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Honors College Staff


Dr. Joseph D. Lewandowski is Dean of The Honors College and International Affairs at UCM. A former US Fulbright Scholar in Political Theory at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), Dean Lewandowski is the author of Interpreting Culture: Rethinking Method and Truth in Social Theory and, along with Milan Znoj, co-editor of Trust and Transitions: Social Capital in a Changing World. Most recently, he is the co-editor of Urban Social Capital: Civil Society and City Life. Dr. Lewandowski has published essays in Public Reason, Theory, Culture, & Society, European Journal of Social Theory, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Cultural Critique, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Poverty and elsewhere. Dr. Lewandowski has lectured in social philosophy and political theory at the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies (Holland), the Institute for British and Commonwealth Studies at the University of Lodz (Poland),the Center for European Studies at the University of Florida (Prague Summer Program), the Department of Political Science at Charles University (Prague), and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest (Romania). His current project is entitled The Epistemology of Cool: Essays on Post-industrial Urban Life. Additional information regarding Dean Lewandowski’s research can be found on his website.



Dr. Jennifer Carson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Coordinator of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships.  She holds a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Her work focuses on policy evaluation, terrorism, and comparative criminology.  It  can be found in a number of outlets, including the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Deviant Behavior, and Terrorism and Political Violence and has been featured in Bloomberg News, the Star Tribune, and the Kansas City Star. Dr. Carson has a passion for international travel and has led several study abroad opportunities, including a course on the Spanish Criminal Justice System at the Universidad de Alcala and a criminal justice-themed tour around Turkey.


Traci Butler is the Administrative Assistant for The Honors College. She is a 1987 UCM alumna with a BSBA degree. Traci returned to UCM as a staff member in 2003 as an Office Professional in the Department of Academic Enrichment and joined the Honors staff in 2005. Traci manages the honors office and assists students with their program requirements and honors project funding disbursements. Outside of work, Traci enjoys traveling with her husband and watching the wildlife in her backyard.


Swathi Chembathi is The Honors College Graduate Assistant. A native of Hyberdad, India, she received her MBA from Osmania University. Swathi is currently seeking a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration. She enjoys reading and Indian classical dance.




Tara McKinney

Tara P. McKinney is a Student Assistant for The Honors College and a 2014 UCM Honors College Alumna. She has a BSBA in Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise, and is currently an MBA student concentrating on Marketing. Tara is also a business owner providing no-cost tax return preparation to low-income, disabled, and elderly clients.

Kelsei Bowie

Kelsei Bowie is a Student Assistant for The Honors College. She is also an avid member of Ladies Inspiring Versatility (LIV), where she works with other female students to foster women’s empowerment throughout the University. Kelsei is a sophomore studying nursing, and recently spent part of the summer of 2015 studying at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.


Allina Robie is a Student Assistant for The Honors College, and also serves as the editor and design director of Honorably Speaking, The Honors College's electronic student newsletter. She is a sophomore English major and Creative Writing minor. Allina is currently a copy editor for Arcade, a student literary & arts magazine. Allina recently spent part of the summer of 2015 studying at the Hanze University of International Communication in the Netherlands.

Kriti Gopal is a Student Assistant for The Honors College. Originally from Mumbai, India, Kriti received her MA in Mass Communication from UCM in Summer of 2015. Currently, she is working on completing her Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration. She also works as a mentor in the Thrive Program, a specialized two year residential program for students with developmental disabilities at UCM.


Anna Robb is a Student Assistant for Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships and a 2015 UCM Honors College Alumna. She is currently working on completing her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Anna participated in the inaugural "Doing Business in Europe" at the Hanze University in the Netherlands in Summer 2013.