Advisory Committee

In the College of Liberal Arts, eleven departments are affiliated with The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. Outside of Liberal Arts, six other departments are affiliated with the Center: Architecture; Geography; Recreation, Parks & Tourism Science; Teaching, Learning & Culture; University Libraries; and Visualization.
Each of these departments holds a seat on the Center’s Advisory Committee.

Interdisciplinary programs and institutes affiliated with the Glasscock Center are Africana Studies, American Studies, Comparative Literature, Confucius Institute, Digital Humanities, Film Studies, Institute for Pacific Asia, Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, Religious Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

2018-2019 Advisory Committee Members

ANTHROPOLOGY
Shelley Wachsmann
, Professor
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Shelley Wachsmann is the Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on ship iconography of the eastern, ancient Mediterranean. Additionally, he is interested in the potential of deep-submergence archaeology. These areas of expertise have allowed Dr. Wachsmann to lead several field projects throughout the Mediterranean Sea. His most recent field work was through the Ioppa Maritima Project, a deep-sea survey of shipwrecks in Israel. Furthermore, he has authored several books and articles, including The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context (2013), and Understanding the Boat from the Time of Jesus: Galilean Seafaring (2015).

ARCHITECTURE
Nancy Klein
, Associate Professor
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Nancy Klein is an associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M University. Dr. Klein specializes in Greek and Roman art and architecture. Currently, her research explores how the sacred architecture at the Acropolis of Athens was developed. Additionally, Dr. Klein is a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Heritage Conservation.
In Fall 2018, Dr. Kevin Glowacki will be representing ARCH while Dr. Klein is on leave.

 

COMMUNICATION
Heidi Campbell
, Associate Professor
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Heidi Campbell is an associate professor of Communication who teaches Telecommunications and Media Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the intersection of religion and the internet as well as the changes new media technologies are bringing to Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities. Her writing covers various topics such as religion online, new media ethics, technology and theology, and religious community’s response to mass media. This writing has been published in many academic journals, including New Media and Society, Journal of Media and Religion, and Journal of Contemporary Religion. Also, Dr. Campbell has written two books- Exploring Religious Community Online (Peter Lang 2005) and When Religion Meets New Media (Routledge 2010). Her renowned work is often quoted on mainstream, international media outlets such as the Houston Chronicle, Las Angeles Times, the Guardian (UK), Wall Street Journal, CBC, BBC, and PBS. Additionally, Dr. Campbell has held research fellowships through the Institute for Advanced Studies- Durham University, Caesarea Rothschild Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science- University of Haifa, Institute for the Advanced Studies- University of Edinburgh, and the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University.
In Fall 2018, Dr. Randall Sumpter will be representing COMM while Dr. Campbell is on leave.

ENGLISH
Marian Eide, Associate Professor
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Marian Eide is Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is the author of Ethical Joyce (Cambridge 2002), After Combat: True War Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan (Potomac 2018—with Michael Gibler), and the forthcoming Terrible Beauty: The Violent Aesthetic and Twentieth-Century Literature, as well as more than a dozen articles on twentieth century literature and culture. She has been a fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah and at the Glasscock Center. Her research concerns ethics, aesthetics, and violence.

 

GEOGRAPHY
Christian Brannstrom
, Professor
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Dr. Brannstrom is a professor of Geography and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Geosciences. His research focuses on social and political aspects of renewable energy and unconventional fossil fuels in Texas and environmental governance in Brazil, where he has conducted field work since 1994.  He has supported collaborators working on perceptions of rip currents and pedagogical aspects of his study abroad experiences. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

 

HISPANIC STUDIES
Alain Lawo-Sukam, Assistant Professor
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Alain Lawo-Sukam is an associate professor with join appointment in the Department of Hispanic Studies and Africana Studies Program. He specializes in Afro-Hispanic literature and culture. Dr. Lawo-Sukam is author to Hacia una poética afro-colombiana: el caso del Pacífico (2010), Sueño con África. Dream of Africa. Rêve d’Afrique (2013) and Mange-Mil y sus historias de tierra caliente (2017). His monograph La poesía guineoecuatoriana en español en su contexto colonial y (trans) nacional is in press with Editorial Cuarto Propio in Chile. Additionally, he has published several articles and book reviews in renowned academic journals, and sits on several editorial boards. He was also elected for five years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association, where he served as Secretary and Chair of the African Division. Furthermore, Dr. Lawo-Sukam is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award.

HISTORY
Angela Pulley Hudson, Professor
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Angela Pulley Hudson is a professor in the Department of History, where she joined the faculty after receiving her PhD in American Studies from Yale University in 2007. She has received fellowships and grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, the Newberry Library, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, among others. Angela is the author of Real Native Genius: How an Ex-slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians (UNC Press, 2015)—winner of the 2016 Evans Biography Prize from the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies—and Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South (UNC Press, 2010).

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
L. Brett Cooke, Professor
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Brett Cooke is Professor of Russian in the Department of International Studies. Author of Pushkin and the Creative Process, (University Press of Florida, 1998) and Human Nature in Utopia: Zamyatin’s We (Northwestern University Press, 2002), editor or co-editor of Sociobiology and the Arts (Rodopi, 1999), The Fantastic Other. (Rodopi, 1998), Biopoetics: Evolutionary Explorations in the Arts collection (ICUS, 1999), Critical Issues: War and Peace (Salem 2014), and the forthcoming Evolution and Popular Culture (Brill), as well as special issues: “Literary Biopoetics” in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies (2001), “Zamiatin’s We” in Canadian-American Slavic Studies (2011), and “Applied Evolutionary Criticism” in Style (2012). He has published articles on Russian literature, Irish art, European opera, ballet and film, as well as English and American science fiction. Presently he is completing his examination of Tolstoy’s family in War and Peace, and compiling studies of Darwinian patterns in opera and the development of subjectivity in Russian prose.

 

PERFORMANCE STUDIES
Rumya Putcha,
Assistant Professor
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Rumya S. Putcha is an assistant professor in the Department of Performance Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program as well as the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute at Texas A&M University. She works in the fields of critical race theory, gender, sexuality, and queer theory, media and performance studies, ethnomusicology, dance studies, and popular music studies. Her first book, Mythical Courtesan | Modern Wife: Feminist Praxis in Transnational South Asia​, examines the relationship between epistemologies of music and dance, gender and sexuality, rape cultures, raciality, and sex work in South Asian media economies. Dr. Putcha is currently working on a project titled, “Refrains of a Hillbilly Elegy: Country Boys, Social Media, and the Affective Politics of 21st Century White Supremacy,” which examines constructions of race, citizenship, and post-9/11 American cultural politics within country music publics. Her second book project, “Namaste Nation: Commercial Yoga Industries and Neo-Orientalism in 21st Century America” extends her work on South Asian dance cultures to critical analyses of commodified yoga practices within neocolonial discourses of body, race, and citizenship.

As an Indian classical dancer trained in both the Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi styles, Dr. Putcha has conducted many years of ethnographic research on dance and yoga in India as well as the United States. She is also a professional soprano, performing in chapel choirs in both Boston and Chicago.

 

PHILOSOPHY
Amir Jaima, Assistant Professor
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Dr. Amir Jaima is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He did his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College. His primary research interests are in Aesthetics and Africana Philosophy. His doctoral research examined the relationship between philosophy and literature. Additionally, he is interested in Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, and Continental Philosophy. Amir is also a novelist and has a number of working “literary” projects that both inform and are inspired by his philosophical work.

POLITICAL SCIENCE
Joe Ura,
Associate Professor 
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Joe Ura is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. His research addresses American national politics, especially the United States Supreme Court and macropolitical responsiveness and representation. His work on the Supreme Court deals principally with the interactions among the exercise of judicial power, judicial independence, and public opinion. His research on representation and responsiveness explores how dynamics in aggregate public opinion shape the decisions of national political institutions in the United States and how the choices made by institutions feedback into public opinion. Professor Ura’s research has been published in several leading political science journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Political Communication.

PSYCHOLOGY
Matthew Vess, Associate Professor
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Matthew Vess is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University. His research broadly focuses on the psychological processes and consequences associated with people’s efforts to manage existential concerns, including concerns about personal identity, meaning, and mortality.

 

RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM SCIENCES
Tazim Jamal, Professor
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Tazim Jamal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University, Texas, USA. Her primary research areas are sustainable tourism development and management, collaborative tourism planning, and cultural heritage management. She also studies and teaches on theoretical, applied and methodological issues in tourism research, with particular interest in critical and interpretive research. She has published extensively on these topics in various academic journals and within edited books. She is the co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Studies (2009), and is on the editorial board of nine peer-reviewed journals.

SOCIOLOGY
Harland Prechel, Professor
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Harland Prechel is professor in the Department of Sociology and College of Liberal Arts Cornerstone Fellow at Texas A&M University. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of social class, social theory, and comparative and historical, economic, environmental, organizational and political sociology.  Prechel’s research program focuses on corporate-state relations with particular focus on state power and corporate power. There are two interrelated themes in his current research: How corporate organizational and political characteristics affect financial malfeasance and environmental pollution. Prechel published Big Business and the State and has a second book in progress that examines the politics of financialization. His articles appeared in several peer-reviewed journals. Prechel’s awards include National Science Foundation grants and teaching excellence award from Texas A&M University. His co-authored article in the American Sociological Review on financial malfeasance received awards from the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Management, and the American Sociological Association.
In Fall 2018, Dr. Theresa Morris will be representing SOCI while Dr. Prechel is unavailable.

TEACHING, LEARNING, AND CULTURE
Lynn Burlbaw, Professor
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Lynn Burlbaw is a professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Dr. Burlbaw’s interests include the history of education, curriculum and instruction, technology in the classroom, and social studies education. His research on these topics has been widely published in books and academic journals such as the American Educational History Journal. Currently, Dr. Burlbaw is being funded by the National Science Foundation to research how elementary school students can utilize the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education style.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
David Z. Chroust
, Associate Professor
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David Chroust is an associate professor, historian, and librarian at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Chroust is interested in the multidisciplinary study of migration. Specifically, he has written about Czechs in world migration, from Central Europe to American and Russia. While working at TAMU Libraries, he has built and interpreted collections in Russian, German, and French area studies. His most recent work has been for the Cushing Library’s special collections on campus. Dr. Chroust’s goals include making himself, the library and its collections more involved in teaching and student learning. Additionally, he studies how to make higher education more international. This is reflected in his research over how web-based global media and its users might help people overcome their ethnocentricities.

VISUALIZATION
Livia Stoenescu, Instructional Assistant Professor, Art History
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Livia Stoenescu is an associate professor of Art History in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University. Dr. Stoenescu’s research focuses on the artistic and architectural achievements of Italy’s and Spain’s Renaissance and Early Modern periods. This research led her to publish in The Art Bulletin, RES Anthropology and Aesthetics and several peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, Dr. Stoenescu published the edited collection Creative and Imaginative Powers in the Pictorial Art of El Greco (Brepols, 2016), which explains how the artist’s multicultural background affected his art. Her monograph Temporalities, Transmaterialities, and Media in the Pictorial Art of El Greco is in press with Amsterdam University Press. She is currently at work on a book that investigates the representation of the body, simulacra, media, and temporal experience in Early Modernity.