MemberSravanthi Kollu

…2019 Ph.D. Asian Literatures, Cultures and Media (Minor in Comparative Literature), University of Minnesota

2013  M.A. Asian Literatures, Cultures and Media, University of Minnesota

2009 M. Phil. Cultural Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India

2007 M.A. English Literature, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, India…

Sravanthi Kollu is a cultural historian with research interests in South Asian Studies, comparative literature and cultural studies. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2019 and is currently a College Fellow at the Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University.  

MemberTammy Berberi

I teach French language and modern French literature and culture at the University of Minnesota, Morris, a public liberal arts college. I work in continental French disability studies. I have a long history of professional service to Disability Studies and first served the MLA Committee on Disability Issues 1997-2000. I care about diversity of people, perspectives, and theoretical approaches in understanding disability and disabled students; listening, equity, and affording space and opportunities to others; the language(s) we use to think about disability; the interdependence of theory and activism. What can disability studies do next to make more space(s) in higher ed for people with disabilities and their smarts and experiences?

MemberSharon Leon

…University of Minnesota, Ph.D., American Studies Department, August 2004.
Georgetown University, A.B., Program in American Studies, May 1997, Magna Cum Laude. Minor in Theology….
…y in the 1920s,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 59:1 (Jan. 2004): 3-49. Recipient of the 2005 Stanley Jackson Prize for the best article in the JHMAS from 2002-2005.
“Beyond the Principle Investigator: Countering the ‘Great Man’ History of Digital History,” in Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminist Digital Humanities, edited by Jacqueline Wernimont and Elizabeth Losh (in process for University of Minnesota Press).
“Complexity and Collaboration: Doing Public History in a Digital Environment,” in The Oxford Handbook of Public History, edited by Paula Hamilton and James B. Gardner (Oxford University Press, 2017).
“Digital Resources: The Bracero History Archive,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History (Oxford University Press, 2017). <…

Sharon M. Leon is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, where she is developing projects on digital public history and digital networking projects related to enslaved communities in Maryland. Leon received her bachelors of arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1997 and her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Her first book, An Image of God: the Catholic Struggle with Eugenics, was published by University of Chicago Press (May 2013). Prior to joining the History Department at MSU, Leon spent over thirteen years at George Mason University’s History Department at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media as Director of Public Projects, where she oversaw dozens of award-winning collaborations with library, museum, and archive partners from around the country. Leon continues to serve as the Director of the Omeka web publishing platform.

MemberNicholas Wagner

…” presented at CAMWS, Kitchener, Ontario; Apr. 6, 2017

“Political Shorthand: Thucydides’ Metaphorical Use of ‘Tyranny’,” presented at  CAMWS, Williamsburg, Virginia; Mar. 18, 2016

“Pliny’s House of Memory: Painting a Better Villa in Epistle 5.6” (revised), presented at the University of Wisconsin Madison Graduate Colloquium, Oct. 24, 2015

“Pliny’s House of Memory: Painting a Better Villa in Epistle 5.6”, presented for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Colloquium Series, Jan. 23, 2015…
…PhD Classics – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2018, anticipated)

BA Classics, Classical Humanities – University of Wisconsin, Madison (2012)…

Nick is a PhD candidate in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he received a BA in Classics and Classical Humanities. His research interests include Greek and Roman historiography, Greek and Roman intellectual history, Roman political oratory, and Roman religion. He is writing his dissertation on the development of religious rhetoric in a number of Cicero’s from throughout his career. In particular, he is interested in tracking the rhetorical effects of Cicero’s religious language, such as the ways in which Cicero can use religion to denigrate his opponents or extol his allies, and how those rhetorical effect fit within the larger context of Roman identity in the late Republic.

MemberMargaret Galvan

Margaret Galvan is Assistant Professor of visual rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of Florida. She is currently at work on a book, In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, under contract with the Manifold Scholarship series of the University of Minnesota Press, which traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. Her published work, which analyzes visual media culture through intersectional archival approaches, can be found in journals like WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Archive Journal, and Australian Feminist Studies and in collections like The Ages of The X-Men (2014) and Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives (2016).

MemberJoshua Reno

…PhD     University of Minnesota, Classics (2020)

MTh    Luther Seminary, New Testament (2014)

MA      Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, New Testament (2012)

MA      Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Old Testament (2012)

BA       Bethel University, Biblical & Theological Studies (2009)


Joshua Reno is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. He holds an MTh in New Testament from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). His research interests include the Pauline epistles, Hellenistic/Roman philosophy, ancient invective, and the Second Sophistic. He is writing his dissertation on the use of sexual invective in the Pauline corpus as part of his community-shaping strategy. Specifically, Joshua’s interest lies in how Paul deploys insinuations of gender-sexual deviancy/deficiency against his rivals as part of his rhetorical effort to exert control over these nascent Christian communities and how this reconsideration impacts reconstructive mirror-readings.

MemberChristopher Pexa

…Book manuscript, Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakota Oyate, 1862-1934, under contract with University of Minnesota Press

Book manuscript, Sovereign Mobilities: Indigenous Future-Making Beyond Borders, in progress …

Christopher Pexa specializes in 19th and 20th century Native American and U.S. literatures, Native American studies, and settler colonial studies, with an emphasis on questions of indigenous ethics, sovereignty, and nationalism. He is completing a book, under contract with University of Minnesota Press, entitled Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakota Oyate, that explores the ambivalent ways in which allotment-era Dakota authors played to white regimes of legibility while at the same time honoring tribal common sense and producing a contemporary Dakota nationhood. Pexa’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, čazo Ša Review, SAIL, and MELUS. He is also a published poet and is currently working on a book of prose poetry, entitled Throne of Horses, about the afterlives of Indian boarding schools.