NoGAP/McNair Program Staff


Daniel Smith

Program Director

Ed.D., (ABD) Higher Educaiton Administration, Northeastern University

M.A., English/Composition, San Francisco State University

B.A., English/Creative Wiritng, San Francisco State University

Research Interests: Underrepresented college students, undergraduate research, first generation college students, mentorship, academic support programs.

Dissertation title: Undergraduate Research Experiences for Underrepresented Students: A Strengths-Based Perspective.

Mariana G. Martinez

Research Coordinator

Ph.D., (ABD) Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A., Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of the Pacific

B.A., Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies/Spanish, Sonoma State University

Research interests: Access and retention, higher education, doctoral education, gender equity, first generation, low income, Latina/o students

Dissertation title: Mujeres Mexicanas in the Academy: Narratives from the Midwest.

Scott Miller, Ph.D.

Humanities Faculty Liaison

Ph.D., English, The Ohio State University

M.A., English, Humboldt State University

B.A., English, Humboldt State University

Research Interests: Writing Centers, the liberal arts tradition, Renaissance rhetorical history and theory

Title of my Dissertation: Parallel Worlds: Vernacular Rhetorical Traditions in the English Renaissance.




Sheila Katz, Ph.D.

Social Sciences Faculty Liaison

Ph.D., Sociology, Vanderbilt University

M.A., Sociology, Vanderbilt University

B.A., Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia

Research interests: Gender, Poverty, Social Policy, Sociology of Education, Social Theory, Violence Against Women, Sociology of Drugs, and Qualitative and Participatory Methodologies

Dissertation title: Pursuing a ‘Reformed’ Dream: CalWORKs Mothers in Higher Education after “Ending Welfare As We Know It.”


Karin Jaffee, Ph.D.

Physical/Life Sciences Faculty Liaison

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Davis

M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Davis

B.A., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

Research interests: Primate behavior and ecology, Applied ethology, Evolution of human behavior

Dissertation title: Behavioral Ecology of Perceived Risk of Predation in Sympatric Patas (Erythrocebus patas) and Vervet (Cercopithecus aethiops) Monkeys in Laikipia, Kenya.