JoEllyn Murillo Fountain
Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and International Studies
JoEllyn Murillo Fountain joined the university in 2014 as a visiting assistant professor of politics and international studies in the school’s Department of History, Politics and International Studies. In the fall of 2013, she lectured in social science at Fresno Pacific University and, after 25 years, relocated (back) to Portland in December 2013 when her husband was hired by a local NGO. She and her husband recently wrote and published a book on planning for higher education in Africa based on their eight and a half years of missionary service at Uganda Christian University (Mukono, Uganda), where she served as a social sciences lecturer (2008-12), student affairs advisor (2010-12) and financial aid officer (2004-10). Fountain also lectured in political science at George Mason University from 1997 to 1999.
Her primary area of research is to examine the “Maturation of Democracy,” in which she used Uganda as a case study to research the post-colonial “transitions to democracy.” Additionally, she is examining human rights regimes in this multipolar age and continuing to work on higher education issues in developing countries. She holds a PhD (1998) and a master’s degree (1990) in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon (1988).