at the University of Michigan (The Simpson Memorial Institute, Division of Hematology). Since obtaining a PhD he has studied the mechanism of ribosomal peptidyltransferase and recombinant DNA techniques.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Norma Cárdenas is a Lecturer in Chicano Studies. She holds a PhD in Culture, Literacy, and Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she was a HLPANR fellow. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests are in Chicano-Latino cultural studies, Chicana feminisms, and food studies. She is currently working on a book titled Forgetting Tex-Mex: Food Representations in San Antonio's Culinary Borderlands.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Karen Carlberg's degrees include a BS in Zoology from the University of Washington in 1972, an MS in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 1976, and a PhD in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 1981. After finishing her doctoral degree she participated in a postdoctoral research fellowship for two and a half years in the Department of Physiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
Dr. Carlberg's professional work experience started with a position as a human engineering analyst at the Boeing Company in Seattle from 1972 to 1974. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship she joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at Eastern Washington University in 1983. She served as department chair from 1994 to 1997.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Andrea Castillo is an Assistant Professor of Biology. Her research interests lie in bacteria pathogenesis and studying the molecules in Heliocobacter pylori uses to infect and cause gastric disease in humans.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Matthew Chase earned his PhD from Gonzaga University. He is the Program Director of Recreation Management, and the Co-Chair of the Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Sean Chabot has studied social movements for nearly fifteen years. As a graduate student, he became interested in the transnational dimension of the U.S. civil rights movement. Eventually, he decided to focus on how African American activists learned to understand and apply the Gandhian repertoire of nonviolent direct action in their own struggles against racial segregation. Besides these two social movements, he has also written on the gay and lesbian movement, landless workers' movement in Brazil (MST), Zapatistas in Chiapas, and Iran's Green movement.
In a March 2012 dialogue with McNair scholars, Dr. Chabot discussed his newly published book which highlights the role of collective learning in the Gandhian repertoire's transnational diffusion. Collective learning shaped the invention of the Gandhian repertoire in South Africa and India as well as its transnational diffusion to the United States. In the 1920s, African Americans and their allies responded to Gandhi's ideas and practices by reproducing stereotypes. Meaningful collective learning started with translation of the Gandhian repertoire in the 1930s and small-scale experimentation in the early 1940s. After surviving the doldrums of the McCarthy era, full implementation of the Gandhian repertoire finally occurred during the civil rights between 1955 and 1965. This book goes beyond existing scholarship by contributing deeper and finer insights on how transnational diffusion between social movements actually works. It highlights the contemporary relevance of Gandhian nonviolence and its successful journey across borders. Dr. Chabot focused on transnational diffusion between the Indian independence movement and U.S. civil rights movement, which is the subject of his book. He also suggested that his approach applies to the wave of revolution and resistance that is currently making history around the world.
Transnational Roots of the Civil Rights Movement: African American Explorations of the Gandhian Repertoire, was published in 2012 by Lexington Books, an imprint of the Rowan and Littlefield Publishing Group.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Patricia Chantrill is an Associate Professor of Communication. Her research interests include rhetorical theory and criticism, cultural studies, political communication, electoral campaigns, and public discourse and public relations.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Michael Conlin's research focuses on public memory, sectional identity, and political conflict during the Antebellum Era of U.S. History (1846-1861) as well as the difficulties in repeating experiments, the idea of an experimentum crucis, and the influence of nationalism on scientific practice. He teaches classes on early U.S. history, slavery, and the history and philosophy of science.
Michael Conlin has published peer-review journal articles on Joseph Priestley's defense of Phlogiston Theory, Pierre-Auguste Adet's Revolutionary Diplomacy and Chemistry, the Reception of the Foucault pendulum, and the Smithsonian Abolition Lecture Controversy. His completed book manuscript "One Nation Divided by Slavery: Remembering the Founders while Marching toward the Civil War" examines how Americans in the two decades before the Civil War remembered their common past, in particular how they explained (or explained away) the presence of slavery during the American Revolution, in the lives of the Founders, and in the early republic. "One Nation Divided by Slavery" is currently under review by an academic press. Dr. Conlin has also begun to write the book manuscript "South Carolina versus Massachusetts: Sectional Extremes in a Hegelian Regress to Civil War," which examines how caricatures and stereotypes of Northern Abolitionists and Southern Fire-Eaters - Boston Garrisonians and Palmetto Calhounites -- exacerbated the sectional conflict, by crowding out the middle ground and reducing the other side to its most radical elements.
In addition to being named a Visiting Scholar by the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina, Michael Conlin has won research fellowships from the Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, VA), the Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore, MD), the Filson Historical Society (Louisville, KY), the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (New York City, NY), the North Caroliniana Society (Chapel Hill, NC), and the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry (Philadelphia, PA).
Michael Conlin has presented his research at several scholarly venues, including the Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, VA), the Center for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS), the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, Graduate Center/CUNY (New York City), the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), and the Arnold O. Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kelley Cullen received her PhD in economics from Washington State University. Her specialty areas are labor and sports economics.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Mahlon Dalley earned his PhD at University of Northern Colorado, and is a Professor in the Psychology department. He specializes in school psychology, cognitive/behavioral change, social skills training, and self directed change. Dr. Dalley's research interests include peace psychology, attributional styles in pessimism and optimism, and cognitive behavioral factors in school achievement.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. David Daberkow is an assistant professor at Biology since 2010. His Undergraduate Degree is from Southeastern Louisiana University, B.S. Zoology. He received his Graduate degree at Utah State University, M.S Biology. He attained his graduate program from University of Utah, Ph.D. Neuroscience. His Post-Doctoral work: was at Illinois State University, Program of Excellence in Neuroscience and Behavior (POENB). He is an advisor for Pre-Med Dent Courses Taught are Biological Investigation; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Physiology; Neurobiology. His research areas of focus are in the neurochemical messenger dopamine and its role in brain function. Specifically, his research has explored how drugs (e.g., amphetamine and methamphetamine) impact dopamine mediated behaviors and cellular signaling molecules implicated in memory formation. More recent research elucidated amphetamine's cellular mechanism of action on dopamine neurotransmission. As a faculty member at EWU, his lab utilizes the technique of voltammetry which provides one the ability to monitor the activity of specific molecules (e.g., dopamine) in the brain. Future directions are to continue to investigate dopamine function, how drugs impact these processes, and dopamine dysfunction related to pathological conditions such as Parkinson's disease.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. David Eagle received his PhD in economics from University of Minnesota, and is an Associate Professor of Finance.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Amani El-Alayli earned her PhD from Michigan State University in 2002. Her research interests are self-perception biases, stereotyping, and discrimination.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Scott Finnie has a doctorate degree in leadership studies with a special emphasis on U.S. race relations from Gonzaga University. He has taught a wide variety of African American courses at EWU since 1993. As a consultant in cultural competency and ethnic history over the past several years, Dr. Finnie is excited about the opportunity that these courses provide for students to enhance their appreciation and understanding of the dynamics that shape our multicultural society.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Anthony Flinn earned his PhD in English from University of Washington, and has been at Eastern Washington University since 1991. His courses include British and American literature surveys, Introduction to Poetry, 20th Century Major Authors, and Masterpieces of the Western World.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Grant Forsyth received his PhD in economics from Washington State University. His specialty areas are macroeconomics, and money and banking. Dr. Forsyth serves on the Washington State Governor's Council of Economic Advisors and the Spokane Mayor's Council on Economic Policy and Forecasting. In his years as faculty at Eastern Washington University, Dr. Forsyth provided strong faculty research mentorship to numerous McNair scholars. His commitment to supporting undergraduate research was recognized at the 2011 Symposium where he was selected to give the keynote address, The Struggle for Research Success: Pushing the Rock of Sisyphus.
Dr. Forsyth began a new position at Avista in May 2012 as the company's chief economist, but he will always be considered part of Eastern's McNair family.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jerry Galm received his B.A. degree from Michigan State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington State University. His dissertation research focused on Archaic (Wister) and Early Woodland (Fourche Maline) archaeological cultural developments in eastern Oklahoma. Following stops at the University of Oklahoma and the University of West Florida he accepted a position at Eastern in 1981. Dr. Galm spent many years in applied research in addition to teaching and has specialized in lithic technology and the prehistory of the Pacific Northwest since 1981. His previous research includes a coastal erosion study in West Africa as well as archaeological studies throughout the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Galm also traveled to South Kazakhstan State University in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, during the winter of 2007-2008 on a Fulbright Grant.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. José García-Sánchez obtained a Licenciatura in Spanish Philology from the University of Salamanca, Spain (1989), and a Master of Arts (1993) and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University (1996). His research focuses on the 18th and 19th century Transatlantic travel narrative, with special interest on logs written by Spanish explorers in the Pacific Northwest. His line of research in this corpus of study is founded on Discourse Analysis and Postcolonial Theory. Dr. García Sánchez has taught all levels of Spanish at EWU. He is the Director of the Summer Program in Salamanca, Spain.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Ron Gentle is a Professor of Mathematics. He earned his PhD at University of British Columbia, and his research interests are Abelian Category Theory, Ring Theory, and Representation Theory of Artin Algebras.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Raphael Guillory is a tenured associate professor in Psychology at Eastern Washington University. He teaches coursework in the subject areas of educational psychology, advanced educational psychology, psychology of human relations, developmental theories and applications, and grant-writing. Dr. Guillory is a graduate of EWU, earning a bachelor's degree in Sociology (94'), and Washington State University earning both a master's degree in Counseling Psychology (99') and Ph.D. in Education (02'). He is well published in his research area of American Indian education and has given numerous scholarly presentations at national conferences (e.g. AERA, ASHE, NIEA) on the subject. Recently, he served as vice-president/president of the Faculty Organization and Chair of the Academic Senate of EWU (2008-10).
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Thomas Hawley is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Government department.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Todd Hechtman is an Associate Professor of Sociology. He holds a PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Charles Herr is an Associate Professor of Biology, with a PhD from Washington State University. His research interests lie in developing universally applicable reproductive technologies primarily for the benefit of endangered species.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Gail Hicks is a Professor of Psychology, and holds a PhD from Washington State University. Her research interests include diversity issues, Gestalt, Jung, latent language, psychology of women, child therapy, group therapy.
Dr. Mary Ann Keogh Hoss is an experienced health care administrator. Her career in health care started in 1968. She has worked in support services, clinical services and administration. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Fellow Distinguished in Recreational Therapy. She is also certified nationally as a recreational therapist. Mary Ann has 30 years of experience in health care having worked in government hospitals as well as not for profit hospitals. She has worked as a support services worker, therapist, manager, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. Her experience and skills as a leader help transform knowledge into actual working realities.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Yao Houndonougbo is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. His research interests involve the use of statistical mechanics, numerical analysis, molecular dynamics amd Monte Carlo simulations, quantum mechanics, protein-protein docking, bioinformatics methods, gas adsorption and storage and protein-protein interactions. Dr. Houndonougbo's current research projects include the charactization of Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs) for gas uptake and storage; thermodynamic and transport of carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon mixtures with zeolit materials; and structures, dynamics and interactions of the proteins involved in the regulation of calcium in heart muscles.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Brian Houser is Chair and Professor of the Physics department. Dr. Houser's interests include the use of x-ray spectroscopy in the determination of the atomic structures of materials, specifically crystalline solids under extreme pressures, all aspects of modern medical imaging such as MRI and CAT scanning, and an interest in the scientific literacy of students in general.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kayleen Islam-Zwart recently accepted a position as Associate Dean for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work. Dr. Islam-Zwart is a Professor of Psychology and currently serves as department chair. She is also the director of the Psychology @ Bellevue program and is finishing her second year as the principle investigator of the NSF ADVANCE grant for the university. Islam-Zwart brings to the position a wealth of past academic and administrative experience as an Assistant Chair and then as the Director of Graduate Studies for psychology. She has also served an interim role as director of the School Psychology program. Islam-Zwart has worked with numerous McNair fellows and the Practicum In Community Involvement (PICI) program with Lewis and Clark High School Students, and is an affiliated faculty member with the Women's and Gender Studies program. She is a state-licensed clinical psychologist with research interests that include the psychological states of incarcerated women and victims of sexual assault.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Nick Jackson has a PhD in Developmental Psychology, with a concentration in Gerontology, from University of Kansas. His research interests include applied behavior analysis of development, life-span development, adult development, theories of development, educational psychology, and adult learning.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Sidney Kasuga is a Professor of Biology. He earned his PhD at University of Montana and his research interests are immunodeficiency states. (Retired)
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Sarah Keller received her Ph.D. from Harvard University with a dissertation on subsistence adaptations to fluctuating climatic conditions on the northwestern Great Plains from 7000 to 1500 years ago. She has taught at EWU since 1966 when she first started the anthropology program. Her archaeological field work has taken her to Guatemala, Canada, France, and England with a joint summer undergraduate field opportunity for students in England. In the US she has worked in the Great Plains, Northwest, and the Southwest. For the last 20 years she has focused on physical and forensic anthropology and now works as a forensic consultant for various Inland Northwest law enforcement agencies. She is also Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research (IRB). Her eclectic research interests are in issues of research integrity and conduct, human subjects rights and a long term project on river flooding of the Yellow River (China), the Mississippi (U.S.) and other geologically analogous rivers. In 2009, she received the Trustees' Medal Award.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Garrett Kenney holds a BA in religious studies from Whitworth College, an MA in religious studies from Gonzaga University and a PhD in leadership studies from Gonzaga University. He has published several books in the field of the New Testament and/or leadership studies. Dr. Kenney has taught several honors, humanities and English courses for EWU since 1986.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Russell Kolts is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University, where he has taught since 1999. Dr. Kolts' current work centers around the application of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) to assist people working with mood and attachment-related difficulties. He has pioneered the application of CFT to working with problematic anger, and has developed a 12-week anger group that has been used at Airway Heights Corrections Center since 2010. Dr. Kolts has authored or co-authored 27 refereed publications, 84 professional conference presentations, and in addition to The Compassionate Mind Gude to Managing Your Anger, published in 2012, he is the author of two forthcoming books: Buddhist Psychology and CBT: A Practitioner's Guide (with Dennis Tirch and Laura Silberstein; Guliford), and Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Life (with Dennis Tirch and Laura Chodron; Constable & Robinson). Founder of the Inland Northwest Compassionate Mind Center, Dr. Kolts regularly speaks and conducts workshops on topics such as Compassion-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Gary Krug is an Associate Professor of Communication and the Interim Director of Communication Studies. His research interests are international communication, media consequences and effects, popular culture, and political communication.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Pui-Yan Lam recently accepted a position as Associate Dean for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work. Lam is a Professor of Sociology and is currently completing her fourth year as department chair. She has proven leadership abilities and is an entrepreneur in the area of higher education, leadership and diversity. Her dedication and work in this area includes being a founder of the group Mosaic (a social support group for faculty from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds) and also Weaving the Threads: A Night of Women's Empowerment. She has served on the President's Advisory Committee for Diversity and has worked closely with international students and international initiatives at EWU. Lam has worked with numerous McNair fellows and the PICI program with Lewis and Clark High School students and works closely with the Women's and Gender Studies program and the Diversity programs at EWU.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Dale Lindekugel is a Professor of Sociology, with a PhD from University of Montana.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Paul Lindholdt worked through college as a homebuilder, industrial waste recycler, Teamster, longshoreman, and forklift operator. Dr. Lindholdt earned his BA in 1978 and MA in 1980 from Western Washington University, and his PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 1985. He has won awards from the Academy of American Poets and Society of Professional Journalists; published some 170 books, book chapters, articles, essays, columns, reviews, and poems; given more than 100 public presentations, including a 2010 Hilliard Endowment in the Humanities address; and serve on editorial advisory boards for the Journal of Ecocriticism (University of British Columbia) and European Journal of American Culture (University of Kent, UK). Dr. Lindholdt specializes in American literature, creative writing, and environmental studies. His most recent book, In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau, was published in 2011.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Terrance MacMullan has been at Eastern Washington University since 2002. He earned his PhD in Philosophy at University of Oregon and his BA at Hamilton College. Dr. MacMullan specializes in social and political philosophy, and pragmatism.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jamie Manson is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. Manson's research involves design, synthesis and detailed characterization of novel molecule-based quantum magnets that present interesting properties. Coordination chemistry and the self-assembly of 1-, 2- and 3-dimensional polymeric networks that feature strong hydrogen bonds. He conducts x-ray studies of new magnets to understand the structure/property relationships.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Luis Matos earned his PhD from the University of Florida. Mato's is Adjunct faculty and lectures part-time in the Biology department at Eastern Washington University. He studies the evolutionary genetics of host-pathogen interactions using pathogen-infected insect model systems and is particularly interested in the evolutionary genetics of host shifts.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Theresa Martin earned her PhD in Psychology from Iowa State University. Her research interests include social psychology (theories and social comparison), health psychology (attitudes and perceptions), cross-cultural psychology (theories), and human sexuality (theories, sexual orientation, and gender).
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Tracey McHenry came to Eastern in 2000. While she often works with graduate students in Rhetoric & Technical Communication and TESL, her passion is introducing undergraduates to the joys of language study in her linguistics, grammar, and history of English courses. Her research interests are the politics of grammar education, Native American language issues, World Englishes, and non-native speakers as ESL teachers.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Martin Meraz García is currently an Assistant Professor of Chicano Studies at Eastern Washington University. His research interests include the U.S.-Mexico relations with respect to the war on drugs, drug cartels, as well as revolutionary movements in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Meráz García has presented his research in various regional, national and international conferences He has also engaged in field research in Nicaragua, as well as in various states in the Pacific Northwest including Washington and Oregon. Current publications include "The Psychology and Recruitment Process of the Narco" in the Global Crime Journal and "Cooperation Among the Nicaraguan Sandinista Factions" in the Latin American Policy Journal. As an Eastern TRiO McNair alumnus, he provides valuable insight as a McNair faculty research mentor.
Dr. Martin Meraz García earned his PhD from Washington State University in Political Science. His book, Ordinary Individuals Who Become Narcotraffickers, was published by Kendall Hunt Publishing in 2012.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jonathan Middleton obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Columbia University. He is the Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at EWU, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, theory, orchestration, and computer music.
Middleton's spontaneous approaches to composition are through stream of consciousness and algorithmic composition. The foundation of his work is created from the “musicalgorithms” software he designed in 2004. The application provides a creative environment where composers can create music from DNA and numbers.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Gayle Millsaps is an assistant professor since 2013 at Eastern Washington University. She earned her M.A. in Mathematics(1989) and PhD in Mathematics Education(2005) from Ohio University.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Dorie Munson is an Assistant Professor of Psychology.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Carmen Nezat is an Assistant Professor of Geology. Her research interests include water and soil geochemistry, biogeochemistry, mineral dissolution, and environmental geology.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Margaret O'Connell is a Professor and Chair of the Biology department. She earned her PhD at Texas Tech University and did post-doctoral work at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. Dr. O'Connell's research interests include animal population ecology and community structure, and conservation wildlife-habitat relationships.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Robin O'Quinn earned her PhD in Botany from Washington State University. She is deeply curious about patterns and processes that shape organismal diversity. She is interested in the evolution of morphological diversity in plants (e.g., plant architecture), historical biogeography and aspects of evolutionary ecology, such as habitat preferences, pollinator-mediated hybridization and introgression. Her approaches have included developmental and comparative morphology, molecular systematics, population genetics and field pollination biology. Dr. O'Quinn's primary study system has been the small tribe Montieae (Portulacaceae), but additional systems have included Loasaceae and more recently Asclepias (Apocynaceae). With her research, she aims to synthesize evidence in a phylogenetic framework from diverse fields to understand plant species diversity.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Gina Petrie is a Professor in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Robin Pickering is the Community Health Program Director at Eastern Washington University. She obtained her PhD from University of Idaho.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Pete Porter teaches filmic arts history and theory/criticism. He also serves as director of The Spokane International Film Festival. Before joining the film faculty in 2004, Porter earned a PhD from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and degrees from Indiana State and Grand Valley State. His dissertation argues that the ancient literary form Menippean satire, a travesty of The Odyssey, the work of Plato, and old comedy, has taken shape in movies from Duck Soup (1934) to The Big Lebowski (1998).
Dr. Porter's recent work studies media representations of non-human animals from a cognitive-ethical perspective. He is the Film Review Editor for Society & Animals, an international journal of Human-Animal Studies. He has published in S & A, The Journal of Moving Image Studies, and the Michigan Academician. Dr. Porter serves as faculty advisor to the EWU Film Society and on the board and The Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jeffrey Rahn is a Professor of Chemistry. His interests include the synthesis and characterization of transition metal complexes to better understand structure/reactivity relationships, the synthesis of inorganic polymers as precursors to ceramic materials and the development of chemical demonstrations to aid student understanding of chemical principles.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. LaVona Reeves earned her BA from University of Nebraska, MA from Columbia University, and PhD Indian University of Pennsylvania. She has taught in New York City and Boise Public Schools, Boise State University, the University of Wyoming, Osaka University and Harvard University. As President of TESOL affiliate, Washington Association for the Education of Speakers of Other Languages, she initiated a teaching award to honor deceased co-founder of the undergraduate TESL Program, Sally Wellman. Dr. Reeves works closely with graduate students conducting original research in her writing classes and has published in composition, TESOL, literature and gender studies. Awarded EWU Professor of the Year in 2007, she has also been widely recognized for university and community service. She specializes in linguistics, women's Literature, composition, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Susan Ruby is the Director of Eastern Washington University's specialist level School Psychology Program. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1990 and M.S. and Ed.S. degrees from the College of William and Mary in 1993/1994. She worked as a school psychologist in Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, and California before returning to school to obtain her Ph.D. in Education with specialization in School Psychology in 2005 at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Ruby's research interests involve practices associated with Response to Intervention and development and delivery of academic and social-behavioral interventions for students at-risk in PreK-12 settings.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Ryan Sain is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department. Dr. Sain earned his degree in experimental psychology from Washington State University. His research interests are: applied behavioral analysis, pedagogy in higher education, cirriculum reform, technology in higher education, FOSS (free and open source software), and risky behavior.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Robert Sauders received his Ph.D. from American University in 2007. His dissertation research examined the politics of Palestinian identity narratives constructed through archaeological and cultural heritage research. His current research explores non-violent, trans-ethnic social movements among Palestinians and Israelis. Dr. Sauders actively conducts research in Israel and Palestine and will eventually broaden the scope of his research to include Armenia. At Eastern Washington University, Dr. Sauders is currently teaching and developing courses on the history, culture and geography of the modern Middle East, Islamic history and culture, Judaic history and culture, museum studies, tourism and human rights.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Alan Scholz is a Professor of Biology. He has a PhD in Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and researches hormonal regulation of smelt transformation and olfactory imprinting.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Suzanne Schwab is a Professor of Biology, and earned her PhD from University of California-Riverside. Her research interests include physiological and ecological aspects of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae and restoration of disturbed land.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Majid Sharifi is an Assistant Professor in Eastern Washington University in Government and International Affairs. His Past research has explore the paradoxes of nationalism in the Middle Eastern, Muslims countries in general and Iran in particular. His current research explores the intersection between security and violence on the one hand, and subaltern nationalism and social movements on the other hand.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Vickie Shields is the Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work and a Professor of Communication. Her research interests include cultural and critical approaches to the study of media and popular culture; gendered images and audiences of film, television and advertising; the relationship between media images and women's body discipline; and investigating alternative methodologies for cultural and feminist audience research.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kawkab Shishani is an Assistant Professor in the WSU Spokane College of Nursing. Dr. Kawkab Shishani's research has focused on using epidemiological methodologies to identify factors impeding tobacco use.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jane Simoni received her Ph.D. from University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Simoni is a professor at the University of Washington Department of Psychology. Her research interests include global and minority mental health, HIV/AIDS, LGBT psychology, health disparities, technology-based health interventions
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Julia Smith received her MA (on interpreting household archaeology for the Classic Maya) and PhD (on small-scale coffee farmers in southern Costa Rica) from the University of Pittsburgh after receiving bachelors degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt University. She's done extensive fieldwork in Costa Rica and Mexico, with brief projects in Honduras and Nicaragua. Her recent work has focused on the restructuring of conventional and alternative coffee markets, especially the Fair Trade market. She is particularly interested in how changing market opportunities and the social relations embedded within them affect the way that people think about coffee, about their relationship with consumers, and about the environment.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jeffrey Stafford is a Professor of Communication. His research interests include organizational communication, leadership development, project management, strategic planning, and research methodologies.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Wes Steiner earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Washington State University with focus on the development and use of analytical instrumentation to explore a variety of topics involving health, environment, agriculture, and defense. Presently his research group is focused on the qualitative discovery and quantitative directed analysis of bio-markers that can be correlated to a specific disease trait, state, and/or rate. This in turn, helps to facilitate an earlier and more precise diagnosis, treatment, and possible prevention of that disease.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Fred Strange's academic trail has led him through Reed College, University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State, and finally, the University of Pittsburgh. He is grateful to anthropology's tradition of fieldwork for having given him an excuse for playing out his childhood fantasies in the plow furrows, market places, tourist venues, and peasant villages of Mexico and Central America. In a restless and unresigned retirement, he reads fantastic tales to his grandchildren, and teaches courses that remind him how much he has to learn about social and cultural theory. When not pining to return to Mexico and Central America, he does community theatre, works with Thin Air Community Radio, and tries to alchemize his field notes into a dolorous and wistful poetry, feeling he is coming full circle to where he began.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Tony Yun Tian is an assitant professor of Computer Science. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Mississippi. His research is in concurrent systems, distributed and parallel computing, grid and cloud computing, GPGPU computing, spatial index methods, and big data.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Tom Trulove received his PhD in economics from the University of Oregon. His specialty areas are regional and international economics. Trulove is the Economics Department Chair.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Chris Valeo earned her BA from Brown University in 1992, and her MA in teaching English in 1992. She taught high school English in Montana for five years (Hays/LodgePole High School 1992-1994, Havre High School 1994-1997), leaving to pursue graduate-level work in literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MA 1999, PhD 2003). She joined the faculty of Eastern in 2003. Her current research and teaching interests include British literature, English pedagogy, children's literature and popular romance.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Stacy Warren earned her PhD from University of British Columbia, and is a Professor of Geography.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Philip Watkins earned his PhD from Louisiana State University. His research interests are gratitude and subjective well-being, and conscious and nonconscious memory bias in depression and eating disorders.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Philip Weller holds degrees from University of Puget Sound, Washington State University, and Kent State Univeristy. He specializes in Shakespeare and Renaissance English Literature.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. William (Bill) Williams holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from University of Utah. His research interests are in human psychophysiology with an emphasis on emotion, attention and the psychophysiology of personality and personality disorders.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jessica Willis is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies. Her research interests include gender in society, feminist contributions to political theory, feminism and the construction of knowledge, women and politics, sexual citizenship, gender and sexuality in film, principles of sociology, and body image and identity formation.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Sally Winkle's dissertation research centered on the representation of women in 18th century German literature. Much of her subsequent scholarship has focused on women and gender in German literature, culture, and film. She has been active with the Women's & Gender Studies program since 1983, and has been Director of the program since 1998.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Sue Marie Wright, Ph.D., serves as Director for the Children’s Studies Program at Eastern Washington University. She holds a position as Professor in the Department of Sociology and Justice Studies, teaching courses on children, gender, and family. Published articles include “Bridging Third-Wave Feminism and Family Pluralism” (2004).
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Bill Youngs is a Professor in the Department of History. His specializations include U.S. History, American wilderness, early America, history of disease, history and new media, and public history.
Dr. Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted is a Professor of Government and International Affairs at Eastern Washington University. Before coming to Eastern Washington University, she was a Professor in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her publications trace the historical development of rivers, water resources in the arid West and the religious and spiritual representations of rivers. Her research includes a manuscript with Berghahn Press that is to be published in November 2014. The manuscript, Rivers, Memory and Nation-Building: A History of the Volga and Mississippi Rivers is a comparative study of the two rivers from indigenous use to the present. Other recent publications include "Aesthetics of the Volga and National Narratives in Russia," in a special issue "Nature and Nation in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe," Environment and History, February 2014. Another 2014 scheduled publication is "Water and Art," UNESCO series, Water and Civilization (Paris: International Hydrological Program) Other publications include "The Cultural and Hydrological Development of the Mississippi and Volga Rivers" in Rivers in History: Perspectives on Waterways in Europe and North America (2009), book chapters on western water issues, and a co-edited work on terrorism.Her work on water and rivers has been presented at the American Society for Environmental History, American Historical Association, International Water History Association and Western History Association, to name a few. She is currently working with David Pietz of Washington State University in establishing a UNESCO Chair in Water and Environmental History.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Michael Zukosky received his Ph.D. from Temple University with a dissertation on grassland policy and politics in China's Altai Mountains. He has general interests in international development and conservation policy. He came to Eastern in 2006 to teach linguistic anthropology, political ecology, and the ethnography of technology and science, and is particularly interested in the ethnographic study of scientific language and ecological discourse analysis. He is currently conducting a comparative project on social epistemology and discourse among a global network of European, Chinese, and Mongolian biologists involved in Przewalski horse reintroduction in Asia.