2015-16 Bell Fellows

James Morton (Dodge City, Kansas)James Morton

  • Ph.D. candidate, Graduate Teaching Associate, Sport Management, The Ohio State University

  • B.S. Physical Education, Fort Hays State University

  • M.A. Sport Administration, University of Kansas

Research interests: intercollegiate athletics, organizational behavior

Carlotta Penn, Ph.D. (Columbus, Ohio)Carlotta Penn

  • Ph.D. Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education, The Ohio State University

  • M.A. Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University

  • B.A. Mass Communication, Wright State University

Research interests: race, social justice, and education; English language and immigrant education; critical race counter narrative

Kirsten Smith (Westerville, Ohio)Kirsten Smith

  • Gifted Resource Specialist, Columbus City Schools

  • Ph.D. candidate, Educational Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Virginia

  • B.S. English Education, The Ohio State University

Research interests: gifted education, gifted minority students, multicultural/urban education, minority student achievement and underachievement, social-emotional; racial identity

Ashley E. Stewart (Willingboro, New Jersey)Ashley Stewart

  • Adjunct Professor, Social Work Department, Ohio Dominican University

  • Graduate Research Associate, The College of Social Work, The Ohio State University

  • Graduate Administrative Associate, The Department of Social Change, The Ohio State University

  • A.A. Liberal Arts, Burlington County College

  • B.A. Psychology, Rutgers University

  • M.S. Social Work, Columbia University

Research interests: education policy, translational research, racial and economic disparity, social justice, historical accuracy.

Christopher S. Travers (Baltimore, Maryland)Christopher Travers

  • Graduate Research Associate, The Ohio State University

  • B.S. Psychology, Frostburg State University

  • M.A. Counseling Psychology, Towson University

Research Interests: student success, underrepresented students, programmatic interventions; African American students; faith and spirituality; culture and identity

Natosha R. Willis (Columbus, Ohio)Natosha Willis

  • Graduate Assistant, Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, The Ohio State University

  • Ph.D. candidate, Department of Educational Studies-Educational Policy, The Ohio State University

  • M.Ed. Special Education, The Ohio State University

  • B.S. Education, The Ohio State University

Research interests: zero tolerance discipline policies, school-to-prison pipeline, urban education, mass incarceration, disparities of African American male adolescents, access to education