The Diversity Scholars Network is a scholarly community committed to advancing understandings of historical and contemporary social issues related to identity, difference, culture, representation, power, oppression, and inequality — as they occur and affect individuals, groups, communities, and institutions.

Members come from fields in the social sciences, humanities, and physical sciences in order to:

  • Engage in a scholarly community to collaborate and mobilize for social change
  • Receive support to produce their scholarship
  • Access opportunities to translate and disseminate their scholarship
  • Become part of a collective to advance diversity scholarship in the academy

In 2024, the following 163 scholars joined our international community of over 1,800 diversity scholars. Welcome to them all!


Lisbeth Iglesias-Rios
Research Investigator
University of Michigan

Louise Toppin
Professor of Music (Voice)
University of Michigan

Carmen C. Monico
Associate Professor
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Jinjin Yan
Postdoctoral researcher
Fordham University

Zhenqiang Zhao
Postdoctoral researcher
Fordham University

Olawale Isaac Yemisi
Teacher in Ikoyi Grammar School, Ikoyi-Ile, Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Oyo State
University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

Ligia V. Alberto
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of School Leadership Program
Felician University

Megan Threats
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan School of Information

Terrell J. A. Winder
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara

Rachel Wagner
Associate Professor
Clemson University

Alishea Ann Wynn
Life Design Coach
Bowling Green State University

Kirt von Daacke
Assistant Dean and Professor
University of Virginia

Juan Manuel Rubio
ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow
Princeton University

Danielle R. Phillips
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Lisa Fedina
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan

Donathan L. Brown
Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity
Northeastern University

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
Associate Professor of Sociology
American University

Jon Cho-Polizzi
LSA Collegiate Fellow and Assistant Professor of German
University of Michigan

Atinuke Adediran
Associate Professor of Law
Fordham University School of Law

Elizabeth A. Jach
Assistant Professor
University at Albany, State University of New York

Trevor Dustin McCray
Research Associate
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jaleesa Wells
Assistant Professor of Arts Administration
University of Kentucky

Juliana Daniels
Senior Lecturer
University of Education, Winneba

Margaret Esther Cantu-Sanchez
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
St. Mary's University

Christopher Bell
Executive Consultant
emBELLishment consulting

Samantha Friar
Faculty Lead/Professor
Reach University

Florence Uche Johnson
Registered Nurse
University of Michigan School of Nursing

Derek Ide
IHP / ARC-NCID Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Michigan

Davy Knittle
Assistant Professor of English
University of Delaware

Laura Scott
Research Professor
University of Michigan

Alesondra J. Christmas
Inclusive Excellence Learning and Development Specialist & Lecturer
The Ohio State University

Rebecca Crandall
Associate Professor of Practice
Oregon State University

Stephanie Hernandez Rivera
Assistant Professor of Education
Elon University

Rachel Bergmans
Research Assistant Professor
University of Michigan

Ana Maria Martinez-Aleman
Professor, Associate Dean of Faculty & Academics
Boston College

Demetri L. Morgan
Associate Professor of Higher Education
Loyola University Chicago

Susan Lares-Nakaoka
Director of Field Education, Social Welfare
University of California, Los Angeles

Janet Muniz
Assistant Professor of Sociology
California State University, Long Beach

Jinsook Kim
Assistant Professor of Film and Media
Emory University

David Milo McCarty-Caplan
Director of Research and Evaluation
Jewtina y Co.

Nina M. Flores
Associate Professor of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
California State University, Long Beach

Ty Christopher McNamee
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
University of Mississippi

Emily Dove-Medows
Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of Michigan

Kathy Luo
Assistant Professor of Dance
California State University, Fresno

Lubomir Popov
Professor of Research Excellence
Bowling Green State University

Michael Helt Gavin
Delta College

Leah Fulton
Vice President for Student Success
Trinity Christian College

Brigid Moira Burke
Associate Professor of Education & World Language Education Program Coordinator
Bowling Green State University

Ritika Rastogi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Autumn Adia Griffin
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Georgia State University

Christopher Michael Reber
Hudson County Community College, Jersey City NJ

Paige Haber-Curran
Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology
Texas State University

Nadeeka Karunaratne
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Utah

Lis Regula
University of Dayton

Tamanika Ferguson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Allegheny College

Robin Dada
Professor and Department Head, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa

Julie Zhu
President's Postdoctoral Fellow & Assistant Professor of Music
University of Michigan

Saloni Mahajan
Assistant Professor
Appalachian State University

Martin Kwan
Honorary Fellow; Research Affiliate; Associate
Asian Institute of International Financial Law (University of Hong Kong); Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (Monash University)

James E. Wright II
Associate professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Public Policy
Florida State University Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

Ashley Crooks-Allen
Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney/NCID Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Michigan

Cassandra Mary Frances Young
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Sam Houston State University

Emily Jade Blevins
Research and Clinical Fellow
Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Gabriella Epshteyn
Doctoral Student
The University of Rhode Island / James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, VISN 2 MIRECC

Juben Rabbani
Adjunct Faculty (CSUF) and Senior Principal (JDP)
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) / J.D. Power (JDP)

Siphiwe Ignatius Dube
Senior Lecturer
University of the Witwatersrand

DeLois Kijana Crawford
Professor of Sociology
Rochester Institute of Technology

Elizabeth Jelsma
Assistant Professor of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences
University of Houston

Vinodh Venkatesh
Professor of Spanish
Virginia Tech

María del Carmen Caña Jiménez
Associate Professor of Spanish
Virginia Tech

Vanessa Miller
Assistant Professor
Indiana University

Russell Blake Toomey
Professor of Human Development and Family Science; University Distinguished Scholar
University of Arizona

Oscar E. Patrón
Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs
Indiana University

Shawna Patterson-Stephens
Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer
Central Michigan University

Rebecca Evans-Polce
Research Assistant Professor
University of Michigan

Smaran Dayal
Assistant Professor of Literature
Stevens Institute of Technology

Chanel Meyers
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Oregon

Hyojin Im
Associate Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University

Reshawna L. Chapple
Associate Professor School of Social Work
University of Central Florida

Liz DeBetta
Advocacy Program Manager
University of Michigan, CEW+

Irene Hwang
Assistant Chair of Architecture and Lecturer IV
University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Charise Pimentel
Professor, Regents' Teacher — Curriculum And Instruction
Texas State University

Mark R. Martell
Executive Director of AARCC and Co-PI of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative
Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UIC College of Education
University of Illinois at Chicago

James Holly, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan

Deborah S. Willis
Assistant Vice Provost of Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs
University of Michigan

Belinda Needham
Associate Professor and Chair of Epidemiology
University of Michigan

Jorge Burmicky
Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies
Howard University

Trelisa Glazatov
Senior Lecturer
Los Angeles Pacific University

Quincy L. Dinnerson
Director of the Joint Masters Social Work (JMSW)
North Carolina A&T State University

Kyle Whyte
George Willis Pack Professor / University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor
University of Michigan

Lisa Beth Spanierman
Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Personnel
Arizona State University

Angel Gonzalez
Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration and Leadership
California State University, Fresno

Stevie Johnson
Assistant Professor of Creative Practice
The Ohio State University

Chelsea Tashea Smith
Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education
College of William and Mary

Natasha Pilkauskas
Associate Professor of Public Policy
University of Michigan

Leslie Ekpe
Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Learning Technologies
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Megh Marathe
Assistant Professor of Media & Information
Michigan State University

Joshua Rashaad McFadden
Assistant Professor of Photography
Rochester Institute of Technology

Kim Case
Professor of Psychology (tenured)
Virginia Commonwealth University

Rebecca Totton
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Oberlin College

Dilara Yaya-Bryson
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of North Carolina Charlotte

Cherese Fine
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Southern Illinois University Edwardaville

Subaita Zubair
Visiting Assistant Professor
National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan

Shavonne Coleman
Assistant Professor for Transformative Learning
University of Michigan

Lauren Irwin
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Sonja Ardoin
Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs
Clemson University

Moazzam Ali
Lecturer Islamic Studies
Special Education

Ashley Robinson
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Ashley Carpenter
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Appalachian State University

Jing Yu
Assistant Professor of International Higher Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ty McNamee
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
University of Mississippi

Deborah King
Assistant Professor of Education
Governors State University

Omar Badessi
Instructor of Language and Cultures
Stony Brook University

Samia Abdelnabi
CNM/FNP/Research Fellow
University of Michigan/NCSP/Nursing

Michael Paul Loeffelman
Student Affairs Administrator
Independent Scholar

Peggy McCracken
Anna Julia Cooper Distinguished University Professor of Medieval French Literature
University of Michigan

Sophia Hwang
Assistant Professor of Community Psychology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Barry L. Stiefel
Professor of Historic Preservation & Community Planning
College of Charleston

Pietro Antonio Sasso
Associate Professor of Higher Education Leadership
Delaware State University

Joshua Zachary Merced
Assistant Teaching Professor of Geography, Planning and Recreation
Northern Arizona University

Jill Dunlap
Senior Director for Research, Policy, and Civic Engagement
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Matthew Johnson
Professor of Higher Education
Central Michigan University

Stephen Ogheneruro Okpadah
Chancellor International PhD Candidate
University of Warwick, UK

Mo Torres
Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows; Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
University of Michigan

Ada T. Cenkci
Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership
Northern Kentucky University

Yulia Tolstikov-Mast
Chair, Professor of Ethical and Creative Leadership
Union Institute & University

Wanda Krause
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies
Royal Roads University

Steven Henry Sherwood
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at Austin

Jeannine Meza
Associate Professor of Social Work
UMass Global

Hawani Negussie
Chair and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
University of Massachusetts Global

Fernando Salinas-Quiroz
Assistant Professor
Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Juan Del Toro
Assistant Professor of Psychology 
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Lydia HaRim Ahn
Assistant Professor in Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Arizona State University

Margarita M. Azmitia
Professor of Psychology
University of California, Santa Cruz

Taryrn Tinasha Chemwandoita Brown
Assistant Professor
University of Florida

Josefina Bañales
Assistant Professor of Psychology - Tenure track
University of Illinois, Chicago

Michael Roy Hames-García
Professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
University of Texas at Austin

Patriann Smith
Associate Professor of Language and Literacy 
University of South Florida

Conor P. McLaughlin
Staff Learning and Development Specialist
San Diego State University

Leticia Rose Wiggins
Ethnic Studies Librarian
The Ohio State University

Stacey Waite
Associate Professor and Director of Composition
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kristina M. Fullerton Rico
Predoctoral Fellow, Center for Racial Justice, Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan

Dashawna Juanita Fussell-Ware
Assistant Professor & Diversity and Inclusion Fellow
University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Social Work

Jasmine Victor
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Texas at San Antonio

James Huynh
Incoming Assistant Professor of Anti-Racist Health Policy
University of Michigan

Whitney Nicole Pirtle
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of California, Merced

Tiffany Nelson
Assistant Professor
Jane Addams College of Social Work/University of Illinois Chicago

Daniel Merson Kammen
James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Professor of Sustainability
University of California, Berkeley

Urwah Ali
Assistant Professor
Foundation University School of Science and Technology (FUSST)

Harleen Kaur
Assistant Teaching Professor
Arizona State University

Alan Dettlaff
University of Houston

Ridwan Tosho Idris
Adjunct Lecturer
Muhammad Kamalud-deen University, Ilorin, Nigeria

Nazsa Baker
Post Doctoral Fellow
NJ Gun Violence Research Center

Katherine A. Durante
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Utah

Tiffany D. Baffour
Associate Dean of Graduate Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Associate Professor of Social Work
University of Utah

M. Christopher Brown
Executive Director & Research Scientist
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Sarah Socorro Hurtado
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
University of Denver

Laura Elizabeth Sponsler
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Denver

Cecilia Marie Orphan
Associate Professor of Higher Education
University of Denver

Autumn Asher BlackDeer
Assistant Professor of Social Work
University of Denver

Mordecai Ian Brownlee
President of the Community College of Aurora in Colorado
Community College of Aurora

Bryan Craig Jordan
Assistant Principal, William Taft High School
Chicago Public Schools

Juan Blazquez-Cuena
Teaching Postdoc in Spanish Language and Literature
Pennsylvania State University