2013-14 Bell Fellows

Morris CouncilMorris R. Council III, Ph.D. (Decatur, Georgia)

  • Assistant Professor, Special Education, University of West Georgia
  • Ph.D. Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, The Ohio State University.
  • B.S. Physical Education, Miami University
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Teacher Leadership (CTL), Miami (OH) University

Research interests: social justice in education; adolescents labeled at-risk; human/social capital; and high-revenue student athletes 

Melissa CrumMelissa R. Crum, Ph.D. (Ocala, Florida)

  • Education Consultant and Diversity Practitioner, Mosaic Education Network, LLC
  • ARTrepreneur Specialist, Barnett Ambassadors
  • Ph.D. The Department of Art Administration, Education, and Policy, The Ohio State University
  • Schweitzer Fellow
  • B.A. Visual Arts Studies, The University of Florida

Research interests: urban education; critical participatory action research; community-based art education; critical multiculturalism; invitational education theory

Chelsea EarbyChelsea Earby, M.D. (Romulus, Michigan)

  • Family Residency, Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
  • M.D. The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • B.S. Biology, Florida A&M University

Research interests: adolescent risk behavior, adolescent psychology, adolescent academic achievement, disadvantaged adolescent resilience, minority performance at majority institutions, minority student self-esteem, minority achievement in professional school, minority achievement in medical school, family and minority academic achievement, sexual abuse and academic achievement

Tiffany Halsell Tiffany Halsell, Ph.D. (Cincinnati, Ohio)

  • Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Human Sciences Administration, College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Ph.D. Department of Educational Studies-Cultural Foundations of Education Program, The Ohio State University
  • B.A. Liberal Arts, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  • M.Ed. Human Resource Development, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Research interests: student engagement; student involvement; college access for underrepresented populations; educational policy; African American females

 Ashley Hicks Ashley Hicks White, Ph.D. (Akron, Ohio)

  • Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy, Louisville Seminary
  • Ph.D. Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University
  • B.A. Sociology/Spanish, The Ohio State University
  • M.S. Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University

Research interests: adolescent development; trauma; resilience; impact of school, community, and family on youth development 

Yolanda Stewart Yolanda Stewart, Ph.D. (Columbus, Ohio)

  • Linkage Coordinator at Walnut Ridge High School, Columbus City Schools
  • Ph.D. Educational Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University
  • M.A. Education, Otterbein University
  • B.S. Medical Technology, Howard University

Research interests: adolescent literacies (disciplinary/critical/media), technology integration, urban education

Loic Tchokouani Loic Tchokouani, M.D. (Paris, France)

  • General Surgery Resident, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York
  • M.D. The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • B.A. Biology, The Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A. Psychology, The Johns Hopkins University

Research interests: health disparities in surgical and post-surgical care, disparities of African American males in medicine

Erin Tobin Erin Tobin (Cleveland, Ohio)

  • Ph.D. student, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University
  • M.A. Cinema Studies, New York University
  • M.A. Women's Studies, University of Florida
  • B.A. Spanish, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Research interests: intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in film and legal representation; early race films and African American and women's film history; identity and law in southern history.

Kenneth White, Jr. Kenneth White, Jr., Ph.D. (Detroit, Michigan)


  • Assistant Professor, Fianncial Planning, Univeristy of Georgia
  • Ph.D. Consumer Sciences, Concentration in Family Resource Management with a minor in Economics, The Ohio State University
  • Master of Accountancy, Belmont University
  • B.A. Mathematics, Wayne State University

Research interests: financial literacy; financial decision making, family finance

Natasha Woods Natasha Woods, Ph.D. (Anniston, Alabama)

  • Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB), The Ohio State University
  • M.S. Biology at Jacksonville State University
  • B.S. Biology at Jacksonville State University

Research interests: desert plant communities; native shrub seedling regeneration; after drought disturbance