MemberRebekah Pratt-Sturges

I am an art historian with expertise in the chivalric culture of the late Middle Ages and human-animal studies. I specialize in the construction of identity and the role of animals in medieval society. My dissertation, “Illuminating the Medieval Hunt: Power and Performance in Gaston Fébus’ Le livre de Chasse,” examined Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS. fr. 616, an early fifteenth-century illuminated manuscript of Le livre de chasse composed by Gaston Fébus, Count of Foix and Viscount of Béarn (1331-1391), in 1389. My analysis applied critical theoretical frameworks to interpret the manuscript as a meaning-making object within the visual culture of the Middle Ages. I have taught courses in art history, museum studies, humanities, and environmental humanities at NAU since 2013. As a Lecturer in Public Humanities, I now regularly teach classes which explore the public and digital humanities. My teaching areas of research include museum studies (repatriation and cultural heritage) and civic engagement in museums and universities. My classes feature WordPress and the creation of digital exhibitions using the webapplication platform Omeka. In addition to contributing to the Liberal Studies mission at NAU, I promote career readiness in the College of Arts & Letters through classes and workshops devoted to preparing students for graduate studies and careers in the humanities.

MemberCatarina Madruga

Postdoc researcher on the project “Colonial Provenances of Nature. The expansion of the mammal collection at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin,  around 1900” funded by the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (German Lost Art Foundation), and hosted at the Humanities for Nature Department at the Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, Berlin. ​Historian of Science and Empire & self-proclaimed Museum-Person, Catarina Madruga defended her PhD in the University of Lisbon titled “Taxonomy & Empire. Zoogeographical knowledge on Portuguese Africa, 1862-1881” in 2020. Her research for the last decade focused on the zoological collections shipped from African territories and studied in the Lisbon Zoological Museum of the Escola Politécnica de Lisboa, under the direction of José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage (1823-1907), and on the study of Bocage’s correspondence and scientific networks. She has previous training in Museum Studies and experience in Exhibition Design and Museum Education. She is a Guest Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, NL. Currently moving from Lisbon to Berlin.

MemberTravis Seifman

Travis Seifman is a PhD candidate in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a historian of early modern (17th-19th c.) Okinawa and Japan. His dissertation research examines the cultural dimensions of official embassies dispatched by the Okinawan kingdom of Lūchū (Ryūkyū) to Tokugawa Japan and Qing China, with a particular focus on the use of costume, music, and other aspects of cultural performance in “performing” status & identity, and on the role of ritual in enacting political relationships. His broader research and teaching interests include Okinawan history and culture (from premodern to contemporary), the history and culture of early modern Japan, Hawaiian and Pacific Island history, art history, and museum studies.

MemberJohn Pedro Schwartz

John Pedro Schwartz is Associate Professor of English at the American University of Malta. He specializes in modernist literature in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian. He sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Pessoa Plural, an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to studies of Fernando Pessoa and published jointly by Brown University, Warwick University, and the University of the Andes. He has published scholarly articles on James Joyce, Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges, and Fernando Pessoa, as well as on the interstices of composition, media, and museum studies. He has co-edited two books, Archives, Museums and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World (Routledge 2016) and TransLatin Joyce: Global Transmissions in Ibero-American Literature (Palgrave 2014). He has also taught at the American University of Beirut. While there, he seized the opportunity to return to his journalistic roots. Freelancing for Foreign Policy, he filed two comprehensive reports on the Syrian civil war. In a further journalistic venture, he published a three-part investigative series in Warscapes in April 2015, on the vigilante uprising against the Knights Templar drug cartel in Michoacán, Mexico. With his father, he has translated two books of Portuguese poetry, Poetry—Minimal Anthology (Tinta-da-china, 2020) and Message (Tinta-da-china, 2021), both of them by Pessoa. They are now translating a third book by Pessoa, Prose—Minimal Anthology.

MemberEric Segal

…University of California, Los Angeles
Art History – MA, Ph.D., 2002
Studied Art History (MA and PhD) focusing on American art and popular culture, with an emphasis on theories and methods of art history, critical museum studies, gender studies. Minored at the master’s level in Pre-Columbian art. Research assistant at LACMA.
University of California, Berkeley
  Art History – BA, 1989
Studied Art History, developing interests in semiotics, theory and cultural studies. Undertook museum internships at the San Francisco Museum of Moder…

As Curator of Academic Programs at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, I collaborate with faculty across all units of the university to foster interdisciplinary programs and to develop creative ways to join the museum with curricular activities. As Director of Education, I lead a team in developing engaging learning opportunities for exhibitions and in creating “always-on” educational experiences for students and community members, whenever they come to the museum. Our focus extends from visitor experience in the museum to outreach and partnerships that serve community needs. In addition to research and lectures on museum education,  my teaching and research in American art have focused on turn-of-the-(twentieth)-century American artists abroad, American illustration and issues of race and whiteness.

MemberEmily Leon

Art Historian, Independent Scholar, Digital Humanist, Esotericist, & Drummer based in the American Southwest. My work exists in the liminal space(s) between art history and religious studies. I specialize in modernism & the esoteric interests of late 19th and early 20th century Western artists, with a particular concentration on abstraction. Since 2017, my scholarship focuses on the social, spiritual, and theoretical implications of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint’s work. I am the founder of In the Eggshell, a five-part lecture series that seeks to redress modern art by turning to how the sciences, religious beliefs, and occult traditions provide a better articulation of modern art. I am currently a Digital Humanist at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, where I focus on data visualization and data storytelling of the Museum’s collection.

MemberGeorgina Donlea

I am a full-time MSc Library Science student (2020/21) at City, University of London. I am currently undertaking my dissertation on the preservation and documentation of information about women’s work on the home front during the second world war. I am a keen volunteer at the Royal Air Force Museum, Imperial War Museums, and two public libraries.