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Past Kaplan Scholars Instructors

Winter 2019: Civilization

Ann GunterAnn Gunter (Art History, Classics, Humanities) is an art historian and archaeologist whose research and teaching focus on the ancient Mediterranean and its neighbors in the Near East, including Mesopotamia and Iran. She is especially interested in cultural and artistic interaction between Greece and the Near East in the early first millennium BCE. She is the author of Greek Art and the Orient (Cambridge 2009) and the editor of A Companion to Ancient Near Eastern Art (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018). She is the Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities.


Mark McClishMark McClish (Religious Studies) specializes in classical Hinduism, with a focus on early South Asian legal and political literature (dharmaśāstra and arthaśāstra). He holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in Asian Cultures and Languages with a specialization in Sanskrit and Indian Religions. He is the co-author of The Arthaśāstra: Selections from the Classic Indian Work on Statecraft (Hackett, 2012) and is currently completing a manuscript examining the textual history of the Arthaśāstra. His areas of teaching include Hinduism, religion in classical India, Hindu law, and politics and religion.

Cynthia RobinCynthia Robin (Anthropology) is an archaeologist and anthropologist. Her research focuses on the ancient Maya civilization where she has been conducting archaeological research for the past 30 years. She studies the impacts that ordinary people can have on their societies and how ancient Maya society can hold answers to understanding the nature of sustainable societies. She is the author of Everyday Life Matters: Maya Farmers at Chan, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Anthropology Department, and a winner of the Karl Rosengren Faculty Mentoring Award.


Fall 2018: Alternate Americas: Science Fiction and Speculative Futures

emily-maguire-168x210.jpgEmily Maguire (Spanish & Portuguese) specializes in literature of the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas. She has taught courses on Latin American and Latina/o Literature and cultural production, Latin American science fiction, race in the Americas, and the relationship between literature and ethnographic writing. Emily is the author of Racial Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography (University Press of Florida, 2011). Her current book project explores the uses of science fiction in recent Caribbean narrative.

Juan MartinezJuan Martinez (English & Creative Writing) is a professor of creative writing and contemporary literature. He is the author of Best Worst American, a story collection. His current work explores the fantastical in the coast of Colombia. His stories have appeared inGlimmer TrainMcSweeney'sHuizacheEcotone, NPR's Selected Shorts, and elsewhere, and are forthcoming in Mississippi Review and the anthology Who Will Speak for America?

Kelly WisecupKelly Wisecup (English & the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research) researches and writes on Native American literatures and science, especially before 1900. She has taught courses on protest and the Native American novel, colonialism and disease, race in the early Americas, and science and literature. She is the author of Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures (2013) and is currently working on a book about Native American interventions into evolutionary and ethnographic sciences before the twentieth century.


Winter 2018: "Who Do You Think You Are?!"

kasey-evans-168x210.jpgKasey Evans (PhD, University of California-Berkeley) is a scholar of English Renaissance literature who teaches in the English Department and in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her current research combines psychoanalysis and religious history to examine scenes of resurrection in Renaissance texts. She is the author of Colonial Virtue: The Mobility of Temperance in Renaissance Texts (University of Toronto Press, 2012), and a recipient of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award.


lane-fenrich-168x210.jpgLane Fenrich (PhD, Northwestern) is a social and cultural historian of the modern United States and teaches in both the History department and in Gender and Sexuality Studies. His research focuses especially on the period since the Second World War and he is at work on a book entitled Fear of Spying: Learning to be Normal in America's Queerest Decade. He is a winner of the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award and the Charles Deering McCormick university-wide teaching award.



renee-engeln-maddox-168x210.jpgRenee Engeln (PhD, Loyola University Chicago) is a body image researcher and Professor of Instruction in Psychology. Her research focuses on issues surrounding women’s body images, with a particular emphasis on cultural practices that create or enforce the frequently contentious relationships women have with their bodies. She has won numerous teaching awards at both Northwestern and Loyola University and has presented her research on fat talk, objectification, and media images of women to a variety of academic and professional groups around the U.S. She is author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women (Harper, 2017).

Fall 2017: Genocide, Resistance, And Resurgence: Native Peoples of the Americas 

doug-kiel-168x210.jpgDoug Kiel (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and studies and teaches Native American history, with particular interests in the Great Lakes region and twentieth century Indigenous nation rebuilding. His current book project, Unsettling Territory: Oneida Indian Resurgence and Anti-Sovereignty Backlash, examines how the Oneida Nation’s leaders strengthened the community’s capacity to shape their own future by envisioning, deliberating, and enacting a dramatic reversal of fortune during the twentieth century. Doug is a co-editor (with James F. Brooks) of "Indigenous Midwests," a special issue of Middle West Review.

spanport-leon-llerena-laura-168x210.jpgLaura León Llerena (PhD, Princeton) specializes in colonial Latin American studies. She teaches courses on the discursive articulation of indigenous identities; native Andean Empire narratives; myths and cautionary tales about the unknown in Spanish and Portuguese colonial America; and contemporary representations of colonial Latin America. Her scholarly interests extend to early modern literature and history of Spain, Portugal and the New World, translation studies, postcolonial studies, religion studies, and the ethnography of writing. Laura’s research has been awarded a John Carter Brown Fellowship and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship.

mary-weismantel-168x210.jpgMary Weismantel (PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is a cultural anthropologist who writes about indigeneity in the Americas, with a focus on Andean South America (Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia). Her writing currently engages new materialisms, decoloniality, and temporality, as well as [trans]gender, sexualities, and ontologies of the nonhuman. Mary teaches about race and racism, Latin America, and ethnographic methods and writing. Her current work concerns the ontologies and temporalities of ancient Pre-Columbian objects in twenty-first century places including museums and World Heritage sites, as well as in a proliferation of online avatars.

Pre-2017-2018 — Kaplan Humanities Scholars Faculty

Mira Balberg (Religious Studies)

Kate Baldwin, (Associate Professor (American Studies; English)

Henry Binford, Associate Professor (History)

Kathryn Bosher (Classics)

Sherwyn Bryant, Associate Professor (African American Studies; History)

Kasey Evans, Associate Professor (English)

Harris Feinsod (English)

Hannah Feldman, Associate Professor (Art History)

Lane Fenrich, Distinguished Senior Lecturer (Gender and Sexuality Studies)

Ben Frommer, Associate Professor (History)

Sanford Goldberg, Professor (Philosophy)

Forrest Hylton, Assistant Professor (History)

Susan Hespos, Associate Professor (Philosophy)

Rebecca C. Johnson, Assistant Professor (AKIH; English)

Jennifer Lackey, Professor (Philosophy)

Laura León Llerena, Assistant Professor (Spanish & Portuguese) 

Franziska Lys, Associate Professor (German)

Susan Manning (English, Theatre, Performance Studies)

Sarah Maza, Professor (History)

Barbara Newman (English)

Seamas O'Driscoll (Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Susan McReynolds Oddo, Associate Professor (Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Susan J. Pearson, Associate Professor (History)

Yarí Pérez Marín (Spanish and Portuguese)

Susie Phillips, Associate Professor (English)

Galya Benarieh Ruffer, Senior Lecturer (Political Science)

David Schoenbrun, Associate Professor (History)

Laurie Shannon, Professor (English)

Thomas Simpson, Distinguished Senior Lecturer (French and Italian)

Carl Smith, Professor Emeritus (English) 

Amy Stanley (History)

Julia Stern, Professor (English)

Francesca Tataranni, Senior Lecturer (Classics)

Alejandra Uslenghi (Spanish and Portuguese)

Mary Weismantel, Professor (Anthropology; Gender and Sexuality Studies)

William N. West, Professor (English)

Jessica Winegar, Associate Professor (Anthropology)

Graduate Students

Chloe Johnston (Theatre)

Gregory Laski (English)

Andrew Warne (History)

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