Symposium Organizers

teresa002Teresa Mangum: She is a professor in the departments of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English and director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include best practices in publicly engaged scholarship and collaboration, 19th-century British literature, and the power of art and literature to negotiate social conflict and change, in particular regarding our experiences of aging and of human and animal relationships. For the last four years, she has co-directed a Mellon grant that experimented with forms of collaboration in the digital humanities, and she is now directing the University of Iowa’s four-year Mellon grant to develop a unique cross-disciplinary, applied humanities Ph.D. program, “Humanities for the Public Good.” She co-founded the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, co-edit a book series “Humanities and Public Life” for the University of Iowa Press, and is vice president of the Board of Directors the National Humanities Alliance, and serves on the advisory board of the Mellon-funded 15-university consortium, Humanities Without Walls. For publications and other information, see https://obermann.uiowa.edu/people/teresa-mangum.

color headshot of Torie BurnsVictoria Burns: Victoria is a PhD candidate in the department of English at the University of Iowa and the Humanities for the Public Good Graduate Research Assistant. Her research interests include memoirs, food studies, and embodiment in contemporary American literature. While at Iowa, she has completed the CIRTL Teaching-as-Research summer fellowship, investigating active learning classroom techniques, and the graduate certificate in Public Digital Humanities. Additionally, in July 2019, she ran an Iowa Youth Writing Project summer camp, inviting participants to discuss embodiment and identity, and culminating in the creation of disembodied self-portraits displayed in a month-long gallery at FilmScene (a local nonprofit cinema).



Paula Krebs Executive Director of Modern Language Association
As executive director of the Modern Language Association, Krebs administers the programs, governance, and business of the association and is also a general editor of MLA’s publishing and research programs. She has served as the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University working with faculty members on strategic planning and helped increase connections between the campus and the community. Bridgewater State, Paula was an assistant for the president of external affairs at the University of Massachusetts and also a professor and department chair at Wheaton college. Krebs has also been a long-time contributor to higher-ed publications…. 


Jim Grossman Executive Director American Historical Association
Jim Grossman is Executive Director of the American Historical Association. Jim Grossman has taught at the University of Chicago and University of California, San Diego and… Grossman has also worked as editor of the multiple award-winning series “Historical Studies of Urban America.” His countless articles and short essays have are centered around different aspects of Urban American history, African American history, ethnicity, higher education, and the place of history in public culture. Grossman’s book reviews have been published in the Chicago Tribune and New York Newsday and also appear in several academic journals.

Brennan_-1.jpgBrennan Collins: He is the Associate Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Georgia State University. The interdisciplinary nature and technology focus of these programs allows him to work with a diverse faculty in exploring inventive pedagogies. He is particularly interested in using maps in and out the classroom to develop student critical thinking. His work increasingly focuses on helping develop large projects about Atlanta that require the resources and expertise of multiple disciplines and schools. His research focuses on African-American literary depictions of the south. He teaches courses on graphic novels and African American and Multi-Ethnic U.S. literature. He has also developed a 1-hour Honors course that uses Atlanta-based projects to introduce undergraduate students to emerging mapping technologies that have potential applications across many fields.

ST Christian Ruvalcaba (1).jpgChristian Ruvalcaba: He is a Research Coordinator at the University of Arizona’s (UA) Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. He has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. He received a BA in Linguistics and an MA from the English Applied Linguistics (formerly known as English Language/Linguistics) program at the UA. He has taught writing/composition, English linguistics, and Spanish for Heritage learners at the UA and at Pima Community College. He grew up in Cananea, Sonora, and Sierra Vista Arizona. His research focuses on both formal and applied linguistics. On the formal side, he investigates the morphosyntax and semantics of constructions in English and Spanish that express spatial, possessive, or experiencer relations. He has done psycholinguistic and syntactic research on the interlanguage of multilinguals on both sides of the border. On the more applied side, he has carried out participatory sociolinguistic research alongside students with close ties to minority language communities. This collaborative effort has led to the creation of multiple projects and online archives such as the Language Capital Project, an interactive map of formal or informal resource centers and meeting spaces for speakers of minority languages in Tucson. He is currently co-leading a Rapid Qualitative Inquiry study as the first exploratory step toward a broader binational, long-distance, community-led revitalization effort of the Ópatan languages (Tegüima, Eudeve and Jova).

ST Javier Duran_0.jpgJavier Duran: He is professor of Latin-American and Border Studies at the Center for Latin-American Studies and director of the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry at the University of Arizona. He is a native of the Arizona-Sonora desert region. Beyond U.S.-Mexico border studies, Latin American Cultural Studies, Dr. Duran’s areas of teaching and research also include Mexican women’s literature and culture, Chicana/Chicano-Latina/Latino narrative, and Cultural Place-Making. He is the author of the book José Revueltas. Una poética de la disidencia, published by the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, five co-edited books on Cultural Studies, and numerous articles on literary and cultural themes. He was one of the founding members of the MLA Discussion Group on Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies, and he is past President of the Association for Borderland Studies. Dr. Duran is currently working on projects dealing with border culture, human security, bio-politics, migrancy and checkpoints. He is the leading investigator of the project Fronteridades: Nurturing Collaborative Intersections in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and co-convener of the University of Arizona Border Lab initiative. He also serves on the International Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).

joe-cialdella.jpgJoseph Cialdella: He is Manager of Graduate Student Programs in Public Scholarship at the University of Michigan. Prior to this role, he worked as the program officer of the Michigan Humanities Council, where the work he led wreceived the Schwartz Prize for Outstanding Public Humanities project. In partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Michigan Humanities Council’s Heritage Grants Program, Joe helped to collect and organize oral histories, art, and other cultural artifacts that, “explore local histories of race, ethnicity, and cultural identity in Michigan.”

image.1565224479350.jpgMatthew Countryman: He is associate professor in the departments of History and American Culture, and faculty associate, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. From 2007 until 2016, he worked as faculty director of the Arts of Citizenship Program. His research interests include race, postwar liberalism, the American Left, and African American politics in the post-civil-rights era. His secondary fields of study include public memory of the Civil Rights movement, right-wing social movements, and the social construction of race.

Rachel Arteaga_0Rachel Arteaga: She is the Assistant Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, where she works on the development, implementation, and assessment of academic projects. One of the Simpson Center’s current projects is Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a grant program devoted to the integration of public scholarship into doctoral education, which has been generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At the center of this program is a cross-institutional partnership with community colleges in Seattle. She works closely with humanities faculty and leadership across the university and two-year college campuses to build strong mentoring networks and to design meaningful immersive professional experiences for doctoral students. In the coming years, the program will be expanded and restructured to emphasize collaborative practices in higher education.


Raymond Haberski, Jr.: He is professor of History and director of American Studies at IUPUI at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. For the 2008–2009 academic year he held the Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies. He helped found and still helps to run the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. His research interests include U.S. Intellectual History, American Studies, American cultural history, American religious history, history of movie culture, transnational intellectual history, civil religion, American Catholic history, and just war theory.


Sally Kitch: She is University and Regents’ Professor of Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University and founding director of the Institute for Humanities Research and of the Humanities Lab.  As director of the IHR (2006-2016) and as director of the Humanities Lab (2014-present), she has sought to bring faculty and student attention to the role of the humanities in addressing grand social challenges, from deeply identifying problems, to anticipating intended and unintended consequences of proposed solutions, to determining the difference between what problem solvers could do and what they should do.  She is currently working with the Dean of ASU’s Graduate College to translate these perspectives into interdisciplinary graduate programs across departmental lines.  Related publications include “How Can Humanities Interventions Promote Progress in the Sustainability Sciences?” (2017) and “Experimental Humanities and Humanities for the Environment” (2018). As a women’s studies scholar, Kitch specializes in feminist and cultural theory, feminist epistemology, gender and racial ideology, gender/feminism and utopian thought, women’s historical resistance to gender prescriptions, and theories of transdisciplinarity.  She has published six books, three of which have won national prizes.  Recent books include The Specter of Sex: Gendered Foundations of Racial Formation in the U.S. (2009) and Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders (2014). Recent articles include “Feminist Tweets to Trump: How to Find Commonality in Diversity” (2017) and “Protection and Abuse: The Conundrum of Global Gender Inequality” (2019).

VTPhoto.pngVivian Truong: She is a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Visiting Scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University. Her research focuses on the intersections of Asian American studies, urban history, and women of color feminisms. Through the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship at the University of Michigan, she has been a participant in the Institute for Social Change, a fellow in the Engaged Pedagogy Institute, and a recipient of a Public Scholarship Grant. These programs have enabled her to develop a public history project, “Memory and Movement,” which documents over three decades of Asian American community organizing in New York City through archival preservation and oral histories, in partnership with the grassroots organization CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (formerly the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence).