Dr. Candice Lowe Swift (pictured above, left, with EPI Program Coordinator, Cecilia Hoang, other members of the EPI team) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, Africana Studies and International Studies at Vassar College. In addition to her research and teaching, where she covers a wide range of topics including Cultural Anthropology, the Anthropology of Food, Globalization, the Indian Ocean world, and Pedagogy, she directs the Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI).
Dr. Bonni Stachowiak is an Associate Professor of Business and Management and the Dean of Teaching and Learning at Vanguard University. As the creator and host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, she offers learners a space to discuss both the science and art of facilitating learning.
Dr. Marc J. Tetel, Dorothy and Charles Jenkins Distinguished Chair in Science, is Professor and Chair of the Neuroscience Department at Wellesley College.
Dr. Richard Warner, Associate Professor of History and department chair, is a former chef who now teaches courses in Latin American, African, and World History at Wabash College. Sparked by his friendships with Mexican nationals during a decade working as a professional chef in California—as well as his early religious studies as an undergraduate—he focused his doctoral work on Latin American history, particularly the evangelization of indigenous peoples of Mexico.
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Dr. Marie Courtemanche has taught at Thiel College since 2014. Courtemanche has her Doctor of Philosophy in research methodology and quantitative methods in political psychology and American politics from Stony Brook University.
Dr. Greg Winston was recently awarded Fulbright-Queen’s University Belfast (Irish Literature) Scholar Award. He will soon begin a six-month program of integrated research and teaching in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he will conduct two seminars, one for the undergraduate program and one for the M.A. program, while researching “The Nature of Modern Irish Writing” and creating a book of environmental readings of modern Irish writers.
Bradley Rabquer, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Biology at Albion College, as well as the Director of the Lisa and James Wilson Institute for Medicine, a newly developed program that focuses on four areas that are critical for healthcare careers: preparatory, educational, experiential, and community.
Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, has long been a proponent of student activism. Recently, Ahern was engaged in “Crossing Borders: A Migration and Immigration Experience,” a student-led activity on campus that had a profound impact on the students who participated.
Growing up at the height of Chicago's homicide epidemic, IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos witnessed gang violence, crime, and policing first-hand in the Greek diner his parents owned in Rogers Park.
Suna Gunther, an assistant professor of voice at The College of Saint Rose, in Albany, New York, specializes in the ornamentation and improvisation of different singing genres.