Fellowships Staff


Faculty Representatives

Nadya Zimmerman, Fulbright Program Advisor

Nadya Zimmerman is a published scholar of radical American cultural history, a classical musician, a prison educator, and a Humanities professor in Matteo Ricci Institute at Seattle University. She received her PhD in American Cultural History/Musicology from UCLA and published a book, Counterculture Kaleidoscope, with the University of Michigan Press in 2009.

In 2011, Nadya was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Cyprus  for which she was a Professor and Scholar in American Studies, taught courses at two universities, and was the creator and director of an island-wide classical chamber music program. She currently teaches courses at Seattle University in the field of American cultural history, and supports University Beyond Bars (UBB) and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS)—organizations providing higher education for incarcerated students—by teaching courses in mathematics, Humanities, musicology, and American Studies. Nadya is also a primary organizer of Rubicon Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to transformative experiences in community.

Nadya Zimmerman

Susan Meyers, Fulbright Program Advisor

Dr. Susan V. Meyers is an international leader in writing studies, having offered keynote addresses at conferences and workshops in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Director of Seattle University's Creative Writing Program,  she is also an alumnus of Seattle University, where she earned her BA; and she also holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, and Squaw Valley, as well as several national artist residency centers including Hedgebrook, Jentel, Hambidge, and Millay Colony of the Arts. Dr. Meyers’ novel, Failing the Trapeze, won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel, and her field study on education in rural Mexico, Del Otro Lado: Literacy and Migration Across the U.S.-Mexico Border, was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Association of University Women. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Creative Nonfiction, Dogwood, and The Minnesota Review, and it has thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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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. 

(206) 296-5944

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. 

(206) 296-2803

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).

(206) 296-5485