IIT Fellows

Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching (IIT) Fellows

2019-2020 Fellows

Caitlin CornellCaitlin Cornell is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies. She earned her M.A. in Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Illinois at Chicago and she has taught English and trained English teachers since 2005. In 2018, she interned with the English Learning and Accessibility Specialist in the Michigan Department of Education’s Accountability Office. She co-chairs the 2019 Second Language Research Forum’s organizing body and serves the 2019 Accessible Learning Conference as the outreach chairperson. Her second language research interests include the experiences of language learners with disabilities, strategies for accessible learning, computer-assisted language learning, online and hybrid learning, and U.S. language policy in the K-12 context.

Rebekah GordonRebekah Gordon is a third-year doctoral student in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education. She received her master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from St. Cloud State University and her bachelor's degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught for ten years, including English language teaching positions in South Korea, Ethiopia, and China as well as an ESL methodology course here at MSU. Her scholarly interests revolve around the lived experiences of transnational language teachers. Her current work explores the pedagogical, cultural, and linguistic identity negotiations of transnational Chinese language teachers in the U.S. Outside of academia, Rebekah enjoys spending time outdoors while trying to keep up with her one-year-old daughter.

Mel MedeirosMel Medeiros is a PhD student in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. Her research interests include political communication, digital politics, social media, and the platformization of politics. Her current projects use mixed-methods approaches to study the practices strategists (e.g., politicians) and individuals use to make politics visible to themselves or the public on social media. Before coming to MSU, Mel received her M.S. in communication studies at Boston University and a B.A. in linguistics and Portuguese and Brazilian studies at Smith College.

Marie SchaeferMarie Schaefer is a PhD candidate in Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, a founding member of the MSU Indigenous Graduate Student Collective and a Graduate Fellow of the USGS Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Eastern Michigan University, a Masters of Arts in Applied Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. Marie has had the honor of working with Tribes across the United States. Her work focuses on traditional or indigenous knowledges revitalization especially manoomin (wild rice) revitalization as well as braiding indigenous knowledges and scientific knowledge using community-based participatory approaches. She works to bridge knowledge systems and understand how collaborations between knowledge systems can contribute to sustainable futures.

Amit SharmaAmit Sharma is pursuing his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education from MSU. His research focuses on the 'joy of learning'. He is interested in contrasting the experiences of students across different learning contexts including in Montessori, Reggio Emelia, Waldorf classrooms and also non-formal learning contexts.
Amit completed his undergraduate in mathematics, statistics, and economics and a master’s degree in human resources management from India. He was working with leading corporate organizations before switching to the development sector. He has over 8 years of experience in the education sector- as an elementary teacher, curriculum maker, professional development facilitator, and founder of an educational not-for-profit. At MSU, he is involved with Connected Mathematics Project as a research assistant and also teaches the elementary math methods courses to pre-service teachers.

Jon SpieglerJon Spiegler is a PhD student in political science at Michigan State University. Originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, he earned his BA in political science and economics from Kenyon College. He went on to earn a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. During this time he worked in the Twin Cities area on tobacco control policy, government data privacy, and homelessness policy. Jon's scholarly interests center on political philosophy and public policy. He is interested in the idea that the type of political order or regime fundamentally shapes the character of the people who live under it. In particular, his dissertation research applies the idea of the regime to the United States through an examination of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. In public policy, he is currently working on research comparing the effects of minimum wages versus unionization rates on economic inequality and the size of the middle class in the United States.