Emily Zakin studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory. Her current research focuses onthe limits and possibilities of political community. The author of numerous book chapters and articles, she was also a co-founder of the journal PhiloSOPHIA and is the co-editor of Derrida and Feminism: Recasting the Question of Woman (Routledge, 1997) and Bound by the City: Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference, and the Formation of the Polis (SUNY, 2009).
Liz Wilson studies pre-modern Buddhism, South Asian Hinduism, and Jainism with a focus on issues of family, gender, sexuality, and aging. She is the author of Charming Cadavers: Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Indian Buddhist Hagiographic Literature (Chicago, 1996) and the editor of The Living and the Dead: Social Dimensions of Death in South Asian Religion (SUNY, 2003) and Family in Buddhism: Buddhist Vows and Family Ties (SUNY, 2013).
Zara M. Torlone is Professor of Classics and core faculty member of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. Her areas of specialization are Roman poetry and classical reception in Russia. Her publications include Russia and the Classics: Poetry’s Foreign Muse, (Bloomsbury, 2009); Roman Love Poetry (Oxford, 2013). Her latest book, Vergil in Russia: National Identity and Classical Reception, was published by the Oxford University Press in January of 2015. Her other recent publications include edited volumes Blackwell-Wiley Handbook on Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe (2017) and Virgil and his Translators (Oxford, 2018).
Jonathan Strauss, Professor and Chair of French, specializes in literature and culture from 1800 to the present and focusing on issues of subjectivity, mortality, and life. He is the author of Subjects of Terror: Nerval, Hegel, and the Modern Self (Stanford, 1998), Human Remains: Medicine, Death, and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Paris (Fordham, 2012), and Private Lives, Public Deaths: Antigone and the Invention of Individuality (Fordham, 2013). He has also edited a volume of diacritics (Post-Mortem: The State of Death as a Modern Construct, fall 2000) and was a recent fellow at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities. He is currently completing a book on the relations between literary language and the structuring of collective time.
Kaara L. Peterson, Associate Professor of English, studies Renaissance medical history, art history, and literature. Her most current publications are Humorality in Early Modern Art, Material Culture, and Performance, with Amy Kenny (Palgrave Macmillan), and The Afterlife of Ophelia, with Deanne Williams (Palgrave Macmillan). Her essays have appeared in English Literary Renaissance, Renaissance Quarterly, and Studies in Philology, among others, and in collected volumes. She recently held a Plumer visiting fellowship at St. Anne's College, Oxford, and is the recipient of an upcoming Burleigh Visiting Fellowship at the University of Cambridge.
Kate de Medeiros studies the narrative construction of self in old age, the life story genre, and the experience of dementia. She is the author of Narrative Gerontology in Research and Practice (Springer, 2014) and of numerous articles and book chapters. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Brookdale Foundation.
Daisy Hernández writes about the intersections of race, citizenship, class, and sexuality. She is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir (Beacon, 2014) and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism (Seal, 2002). A former editor of ColorLines, she has also written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered and CodeSwitch, and numerous literary magazines.
M. Cameron Hay-Rollins specializes in medical and psychological anthropology. Her work on chronic health conditions has appeared in numerous journals. She is the author of Remembering to Live: Illness at the Intersection of Anxiety and Knowledge in Rural Indonesia (Michigan, 2001) and editor of Methods that Matter: Mixed Methods for a More Effective Social Science (Chicago, 2016).
Amanda Diekman is a social psychologist who investigates how stereotypes stem from and reinforce the social structure. Her research, funded by the National Science Foundation and published in a wide range of psychology journals, explores how communal opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math foster engagement by disrupting stereotypes about those fields.
Cynthia Klestinec, Professor of English, studies the history of science and medicine in Renaissance Italy. She is the author of Theaters of Anatomy: Students, Teachers and Traditions of Dissection in Renaissance Venice (Johns Hopkins 2011) and numerous essays. She is co-editor of Professors, Physicians and Practices in the History of Medicine: Essays in Honor of Nancy Siraisi (Springer 2017) and co-curator and co-editor of Art, Faith, and Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice, an exhibition held in the Scuola Grande di San Marco in Venice (2019). Her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Villa i Tatti-Harvard University, and the Delmas Foundation.
Kimberly Hamlin focuses on the intersections of gender and science in U.S. history. She is the author of From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America (Chicago, 2014), as well as articles on Darwin, sexology, and the origins of the Miss America Pageant. Her essays have won prizes from the History of Science Society and the Nineteenth Century Studies Society.
Sally Wolf is a junior honors student with majors in psychology and French and minors in political science and art history. Her interests include the intersections of the arts and mental health.
Daniel T. McClurkin is a senior from Youngstown, Ohio with majors in English, anthropology, and classical humanities. His research currently centers on early modern poetry and melancholy.
Abigail Goldman is a senior international studies and French major from Centerville, Ohio. Her academic interests include colonialism, globalization, and the rights of immigrants and refugees.
Kinsey Cantrell of Columbus, Ohio is pursuing a B.A./M.A. in creative writing, a B.A. in English literature, and a minor in Italian. Her interests include the intersections of mental and physical heath.
Heather Burich is a sophomore honors student from Deerfield, Illinois with a major history and a minor in art history. She hopes to pursue a career in museum curation.
Annabelle Arbogast is a doctoral student in social gerontology with an M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her current research explores gender, aging, embodiment, and narrative care.