IIE Faculty & Staff

Sarah Irvine Belson Interim Vice Provost for Research Provost, Office of the

Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Special Education. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with dis


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Danielle Gervais Sodani Director, Institute for Innovation in Education SOE - School of Education

Danielle Gervais Sodani currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Innovation and Education in the School of Education (SOE). As the director, she cultivates partnerships with educational o


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Alida Anderson Associate Professor SOE - School of Education

Alida Anderson earned her PhD in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Research and teaching interests focus on contextual factors associated with language development and l


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Elizabeth Cotter Assistant Professor CAS - Health Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University and the Director of the Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab. She is a licensed psychologist w


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Ellen Feder Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Ellen K. Feder is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy. She works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, par


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Melissa Hawkins Director, Public Health Scholars Program CAS - Health Studies

Melissa Hawkins is the Director of the Public Health Scholars Program in the Department of Health Studies at American University. Dr. Hawkins is an epidemiologist with over a decade of experience in t


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Anne Karabell Instructor SOE - School of Education

Annie Karabell joined the Institute for Innovation in Education at the School of Education in 2019. Her research interests include early childhood literacy, reading disabilities, and inclusive instruc


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Kiho Kim Professor Academic Affairs, Office of

Dr. Kim is a marine ecologist specializing in tropical coral reefs. His research focuses on understanding the role of diseases in marine ecosystems and the synergistic effects of environmental factors


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Cynthia Miller-Idriss Professor of Education and Sociology SOE - School of Education

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of Education and Sociology and runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE). In addition t

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John Nolan Professor CAS - Math and Statistics

Prof. Nolan has taught at the University of Zambia (in Africa), and Kenyon College (in Ohio), and worked in a software company before coming to American University. His main research interests are in


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Anastasia Snelling Department Chair, Health Studies CAS - Health Studies

Dr. Anastasia Snelling is a professor and Chair of the Department of Health Studies at American University. She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a registered dietitian fo


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Jennifer Steele Associate Professor SOE - School of Education

Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at American University, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research,


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Polina Vinogradova Director of TESOL Program CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Vinogradova is interested in the use of digital technology, specifically digital stories, in language education and in postmethod pedagogy and advocacy in language teacher development. Her recent


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