Eric Stade

Eric Stade, Ph.D.

Stories and Societies Program Director
I'm a mathematician by training, and am interested in all sorts of aspects of mathematics: abstract math, applied math, math education, history of math, etc. Outside of mathematics, I have a variety of interests, both academic and otherwise: teacher training, Japanese language and culture, the creative process, history, rock 'n' roll, rock drumming, rock climbing, sneakers (I have a lot of them!), and so on. (I don't actually know much...
Mike Zerella

Mike Zerella, Ph.D.

Instructor and Stories and Societies Program Associate Director
Mike Zerella is a philosophy instructor at CU Boulder. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1993 and a master’s in biology in 1995. He then taught high school science classes for several years before going back to grad school to earn his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2011. Unsurprisingly, he specializes in philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, but also focuses on ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind,...
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Michael Shernick

Stories and Societies Program Coordinator
I’ve been affiliated with CU since 1983, when I came to Boulder as a student. I’ve worked as CU staff for over 20 years and it’s always a pleasure for me to help students navigate the university and all it has to offer. If I don’t know the answer, I can find someone who does! I was very honored to receive the Marinus G. Smith Award in 2016, which recognizes...
Karen Auvinen

Karen Auvinen, Ph.D.

I’m a poet, writer, mountain woman, and lover of film and pop culture. I published my first book, a memoir called Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living (Scribner), about the 10 years I lived alone in a woodstove-heated cabin on top of a mountain with my husky, Elvis, in 2018. Poet Simon Ortiz says “Always the Story,” and that’s how I approach my film and pop culture classes—we look...
Martin Babicz, Ph.D.

Martin Babicz, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor
After working for fifteen years as a lobbyist at the state capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, Martin C. Babicz returned to graduate school to earn his Ph.D. in history. His dissertation examined politics in colonial Connecticut during the Seven Years’ War (French & Indian War) and Stamp Act crisis. Although Dr. Babicz teaches courses on all aspects and periods of U.S. history in Stories and Societies RAP, in other RAPs, and...
Mike Barnett

Michael Barnett, D.M.A.

Mike Barnett balances an active career as a composer, drummer, recording artist, record producer, author and educator. He currently teaches songwriting, various courses in Rock and American Popular music, and music composition at CU. His eclectic creative output and non-traditional background distinguish him among his peers. A passion for rock music led Barnett to discover his penchant for the drums. He began self-instruction at an early age and was well...
Laura DeLuca

Laura DeLuca, Ph.D.

I feel grateful to teach at CU because I love the mountains and the healthy/ entrepreneurial spirit of Boulder. I am passionate about anthropological field work. Travel is one of my passions. Some of my best recent trips have been to Tanzania—camping in the outback with sounds of lions and hyenas at night; Sicily—eating lots of pasta, olives and cheese in the countryside; Bhutan—meditating in Buddhist temples and trekking in...
Dr. Nicole Jobin

Nicole Jobin, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor
Absolutely everything has a history. That simple fact is one of the main reasons I choose to study, and teach, this subject. Being a historian allows me to connect my love of languages, music, economics, archaeology, technology, and more by focusing on big questions about how we got to our present from our past. Holding a Roman coin, studying a medieval manuscript, looking at pamphlets and political cartoons from the...
Donna Louie

Donna Louie, Ph.D.

Dr. Donna Louie received her BS degree in Chemistry in from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and subsequently a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She then conducted postdoctoral research at CU Boulder in the Department of Biochemistry. Her graduate and postdoctoral research resulted in numerous publications and a US patent. After spending some time at home raising her two...
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Jay Watterworth, Ph.D.

As a sociologist, Dr. Watterworth has looked into many aspects of social life including deviance, social problems, criminal justice, history, art, drug policy, and the media–all the fun stuff. In teaching these topics from a sociological perspective, he has developed courses that delight and challenge students and himself. He believes that whereas learning is not a trivial task, it should be interesting, relevant to one’s life, useful, and enjoyable, fun...