MemberHannah Dahlberg-Dodd

Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics from The Ohio State University, 2020 (expected)
M.A. in Japanese Linguistics from The Ohio State University, 2016
Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies, 2014-2015
B.A. in Linguistics and East Asian Languages from the University of Georgia, 2013

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in specializing in Japanese sociolinguistics at The Ohio State University. My research is concerned with the perception and production of fictionalized speech styles, and the relationship that these styles have with characterological figures in popular media.

MemberJon Frey

2006: Ph.D., Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA), University of California at Berkeley
2004-2006: Associate Member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
1998: M.A., University of California at Berkeley (AHMA).
1996: B.A. (summa cum laude), The Ohio State University, Departments of History and Classics: Ancient History and Classics

I am a classical archaeologist with research interests in Roman Architecture, reuse practices in antiquity, and digital approaches to material culture.  My fieldwork is centered in the Corinthia, where I hold the position of field coordinator at the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia.

MemberDaniel Skinner

Daniel Skinner, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Dublin, Ohio, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University (at Nationwide Children’s Hospital), and Assistant Director of the Health Policy Fellowship, a certificate program of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. His areas of expertise include health care politics and policy; the politics of medicine and disease; hospital-community relations; and health care for vulnerable and underserved populations.

MemberPietro Shakarian

…PhD, History, 2016-2021
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

MA, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 2013-2015
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MLIS, Library and Information Science, 2012-2013
Kent State University, Kent, OH

BA, History, 2008-2012
John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH…

A native of Cleveland, I am a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, with a focus on the Caucasus region during the era of Nikita Khrushchev’s Thaw. I earned my PhD in History at The Ohio State University, my MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, my MLIS at Kent State University, and my BA in History at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

MemberKerim Yasar

I teach modern Japanese literature and film at the University of Southern California. I was previously Assistant Professor of Japanese at The Ohio State University and had visiting appointments at Boston University and the University of Notre Dame. I was the East Asian Studies-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University between 2009-12.

MemberJohn J. Taormina

John began his career in the visual resources/image management profession in 1982. He has a B.A. and M.A. in art history as well as formal training in collections management. He has directed the image collections at George Washington University, Oberlin College, The Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan. Since 2000 he has been the Director of the Visual Media Lab at Duke University. During the past twenty years he initiated the digital imaging programs in the art and art history image collections at The Ohio State University (1994), University of Michigan (1999), and Duke University (2001). As the Director of the Visual Media Lab at Duke, he oversees all aspects of the digital and analog visual media collections (digital assets management, personnel, budget, facilities, user services, instruction), and also manages the department’s publication and communication program and the department’s building exhibition spaces. John served for ten years as editor of the VRA Bulletin, the journal of the Visual Resources Association, the international organization of image media professionals. In addition to extensive involvement in publications and educational programs in image management, John is currently exploring and researching the use of images and metadata in the digital humanities and their support requirements.

MemberNadia Nurhussein

…Rhetorics of Literacy: The Cultivation of American Dialect Poetry (The Ohio State University Press)


My work focuses on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature and culture, especially poetry. In my first book, Rhetorics of Literacy: The Cultivation of American Dialect Poetry (The Ohio State University Press, 2013), I argued that dialect poetry functioned in the turn-of-the-century US in surprising ways, challenging readers’ expectations of a light and entertaining subgenre. My current book project considers African American literary and cultural views of the politics of imperial Ethiopia from the 1860s to the 1930s, particularly as expressed in newspapers and magazines, reflecting an interest in periodical studies that has informed my research throughout my career.