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MemberMollie Freier

I’m a librarian and professor at Northern Michigan University. I used to be a an English professor at a different institution, and have the distinction (?) of having been tenured and promoted to Professor in two different careers. My research focus is mystery and detective fiction, and I am currently working on a book on libraries, librarians, and information in mystery fiction since 1970.

MemberDaniel Golembeski

Dan Golembeski teaches French at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His research interests revolve around the field of sociolinguistics; he is especially intrigued by situations of language contact and minority language maintenance. For his doctoral thesis, he conducted fieldwork in Hearst, a French-speaking community in Northern Ontario, and over the past decade he has taken an interest in the linguistic situation of the island of Mayotte: he had the opportunity to travel there in 2003 and again in 2005. He is also a translator of travel literature and of works pertaining to environmental issues.

MemberJen Andrella

My research interests include nineteenth-century territorial development in the American West, Reconstruction-era politics, and the historical relationship between Northern Plains Indian tribes, settlers, and the government.  My dissertation will focus on Montana Territory (1864-1889) as a case study to examine how national issues like territorial development, justice systems, and conflicts with Native communities were debated locally and nationally. Ultimately, these widespread debates reveal how the nation continued to divide during the Reconstruction era and challenges how historians traditionally conceptualize this period. My work utilizes Ethnohistorical approaches that incorporate non-traditional documentary evidence like art, fictional literature, and music which allows stronger representation of Indigenous culture and memory. I am also interested in Digital Humanities, particularly text mining, mapping, and big data analysis.

MemberRebekah Pratt-Sturges

I am an art historian with expertise in the chivalric culture of the late Middle Ages and human-animal studies. I specialize in the construction of identity and the role of animals in medieval society. My dissertation, “Illuminating the Medieval Hunt: Power and Performance in Gaston Fébus’ Le livre de Chasse,” examined Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS. fr. 616, an early fifteenth-century illuminated manuscript of Le livre de chasse composed by Gaston Fébus, Count of Foix and Viscount of Béarn (1331-1391), in 1389. My analysis applied critical theoretical frameworks to interpret the manuscript as a meaning-making object within the visual culture of the Middle Ages. I have taught courses in art history, museum studies, humanities, and environmental humanities at NAU since 2013. As a Lecturer in Public Humanities, I now regularly teach classes which explore the public and digital humanities. My teaching areas of research include museum studies (repatriation and cultural heritage) and civic engagement in museums and universities. My classes feature WordPress and the creation of digital exhibitions using the webapplication platform Omeka. In addition to contributing to the Liberal Studies mission at NAU, I promote career readiness in the College of Arts & Letters through classes and workshops devoted to preparing students for graduate studies and careers in the humanities.