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MemberShelley Tremain

I am disabled feminist philosopher of disability. I specialize in feminist philosophy of disability, Foucault, social and political philosophy, and biopolitics. I am the author of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2017) and the editor of Foucault and the Government of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2005, 2015). I am a coordinator of and blogger at Discrimination and Disadvantage, a philosophy blog that highlights issues and concerns about discrimination, exclusion, and underrepresentation in philosophy, where I post Dialogues on Disability, the very popular series of interviews that I am conducting with disabled philosophers.  

MemberJames Walters

I teach courses on biblical studies and early Christianity at Rochester University in Michigan. My research is primarily focused on the early Syriac traditions of Christianity, particularly the spread of Christianity within the Persian Empire. More broadly, I am also interested in the reception and transmission of Scripture, Jewish-Christian relations, and post-Chalcedonian Christological disputes.

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.

MemberStephanie Batkie

Dr. Stephanie L. Batkie holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A. in Comparative Literary Studies) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in English, Certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies).  Her work focuses on the late medieval period, and she has published on literature written in Middle English, Medieval Latin, and Anglo-Norman. She is currently a Teaching Associate Professor, the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and the Director of the Writing Center at The University of the South.

MemberColin Roust


PhD in Musicology, University of Michigan (2007)
Graduate Certificate in Film and Media Studies, University of Michigan (2007)
BMus in Performance and Music History, University of Missouri (2001)

Colin Roust joined the University of Kansas musicology faculty in 2014, after prior experience at Roosevelt University and the Oberlin Conservatory. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, with specializations in twentieth-century music and film music, and his areas of research interest include the French composer Georges Auric, music history pedagogy, music and politics, and the intersection of music and the other arts in multimedia genres (song, film, opera, ballet, etc.).

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.

MemberMatt Brim

… James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2014. “Queer Pedagogical Desire: A Study Guide.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 41.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2013): 173-189. “Larry Mitchell: Novelist of New York Gay Life.” Obituary. The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide 20.3 (2013): 11. “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP Study Guide.” Online educational resource. United in Anger.Dir. Jim Hubbard. March 2013 . “Edmund White and Rakesh Satyal Headline First Kessler Conversation of the Year.” CLAGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) Newsletter (Spring 2012): 6. “James Baldwin’s Queer Utility.” ANQ: A Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 24.4 (2011): 209-216. “The Problems with ‘Post-Gay.’” With Amin Ghaziani. Sexual Behavior, Politics, and Communities Division Newsletter of the Society for t…

Brim’s research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century queer American literature and culture and on queer pedagogy. His book, James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination (2014), is available from the University of Michigan Press. His current book project is titled Queer Pedagogy. Brim also co-edits the journal WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly.

MemberDaniel Golembeski

Dan Golembeski teaches French at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His research interests revolve around the field of sociolinguistics; he is especially intrigued by situations of language contact and minority language maintenance. For his doctoral thesis, he conducted fieldwork in Hearst, a French-speaking community in Northern Ontario, and over the past decade he has taken an interest in the linguistic situation of the island of Mayotte: he had the opportunity to travel there in 2003 and again in 2005. He is also a translator of travel literature and of works pertaining to environmental issues.