MemberGlen W. Hicks, Ph.D.

…Ph.D. (August 2020), Musicology, Arizona State University

M.A. (2014), Music History and Literature, Arizona State University

B.Mus.Ed. (2020), Secondary Instrumental Education,  Southern Utah University…

Glen Wayne Hicks is a native of Springville, Utah. After completing a baccalaureate degree in Music Education from Southern Utah University, he attended Arizona State University where he received a Master’s degree in Music History and Literature before pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology. He has presented his research at the annual conference of the Society for American Music (2019) and at regional meetings of the American Musicological Society (2014, 2018). Hicks was awarded graduate teaching assistantships in both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees and is the recipient of a graduate fellowship from Arizona State University as well as the Stellhorn Memorial Award. Hicks’s research on the music of the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous from 1825 to 1840 will be included in the proposed Oxford Handbook of Community Singing edited by Esther Morgan-Ellis and Kay Norton. After teaching music and ensemble classes at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for approximately seven years, Hicks was contracted as an instructor of record at Arizona State University where he taught the undergraduate survey course in the history of Western music from antiquity to 1750. Hicks is also an organist and active as a board member of the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is also a member of the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society, and the American Society for Aesthetics.

MemberDevori Kimbro

…BA – English and History, Idaho State University 2007

MA – English, Idaho State University 2010 (MA thesis director, Dr. Jessica Winston, “Edmund Campion, the Jesuit “Invasion,” and England’s Identity Crisis, 1580-2.”)

PhD – English, Arizona State University (Dissertation co-chairs, Dr. David Hawkes and Dr. Cora Fox, Trauma, Typology, and Anti-Catholicism in Early Modern England, 1579 – 1625)….

I am a born-and-bred Idahoan. I earned my BA in English and History from Idaho State University in 2007, and my MA in English at Idaho State in 2010. I earned my PhD from Arizona State University in 2015 after successfully defending my dissertation, Trauma, Typology, and Anti-Catholicism in Early Modern England, 1579 – 1625. I am currently a lecturer in the English department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I teach introductory composition and literature courses, as well as Western Humanities and Shakespeare. I am a co-host of the podcast Remixing the Humanities.

MemberMarinela Golemi

“Politics and Performance: Shakespeare on the Albanian Stage”
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association (PaMLA) Conference, Western  Washington University, Nov. 2018
“Compulsory Homeovestism: The Fabrication of the Fashioned Body in Renaissance Germany” (Co-Authored with Matthew Pascucci)
Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Conference, March  2019
 “Sexual Ecology: The Bawdy Body in Pericles”
 ACMRS Conference, Arizona State University, Feb. 2018…
…Ph.D. English Literature, Arizona State University, (Expected).
B.A. English Literature, UMass Boston, 2015.
A.A. Early Childhood Education, Bunker Hill Community College, 2013….

Marinela Golemi is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at Arizona State University focusing on early modern drama. She was born in Albania, and grew up in Greece, but it was in Boston, MA where she discovered her passion for English literature. Her dissertation research has connected her back to those roots as she explores how Shakespeare has been appropriated in Albanian performances through the racialized and gendered rhetoric of translations. Her other research interests include global/glocal Shakespeares, bodies and early modern fashion, animal studies, and female power and agency in the early modern period. 

MemberTaylor R. Genovese

…2017–20## — Ph.D. Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Committee: Gaymon Bennett (Chair), Alexander Aviña, and David Graeber.

2015–2017 — M.A. Anthropology (with Distinction)
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.
Thesis: The New Right Stuff: Social Imaginaries of Outer Space & the Capitalist Accumulation of the Cosmos
Advisor: Miguel L. Vásquez

2011–2013 — B.A. Anthropology (magna cum laude and with Honors; minor: Classics)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona….

Taylor R. Genovese draws on his background in sociocultural anthropology and political theory as a doctoral student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (HSD) program at Arizona State University, where he is pursuing his interest in the social imaginaries of human futures on Earth and in outer space. He is doing so by pulling from the intellectual and applied traditions of abolition democracy, new materialisms, critical secular studies, relational ethics, performance studies, multimodality, Marxism, and anarchism. His dissertation work focuses on producing a genealogy of futurist discourse surrounding human immortality and space travel. He is tracing the legacy of these ideas from the Proletkult movement as well as from the Russian Cosmists, a loose-knit esoteric political-spiritual-artistic group operating in the decades surrounding the Russian Revolution. He is interested in the ways in which utopian ideas rooted in human solidarity get transmuted into the egocentric dreams of the wealthy through declensionist narratives.

MemberFrancis F. K. Agbemade

…Ph.D in Spanish – Cultural Studies specialization (expected May, 2019): Arizona State University
Master of Arts in Spanish – Literature and Linguistics (May, 2014): Ohio University
Bachelor of Arts (French & Spanish) (May, 2010): University of Ghana, Legon…

Francis (Fred) Agbemade was born in Abor, a small Ewe-speaking community in Ghana, West Africa. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from the University of Ghana. He also studied Spanish at the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba. He participated in an internship program with University of Seville’s Translation Bureau. He also pursued Translation Studies at the University of Seville. He later obtained his Master’s degree in Spanish from Ohio University. Fred Agbemade is currently a Spanish PhD candidate in the School of International Letters and, Arizona State University. His research interests include Afro-Caribbean & Latin American literature and culture, Cuban & Cuban-American Cinema, Chicano & Afro-American literature and Cultural Productions.

MemberDesiree Rowe

Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2009…
… Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.


Rowe, D.D. & Justus, Z. (2008, December). The “accounibilabuddy”: Advanced peer

mentoring for graduate students. Spectra.



Peer-Reviewed Stage Performances

Rowe, D. D. Writer and performer, solo. Depressive Realism is Why No One Showed Up To My

            6th Birthday.
2016, March. Plenary performance. Doing Auto Ethnography annual conference.
2015, September. Performed at Arizona State University.
2015, January. Performed at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Andreas Featured Performance.
2014, December. Performed at University of South Carolina Upstate.
Rowe, D.D. (2009, March). Writer and director. Drink, Drank, Drugged. Empty Space Theater, Arizona State University.


Rowe, D. D. (2008, January). Writer and performer, solo. Just read my manifesto:
A performance with Valerie Solanas. Performed at the HopKins Black Box Theatre…

Dr. Desireé D. Rowe received her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 2009 from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She also earned her M.A. from Minnesota State, Mankato and B.A. in English from Seton Hall University. Her work lives at the intersections of queer performance ethnography, feminist rhetorical perspectives on popular culture, and digital discourses. Her research agenda currently focuses on radical negativity and failure (among other darker aspects of human subjectivity) to reimagine alternative constructions of possibility. Her work includes articles in Women and Language, Text and Performance Quarterly, Cultural Studies -Critical Methodologies, Rethinking History: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Qualitative Inquiry, many book chapters, and a solo autoethnographic performance that she is touring. She was recently awarded the Best Book Chapter of 2015 by the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division. In her spare time, she likes to watch crappy reality television and period dramas and build cardboard rocket ships with her daughter.

MemberCarlos Rodríguez Rellán

Specialist in Lithic Industry, Experimental Archaeology and Late Prehistory Rock Art. My most recent research interests are Geographic Information Systems (GRASS GIS), Statistics (R), Agent-Based Modeling (NetLogo) and their application in Archaeology. Postdoctoral researcher at the GEPN-AAT, Santiago de Compostela University (Spain). Fernand Braudel-IFER Scholar (2015) –Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’homme (Paris, France)–  at the Laboratoire de Recherches Archéologiques, CNRS (UMR 6566) and at the Université de Nantes. Fulbright Visiting Scholar (2012-2014) at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and at the Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity (Arizona State University, USA).  

MemberSookja Cho

I am an associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures. My research concerns Korean and Chinese literature and culture, Sino-Korean exchange, and East Asian comparative literature. My primary focus is on the premodern period. I have a particular interest in subjects which reveal a heterogeneous but interconnected East Asian past, such as gender and religion, orality and performance, mobility and diasporas, and literary migrations. I am eager to represent the concerns and interests of colleagues and friends who teach East Asian languages, literatures, and cultures. As a member of the forum, I would draw upon my knowledge, skills, and experiences to facilitate and encourage dialogues about East Asia among scholars across disciplines. I would also like to improve the general audience’s understanding of East Asia’s cultural legacy as an essential part of our modern, culturally nomadic lives. With scholarship in the humanities under ongoing and increasing threat, I strive to voice our hopes of reframingthe role and value of humanities education and of exploring new approaches that benefit our humanities communities, including those that interface with artificial intelligence.