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.

  • ian read

    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.

Distinguished Faculty Fellow

  • Hortense Spillers

    Hortense Spillers, PhD

    Hortense J. Spillers is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Since Dr. Spillers received her PhD from Brandeis, she has taught at Wellesley College, Haverford College, Emory, and Cornell Universities. She has also served as a guest professor in the Program in Literature at Duke University during the academic year 2002-03 and for two consecutive years during tri-semester terms at the John F. Kennedy Center for North American Studies at the Free University in Berlin, Germany, 2000 and 2001. Dr. Spillers was a recipient of numerous honors and awards, among them, grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation. She has been a fellow at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, and the Center for the Study of the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto. While at Haverford, Dr. Spillers was chair of the English Department for two years. She then moved to Cornell University and joined the Norton projects by serving as one of the period editors of the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature.

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.

  • M. Nidanie Henderson-Stull

    Nidanie Henderson-Stull, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

    M. Nidanie Henderson-Stull received her PhD from The Rockefeller University in biomedical sciences with a concentration in molecular biophysics after stints as an IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and a research associate at the biotechnology company, Amgen. She conducted a postdoctoral scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, before entering the professoriate. Dr. Henderson-Stull has established an extensive track record throughout her appointments of mentoring students of diverse backgrounds on their STEM paths and creating inclusive spaces for them along the way. She teaches courses in the physical and life sciences as well as courses that investigate the ways in which identity—eg., race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, disability—shape STEM persistence and belonging.

  • 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). 

Student Fellows

  • Adam Sunseri

    Austin Sunseri

    Class of 2022

    Austin Sunseri, a senior at Soka University of America, was raised in Oceanside, California. He is researching the interconnectivity between multiple cultures and disciplines to understand how each relates to international business and policy in international relations. He plans to contribute as a Student Fellow using a creative process to discover custom building blocks to address SUA’s unique academic structure and student body. Austin is currently fulfilling his study abroad in Strasbourg, France, and intends to help serve and consult in the international realm after graduation. 

  • Ha Bui

    Ha Bui

    Class of 2022

    Ha Bui is a senior majoring in psychology and sociology at Soka University of America. She was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam. Ha’s research interests include inequalities in international higher education, especially for racial/ethnic minority communities. As a 2021-2022 REHR Student Fellow, Ha helps coordinate the center’s events and research on the STEM academic and career achievement/aspiration gaps among Southeast Asian female college students in the US. Ha plans to work for the nonprofit industry post-graduation to research and promote educational and occupational training for low-income, disadvantaged students. 

  • Vibhu Walia

    Vibhu Walia

    Class of 2022

    Vibhu Walia is a junior pursuing economics and philosophy at the Soka University of America. He was born in Kurukshetra, India. He is interested in “joint-liability group” as a tool in the success of microfinance institutions. As a student fellow, he hopes to approach the dimensions of inclusivity through dialogue and learning. After graduation, Vibhu aims to serve high-impact startups by helping them optimize their performance.