Current Student Research Assistants

Brooke Bisel is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in School Psychology at Humboldt State University. She is an alumnus of the same institution, having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology as a Presidential Scholar in 2011. She is committed to the advancement of equal and most beneficial learning opportunities and practices for students of all economic and cultural backgrounds in a variety of settings, with an emphasis on serving rural areas. Brooke's professional aspirations include practice as a NASP Specialist and Nationally Credentialed School Psychologist, educational and developmental research, as well as potential doctoral studies in the future.


Michael Griffey is currently in his junior year at Humboldt State University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. His research interests include examining unequal access to resources based on class and income inequality. Upon finishing his education at Humboldt State University, Michael plans to pursue a Master's degree in Social Work.

David Phillips is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sociology at Humboldt State University. He received an associate’s of applied science in construction technology from Southeast Community College in Milford Nebraska after which he worked as a journeyman carpenter for several years before he went on to receive an associate’s of art in social science and a bachelor’s of science in sociology from Boise State University. His interests include the social reproduction of inequality, particularly through the practice of educational tracking in the public education system, re-reading his textbooks and riding bicycles.


Michelle Showers is a graduate student in the Sociology department whose interests revolve around how race, gender and class affect or influence our positions in society. She is currently examining how maltreatment in the home influences the likelihood of youth entering into the realm of child prostitution. She is a qualitative and quantitative researcher who secretly likes SPSS and statistics. After completing her Masters degree she hopes to work in the private sector as a researcher.



Sarah Williams is currently in her fourth year completing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Anthropology concentrating in Evolutionary Medicine at Humboldt State University. Her research interests include the examination of health and nutrition from an anthropological viewpoint with the hope of bettering communities, especially in rural areas. Sarah plans on perusing further education, specifically within the areas of health and nutrition, upon graduation. She hopes to apply her knowledge gained on food insecurity at CCRP and her interests in Anthropology to research projects in the future.