Advisory Committee

In the College of Liberal Arts, fifteen departments are affiliated with The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. Each department 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

Shelley Wachsmann
, Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology, Department of Anthropology
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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).

Nancy Klein
, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
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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.


Heidi Campbell
, Associate Professor, Department of Communication
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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.

Jessica Howell, Associate Professor, Department of English
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Bio forthcoming.



Kathleen O’Reilly
, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
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Kathleen O’Reilly is an Associate Professor of Geography at Texas A&M University. She studies the social and environmental impacts of development projects, especially those working toward improvements in health through sanitation, poverty interventions, etc. Her research is based in India, currently focusing on the causes and solutions to India’s rural sanitation crisis and seeking insight into how village-scale and household-scale dynamics involving caste, class, gender influence toilet usage and non-usage in rural India.

Alain Lawo-Sukam, Assistant Professor
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Alain Lawo-Sukam is an associate professor of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. He specializes in Afro-Hispanic literature and culture. Dr. Lawo-Sukam is author to Hacia una poética afro-colombiana: el caso del Pacífico (2010) and Sueño con África. Dream of Africa. Rêve d’Afrique (2013). 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 serve 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.

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).



Daniel Conway, Professor, Department of Philosophy
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Daniel Conway is a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities with affiliate appointments in Religious Studies and Film Studies. He currently serves the University as Arts & Humanities Fellow, Director of the Continental Philosophy Initiative, Convener of the Working Group in Social, Cultural, and Political Theory, and President of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the author of three books, the editor or co-editor of fourteen volumes, and the author of more than 100 articles, essays, and entries to scholarly journals, edited volumes, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. His current research projects include a book-length interpretation of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling; a re-examination of Nietzsche’s teaching of the “death of God”; an investigation of the conservation of evil; commentaries on Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality and Ecce Homo; a study of Marx’s 18th Brumaire; a reconsideration of Hannah Arendt’s report on the Eichmann trial; and an examination of Rembrandt’s depictions of Abraham.

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.

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.


Tazim Jamal, Associate 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.


Harland Prechel, Professor
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Harland Prechel is a professor in the Department of Sociology. His research and teaching interests are in the fields of political sociology, comparative and historical sociology, class, the corporation, economic sociology, environmental sociology, and social theory.  He has authored a book that integrates many of these interests, Big Business and the State: Historical Transitions and Corporate Transformation, 1880s-1990s (2000). He has authored or co-authored numerous articles in leading journals that include “Steel and the State” (1990), “Economic Crisis and the Centralization of Control Over the Managerial Process” (1994), and “The Effects of Organizational and Political Embeddedness on Financial Malfeasance in the Largest U.S. Corporations” (2011). His published (or forthcoming) articles appeared in American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Social Forces, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Forum, Political Power and Social Theory, and Social Science Quarterly. He is now concentrating on two dimensions of his research program. The first, which includes a book, examines the effects of corporate characteristics and corporate political embeddedness on financial malfeasance. The second is a study of the relationship between corporate structures and political embeddedness on environmental pollution.  He is a previous editor or Research in Political Sociology and is a current member of the Editorial Board of Contemporary Sociology. He bicycles 100 plus miles a week and is a die-hard fan of University of Kansas basketball.

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.

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.

Livia Stoenescu, Instructional Assistant Professor, Art History
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Livia Stoenescu is an instructional assistant professor 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 several journal articles and essays. Additionally, Dr. Stoenescu recently finished penning a book entitled Creative and Imaginative Powers in the Pictorial Art of El Greco (Brepols 2016), which explains how the artist’s multicultural background affected his art. Currently, she is working on a book that investigates the representation of the body, simulacra, media, and temporal experience in Early Modernity.