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Spring 2020 Fellows

Photo of the Spring 2020 Cohort of NCFDD Faculty Success Fellows

Spring 2020 ADVANCE NCFDD Faculty Success Fellows

Amber Baylor
Associate Professor of Law (tenure-track) and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic
School of Law
J.D., New York University School of Law, 2006
Associate Professor at Texas A&M, 2017-present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Widener University Delaware Law School, 2015-2017
Multiple academic and legal positions, 2006-2017
Interests: “My scholarship is focused on criminal legal systems. Specifically, I am working on participatory models for understanding and transforming local criminal legal systems. My scholarship goals are to develop this theoretical framework and to do research that incorporates participation (in local criminal legal systems and in the Rio Grande Valley). I also hope to engage research in practice by continuing in the development of an innovative criminal defense clinic that models holistic defense and community lawyering principles.”
Thomas Chappell
Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Pathology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ph.D. in Biology, Duke University, 2010
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University
Interests:  “My primary research goal is to mitigate threats to a common and in-common aspect of the human experience: nourishment. My research group develops epidemiological models of plant diseases, for the purpose of delivering actionable knowledge to those who produce our food. Most important to me is the development of aptitude in other people, because this is the most sustainable way to put threats into the past. Intellectual nourishment equips researchers to address the problems that attend agriculture. I want to be useful in this regard and become a better researcher and teacher, and to better transmit understanding in a way that elevates the academy and the community it serves.”
Mallory Compton
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Service and Administration
Bush School of Government and Public Service
Ph.D. in Political Science, Texas A&M University, 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher in Successful Public Governance Program, Utrecht University
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M, 2019-present
Interests: “In my research, I aim to improve an understanding of public policy processes and outcomes. Within that general area, I currently have two main research efforts. In the first, I study the features and determinants of public policy successes. My second line of research focuses on the role of social capital in the public policy processes and outcomes.”
Jacqueline Grace
Assistant Professor
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ph.D. in Biology, Wake Forest University, 2014
Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, Université de la Rochelle, 2014-2016
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 2016-present
Interests: “The Grace Lab is interested in how animals and their communities respond to stressors in their environment. We answer this in terms of physiology (e.g. hormones, parasites, immune response, body condition, isotopes), ecology (e.g. diversity, abundance, productivity), life history (e.g. reproductive success, survival), and behavior.”
Allison Hopkins
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Florida, 2009
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of
Arizona, 2013-15
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M, 2016-present
Interests: “I have been developing a new research project focused on sustainable development and wellbeing. I was awarded a Liberal Arts Seed Grant, which I have used to develop a survey instrument based on fieldwork in the summer of 2018. This spring I will be pilot testing the survey instrument in Mexico and Peru using funds from a T3.”
Sergio Lemus
ACES Post-Doctoral Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Department of Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois-Champaign, 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor, Latino Studies Program, Indiana University, 2017-2019
ACES Post-Doctoral Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 2019-present
Interests: “I am a four-field trained anthropologist whose research interests include theories of race, materiality, the body, Mexican migration, border analysis, and class relations. By participating in this fellowship program, I will complete manuscript revisions for my book entitled, “Los Yarderos: Mexican Migrants in Neoliberal Chicago” currently under contract with the University of Illinois Press.”
Itza Mendoza-Sanchez
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
School of Public Health
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental), Texas A&M University, 2007
Assistant Professor, ESI, IPN, México, 2012-2015
Research Assistant Professor, Texas A&M School of Public Health, 2016-2018
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, January 2019-present
Interests:  “My interests include mathematical and experimental models for assessing transport, transformation and persistence of contaminants in the environment; organics trapped and absorbed in soils as a source of groundwater contamination; physical and biological factors that control bioremediation of contaminated plumes in groundwater; water balance modeling to quantify ground water –surface water interactions; and emerging contaminants. My research goals are to secure federal funding and to publish at least three papers per year.”
Taehyun Roh
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health
Ph.D. in Human Toxicology, University of Iowa, 2016
Postdoctoral Scholar, Arsenic Health Effects Research Program, School of Public Health, University of
California-Berkeley, 2017-2019
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M, 2019-present
Interests: “My current research topic is the chronic health effects of chemical exposure. I will investigate the chronic health effects of exposure to water contaminants by analyzing publicly available data and write research papers based on the results from these analyses. These studies will be the basis of preparing grant proposals including NIH K01 research grant for early stage investigator.”
Jun Wang
Assistant Professor
Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science, Colorado State University, 2013
Postdoctoral Scholar and Research Assistant Professor, Tufts University, 2013-2018
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M, 2018-present
Interests: “As an applied developmental scientist, my research is focused on promoting adaptive development among youth from diverse sociocultural backgrounds by aligning their personal strengths with contextual resources. I conduct research with youth from different countries and sociocultural backgrounds to understand how individuals’ socioemotional processes and socialization experiences are contextualized by culture, as well as how youth-serving organizations and youth practitioners can develop cultural competencies to serve youth populations that are traditionally underrepresented in youth development programs”