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Honors Faculty and Staff

  • Jerry Herron, Ph.D.
    Jerry Herron, Ph.D.

    Dean of the Honors College
    Professor of English and American Studies
    (313) 577-3030

    Read more about Dean Herron


  • D. Carl Freeman, Ph.D.
    D. Carl Freeman, Ph.D.

    Senior Faculty Advisor, Honors
    Professor of Biological Sciences
    (313) 577-2793

  • Kevin Deegan-Krause, Ph.D.
    Kevin Deegan-Krause, Ph.D.
    Honors Political Science 1010 Professor
    (313) 577-2630

    Kevin Deegan-Krause is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Wayne State University, Detroit and a research associate at the Department of Politology at Comenius University, Bratislava.  He is the author of Elected Affinities (Stanford 2006) and co-editor (with Zsolt Enyedi) of The Structure of Political Competition in Western Europe (Routledge 2010) and writes online at pozorblog.com.

  • James Buccellato, Ph.D.
    James Buccellato, Ph.D.

    Honors Senior Lecturer
    (313) 577-3410

    James researches and writes about the politics of crime.  His work appears in peer-reviewed journals, crime anthologies and national news websites. His recent book, Early Organized Crime in Detroit: Vice, Corruption and the Rise of the Mafia, from The History Press was published in late 2015. The book explores Detroit’s struggle with gang violence, public corruption and the politics of vice during the tumultuous first half of the 20th century and includes rarely published images from the era. Visit his website jbuccellato.com

  • Beth Fowler, Ph.D.
    Beth Fowler, Ph.D.
    Honors Senior Lecturer
    (313) 577-2525
    Beth Fowler received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at Wayne State University, and has taught many American and world history classes. Her dissertation, “Deliver Me From the Days of Old: Rock and Roll Music and the Racial Attitudes of Teenagers during the American Civil Rights Movement, is a study of how rock and roll music and media coverage of civil rights protests converged to encourage support for the desegregation of public spaces and moderate racial equality among middle-class black and white teenagers during the 1950s and 1960s. Her research interests include popular culture and consumerism, the U.S. civil rights movement, youth culture, urban history, gender and sexuality, and Twentieth Century U.S. and African-American History.
  • Elizabeth Hudson, Ph.D.
    Honors Senior Lecturer

    Elizabeth Hudson earned her PhD at the University of Michigan's Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. While there, she collaborated with partners in Detroit to build a neighborhood educational access coalition, and the relationship development process in this partnership became the topic of her dissertation. She transitions into the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University from a research position at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio where she studied deliberative problem solving in communities and cultivating civic mindedness in college students.

  • Aaron Martin, Ph.D.
    Aaron Martin, Ph.D.
    Honors Senior Lecturer

    Aaron Martin studies political theory—focusing on political provocation—at Wayne State University, where in 2014 he received his PhD. As founder and director of the former nonprofit corp., TLC Charitable City Garden, Aaron also has begun researching in the field of local food politics.

  • Laurel Sprague, Ph.D.
    Laurel Sprague, Ph.D.

    Honors Senior Lecturer

    Laurel Sprague is a political theorist focused on the politics of civil society and international institutions. She researches the human rights and political agency of marginalized peoples and their involvement in national and global governance. She currently holds a seat on the governing board of the Joint United Nations (UN) Programme on HIV and AIDS representing non-governmental organizations from North America. 

  • Rashida Harrison, Ph.D.
    Rashida Harrison, Ph.D.

    Honors Senior Lecturer

    Rashida L. Harrison is a New York City native, who arrived in Michigan for graduate school over a decade ago.  She completed her PhD from Michigan State University in African American and African Studies in 2012.  Her dissertation was entitled Towards a Transnational Black Feminist Discourse: Women Writing against states of Imperialism, 1975-1989.  Her research interests include, global black feminisms, citizenship studies, intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality, and social movements. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Wayne State University’s Honors College, and Adjunct Professor for Central Michigan University’s Global Campus.

  • Kevin Piotrowski
    Kevin Piotrowski

    Senior Communications Officer
    (313) 577-4621

    Kevin (or "KP" as he is known around WSU) serves as the main communications contact for the Honors College in addition to coordinating the "Cultural Passport" events, Scholars Day, and other important events for the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. He also assists the Dean with special projects and planning.  KP has worked in various roles at Wayne State since 1993, and also continues to teach media and broadcasting courses in the Department of Communication.

  • Antonio Austin
    Antonio Austin

    Office Services Clerk
    (313) 577-2440

  • Stuart May

    Associate Director, Business Affairs
    (313) 993-4026

  • Minakshi Lahiri, Ph.D.
    Minakshi Lahiri, Ph.D.

    Instructional Technology Specialist
    (313) 577-9872

    Minakshi leads and manages the e-Portfolio initiative at Honors College and works closely with the Honors faculty on emerging technology integration/instructional design, Research@Honors and program assessment.  Minakshi has extensive teaching and research experience in Higher Education and has authored and published scholarly articles on educational technology. Her research interests include Technology Integration, Interactive Technologies, Emerging Educational Technologies, Online and Mobile Learning and Performance Improvement. 

  • Monita Mungo, Ph.D.
    Monita Mungo, Ph.D.

    Program Manager for CommunityEngagement@Wayne
    (313) 577-9216

    Monita is responsible for the second pillar of the Honors College student experience: Service. She coordinates service events and service-learning classes. She also provides oversight for the two special academic programs of the college: Detroit Urban Scholars and the Community of Scholars. Monita is the creator and coordinator of College JumpStart, a week-long residential program that gives middle and high school students a taste of college life.  

  • Kevin Rashid
    Kevin Rashid

    Honors Curriculum Coordinator
    (313) 577-2445

    Kevin Rashid coordinates the IDR Honors College's first year curriculum and manages Research@Honors and the Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project.  He is also a poet and facilitates creative writing workshops in non-traditional places. Kevin knows Wayne State "from the grounds-up," having worked for many years as a full-time university groundskeeper while earning an MA in English and teaching composition, creative writing and American Studies.

  • Rachel Pawlowski
    Rachel Pawlowski

    Academic Adviser
    (313) 577-9177

    Rachel has served as an Academic Advisor for the Honors College since 2012.  Before coming to WSU, she received a Bachelors of Psychology and a Masters of Counseling from Oakland University and worked as a First Year Advisor at Baker College of Clinton Township from 2009-2012.  Currently, she uses that proactive first year advising model and is in charge of the advising programming for the first and second year honors students.  She works will honors students of all types including transfer students, FTIAC (first time in any college) students, and earn-in students.  Rachel is currently pursuing her Educational Specialist Certificate at WSU and anticipates graduation in Winter 2017.  She is excited to be working with such robust and high achieving students as those in the Honors College and looks forward to helping each and every honors student achieve their academic goals.

  • Ali Salamey
    Ali Salamey

    Academic Service Officer
    (313) 577-8523

    Ali is the Program Coordinator for the Start Programs in the Honors College.  After exploring his academic and personal interests living in such diverse places as New York, Ann Arbor, Fez and Beirut, Ali returns to Wayne State University where he completed his undergraduate degree in English.  Ali has extensive student services experience working at top research universities in the country as an academic advisor, program manager and instructor, in addition to completing his Masters degree in English and advanced doctoral coursework in Arabic Language and Literature.

  • Drew Moser
    Drew Moser
    Honors College Coordinator

    Drew serves as the Honors College Coordinator, with primary duties including managing the front reception area and assisting with coordinating of events for the Honors College. He came to Wayne State with two years of experience in the Records and Registration Office at Henry Ford College. In addition, he worked for 2 1/2 years as a Journalist for the Oxford Leader. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mass Communication/Broadcast Arts from Rochester College in 2009.


  • Angel B. Niederkohr
    Angel B. Niederkohr

    Academic Adviser

    ar1021@wayne.edu  (313) 577-9176

    Angel joined the Honors College in January 2016 and serves as an academic adviser. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from University of Michigan Dearborn in 2006. Afterward, she served as an English Language Assistant in Versailles while living in Paris. Upon returning to the U.S., she completed a Master of Science in Global and International Education with Drexel University. Angel worked as a coordinator for student activities, international programs and orientation at St. Clair County Community College from 2009-2012. Angel is student-centered and aims to help students reach their goals with accurate planning and focus.

    Schedule: Monday 12:30-4; Wednesday 8:30-5; Thursday 8:30-5

  • Aundra Freeman
    Aundra Freeman

    Academic Advisor


    (313) 577-9075


    Aundra Freeman is currently an Academic Advisor for the Honors College. She has over 3 years experience serving as an Academic Advisor for several Community Colleges in Michigan, along with 10 years   teaching Business, CIS and Student Success courses. Her advising experience includes new, FTIAC, guest, and transfer students.  Aundra completed her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Wayne State and MBA from University of Phoenix. She looks forward to enabling students to best represent themselves utilizing the tools to become successful WSU honors students.