REHR Center Team

Co-Directors

  • Kevin Moncrief

    Kevin Moncrief, PhD

    Vice President for Mission Integration

    Kevin Moncrief received a BBA in general business/computer science from Washburn University of Topeka, a MA in management/computer resource management from Webster University. Professor Moncrief received his PhD in management from the Claremont Graduate University Peter F. Drucker/Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management in 2010.

    He taught analytics, business research, marketing, and other courses at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. At SUA, Dr. Moncrief teaches a course in regression analysis in the SBS concentration in which he draws upon 20 years of management consulting experience, including serving as a partner/principal at Ernst & Young and as a vice president of Capgemini US LLC. Professor Moncrief has started three high-tech startups and led two others. He is married and has two daughters—one graduated from SUA in 2010—and two sons. Dr. Moncrief is a veteran of the US Air Force and US Army.

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    Ian Olivo Read, PhD

    Associate Professor of Latin American Studies | Director of International Studies

    Ian Read graduated from the University of Chicago (MA, 2000) and Stanford University (PhD, 2006). He teaches several courses at SUA, including Introduction to Latin American Studies, US-Latin American Relations, Brazil and Mexico, Political Economy of Latin America, and Plagues and Peoples. In these courses, Dr. Read draws on the scholarship of slavery, race, and health in the Portuguese Empire, Brazil, and Latin America. His first book, The Hierarchies of Slavery, sought to explain how cruelties were embedded in a highly stratified social system. His current research examines the entangled nature of colonialism, race, climate, and epidemiological change in South America. Dr. Read and his wife are proud parents of three daughters and one son.

Faculty Fellows

  • Pablo Camus

    Pablo Camus, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Culture

    Pablo Camus received his PhD from Georgetown University in Linguistics with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition. He teaches courses on Spanish language and culture and sociolinguistic variation in the Spanish speaking world. Dr. Camus has taught several learning clusters that focus on his main research interest: multilingualism, second and heritage languages, and sociolinguistic identity. In addition, he has published scholarly articles related to sociolinguistic variation, heritage language and identity, and Spanish curriculum development. Currently Dr. Camus is working on a Spanish language course tailored for student who grew up speaking Spanish at home or in communities where Spanish is a minority language whose curriculum incorporates students’ input and experiences.

  • Lisa MacLeod

    Lisa MacLeod, PhD

    Associate Professor of International Studies

    Lisa MacLeod received her PhD from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies (renamed the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2008). She teaches courses on international relations, human rights, international law, the United Nations, and conflict resolution. Seeking to understand better the role of race and ethnicity in world events after the Cold War, Dr. MacLeod took a leave of absence from Denver’s PhD program to study nationalism and ethnic conflict at the London School of Economics (MSc, sociology). 

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    Fatima Rahman, PhD

    Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies

    Fatima Rahman received her BA in Political Science and International Relations from UC San Diego, her MA in Political Science from UC Riverside, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Irvine. Dr. Rahman’s research focuses on the intersection between religion and politics in the Middle East and the broader Muslim world, particularly focusing on the rights of minorities and women. Her academic interests are motivated by her family’s roots, cultural heritage, and minority status in the region they emigrated from. Dr. Rahman’s most recent work examines the behavior and attitudes of Muslim Americans. She teaches courses on the Middle East, Islam, research methods, and American Experience. A native of San Diego, she enjoys the sun, the beach, and staying active in her free time.

Student Fellows

  • Headshot of Pablo Zavala Reina

    Pablo Zavala Reina

    Class of 2023

    Pablo Zavala Reina is an Ecuadorian rising senior who is especially interested in the implications of the current economic system on the socioeconomic development of ethnic minorities and indigenous groups. Pablo worked last summer with the presidency of the “Union of Montuvian Associations.” This organization of indigenous communities is dedicated to enhancing their agricultural productivity and building events to expand their markets and networks. He coordinated events and handled digital information about agricultural production. Pablo hopes that with his studies and experiences, he can help to construct or reconstruct a sustainable, integrative, respectful, and fair economic system in Ecuador and Latin America by employing and acknowledging valuable indigenous knowledge and mainstream economic theories.

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    Christa Niyeze

    Class of 2024

    Christa Niyeze is a junior focusing on economics and environmental management. Born and raised in Rwanda, she intends to intersect her passion for finance, law, and environmental management. During her time with the REHR Center, she will work to create spaces that cultivates intellectual curiosity between students and the faculty. Through events and workshops, Christa plans to collaborate with the Center and her colleagues to provide an outside-of-class experience where we will challenge our ideas and expand our thoughts.

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    Jessie Ramirez

    Graduate Class of 2023

    Jessie Ramirez is a second-year graduate student at Soka University of America from Queens, NY. Jessie’s graduate research focuses on climate justice, Indigenous liberation, and decolonial practices. His Master’s thesis explores the effects of oil extraction on communities, particularly Indigenous communities, and advocates for the need to reframe systemic systems to acknowledge the Rights of Nature (all non-human living beings). As a 2022-2023 REHR Student Fellow, Jessie plans to contribute by drawing upon the shared experiences that social movements have faced in the struggle for equity, equality, and freedom. He hopes to continue his education in environmental law and aims to practice Earth Law.