Fellowships Staff

Fellowships Staff group photo

Meet your Fellowships team. From left to right: Melissa Schade, Tanya Hayes, Bridgett Hiedemann, PJ Alaimo, Theresa Earenfight, Serena Cosgrove

Theresa Earenfight, Director, Office of Fellowships and Student Research

Dr. Earenfight, a historian of the European Middle Ages, is one of the founding directors of the Office of Fellowships. Her scholarly work focuses on 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. Her work focuses on Spanish queens and she has edited a collection of essays, Queenship and Political Power in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (2005) and her book, The King’s Other Body: María of Castile and the Crown of Aragon (2010), and a textbook, Queenship in Medieval Europe (2013). She is currently working on a study of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII of England.         

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Melissa Schade, Assistant Director, Office of Fellowships

Melissa holds a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Seattle University (2017) 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.

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Faculty Representatives

Serena Cosgrove, Fulbright Program

Dr. Cosgrove is an Assistant Professor in International Studies.  As an anthropologist and sociologist whose research centers women nonprofit leaders in the global south, she understands the vital role that mentorship can play in strengthening people's opportunities. Dr. Cosgrove received a Fulbright fellowship to carry out her dissertation research in El Salvador in 1996–97 and spent five weeks in Nicaragua in 2015–16 as a Fulbright Specialist. She has carried out research in Zambia (2011), Ghana (2012), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda (ongoing) as well as in Guatemala (ongoing) and Nicaragua (ongoing). She is the author of Leadership from the Margins: Women and Civil Society Organizations in Argentina, Chile, and El Salvador (2010) and Understanding Global Poverty: Causes, Capabilities, and Human Development (2018), which she co-authored with Dr. Ben Curtis.


PJ Alaimo, Math/Science/Engineering Fellowships

Dr. Alaimo is a Professor of Chemistry. His teaching interests include Organic Chemistry and the Science of Food and Cooking. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan (B.S. 1994), PJ studied both chemistry and philosophy, and conducted undergraduate research under the direction of Prof. Brian P. Coppola. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society. He is an active scholar who publishes widely and often involves undergraduate students in his research projects. When not in the lab, PJ can be found putting chemistry to work either in the kitchen or a wine cellar. 

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Bridget Hiedemann, Truman Scholarship

Professor of Economics, Hiedemann’s scholarship focuses on labor, demographic, and health economics.  In a recent article published in The Journal of Human Resources, Hiedemann and coauthors examine the dynamics of elder care arrangements including the relative importance of inertia and caregiver burnout.  Her current research with SU colleagues Erin Vernon (Department of Economics) and Bonnie Bowie (College of Nursing) revisits the debate concerning genetic screening before initiating oral contraceptives.  As 2005-07 Patricia Wismer Professor in Gender and Diversity Studies, Hiedemann conceptualized and planned a three-day interdisciplinary conference entitled Intersections of Race and Gender: (Re) Imagining the Family.  As 2014-16 Robert D. O’Brien Chair, she hosted a family policy speaker series featuring scholars from fields such as economics, demography, theology, and genetics. Hiedemann teaches courses in statistics, quantitative methods, econometrics, and the economics of gender and family. 

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Tanya Hayes, Environmental Scholarships

Dr. Hayes is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Public Service and Director of the Environmental Studies program. Her PhD in Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs links her studies in policy analysis and natural resource management. She 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. Her research has been supported by Fulbright (2005 to Honduras) and the National Science Foundation (2005, 2012, 2017).

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