Honors Faculty and Staff
Jerry Herron, Ph.D.
Dean of the Honors College
Professor of English and American Studies
D. Carl Freeman, Ph.D.
Senior Faculty Advisor, Honors
Professor of Biological Sciences
Kevin Deegan-Krause, Ph.D.Honors PS 1010 Professor(313) 577-2630Kevin 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
Kevin Ball, Ph.D.
Honors Senior Lecturer
James Buccellato, Ph.D.
Honors Senior Lecturer
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 FowlerHonors Senior Lecturer(313) 577-xxxxBeth Fowler is a Ph.D. candidate at Wayne State University and instructor of American and world history. 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(313) 577-xxxx
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.Honors Senior Lecturer(313) 577-xxxx
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.
Justin Rex, Ph.D.
Honors Senior Lecturer
Justin received his PhD in Political Science from Wayne State University in 2013. His dissertation and current research examines financial regulation leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. Justin is also a researcher at the WSU Center for Urban Studies where he uses program evaluation to study programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and uses social network analysis to study crime networks in Detroit.
Senior Communications Officer
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.
Office Services Clerk
Associate Director, Business Affairs
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 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.
Honors Curriculum Coordinator
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.
Liza Lagman Sperl is the senior member of the Honors Advising team. She’s familiar with the benefits of Honors, having received the Presidential Scholarship and graduating with Psychology Honors and University Honors. Liza is an avid shutterbug who takes lots of pictures of food (because it stands still) and her two sons (who definitely do not stand still).
Academic Service Officer
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 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 Bachelor's of Science degree in Mass Communication/Broadcast Arts from Rochester College in 2009.
Major Gifts Officer
Janet AndrewLiving Detroit Project Coordinator(313) 577-3519A Detroit native and graduate of Monteith College at Wayne State University, communications consultant Janet Andrew was one of the first women journalists to cover politics and a police beat in the Detroit area in the early 70s. Jan then joined the New York publishing world, first as a publicist at Simon & Schuster and later developing a career as a freelance writer and marketing specialist for the publishing industry.
Jan earned her Master’s Degree in communications management from USC Annenberg and was involved in launching multicultural coalitions, including websites, in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 90s through the turn of the millennium. Now back in her hometown area, Jan’s delighted to be supervising the launch of the website Living Detroit to showcase for the greater community the research done by Honors students as part of their undergraduate requirements -- as well as research submitted from other University departments.