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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.

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Hector

Hector

PhD candidate

Expertise

Environmental humanities, literary analysis, continental philosophy, Latin American literature and film

Hunter

Hunter

PhD

Expertise

History; Religion; Islamic Studies; History of the Middle East; History of South Asia; Issues in Science and Religion; the History of Philosophy; Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Jake

Jake

PhD candidate

Expertise

Philosophy of Science, Mind, and Cognitive Science; Neuroscience and Psychology Projects, especially in perception; History of Philosophy; Creative Fiction and Nonfiction

Kristen

Kristen

PhD candidate

Expertise

Environmental History; Medical Anthropology; colonial, post-colonial, de-colonial studies; feminist anthropology; the social study of science and technology; East African history; Imperialism; social science; creative writing & ethnographic writing/autoethnography

Gregory

Gregory

MBA

Expertise

Currently an adjunct professor at La Salle University teaching Sports Finance to undergraduates & Managerial Accounting to MBA students, been in the sports industry now for 5 years revolving around accounting, finance, sports business analytics etc.

Alexander "Hutch"

Alexander "Hutch"

MPA

Expertise

Public Affairs and Non-Profit Service

Noah

Noah

JD candidate

Expertise

Law, history, political science, public health

Claire

Claire

MPA

Expertise

History, Social Science Research, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Justice, Disaster Risk, Climate Adaptive Agriculture, Food Systems, Climate Change

Waleed

Waleed

PhD

Expertise

Politics; politics of the middle east; politics and religion; religion; politics and Islam; colonialism

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

Cody

Cody

PhD

Expertise

Literature and Literary Theory, Philosophy, Creative Writing, Race and Ethnicity, Cultural Studies

Desira

Desira

MFA

Expertise

The Intersection of Fashion & History, Costume Design, Fashion History, Period Accuracy, Costume Research, Making Look Books and Pitch Decks for Film Design, Costume Sketching

Alyson

Alyson

MS

Expertise

Food Systems, Gastronomy, Innovative solutions for climate change, humanistic approach to design, Wicked Problems, Regenerative Agriculture, Gastronomic design,

Andrea

Andrea

MBA candidate

Expertise

Environmental Policy and Economics, History and Policy, Business

Semilore

Semilore

PhD candidate

Expertise

Black Atlantic Literature, African & African-American Studies, postcolonial theory, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies

William

William

MA

Expertise

Archaeology, Digital Humanities, Research Essays

Griffin Smith-Nichols

Griffin Smith-Nichols

Industry expert

Expertise

Ancient Greek and Latin classics, medieval literature and languages, history of religion, German

Dilyara

Dilyara

PhD

Expertise

Middle East, Russian history, Islam, colonialism, legal studies, law, world history, European history, digital humanities

Clarissa

Clarissa

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

Mikaela (Mik)

Mikaela (Mik)

MS candidate

Expertise

Cultural heritage; archaeology; anthropology; Classical studies (Ancient Greek & Roman history, language and culture); library science and archives