The Office of Fellowships is located in Loyola 100.
For appointments and general questions, please call (206) 296-5740


Theresa Earenfight, Interim Director

Dr. Earenfight, a historian of the European Middle Ages, is one of the founding directors of the Office of Fellowships and has mentored students since 1999. Her scholarly work focuses on unraveling the problem of women and political power and authority. While working on her PhD at Fordham University (NY), she was awarded a Fulbright to work on dissertation research in Barcelona. She remains utterly fascinated with Spanish queens and you can read some of her thoughts on the subject in her edited collection of essays, Queenship and Political Power in Medieval and Early Modern Spain, an article “Doing without the Persona of the Prince? Kings, Queens, and the Idea of Monarchy in Medieval Europe,” and her book, The King’s Other Body: María of Castile and the Crown of Aragon. Theresa is currently working on a textbook on the subject of, you guessed it, medieval queenship.

(206) 296-5479

Melissa Schade, Fellowships Coordinator

Melissa holds a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Seattle University and emphasized Writing Studies throughout her undergraduate career. In addition to taking advanced writing and copyediting courses, Melissa worked as a Writing Consultant at the Seattle University Writing Center. She also worked as an editor of the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal, where she honed her editing skills. She has extensive experience advising students with their written work and is passionate about promoting student success. During her free time Melissa enjoys exploring the outdoors, sewing, and surrounding herself with her favorite color, teal.

(206) 296-2517

Faculty Representatives

Serena Cosgrove, Fulbright Program

Dr. Cosgrove is an anthropologist and sociologist whose research brings attention to the achievements of women nonprofit leaders in the global south. Her book, Leadership from the Margins: Women and Civil Society Organizations in Argentina, Chile, and El Salvador (Rutgers 2010), focuses on women's nonprofit leadership in Latin America. She has started carrying out similar research in Zambia (2011), Ghana (2012), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda (2013). Dr. Cosgrove got a Fulbright fellowship to carry out her dissertation research in El Salvador in 1996-1997 and will be going to Nicaragua this next year as a Fulbright Specialist.

PJ Alaimo, Math/Science/Engineering Fellowships  

PJ is a Professor of Chemistry. His teaching interests include Organic Chemistry and the Science of Food and Cooking. Working with a team of outstanding undergraduates and colleagues from around the world, Dr. Alaimo studies organic molecules of biological and environmental importance. 
(206) 296-5944

Bridget Hiedemann, Truman Scholarship

Professor of Economics and the 2014-2016 O'Brien Chair, Bridget Hiedemann teaches statistics, quantitative methods, econometrics, and the economics of gender and the family. Her scholarly work focuses primarily on labor and demographic economics. Recent work on differences in long-term care needs by sexual orientation was published in the American Journal of Public Health. Her current research includes a study of the dynamics of families' long-term care arrangements for elderly relatives including the roles of inertia and caregiver burnout. Bridget and her husband Bob have an adorable daughter Zoe, aged 7. In her free time, Dr. Hiedemann enjoys open water swimming and tennis.
(206) 296-2803

Tanya Hayes, Environmental Scholarships

Dr. Hayes is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Public Service. She is the Director of the BA in Public Affairs and teaches courses in the Environmental Studies program. Dr. Hayes is a social scientist who uses institutional analysis to examine the impacts of policies and programs to address climate change and sustainable ecosystem management. Her work focuses on the development of collective arrangements to govern natural resource systems in peasant and indigenous communities in Latin America. Dr. Hayes has worked in Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador on resource management issues, principally forest conservation and agricultural systems . In 2012, Dr. Hayes received a National Science Foundation grant for a three-year project to assess the impacts of a national incentive program for ecosystem conservation in Ecuador.
(206) 296-5485