StopHazing Team

Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D., Director


Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D., is Professor and Program Coordinator of the Higher Education graduate program at the University of Maine. She was the Principal Investigator for the National Study of Student Hazing (2008) and currently leads StopHazing and the Hazing Prevention Consortium – a research-to-practice initiative designed to build an evidence base for campus hazing prevention. An experienced researcher, Allan’s scholarship focuses on campus cultures and climates including studies about campus diversity, equity, student engagement, and hazing in the context of higher education. She has authored two books and more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters. Her research has been featured in the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Higher Education, the Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Allan has presented her research about hazing for the Department of Defense, the U.S. Senate HELP Committee, and at numerous national and international conferences and institutes.

Dave Kerschner, Research Associate


Dave Kerschner is currently a doctoral candidate and Waldron Fellow at the University of Maine, pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Higher Education. Since 2013 he has been a research associate with StopHazing and the Hazing Prevention Consortium. His dissertation will examine factors predictive of athlete hazing experiences in NCAA Division III athletics and, building off of his experience as a Division III athlete and administrator, he aspires to conduct research that will inform practice and change in college athletics. A 2009 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, Dave received his M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts in 2010 and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine in 2012. 

Meredith Stewart, Program & Outreach Coordinator

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Meredith Stewart, M.Ed., is the Program & Outreach Coordinator for StopHazing. In this role she works to support StopHazing’s mission by cultivating partnerships with professional organizations, scholars, practitioners, policy advocates, and others committed to violence prevention. She also works to expand StopHazing’s data-driven resources and trainings for hazing prevention; assist with policy-related initiatives, and support activities of the Hazing Prevention Consortium. Meredith completed her B.S. degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics in 2017, and an M.Ed. in Student Development in Higher Education in 2020 from the University of Maine. During her graduate studies she was the recipient of the NASPA Region I Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award and interned for StopHazing as a Research Assistant.


StopHazing often has internship opportunities available. Internship responsibilities may include research, marketing, communications, social media and others for graduate and undergraduate level students.

Contact Meredith Stewart for more information about available opportunities and internship descriptions.