Wendy L. Wall | Director, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Wendy L. Wall
  • Phone: 847-467-3971
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  • Avalon Professor of the Humanities; Professor of English

    Wendy Wall, Professor of English (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania), specializes in early modern literature and culture. She is author of Recipes for Thought: Knowledge and Taste in the Early Modern English Kitchen (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), The Imprint of Gender: Authorship and Publication in the English Renaissance (Cornell University Press, 1993), and Staging Domesticity: Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2002), which was a finalist for the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize and a 2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner.

Tom Burke | Assistant Director

Tom Burke

Megan Skord | Program Assistant 3

Megan Skord

Jill Mannor | Communications Coordinator

Jill Mannor
  • Phone: 847-467-3970
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  • Jill Mannor has a background in graphic design, marketing, advertising and development. In the non-profit world, she worked to develop the capabilities, audience and culture of Chicago Children’s Museum, Kohl Children’s Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo and Imagine Chicago. In the agency space, she has managed projects and creative teams for clients in cultural/arts, microfinance and higher education. Jill is a board member of The Seldoms, a Chicago dance company whose performances explore pressing social, political and environmental issues. Her volunteer work has included EPIC: Engaging Philanthropy, Inspiring Creatives; North Park Village Nature Center; Sit Stay Read and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. Jill received a B.A. in English from Hope College.

    Contact Jill for questions regarding Co-sponsorships, Affiliateships, Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series, The Odyssey Project, public humanities initiatives, curricular development grants, undergraduate writing prize and media requests.

Rosie Roche | Northwestern Arts Manager

Rosie Roche
  • Phone: 847-467-3974
  • Office Location: 1800 Sherman Ave., Ste. 1-200
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  • Rosie Roche is the Northwestern Arts Manager, working across performance, visual arts and music. Rosie is excited to lead the Arts Circle, building broader awareness and appreciation of Northwestern Arts through enhanced programming and multidisciplinary collaborations.

    Rosie is delighted to join the Kaplan Institute, as her training and passion lie in exploring the Humanities through art. She has a rich base of experience devising multidisciplinary arts programs in museums and heritage-sites. A native Londoner, Rosie has lived in Evanston for nearly a decade, and brings an international perspective to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the arts. She is committed to engaging diverse audiences through meaningful interpretation that helps participants forge personal connections to art and cultural heritage.

Jules Law | Coordinator, Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program

Jules Law
  • Phone: 847-491-5526
  • Office Location: University Hall 313
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  • Jules Law, Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies, is a specialist in literary theory and Victorian literature. His various essays on Derrida, Joyce, Wittgenstein, and other theoretical topics have appeared in PMLA, Critical InquirySIGNS, New Literary History, and other journals.  He is the author of The Rhetoric of Empiricism (Cornell, 1993) and The Social Life of Fluids: Blood, Milk, and Water in the Victorian Novel (Cornell, 2010). Essays from his current book project, Virtual Victorians: Technologies of Immediation in the Nineteenth-Century Novel, have appeared in ELH, Nineteenth Century Literature, and Novel: A Forum on Fiction. He has received numerous teaching and public-service awards including the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching (2007) and the Centro Romero Community Leadership award (2008).

Annie Laurie Sullivan | Graduate Assistant

Annie Laurie Sullivan
  • Annie Sullivan is a PhD Candidate in the Screen Cultures program at Northwestern University. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan in Screen Arts & Cultures and an MA from the University of Iowa in Cinema & Comparative Literature. Her dissertation project, Documenting Detroit: Local Media and the Politics of Urban History, examines issues of race, mobility, and community media production alongside broader historical processes of urban development and social change in post-industrial Detroit. She has been invited to speak on urban histories and local media with Detroiters at Oakland University and Chicagoans at Black Cinema House. Prior to Northwestern, she worked in the Detroit public school system as a bilingual literacy tutor and as an AmeriCorps intern helping to increase local children’s access to education, play, and arts programming. Before joining the Kaplan Institute, she served as the graduate assistant for WNUR, the Northwestern Radio Station.

Calvin Anderson | Student Assistant

Calvin Anderson

    Dasha Gorin | Student Assistant

    Dasha Gorin
    • Dasha Gorin is a junior from Oak Ridge, TN, studying Computer Science and Radio/Television/Film.

    Pearl Kim | Student Assistant

    Pearl Kim
    • Pearl Kim is a sophomore from Long Island, NY, studying Journalism and Asian American Studies.

    Aysha Salter-Volz | Student Assistant

    Aysha Salter-Volz

      Jessica Winegar | Interim Director (2017-2018), Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

      Jessica Winegar
      • Phone: 847-491-4831
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      • Jessica is the Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Chair in the Department of Anthropology and a member of the Core Faculty of the Program in Middle East and North African Studies. Her research areas include contemporary arts and cultural production in the Middle East and US critical university studies. She is author of the award-winning book, Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt, and of Anthropology’s Politics: Disciplining the Middle East (with Lara Deeb). She has taught twice in the Kaplan Scholars Program and in the Global Humanities Lab, and has been a member of the Kaplan Humanities Council.