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Core Faculty

Beatrice Arduini

Beatrice Arduini, Associate Professor

Department of French & Italian Studies

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Scholarly interests: Medieval Italian literature, Dante studies, manuscript culture, and textual studies.

Jennifer Baez

Jennifer Baez, Assistant Professor

Division of Art History

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Scholarly interests: Black Atlantic print culture, Hispaniola studies, the visual and material culture of Catholicism in the Afro-Iberian world, vernacular knowledge-making, Latinx artists addressing gender, race, and the diasporic experience.

Jennifer Dubrow

Jennifer Dubrow, Associate Professor

Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

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Scholarly interests: Print culture in South Asia, Hindi and Urdu literary modernisms in post-independence India and Pakistan.

Hannah Frydman

Hannah Frydman, Assistant Professor

Department of French & Italian Studies

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Scholarly interests: Specialist in the cultural history of modern France, and especially interested in labor, capitalism, media, reading, gender, sexuality, and the racial politics of reproduction.

Jeffrey Todd Knight

Jeffrey Todd Knight, Associate Professor

Department of English

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Scholarly interests: Early modern English literature, particularly Shakespeare, and the history of books and reading. How the literatures of the past endure in the collective imagination, and how people’s interactions with past works—imaginatively, institutionally, physically—can change those works in turn.

Selim Kuru

Selim Kuru, Associate Professor

Department of Middle Eastern Languages & Civilization

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Scholarly interests: History of Western Turkish literature and literary culture, formulations of gender in Ottoman and Modern Turkish literatures, literary circles and literary competition in Anatolian Turkic city-states and the Ottoman Empire.

Anna Preus

Anna Preus, Assistant Professor

Department of English

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Scholarly interests: Early 20th-century literature in English and data science in the humanities; how historical print cultures are being transferred online through large-scale text digitization efforts and in how digital resources can help us tell new kinds of stories about literary history. Director of Humanities Data Lab.

Juan Pablo Rodriguez Argente

Juan Pablo Rodriguez Argente, Assistant Professor

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

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Scholarly interests: Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature; intersections of Animal Studies and Political Theory. Medieval hunting manuals in the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean world. Forthcoming book explores the royal hunt in Spain and its impacts on national decision-making, social commentary, and the distribution and configuration of land and landscape.

Juliet Sperling

Juliet Sperling, Assistant Professor

School of Art + Art History + Design

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Scholarly interests: A scholar of American art, with research and teaching interests that concentrate in three intersecting thematic areas: the art and material culture of North America from colonial settlement to the mid twentieth century; the theories and objects of media studies; and the construction of categories of race, ethnicity, and difference in visual culture.

Joseph Tennis

Joseph T. Tennis, Professor

Information School

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Scholarly interests: Classification theory and examining how classification systems change over time, how diverse design requirements are invoked by different communities, and how these systems can interoperate in a web environment. Tennis is increasingly interested in the ethics of information organization, and novel ways to evaluate structures in diverse and varied work practice contexts and discourses.

Geoffrey Turnovsky

Geoffrey Turnovsky, Associate Professor

Department of French & Italian Studies

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Scholarly interests: Literary and cultural history of early modern France and Europe, with an emphasis on print culture, early modern media, the profession of authorship, and on readers and publics in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Melanie Walsh

Melanie Walsh, Assistant Professor

Information School

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Scholarly interests: Data science, digital humanities, cultural analytics, contemporary literature, and library and information science. Walsh investigates how data and computational methods shape contemporary culture — such as the publishing industry and public libraries — and how they can be used to understand culture in turn.

Helene Williams

Helene Williams, Teaching Professor

Information School

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Scholarly interests: More than 25 years of experience in academic and public libraries, and in addition to teaching in the iSchool, Williams is a consultant to libraries, consortia, and arts organizations. She teaches graduate courses ranging from the core introduction to issues in the profession to digital humanities librarianship, academic librarianship, and collection development; in addition, she manages the MLIS directed fieldwork program.

Associated Librarians

Verletta Kern

Verletta Kern, Digital Scholarship Librarian

University Libraries

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Sandra Kroupa

Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts and Rare Books Curator

University Libraries

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Kat Lewis

Kat Lewis, Assistant Book Arts and Rare Books Librarian

University Libraries

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Deb Raftus

Deb Raftus, Librarian for French & Italian Studies, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and German Studies / Arts & Humanities Team Leader

University Libraries

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Elliot Stevens

Elliot Stevens, English Studies & Research Commons Librarian

University Libraries

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Support Staff

Karishma Manglani, Programs Specialist

Department of French & Italian Studies

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