Faculty and Staff

Divya McMillin, PhD

Executive Director / Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Divya McMillin photoDivya McMillin is Professor of Global Media Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, and 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.

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 is author of International Media Studies (Blackwell 2007) and Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009). Her research on media globalization, foreign policy, soft power, and audience studies has been published in such journals as  the Journal of Communication, Popular Communication Journal, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, and the International Communication Bulletin, to name a few. McMillin’s book chapters have been published in such anthologies as TV’s Betty Goes Global (2013, I.B. Tauris), Re-Orienting Global Communication (2010, University of Illinois Press), South Asian Technospaces (2008, Peter Lang), Girl Wide Web (2006, Peter Lang) and Planet TV (2003, New York University Press). Her conference presentations have won top paper awards. In 2012, McMillin received the University of Washington Tacoma’s Distinguished Researcher Award.

Paul Carrington, MA

Program Administrator

Paul Carrington 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 in 2005. His studies of state history, development, and globalization helped kindle an enduring enthusiasm for overseas travel, and prior to settling down in the Northwest he spent considerable time living and teaching abroad.

A two-year placement as an English language instructor and cultural ambassador with the Japanese Exchange & Teaching (JET) program in rural Honshu furnished his first experience of internationalization projects at the 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 overseas adventures. In addition to these two spells in East Asia he has also spent time teaching and developing educational programs at museums in Seattle and Wellington, New Zealand.

Alexis Wheeler, JD

Program Coordinator

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Alexis Wheeler studied History and Political Science as an Honors student at the University of Washington, before earning graduate degrees at Harvard Law School and 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.

Faculty

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:

  • Ji-Hyun Ahn, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    Specialty: Global Media Studies, Asian Multiculturalism
  • Elizabeth Bruch, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    Specialty: International Law and Human Rights, Sociology
  • Paul Carrington, MA
    Part Time Lecturer/Affiliate Instructor, Global Honors
    Specialty: History, Politics, Experiential Learning
  • Jeff Cohen, PhD
    Associate Professor, Social Work & Criminal Justice
    Executive Director, Office of Global Affairs
    Specialty: Intersections of gender, masculinities and crime
  • Joanne Clarke Dillman, PhD
    Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    Specialty: Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Gender, Class and Power in Popular Culture
  • Margaret Griesse, PhD
    Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    Specialty: International Education, Social Movements, Violence Against Women in Latin America (especially Brazil)
  • Christopher Knaus, PhD
    Professor, Education
    Specialty: Education, Criticial Race Theory, Urban Educational Leadership
  • Divya McMillin, PhD
    Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Science
    Executive Director, Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Program
    Specialty: Global Media Studies, Communications
  • Ali Modarres, Ph.D.
    Director & Professor, Urban Studies
    Specialty: Geography, Landscape Architecture

Global Honors Council

Our faculty, staff and student council includes representatives from academic and other programs across campus. Find out more here.