Fountain, JoEllyn Murillo

WPC Adjunct Professor JoEllyn Murillo FountainVisiting Assistant Professor of Social Science



  • Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC – emphasis on Comparative Politics (Europe) and International Relations.
  • M.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.


Dr. Fountain joined WP in January 2016 as an adjunct instructor teaching American Government in both the traditional and ADP programs.  She was hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2016-2017 academic year to teach political science, sociology, an FYLC – “Power, Privilege and Identity:  Developing Leaders in PDX”, and other social science courses in the traditional undergraduate and the Master of Arts in Human Services programs for ADP.

Throughout her career, Dr. Fountain has taught a variety of social science courses at a number of universities – including Uganda Christian University where she and her family lived for more than eight years.  UCU hosts a “Best Semester” study abroad program and she taught Ugandan politics to numerous American students from a variety of Christian colleges like WP while also doing administrative work for the university.

Dr. Fountain is a native of Oregon who left for 25 years and is happy to be back home.  She grew up in Boring and attended Sandy High School before getting a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Oregon.  She met and married her husband, Doug, while a student at the UO and they went on to graduate school together at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  From there life got even more interesting as Dr. Fountain spent 10 months living in Germany to conduct interviews and research in Germany and Brussels for her doctoral dissertation; her family lived near Washington, D.C. for eleven years (where her daughter was born); they went to Uganda as missionaries to Uganda Christian University from 2004-2012; lived in California for a year; and then returned to Oregon in late 2013.

Her international life and experiences and growing up in rural Oregon have influenced Dr. Fountain’s personal and academic passions.  She is committed to personally engaging with and empowering students to actively challenge the systems and structures of racism, inequality, power, wealth, etc. that plague society domestically and internationally.