Associate Faculty

ASU Research Collaborators

Dr. Lois Brown, Associate

Center Dir & Foundation Professor

Arizona State University

Dr. Lois Brown is the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University. She is a public historian and a scholar of African American literature and culture whose groundbreaking research reshapes our understanding of race, class, gender, education, faith, and place in America. Her published works include Black Daughter of the Revolution: A Literary Biography of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, the first modern edition of Memoir of James Jackson, The Attentive and Obedient Scholar which is the earliest known biography of a free child of color in the North, and Encyclopedia of the Literary Harlem Renaissance. She was featured on the acclaimed PBS documentary The Abolitionists and has curated and collaborated on exhibitions for major American museums and libraries. Brown is an award-winning teacher whose courses focus on early African American literary history, African American and American women writers, enslavement and the literary imagination, environmental humanities, and film.

Gabriel Escontrias

Dr. Gabriel Escontrías, Associate

Founder and Managing Member

College Readiness Coach, LLC

Dr. Gabriel Escontrías, Jr., is the Founder & Managing Member of College Readiness Coach, LLC. In addition, he is a Faculty Associate in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He has served in various academic, student affairs, and research professional capacities within higher education over the last fifteen years.  Most recently he served at ASU as the Manager of the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. He is committed to ensuring equity, access to higher education, and student success. Serving our community is key in his life and therefore he is currently the Vice President of A Stepping Stone Foundation, Development Chair for the ASU Chicano/Latino Faculty & Staff Association, member of AARP’s AZ Hispanic Connection, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a member of the Phoenix Association of REALTORS®, and a Group Exercise Instructor at the Lincoln Family Downtown Phoenix YMCA. Nationally he is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. His service has been recognized as he was awarded the MLK Diversity Award in Education by the Tempe Human Relations Commission (2014), selected as one of 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 in Arizona (2013), and awarded the 2013 Excellence in Diversity Award (classified staff/service professional/administrator category) from the Committee for Campus Inclusion at ASU. Dr. Escontrías is an alumnus of Arizona State University (ASU) having received his Ed.D. (2012) and M.Ed. (2006) in the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and his B.A. (2003) in the Sociology Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mina Johnson

Dr. Mina C. Johnson, Associate

Chief Executive Officer

Embodied Games

Dr. Johnson-Glenberg holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She creates embodied games that specialize in teaching STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) and Health Sciences.  Her current research focuses on designing games for behavioral and cognitive change. She has also designed several NLP algorithms for use in her games. One innovation that sets her lab’s games apart is that motion-capture technologies are used while learners gesture during play. She serves as the Director of the Embodied Games for Learning lab (EGL) located at the Learning Sciences Institute at Arizona State University. In addition, she is the CEO/co-Founder of a spin-out company called Embodied Games, LLC. This new company will serve as the portal for her commercialized games. She has been the Principle Investigator on multiple federal grants from the Department of Education (IES), the National Institutes of Health (NICHD) and the National Science Foundation (EHR- DRK-12). In addition, she has run several grants from private foundations including the fragile X Foundation - where she created a neural network of memory function individuals with fragile X syndrome. A recent Gates Foundation/NGLC grant was just completed where she helped to create several games to teach middle school children about Simple Machines. She has published widely on cognition, embodied learning in new media, and neural networks. Her most recent game is an award-winnning exer-game using the Kinect sensor to teach children about nutrition and MyPlate called The Alien Health Game. You can read a peer-reviewed article on Alien Health Game by clicking here.

Jean Larson, Ph.D.

Dr. Jean Larson, Associate

Education Coordinator

Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG)

Arizona State University

Jean Larson has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology, postgraduate training in Computer Systems Engineering, and many years of experience teaching and developing curriculum in various learning environments. She has taught technology integration and teacher training to undergraduate and graduate students at Arizona State University, students at the K-12 level locally and abroad, and various workshops and modules in business and industry. Dr. Larson is experienced in the application of instructional design, delivery, evaluation, and specializes in eLearning technologies for training and development. Her research interests focus on efficient and effective online learning, and how instructors are prepared to teach in digital environments. She coordinates outreach events for the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) with local school districts and organizations, various centers on the ASU campus, and summer programs for teachers, high school students and undergraduates. She also develops CBBG curriculum for learners at the K-12, college, and professional development levels.

Dr. Dalya Lateef, Associate

Founder and Director of ASEI

Dr. Dalya Lateef is the founder and director of ASEI. She holds her Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences from Tuskegee University and completed five years of postdoctoral training in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Lateef has extensive experience teaching at both the graduate, college, and high school levels. She is currently a lecturing professor at Arizona State University and teaches several labs and classes offered by the Arizona Science and Engineering Institute.

Dr. Traci L. Morris, Associate


American Indian Policy Institute

Arizona State University

Morris has a diverse professional background, which includes academia; university teaching; book, article, and white paper researcher and author; and is a nationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked with Native American tribes; Tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists and galleries; written a college accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. A member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, Morris maintains a strong working relationship with her community and her passion for art, media, policy and advocacy emerged from these strong ties and her own tribal roots. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country. Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. As an entrepreneur the prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC  a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses, and those businesses working with tribes.

Dr. Chinedum Ojinnaka, Associate

Assistant Professor

College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

Ojinnaka is an assistant professor of biomedical informatics. Her research focuses on identifying the associations between individual and population-level social determinants of health, and disparities in health outcomes and health care utilization. Her research leverages databases such as cancer registry and public-assistance program data, to identify factors that affect health outcomes and disparities. Her research also involves implementing and evaluating interventions aimed at improving healthcare access and reducing health disparities.

Dr. Rod Roscoe, Associate

Rod Roscoe is an associate professor of human systems engineering in the Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and a Diane and Gary Tooker Professor of Effective Education in STEM. He is the affiliate faculty of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and a member of the Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming (CHART). His research investigates how the intersection of learning science, computer science, and user science can inform effective and innovative uses of educational technologies. He is also interested in how cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational learning processes can be scaffolded by educational technology. Recent work has explored engineering education with a focus on human systems engineering and applied psychology. He is passionate about issues of inclusion and equity, and recently co-edited a volume on Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice through Human Systems Engineering (CRC Press). He serves on ASU Committee for Campus Inclusion (Polytechnic Campus co-chair), Chair of the HFES Societal Impact Committee, a member of the HFES Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and a member of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. 

Dr. Michael Simeone, Associate

Director, Nexus Lab

Institute for Humanities Research

Arizona State University

Michael Simeone is the Director of the Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities at Arizona State University. He is also affiliated with the Innovative Software andl Data Analysis Division at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. His research includes digital/computational humanities, post-cybernetic control systems, analysis of human-technology networks, and data-driven collaborations that bridge environmental sciences and humanities.

Currently, he serves as a Domain Champion for Humanities for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. He received his PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.