MemberEli Anders

I am a historian of medicine and public health in modern Britain. My research focuses on the history of convalescent care in England since the nineteenth century. My interests include the history of the hospital, the history of urban public health, and the history of therapeutic epistemologies. I currently teach in the Writing Program at Haverford College.

MemberJeremiah Mercurio

I currently serve as Head of Humanities & History in the Columbia University Libraries. Previously, I held positions as a librarian and faculty member at Fairfield University and Haverford College. My doctoral dissertation, completed at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, focused on the role of language and fantasy in Anglophone Decadent fiction and illustration. My scholarly interests include Decadent literature and art, book studies, literary doodling, comparative media studies, and Appalachian literature.

MemberSarah Wilma Watson

Sarah Wilma Watson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Haverford College where she teaches courses on Chaucer, Shakespeare, medieval and early modern gender and sexuality, and premodern women writers. Her current book project, Reading Across the Channel: Christine de Pizan in England, France, and Burgundy, examines a transnational community of late-medieval Francophone readers, focusing in particular on the participation of women in cross-Channel literary culture. She is also pursuing a digital humanities project entitled Books of Duchesses: Mapping Women Book Owners in Francophone Europe, 1350-1550 ( in collaboration with Dr. S.C. Kaplan (Rice University) and the Haverford Digital Scholarship team.

MemberAlison Joseph

Alison Joseph is an adjunct assistant professor of Bible and its Interpretation at The Jewish Theological Seminary and Senior Editor of The Posen Library. She is a recipient of the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, for her first book Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics. She has previously taught at Swarthmore College, Towson University, Villanova University, Haverford College,  and Ursinus College.

MemberErika Piola

…University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, M.A. in U.S. History, 1996

Haverford College, Haverford, PA, B.A. in History, 1993…

Erika Piola has worked in the Print and Photograph Department at the Library Company of Philadelphia since 1997. She received her B.A. from Haverford College and her M.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. She is Co-Director of the Visual Culture Program and has served as a project director and curator for a number of Library Company initiatives, including Common Touch, Philadelphia on Stone, 18th-and 19th-Century Ephemera, and African Americana Graphics. She is editor and contributor to Philadelphia on Stone: Commercial Lithography in Philadelphia, 1828-1878 (Penn State University Press, 2012). Ms. Piola has also presented and published work on American visual culture, 19th-century ephemera, the antebellum Philadelphia print market, and the Library’s African American history and photography collections. Her research interests include Philadelphia lithography, the frame maker and print dealer James S. Earle, and stereographs portraying the New Woman.

MemberJonathan David Lawrence

…Haverford college – BA in literature

Hebrew university of Jerusalem – Wallenberg scholar

Pittsburgh theological seminary – MDiv

University of Notre Dame – PhD…

  • I have studied religious interactions in antiquity and modern times.  I’m currently studying religious diversity in Buffalo, N.Y. and working on some digital humanities projects to illustrate that diversity.