Faculty Affiliate, Department of History & Program in American Studies
Beth bleeds purple. She grew up in Evanston with a faculty father, was a debate “Cherub” at Northwestern’s National High School Institute, and graduated from Northwestern with an undergraduate degree in history. She honed her interests in the development of culturally diverse educational institutions during a summer ethnographic field study, in Arizona, about the educational experiences of Navajo students, and a junior year abroad in Germany. A precursor to the undergraduate research grant allowed her to conduct senior-thesis research in Philadelphia, which later evolved into her doctoral dissertation.
Beth completed two master’s degrees as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Cambridge and earned her PhD at Princeton University, supported by dissertation fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Princeton’s Center for Human Values. Her scholarship on religious and ethnic diversity in Reformation Europe and colonial North America has appeared in German and American publications. Additionally, she is a fellow of Shepard Residential College and a regular contributor to the Inside Higher Ed Blog, University of Venus. Each spring, with her husband and two sons, she enjoys hosting Northwestern’s British Scholarships Garden Party at their Evanston home.
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
Stephen hails from south central Pennsylvania, where he frolicked in creeks (“cricks”) and skinned his knees. The child of teachers, he came by his need to tell you how it should be quite early and honestly. His father’s love of all manner of flora (esp. fruit and nut trees) and fauna (“critters”) led Steve to study biology in college. He concentrated in marine biology and can, to this day, describe the ampullae of Lorenzini and tell you on which end of a shark to look for them.
Following a disastrous attempt to learn sufficient electronics to make musical instruments for people with limited dexterity, he joined the Peace Corps. Hoping to work in marine fisheries projects in the South Pacific, he jumped at the chance to work in freshwater fisheries in Tanzania. Two years in Tanzania yielded fluency in Swahili, a desire to study ethnomusicology, and a German wife. He wooed her in Swahili!
After the Peace Corps, Steve showed up on the doorstep of the musicology department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and refused to leave until they gave him a PhD. He did produce a Fulbright- and Wenner-Gren-funded dissertation on the music and dance clubs in the Matengo region of southwestern Tanzania, so they didn’t just give him the doctorate for his winning personality. Along the way, he became proficient in German and was once a fairly good saron player and singer in the UIUC gamelan.
Steve first came to Northwestern in 2001 for a three-year replacement position in the Bienen School of Music. He moved to the Office of Fellowships, in 2004, where he manages several fellowships competitions and gives grant-writing workshops to unsuspecting graduate students across the campus. He is a long-time fellow in ISRC, makes and plays open-back banjos, is still married to his sweetheart from Tanzania, and has two college-age children.
Amy manages the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship awards, as well as other professional and experiential fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on international awards. Amy holds a BA in Latin American studies from the University of Michigan, and an MA in international and comparative education from Columbia University. Amy has worked in higher education and philanthropy for 20+ years and has traveled to 20+ countries. Stop by and visit Amy and her golden retriever, Toby!
LaTanya, born and raised in Chicago, IL, developed a love of life sciences from her mother, who shared with her a strong interest in the human body and nutrition. LaTanya earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Howard University, where her thesis research investigated protein changes in drought response in Arabidopsis Thalaina. She completed her PhD in 2014 at Northwestern University, in the Driskill Graduate Program, studying the regulation of microRNA mediated EMT in prostate cancer. As a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago, LaTanya continued her research on microRNA regulation in the prostate. In support of her educational goals, LaTanya received the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship, on which she conducted research projects in Tsukuba, Japan, and the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship.
LaTanya has over 13 years of experience in teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students. She enjoys spending time with her husband, a fellow scientist, and her two active, young sons who keep her busy and thoroughly entertained. She also enjoys reading biographies, traveling, and trying new restaurants when she can get a babysitter.Jason works primarily with first- and second-year students, and with applicants for awards in the United States. In summer 2016, he co-organized the first-ever Midwest Fellowships Advising Symposium, which considered the topic of inclusive advising practices. Jason received his PhD in screen cultures from Northwestern and wrote his dissertation on the history of film criticism across several moments of major technological change; a portion of this research, entitled “So Meaninglessly Present: Pauline Kael Watches Movies on TV,” appears in Talking About Pauline Kael: Critics, Filmmakers, and Scholars Remember an Icon. Jason is also the associate chair in the Humanities Residential College at Chapin Hall, where he is the founder and host of Chapin Cinema Club. In 2017, Jason received the T. William Heyck Award for his contributions to Chapin. When he isn’t at school, Jason is either watching a movie, reading college football blogs, forcing himself to exercise, or hanging out with his wife, Elizabeth.
Department miracle worker.
Toby is the Office of Fellowships' wellbeing administrator. He provides students unconditional support and affection and is gifted with the ability to make all students smile.