MemberCasey L Henley

…PhD, Zoology, Michigan State University, 2008

BS, Zoology, Michigan State University, 2002

BS, Human Biology, Michigan State University, 2002…

I am the Director of Online Programs in the Michigan State University Neuroscience Program and an Assistant Professor in the MSU Physiology Department. I direct and teach in the fully online Medical Neuroscience Graduate Certificate Program and teach a neuroscience course for undergraduates that are outside of the neuroscience major. I also focus on improving academic accessibility across campus to provide equivalent educational experiences to all students.

MemberGarth J Sabo

…Ph.D, Michigan State University (2018)

MA, Kent State University (2011)

BA, John Carroll University (2009)…

I am an Assistant Professor in the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. In my teaching, I aim to integrate perspectives from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, often with an emphasis on critical issues where the work of the humanities overlaps with STEM fields and the social sciences. In my research, I look for ways to think differently about waste objects and experiences of kinship.

MemberEmily Yates

…PHD, English Literature, Michigan State University (projected spring 2021)

MA, English Literature, Michigan State University

BA, English & Theatre, University of Notre Dame…

Emily is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at Michigan State University. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame (2013) and a Master’s degree in English from Michigan State (2016). Her research centers around early modern drama and performance, focusing on ideas of estrangement in Shakespeare’s romances.

MemberMarisa Mercurio

…PhD in English, Michigan State University (2018–present)

MA in English, University of Toledo (2016–2018)

BA in English (creative writing), DePaul University (2010–2014)…

Marisa is a PhD student in the English department at Michigan State University. There, her research seeks to uncover the trajectory of female detective fiction from its roots in the Gothic through its fin de siècle boom. With a particular emphasis on queerness and empire, she hopes to illuminate the knotty constructions of Victorian identity we are still bound by today. 

MemberGrace Pregent

I am the Associate Director of the Writing Center in the College of Arts and Letters and affiliate faculty in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. I foster the Writing Center’s collaborations with campus and community partners, both local and global; supervise and mentor a staff of approximately 100 consultants; and teach and research with undergraduate and graduate students.

MemberBenjamin Michael Oberdick

…MA in Education, Michigan State University (2014)

MLIS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2007)

BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Millersville University of Pennsylvania (2000)…
…Oberdick, Benjamin and Elizabeth Webster. (2020). Michigan State University Libraries. In C.C. Gardner, E. Galoozis & R. Halpern (Eds.). ACRL Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts. Chicago: ACRL.

Marcyk, Emilia and Benjamin Oberdick. (2017). Peer Research Assistant Program at Michigan State University. In E. Rinto, R. Mitola & J. Watts. (Eds.). Peer-Assisted Learning in Academic Libraries. New York: Libraries Unlimited.

DeJoy, Nancy, Sara Miller and Benjamin Oberdick. (2013). RAIDS for Research.  In B. Bloom & M. Deyrup. (Eds.), Successful Strategies for Teaching Undergraduate Research (137-154). Toronto: Scarecrow Press.


I manage the Teaching & Learning Unit for the Michigan State University Libraries. Our unit teaches information literacy sessions for students taking a First Year Writing class from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC). Before coming to MSU, I spent time as an Instruction & Reference Librarian at Mars Hill College in Asheville, NC, an Elementary school teacher in Raleigh, NC and also as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Slovak Republic.

MemberBreana Yaklin

I am a Learning Experience Designer at the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University. My philosophy as an educator is to design quality learning experiences for all learners regardless of the scope, size, or environment. I got my start in this field at Baker College, where I discovered that I love the challenge of designing engaging learning experiences in diverse settings. I earned my BA from the University of Michigan in English Literature and Communications and I earned my Master of Education, with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction, from Southwestern College in Kansas.

MemberLeonora Souza Paula

Leonora is an Assistant Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. She specializes in twentieth and twenty first century Brazilian Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include Latin American Literature and Culture, Afro-Brazilian Culture, Critical Geographies, Crime Fiction, Urban Art, Social Movements and Graphic Novels. Her current research focuses on the role of under-represented knowledge production in changing the exclusionary terrain of contemporary Brazilian culture. Her work has been published in Brazil and the United States.

MemberSarah Potts

Doctor of Philosophy, English
·      Michigan State University, expected Graduation: May 2024 
Master of Arts, English
·      Michigan State University, May 2019 
Bachelor of Arts, English and Spanish Majors, Creative Writing Minor
·      The University of Alabama, 2016

Sarah Potts is a PhD student in the Department of English at Michigan State University. She graduated from the University of Alabama with Bachelor’s degrees in both English and Spanish, along with a minor in Creative Writing. She earned a Master’s in English at Michigan State, completing a thesis entitled: “‘Simmering in a Family Cauldron”: Queer Modes of Kinship in Ivy Compton-Burnett.” She has taught a range of courses at MSU, including ENG 210: Foundations of Literary Study. Her research interests include British modernism, new modernist studies, women writers, and gender and sexuality studies. She is also in the process of completing an Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women and Gender.