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Faculty and Undergraduate Fellows

Faculty Fellows

  • Isaac Castellano

    IAAV Faculty Fellow

    I am an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Public Service and have been teaching international relations courses at Boise State since 2013. Raised in the Seattle area, I’ve spent my adult life across a range of places in our country, including Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, and Oregon. I believe the work that there is more that unites us than divides us as Americans, and that constructive discourse and dialogue is key to bridging the divide our country is suffering from.

    I am an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Public Service and have been teaching international relations courses at Boise State since 2013. Raised in the Seattle area, I’ve spent my adult life across a range of places in our country, including Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, and Oregon. I believe the work that there is more that unites us than divides us as Americans, and that constructive discourse and dialogue is key to bridging the divide our country is suffering from.

  • Allen Dalton

    IAAV Faculty Fellow

    I am retired from teaching, having taught for 37 1/2 years in Boise State’s Economics Department, but continue to organize the Brandt Foundation Lectures and Spriggs Family Lectures for the College of Business and Economics, and the Adam Smith Lectures for the Department of Economics. Through the work of the Institute I hope to see open and respectful conversation restored on economic, political and social issues against the dark forces of illiberalism coming from both the Left and Right. I have great hopes for the Institute on campus and within Idaho.

    I am retired from teaching, having taught for 37 1/2 years in Boise State’s Economics Department, but continue to organize the Brandt Foundation Lectures and Spriggs Family Lectures for the College of Business and Economics, and the Adam Smith Lectures for the Department of Economics. Through the work of the Institute I hope to see open and respectful conversation restored on economic, political and social issues against the dark forces of illiberalism coming from both the Left and Right. I have great hopes for the Institute on campus and within Idaho.

  • Lisa Meierotto

    IAAV Faculty Fellow

    I am an Associate Professor in the School of Public Service. I teach classes in Global Studies, Environmental Studies and Human Rights. I was born and raised in Boise, ID, and I was thrilled to return to my hometown when I joined Boise State as a faculty member in 2013. Through the work of the institute, I hope to contribute to a process of open, engaged, and respectful dialogue on the pressing issues of our times.

    I am an Associate Professor in the School of Public Service. I teach classes in Global Studies, Environmental Studies and Human Rights. I was born and raised in Boise, ID, and I was thrilled to return to my hometown when I joined Boise State as a faculty member in 2013. Through the work of the institute, I hope to contribute to a process of open, engaged, and respectful dialogue on the pressing issues of our times.

Undergraduate Fellows

  • Calvin Doerr

    IAAV Undergraduate Fellow

    I grew up in Gardnerville Nevada, a town outside of Lake Tahoe, and now I am a Junior at Boise State studying in the Kinesiology program. Recently I have become more invested in the idea of civil discourse because I think it is so valuable to the communities we are a part of. It can be really challenging to break barriers between parties, but it is worth the effort to really understand the  people behind the arguments. I am incredibly excited to be a part of this group on campus for promoting conversation that will positively affect the communities around us.

    I grew up in Gardnerville Nevada, a town outside of Lake Tahoe, and now I am a Junior at Boise State studying in the Kinesiology program. Recently I have become more invested in the idea of civil discourse because I think it is so valuable to the communities we are a part of. It can be really challenging to break barriers between parties, but it is worth the effort to really understand the  people behind the arguments. I am incredibly excited to be a part of this group on campus for promoting conversation that will positively affect the communities around us.

  • Taylor Jepson

    IAAV Undergraduate Fellow

    I’m a Public Health major, Global Studies minor, and have an associates degree in Health Science. I’ve lived in the Treasure Valley for my entire life. I applied for the undergraduate fellows program at the Institute because I think that cooperation, kindness, and understanding are key parts of our interactions with each other in all aspects of life, and I want to help foster that in our community.

    I’m a Public Health major, Global Studies minor, and have an associates degree in Health Science. I’ve lived in the Treasure Valley for my entire life. I applied for the undergraduate fellows program at the Institute because I think that cooperation, kindness, and understanding are key parts of our interactions with each other in all aspects of life, and I want to help foster that in our community.

  • Damien Preinitz

    IAAV Undergraduate Fellow

    I’m a returning Boise resident after a brief three years spent in Tacoma, Washington. I’m pursuing a degree in political science and am currently enrolled in my junior year. I applied for the undergraduate fellows program because I see division everywhere, our school, our state, our nation and even in my family. It’s important that we remind ourselves and others that despite the many different backgrounds and beliefs we have that we are all one nation that can stand together despite our differences. The institute is working to remind us of that and I am excited to play a part in healing our school and community.

    I’m a returning Boise resident after a brief three years spent in Tacoma, Washington. I’m pursuing a degree in political science and am currently enrolled in my junior year. I applied for the undergraduate fellows program because I see division everywhere, our school, our state, our nation and even in my family. It’s important that we remind ourselves and others that despite the many different backgrounds and beliefs we have that we are all one nation that can stand together despite our differences. The institute is working to remind us of that and I am excited to play a part in healing our school and community.

  • Faith Spaulding

    IAAV Undergraduate Fellow

    I am from Boise and my majors are Economics and Social Sciences. I applied to be an undergraduate fellow of the Institute of Advancing American Values because I believe that progression and equality as a society, including in our university, can only be gained through constructive discourse of difference in beliefs or opinions.

    I am from Boise and my majors are Economics and Social Sciences. I applied to be an undergraduate fellow of the Institute of Advancing American Values because I believe that progression and equality as a society, including in our university, can only be gained through constructive discourse of difference in beliefs or opinions.

  • Alina Tirado

    IAAV Undergraduate Fellow

    I am a senior at Boise State pursuing a degree in political science. I am originally from Cypress, California and I chose Boise State because I fell in love with the city of Boise. I am passionate about the institute because I strongly believe the polarization in the country is clearly having a negative impact on society. We need to find common ground and learn to work with each other, rather than avoid those we do not agree with.

    I am a senior at Boise State pursuing a degree in political science. I am originally from Cypress, California and I chose Boise State because I fell in love with the city of Boise. I am passionate about the institute because I strongly believe the polarization in the country is clearly having a negative impact on society. We need to find common ground and learn to work with each other, rather than avoid those we do not agree with.

  • Natalie Wilson

    IAAV Undergraduate Fellow

    I’m a senior in Boise State’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Management program. Although I currently live in the Southeast, I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho’s Magic Valley. I felt compelled to be involved in the Institute because of the level of polarization in our  country. It seems that we have forgotten how to truly listen to one another and that at our core we share a set of distinctly-American values. I have hope that through multiple viewpoints coming together in purposeful and respectful dialog, we can develop meaningful solutions to the challenges we face as a nation.

    I’m a senior in Boise State’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Management program. Although I currently live in the Southeast, I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho’s Magic Valley. I felt compelled to be involved in the Institute because of the level of polarization in our  country. It seems that we have forgotten how to truly listen to one another and that at our core we share a set of distinctly-American values. I have hope that through multiple viewpoints coming together in purposeful and respectful dialog, we can develop meaningful solutions to the challenges we face as a nation.