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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

  • 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 PS 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 the politics of crime and has published in referred journals such as New Political Science and The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology. He contributed chapters to the books Detroit True Crime Chronicles and Current Controversies: Gangs. James also writes digital exclusives on crime and urban issues for CBS Detroit.

  • Beth Fowler
    Beth Fowler
    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

    Honors Senior Lecturer

  • Rashida Harrison

    Honors Senior Lecturer

  • 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
    Minakshi Lahiri

    Instructional Technology Specialist
    (313) 577-9872

    In her role, Minakshi advises the Honors faculty on technology integration/instructional design and works closely with the faculty members and Curriculum Coordinator to incorporate emerging educational technologies within their course pedagogy to enhance the learning experience of Honors students. Minakshi has extensive teaching and research experience at both Undergraduate and Graduate levels and has authored and published scholarly articles in leading professional journals on educational technology. Minakshi holds Master degrees in Applied Mathematics and Educational Leadership/Administration and is a Doctoral Candidate in Instructional Technology, College of Education at Wayne State University with research interests that focus on Technology Integration, Interactive Technologies, Emerging Educational Technologies, Online and Mobile Learning and Performance Improvement.

  • Monita Mungo
    Monita Mungo

    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 Hermsen
    Rachel Hermsen

    Academic Adviser
    (313) 577-9177

  • 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.


  • Meg Callow
    Meg Callow

    Major Gifts Officer