Faculty Fellows Profiles

2023-2024 Faculty Fellows 

Top, L to R: Lindsay Rapport, Keona Ervin, Fe McBride
Bottom, L to R:Mira Nikolova, Amnon Ortoll-Bloch, Paula Cuellar Cuellar

Paula Cuellar Cuellar - Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies

Paula Cuellar Cuellar is a CFD Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies. Her research and interest topics include mass violence and grave human rights violations perpetrated in Latin America during the 20th and 21st centuries. Her work focuses on post conflict societies in Latin America and its transitions to democracy, particularly on the right to truth and truth commissions from a gender perspective. Also, she investigates disappearances in Mexico and Central America, predominantly concentrating on how disappearances affect the economic and social rights of the relatives of those disappeared. Finally, she analyses genocide in Central America, especially scorched earth operations as genocidal practices, and its impacts on women and girls. During this fellowship, she is interested in developing teaching strategies that promote equity and inclusion in the classroom, as well as innovative and alternative teaching methods to foster student engagement. 

Keona Ervin - Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Keona Katrice Ervin, Associate Professor and Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, brings expertise in Black Women's History in the U.S., Gender and Sexuality Studies, Black Feminist Studies, US Labor and Working-Class History, Black Social Movements in the US, and US Urban History. For this fellowship, she will develop fresh approaches to course design to enhance inclusiveness and maximize student engagement. She will also study evidence-based teaching models to apply the flipped classroom/laboratory model to humanities courses and expand her repertoire of teaching practices to better adjust to students’ diverse learning styles in real-time. 

Fe McBride - Physics

Fe McBride is an Assistant Professor of Physics. Her research focuses on high-energy astrophysics, including "ghost"-particle production, accretion processes, and relativistic outflows near supermassive black hole systems in other galaxies. She teaches physics and astronomy at Bowdoin since 2022. Before joining Bowdoin, Fe worked as a researcher at Penn State and at the University of Amsterdam. For the Faculty Fellows program, Fe is redesigning the Astrophysics course and hopes to implement more inclusive approaches to grading, as well as active learning methods that increase student confidence and belonging. Further, she is also looking forward to teaming up with colleagues to engage in guided reflection to reflect on the pedagogical methods. 

Mira Nikolova - Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Mira Nikolova ('13) is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She specializes in 20th-century Russian and East European literature with a focus on themes of exile, displacement, and the poetic portrayal of space and place. Mira teaches Russian language courses as well as literature, film, and culture-focused courses in translation. During the Faculty Fellows program, she will be exploring alternative approaches to grading along with ways to create a more inclusive and equitable classroom environment. She will work specifically on redesigning a literature and film course that highlights the lived experience of underrepresented ethnic groups in the Soviet Union. 

Amnon Ortoll-Bloch - Chemistry

Amnon Ortoll-Bloch is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He teaches courses in introductory and inorganic chemistry. His research strives to elucidate the solution-based crystallization pathways of active pharmaceutical ingredients and materials for environmental and energy applications with the goal of developing predictive crystallization processes. For this fellowship, he is focused on creating supportive, uplifting learning environments that encourages meaningful collaboration among students. He seeks for students taking inorganic chemistry to appreciate the importance of being precise and clear when communicating science while feeling safe and encouraged to keep trying and practicing new skills. 

Lindsey Rapport - 

Lindsay Rapport is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance, who teaches studio practice as well as history and theory courses. She earned her PhD in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and her research interests include hip hop culture, popular dance, African American expressive cultures and African diasporic connections, Black liberation movements, and abolitionist and decolonial praxes. Her current research examines vibing in freestyle hip hop dance practices and its potential to challenge and refuse white supremacist and capitalist constructions of subjecthood. Asking what it can mean for us to move and groove together, she places what happens on the dance floor in conversation with the ways we can stand with and move for each other as co-conspirators in social justice work. As an educator, she views the classroom as an activist space, where both subject matter and pedagogical approaches can work towards dismantling unjust systems and structures. She is looking forward to exploring alternative grading possibilities as a Faculty Fellow, hoping to shift student focus away from points and grades and towards knowledge, quality of engagement, and growth.