Our McNair Research Faculty Mentors

Use this database to learn about our EWU Faculty Mentors and students! You may search by Department, Key word, Mentor Name, or Mentee (student).

NameBackgroundStudent Mentee(s)EWU College
Dr. Allen
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jessica Allen is an Assistant Professor in Biology. She is a lichenologist who pursues two major areas of research. First, she is interested in understanding how rates of recombination in primarily asexual fungi shape genome evolution, population structure, and adaptation. Her second line of research is on biodiversity and conservation. In 2021, Dr. Allen was awarded $625,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund her part in the Central Appalachian Lichen Project. Devin Mumey (2022)College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Dr. Anderson
Dr. Anderson
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. Michelle Livengood (2008); Laura Preciado (2008); Cassandra Aguilar (2010); Theresa Harkness (2011); Esmeralda Adolf (2011); Leah Ruiz (2013); Alla Goleta (2015)College of Professional Programs
Dr. Anderson

TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Matthew Anderson is a Professor and the Director of Urban and Regional Planning. He holds an MA in Geography & Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University and a PhD in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests, broadly speaking, are focused on the political economy of the contemporary American city, the politics of water provision and governance in the American northwest, and critical social and spatial theory.Katie Gower (2022)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Appel
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Philip Appel is an Assistant Professor in
Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology. He is also the Director of EWU's Entrepreneurship (E-Ship) Center which runs programs such as the Technology Commercialization Academy (TCA). He holds an MS and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho.
Marianna Fischer (2022)College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Dr. Ashley
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jason Ashley is an Associate Professor in Biology. He holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pathology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A cell and molecular biologist with a research interest in bone physiology and pathology, he studies molecular mechanisms of osteoclast differentiation and function. Malek Chreiki (2022)College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Dr. Bartlett
(retired)
Dr. Bartlett
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. (Retired)Kyra Gaines (2011)College of Professional Programs
Dr. Bastow
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Justin Bastow is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department. He received his PhD from University of California, Davis.Monica Villegas (2017); Seth McCullough (2021)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Bazemore
(no longer at EWU)
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Georgia Bazemore was the JeffersR. Chertok Professor of Ancient History. Her specializations included Ancient Greek and Roman history, archaeology, and linguistics.Candice Helsing (2006); Anthony Austin-Walker (2011/12) College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Bell
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kerryn Bell is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, teaching courses in criminology, penologfy, 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.Jose Mendez (2012/13)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Bhuta
(retired)
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. (Retired)
Isaura Gallegos (2005)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Black
Dr. Black
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.Louise Wold (1996); Taylor Aalvik (1996); Jennifer Justice (2005)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Brooks
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kerry Brooks is a Professor in the Department of Planning & Public Administration. He received his PhD from the University of Washington.Michelle Abunaja (2017)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Brown
Dr. Brown
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Rebecca Brown is a professor at Eastern Washington University. She conducts research on riparian and plant ecology and teaches Ecology, Botany, Research Methods, and Riparian Ecology. Recently she has been active in ecological restoration, working to restore prairie plant communities in Eastern Washington, and studying the effects of dam removal on riparian plant communities. Jessica Bryant (2009); Kimberly Cook; Jaimie Kenney; Rachael Pentico (2020)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Buchanan
Dr. Buchanan
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Brian Buchanan is an Assistant Professor in Geography and Anthropology at EWU's Department of Geosciences. He holds a PhD from Durham University. His areas of expertise are Historic Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, GIS, Computational Archaeology, and British Archaeology.Hope Sands (2020)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Cárdenas
(no longer at EWU)
Dr. Cárdenas
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Norma Cárdenas was 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. Jessica Ochoa (2015)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Carlberg
(no longer at EWU)
Dr. Carlberg
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.
Cheryl Dykstra-Aiello (2010/11)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Case
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Judd Case received his PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of California, Riverside. His research has centered on vertebrate paleontology to answer questions in the areas of evolution and biogeography. His emphasis has been on marsupials (the pouched mammals) in particular, but includes the evolution and biogeography Gondwanan plants and animals. Another area of his expertise is Blood & Disease. Ashley Destin (2020, 2021)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Castillo
Dr. Castillo
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Andrea Castillo is an associate professor of Biology. She earned her B.S. in Biology from the College of Idaho and her Ph.D. in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her first postdoctoral research project was conducted at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center studying chromosome segregation and her second postdoctoral research project was conducted at the University of California, Santa Cruz studying the human gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori. As a faculty member in the Biology Department at Eastern Washington University, she continues to study factors in Helicobacter pylori that contribute to human gastric disease.Olga Shiva (2009); Alyssa Barton (2015); Veronica Albrecht (2016); Marcos Monteiro (2018); Laurisa Ankley (2017)
College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Chabot
Dr. Chabot
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Sean Chabot is chair of sociology department. He 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.
Rebecca Sutton (2003/04); Nicholas Russ (2003/04); Charise DeBerry (2006); Gabriel Chavez Garcia (2009/10); Maria Morales Sanchez (2009/10); Moses Ssemakula (2015)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Chantrill
Dr. Chantrill
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.Amunoo Mohamed (2010)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Chase
Dr. Chase
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.William Ballard (2002)College of Health Science & Public Health (CHSPH)
Dr. Conlin
Dr. Conlin
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).
Lillian Hungerford (2006)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Coomes
Dr. Coomes
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jacqueline Coomes is a Professor of Mathematics Education. She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from Washington State University. Her areas of expertise are Mathematics Education, Professional Development, and Problem Solving.Zoe Romero Becker (2020)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Cullen
Dr. Cullen
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.Benita Walker (2011/12); Donya Quarnstrom (2015-16)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Daberkow
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. David Daberkow is an assistant professor at Chemistry since 2010. 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). 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.
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. David Daberkow is an assistant professor at Chemistry since 2010. 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). 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.Yuri Reyes (2014); Christina Ramelow (2019); Claudio Escalante (2022)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Dalley
(no longer at EWU)
Dr. Dalley
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Mahlon Dalley earned his PhD at University of Northern Colorado, and was 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.Elizabeth Davila (2012); Angela Brown (2006)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Davis
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Shanna Davis, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology. Her areas of specialization are Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention, Assessment of Functional Academic and Behavioral Skills, and Instructional Coaching and Consultation. Her research interests include Vocabulary development, Preschool expulsion, and Supervision. Monica Miranda (2022)College of Professional Programs
Dr. Decker
Dr. Decker
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kevin Decker is a Professor of Philosophy specializing in American Pragmatism, German Idealism, Social and Political Theory, Ethics and Philosophy and Popular Culture.Analisea Araya (2020); Marisa Janke (2022)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Eagle
(no longer at EWU)
Dr. Eagle
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. David Eagle received his PhD in economics from University of Minnesota, and was an Associate Professor of Finance.Roderick Givens (1997); Christina Torres Garcia (1999/2000)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Edquist
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kristin Edquist is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department.Ami Manning (2004); Alberto “Felix” Beltran (2017); Badradin Mohammed (2022)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Elias
Dr. Elias
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Edwin Elias is an Assistant Professor in EWU's Chicana/o/x Studies Department and holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. His areas of specialization are Immigration, Race/class inequality, U.S. – Mexico border issues, Latina/os,
Undocumented immigrants, Citizenship,
Higher education, Qualitative methods,
Political economy, and Transnationalism
Alexis Guitar Diaz (2020)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. El-Alayli
Dr. El-Alayli
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.Nancy Guillen (2006); Manee Moua (2008); Maira Sanchez (2010/11); Elizabeth Schriner (2011); Acea Sands (2018); Alexander Dodson (2022) College of Professional Programs
Dr. Finnie
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. 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.Frank King (2005); Edward King (2006)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Flinn (Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Flinn
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.Erin Dietel-McLaughlin (2002); Renee Turgeon (2006)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Forsyth
(no longer at EWU)
Dr. Forsyth
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. 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.
Cristina Gaeta (2000); Amanda Thelin (Smizaski) (2003); Andrew Nguyen (2005); Sylvia Olivo (2010)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Frank

TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Camille Frank PhD, LPC, NCC is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Her areas of specialization are Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, and Trauma-Informed Care. Her research interests include Sexual Assault Survivorship, Relational-Cultural Theory, and Trauma in Counselor Education Contexts. Serena Camacho (2022)College of Professional Programs
Dr. García
Dr. Martin Meraz García
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 United States and Mexico relations with respect to the war on drugs, drug cartels, as well as revolutionary movements in Mexico and other Latin American countries. 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.Josiah Van Egdom (2016)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. García-Sánchez
Dr. García-Sánchez
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. Bertha Villa (1999); Sheila Patterson (Finney) (2000)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Gentle
Dr. Gentle
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.Andrew Ruud (2010)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Galm (Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Glam
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jerry Galm received his PhD degrees from Washington State University. 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.Lynnae Sowers (1997/98); Amelia Marchand (Moses) (2003); Brian Radford (2003); Enver Guseynov (2009/10)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Guillory
(deceased)
Dr. Guillory
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Raphael Guillory was a tenured associate professor in Psychology at Eastern Washington University. He taught coursework in educational psychology, advanced educational psychology, psychology of human relations, developmental theories and applications, and grant-writing. Dr. Guillory was 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. He also served as vice-president/president of the Faculty Organization and Chair of the Academic Senate of EWU (2008-10). Unfortunately Dr. Guillory passed away in December, 2020. He will be greatly missed. Julian Mendez (2007/08)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Hawley
Dr. Hawley
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Thomas Hawley is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Government department.Richard Murphy (2022)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Hechtman
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Todd Hechtman is an Associate Professor of Sociology. He holds a PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara.Suzanne Lent (2004); Yvonne Sherwood (2009/10)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Herr
Dr. Herr
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.Rita Davis (Miranda) (1997); Michael Novo (1998/99); Sheikh Preciado (2007/08)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Hicks
(Professor Emerita)
Dr. Hicks
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.College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Houndonougbo
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.Melissa Rhodehouse (2012); Aulane Mpouli (2020)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Houser
Dr. Houser
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Brian Houser is former Chair and current 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.Dani Gooler (1998)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Islam-Zwart
Dr. Islam-Zwart
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kayleen Islam-Zwart is a Professor of Psychology and currently serves as Department Chair. She is also the director of the Psychology @ Bellevue program. 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.Acea Sands (2017)College of Professional Programs
Dr. Jackson
Dr. Jackson
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.College of Professional Programs
Dr. Kebede
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Kassahun Kebede is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at EWU and has a research focus in immigration and refugees.Rachel Silverthorn (2017)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Kenney
Dr. Kenney
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. He is currently the Program Director of Humanities and Religious Studies.College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Kirby
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Christopher Kirby is a Professor in the Philosophy Department. Loni Taber (2017);
Irie Browning (2022); tommyboiZ (2022)
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Kolts
Dr. Kolts
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.Lily Ann Long (2018)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Lam
Dr. Lam
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.College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Lenti
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Joseph Lenti is a History professor specializing in Latin American history. He holds an MA and a PhD in History from the University of New Mexico. His current research assesses the phenomena of land dispossession, land invasion, and squatting in Mexico and Costa Rica comparatively, and from both an historical and contemporary perspective.Saul Bautista (2022)College of History, Anthropology, Modern Languages & Literatures
Dr. Lindekugel
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Dale Lindekugel is a Professor of Sociology, with a PhD from University of Montana.College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Lindholdt
Dr. Lindholdt
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.Michael Callaway; Winona Wynn; Keziah WiliamsCollege of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Lynch
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Frank Lynch is an Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics at EWU. He received his PhD from the University of Utah in 2010. Nathan Blair (2017/18); Shawn Stratte (2016/17)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. MacMullan
Dr. MacMullan
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Terrance MacMullan has been at Eastern Washington University since 2002. He is the Assistant Chair of English and Philosophy. 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.College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Manson
Dr. Manson
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jamie Manson is a Professor of Chemistry. He holds a PhD from the University of Utah. 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.College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Martin (Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Martin
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Theresa Martin is a Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department. She 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).Rosa Espinosa Zuniga (2017)College of Professional Programs
Dr. Mathers
(no longer at EWU)
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Scott Mathers was an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department. He received his PhD from Mississippi State University. Mario Aguilar (2017)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Matos
Dr. Matos
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Luis Matos earned his PhD from the University of Florida. Luis Matos is an Assistant Professsor 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.College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. McHenry
Dr. McHenry
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.College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. McNeely TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Camille McNeely is a professor of biology and holds a PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include Ecosystem Processes and Community Interactions,
Organisms’ Interactions,
Ecological Roles, and
Stream Ecosystem Health.
Mori Williams (2020); Lucia Roussa (2021) College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Middleton
Dr. Middleton
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.
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Morales
(not at EWU)
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Maria Isabel Morales is a faculty member at Evergreen State College. She received her PhD from Washington State University.Kimberly Jones 2017College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Mount
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Sarah Mount is an Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Public Health. She received her EdD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of interest include: built environment and health, nature and health, motivation orientation, and physical activity.Kianna Baker (2017);
Maria Rivera Diaz (2017)
College of Health Science & Public Health
Dr. Munson
Dr. Munson
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Dorie Munson is an Associate Professor of Psychology. Research interests include Social Justice, Saving and revitalizing Salish languages, Mitigating marginalization & colonization of individuals and groups, Mitigating discrimination and harassment, decolonizing classrooms, schools, & epistemologies, Mitigating student passivity through voice & choice, Problematizing social norms & practices via qualitative inquiry & post-formal reasoning. College of Professional Programs
Dr. Nelson (Formerly Colles) (retired)
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Nelson (Formerly Colles) was an instructor in the Psychology Department at EWU. She received her PhD from Western Michigan University. (Retired)Sandra Espinoza (2016)College of Professional Programs
Dr. Nezat
TRiO McNair Faculty Research mentor Dr. Carmen Nezat is the Director of The Environmental Science Program and a professor of Geology at Eastern Washington University. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan and her research interests are in water and soil geochemistry, biogeochemistry, mineral dissolution, and environmental geology.Darlene Gilroy (2019)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Nsombi
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Okera Nsombi is a professor in Africana Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati. Kianna Baker (2017); Shawn Dufrene (2020); Christina Hudson (2021); Quentin Young (2022)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. O'Connell
POconnell
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Margaret O'Connell is a professor and chair of the Department of Biology. She received her PhD from Texas Tech University and conducted post-doctoral work at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park at Washington, D.C. Her current research areas are: wildlife ecology/conservation and ecological restoration. She has served on the McNair Selection Committee since the program's inception at EWU.Alex Lopez (2018)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. O'Quinn
Dr. O'Quinn
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.College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Ochoa-Reparaz
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Javier Ochoa-Reparaz is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at EWU. He studies host-microbial gut interactions and the mechanisms of immunomodulation induced by gut symbionts in the context of autoimmune diseases.Christina Ramelow (2016)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Oster TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Andrew Oster is an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Utah. His research interests include computational neuroscience, mathematical physiology, biophysics of addiction, and neurodevelopment, in addition to business applications of mathematics relating to data science and scheduling.Nyibol Thareek (2021)College of College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Petrie
Dr. Petrie
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Gina Mikel Petrie, PhD is a professor and the coordinator of the English as a Second Language Program. She has an M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from Indiana University and a doctorate in Education from Washington State University. She is an English Language Specialist with the U.S. State Department. Her areas of expertise are: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Language Teaching Methods, English Teacher Training, Trauma-sensitive Language Teaching, English for Specific Purposes, TESOL Educative Curriculum Materials Zoe Romero Becker (2020)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Pickering
(no longer at EWU)
Dr. Pickering
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Robin Pickering was the Community Health Program Director at Eastern Washington University. She obtained her PhD from University of Idaho.Lilia Guillen (2009)College of Health Science & Public Health (CHSPH)
Dr. Porter
Dr. Porter
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.
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Pritchard
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Chad Pritchard is a Professor and Department Chair in the Geology Department. He received his PhD from Washington State University. His areas of expertise are: Groundwater Hydrology (Geohydrology), Structural Geology, Drone mapping, Geologic Mapping, Age determination of rocks and minerals. Travis Stevens (2017)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Reeves
Dr. Reeves
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.Michael Calloway (1999)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Rahn
Dr. Rahn
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.College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Ruby
Dr. Ruby
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Susan Ruby is the Director of Eastern Washington University's specialist level School Psychology Program. She received her Bachelor Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1990 and Masters Science and Education Sciences. Degrees were received 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 Pre K-12 settings.Ashley Ellison (2015-16); Luis Martinez Antillo (2020); Arcelia Madrigal (2022)College of Professional Programs
Dr. Seiver
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Jillene Seiver is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department. Her work focuses on: COVID-19 Homeschooling, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Student Motivation, Distraction by Technology, Memory, and Homeschooling. Samantha Sanchez-Garcia (2020); Ian Campuzano (2021); Darlene Khayesi (2021); Haili Poss (2022); Bakima Ssebanakitta (2022)College of Professional Programs, School of Psychology
Dr. Shamima
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Yasmin Shamima is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science with a background in Civil Engineering. Her research interests are in haptics, graphics, and visualization. Erik Almaguer (2017)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Sharifi
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Majid Sharifi is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of International Affairs at Eastern Washington University. He brings his extensive experience in international policy as a mentor in international conflict and resource management. His research interests include Nationalism, Security and Insecurity, Violence and Inequity.Malachi Chukwu (2018); Gloria Bravo (2020)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Spruell
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Paul Spruell is Associate Chair in the Biology Department at EWU. His research specializes in Fisheries Biology, Molecular Ecology, and Conservation Genetics. Although much of his research focuses on trout and char, he also work on a variety of other species, including the invasive Brook Stickleback found at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge just south of the EWU campus.Alex Lopez (2018)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Steiner
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Wes Steiner is a Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at EWU. Elvin Cabrera (2016-17)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Tedescoe
(no longer at EWU)
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Joe Tedescoe has mentored McNair scholars in Sociology and Justice Studies.Ereisa Morales (2017)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Tian
Dr. Tian
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Yun (Tony) Tian received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Mississippi August 2013, with his dissertation advised by Dr. Philip J. Rhodes. He joined the Department of Computer Science at Eastern Washington University in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. Before a Ph.D., he earned his B.S. from Fudan University in Computer Information Management 2006 and M.S. from Shanghai Teachers University in Computer Science 2008.

Yun Tian's former industry experiences include 3 years of system testing in Automatic Train Control systems 1999 through 2002. In 2009, he worked as a research assistant at National Center for Physical Acoustics, responsible for data acquisition and processing. In addition, he interned at FNC Inc. summer 2012 and worked with large Spatio-temporal dataset.

His research interests include Grid and Cloud computing, parallel computing, GPGPU computing and Big Data. Dr. Tian teaches Parallel and Cloud Computing and GPU Computing courses on both undergraduate and graduate levels. He also teaches three gateway and core courses: C and Unix programming, Data Structures and Algorithms. Dr. Tian is a recipient of Amazon Education Faculty Grant, Amazon AWS Credits for Research Grant, EWU Grant for Summer Creative Works and EWU SSB Grant.
Halim Acosta (2018)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Torres Garcia
(no longer at EWU)
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Torres García earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought from Washington State University. She directs the TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and has taught in the fields of Race and Culture, Chicano Studies, Education, Sociology, at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Torres Garcia currently serves, and has for the past six years, as the WSTA Public Relations and Networking Committee chair and become the 2016-2017 President of the Washington State TRIO Association, which is a catalyst in Washington State for progressive initiatives that promote educational equity, access, and opportunity for traditionally marginalized student populations.

Her research interests and studies focus on historical, social, and political issues affecting Chicanas/Latinas in the Pacific Northwest. Her interest in illustrating the dynamic modus operandi of the intersections of systematic layers of oppression has resulted in reclaiming the voices of Chicanas and Latinas whose life stories enrich academia today.

As a Chicana from Mexican farm working background and first-generation college student, Dr. Torres García's life dedication is to raise critical consciousness among students by unveiling social inequalities and empowering marginalized groups to become agents of positive change and engage them in civic responsibilities.
Maria Rivera Diaz (2017); Madelyn Brown (2019)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Upton
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Lindsey Upton received her PhD in Criminology from Old Dominion University. She is an Assistant professor in the EWU Sociology Department.Theresa Lee (2018); Alexandria Coronado (2020)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Winer
Dr. Winer
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Michael Winer is an Assistant Professor and Lead Advisor of Mathematics Education. He holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the Ohio State University. His research interests include Student Cognition with Geometric Reasoning and Proof, Developing Learning Progressions/Trajectories, Developing Curriculum and Instruction for K-12 Geometry and Geometric Proofs. Julianna Pruneda Martinez (2020)College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Youngs
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor William "Bill" Youngs received his PhD from UC Berkeley in History. His research interests include U.S. History, American Wilderness, Early America, and National Parks.Leanne Allen (2018)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Zeisler-Vralsted
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted is a professor in the International Affairs and Poltical Science Departments at EWU. Her research area is in water history and politics and the intersection of race, class and the environment. Dr. Z-V is currently working on the intersection of modernity and indigenous cultures. More specifically, the project she is working on unpacks the history of Grand Coulee Dam as a landmark of contested narratives. One narrative celebrated the social, economic, and cultural power of modernity. The other focused on the loss of indigenous cultural identities and practices. Her goal is to equip teachers with unique and meaningful analytical frameworks to engage their humanities and social science students in conversations centered on how social groups experience and interpret transformative changes in the landscape.Abdulrazik Mohammed (2017) Wendolyn Martinez (2018)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. Ziehnert
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Aryn Ziehnert is a Lecturer in the Psychology Department. She received her PhD from Michigan State University. Her areas of expertise include COVID-19 Focus: Childhood Adversity, Child & Family, Clinical Psychology, and Childhood Adversity. Lily Ann Long (2018); Miriam Carlson (2018); Lizeth Bañuelos (2020)College of Professional Programs
SimHayKin S. Jack
(no longer at EWU)
TRiO McNair Faculty Research Mentor Sim-Hay Kin Jack was a lecturer for American Indian Studies and a PhD candidate at UC Davis.Madelyn Brown (2019)College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences