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Faculty and Staff

Kevin D. Egan, Ph.D. – Director

I joined the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry in the fall of 2011, having served as the Visiting Fellow for the Great Works Symposium during the 2008-09 academic year. I served as an adjunct professor in the Honors College and Department of History and Politics at Drexel during the 2009-10 academic year.

I completed my Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Political Science in 2007. Before that, I completed my M.A. in Political Science at Virginia Tech in 2003, and my B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy at the College of Wooster in 2001.

While working on my dissertation, which examined the role of rights in structuring democratic citizenship for marginalized sexual identities, I was awarded the Penn State Alumni Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award. My research has been published in such journals as Contemporary Political Theory and New Political Science; my teaching interests span a wide array of topics, including democratic theory, citizenship and civic education, sexuality and gender studies, identity politics, and the relationship between politics and popular culture, among others. Most recently, I have been interested in exploring how interdisciplinarity fits into the mission of higher education.

Ana Castillo-Nye, Ed.M – Program Coordinator

I started as the Program Coordinator for the Center For Interdisciplinary Inquiry in September of 2014. 

After completing my B.A. with a concentration in industrial and organizational Psychology at Rutgers University in 2011, I continued with graduate studies at the School of Education where I received my Ed.M in College Student Affairs/Higher Education Administration in 2014.

I believe in cultivating student personal and professional growth and facilitate leadership development that approaches problem solving in the systemic mindset. I try to challenge students to learn how to move between  “small lens” and “big lens” thinking. Within and outside of academia I am interested in issues regarding educational access, specifically related to immigration advocacy/reform as well as educational and leadership opportunities for women globally.  

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