Honors Faculty

Honors College faculty work daily to ensure they provide some of the most unique courses at Purdue. Click on the person’s name to find their contact information.

Dr. Rhonda Phillips


As a community and economic development specialist, community investment and well-being comprise the focus of Rhonda's research and outreach activities. The former Associate Dean for Barrett, The Honors College, at Arizona State University, she helped foster an excellent learning environment in one of the top honors programs in the U.S. As a Professor in the School of Community Resources & Development... Read more

Dr. Emily Allen

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Emily Allen is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Purdue's Honors College, a position that allows her to work with undergraduates from all over the university. She is also Associate Professor in the English Department, where her primary scholarly area is nineteenth-century British literature and culture, particularly the novel... Read more

Dr. Diane Facinelli

Assistant Dean for Global Affairs & Clinical Professor

Dr. Diane Facinelli was a faculty member in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University from 1993 to 2014. She was the first recipient of ASU’s Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring and has been a finalist for the Professor of the Year Award... Read more

Dr. Anish Vanaik

Clinical Assistant Professor

Anish Vanaik received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2013. His dissertation was about the economic and political implications of real estate markets in colonial Delhi and ranged from empirical questions concerning business cycles in the property market... Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Brite

Clinical Assistant Professor

Liz earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Prior to her appointment in Purdue’s Honors College, she served as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Honors College at Auburn University, where she taught classes in sustainability, anthropology, and Central Asian studies... Read more

Dr. Adam Watkins

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Adam Edward Watkins has taught composition at Purdue for seven years, receiving several awards for his teaching and pedagogical development along the way. He earned a Ph.D. in Literary Studies at Purdue as well as an MFA in Creative Writing... Read more

Dr. Dwaine Jengelley

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

His research focuses on international terrorism, with a particular emphasis on terrorism, counter-terrorism and the media. His current research examines the content of counterterrorism stories published in The Washington Post over a 30-year period... Read more

Dr. Zahra Tehrani

Clinical Assistant Professor

Zahra Tehrani earned her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011. Her research has focused on the molecular signals guiding the formation of pancreatic insulin-producing cells during embryonic development... Read more

Dr. Jason Ware

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Jason earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Purdue University. Prior to his Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow appointment within Purdue’s Honors College, Jason was a lecturer in the University’s College of Education, and a faculty developer within the Center for Instructional Excellence... Read more

Dr. Megha Anwer

Honors Lecturer

Megha Anwer received her PhD in English from Purdue University in 2015. Her dissertation project "Navigating the Necropolis" explores the criminal and terroristic narratives of the city, and investigates the mobility practices of marginal populations as they navigate the violent city... Read more

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