In previous years, Tulane University Libraries (TUL) hosted a Library Speaker Series to provide students, faculty, and visiting researchers an opportunity to share their work with their peers. In 2019, the Faculty Author Spotlight was created to continue the series and promote recent scholarship on campus. As the informational hub of campus, TUL is continuing the Faculty Author Spotlight in 2020 as a virtual program in an effort to unite the campus during these unprecedented times.
This digital collection will be available to all Tulane affiliates and the public in an effort to celebrate the authors, promote the extensive scholarship at Tulane, and encourage cross campus scholarly conversations. Covid19 presents the Tulane community with the need for new ways to support faculty engagement interests. The virtual Faculty Author Spotlight will allow librarians to continue to support and engage with faculty during this adjusted semester.
Videos will be released every Monday and Friday in the fall starting September 14, 2020. Read below about participants and when their video talks will debut.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Dr. Dennis P. Kehoe recently published Roman Law and Economics. His research interests are in Roman social and economic history and Roman law. His current research is on the role of legal institutions in shaping the economy of the Roman Empire. He offer courses in Roman political and social history, Latin, and Roman law. Kehoe was the Andew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities (2010-2013) and is a professor of Classical Studies in Tulane University's School of Liberal Arts.
University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Classical Studies
Oxford University (Magdalen College), B.A. in Classics, First Class Honors
Dartmouth College, A.B. in Classics and German, Summa cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Watch Professor Kehoe's video here!
Friday, September 18, 2020
Felicia McCarren, Professor of French at Tulane University and associated faculty in Film Studies, is a cultural historian and performance theorist. Felicia is the author of four books: Dance Pathologies: Performance, Poetics, Medicine (Stanford University Press, Writing Science Series, 1998); Dancing Machines: Choreographies of the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (Stanford 2003); French Moves; The Cultural Politics of le hip hop (Oxford University Press, 2013), awarded the De la Torre Bueno Prize by the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the Outstanding Publication of the Year 2014 from the Congress on Research in Dance. Her new book, One Dead at the Paris Opera Ballet; La Source 1866-2014 (Oxford, 2020) explores science, sex and race in four historical performances of an Orientalist environmental ballet by the Paris Opera’s first archivist. In 2016-17, Felicia was a Resident Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and is a member of the Cultural History of Dance Seminar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris where she is collaborating on the project Dis-Orienting Bodies with colleagues in the CRH (History Department) and the Université Paris-Descartes.
At Tulane, Felicia is the co-founder of the PARIFA international research network and served as the first Teaching Mentor for faculty in the Humanities and Sciences at the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching. She has received numerous grants: Lurcy, Levin, and NEH funding for research on French colonial and Moroccan cinemas, at the French Centre National Cinématographique and the CCM (Centre du Cinéma Marocain, Rabat); and a FACE grant from the French Cultural Services of the French Embassy for dramaturge Eva Doumbia’s performance project Autophagies. She sits on the board of the Newcomb Art Museum, representing the Newcomb Institute.
Felicia has taught in graduate programs in Paris, Nice, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London, Brussels, at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, UCLA, and the University of New Mexico. Recent keynote lectures include the University of Malta, the Florida State University Winthrop-King Center, the University of Lodz, Poland, and Colby College. She has served as President of the EDUCO (Emory, Duke, Cornell and Tulane) Association for Inter-University Exchange in Paris.
Her current work explores gender and race in contemporary French choreography and comparative cultural politics (Dis-Orienting Bodies); archival approaches to the dance repertory (History’s Extras); and natural history and ecology onstage (Staging Nature).
Watch Dr. McCarren's video here!
Monday, September 21, 2020
Dr. Joan M. Blakey, PhD, MSW, LMSW recently published “Why are you here?” The Lack of Belonging among African American Students in a Predominantly White School District. Dr. Blakey is a tenured Associate Professor and researcher at the Tulane School of Social Work. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago’sCurrently, Dr. Figley is editor of the oldest (established in 1978) book series on traumatic stress research and treatment, the Psychosocial Stress Book Series. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including 29 books and 185 refereed journal articles. Collectively, his work reports on more than 37 research projects focusing primarily on traumatic stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. His books have been highly praised by the American Psychological Association. In addition to his Oxford University Press book on Combat Social Work that was published this year, his highly anticipated book published by Columbia University Press, Psychiatric Casualties: How the Military Ignores the Full Cost of War, will be published early next year. School of Social Administration. She also attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she received both her Bachelor of Science degree in African American Studies, Sociology, and Youth Studies and Masters of Social Work degree.
Dr. Blakey’s research agenda and consulting work focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work consistently has been about transforming systems to recognize and embrace peoples’ full humanity. Dr. Blakey's most recent projects focused on understanding reasons for the widening academic achievement gap between African American and White students in two school districts in Wisconsin. In these school districts, Dr. Joan Blakey also reviewed policies, procedures, and practices that were exacerbating the high prevalence of trauma among African American children and how trauma was affecting the achievement gap. She provided recommendations and strategies from a trauma informed lens that the schools could implement.
Dr. Joan M. Blakey continues to consult with other school districts and organizations who are concerned about diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also conducts training on trauma informed care in a variety of settings such as schools, homeless shelters, and other types of non-profit organizations. The purpose of her work is to understand, learn from, and improve African American students and families’ educational experiences and outcomes so that they are able to thrive and excel.
Watch Dr. Blakey's video here!
Friday, September 25, 2020
Dr. Linda Carroll (Ph.D. Harvard University) recently published Thomas Jefferson’s Italian and Italian-Related Library in the History of Universal Personal Rights. She is a specialist on the interaction between cultural and historical forces in Renaissance Italy. She is particularly concerned by the ways in which popular creative artists and leaders in the economic and political sphere(s) engaged one another to further their goals. She is the author of Language and Dialect in Ruzante and Goldoni (Longo, 1981); Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante) (Twayne, 1990); and Commerce, Peace and the Arts in Renaissance Venice. Ruzante and the Empire at Center Stage (Routledge, 2016). She co-edited Michele Pesenti, Complete Works, with Anthony M. Cummings and Alexander Dean (Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2019), Sexualities, Textualities, Art and Music in Early Modern Italy. Playing with Boundaries with Melanie L. Marshall and Katherine A. McIver (Ashgate, 2014) and Antonio Molino (Il Burchiella), I Dilettevoli Madrigali a Quattro Voci [Delightful Madrigals for Four Voices..., Newly...Composed and Brought to Light...First Book...1568] with Anthony M. Cummings, Zachary W. Jones, and Philip Weller (Istituto Italiano per la Storia della Musica, 2014). She was translator for Venice, Cità Excelentissima: Selections from the Renaissance Diaries of Marin Sanudo (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and edited and translated Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante), La prima oratione (Modern Humanities Research Association, 2009).
She has published articles in Renaissance Quarterly, Sixteenth Century Journal, MLN, Modern Language Review, Ateneo Veneto, The Psychohistory Review, the Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, and numerous other journals, conference proceedings, and reference works. Professor Carroll received the USG John Stibbs Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in 2007 and the Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship in 2008.
Watch Dr. Carroll's video here!
Monday, September 28, 2020
Dr. Jana K. Lipman recently published In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and Repatriates. Lipman is an Associate Professor at Tulane University in U.S. history. She is the author of In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Repatriates (University of California Press, 2020) and Guantánamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution, 1939-1979 (University California Press, 2009).
Her publications also include Making the Empire Work: Labor and U.S. Imperialism (co-edited with Daniel E. Bender, NYU Press, 2015), Ship of Fate: A Memoir of a Vietnamese Repatriate by Tran Dinh Tru (co-translated with Bac Hoai Tran, University of Hawaii Press, 2017), and a Special Issue in American Quarterly on militarism and tourism (co-edited with Vernadette Vicuna Gonzalez and Teresia Teaiwa). In addition, her scholarly work has appeared in American Quarterly, Immigrants and Minorities, the Journal of Asian American Studies, the Journal of American Ethnic History, the Journal of Military History, Modern American History, and Radical History Review.
In the public sphere, she has advised the Guantánamo Public Memory Project and the Humanities Action Lab (Rutgers, Newark). She has published essays and OpEds in the Washington Post’s Made by History series, the Conversation.com, History News Network, and the New Orleans Advocate.
Watch Dr. Lipman's video here!
Friday, October 2, 2020
Dr. Victor Holtcamp recently published Interchangeable Parts: Acting, Industry, and Technology in US Theatre. Victor earned dual degrees in history and drama at the University of Washington, a Masters degree from Brown University, and completed his Ph.D. in 2003. Major areas of study include the intersections of culture and theatre, Shakespeare, acting pedagogy, and modern U.S. theatre history. He has published work in Theatre History Studies, The Shakespeare Yearbook, and the Texas Theatre Journal among others. His book Interchangeable Parts: Acting, Industry, and Technology in US Theatre was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2019. His current research project is on stage and screen representations of New Orleans.
Watch Dr. Holtcamp's video here!
Monday, October 5, 2020
Dr. Nancy Maveety recently published Glass and Gavel: the US Supreme Court and Alcohol. Dr. Maveety is the department chair of Political Science in Tulane University's School of Liberal Arts. Her research interests include U.S. Supreme Court studies, judicial decision making, and comparative judicial politics. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University, her M.A. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and her B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University.
Watch Dr. Maveety's video here!
Friday, October 9, 2020
Joel Dinerstein recently published Jazz: A Quick Immersion. Dr. Dinerstein is the author of five books on jazz, cool, and American culture, including the concise narrative history, Jazz: A Quick Immersion (2020), and the first cultural history of cool, The Origins of Cool in Postwar America (2017). He was the co-curator of American Cool (2014), an acclaimed photography and history exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery based on his own research, and as well, the author of its catalogue, American Cool (2014). His first book was an award-winning cultural history of jazz and industrialization, Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture (2003). He is the author of many academic articles on subjects ranging from technology to film noir, from popular culture to American identity, and from rock-and-roll to race in professional football. He has served as a consultant for popular music and jazz for Putumayo Records, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). As a side project, he wrote Coach: A Story of New York Cool to commemorate the company’s 75th anniversary and to highlight the intersection of cool and New York style in his hometown.
He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas (Austin). At Tulane, he has received the Student Body Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and a Mortar Board award for teaching. For a decade, he was a jazz DJ on WWOZ-FM in New Orleans, the city's jazz and heritage station. He is a member of the Prince of Wales Social Aid and Pleasure Club and has written several articles about New Orleans second-line culture.
Watch Dr. Dinerstein's video here!
Monday, October 12, 2020
Dr. Kris Lane recently published Potosí: The Silver City that Changed the World. He is an historian specializing in the history of the Andes region of South America. Going back to his 1996 dissertation at the University of Minnesota, most of his scholarship has focused on extractive industries and their local, regional, and global effects. He has worked extensively in Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia, and more recently in Peru, Argentina, and Chile. The Andes Mountains have a long history of providing humans with metals and other minerals, and understanding the evolving and sometimes violent relationships built around mining - plus this activity's manifold environmental consequences - have not ceased to intrigue him.
Lane holds the France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History and his field specialties are Global history, Colonial Latin America, Andes, political economy, mining, labor, environment, and piracy. He has been General Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Colonial Latin American Review since 2010 and also serves on the editorial boards of several U.S., European and Latin American journals, including Fronteras de la Historia and Itinerario. With Matthew Restall, he edits the Cambridge Latin American Studies monograph series and, on his own, edits the Diálogos series of books with broader appeal for the University of New Mexico Press.
Watch Dr. Lane's video here!
Friday, October 16, 2020
Professor Adam McKeown recently published Fortification and Its Discontents from Shakespeare to Milton: Trouble in the Walled City. Professor McKeown teaches and writes on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English and Trans-Atlantic literature. His particular areas of interest are visual culture, community, and rhetoric, and he has published articles on these topics in The Sidney Journal, Studies in English Literature, and Early American Literature. His book, English Mercuries: Soldier Poets in the Age of Shakespeare (Vanderbilt, 2009), studies community and the militarized state through the perspective of Elizabethan war veterans who came home to carve out literary careers. His current book project focuses on literature, military architecture, and the reinvention of community space in the early modern Atlantic world. He teaches English 200 Literary Investigations in addition to a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses on the Renaissance and the early modern period. His Ph.D. is from New York University and his B.A. and M.A. are from the University of New Hampshire.
Watch Dr. McKeown's video here!
Monday, October 19, 2020
Professor Ronna Burger recently published Nature, Law, and the Sacred: Essays in Honor of Ronna Burger. Ronna Burger is Professor of Philosophy, Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman Chair, and Affiliate Professor of Jewish Studies, Director of Tulane's Judeo-Christian Studies Lecture Series and of the Religious Studies Minor. Teaching at Tulane since 1980, she offers seminars almost every semester on particular works of Plato or Aristotle and has directed numerous dissertations in the field of Ancient Philosophy. She has recently been teaching a series of courses, “Bible and Philosophy,” on different topics each term, such as “Women in the Bible,” “The Political World of the Bible,” or “The Problem of Evil.”
Watch Dr. Burger's video here!
Friday, October 23, 2020
Dr. Michael Brumbaugh recently published The New Politics of Olympos: Kingship in Kallimachos' Hymns (Oxford 2019). Brumbaugh is an Associate Professor in Classical Studies and an Affiliate in Latin American Studies. His research focuses on political thought in ancient Greek literature as well as way that literary culture has been leveraged for political ends from antiquity through to the present day. To date much of his work has focused on the role of praise in ancient political discourse. Publications such as “Kallimachos and the Seleukid Apollo” (TAPA 2016) probe the geopolitical dimensions of hymns that jointly praise divine and human greatness while “The Greek ὕμνος: High Praise For Gods And Men” (CQ 2019) examines the extent to which elites sought to share in the special praises usually associated with divine worship. His new book offers the first full-scale investigation of Kallimachos’ Hymns, the earliest surviving, author-edited poetry book in the world. This study reveals how Kallimachos used his praise poetry to shape political discourse in Greek Egypt during the reigns of the first three Ptolemaic kings, helping to secure a place for literature at the center of their dynasty for three centuries.
His next book project is a detailed study of a long-lost Latin treatise from the 18th century that compares life among the indigenous Guaraní of Paraguay to Plato’s idealized Republic in an attempt to intervene in the heated political discourse over pursuing ancient political models during the French Revolution.
Professor Brumbaugh received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Classics from the University of California, Los Angeles and his A.B. in Greek and Latin from Colgate University. Before coming to Tulane, he taught at Princeton University, Reed College, and UCLA.
Watch Dr. Brumbaugh's video here!
Monday, October 26, 2020
Dr. Mimi Schippers recently published Polyamory, Monogamy, and American Dreams: The Stories We Tell about Poly Lives and the Cultural Production of Inequality. She is currently working on analyzing how non-monogamy and polyamory are portrayed in different kinds of texts and media. This includes historical biographies, journalistic accounts of FLDS polygamy, research on campus hookup cultures, film and television that include poly relationships or characters.
Mimi Schippers received her B.A. in Sociology from Northeastern Illinois University and her M.S. and PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Professor of Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies and Department Chair of the Department of Sociology at Tulane University. Her research and teaching focus on how masculinities and femininities within and across racial and ethnic difference take shape in everyday interactions, subcultural practices, and media representations.Read more about Dr. Schippers on her website here.
Watch Dr. Schippers video here!
Friday, October 30, 2020
Dr. Esra Özcan recently published Mainstreaming the Headscarf: Islamist Politics and Women in the Turkish Media. She is the Associate Chair Professor of Practice in Tulane University's Department of Communication in the School of Liberal Arts. Her research interests include Representations of gender in news photographs; Postcolonial feminism; Islam and Muslims in the media; The politics of dress in Turkey; and Religion, politics and the media in Turkey. She teaches the following courses: Communication Studies; Gender, Race and Class in Media; Political Communication; and Global Mediascapes.
Video coming soon!
Monday, November 2, 2020
Dr. Charles Figley recently published Combat Social Work: Applying the Lessons of War to the realities of Human Services. Dr. Figley was named the Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University in 2008 when he joined the faculty as its senior professor from Florida State University. At FSU Professor Figley served as the senior professor in the area of trauma and Director of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family. Dr. Figley brought his Traumatology Institute to Tulane, which was recognized as the best program of its kind by the University Continuing Education Association in 2000.
Dr. Figley attained full professor status in 1983 at Purdue University with a joint appointment as professor of psychological sciences. Dr. Figley established the renowned Purdue University Family Research Institute and established two Journals as Founding Editor, the Journal of Psychotherapy and the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 1995 became Founding Editor of Traumatology, the International Journal. Also Dr. Figley is founding editor several book series (e.g., the Innovations in Psychology book series with Taylor & Francis).
Currently, Dr. Figley is editor of the oldest (established in 1978) book series on traumatic stress research and treatment, the Psychosocial Stress Book Series. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including 29 books and 185 refereed journal articles. Collectively, his work reports on more than 37 research projects focusing primarily on traumatic stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. His books have been highly praised by the American Psychological Association. In addition to his Oxford University Press book on Combat Social Work that was published this year, his highly anticipated book published by Columbia University Press, Psychiatric Casualties: How the Military Ignores the Full Cost of War, will be published early next year.
He is an elected fellow of five of the leading national professional associations and received many other honors in recognition for his scholarship.
Dr. Figley is the recipient of numerous lectureships and other honors throughout the world including Northern Ireland, South Africa, England, Australia, Canada, and universities through the United States. He was awarded a senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Kuwait in 2004 and follow-up on work that was started in 1992, shortly after the liberation from and end of the occupation by Iraq. In 2004, Dr. Figley was named lifetime Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University, the highest honor awarded to its graduates. Most recently, Figley was honored by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York with an honorary degree in June 2014 in recognition of his career-long achievements in social justice for the traumatized.
Video coming soon!
Friday, November 6, 2020
Elizabeth Gross recently published this body / that lightning show. Elizabeth Gross has been teaching Honors Colloquia since 2016. In 2018, she took an additional role in the Honors Program as Colloquium Coordinator, developing interdisciplinary curriculum, providing support to faculty and students across the Honors Colloquia, and overseeing the Undergraduate Teaching Fellows Program. She earned her BA in English and Classics from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Hunter College of the City University of New York. this body/that lightning show, her full-length collection of poetry, was selected by Jericho Brown for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection of the Word Works Press (2019). DEAR ESCAPE ARTIST, a chapbook collaboration with visual artist Sara White, was released by Antenna in 2016. In 2015, she co-translated and produced a new adaptation of Euripides' Bakkhai at the Marigny Opera House. More information about these and other projects at grosselectricworks.com.
Video coming soon!
Monday, November 9, 2020
Dr. Thomas Albrecht recently published The Ethical Vision of George Eliot. He teaches and writes about nineteenth-century British and Continental European literature, in particular narrative fiction, the novel, realism, and aestheticism. He is also interested in literary criticism and theory, Comparative Literature, aesthetic theory and philosophy, philosophical and psychological approaches to literature, and the relationship between literature and ethics.
Professor Albrecht is the author of The Medusa Effect: Representation and Epistemology in Victorian Aesthetics (SUNY Press, 2009), a study of how various nineteenth-century writers attempt to mitigate the threat of terrifying sexual, aesthetic, moral, and existential insights by means of the representations they create of those insights. The book demonstrates how the act of representation is for these writers not simply a defensive mechanism, but itself fraught with considerable ambivalence and anxiety.
Professor Albrecht has published academic journal and book-chapter articles on Freud, A.C. Swinburne, Stendhal, Louis Althusser, Walter Pater, J. Hillis Miller, and George Eliot, among others. He is the editor of Selected Writings by Sarah Kofman (Stanford University Press, 2007), an anthology of essays and book excerpts by a significant postwar French philosopher, critic, and feminist theorist. He is currently at work on a book about ethics in the writings of the Victorian novelist George Eliot. Professor Albrecht received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Irvine. He has also studied at universities in Paris, France, and Rostock, Germany.
Video coming soon!
Friday, November 13, 2020
Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun, PhD, LCSW, MSSW, Educator-Scholar, Consultant, and Spirit-Filled Practitioner, recently published Motherhood as Immortality. In D. Culbreth and J. Jung (Eds.), Our Voices Our Stories: Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color Anthology. A native of Memphis, TN, Dr. Sun earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga and received her Master’s degree in Social Work - Community Welfare Management from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville (Nashville Campus). She obtained her doctorate degree in Social Work Policy, Planning, and Administration from the Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tulane School of Social Work and CEO of Nubian Sun Consulting, LLC. She is the Executive Director/Founder of the Center for Resilient Individuals, Families and Communities which provides social services infrastructure for Black Mama's Bail Outs and Black August Bail Outs across the South. She currently serves as an executive board member with SisterReach, Inc and is an advisory board member with of the National Bailout Collective. Her social work practice, pedagogy, and scholarship interests include the following: The Afrocentric perspective (Women and Girls), Incarceration/Reentry, and Self-Efficacy. As a Spirit-Filled Practitioner, she uses a plethora of African traditional methods, methods of the American South, Eastern, and indigenous healing practices in helping others to help themselves.
Video coming soon!
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