Our Networked Communities

Home to the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC), East Village houses all first-year Honors students as well as some upper class Honors students. East Village enjoys close proximity to the center of campus, featuring both suite and apartment-style dormitory accommodations.

Two Honors Faculty-in-Residence live with the Honors community: Professor Michael Hoppmann (Department of Communication Studies) and Professor Tom Vicino (Department of Political Science). These faculty provide on-going Honors programming, and interact with students informally every day. Honors Living Learning Assistants (HLLA’s), upper class Honors students also live in East Village to enrich and support the student-directed programming of the Honors LLCs. In addition, each Honors Living Learning Community has a dedicated faculty member or professional staff member who serves as a “Consultant,” guiding the community as they pursue experiences related to the theme of the LLC.

In addition to East Village, upper class Honors students may choose to live in other residence halls on campus that offer dedicated housing to Honors students, including West Village C. This residence hall offers apartment-style accommodations, accommodating 3, 4, or 5 individual students.

Honors Professor of the Practice

Michael Patrick MacDonald


Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of national bestseller All Souls: A Family Story From Southie (Ballantine, October 2000). He is the recipient of the American Book Award, New England Literary Lights Award (2000), and The Myers Outstanding Book Award administered by the Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. He is currently writing the screenplay of All Souls for director Ron Shelton. MacDonald was also awarded an Anne Cox Chambers Fellowship at the The MacDowell Colony, a Bellagio Center Fellowship through the Rockefeller Foundation, residencies at Blue Mountain Center and Djerassi Artist Residency Program. Currently, MacDonald is conducting research and writing in Northern Ireland, thanks to a Fulbright Award he received.

As Writer-in-Residence, Michael Patrick MacDonald offers numerous workshops on using writing as a tool for social justice and reparation from trauma and leads informative tours of neighborhoods and cultural centers in Boston.

MacDonald teaches two dedicated courses for Honors students:

  • HONR 1310 – The North of Ireland: Conflict, Reconciliation, and the Ongoing Quest for Peace, and
  • HONR 3310 – Social Justice: The Role of Reading Writing and Understanding Non-Fiction.

Honors Faculty-in-Residence

Honors Faculty-in-Residence contribute to student learning and development that happens beyond classrooms walls. Living among Honors students in the Honors residence hall, East Village, Faculty-in-Residence offer informative programming and support that enables Honors students to thrive.

Michael Hoppmann (Ph.D.), Department of Communication Studies

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Michael J. Hoppmann is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication Studies.

Professor Hoppmann offers dedicated courses to Honors students, including HONR 1310 “Speaking Up for Justice.”  He also currently serves as Consultant to one of the “Foodies” Honors Living-Learning Community.

In Summer 2019, Professor Hoppmann will lead students on a unique twin Dialogue of Civilization to eastern Europe to study Human Rights Communication (Crimes Against Humanity and Humanity Against Crimes) that will track the onset, development, and response to human rights violations and hateful rhetoric and  during World War II and its aftermath.

Professor Hoppmann’s research centers around three areas: Classical Rhetoric, Modern Argumentation Theory and Applied Rhetoric. In Classical Rhetoric, he focuses most on historical argumentation models and structures (stasis theory, enthymeme) in Greek and Latin Rhetoric. In Modern Argumentation Theory, he is interested in Argument Schemes, Argumentative Deconstruction and Critical Questions. In Applied Rhetoric, he works to bridge the gap between rhetorical theory and practice and is mainly concentrating on the development and implementation of rhetorical training forms such as debate, declamation and disputation. Dr. Hoppmann is author or co-author of five books, including A Synoptic History of Classical Rhetoric (4th edition, 2014), Handbook of Rhetorical Training (Trainingsbuch Rhetorik, 3rd edition, 2012), Argumentative Competence (Schluesselkompetenz Argumentation, 2nd edition, 2012) and Argumentative Defense (Argumentative Verteidigung, 2008).

Tom Vicino (Ph.D.), Department of Political Science

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Thomas J. Vicino is Professor and Chair of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Professor Vicino specializes in the political economy of cities and suburbs, focusing on issues of metropolitan development, housing, and demographic analysis.

Professor Vicino offers a fascinating Dialogue of Civilization to Japan that many Honors students have enjoyed, “The Twenty-First Century City: Tokyo and Kyoto.”  He currently serves as Consultant to the Honors Living-Learning Community, Explore Boston: News, Politics and History. Vicino is the author or co-author of four books: Suburban Crossroads: The Fight for Local Control of Immigration Policy (2013), Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore (2008), Global Migration: The Basics (2014) and the bestselling book, Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US (2010). He has also published numerous book chapters and research articles in peer-reviewed journals. He teaches at the graduate level in the MPA Program and the Master of Urban and Regional Policy (MURP) Program. At the undergraduate level, he teaches in the political science major and the urban studies minor. Professor Vicino proudly serves as the faculty advisor to two student organizations: College Democrats and Huskies for Alternative Transportation.

Honors Living Learning Assistants

  • Bethlehem Ashagire, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Nikhil Bhat, College of Engineering
  • Christopher Conard, College of Engineering
  • Anja Deric, College of Engineering
  • Husna Ellis, Explore
  • Juliet Hoinkis, Explore
  • Lilia Merbouche, College of Science,
  • Larissa Morikawa, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Amanda Murray, College of Science
  • Fareeha Naim, D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  • Alex Neamtu, College of Science
  • Nubia Wilson, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Natalie Sadlak, College of Science

Honors Living Learning Consultants

  • Christina Alch, Residence Life 
  • Kate Berge, N.U.in
  • Nathan Blake, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Lauren Currie, NU Community Service
  • Duncan Davis, College of Engineering
  • Allen Feinstein, College of Arts, Media and Design
  • Gianna Goode, University Athletics
  • Lorna Hayward, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Michael Hoppmann, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Francesca Ingelse, College of Arts, Media and Design
  • Sam Maron, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Cheryl Mitteness, D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  • Brian O’Connell, College of Engineering
  • Barbie Papalios, University Honors
  • Shannon Pittman, University Honors
  • Rebecca Riccio, Social Impact Lab
  • Brian Robison, College of Arts, Media and Design
  • David Tamés, College of Arts, Media and Design
  • Jenna Thrash, University Honors Program
  • Tom Vicino, Department of Political Science
  • Tim Krumreig, NU Community Service