Wendy L. Wall | Director

Wendy L. Wall
  • Phone: 847-467-3971
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  • Wendy Wall (Avalon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence) teaches and undertakes research on Renaissance literature and culture. She has published articles on topics as wide-ranging as editorial theory, gender, poetry, national identity, authorship, Shakespeare, food studies, domesticity, theatrical practice, women's writing, and Jell-O. Author of Recipes for Thought: Knowledge and Taste in the Early Modern English Kitchen (2015), The Imprint of Gender: Authorship and Publication in the English Renaissance (1993), and Staging Domesticity: Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama (2002), Professor Wall has served as co-editor of Renaissance Drama and president of the Shakespeare Association of America. When not at work on a digital, open access edition of the amazing poems of Renaissance writer Hester Pulter (entitled The Pulter Project), she enjoys participating in public humanities programs, working with organizations such as the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Prison Neighborhood Arts Program.  

Tom Burke | Assistant Director

Tom Burke

Megan Skord | Program Assistant 4

Megan Skord

Jill Mannor | Communications Coordinator

Jill Mannor
  • Phone: 847-467-3970
  • Office Location: Kresge Hall 2350
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  • Jill Mannor has a background in graphic design, marketing, advertising and development. In the nonprofit 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 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; Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE); 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, Franke Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships, Artist in Residence program, public humanities initiatives, Undergraduate Curriculum, and media requests.

Amy Stanley | Coordinator, Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program

Amy Stanley
  • Phone: 847-467-6722
  • Office Location: Harris Hall 203
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  • Amy Stanley, Associate Professor of History, specializes in early modern and modern Japan, with a particular focus on women’s/gender history and the history of cities. At Northwestern, she teaches both Japanese and global history. She is the author of Selling Women: Prostitution, Markets, and the Household in Early Modern Japan (University of California Press, 2012) and articles in The American Historical ReviewThe Journal of Asian Studies, and The Journal of Japanese Studies. Her new book – a history of the city of Edo in the first half of the nineteenth century – is forthcoming from Scribner in 2020.

Nnaemeka (Emeka) Ekwelum | Graduate Assistant

Nnaemeka (Emeka) Ekwelum
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  • Nnaemeka (Emeka) Ekwelum is a second-year PhD student in African American Studies. His scholarly and creative interests—as a multidisciplinary researcher and visual artist—converge at the intersection of history, critical theory, creative expression, and curatorial practice. Emeka’s current research project tracks and identifies aesthetic patterns and decolonial strategies in transnational Black contemporary and craft art. And as a fiber artist, his creative work engages similar themes, working within distinctly-Black traditions of stitching, quilting, and weaving to explore the synergies between African diasporic cultural art forms. Prior to beginning his doctorate at Northwestern, Emeka held a professional career as an educator in his home state of Massachusetts, formally and informally working with youth and adult learners across a range of cultural contexts in the Boston/Greater Boston Area. His teaching philosophy is a reflection of his training in Comparative Ethnic Studies (Columbia University, B.A.) and Arts in Education (Harvard University, Ed.M.), drawing on theories of Black feminist and political thought to interrogate ideas of power, privilege, and personhood through art and artmaking. In his role as the 2019-2020 graduate assistant at the Kaplan Institute, Emeka will work closely with the Kaplan Scholars Program, through which he will help to develop programming for Northwestern undergraduate students with research and professional interests in the Public Humanities.