Equity & Social Justice Faculty

Betsey Barnett


Betsey grew up in a military family in Western Europe, mostly in Naples, Italy; Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium. She came to the United States permanently when she was 17 years old. Betsey has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in French Language and Literature from Seattle University, a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Multicultural Education, also from UW.


She has been a library aide on a bookmobile, a teacher of 4th graders with behavior disorders, a parent educator, a preschool teacher and a child care center director. She taught in the Education program at Shoreline Community College for 15 years before being reassigned to Multicultural Studies.


Betsey lives on a yacht with her partner George and her 22-year old son Lucas, who is a senior at UW. She likes teaching better than anything, but also likes sailing, kayaking, reading science fiction, bike

 commuting and playing with her family.

Rachel David

Rachel David grew up in Palo Alto, California and attended U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate. In 1992, Rachel moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington School of Law. From 1996 to 1999, Rachel worked as the Legal Advocate for Seattle Rape Relief, a small non-profit agency with a philosophy of anti-oppression. In that position, she worked with survivors of sexual assault through all stages of the justice system.


While doing training for crisis line volunteers, police officers and prosecutors, Rachel discovered that teaching was her passion. Rachel has been teaching Women's Studies and Intra-American Studies at Shoreline since 1999. She loves teaching Women's Studies because of the discipline's profound potential to affect students' lives.


Amy Kinsel

Amy Kinsel teaches U.S. History, Women's History, Pacific Northwest History, Immigration History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Shoreline Community College. Prof. Kinsel began her teaching career at North Seattle Community College. Since coming to Shoreline in 2004, she has enjoyed sharing her love of history, historical analysis and historical writing with students.

One of the great advantages history students have today is online access to primary sources, especially previously unavailable documents and images in American history. Prof. Kinsel uses online resources extensively in her teaching to enable her students to work with the real "stuff" of history.


A native of the Pacific Northwest, Prof. Kinsel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound, and her Master of Arts and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “'From These Honored Dead': Gettysburg in American Culture, 1863-1938,” won the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians for best-written doctoral dissertation in American history of 1992.


In addition to teaching and writing, Prof. Kinsel is an active member of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. She currently serves on the Organization of American Historians' Committee on Community Colleges.


Ernest Johnson

Ernest B. Johnson II is a professor of Multicultural Studies in the Equity and Social Justice Department at Shoreline Community College, and part-time lecturer in African American Studies at University of Washington. Dr. J. earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of Linguistics, an M.A. from the University of Khartoum (Institute of African and Asian Studies), and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Hawaii.


He has lectured in cultural diversity and ethnic studies at various community colleges and a few universities since he began lecturing at the University of Hawaii in 1975. He has managed a collaborative project for at-risk youth administered by the University of Washington and Seattle Schools. He has taught in the classroom at the middle school, high school, community college and university levels, including instruction in ESL at the University of Khartoum and sociolinguistics at the Islamic University of Omdurman. He has been recognized as a distinguished student leader and mentor and has given commencement addresses at his community college and the University of Washington's Black Graduation. He has advised the Black Student Union, Moslem Student Association, and All African Student Club at SCC; he has taken college students on a summer study abroad course to Cape Town in 2003, 2006 and 2008.


Dr. J. was a panelist at a post-911 interfaith conference on world peace held in Seattle in 2001 and has spoken on similar topics at conferences in the state. In January 2006, at the United States Institute of Peace, and again via webcast in January 2010, he participated on a panel discussing the progressive ideology of his Sudanese sufi teacher Al Ustadh Mahmoud Mohamed Taha.


Milford Muskett

Milford Muskett (Navajo) grew up on the Navajo Reservation near Gallup, New Mexico. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Environmental Studies, an M.A. in Geography (Computer Cartography and Natural Resource Management) from Western Michigan University, and a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from Calvin College in Michigan. Milford's scholarly research interests are in Native American Ecology and Multicultural Identity in the context of Nature and the environment.


Currently, he teachers a variety of courses relating to Environmental Justice, Multicultural Studies and American Indian Studies: Introduction to Multicultural Studies, Survey of American Indian Studies, Multiculturalism in the Workplace, American Environmental History, American Indian History, Environmental Justice, Tribal Governments and Policy, and Pacific Northwest American Indian History. Milford has been teaching in the Equity and Social Justice program and American Indian Studies at Shoreline since 2006. He enjoys the interdisciplinary aspects of learning and teaching.


Jason Solam

Jason Solam grew up in Seattle, Washington and attended Shoreline Community College and the University of Washington where he earned his B.A. in Ethnomusicology in 2000. Jason earned an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington in 2002 specializing in popular music of Cuba, West Africa and the United States focusing on issues of social protest, nationalism, ethnicity and performance.


Jason has been an associate faculty in the Intra-American Studies Department at Shoreline Community College since 2002, teaching courses in Popular Music, Hip Hop and Jazz studies. Jason has worked as a musician in the Seattle community for over 15 years performing in a variety of styles but has since traded the performance stage for the front of the classroom, citing teaching as his true career passion. When not teaching or practicing music, Jason is spending time with his wife and two children, and when time allows, he heads to the ocean!