IIT Fellows

2018-2019 Fellows

Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching (IIT) Fellows

Karolina AchirriKarolina Achirri holds an MA in English Philology. She taught English in Poland and China for over 12 years. She has been an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Speaking and Writing Examiner for over four years, certified by the British Council. She published two books on IELTS Speaking and Writing in 2015 and a cultural memoir on her life in China in 2017. Karolina is currently in her third year of a PhD program in Second Language Studies, working as a teaching assistant for Language Learning and Teaching (LLT) courses. Her research interests include intercultural language learning and teaching, teacher identity, Chinese students’ academic adaptation in the United States, sociocultural approaches to second language acquisition, linguistic anthropology and qualitative research methods.

Kayon HallKayon Hall is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program within the Department of Educational Administration. Through the use of critical and cultural theories and methodologies, Kayon’s research focuses on Black immigrants, popular culture, and race. Her current work examines the intersection of race and immigration status and how these overlapping identities shape the experience of Black undocumented students in higher education. Prior to MSU, Kayon worked as an administrator in student affairs for eight years. She holds BBA in Marketing and an MBA.

Alyssa LopezAlyssa Lopez is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of History, focusing on African American history, U.S. history, and film studies. She is currently writing her dissertation, entitled “Screens, Seats, and Picket Signs: Black Film Culture in New York City, 1896-1945,” on the various ways that New York City’s black working class interacted with motion pictures as cultural producers, consumers, and workers. As an educator, Alyssa is interested in the ways that film and digital humanities can be worked into undergraduate history classrooms to increase critical thinking and engagement. Outside of MSU, you can find her gardening, catching up on the latest true crime series, or obsessing over her two cats. 

Inna MirzoyanInna Mirzoyan is a second-year doctoral student in the Sociology department. Her interests include immigration, social movements, intersectionality, and public attitudes. Inna is a first-generation immigrant and is particularly interested in a pedagogy that elevates the voices of students who may not always have a space to be heard. During the 2018 spring semester, Inna participated in MSU's first ever Intercultural Dialogues and became a certified facilitator. She is currently pursuing a graduate specialization in Women's and Gender Studies and her Certification in College Teaching through the Graduate School. Outside of the university, Inna enjoys exploring new coffee shops, seeing films, going to music shows, and finding new exhibits at local museums. 

Molade OsiboduMolade Osibodu is a fourth-year doctoral student in Mathematics Education. Molade taught mathematics for five years at a school in South Africa committed to developing the future generation of African leaders. Teaching at this pan-African institution inspired her research agenda where she studies how mathematics can be used as a tool to allow youth (in particular African youth) approach social issues with a critical lens. Molade is driven by a desire to cultivate a generation of African youth who challenge the status quo in their communities and broadly across the continent. She takes a humanities-oriented lens to her work and is intentional in elevating voices not traditionally valued in education research. Outside of school, Molade is an avid podcast addict, a huge fam of Hamilton musical, loves cooking, and exploring new places.

Mary NevilleMary Neville is a doctoral student in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education. Her scholarly interests include the use of literature in secondary English classrooms to deconstruct race, power, and oppression. Her current work explores the roles of emotion in literacy classrooms, particularly the ways that emotional rules construct norms of literary response and the ways emotions can serve as a form of resistance. She is also interested in using interdisciplinary pedagogies across film, visual art, music, and poetry in pre-service English teacher education courses. She received her master's degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame and her bachelor's degree in English from Michigan State. As a former high school English teacher, Mary is committed to supporting secondary English teachers and students in constructing English classrooms that respond to and sustain students' identities and literacies through texts.