Meet Our 2017 Fellows

Dr. Nathan C. Crook

Associate Professor and Coordinator of College Credit Plus and English at Ohio State ATI. As the College Credit Plus Coordinator, he actively recruits, advises, and supports 25 to 30 high school students who are taking college courses on the Ohio State ATI campus. As the English Coordinator, he supervises between 9 and 13 instructors teaching a range of writing from developmental, to intermediate, and argumentative writing. Crook is a cultural anthropologist. In 2013, The History Press published his book, A Culinary History of the Great Black Swamp: Buckeye Candy, Bratwurst and Apple Butter, that explores history, culture, and cuisine in a micro-region of the Midwest. Crook’s research is interdisciplinary and his primary area of focus is on the use of the ephemeral as a communicative device in everyday life. Specifically, he researches and writes about the myriad uses of food as community and communication. He is the past Assistant Director of the Northwest Ohio Foodways Traditions Collection Project at Bowling Green State University. In 2016, he coordinated the efforts of faculty and undergraduate researchers as they researched the changing meanings of Ghanaian storytelling in West Africa. In 2017, he returned to Ghana with a team of undergraduate and faculty researchers to conduct additional anthropological research into the social significance of the Famine of 1983. Dr. Crook has published numerous short articles on local and regional foods, food traditions, practices, and patterns of behavior with the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor, The Ohio Humanities Council, The Oxford University Press, SAGE, and The History Press.


Dr. D. Rose Elder

Dr. D. Rose Elder, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ohio State ATI, engages in interdisciplinary teaching and research. She has led 14 tours of the Ohio State ATI Ghana Education Abroad: The Arts in Ghana with Community Research and Engagement. During these immersion experiences, students and faculty engage in arts education and sustainable development research. In 2017, undergraduate and faculty researchers interviewed 45 townspeople about their memories of the Famine of 1983, worked in micro-loans and savings, and conducted hydroponic leafy greens research. Dr. Elder specializes in music and religion. In addition to the Ghana course, she teaches world music cultures and global visual arts. Johns Hopkins University Press published her book on Why the Amish Sing: Songs of Identity and Solidarity in 2014. On a Fulbright grant in 2012, Dr. Elder taught a course on “American Protestantism” at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, and the US State Department invited her to lecture in universities and high schools across the island in 2013 and 2014. At the International Studies Research Lab, Dr. Elder will continue work on her current project on Ewe storytelling songs.


Adam D. Hoffman

Mr. Hoffman is Adjunct English Language Instructor at Gateway Community College, Instructor in the Writing Program of the English Department at Arizona State University (ASU), and Humanities Instructor for the Comparative Cultures Program at Northern Arizona University (NAU). He has a rich teaching portfolio. He has designed and taught courses not only on English composition, critical reading, and writing but also on global ecological aesthetics; humans, civilization and the wild; human values in tech society; and global literary and visual aesthetics. Mr. Hoffman holds a master’s degree in English literature from Northern Arizona University and a B.A. in religious studies from the University of Arizona. He is recognized as a highly meritorious teacher both at ASU and NAU. A returning fellow at the lab, participation in the International Studies Research Lab will enable Mr. Hoffman to develop a new English Composition course that will incorporate popular Chinese Culture and proper writing skills to help students develop an international, cosmopolitan perspective in genre-writing.

Patrice Niltasuwan

Miss Niltasuwan holds a Masters degree in cultural anthropology with an emphasis on ethnography from Western Michigan University and has been teaching in the humanities and international studies department at Kalamazoo Valley community college for eight years. Her research focus this week is to develop a teaching module on the contemporary evolution of Chinese written language and vernacular due to occidental influence and globalization. She will utilize the module in both a Language & Culture class, and an online Chinese History & Culture class that she will be teaching in 2017-2018 school year.

Dr. Gregory Rabb

Dr. Rabb is Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for International Studies & Study Abroad at Jamestown Community College as well as adjunct professor at Clarion University. Dr. Rabb holds a B.A. from Canisius College, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. from SUNY Buffalo. At Jamestown, he teaches courses on American and world politics, the European Union, micro- and macro-economics, global business and business law. He is the 2011 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and has been the past recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to study in the Netherlands, a Northwestern University fellowship to study the Holocaust, a Columbia University fellowship to study East Asia as well as several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a National Mentor for the College Board on the East Coast, he regularly conducts workshops for middle and high school teachers in pre-advance placement skills and advanced placement courses in US and Comparative Government and Politics. While at the International Studies Research Lab for his second year, Dr. Rabb will conduct research to develop an online international negotiation simulation focusing on Palestine.


Dr. Cari Stevenson

Cari Stevenson is a Professor of Psychology at Kankakee Community College. She holds a doctorate in Community Psychology, and her research interests focus on the interdependence of sense of community and empowerment. As part of the fellowship program, Stevenson is developing an interdisciplinary course exploring sociopolitical and psychological factors of the Holocaust.




Eric Williams

Eric Williams has been teaching at The Ohio State University Agriculture Technical Institute since 2000. He has completed a Bachelor’s of English and a Master’s of Art History and is currently finishing coursework for a Doctoral in Modern British History. Eric is currently focusing his research on World War I visual media propaganda and has chosen to work with the Global Studies program at the University of Illinois with designs on incorporating this research into both a thematic oriented composition writing class as well as to utilize the materials into his forthcoming dissertation.





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