Faculty and Staff

Main page content

IGE & Global Honors Staff

Divya McMillin, PhD

Executive Director Professor of Global Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Divya McMillin photoDivya McMillin is Professor of Global Media Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, and founding Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. She is Associate Faculty of the South Asia Center and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Global Studies in the UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She serves on the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is actively engaged in community initiatives that bring business, education, and social services together. McMillin is one of only three faculty at UW Tacoma to receive highest honors in both research and teaching, with a Distinguished Research Award in 2012 and a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017.

McMillin teaches global media courses for the Communication major and orientation and capstone seminars for the Global Honors Program. Under her leadership, the Global Honors Program has more than doubled its graduates, secured a Global Scholar merit award for each student, and developed funded international research opportunities for undergraduates.

McMillin’s research and teaching interests include media globalization, trade, consumerism, and media audiences. Her innovative community engaged model for global learning has been featured in the UW Provost’s Report and UW Columns magazine. She serves as consultant for honors program development and conducts workshops on high impact global learning practices at the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and national and regional honors conferences. McMillin is an active speaker on the national and international circuit. Invited presentations include the Robert Pockrass Lecture at Penn State (2013) Prix Jeunesse International Festival (Munich, 2010), Fifth World Summit on Media for Children (Johannesburg, 2007), and Boston University Symposium on Globalized Television (2004). Conference presentations include the International Communication Association Conference (Prague, 2018), Geomedia Conference (Karlstad, 2017), Australia/New Zealand Communication Association Conference (Queenstown, 2015), and Soft Power Conference (London, 2013).

McMillin has served as moderator for the IGE’s Global Classroom and UW Tacoma’s first Views on the Pacific. McMillin’s research on media globalization has won Top Paper awards from the International Communication Association. She is the author of International Media Studies (Blackwell 2007) and Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009), and co-editor of Place, Power, Media (Peter Lang, in press). Her empirical fieldwork on transnational television networks and audiences has resulted in over 30 top-tiered journal articles and book chapters. McMillin serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and as reviewer for the Journal of Communication, Popular Communication, Journal of Children and Media, Feminist Media Studies and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. She reviews book manuscripts for Oxford, Routledge, Sage, Rowman and Littlefield, Polity, and Palgrave MacMillan.

Paul Carrington, MA

Assistant Director Affiliate Instructor

Photograph of Paul CarringtonPaul Carrington is Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Program, serving as principle program operations administrator, admissions advisor and student counselor. His work includes management of program budgets, publicity, building relationships with campus and community partners, and event management.

Paul grew up in Shropshire, England, and graduated from the University of York with a BA in History and Politics and an MA in Comparative Politics. His studies of state history, development and globalization helped kindle an enduring enthusiasm for international exchange, and he spent considerable time living and working abroad before joining UW Tacoma.

A two-year placement as an English language instructor and cultural ambassador with the Japanese Exchange & Teaching (JET) program in rural Honshu provided Paul’s first experience of global engagement initiatives at a community level. Paul later returned to Japan to resume teaching at a private English school near Nagoya, during which time his work also included the recruitment and coaching of advanced language students, helping them to prepare for their own adventures abroad. In addition to these spells in East Asia he has spent time developing educational programs at museums in Seattle and Wellington, New Zealand.

Alexis Wheeler, JD

Program Coordinator

Photograph of Alexis WheelerBorn and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Alexis Wheeler studied History and Political Science as an Honors student at the University of Washington, before earning a JD at Harvard Law School and an MSc at the University of Westminster (London, UK). Funding her UW education through merit and need-based aid, Alexis learned early to seek out educational opportunities, from summer research fellowships at Princeton and the University of Illinois to study abroad programs in Italy and South Africa. These experiences inspired a lasting commitment to global learning and exploration.

During law school, Alexis gained international legal experience as a summer associate at White & Case's London office and as a Harvard Asia Law delegate to South Korea.  Returning to Seattle in 2010, she counseled international clients as an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and served as Secretary of Hostelling International’s Washington State Council, organizing and delivering talks on educational travel. Seeking additional international experience, Alexis went abroad in 2012 to backpack across Europe and pursue further studies in London. She returned eager to build a globally-focused career in education.


The Global Honors program draws the expertise of faculty from different disciplines and academic programs throughout UW Tacoma. Find out more about our past and present instructors on the affiliated faculty page.

Faculty who currently teach Global Honors courses include:

2017-18 Faculty

Ji-Hyun Ahn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & SciencesPhotograph of Ji-Hyun Ahn
Specialty: Global Media Studies, Asian Multiculturalis

Ji-Hyun Ahn, PhD was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea until she started her doctoral studies in the US in 2008. She received her B.A. degree in English Literature from Sogang University in 2005 (Summa Cum Laude). She received her M.A. degree in Visual Communication from the Graduate School of Communication & Arts in Yonsei University in 2007 and Ph.D. in Media Studies in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She joined the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma as an Assistant Professor in September 2013. At UW Tacoma, she teaches courses on media globalization and inter-Asian media/cultural studies.

Dr. Ahn's primary research topic focuses on racial reconfiguration in East Asia as influenced by the massive flow of global migration today and the spectacularization of racial bodies on the screen in contemporary South Korean television. Considering race as a fundamental principle shaping global social order, her aims is to theoretically understand the complex nature of current racial globalization coupled with the transnational circulation of media and cultural texts in East Asia.

Orlando Baiocchi, PhD

Professor, Institute of Technology Photograph of Orlando Baiocchi
Specialty: Electrical Engineering, History of Technology

Orlando Baiocchi has a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University College London, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rio de Janeiro and B.S. degrees in Electrical and Civil Engineering from the University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has been involved in teaching, research and academic administration for many years, both in Brazil and in the United States. He is currently an Endowed Professor in Engineering Systems at the University of Washington Tacoma. His areas of expertise include electromagnetics and wave propagation, modeling and simulation of linear and non-linear systems, wireless sensor networks and their applications, impact of technology on society, and engineering education. More recent interests include the Internet of Things, Cyber Electromagnetics and Cyber Ethics. He has published around 100 publications in these areas.

Elizabeth Bruch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Photograph of Elizabeth Bruch
Specialty: International Law and Human Rights, Sociology

Elizabeth Bruch, PhD's research, education and professional experience all center on international law and policy, particularly human rights.  She began her career as a lawyer, working first in general civil practice, in diverse settings from New York to Alaska.  She then followed her interest into international human rights work. She worked for two years in post-conflict Bosnia as the Executive Officer of the Human Rights Chamber, a human rights court created by the Dayton Peace Agreement, and did human rights fact-finding in Haiti, Namibia, Tanzania, Kosovo, Romania, and elsewhere.

After completing her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia (UBC), she joined the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma in 2014. Before coming to UWT, she taught at UBC, American University’s Washington College of Law, Arizona State University College of Law, and Valparaiso University School of Law.  Her research addresses a range of international legal issues, including humanitarian intervention, human rights, the use of international standards in domestic law, gender in international law, human trafficking, and immigration reform.

Jeff Cohen, PhD

Associate Professor, Social Work & Criminal Justice Photograph of Jeff Cohen
Executive Director, Office of Global Affairs
Specialty: Intersections of gender, masculinities and crime

Jeff Cohen, PhD, joined the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program faculty in 2012, earning tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2017. He currently serves as the Executive Director of UW Tacoma’s Office of Global Affairs, which includes International Student and Scholar Services, Fellowships and Awards, and Study Abroad. He has taught across the criminal justice curriculum and in the Global Honors and Core programs. His scholarship focuses on the intersections of gender, masculinities and crime, multi-perspective, mixed-methods research and the criminalization of school bullying. He is currently co-editing a 10-book series, under contract with University of California Press, applying criminological theory to relevant topics in the field. 

Joanne Clarke Dillman, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Photograph of Joanne Clarke Dillman
Specialty: Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Gender, Class and Power in Popular Culture

Joanne Clarke Dillman, PhD's work is on the intersection of issues of gender, class and power in American visual culture, with an emphasis on film. Her book, "Women and Death in Film, Television and News: Dead But Not Gone," was published in November, 2014. 

Dr. Dillman teach a variety of film classes, from Feminist Perspectives to Media Genres to Film Theory and Aesthetics, among others. She also teaches an Introduction to Screenwriting class.

Margaret Griesse, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences