MemberTheresa Schmid

…University Of Michigan Press…

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.

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.  

MemberGarrett Schumann

…2015 – D.M.A. in Music Composition, University of Michigan

2012 – M.M. in Music Composition, University of Michigan

2010 – B.M. in Music Composition (magna cum laude), Rice University…

My name is Garrett Schumann, I am a composer, music scholar, and arts administrator based in Ypsilanti, MI. In 2015, I received my D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Michigan, and since then I have held faculty positions in music and the liberal arts at the University of Michigan, Appalachian State University, Western Michigan University, Madonna University, and Washtenaw Community College. My research interests include heavy metal music, gender studies, engraving music manuscripts, music theory pedagogy, and the music of obscure composers with minority identities (i.e. women, people of color, and members of other historically oppressed populations). I am also an award-winning composer whose original vocal, instrumental, and electronic works are regularly performed across the country and internationally. And, I serve as the co-founding Executive Director of ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, a nonprofit concert presenting organization whose mission is to share the music of rarely performed and underrepresented twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around the world with audiences across the state of Michigan.

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.

MemberKush Patel

…2016 PhD in Architecture, University of Michigan, USA

2011 Master of Science in Architecture, University of Michigan, USA

2005 Master of Architecture, CEPT University, India

2002 Bachelor of Architecture, South Gujarat University, India


2016 Graduate Teacher Certificate, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan, USA…

Dr. Kush Patel (they/he) is Associate Professor of Architecture and the Humanities at Avani Institute of Design. They are an architect as well as a theorist and historian of social space, participatory politics, and engaged pedagogy, working at the intersections of architecture and the digital public humanities. Dr. Patel has taught seminars on place and power, and on “spatial agency” in architecture at academic institutions in India and the US, and has developed critical pedagogy initiatives in the context of architecture and anti-colonial, queer, and feminist digital humanities within and beyond these networks. Dr. Patel is also the academic editor of PUBLIC, an international peer-reviewed, multimedia journal focused on humanities, arts, and design in public life. Prior to joining Avani Institute of Design, Dr. Patel held academic appointments as Associate Faculty Librarian of Digital Pedagogy, as an Adjunct Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Humanities, and as Institute for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. They received their Ph.D. in Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, and hold professional degrees with distinction in Architecture and Urban Design from South Gujarat University, Surat and CEPT University, Ahmedabad respectively, as well as a Master of Science in Architectural Design Studies from the University of Michigan.

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.

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.).