Drew University

Atlas of Scholarship

atlas of scholarship

Sample the intellectual and creative work that energizes our world.


  • Selime Aksit

    “Most of the time, in the early stages, my professor would ask the question and I would not understand why she was asking it. By my junior year, I knew why we were asking the questions. By senior year, I could ask the questions myself.”

    Aksit researches how a particular RNA molecule affects the cell function of Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera.

  • Jasmine Coleman

    “The takeaway is that you should look not only at family structure, but also, in one-parent households, at the interplay between the sex of the child and the sex of the parent.”

    At a summer program at the University of Michigan, Coleman examined the age adolescents started substance use. She was one of just four undergraduates selected for the program nationwide.

  • John Dabrowski

    “You have to just go there. You have to just expose yourself. You have to let your writing take you wherever it’s going.”

    Dabrowski’s poem “Cleaning” recalled the reaction his father, a Jersey City police officer, had after working in Manhattan on 9/11. It moved an alumnus to donate $15,000 to fund a Drew poetry course on personal memory and public events.

  • Shannon Daley

    “It got me really interested in how the inequality and battles we face in the U.S. fit into a global context. By working together, we can inform and support each other.”

    A Fulbright Scholar, Daley traveled to Quito, Ecuador, to study perceptions of racial identity and discrimination among Afro-Ecuadorian youth.

  • Arvolyn Hill

    “You learn other people’s stories, put them together and give it to the public. They’ll do with it what they will, but at least it will start a conversation.”

    Hill wrote an ambitious four-part series for The Acorn, exploring diversity at Drew. The experience ignited a love for journalism, which she says turned her focus as a writer away from herself.

  • Melissa Levinsky

    “I like the challenge of it, the fact that you don’t know what you’re going to find, or if you’re going to find anything,” she says of the research process. “When you see this puzzle in front of you, you want to jump into it and say, ‘What can I do?'”

    Levinsky’s research examines how a variant of the GSK-3 enzyme could combat Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Christian Maggio

    “I don’t want to be a doctor and help one person at a time, when I can help hundreds or thousands through research. That has meaning for me.”

    Alongside a distinguished retired organic chemist who teaches at Drew, Maggio researches antibiotic compounds that may have the potential to become pharmaceuticals.

  • Thérèse Postel

    “I feel I could have more influence telling people in our country that we have to respect the U.N. than I could working at the U.N.”

    International relations maven Postel interned at the United Nations before studying Arabic in Morocco.


  • Scott Bonn

    Assistant professor of sociology

    “How could someone do the things that the Son of Sam or the Zodiac Killer did? We have a need to understand that. One way we minimize the anxiety this creates is that we demonize them. They’re not human. They’re something else.”

    Bonn examines how the media influences public attitudes and perceptions. He is currently working on a book about how the media perpetuates our fascination with serial killers.

  • Lisa Brenner

    Assistant professor of theatre arts

    “There’s the real event, which people do need to know about, and there’s Katrina as metaphor, for what it says about us and America, as human beings.”

    Brenner wrote (and made freely available) a play titled Katrina: The K Word that tells the story of the hurricane’s aftermath through the eyes of 12 survivors.

  • Lillie Edwards

    Professor of African-American and African history

    “I want it to illuminate the life of an African-American college woman during the Depression,” she says. “It says something about the aspirations of the black working class, particularly in the South.”

    Edwards is readying her mother’s diary for publication and writing an introduction to frame it within the context of the prevailing social and economic forces in Alabama of the time.

  • Ryan Hinrichs

    Assistant professor of chemistry

    “The deeper we get into it, the more we realize how complex the atmosphere is,” he says. “If you put something into the atmosphere, but some other chemical is present or absent, you may get a completely unexpected result.”

    Hinrichs and his undergraduate research assistants are busy studying clouds, pollution and climate change thanks to the National Science Foundation, which recently awarded Hinrichs a $350,000 grant.

  • Jinee Lokaneeta

    Assistant professor of political science

    “The headlines sensationalize torture as an issue that comes and goes. Part of what my research does is remind us that there’s a long history of violence in democracies.”

    Lokaneeta recently published Transnational Torture: Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India, a book exploring how torture persists in democracies. The discussions in her seminar course, “Torture: Pain, Body, Truth,” are vital, she says, to shaping her research.

  • Patrick McGuinn

    Associate professor of political science

    “I don’t think there is a more important issue out there than education and the need to do better. I feel a profound sense of injustice at the way the current system works and a desire to do whatever I can as a teacher and scholar to help rectify that.”

    McGuinn, author of No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2005, is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Rethinking Education Governance for the 21st Century.

  • Patrick Phillips

    Assistant professor of English

    “I literally spread all the poems I’ve written out all over the floor, and get upon the coffee table and look at everything, all the ones I like, and think, ‘OK, what do any of these have to do with the others?’ And something is usually there.”

    Phillips, a Guggenheim award winner whom U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine called “a trustworthy American voice,” explains how he elects poems for a new collection. He is the author of two books of poetry.