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Melinda Hamilton
Project Co-Director
Director of STEM Initiatives
College of Education
University of Idaho
(208) 885-7803

Corinne Mantle-Bromley, Ph.D.
Project Co-Director
Dean and Professor
College of Education
University of Idaho
(208) 885-6773

Leontina Hormel


Leontina Hormel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Idaho. Her research and teaching are in the areas of globalization, political economy, inequalities (social class and gender), and research methods (qualitative and quantitative).


With experience conducting research in post-Soviet societies and in the U.S., Leontina brings to the project her experience with mixed-method research and comprehension of political and economic contexts that may affect communities and their residents. Her previous work involved a community study in Komsomolsk, Ukraine, that involved survey and ethnographic methods aimed to assist the city’s municipal government in assessing residents’ living conditions. Most recently, she has concentrated her efforts on conducting the STEM Education Research Project by facilitating the 2011 focus groups throughout Idaho, as well as designing, analyzing, and interpreting the focus group and survey phases of the project.