Faculty Experts

Faculty Experts

Seattle University faculty and staff subject matter experts are available to provide context and clarity to local and national journalists seeking to advance their stories.

To schedule interviews or to request an expert please contact Media Relations:

  • Dean Forbes, Media Relations Specialist
  • Office: 206-331-2223
  • Email: Dean Forbes
  • Kristen Kirst, Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement
  • Office: 206-296-5695
  • Email: Kristen Kirst

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Expert Profiles

Caitlin Ring Carlson, PhD

Caitlin Carlson

Associate Professor
PhD, Media Studies, University of Colorado

Dr. Carlson's research focuses on hate speech and freedom of expression, particularly in new media.

  • First Amendment
  • Free Expression
  • Hate Speech
Rashmi Chordiya, PhD

Rashmi Chordiya

Assistant Professor of Public Administration
PhD, Public Administration, University of Texas, Dallas

Advancing management outcomes in government organizations operating in cross-national contexts and from the lens of organizational justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Integrated Organizational Change
  • Justice - Equity - Diversity - Inclusion
  • Workplace Justice
Nathan Colaner, PhD

Nathan Colaner

Managing Director, Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies
PhD, Philosophy, University of Kansas

Focus is on business ethics. Professor Colaner's recent research is on the ethical issues involved in big data management and business use of artificial intelligence.

  • Business Ethics
  • Data Ethics
  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Kathleen Cook, PhD

Kathleen Cook

Department Chair, Psychology
PhD, Social and Personality Psychology, University of Washington

Research in social psychology, social cognition, and education. Her work includes the self, identity, gender, power, inferences, and situational and cognitive factors in learning.

  • Psychology
Serena Cosgrove, PhD

Serena Cosgrove

Director, Latin American Studies
PhD, Sociology, Northeastern University

Work includes post-conflict research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently investigating the resilience of Central American indigenous communities and the gendered effects of conflict.

  • Central and Latin America
Elizabeth Dale, PhD

Elizabeth Dale

Associate Professor, Nonprofit Leadership
PhD, Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Dr. Dale studies philanthropy and charitable giving, particularly among women and LGBTQ people.

  • Arts Leadership
  • Non-Profit Leadership
Vladimir Dashkeev, PhD

Vladimir Dashkeev

Assistant Professor, Economics
PhD, Economics, University of Washington

Dr. Dashkeev's research areas are macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, and fiscal policy.

  • International Business
  • Macro Economics
Angelique Davis, JD

Angelique Davis

Professor, Political Science
JD, School of Law, University of Washington

Associate Appointment, African and African American Studies, Pre-Law Program, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • African & African American Studies
  • Intersectionality
  • Law and Society
  • Race and Law
  • Racial Gaslighting
Janiece DeSocio, PhD

Janiece DeSocio

Sauvage Endowed Professor of Nursing
PhD, Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing

Dr. DeSocio's focus is on Family Psychiatric Mental Health and Child Adolescent Behavioral Health while specializing in Epigenetics and the Neuroscience of Toxic Stress.

  • Child Adolescent Behavioral Health
  • Childhood & Adolescent Eating Disorders
  • Epigenetics and the Neuroscience of Toxic Stress
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health
Hilary Flanagan

Hilary Flanagan

Executive Director, Career Engagement
MEd, Student Development in Higher Education, University of Maine

Career engagement and preparation for students.

  • Career Engagement
  • Student Preparation
Jennifer Fricas, PhD

Jennifer Fricas

Assistant Professor
PhD, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota

Professor Fricas has forged a career in the development and education of population health. This field focuses on promoting health and preventing disease for at-risk groups.

  • Community Health
  • Global Health
  • Population Health
Elizabeth Gabzdyl, DNP, MSN

Elizabeth Gabzdyl

Assistant Professor
DNP, University of Illinois, Chicago

Certified Nurse Midwifery Track Lead

  • Midwifery
Kimberly Harden, EdD

Kimberly Harden

Instructor, Communication Studies
EdD, Educational Leadership, Concordia University, Portland

Award-winning educator, consultant, and a keynote speaker. Advises corporate, nonprofit, and academic leaders on their recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion strategies.

  • Allyship
  • Belonging
  • Gendered Racism
  • Hiring - Promotion - Retention
  • Human Resource Management
  • Justice - Equity - Diversity - Inclusion
Brittany Heintz Walters, PhD

Brittany Heintz Walters

Assistant Professor, Neuromechanics and Motor Control
PhD, Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Dr. Heintz Walter's research focuses on understanding neuromuscular changes associated with movement impairments in healthy older adults and in those with movement disorders.

  • Kinesiology
  • Motor Control
  • Movement Impairments
  • Neuromechanics
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD

Jacqueline Helfgott

Director, Crime & Justice Research Center
PhD, Administration of Justice, Pennsylvania State University

Research focuses on criminal behavior, corrections/reentry, policing and public safety, restorative/community justice, and crisis intervention in law enforcement.

  • Civil Disobedience
  • Criminal Justice
Trish Henley, PhD

Trish Henley

Associate Provost of Graduate, Online, and Professional Education
PhD, English Literature, Florida State University

Research interests include hybrid and online program design and online student support; Adult and professional education.

  • Online Education
Allison Henrich, PhD

Allison Henrich

PhD, Mathematics, Dartmouth College

Allison Henrich's math scholarship focuses on knot theory and games. She also mentors undergraduates in research.

  • Mathematics
Nick Huntington-Klein, PhD

Nick Huntington-Klein

Assistant Professor of Economics
PhD, Economics, University of Washington

Work focuses on higher education – what makes students go or not go, what do they major in, how do they come to their decisions, and what does it mean for them in the labor market?

  • Higher Education
  • Replication and the State of Social Science
Mathew Isaac, PhD

Mathew Isaac

Professor, Marketing
PhD, Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

His research focuses primarily on consumer judgment and decision-making, examining how contextual and motivational factors influence product evaluations and purchase intentions.

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing
Nalini Iyer, PhD

Nalini Iyer

Theiline Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair for the Humanities
PhD, English, Purdue University

Internationally recognized expert in South Asian literatures and cultures, her research focuses on: the hegemony of Anglophone writing, diaspora studies, and Partition Studies.

  • Partition and its Aftermath
  • South Asian Immigration
  • South Asian Literature and Culture
Sonora Jha, PhD

Sonora Jha

Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts & Sciences
PhD, Media and Politics, Louisiana State University

Dr. Jha's research is on feminism, social media movements for racial and gender justice, and social protest coverage in the press.

  • Feminism
  • Racial and Gender Justice
  • Social Media Movements
  • Social Protest Coverage
Stacey Jones, PhD

Stacey Jones

Senior Instructor, Economics
PhD, Economics, Stanford University

Research focuses on the historical development of women's role in the US economy, including women's role in the labor market, higher education, and the household.

  • Women’s Role in Economics
Mark Jordan, PhD

Mark Jordan

Associate Professor
PhD, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Jordan’s research focuses on wildlife biology and management with a particular focus on human-carnivore coexistence in urban areas.

  • Biology
  • Urban Ecology
  • Wildlife Biology
Olha Krupa, PhD

Olha Krupa

Director, Masters of Public Administration Program
PhD, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington

Specializes in state and local public finance and fiscal policy. Examines vertical and horizontal equity in property tax assessments, and property tax administration.

  • Government Finance
  • Public Administration
Kristi Lee, PhD

Kristi Lee

Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
PhD, Counselor Education, College of William and Mary

Dr. Lee has worked in a variety of clinical settings including a women's prison, college counseling centers, and a mandated treatment center for offenders.

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Leadership
Emily Lieb, PhD

Emily Lieb

Assistant Professor of History
PhD, U.S. History, Columbia University

Historian of 20th-century American cities. Interests include segregation, housing markets, public policy, architecture, and the American civil-rights movement.

  • Black History
  • U.S. History
  • Urban History
Gina Lopardo, EdD

Gina Lopardo

Director, Education Abroad
EdD, Educational Leadership, Seattle University

In her role at SU, she works with faculty, staff and administrators to promote campus internationalization and develop new study abroad programs and partnerships.

  • Campus Internationalization
  • Study Abroad Programs and Partnerships
Kevin Maifeld, MFA

Kevin Maifeld

Director, MFA in Arts Leadership
MFA, Arts Management, University of Alabama

Founding Director, Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership program and a Senior Consultant with Arts Consulting Group. Served as the Seattle Children’s Theatre Managing Director.

  • Arts Leadership
  • Non-Profit Leadership
Kira Mauseth, PhD

Kira Mauseth

Senior Instructor, Psychology
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University

Research interests focus on resilience, trauma recovery, and behavioral health. She is a co-lead for the WA State Department of Health, Behavioral Health Strike Team.

  • Disaster Relief
  • Psychology
  • Trauma & Disaster Counseling
Carrie Westmoreland Miller, PhD

Carrie Miller

Associate Professor
PhD, Washington State University

Post-modern infant feeding experiences and the rhetoric of breastfeeding education. Best practices of clinical Simulation, virtual Simulation, and Simulation outcomes.

  • Clinical Simulation
  • Infant Feeding
Christopher Paul, PhD

Christopher Paul

PhD, Communication Studies, University of Minnesota

His research focuses on analyzing video games using tools from communication and rhetorical analysis. Focus is on language and meaning making in video games and their communities.

  • Digital Media & Video Gaming
Joe Phillips, PhD

Joe Phillips

Dean, Albers School of Business and Economics
PhD, Economics, University of Notre Dame

Published in Southern Economic Journal, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economic Development Quarterly, Land Economics, and the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.

  • Monetary Policy
Michael Quinn, PhD

Michael Quinn

Dean, College of Science and Engineering
PhD, Computer Science, Washington State University

An internationally recognized expert in the fields of parallel computing and computer ethics, his research has resulted in the publication of more than 60 refereed journals.

  • Computer Science
  • Ethics
Kumhee Ro, DNP

Kumhee Ro

Assistant Professor
DNP, University of Washington

Dr. Ro's research focuses on promoting diversity in the healthcare workforce as an approach to reducing health disparities in our underserved communities.

  • Diversity in Healthcare Workforce
  • Diversity in Nursing Education
  • Mentorship
  • Nursing Faculty of Color
Kelli Rodriguez Currie, JD

Kelli Rodriguez Currie

Lecturer, Marketing
JD, Seattle University School of Law

Focus is on NCAA and Title IX compliance. Expertise in teaching legal issues courses and publishing works on student-athlete experiences including name, image, and likeness rights.

  • College Athletics
  • Student Athletes
  • Name - Image - Likeness
Teresa Rothausen, PhD

Teresa Rothausen

Executive Director, Center for Leadership Formation
PhD, Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota

Research and consulting shift leadership using wisdom to cultivate leaders’ capacity to successfully lead organizations, while positively impacting social conditions.

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Equity
  • Leadership Development
  • Meaning and Purpose at Work
Gabriel Saucedo, PhD, CPA

Gabriel Saucedo

Associate Professor
PhD, Accounting, Virginia Tech

Gabriel's research focuses on auditor and investor decision-making, with specific focuses in feedback systems, voluntary disclosures, and human capital.

  • Auditing
  • Feedback Systems
  • Financial Statements
Patrick Schoettmer, PhD

Patrick Schoettmer

PhD, Political Science, University of Notre Dame

State and local politics, campaigns and elections, political parties, US Congress, US presidency, religion and American politics, and government responses to disasters.

  • Campaign Finance
  • Church-State Relations
  • Democracy Vouchers
  • Muslim-American Political Identity
  • National Elections & Politics
  • Vote by Mail
Jeffery Smith, PhD

Jeffery Smith

Boeing Frank Shrontz Chair of Professional Ethics
PhD, Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Minnesota

Interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and business. Focused on ethical decision making in organizations and the philosophical foundations of corporate responsibility.

  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Responsibility
Kristen Swanson, PhD

Kristen Swanson

Dean, College of Nursing
PhD, University of Colorado

Dean Swanson's focus in on caring and healing. She is the author of Theory of Caring.

  • Caring and Nursing Practice
  • Nurse Training
  • Promoting Healing after Pregnancy Loss
  • Responses to Miscarriage
Phillip Thompson, PhD

Phillip Thompson

Director of Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa

Examines alternative water treatment systems for developing countries. Research includes the use of plants to restore soil and groundwater contaminated by explosives waste.

  • Civil/Environmental Engineering
  • E-Waste
  • Hydrology
  • Sustainability
W Lindsay Whitlow, PhD

W. Lindsay Whitlow

Department Chair, Biology
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

Research and teaching focuses on environmental issues in aquatic, terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

  • Biology
  • Urban Ecology
Zachary Wood, PhD

Zachary D. Wood

Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Service
PhD, Public Affairs, Rutgers University, Camden

Wood is a tireless advocate for marginalized populations. His passion for finding new solutions has contributed to a deeper knowledge of our most challenging social crises.

  • Civic Participation
  • Community Development
  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Public Advocacy
  • Public Transportation
  • Urban Development

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