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Honors Faculty & Postdoctoral Fellows

Honors College faculty work daily to ensure they provide unique courses at Purdue. Click on the person’s name to find their contact information.

Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP


Rhonda Phillips is committed to “value-added” learning experiences, combining educational, research and engagement opportunities in experiential, transformative environments. She provides interdisciplinary teaching and research experience across a range of diverse topics, including sustainability, community well-being, economic development and planning, and world urbanism. Rhonda joined Purdue in 2013, the inaugural year of the Honors College, from Arizona State University where she served as Associate Dean for Barrett... Read more

Dr. Emily Allen

Director of the Blue Sky Teaching and Learning Laboratory

Emily Allen is the founding Director of the Blue Sky Teaching and Learning Laboratory, a new Honors College initiative launching in 2021-2022. The Blue Sky Lab (BSL) will focus on translating and scaling high-impact pedagogies incubated in the Honors College and in connecting the HC outward to other educational institutions and communities. This new laboratory for teaching practice and research takes to the skies with “visionary pedagogy for a better world” starting Fall 2021... Read more

Dr. Kristina Bross

Associate Dean For Research & Creative Endeavors

Kristina Bross is a member of Purdue’s Teaching Academy and is enrolled in the Book of Great Teachers. She is a recipient of the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, received a Center for Undergraduate Instructional Excellence (CUIE) fellowship and was a Service-Learning Faculty fellow. She... Read more

Dr. Natasha Duncan

Associate Dean for Academic and International Affairs

As the Associate Dean for Academic and International Affairs, Dr. Natasha Duncan is charged with building the Honors College’s capacity for high-impact learning and research experiences beyond campus and with establishing and sustaining learning and discovery relationships with institutions of higher learning abroad. With a goal to increase Honors College... Read more

Dr. Megha Anwer

Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Belonging, Equity, and Inclusion

As a theorist of literature and visual culture, her publications range from investigations of nineteenth-century photography, to analyzing the social structural inequities of race, gender, class, and caste as they manifest in global cinema and postcolonial literatures. Her scholarship incorporates perspectives and theories from urban studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, postcolonial studies and violence studies in a global and transnational context.  Read more

Dr. Liz Brite

Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Scholarly Project Grants

Greetings! I am an archaeologist and educator with nearly a decade of experience in university honors education. I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology (archaeology subfield) from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Following a postdoctoral teaching fellowship in the Honors College at Auburn University (2011-2014), I joined the faculty of the Purdue Honors College in 2014. I am also affiliated faculty in the Department of Anthropology. Read more

Dr. Katie Jarriel

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Honors Mentor Program

Katie Jarriel joined the Honors College as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Fall 2018 after completing her PhD in Classical Archaeology at Cornell University. Dr. Jarriel’s research combines archaeology and computer modeling to explore how people living in the Mediterranean during the Bronze Age created communities based on a shared sense of place. Read more

Dr. Dwaine Jengelley

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Interdisciplinary Sports Studies Research Generator

Dwaine Jengelley’s research focuses on communication in matters of international security. Currently, he examines the prominence of counterterrorism stories in the mainstream print media and the tone of news coverage. In this area, he explores if the negativity in terrorism news coverage is influenced by the economic fortunes of media organizations. He also is doing research on the portrayals of the Black Lives Matter movement in editorial cartoons.  Read more

Dr. J. Peter Moore

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Creative Projects

J. Peter Moore teaches and writes on U.S. literature and culture, particularly modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, aesthetic theory and African-American literature. He also works in the overlapping fields of material culture and print history, establishing and directing Purdue University’s first letterpress makerspace, The Print Bay. His book project, Vernacular Poetics in an Era of Vernacular Studies, examines the emergence of... Read more

Dr. Nathan Swanson

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Study Away

Dr. Nathan Swanson is a political and cultural geographer whose research is focused in three areas: (1) geopolitics of everyday life, (2) public space and power, and (3) critical cartography and counter-mapping (as a member of the Counter-Cartographies Collective). Dr. Swanson completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina... Read more

Dr. Zahra Tehrani

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Research Mentorship Program

I received my B.S. and Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After completing a postdoctoral teaching fellowship at UCLA, I was a lecturer at various community colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area. In 2015, I joined the faculty of the Purdue Honors College where I teach interdisciplinary project-based courses in biology and genetics. Inside my classroom, students get to explore the social and ethical implications of modern biotechnologies and think critically about the media messaging surrounding them. Read more

Dr. Anish Vanaik

Clinical Associate Professor & Director of International Student Engagement

Anish Vanaik’s primary field of research is urban history. His recent book, Possessing the City, studies the history of property relations in colonial Delhi. He’s currently extending that work and exploring business histories of the early post-colonial period. His current book project is about how political cartoons about racism were shaped by the Black Lives Matter movement. Two other areas of particular interest include the climate crisis and Marxism (both theoretical questions and the history of Left wing movements). He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the Honors College.

Dr. Jason Ware

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Engaged Scholar Development

Jason earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Purdue University. Prior to his faculty appointment within the Honors College, Jason was a lecturer in the University’s College of Education and a faculty developer within the Center for Instructional Excellence.  Read more

Dr. Adam Watkins

Clinical Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Leadership Development

Adam Edward Watkins has taught composition at Purdue for seven years, receiving several awards for his teaching and pedagogical development along the way. He earned a Ph.D. in Literary Studies at Purdue as well as an MFA in Creative Writing... Read more

Dr. Lindsay Weinberg

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Tech Justice Lab

Dr. Lindsay Weinberg is a clinical assistant professor in the Honors College at Purdue University. Her research and teaching are at the intersection of science and technology studies, media studies, and feminist studies, with an emphasis on the social and ethical impacts of digital technology... Read more

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Muiris MacGiollabhu
Dr. Muiris MacGiollabhui

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

He completed his PhD in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz in June 2019 and spent the past two academic years teaching at Santa Clara University—primarily world history courses that focused on the history of imperialism in the early modern and modern periods as well as American colonial history, and then at the Keough Naughton Institute at the University of Notre Dame.... Read more

Faculty Emeritus

Dr. Diane Facinelli

Assistant Dean for Recruitment & Admission

Dr. Diane Facinelli has been with the Purdue Honors College since August of 2014, having spent the previous 21 years at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State. She was the first recipient of ASU’s Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring and was a finalist for the Professor of the Year Award. Dr. Facinelli earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in English with an emphasis... Read more

Courtesy Faculty

Nicole Kong

Ningning (Nicole) Kong is an associate professor of Library Science and a GIS specialist, who has teaching experience in the Honors College, the Department of Anthroplogy, and the School of Forestry and Natural Resources. She holds a Ph. D. in Ecology from Penn State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Geography from Peking University. Dr. Kong has won numerous research and teaching grants, and she publishes regularly on the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Clarence Maybee

Clarence Maybee is an associate professor of Library Science and an information learning specialist. He is an expert on curriculum design and an advisor for IMPACT, on which his 2018 book, IMPACT Learning: Librarians at the Forefront of Change in Higher Education, focuses. Dr. Maybee holds a Ph. D. from Queensland University of Technology and has won awards for his research. He is currently the Information Literacy Series Editor for Purdue University Press and the incoming chair of Purdue’s Undergraduate Curriculum Council (UCC).

David Nelson

David Nelson is the Associate Director of Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence and a leader in Purdue’s IMPACT program. Dr. Nelson, who has a Ph.D. in History from University of California, Irvine, has held research grants from NSF and NIH and a Fulbright fellowship. He publishes on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and he has taught many times in Honors College, both in the Evolutions of Ideas series and as the lead of our Institutional Data course series.