Erin Clarke-DorrellErin Clarke-Dorrell, Chair
Learning Technology, Educational Studies
3rd year, Ph.D.

Erin Clarke-Dorrell is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Clarke-Dorrell received her B.B.A. in Management Information Systems with a minor in English Literature at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 2014. She then went on to earn an M.L.S. specializing in Digital Libraries at Indiana University-Bloomington. She has worked in academia since earning her masters as the director of the Lamar University Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. Erin’s work and educational background have led her to a commitment of providing undergraduate students with the resources they need to do research. This pledge has driven her to the Learning Technologies Program at The Ohio State where she hopes to pursue how technology can be used to train budding researchers.

Barbara SanchezBarbara Sanchez, Vice-Chair
Kinesiology, Human Sciences
1st year Ph.D.

Barbara Sanchez received her Master’s in Kinesiology: Health & Exercise Science at Ohio State in Summer 2020 and progressed to the Ph.D. program in Autumn 2021. She received her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa with experience in personal training, youth athlete coaching, and exercise training and protein supplementation research. She currently works under Dr. Carl Maresh and has a research focus on female reproductive physiology, and it’s influence on performance measures with a centered focus on increasing individualized menstrual health awareness and promoting physical activity. Barbara looks to become a full professor with research lines both in kinesiology laboratories and the community while also being a menstrual health and physical activity advocate.


Austin AngelottiAustin Angelotti
OSU Nutrition, Human Sciences
4th year, Ph.D.

Austin Angelotti is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Nutrition program at Ohio State University. He received his B.S. in Human Nutrition at Ohio State in 2016. Austin works under Martha Belury and current research focuses on how dietary fats effect heart health. Specifically, he studies whether omega-3 fatty acids can attenuate heart failure induced by common chemotherapeutic agents.

Emre BasokEmre Basok
Foreign, Second, and Multilingual Language Education, Teaching and Learning
3rd year, Ph.D.

Emre Başok is a doctoral student in the Foreign, Second and Multilingual Language Education program at Ohio State University. He received his M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at the University of Texas at San Antonio and his B.A. in English Language and Literature from Cankaya University in Ankara, Turkey. He teaches Advanced Academic Writing courses to international students at OSU. His research interests are Language Assessment, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Language Maintenance and Revitalization, Language Teacher Education and Collaborative Writing. His current research explores the effects of collaborative writing on international students’ academic writing development.

Arianna BlackArianna Black
Educational Psychology, Educational Studies
1st year, Ph.D.

Arianna Black is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program at The Ohio State University. She earned her M.A. in Educational Psychology from OSU in 2020 and her B.A. in Psychology from Colby-Sawyer College in her home state of New Hampshire in 2013. Arianna serves as a graduate teaching associate and works under advisor Dr. Shirley Yu. Arianna’s research interests include learning and academic motivation, particularly in adolescent and college student populations.

Meingold Chan
Human Development and Family Science, Human Sciences
4th year, Ph.D.

Meingold Chan is a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) program in the Department of Human Science. She has completed an interdisciplinary specialization in Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement (QREM). Meingold earned a bachelor’s of Social Sciences in Psychology and Counseling at the University of Hong Kong in 2015 and a Master of Philosophy in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in 2016. Her research interests include young children’s socioemotional development in diverse familial and cultural context, with specific focus in family socialization of children’s emotion regulation. She is also interested in studying parental characteristics, such as maternal depression, that influence parenting practices and predict emotional and behavioral problems in children.

Nikki HerbertNikki Herbert
Higher Education and Student Affairs, Educational Studies
4th year, Ed.D.

Nikki Herbert is a doctoral student in Educational Studies (Higher Education and Student Affairs) at The Ohio State University. She earned a Master of Arts in Counselor Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio State. She has worked at Ohio State since 2005 in undergraduate and graduate education, focusing on traditional and online education. She worked in undergraduate education in the health sciences for 8 years as an academic advisor, in recruitment, with Honors students and in program planning and management. Since 2014, she has been a program manager for two online master’s programs in clinical and pre-clinical research, focusing on adult learners.


Mario MartinezMario Martinez
Language, Education, and Society, Teaching and Learning
3rd year, Ph.D.

Mario received his BA in Foreign Languages from Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca. He taught English as a foreign language in Oaxaca for 5 years before moving to Oregon to pursue a master’s degree in ESOL/Bilingual Education at Western Oregon University. At The Ohio State University, Mario’s research interests include raciolinguistics, bilingual education, teacher education, and transnationalism.

Somin ParkSomin Park
Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood, Teaching and Learning
4th year, Ph.D.

Somin Park is a doctoral student in the Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood program within the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She earned her M.A. in Child and Family Studies at Yonsei University and her B.A. in Child Psychology and Education at Sungkyunkwan University, both located in Seoul, South Korea. She taught at a childcare center coordinating a toddler classroom. She currently works under Dr. Shayne Piasta and has a research focus on early language and literacy development. Specifically, her research interests are early language and literacy development of preschool- and kindergarten- aged children and evidence-based practices for supporting both English monolingual- and emergent bilingual- children. Also, her research interest concerns teacher characteristics and experiences that support quality early language and literacy practices.

Charise RichardsCharise Richards
Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education, Teaching and Learning
3rd year, Ph.D.

Charise Richards is a second year PhD student in the Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education Program at The Ohio State University. Her research is focused on the use of restorative practices and culturally relevant teaching to increase the academic outcomes and emotional well-being of Black girls within their classroom environments. Prior to her doctoral studies, Richards received her M.A. in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and B.A. in International Relations from Agnes Scott College. Richards’ passion for female students of colors stems from her personal narrative as a black woman of Caribbean descent and first-generation American. Through her teaching practices and research, she hopes to help eliminate social cultural inequalities within the public-school system.


Nate StewartNate Stewart
Educational Policy, Educational Studies
4th year, Ph.D.

Nathaniel (Nate) D. Stewart is a third year PhD student and former science teacher in Detroit, MI.  Upon leaving the classroom, he accepted a position to teach a preservice teacher course at Ohio State while pursuing his PhD in educational policy.  His work examines the unique role of K-12 teachers as both policy activists and shepherds of student agency. In collaboration with all educational stakeholders, he argues that teachers must be connected with their capacity to organize against racial, economic, and sociopolitical inequity.  Simultaneously acting to challenge inequitable policy themselves, teachers connect students with their capacity to transform society.  Students’ learning how to transform society manifests through various pedagogies of teaching and learning (i.e., Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Critical Pedagogy, Hip Hop Pedagogy, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Social Justice Pedagogy).  Stewart’s research aims to illuminate how educators resist harmful norms in the education system that structurally disadvantage Black and brown communities—he holds critical hope that coalitions of past and present equity advocates can capture the power to transform inequitable structures.