MemberJohn Tinnell

My research focuses on new media technologies and communication practices that integrate with the built environment to affect urban life; he emphasizes the challenges and opportunities they present for writers, artists, cultural critics, and public intellectuals across the humanities. My new book — Actionable Media (Oxford UP, 2018) — explores a new wave of digital culture emerging in the wake of ubiquitous computing, smart cities, and the Internet of Things. I co-edited (with Sean Morey) a 2017 book titled Augmented Reality: Innovative Perspectives across Art, Industry, and Academia.

MemberGeorge Flaherty

George Flaherty is an associate professor of art history and director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS).   Dr. Flaherty’s research and teaching focus primarily on visual, urban, and media cultures in twentieth-century and contemporary Latin America and the Latino U.S., with emphasis on Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Cuba. His interests extend to postcolonial and subaltern studies, and the historiography of “global contemporary” art. On campus he is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and Center for Mexican American Studies.   His first book, Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the ’68 Movement (University of California Press 2016), investigated the spatial dimensions of the 1968 student-led democratization movement in Mexico City and its afterlives. This project received support from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington), Social Science Research Council, Society of Architectural Historians, and a Fulbright-García Robles grant to Mexico City, where he was a visiting scholar at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Hotel Mexico was recognized with the 17th annual Arvey Book Award from the Association of Latin American Art.   His second book, tentatively titled Aperturas: Opening Social Truth in Greater Mexico between Still and Moving Images, examines the increasingly overlapping roles of photography, film, and television as creative strategies for advancing critical modernity and social justice in Mexico and its borderlands in the long twentieth century.   Dr. Flaherty’s essays and reviews have appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural HistoriansArt in Translation, and History of Photography, as well as several anthologies, including Genealogías del arte contemporáneo en México, 1952-1967 (IIE/UNAM 2015), Defying Stability: Artistic Processes in Mexico, 1952-1967 (MUAC 2014), and Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories (Routledge 2012). He has lectured at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, and Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco.   From 2012-2018 he is co-principal investigator, with Dr. Andrea Giunta (Universidad de Buenos Aires), of “Grounds for Comparison: Neo-Vanguards and Latin American/U.S. Latino Art, 1960-90,” a series of research seminars and publications for emerging scholars from across the Americas sponsored by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative. He has also contributed to curatorial projects at the Autry Museum of the American West, Harry Ransom Center, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and served on the editorial board of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.

MemberNancy Um

Nancy Um is professor of art history at Binghamton University. She received her MA and PhD in art history from UCLA. Her research explores the Islamic world from the perspective of the coast, with a focus on material, visual, and built culture on the Arabian Peninsula and around the rims of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Her first book The Merchant Houses of Mocha: Trade and Architecture in an Indian Ocean Port (University of Washington Press, 2009) relies upon a cross-section of visual, architectural, and textual sources to present the early modern coastal city of Mocha as a space that was nested within wider world networks, structured to communicate with far-flung ports and cities across a vast matrix of exchange. Her second book, Shipped but not Sold: Material Culture and the Social Order of Trade during Yemen’s Age of Coffee (University of Hawai’i Press, 2017), explores the material practices and informal social protocols that undergirded the overseas trade in 18th C Yemen. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, African Arts, Northeast African Studies, Journal of Early Modern History, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, Art History, and Getty Research Journal. She has received research fellowships from the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation, and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.

MemberMichael Stanley-Baker

I am an historian of Chinese Medicine and Religion, with a focus first in the early Imperial period, and secondly in contemporary Taiwan, China and Han diasporic communities. I also have a clinical degree in Chinese medicine, and am interested in how healing practices bridge multiple personal, embodied and social dimensions. I am currently writing a book on the emergence of medicine and religion as different but closely related fields of practice in early imperial China, provisionally titled Situating Practice: Medicine and Religion in Early Imperial China. I am also co-editing two other books, the Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Situating Medicine and Religion Across Asia.  I am project lead on a Digital Humanities project titled Drugs Across Asia. This data-mines the Buddhist, Daoist and medical corpora for data concerning materia medica. This project combines text-marking, statistical analysis, network visualisation and GIS mapping to provide entirely new levels of analysis of pre-modern text corpora, showing the distribution of drug terms across time, space, and textual genre. It is a collaborative venture between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, National Taiwan University and Dharma Drum Institute for Liberal Arts, with contributors from Fu-jen University, Taipei. The primary toolsets are DocuSky and MARKUS. I also serve as a Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Asian Medicine (IASTAM), a multi-disciplinary society including history, anthropology, ethno-botany, ethno-pharmacology, public health, clinical trials, and is the only society of its kind to include practitioners. We publish the journal Asian Medicine, host conferences, and are engaged in collaborative research as well as advocacy to global institutions such as the WHO, the Humboldt Forum, and the WHS.

MemberCharlie Gleek

Charlie Gleek is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in the Comparative Studies Program at Florida Atlantic University, under the co-direction of Dr. Taylor Hagood and Dr. Marcella Munson. Overtly interdisciplinary by training, Charlie’s scholarly concentration focuses on the print culture of southern literature during the late-capitalist period. His dissertation project, “Southern Fringes: Literary Magazines, Paratext, and Larry Brown’s Short Fiction,” draws on bibliographic and book history methods and post-critique reading practices to demonstrate the significance varieties of southernness are found beyond literary representation in the paratext and material features of bibliographic documents. Charlie’s recently published work appears in The Chattahoochee ReviewPenumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical Inquiry, i.e.: inquiry in education, and on Humanities Commons. Charlie’s teaching interests intersect across the following areas: American Literature and History, Anglophone World Literature and History, Artists’ Books and Book Arts, History of the Book and Print Culture, Literary and Cultural Studies, Multicultural Literature and History, New Southern Literature, Culture, and History, Postcolonial Literature and History, and Rhetoric and Composition.Charlie’s most recent teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ Interdisciplinary Studies program, the Department of English, and the Department of History. Charlie also works as a Program Assistant in the College’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Charlie’s range of interests and experiences fall well outside academia. A musician since childhood, he toured internationally and recorded as a member of the American Boychoir under the direction of James Litton. Charlie’s contemporary musical projects, recordings, and performances in warehouses and homes, bars and pubs, to dedicated concert venues and summer touring festivals, spans more than three decades of work, including his current roles as drummer and bassist in several bands. Before coming to academia, Charlie worked as a landscaper, on loading docks, and in warehouses, on retail floors, and as a line cook: working-class experiences that inform both his scholarship and pedagogy. Charlie teaches in the Humanities Department at St. Anne’s-Belfield and lives with his wife Kate Schmitt and their dog Maddie in Charlottesville, VA.

MemberKay Sohini Kumar

I am a South Asian immigrant, a comics-maker and PhD candidate currently living in New York, originally from Calcutta, India. I am currently drawing my doctoral dissertation as a comic, which is an autoethnographic project about growing up in suburban India, homophobia in my hometown, living with chronic respiratory illness, and migrating to the US. In both my creative and academic work, I focus on how comics can be utilized by scholars and artists alike to amplify marginalized voices. My work on comics has been published in Assay: A Journal of Non-fiction Studies and Sequentials, and is about to be published in the Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives (de Gruyter) in 2020-21. In 2020, I received the Edward Guiliano Global Fellowship to fund the fieldwork for my comic “Resistance During the Fall of the World’s Largest Democracy”; this project aims to image textually capture the resistance movement against rising xenophobia in India, which has been exacerbated in the wake of COVID-19. I also serve as the Secretary of the International Comic Arts Forum, and write about comics and various precarities in Gradhacker, IHE. In 2019, I launched the webzine Comics from the Margins to highlight works by emerging diverse comic artists from the Global South Check out snippets of my work at my HCommons blog.  

MemberJames Gifford

I am Professor of English in the School of the Humanities and Director of the University Core at Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus. In Fall 2017, I was Visiting Professor at l’Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, and for the Fall of 2011, I was Visiting Professor of English in the graduate program at Simon Fraser University. For 2006–2008, I was an Assistant Professor (limited term) and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. I pursue studies in Music and performance as well. Beginning, July 1st, 2017, I am Director of FDU Press, the editorial offices for which relocated to FDU’s Vancouver campus. My research interests include Transatlantic Modernism (British, American, Irish, and Canadian), colonialism and decolonization, prose and poetry, media studies, cultural studies, genetic criticism, anarchism, radical political thought, and opera. I have particular interests in Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller, Elizabeth Smart, T.S. Eliot, Ursula K. Le Guin, Aidan Higgins, and related authors.