Sara is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the project. She earned a B.A. in Romance languages and literature from the University of Chicago, an M.Ed. from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Research Collaborators and Board of Advisors
The network project based at Wake Forest is supported by several research collaborators:
Sara Mendonca (Wake Forest University)
Sierra Kohler (Wake Forest University)
Sierra is the Program Coordinator for the project. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Queens University of Charlotte and an M.A. in Counseling from Wake Forest University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.
Eli Tsukayama (University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu
Eli is the statistical consultant on the network project. He is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu where he specializes in regression and ANOVA analyses and multivariate statistics, including structural equation modeling and hierarchical linear modeling.
Board of Advisors
The interdisciplinary network is supported by a board of distinguished senior advisors from multiple disciplines who are providing guidance at various stages of the project.
Kendall Cotton Bronk (Claremont Graduate University)
Kendall is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Claremonet Graduate Univeristy, where she directs the Adolescent Moral Development Lab and pursues research on character strengths and virtues.
Anne Colby (Stanford University)
Anne is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University and a world-renowned expert on the development of meaning, purpose, and character. She has written two books on moral exemplars (with William Damon), the most recent of which is The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice.
William Fleeson (Wake Forest University)
William is Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University. He is the former director of The Beacon Project, a former project leader of the Character Project, and a leading personality psychologist who has published extensively on character and exemplars.
Tom Harrison (University of Birmingham)
Tom is a Senior Lecturer and Program Director of the MA in Character Education in the Department of Education and the Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. He has published extensively on character education and virtue ethics.
Katherine McAuliffe (Boston College)
Katherine is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boston College where she studies the development and evolution of cooperation in humans, with a special focus on how children acquire and enforce norms.
Christian Miller (Wake Forest University)
Christian is the A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. He is the former Director of the Character Project, a former project leader for The Beacon Project, and the Director of the Honesty Project. He has published several influential books on moral character, including, most recently, The Character Gap: How Good Are We?
Donald Miller (University of Southern California)
Donald is the Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion at the University of South Carolinaand co-founder and director of strategic initiatives of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture. A sociologist of religion, he is currently pursuing research on the impact of spiritual exemplars from diverse religious traditions.
Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma)
Linda is the George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Oklahoma. She is the leading moral philosopher focusing on exemplars and is the author, most recently, of Exemplarist Moral Theory.