MemberYevgenya Strakovsky

Research Focus:
The long 19th Century (Romanticism, Realism, High Modernism),
Education and the Individual (The Bildungsroman, autonomy, agency, citizenship, personality, character development)Methodological Interests/Interdisciplinary Ties:
Translation Studies,
History of Visual Arts,
History of Music,
Cognitive Approaches to Literature,
Graphic Design and VisualizationProfessional Concerns:
Humanities in Higher Education,
Public Outreach,
Arts Administration

MemberPauline Saliga

Pauline Saliga is the Executive Director of the Society of Architectural Historians, an international not-for-profit membership association with a dual role.  SAH is a professional association for people who teach the history of the built environment and it is a public outreach platform that shares new research with design professionals and broad publics. Prior to serving as Director of SAH, Saliga had a museum career holding curatorial positions in the Department of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

MemberCaitlin Brenner

Caitlin Rose Brenner has recently received her doctoral degree in English Literature from Texas A&M University. Dr. Brenner specializes in medieval studies with special expertise in translation studies, women and gender studies, book history, and the digital humanities. She is particularly passionate about public outreach endeavors and strives to support efforts to broaden scholarly accessibility. She currently works as digitization library assistant at the Dolph Briscoe Center of American History and as writing assessment specialist for the OnRamps program, both at the University of Texas at Austin. She has six years of experience in education and has taught thirteen sections of upper- and lower-level undergraduate courses, as well as experience working with middle- and high-school students. Dr. Brenner has served as project manager for the Center of Digital Humanities Research at TAMU and as editorial fellow for the World Shakespeare Bibliography. 

MemberBurton Bargerstock

Burton A. Bargerstock is executive director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, director of Communication and Information Technology, and special advisor to the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University. His work focuses on institutional research, communication, culture, and technologies related to community-engaged scholarship and university outreach. He leads MSU’s Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument project, teaches in the MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, and presents/publishes on themes related to community engagement and scholarship in higher education. Burton serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, for which he guest edited a 2012 issue; a section co-editor of the International Journal of Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement; a member of the editorial board of UNBOUND: Reinventing Higher Education; and senior series editor of the Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement book series (MSU Press). In 2017, he was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) and elected its president. Burton has served as a member and the chairperson of the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. He also previously served on the board of directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Council on Engagement and Outreach, and has also been a long-time member of EDUCAUSE. Burton organized the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s 2011 National Outreach Scholarship Conference and remains active with the organization. On campus, he is president of the MSU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

MemberVirginia Veiga Bryant

Strong and agile marketing and sales professional with demonstrated success for a diverse array of influential organizations including a University Press and Leading Textbook Publisher, Large Nonprofit Organizations, a Think Tank, and a Trade Publishing Company. Accomplished executive with wide ranging expertise in Strategic Planning, Communications, Forecasting, Business Modeling, Data Analysis, Editing, Public Speaking, Online Outreach, Business Development, and Publications. Experienced Adjunct Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and mentoring students and young professionals. 

MemberTheresa Schmid

I work with authors to plan and carry out marketing for their books published through the University of Michigan Press, in addition to working with other areas of Michigan Publishing on outreach and engagement. I started my career finding media and other opportunities for authors at a small publicity firm and have added a variety of marketing communications experience to my resume since then. I joined the University of Michigan in late 2018 and worked at the Department of Philosophy and Center for Social Solutions before taking on my current role.

MemberMichael Noble

I am interested in the deployment of academic and scientific expertise in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My doctoral research explores how University College Nottingham responded to the crisis of the First World War and, in particular, how its research staff were recruited or volunteered to contribute their expertise to the war effort. The project examines two strands:

  • The effect of wartime conditions on the College. This strand includes assessments of the absence of male students and staff of military age, the financial implications of these absences and restructuring of the organisation in response.
  • The contribution made by the College to the national war effort. This includes the provision of specialised training courses for military recruits and munitions workers, the use of College buildings and equipment for war work and the contribution of the College’s specialist technical expertise to the war economy. It also includes an assessment of the relationship between the College (and individual researchers) and industrial organisations, such as Cammell Laird, Rolls-Royce and British Dyestuffs Ltd.

I set these effects and contributions in the context not only of the College’s trajectory of development but also of the wider changes in higher education and research in early twentieth century Britain. Project themes include the history of science, state-organised research, the history of education, the First World War, urban networks, technology and innovation.   I have expertise in university-public engagement, including the brokering and management of productive working relationships between researchers and non-university partners; the planning and delivery of outreach and engagement events, both on and off campus; development and administration of co-production research projects and research project management.   I am responsible for project management and community liaison for the Centre for Hidden Histories, an AHRC-funded First World War Engagement Centre. In this role I have administered over 25 co-production research projects, organised and delivered public outreach events across the UK and established a nationwide network of academic researchers and community leaders. I regularly run history education sessions for primary and secondary school pupils.   In 2016 I organised Beyond the Western Front: The Global First World War, a two-day conference that blended academic papers with a showcase of community group projects. I provide advice and consultation for academics and non-university partners interesting in collaboration and co-production.   I am the author of two non-fiction children’s books on historical topics: D-Day: 20 Real Life Stories of the Normandy Invasion (Quarto Kids, 2019) and The Secret Life of Spies (Quarto Kids, 2020)  

MemberCatherine Boland Erkkila

…NEH-funded project to publish new thematic content in SAH Archipedia, and to update existing content. This project also includes development of K-12 teaching resources and public outreach.

SAH Archipedia State 100 Project, an NEH-funded initiative to expand publication coverage to all 50 states.


Catherine Boland Erkkila is the Managing Editor of SAH Archipedia, a peer-reviewed, mapped, and illustrated online database of American architecture and landscapes. Prior to joining the Society of Architectural Historians, Boland Erkkila taught at Rutgers University. She has received several awards and fellowships for her research on American railways and immigration, including the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a resident fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s 2016 Bishir Prize for a publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes.

MemberLucy Barnes

I’m Editor and Outreach Co-Ordinator at Open Book Publishers, a leading independent not-for-profit Open Access book publisher, founded and run by academics. I work with ScholarLed, a consortium of five academic-led, not-for-profit OA book presses of which Open Book Publishers is a founder member, and I do outreach work for the COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) project, which is building open, community-governed infrastructure to develop and strengthen Open Access book publishing. I’m also completing a PhD on theatrical adaptations of nineteenth-century novels and poetry. Cover photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash.