MemberWayne Coppins

I am Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Georgia, where I have taught since 2007. I specialize in New Testament Studies/Early Christianity, and my teaching and research interests are currently focused on the Synoptic Gospels. I am also strongly committed to fostering increased dialogue between German and English scholarship in the field, a commitment that is most evident in my co-editorship, with Simon Gathercole, of the academic series Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity. For further information about my intellectual biography and research, see here.

MemberIan Cummins

I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Salford. My main research revolves around the experiences of people with mental health problems in the Criminal Justice system. This includes all areas of the CJS but I have focused on policing and mental illness.  I argue the CJS has become, in many incidences, the default provider of mental health care. In the area of social theory, I am influenced by Wacquant’s analysis of  processes of advanced marginality.and the development of the penal state. I have used has Jonathan Simon’s notion of “governing through crime”  to the analysis of the history of community care. I am exploring social work’s response to poverty. I am working with colleagues to explore societal obsession with violent crime. Like all right thinking people, I am slightly obsessed with the Wire.

MemberKaren Cook

I am associate professor of music history at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. My main areas of focus are on late medieval notation, theory, and performance; medievalism; and contemporary pop music, jazz, and music in media such as film, television, and video games. Additionally, I am an active singer, performer, and conductor of both early and contemporary music.

MemberSaša Marcan

Tentative list of things I can do for you (where you = a stakeholder in the scholarly communication process or in a related industry): SUBSCRIPTION LICENSE NEGOTIATIONS — My suite of homegrown content analysis & negotiation methods is guaranteed to drive scholarly publishers crazy, and ultimately make them agree to any terms *you* wish to impose on them. My priority is getting you the most affordable Big Deal possible, but depending on your goals, negotiating for other terms is doable. Pricing: I shave off 10% of total savings I get you, relative to target publisher’s final offer. No money up front — if I fail, you don’t pay anything. PUBLIC RELATIONS & CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS — Having about five years of experience handling delicate communications under a constant latent threat of predatory publishing allegations, I learned there’s one simple rule to follow in PR and comms in general: always speak the truth. The other part of the equation is framing that truth in the most favorable way. Pricing: depends on the truth, and the desired framing. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT — Wanna really know scholarly communication and publishing? Join me on a crazy trip down the rabbithole, and catch a glimpse of the Matrix. I’ve stared at it for long enough myself, so I tend to simplify where others seek to add complexity and obfuscate. Pricing: depends on how deep down the hole you wanna go. BIBLIOMETRICS & ALT-ALTMETRICS — Wanna know what that rainbow donut du jour really tells you about the impact of research? Yeah, pretty much nothing. Citations? Same. Impact Factors? Don’t get me started. On the other hand, please do get me started if you want a more nuanced qualitative measure of potential impact, and viable routes of fulfilling that potential. It’s simply about getting your content to a right pair of eyes. Pricing: one-offs are free of charge. Anything more than that we’ll have to discuss. COPYRIGHT/LICENSING/LEGAL/ETHICS — “Oh, but how? You didn’t go law school,” I hear you say. Sure I’m not a fish, but I’ve learned to swim confidently in these murky waters. So, e.g. if you’ve got an ethical conundrum that requires quick resolution, but don’t have the luxury of waiting for the next quarterly COPE Forum — I’m your guy. Pricing: free for individuals; expensive for organizations. CONSULTING — I’ll consult you on anything, just ask me. Pricing: talk is cheap, so why not make it free. I guarantee confidentiality no matter which service you’re interested in.

MemberSteven Seegel

Steven Seegel is Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian history at the University of Northern Colorado. He is the author of Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2018), Ukraine under Western Eyes (Harvard University Press, 2013), and Mapping Europe’s Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2012). He contributes to Chicago’s international history of cartography series and has translated over 300 entries from Russian and Polish for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945. He is a former director at Harvard of its Ukrainian Research Institute’s summer school and exchange program. Currently, he is a host on three channels at the New Books Network (NBN) for its podcasts, which now reach a million downloads monthly. 

MemberJesse Zarley

I’m an assistant professor in the History Department at Saint Joseph’s College on the Long Island campus. I teach classes on Latin American, Caribbean, and global history. My research focuses on the Mapuche people who successfully resisted Spanish conquest in what is now Chile and Argentina. My book manuscript in progress, tentatively titled “Mapuche Politics in the Age of Revolution: Making A South Andean Borderlands,” examines how Mapuche leaders on both sides of the Andes used ritual negotiations, letter writing, and alliance making to defend their sovereignty from Spain, Chile, and Río de la Plata (Argentina) during the transition from colony to nation. Originally from Wisconsin, my transnational research and teaching interests began long ago with global study programs as an undergraduate in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Santiago, Chile. Later, these passions led him to live, travel, research, and share his findings in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Portugal, and Spain. I’m also a big fan of podcasts, and I’ve recently gotten into the podcasting game as a host for the Latin American Studies channel of the New Books Network.