MemberAntonio Luciano Tosta

Luciano Tosta is Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas. Before joining the faculty at KU, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his graduate studies at Brown University, Dr. Tosta taught at Harvard University, Boston University, and Rhode Island College. He received Harvard University’s Certificate of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching, and featured on the University of Illinois’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. In Brazil he taught at the Federal and State Universities of Bahia.

MemberAmity Reading

Amity Reading received her B.A. from the University of Chicago, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary area of specialization is Old English literature, with subspecialties in world literature, later medieval literature, and Shakespeare. She has published on Anglo-Saxon and later medieval religious poetry. Her research interests include philology and historicism, queer studies, and disability studies. She teaches courses on Old and Middle English, World Literature, and Shakespeare.

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.

MemberKent Navalesi

I am a PhD candidate in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I specialize in Late Antiquity with particular research interests in the religious uses of literacy in the early barbarian kingdoms. My dissertation, tentatively titled “Venantius Fortunatus and the Literary Promotion of Saints’ Cults inSixth-Century Gaul,” examines the prose hagiography of Fortunatus and the ways they engage contemporary discourses on salvation and pastoral care. I am also hoping to publish the first English translation of the heretofore untranslated Fortunatan prose lives. CV here.

MemberPerry Collins

Perry Collins is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, where she manages initiatives promoting open access in scholarship and education, copyright literacy, and ethical approaches to digital scholarship. Before joining UF in 2018, Collins held a similar position at the Ball State University Libraries in Muncie, Indiana, and worked for six years as a program officer in the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Collins holds a M.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.A. in American Studies from the University of Kansas.

MemberHeidi Dodson

…University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD History
University of Texas-Austin, MLIS
Southeast Missouri State University, BS Biology…

Heidi Dodson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Humanities in the World initiative at the Penn State Humanities Institute. She is a historian who specialized in twentieth-century African American history. Her research interests include community building, social movements, race and landscape, public and digital history, and environmental history. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Heidi is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, titled “We Cleared the Land with Our Hands”: Claiming Black Community Space in the Missouri Delta. Her work interrogates the intersections of rural migration, activism, and place in the Border South. Heidi most recently held positions as the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Scholarship at the University at Buffalo (2018-2019) and Oral History Scholar-in-Residence at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Chapel Hill, NC (2017-2018).

MemberAdam Edwards

…University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign…

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)
M.A. Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
B.A. Philosophy, Wake Forest University (2011)
B.A. Physics, Wake Forest University (2011)

Hi! I’m Adam. (he/him) I’m a philosophy student and teacher. Right now I’m a PhD candidate in the philosophy department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an adjunct instructor at Lincoln College. My research is motivated by an interest in projects in philosophy of science and metaphysics that involve causal graphical models. These projects include defending a view of scientific explanation where causal models play a significant role, developing an empiricist-minded modal epistemology, and giving a causal modeling analysis of dynamic systems. My dissertation is on causal modeling interventions and experimental design. I also have research interests in the potential of data mining and machine learning to contribute to philosophical inquiry and in experimental philosophy. Outside of philosophy, I like hiking with my dogs Rose and Siege, designing games, and drinking an inordinate amount of coffee.