Kevin Bonney


Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies

Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology, Northwestern University

Areas of Interest: Chagas Disease, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Case Study Teaching Method, Civic Engagement, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Course(s) Taught: Life Science, Science of Technology

Teaching Statement: My goal in teaching is for my students to develop scientific literacy. I want my students to not only understand fundamental scientific principles, but to effectively form and evaluate arguments regarding the role of science in historical, societal, economic, and public health issues. To promote active learning, I provide students lecture material and a wide range of texts to cover outside of class so that we can maximize our time in class by deeply engaging with the material during discussions and debates, and by working on problems together.

Affiliation: Associate Editor, The American Biology Teacher


  • Bonney, K.M. Case Study Teaching Method Improves Student Performance and Perceptions of Learning Gains. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (2015) May 1;16(1):21-8. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v16i1.846
  • Tamari, F., Bonney, K.M., and Polizzotto, K. Prop Demonstrations in Lectures Facilitate Student Learning and Performance. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (2015) May 1;16(1):6-12. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v16i1.756.
  • Bonney, K.M. and Engman, D.M. Autoimmune Pathogenesis of Chagas Heart Disease: Looking Back, Looking Ahead. American Journal of Pathology (2015) Jun;185(6):1537-1547. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2014.12.023.
  • Bonney, K.M., Taylor, J.M., Thorp, E.B., Epting, C.L., and Engman, D.M. Depletion of regulatory T cells decreases cardiac parasitosis and inflammation in experimental Chagas disease. Parasitology Research. (2015) Mar;114(3):1167-78.
  • Bonney, K.M. “Case Study: From Gummy Bears to Celery Stalks: Diffusion and Osmosis.” Journal of College Science Teaching 43.6 (2014): 72-76.
  • Bonney, K.M. “Chagas disease in the 21st Century: A public health success or an emerging threat?” Parasite. 21.11 (2014): doi:10.1051/parasite/2014012.
  • Bonney, K.M. “Case Study: Sick on a South American Sugarcane Plantation.” Journal of College Science Teaching 43.3 (2014): 67-71.
  • Bonney, K.M. “An Argument and Plan for Promoting the Teaching and Learning of Neglected Tropical Diseases.” Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 14.2 (2013): 183-188.
  • Bonney, K.M., Gifford, K.M., Taylor, J.M., and Engman, D.M. “Cardiac Damage Induced by Immunization with Heat-Killed T. cruzi is Not Antibody-Mediated.” Parasite Immunology 35.1 (2013):1-10.
  • Bonney, K.M., Taylor, J.M. Daniels, M.D., Epting, C.L., and Engman, D.M. “Immunization with Heat-Inactivated Trypanosoma cruzi Induces Acute Cardiac Damage and Polyantigenic Autoimmunity.” Plos One 6.1 (2011): e14571.
  • Criss, A.K., Bonney, K.M., Chang, R., Duffin, P.M., LeCuyer, B. and Seifert, H.S.  “Mismatch correction modulates mutation frequency and pilus phase and antigenic variation in Neisseria gonorrhoea.” Journal of Bacteriology 192 (2010): 316-325.
  • Epting, C.L. Bonney, K.M., Olson, C.M., Engman, D.M. Cellular Host-Pathogen Relationships in Emerging Chagas Disease (Teixeira, A., ed.) Bentham Publishing Company, Oak Park, Illinois.  (2009) pp. 83-93.
  • Bonney, K.M. and Engman, D.M. “Autoimmune Myocarditis." In: Encyclopedia of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease. (Lang, F., ed.), Springer, Heidelberg, Germany. (2009) pp. 1410-1412.
  • Kass, D.H., Schaetz, B.A., Beitler, L., Bonney, K.M., Jamison, N., Wiesner, C. “Guinea pig ID-like families of SINEs.” Gene 436.1-2 (2009): 23-29.
  • Bonney, K.M. and Engman, D.M. “Chagas heart disease pathogenesis: one mechanism or many?” Current Molecular Medicine 8 (2008): 510-518.

Updated on 02/19/2016