People

Faculty

Chrystal George Mwangi

Assistant Professor
Research Associate for the Center for Student Success Research

Dr. George Mwangi is an assistant professor in higher education. Her scholarship broadly centers on 1) structures of opportunity and educational attainment for underrepresented populations along the P-20 education pipeline; 2) impacts of globalization and migration on U.S. higher education at the student, institution, and policy levels; and 3) African and African Diaspora populations in higher education.

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(413) 545-0747
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N174 Furcolo

Ezekiel Kimball

Assistant Professor
Associate Director of the Center for Student Success Research

Education

B.A. - University of Southern Maine (2005)
M.S. - University of Southern Maine (2008)

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(413) 545-2510
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N168 Furcolo

Ryan Wells

Associate Professor
Director of the Center for Student Success Research

Ryan Wells is associate professor and program coordinator for the higher education concentration. He earned his PhD in higher education from the University of Iowa in 2008. Wells primarily investigates questions of college access, equity, and success for underrepresented and/or under-researched groups. Topics for recent research include the ways that socioeconomic status, disability, and geographic location are related to college success.

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(413) 545-0871
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N172 Furcolo

Students

Genia Bettencourt

Graduate Assistant and Center Coordinator

Genia Bettencourt is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests focus on college access and equity, with her dissertation research focused on the experiences of working class students at public research institutions regarding perceptions of class-based allyship and sense of belonging. Genia has a background in student affairs and social justice education, with work experience across residential life, student leadership, and pre-college programs. 

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119N Furcolo Hall
813 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA, 01002

Suzan Kommers

Graduate Assistant

Suzan is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After completing her bachelor and master in Educational Science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Suzan specializes in internationalization of higher education, study abroad and global competency development. Fueled by her own international experience, Suzan is passionate about researching how students can be supported in broadening their perspectives to create an environment that is appreciative of cultural diversity.

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119N Furcolo Hall                        
813 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA, 01002

Victoria Malaney Brown

Research Assistant

Victoria K. Malaney Brown is Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst. Victoria's research interests focus on multiracial college students, intergroup dialogue, critical race theory (MultiCrit), and student activism. Victoria's background in student affairs has included residence education, social justice programming, student conduct, student crisis intervention and academic integrity.

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119N Furcolo Hall                        
813 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA, 01002

Catherine Manly

Research Assistant

Catherine Manly is a doctoral candidate in higher education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and she teaches statistics for The American Women’s College @ Bay Path University. Her dissertation research investigates the effectiveness of the use of multiple modalities for presenting course content (one aspect of Universal Design for Learning) for improving student learning outcomes in online courses. She is interested in issues of postsecondary access and success, particularly for students underserved by traditional higher education, and the disruptive changes possible because of online and educational technologies.

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119N Furcolo Hall                        
813 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA, 01002