WMSURE Faculty Mentors

WMSURE faculty mentors represent all departments and schools across W&M. They lead workshops and mentor WMSURE scholars. Use the links below to learn more about each faculty member's research and to contact them to inquire about research opportunities. Want more information about conducting research with a faculty mentor? Come to our workshops and office hours!

Department, School or Program
        Research Areas
African Studies & History Chinua Akimaro Thelwell African American, Comparative and Transnational, Cultural/Intellectual, Diaspora and Migration, Popular Culture and Media, Race and Ethnicity [[cathelwell@wm.edu]]
Africana Studies Jacquelyn McLendon Faculty Emeritus [[jymcle@wm.edu]]
American Studies Charles McGovern Cultural/Intellectual, Economic History and Capitalism, Popular Culture and Media [[cfmcgo@wm.edu]]
American Studies Leisa Meyer Cultural/Intellectual, Popular Culture and Media, Women, Gender, and Sexuality  [[ldmeye@wm.edu]]
American Studies Kara Thompson Critical Theory, Queer Theory, Critical Indigenous Studies, Native/Indigenous Literature, Environmental Philosophy, Disability Studies [[ktthompson@wm.edu]]
Anthropology Michael Blakey Biological anthropology, biohistory, skeletal biology; North America, African diaspora [[mlblak@wm.edu]]
Arts & History Xin Conan-Wu The history of arts and visual culture in China (10th-century to the present); representation of nature in East Asian landscape and garden art; cross-cultural encounters between East Asia and the West; global contemporary environmental art and landscape architecture. [[xwu@wm.edu]]
Biology Allison, Liz Molecular biology: nucleocytoplasmic transport of RNA and proteins; nuclear hormone receptor and oncogene expression [[laalli@wm.edu]]
Biology Mark Forsyth Microbiology [[mhfors@wm.edu]]
Biology Hinton, Shanta' Cellular and molecular biology, protein tyrosine phosphorylation, pseudophosphatase roles in signal transduction, protein: protein interactions [[sdhinton@wm.edu]]
Biology Saha, Margaret Molecular genetics of early vertebrate embryogenesis, particularly in  the development of the nervous system [[mssaha@wm.edu]]
Biology Paul Heideman Ecological and evolutionary physiology: variation of neuroendocrine pathways; environmental regulation of reproduction in mammals; seasonal rhythms. [[pdheid@wm.edu]]
Biology Matthew Wawersik Cellular & Developmental Genetics: Organogenesis, stem cell development and germ cell sex determination [[mjwawe@wm.edu]]
Business Administration Ronald Sims Organizational Behavior [[Ronald.Sims@mason.wm.edu]]
Center for Gifted Education Carrie L. Bailey  Licensed professional counselor who specializes in working with gifted and twice-exceptional children, adults, and families [[clbail@wm.edu]]
Center for Gifted Education Jennifer Cross Adolescent Crowds, Peer Relationships, Social Dominance Orientation, Psychology of Gifted Students [[JRCross@wm.edu]]
Chemistry Habron, Elizabeth Physical organic chemistry, photochemistry, conjugated polymers, single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy [[ejharb@wm.edu]]

Computer Science

Virginia Torczon

Algorithm design and analysis; parallel and distributed computing; nonlinear programming; computational science [[ vjtorc@wm.edu]]
Economics & Finance Katherine Guthrie Corporate governance: executive compensation; boards of directors; ownership by institutional investors and large shareholders;  financial misreporting; shareholder activism; corporate social responsibility



Higher Education Stephanie Blackmon Technology Integration in Higher Education [[sjblackmon@wm.edu]]
Higher Education Tatia Granger Organizational Behavior [[tatia.granger@mason.wm.edu]]
Edcuation Patrick R. Mullen School Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision, Counseling Children and Adolescents, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling, Professional Impairment Among Counselors, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling [[prmullen@wm.edu]]
Education Jacquline Rodriguez

Inclusive Education, Culturally Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners, Learning Disabilities, Simulation in Teacher Preparation, Domestic Education Policy, Global Policy and Practice in Special Needs Education

Education (Counseling)  Haskins, Natoya 

Culturally responsive counselor education experiences for graduate students of color, critical race theory in counselor education, and school counselor advocacy efficacy assessment tools

Education (Counseling)  Daniel Gutierrez

Addictions Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Theories and Techniques, Spirituality, Meditation, Client Outcome Research, Latino Mental Health Concerns and Health Disparities



(School Psychology)

Janise Parker

Student Engagement and Motivation, Culturally Responsive Practice in School Psychology, School-based Mental Health Services

Education (Curriculum and Instruction) Jamel Donnor Theory, policy analysis, and the education of African American males [[jkdonnor@wm.edu]]
Dean of Teacher Education & Community Engagement Denise Johnson  Elementary Education: Reading, Literacy Leadership [[denise.johnson@wm.edu]]
English Christy Burns Modern and contemporary literature, critical theory, film, Irish studies, gender and sexuality studies [[clburn@wm.edu]]
English Elizabeth Losh Rhetoric; Digital Publishing; Feminism & Technology; Digital Humanities; Electronic Literature  [[emlosh@wm.edu]]
English Brett Wilson British culture, 1660-1837; drama; gender studies; history of political thought; history of the novel [[ bdwils@wm.edu]]
English Sharon Zuber New journalism, direct cinema, documentary film (history and production) [[slzube@wm.edu]]
English & Linguistics Daniel Parker My research draws on experimental, computational, and theoretical methods to uncover how we use and understand language.  [[dparker@wm.edu]]
Gender, Sexuality,& Women's Studies Francis Tanglao-Aguas The creative work of Professor Aguas explores the dramatic intersections, convergences, and divergences inherent in American diversity. [[fjtang@wm.edu]]
Geology James Kaste Environmental geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, sediment transport [[jmkaste@wm.edu]]
Government Lenneal Henderson Emeritus Faculty [[ljhend@wm.edu]]
Government Jaime Settle American Politics, Political Psychology, Biological Components of Political Behavior, Social Networks and Social Media [[ jsettle@wm.edu]]
Government, Public Policy Howard, Chris Politics, Social policy [[cdhowa@wm.edu]]
Government, Community Studies Schwartz, Joel Political theory [[jxschw@wm.edu]]
Hispanic Studies, Modern Languages Riofrio, John "Rio" Social justice, identity, race in society [[jdriofrio@wm.edu]]
History Jody Allen African American, American South, Race and Ethnicity, Women, Gender, and Sexuality [[jlalle@wm.edu]]
History Philip Daileader Social History, Religious History, and Historiography [[phdail@wm.edu]]
History Pope, Jeremy Ancient and medieval histories of Africa [[jwpope@wm.edu]]
History Nicholas S. Popper  Atlantic World, Medieval and Early Modern Europe [[nspopper@wm.edu]]
Kinesiology Raymond McCoy Research activities in Kinesiology Health Sciences [[rwmcco@wm.edu]]
Kinesiology & Health Sciences Michael Deschenes Physiology [[mrdesc@wm.edu]]
Law Vivian Hamilton Civil Procedure; Education Law; Family Law; Race and Law; Adolescent Law [[vhamilton@wm.edu]]
Law Heymann, Laura Computers and the law, intellectual property law; intellectual property law--copyright law, intellectual property law--trademark law, internet law [[laheym@wm.edu]]
Linguistics Iyabo Osiapen Senior Lecturer of Africana Studies & Linguistics [[ifosiapem@wm.edu]]
Mathematics Sarah Day Dynamical Systems Theory with an emphasis on topological and numerical methods, Computational
Topology, and applications to Biology, Medicine, Materials Science, and Physics
Modern Languages George Greenia Specialist in the languages, literatures and linguistics of medieval Spain and teaches courses on Spanish Language, Epic and Nationalism, Hispanic Folktales, and Love and Prostitution in Medieval Spain [[gxgree@wm.edu]]
Modern Languages & Literatures Silvia Tandeciarz A specialist in Latin American Cultural Studies criticism, she is particularly interested in Southern Cone cultural production post-dictatorship. [[ srtand@wm.edu]]

Modern Language


Christina Baker My research focuses on Mexican identity expressed via acts of queerness in literature, theatre, cabaret, music and film. [[cebaker01@wm.edu]]

Modern Language


John Riofrio Director of Latin American Studies [[jdriofrio@wm.edu]]
Modern Language (French) Nathan Rabalais Research focuses primarily on literatures, cultures, and language varieties of Francophone North America (including French and Creole Louisiana, Quebec, and Acadia), folklore, orality, dialect pedagogy, and community theatre. [[njrabalais@wm.edu]]
Music Max Katz Max Katz specializes in the music of North India. [[mgkatz@wm.edu]]
Music, Africana Studies Murchison, Gayle Music, musicology, black expressive culture [[gmmurc@wm.edu]]
Neuroscience Randolph A. Colemen In silico modeling of pathogenisis [[racole@wm.edu]]
 Philosophy Christopher Freiman Professor Freiman's research interests include democratic theory, distributive justice, and immigration. [[cafreiman@wm.edu]]
Physics Wouter Deconinck Nuclear Physics  [[wdeconinck@wm.edu]]
Physics Irina Novikova Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics experiments [[ inovikova@physics.wm.edu]]
Physics Eugene Tracy Plasma theory and non-linear dynamics [[ertrac@wm.edu]]
Psychological Sciences Ball, Chris Unconscious memory processes, applied cognitive psychology, research methodology & analysis [[ctball@wm.edu]]
Psychological Sciences Dallaire, Danielle Children's social and emotional development, how children and families cope with separation from parents, including how parental incarceration affects children, parent-child attachment relationships, developmental psychopathology [[dallaire@wm.edu]]
Psychological Sciences Dickter, Cheryl Social psychology with an emphasis on social cognition and person perception [[cldickter@wm.edu]]
Psychological Sciences Porter, Christy Neuroscience [[mcport@wm.edu]]
Psychological Sciences



Investigate how early life stressors influence trajectories of development, with a particular focus on biological (e.g., inflammation, HPA axis functioning) and social (e.g., peer selection, social stress reactivity) processes that are implicated in risk for physical and mental health problems. [[ebraposa@wm.edu]]
Psychological Sciences

Jennifer Stevens

Cognitive neuroscience of representation, perception, and execution of action [[jastev@wm.edu]]
Psychological Sciences

Catherine Forestell

My research interests intersect the areas of learning and memory, developmental psychology, and sensation and perception, with a specific focus on the mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of food preferences and eating habits from infancy to adulthood.  [[caforestell@wm.edu]]
Psychological Sciences

Peter Vishton

Cognitive, Perceptual, and motor development

Interaction of vision and action systems

Visually-Guided Action

Visual Perception

Religious Studies

Oludamini Ogunnaike

Professor Ogunnaike's research examines the philosophical dimensions of postcolonial, colonial, and pre-colonial Islamic and indigenous religious traditions of West and North Africa, especially Sufism and Ifa.  [[oogunnaike@wm.edu]]
Sociology Aday, David Community health, community capacity building, health disparities [[dpaday@wm.edu]]
Sociology Griffin, Monica Race, class, gender - critical theory & praxis multicultural education, community health scholarship of engagement; active research  [[mdgrif@wm.edu]]
Sociology Monika Gosin Africana and Latina/o Studies, international migration; Interethnic Relations; Race and gender in media [[ mngosin@wm.edu]]
Sociology Sohoni, Deenesh Demography, immigration and assimilation, race relations, sociology of education, globalization [[dssoho@wm.edu]]
Sociology Thomas J. Linneman Media, gender, sexualities, religion, and statistics [[tjlinn@wm.edu]]
Theatre, Speech & Dance Glenn, Leah Choreography, performance, Labanotation reconstructions [[lfglen@wm.edu]]
Theatre & Africana Studies Artisia Green Direction, Dramaturgy, Literary Criticism, and Performance Studies [[avgreen@wm.edu]]
                                          WMSURE Student Support Services Panelist
University Web & Design Erin Fryer Content Specialist [[elkelly@wm.edu]]
Psychologist & Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness Kelly Crace He studied stress and helps athletes, students, and teams understand the types of stress and how to deal with them [[kelly.crace@wm.edu]]
International Freshman Advantage Program Lori Jacobson Prof. Jacobson's expertise lies in academic writing and presenatation. [[ljacobson@wm.edu]]
Dean of Students Office, Education (Higher Education) Everson, Nancy Academic support [[naever@wm.edu]]
Diversity & Inclusion Dania Matos Oversight of institutional diversity action plans and diversity and inclusion efforts. [[dmatos@wm.edu]]
Cohen Career Center Kelly O'Shaughnessy

Freshman & Sophomore Career Exploration & Development

Cohen Career Center Sean Schofield Liaison to Finance & Accountings Careers [[smschofield@wm.edu]]
Cohen Career Center Cristen McQuillan Liaison to Marketing Careers Across All Majors [[clmcquillan@wm.edu]]
Counseling Center Felicia Brown-Anderson Multicultural issues, Multiracial identity development, self-care planning, women’s issues, group therapy, and training and supervision [[fxbrow@wm.edu]]





Individual therapy, personal growth and development, family of origin concerns, multi-cultural issues (identity, ethnicity, social justice, stereotype threat, and micro-aggressions). [[pshudg@wm.edu]]
Business Careers (Marketing) Chiquita Griffin The Raymond A. Mason School of Business Undergraduate Program is committed to working alongside the Cohen Career Center to help students find internship and job opportunities. [[cdgriffin@wm.edu]]
Business Analytics (Admission Director) Brian Nigg Combining advanced analytic methodologies within the context of business management, our Master of Science in Business Analytics is a full-time, accelerated program that can be completed in just two semesters.  [[brian.nigg@mason.wm.edu ]]
Assistant to the President, Education (Higher Education) Glover, Fanchon "Chon" Multicultural education, higher education [[ wfglov@wm.edu]]
Admission (Undergraduate)  Henry Broaddus Admission and enrollment [[hrbroa@wm.edu]]
Academic Technolgoy Specialist April Lawrence Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Teacher Education, Professional Development [[adlawrence@wm.edu]]
Center for Student Diversity Shene' V. Owens The Center for Student Diversity serves as a vital link where students from diverse backgrounds can find a sense of community and everyone can learn about the diversity of our community. [[svowens@wm.edu]]
Roy R. Charles Center Lindsey Love Director of National Scholarships
Coordinator of the James Monroe Program 
Business Careers & Employer Development Mike Caldwell Mike connects employers and recruiting professionals to highly qualified and skilled applicants from the William & Mary student community. [[macaldwell@wm.edu]]

Associate Director

Academic Advising

Shelly Laurenzo Professional advisors and staff in the Office of Academic Advising are committed to the success of our students. [[mnlaurenzo@wm.edu]]