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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-Present
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 PhD candidate in History at The Ohio State University. I earned 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. My primary interest is the history of Russia and the former USSR, with a specific academic focus on the Caucasus, particularly Armenia and Georgia.

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 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 Center 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 Center 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 our building’s 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)

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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.

MemberJonathan Holmes

…Ph.D. in English Literature, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio Dec. 2016.
Dissertation: On the Surface of Shakespeare’s Characters. Committee: Luke Wilson (chair), Jennifer Higginbotham, Richard Dutton

M.A. in English, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio June 2011.
Concentrations: Literary History, Rhetoric and Composition

B.A. in English with Research Distinction, Magna Cum Laude June 2009. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio…

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities at Central State University, where I have taught literature and composition courses since autumn 2016. In December 2016, I completed a PhD in English at The Ohio State University, where I was a Presidential Fellow. My dissertation developed out a year-long dissertation seminar at the Folger Shakespeare Library. I argue that previous criticism has distorted early modern conceptions of character by linking characters too closely with modern questions of depth, subjectivity, and individuality. Recent scholarship resurrects some of the tenets of traditional character criticism by offering theoretically sophisticated claims for reading Shakespeare’s characters as naturalistic. My approach presents an alternative model of character that disentangles how we talk about characters from how we talk about actual persons. Unlike previous critiques of character studies, I contend that characters matter a great deal, but that the ways they make and convey meaning have gone largely unacknowledged by scholarship preoccupied by what characters can supposedly tell us about early modern persons or subjectivity.

MemberRachel Fox Von Swearingen

Rachel Fox Von Swearingen is the subject librarian for music and performing arts at Syracuse University Libraries. She holds a B.M. in music theory from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and  a M.L.I.S. from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Rachel is an active member of the Music Library Association, currently serving as a Member At Large for the MLA board (2018-2020) in addition to previously serving as the Music Industry and Arts Management Interest Group Coordinator and the chair of the New York State/Ontario chapter of the association. Her research interests include data-driven collection development and music information literacy.