Teresa Mangum | Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Departments of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English
Teresa Mangum is the P.I. of the Humanities for the Public Good project. She is the director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and a professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English at the University of Iowa. She is the UI representative to the Mellon-funded Humanities Without Walls consortium headed by Antoinette Burton at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century women, aging, and animal studies as well as publicly engaged humanities. She co-founded the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy and leads a national working group on experiments in humanities publicly engaged graduate education. Teresa co-edits the University of Iowa Press book series Humanities and Public Life and is a member of the National Humanities Alliance Board of Directors.
Jennifer New | Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Jennifer is Associate Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. She oversees the Center’s communications and plays a major role in facilitating the programs, community engagement, and event planning. An accomplished writer, she is the author of three books, Dan Eldon: Safari as a Way of Life (Chronicle Books, 2011) being the most recent. She has curated several exhibits and co-directed two short documentaries. Jennifer is a lifelong student of yoga and teaches locally.
Aiden M. Bettine | Department of History
Aiden M. Bettine is concurrently pursuing a PhD in History and a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, working at the intersection of public history and archival science. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in History and in African & Black Diaspora Studies and a Master’s in Critical Ethnic Studies from DePaul University. His public facing doctoral work is grounded in interdisciplinary methodologies with an emphasis on developing local oral history projects and companion archives. Aiden is founder of the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa with a mission to recognize, collect, preserve, and celebrate the lives and stories of transgender and gender non-conforming people across the state. Simultaneously, he is building a digital archive of transgender history. His dissertation research examines the development of community archives in the city of Chicago, wrestling with issues of race, sexuality, access, preservation, knowledge production, historical memory, and the contemporary practice of public history.
This fall, a new Humanities for the Public Good Advisory Board will plunge into the first year of planning a new interdisciplinary, experiential humanities PhD for students who are pursuing advanced studies in preparation for diverse careers. Working together and in break out groups, the Advisory Board will host alumni visits and workshops; explore exciting experiments across the country, including humanities labs and project-based learning; oversee our new internship program; and more. We’ll share our progress on the HPG website and in a new newsletter edited by our HPG postdoctoral fellow and graduate fellow.
Aron Aji | Division of World Languages — Literary Translation
Aron Aji is the Director of MFA in Literary Translation. A native of Turkey, he has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, LatifeTekin, and other Turkish writers, including three book-length works by Karasu: Death in Troy; The Garden of Departed Cats, (2004 National Translation Award); and A Long Day’s Evening, (NEA Literature Fellowship, and short-listed for the 2013 PEN Translation Prize). He also edited, Milan Kundera and the Art of Fiction. Aji leads the Translation Workshop, and teaches courses on retranslation, poetry and translation; theory, and contemporary Turkish literature. He is also the vice president of The American Literary Translators Association.
Stephanie Blalock | Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, UI Libraries
Stephanie Blalock is a Digital Humanities Librarian in the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Study. She is also Associate Editor of the Walt Whitman Archive; associate editor, The Vault at Pfaff’s, is a Digital Humanities Librarian in the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Go to Pfaff’s: The History of a Restaurant and Lager Beer Saloon, a peer-reviewed digital edition published by Lehigh University Press and The Vault at Pfaff’s. She is also the author of “‘Tell what I meant by Calamus: Walt Whitman’s Vision of Comradeship from Fred Vaughan to the Fred Gray Association” in Whitman Among the Bohemians, ed. Edward Whitley and Joanna Levin (Iowa, 2014) and the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review‘s special issue 30.4 on Whitman’s fiction (2013). Her research focuses on Walt Whitman and Pfaff’s Beer Cellar and the reprinting and circulation of Whitman’s short fiction.
Luke Borland | Department of History
Luke Borland is a graduate student in the Department of History. He holds BAs in History and International Studies from Miami University. His work focuses on youth labor service programs in the United States and Nazi Germany during the Great Depression. He examines unemployment relief, civic education, and responses to government actions. He utilizes digital humanities methods in an effort to connect the public with his scholarly work. As part of his commitment to education in and out of academia, he spent time in AmeriCorps prior to coming to Iowa.
Caroline Cheung | Department of English
Caroline Cheung works at the intersections of women of color feminisms, theories of state violence, and political discourses. She is an English PhD Candidate and Graduate Instructor at the University of Iowa. She received her B.A. in English: Language, Media and Communication Studies at the University of Rochester in 2015. During her undergraduate time, she became conversant in the very broad scope of language use and its political applications in various spaces of society. Now in graduate school, her research includes examining the use of language in both reaffirming and disrupting patterns of gender, racial, and economic oppressions. Specifically, she investigates the ways transnational literature and multicultural feminism contribute to prison abolitionist movements. Believing that creative and imaginative work- which are the purview of humanities education- serve as revolutionary gestures, Caroline commits herself to publicly engaged scholarship, critical collaboration and informed activism.
Corey Creekmur | Departments of Cinematic Arts, English, and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
Corey K. Creekmur is an associate professor in Cinematic Arts, English, and the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. He is also affiliated with the Center for the Book. His teaching and research focus on international popular cinema (especially American and South Asian), cross-cultural film genres, and the way in which such films interact with other media (especially popular music) as well as discourses of race, gender, and sexuality. He also teaches courses derived from the theoretical foundations of cultural studies, Marxism, and psychoanalysis, and on the relation between film stars and fans. His teaching and research in American literature and popular culture deal with popular genres as well, including crime and horror fiction, comics (newspaper strips, comic books, and graphic novels), and popular publication formats. He serves on the editorial advisory board of the journals Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies and Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture and is the Series Editor of the Comics Culture book series for Rutgers University Press.
Liz Crooks | Pentacrest Museums
Liz Crooks is the Interim Director at the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums. Liz holds a MA in museum studies and a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts. She has a long administrative career in higher education. Her interests include all things museum, rowing, music, and her family. University of Iowa Museum of Natural History.
David Cunning | Department of Philosophy
David Cunning is Professor and Chair and Collegiate Scholar in the Philosophy Department at the University of Iowa. His research and teaching on early modern philosophy span a number of topics and debates, including free will and determinism, science and religion, the place of minds in the material universe, agency and authority, gender, the origins of morality, philosophical versus scientific method, and rhetoric and audience. He has published primarily on Descartes, Cavendish, Spinoza, and Hume, and is currently working on his sixth book, a monograph on Descartes and the primacy of embodiment. In addition to being Department Chair, Cunning served as the Director of Graduate Studies for Philosophy for six years. As DGS he enjoyed working on a number of initiatives – for example, assisting graduate students in the revision of papers for conference submission or publication, providing guidance on the application of philosophical training to careers outside of academia, and helping students to locate pedagogical resources to excel in the classroom. His university service positions include Faculty Senate Secretary and Co-Chair of the University of Iowa 2016-2021 Strategic Plan Committee. He likes to take the same systematic approach to his administrative life that he takes to his research and teaching, although that continues to be a balancing act and a work in progress. He received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. from UC Irvine.
Domini Dongilli | Department of American Studies
Dominic Dongilli is a second-year graduate student in the Department of American Studies. He is also pursuing a Certificate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include the American environmental imaginary, critical animal studies, sexuality, and bio-politics within American zoos and museum spaces. He firmly believes that writing, research, and craft are the powerful center of a graduate humanities education. Further, these practices enable meaningful opportunities for public engagement and diverse career opportunities. Dominic chose to pursue an advanced humanities degree for these very reasons after receiving his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. He is particularly interested in co-mentoring relationships amongst graduate students, the writing process, and the role of humanities graduates within science-oriented institutions. He is from a family of healthcare practitioners and has previously worked in zoo animal care and conservation education. He hopes to foster awareness amongst institutions of the fruitful and generative collaborations that can take place amongst science organizations and humanities graduates.
Leslie Finer | Office of Outreach & Engagement
Leslie Finer is the Director of Arts and Humanities for UI’s Office of Outreach and Engagement. She works with students, faculty, and staff to partner with communities and organizations across the state on arts and humanities initiatives. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a PhD in musicology from the University of Iowa. Before working at the University of Iowa she taught music history and piano at Coe College.
Anna Flaming | Center for Teaching, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Anna L. Bostwick Flaming provides pedagogical support through one-on-one consultations, workshops, and other programs for instructors across campus. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a variety of topics, including basic teaching strategies, student motivation, inclusive teaching, and course design. Anna directs the Early Career Program at the Center for Teaching, an initiative that supports instructors in their first three years of teaching at The University of Iowa. The Early Career Program includes the Early Career Course Design Institute and the Early Career Faculty Academy for new tenure-track assistant professors. Anna also facilitates the once per semester pedagogical training and provides ongoing teaching support for instructors in the TILE (Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage) Program. An oral historian, Anna also directs The Extraordinary Teaching Project, a web video series showcasing the rich array of pedagogies and teaching philosophies University of Iowa instructors incorporate into their teaching. Recordings of her unedited interviews with Iowa instructors are archived at the University Archives. Prior to joining the Center for Teaching, Anna taught History and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies.
Eric Gidal | Department of English
Eric Gidal teaches courses in poetry, aesthetics, and the visual arts, and in eighteenth-century and romantic-era literature, particularly in reference to media studies, information theory, and environmental concerns. His recent book Ossianic Unconformities: Bardic Poetry in the Industrial Age (Virginia UP, 2015), explores a modern quest to locate vestiges of ancient poetry in the landscapes of an industrial world. Earlier work includes studies of poetry and museums, melancholy and social theory, romantic climatology, and the writings of Mme de Staël. Eric’s current scholarship continues to explore relations between literature, industrial space, and environmental history.
Sara Hales-Brittain | Department of Classics
Sara Hales-Brittain is a PhD candidate in Classics whose research focuses on the ancient Greek and Latin novels. After graduating from Hendrix College (Conway, AR) in 2014, Sara was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Italy for the 2014-15 academic year and a Lawler Scholarship to attend the 2017 Summer Seminar at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She currently serves as Social Media Director for the CAMWS Graduate Student Issues Committee. Sara is also Scholarly Marketing Assistant at the University of Iowa Press and is a former editorial assistant for TAPA (Society for Classical Studies) and managing editor for Syllecta Classica. Sara is an avid knitter, sometime crocheter, and erstwhile oboist.
Tom Keegan | Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, UI Libraries
Tom Keegan directs the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio in the University of Iowa Libraries. The Studio collaborates with faculty, staff, students, and community members on digital scholarly projects and provides support for a range of tools and platforms. The Studio also administers the Iowa Digital Library, Iowa Research Online, and DIY History. Keegan also teaches courses in the departments of Rhetoric and English and serves on the advisory committee the a graduate certificate in Public Digital Humanities. His work addresses digital pedagogy, public engagement, social innovation, and modernist literature. In 2012, Keegan co-founded Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning (IDEAL) with his colleague Matt Gilchrist. IDEAL collaborates with instructors to design digital and publicly-engaged assignments for use in graduate and undergraduate classrooms. He also serves on the advisory committees of the Engaged Social Innovation major track for Honors students.
Joni Kinsey | School of Art & Art History
Joni L. Kinsey received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 and joined the faculty of the University of Iowa in 1991. She teaches a variety of classes, ranging from surveys of visual culture in the United States to thematic courses on American landscape painting, American print culture, art of the American National Parks, art and regional perspectives on America, and museum theory and practice. Her research specialties include nineteenth-century landscape painting and art of the American West and Midwest, but her interests and research range widely, from nineteenth-century popular prints to the rise of women artists in the central U.S. In 2014 Professor Kinsey was a Fulbright Fellow in the United Kingdom and she is continuing to work on a book and possible exhibition from that experience, entitled Thomas Moran’s Britain: Transatlantic Visions of “The American Turner.”
Brady Krien | Department of English
Brady Krien is a doctoral candidate in the English Department and a master’s candidate in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. He has previously served as a co-leader in the Rhetoric Department’s Professional Development Program (PDP), as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Center for Teaching, and as a Teaching-as-Research Mentor in the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Research, and Learning. Currently, Brady works as a graduate assistant in the Graduate College’s Graduate Success Office, where he helps graduate students explore career options, develop their professional portfolios and materials, and apply for nationally competitive grants and fellowships. Brady is also a contributing author at Inside Higher Ed’s GradHacker blog where he writes about issues related to graduate education, professional development, and teaching.
Lindsay Mattock | School of Library & Information Science
Lindsay Mattock completed her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. She also holds a MLIS with a concentration in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management and a BA in Film Studies. Her professional experience as a video-technician and her training in filmmaking and photography have shaped her academic interest in the preservation of visual media and visual culture. Mattock has taught in the areas of digital preservation, preservation management, archival representation, and moving image archives. Her recent research connects these areas of interest, investigating the development of archival practices developed within non-profit media organizations, including media arts centers and media collectives. This research reframes these maker-spaces as archives, critiquing professional archival practices and suggesting new frameworks for the preservation and archiving of audiovisual media.
Lydia Maunz-Breese | Department of English
Lydia Maunz-Breese is a sixth-year English PhD candidate currently writing her dissertation on the relationships among bereavement, mourning, and trauma in women’s poetry of the First World War. Lydia is a passionate believer in the power and importance of the humanities, as well as the necessity of redefining traditional graduate programs to encompass more diverse possibilities. To these ends, Lydia has had several opportunities to incorporate publicly engaged humanities into her graduate studies including becoming an Obermann Graduate Fellow for the Obermann Center’s Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy. Inspired by her work as a hospice volunteer, as well as her dissertation, Lydia developed a poetry project in collaboration with Iowa City Hospice inviting hospice patients, family, and individuals in the larger community to explore and use poetry as a means of approaching grief and engaging in a communal conversation about dying and bereavement. During the summer of 2018, Lydia was the University of Iowa representative in a three-week Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Workshop in Chicago. The workshop engaged in an intense exploration of the possibilities of and opportunities beyond the walls of the academy for publicly engaged humanities. Lydia is excited to apply her knowledge and experience from these two most rewarding experiences of her graduate career to collaborating on the Humanities for the Public Good advisory board.
Jennifer Teitle | Graduate College
Jennifer Teitle is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Career and Professional Development at the University of Iowa. Jen’s seminars and discussions focus on strategies for career preparation, grant writing skills, and work-life balance. Her work has helped individuals find fulfilling careers in academia, industry, government, and the non-profit sector. Jen advocates for graduate education nationally, as part of the ImaginePhD team and through the Graduate Careers Consortium. She holds a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture and has 10 years of experience in Higher Education Administration.
Joyce Tsai | College of Education & Stanley Museum of Art
Joyce Tsai is Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Education, Curator at the Stanley Museum of Art, and Director of the Intermedia Research Initiative. Her curatorial, pedagogical, and scholarly work engage questions of technology, politics, philosophy in modern and contemporary art. Her book, László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography was awarded the Phillips Collection Book Prize. Joyce was an energetic participant in the Mellon-funded Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry: A Grinnell College/University of Iowa Partnership.
Steve Silva |Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology
As Associate Director of the Center for Teaching, Steve manages a portfolio of learning technology consulting services and initiatives, including the Student Instructional Technology Assistants (SITA) Program and ongoing investigations of digital course content, among others. He also looks for strategic and emerging opportunities where learning technologies can directly solve faculty instructional goals and support student learning. Steve is interested in the ways that learning technologies impact and change socio-cultural interplay between faculty, students, and University administration. For example, he considers how active learning classrooms can upend the power relationship between instructor and student and how that disruption supports students’ creation and ownership of their academic production.
Rachel Williams | Departments of Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies and Art & Art History
Rachel Marie-Crane Williams is an artist and teacher currently employed as an Associate Professor at the and as a University Ombuds at the University of Iowa. She has a joint appointment between the School of Art and Art History (Intermedia) and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. Her work as a researcher and creative scholar has always been focused on women’s issues, community, art, and people who are incarcerated. She earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University and an MFA (Studio Art) and a PhD (Art Education) from Florida State University. Since graduating she has pursued additional training and certifications through Doulas of North America, Lamaze International Childbirth Education, the Rape Victims Advocate Program, Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Inside Out through Temple University, the International Ombudsman Association, and mediation training at Johnson County Community College.