Current POSSE Mentors

Jennifer Rudolph, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Jennifer Rudolph, Posse 10

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Interim Chair of the Hispanic Studies Department 2017-2018

Joined Connecticut College in 2010.

Education: B.A., St. Xavier University, M.A., Loyola University, Ph.D., University of Illinois

Jennifer Domino Rudolph is associate professor of Hispanic and Latin American studies. She teaches courses on U.S. Latinx cultures. Jennifer’s family is from the south side of Chicago, where she completed her education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jennifer lives in downtown New London. She is currently working on a book on baseball and Latin/o American identities and media. She is excited to work with Posse 10 and support their journey at Connecticut College!

Shani Collins

Shani Collins-Achille, Posse 11

Associate Professor of Dance


Education: B.A., Hollins University M.F.A., Hollins University/American Dance Festival

Specializations: Dance Theory and Composition, West African Dance & Folklore, Somatic Practices and Dance History

Maria Cruz-Saco, economics professor

Maria Cruz-Saco, Posse 12

Joanne Toor Cummings '50 Professor of Economics


Education: B.S., Licenciada in Economics, Universidad del Pacifico, Perú M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Specializations: Open Macro & Development Economics, Social Protection Systems in Latin America, & Migration & Remittances

Marc Forster, Posse 13

Henry B.Plant Professor of History College Marshall Assistant Chair of the History Department


Education: B.A. Swarthmore College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

Specializations: Early Modern Germany (1500-1800) and German Catholicism, Popular Religion and Popular Culture, Rural Society.  

NY Mentors

Michelle Dunlap, Professor of Human Development

Michelle R. Dunlap, Posse 1

Professor of Human Development


Education: B.S., Wayne State University, M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida

Specializations: In Improving College Student Coping and Skills in Community Service Learning Settings, Shopping while Black, Minority Experiences in Consumer Marketplaces, Black Bodies in Public Spaces, Contemporary Family Issues (e.g. Single Parent Families, Kinship Care Families), Social and Personality Development and Multicultural Issues, Racial Identity Development, and Methods for Increasing Service Provider Cultural Competency.

Chad Jones, Posse 2

Associate Professor of of Botany and Environmental Studies

Joined Connecticut College in 2007

Education: B.S., Brigham Young University; Ph.D. University of Washington

Chand Jones is associate professor of Botany and Environmental Studies.  Hhe teaches courses on Plant Ecology, Plant Succession, Invasive Species and GIS and Ecological Modeling.  He is excited to work with Posse 2 from NY and support their journey at Connecticut College!