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Research Program Mentors

Polygence mentors are selected based on their exceptional academic background, teaching experience, and unique ability to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and industry leaders.

Creative Writing
Clarissa

Clarissa

PhD candidate

Expertise

Art history, Feminism, Contemporary art, Art and Science, Women in STEM

Kai

Kai

PhD candidate

Expertise

English literature, Black Studies, Queer theory, History, Latin America and the Caribbean Studies, Indigenous Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Postcolonial Studies, Performance and Theatre Studies, Political Movements and history, Organizing/Activism, and Spanish

Daniel

Daniel

PhD

Expertise

International Psychology; Global Mental Health; Counseling; Capacity Building; Disability Justice; Disability Education; Juvenile Justice; Leadership

Isaias

Isaias

PhD candidate

Expertise

Ethnic Studies, Performance Studies (Race and Gender), Comparative Literature, Contemporary US Literature, Contemporary Latin American Literature, Literary Analysis, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Queer Theory, Latinx Studies, Race in America, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Abjection, Affect, Aesthetics, Decolonial Pedagogy, Creative Writing, Autofiction, Fiction, Experimental Writing, Personal Epistemology as Knowledge-Making

Katherine

Katherine

PhD

Expertise

Biogeochemistry, geology, environmental science, microbiology, marine biology, ecology, plant ecology, ecosystems ecology

Bridgette

Bridgette

Industry expert

Expertise

Creating writing, poetry, hybrid, zine, anthology, community engagement, gardening

River

River

PhD candidate

Expertise

Latin Epic Literature

Rebecca

Rebecca

MA

Expertise

Memorialization culture (monuments, memorials, and museums); Public history; Genocide, crimes against humanity, and mass atrocities; History of human rights; Germany [German literature, poetry, film, and art]; 20th century; World War II

Alison

Alison

MA

Expertise

Sociology, English/Literature, Creative Writing, Drama, Gender Studies; projects involving topics in: young adult literature, fanfiction, gender/racial/ability/class stratification, playwriting and theatre analysis

Sami

Sami

MFA

Expertise

Interdisciplinary Arts, Acting, Film, Theatre, Performance, Documentary, Dance, Creative Writing, Photography

Nusaiba

Nusaiba

PhD candidate

Expertise

Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic Literature, LGBTQ Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Creative Writing: Poetry, Popular Literature, Fandom Studies

Cayla

Cayla

PhD candidate

Expertise

Interdisciplinary or Exploratory Projects, Writing/Research, Music and Recording/Music Production, Journalism, Creative/Fiction and Nonfiction Writing, Psychology/Sociology Research

Jeffry

Jeffry

MA

Expertise

Filmmaking, particularly the story structure psychosocial, mythological and historical underpinnings of great masterworks.

sarah

sarah

PhD candidate

Expertise

cancer biology, biology, genetics

Aditya

Aditya

PhD candidate

Expertise

Race & Ethnicity, History of Race & Social Movements, Creative Projects

Katrina

Katrina

MA

Expertise

Creative writing; Prose fiction; Poetry; Literary Analysis; Mythology and Folklore analysis; Science Fiction and Fantasy; World building; Film theory and history; Screenwriting

Jin

Jin

PhD candidate

Expertise

Reading; Creative Writing; Literary analysis; French literature; Chinese literature; Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies

John

John

PhD

Expertise

Contemporary public policy, Op-ed writing, long-form fiction, short-form fiction, memoir, autoethnography, 18th Century British Literature, Literary Criticism, poetry, writing contests, journal submissions, etc.

Brooke

Brooke

MFA

Expertise

Creative Writing, Journalism, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Composition, Literary Analysis, Pop Culture / Media / Art Commentary and Criticism

Madhusudan

Madhusudan

PhD candidate

Expertise

Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics, Space Research