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MemberValerie Billing

…Ph.D. English, University of California, Davis

M.A. English, University of California, Daivs

B.A. English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign…

Valerie Billing is Assistant Professor of English at Central College, where she teaches courses in Shakespeare, medieval and early modern English literature, world literature, LGBTQ+ literature, and disability literature. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Early Modern English Literature from the University of California, Davis. Valerie’s current research project investigates the erotics of size in a range of early modern drama, poetry, prose, and visual art.

MemberDavid Michalski

David Michalski is the Social and Cultural Studies Librarian at University of California, Davis. Alongside his work as a bibliographer and librarian, Michalski is a cultural theorist and student of ethnography specializing on the social meaning of taste and the creation of value in consumer society. He received a Ph.D in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory from the University of California, Davis in 2010 for his dissertation Taste After Taste: On the Aesthetic Invitation of Wine. He is the editor of the journal Streetnotes and the author of The Dialectic of Taste (Palgrave, 2015), and Cosmos and Damian: a World Trade Center Collage (Bootstrap Press, 2005). His work on the relation between aesthetics and cultural geography has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies.

MemberCorrie Decker

…University Of California, Davis…

I am an associate professor of history at the University of California, Davis. I specialize in the history of gender, childhood, sexuality, and development in East Africa. My book, Mobilizing Zanzibari Women: The Struggle for Respectability and Self-Reliance in Colonial East Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), is a history of Muslim women’s professionalization and development in colonial Zanzibar. I have published several articles and book chapters, and co-authored with Elisabeth McMahon The Idea of Development in Africa: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2020). My current research investigates the history of puberty and maturation in twentieth-century eastern Africa.

MemberJessica Howell

I am Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University and Associate Director of the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. I completed a PhD in English at University of California, Davis, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London. My first monograph, Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate, was published in 2014 by Edinburgh UP, and my forthcoming book is titled Malaria and Victorian Fictions of Empire (Cambridge UP, 2018). I teach courses in Victorian literature, literature and medicine, the Health Humanities, and women’s travel writing.  I convene the Health Humanities Seminar at the Glasscock Center and a grant on “Global Health and the Humanities.”

MemberStacy Fahrenthold

Stacy Fahrenthold is a historian of the Middle East, with research specializations on modern Syria and Lebanon, migration, displacement, and the First World War in the Ottoman Empire. She is the author of Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora (Oxford University Press 2019), which was awarded the 2020 Evelyn Shakir Nonfiction Award by the Arab American National Museum, the 2019 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies, and 2019 Syrian Studies Association Book Award. She also publishes on transnational politics in the Middle East and its borderlands, and Arabic-speaking migrants in the Americas. Fahrenthold is Associate Professor of migration history at the University of California, Davis, and is also co-editor of Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Northeastern University in 2014.

MemberRyan Lee Cartwright

Ryan Lee Cartwright’s research focuses on disability, gender, and sexuality on the social and spatial margins. Cartwright’s first book, Peculiar Places: A Queer Crip History of White Rural Nonconformity (University of Chicago Press, August 2021), maps racialized queer and disability histories of white social nonconformity across the rural US, from the 1910s to the 1990s. Their second book examines how, in the early-to-mid twentieth century US, chronic illness came to be understood as a gendered, racialized “social burden.” Cartwright teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on a wide range of topics, including disability studies, queer and trans history, the 1990s, research methodologies, social welfare, and landscapes and places. Cartwright is affiliated with the graduate groups in Cultural Studies and Performance Studies, as well as the designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research, and is coordinator of the Disability and Social In/Justice DHI research cluster. Cartwright holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, and their work has been funded by the ACLS, NEH, Hellman Family Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and American Philosophical Society, among others. Prior to their appointment at the University of California, Davis, Cartwright was associate editor of MNopedia, a digital encyclopedia of Minnesota created by the Minnesota Historical Society.