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Faculty Advisory Board

Our Faculty Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from many areas within the humanities.

Advisory Board Members

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Valentina Aduen, Ph.D. Candidate

Valentina Aduen is a communication Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University. She studies communication processes that foster social change as it relates to capacity building for vulnerable populations. Her work theorizes interpretations of the law and community practices of resistance to coloniality at the intersections of media, culture, identity, and rhetoric. Valentina is the land retention specialist for The Texas Freedom Colonies Project™ (TXFC), where she assists on research and education for involuntary land loss prevention.


Heidi Campbell
, Professor
Heidi A Campbell is Professor of Communication, affiliate faculty in Religious Studies and a Presidential Impact Fellow at Texas A&M University. She teaches undergrad and graduate course in digital media, religious studies and communications. She is also director of the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies, and a pioneer in the study of Digital Religion, which explores how religious belief and practices are performed online and offline within different digital cultures. She has written and edited 11 books including When Religion Meets New Media (Routledge 2010). Playing with Religion in Digital Gaming (Indiana Univ Press, 2016) and Digital Creatives and the Rethinking of Religious Authority (Routledge 2020). She has also published over 100 journal articles and book chapters on themes related to digital media and religion, and has given over 100 keynotes and invited talks on her research as institutions in the USA and abroad. She has been a visiting scholar or fellow with the Caesarea Rothschild Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science at the University of Haifa (Israel), the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Durham (UK) and the Center for Advanced Internet Studies in Ruhr University (Germany). She was the 2018 Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication at Villanova University and has been awarded a Guest Professorship at the University of Bonn for 2023. Dr. Campbell has also received numerous awards for her research and teaching.


Visual, Material, and Performance Cultures
Leonardo Cardoso,
Associate Professor
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Cardoso’s work focuses on sound as a way to understand how governments operate. His first book, “Sound-Politics in São Paulo” (Oxford University Press, 2019), considers how noise has become a persistent problem in urban centers. The book shows that noise is not just a matter of acoustical engineering and public health but permeates a broad range of issues. In São Paulo, noise emerges in controversies about crime control, religious freedom, spatial segregation, youth leisure, civic engagement, and state accountability. Noise has encroached on São Paulo’s powerful construction, transportation, and entertainment industries.

Cardoso intends to analyze the numerous entanglements between sound and modern statecraft in his current book project. Each chapter in the book analyzes contemporary Brazil from a specific acoustic arrangement, including wiretaps, grenades, sirens, radio, and gunshot detection technology.

Marian Eide

Marian Eide, Professor
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Marian Eide is 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.


Clare Palmer, Professor
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Clare Palmer is George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor in Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. Her research interests focus on environmental and animal ethics, and the ethics of emerging technologies. She was the elected President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics from 2007-2010. She is author or co-author of four books, including Animal Ethics in Context (Columbia University Press 2010), and has edited or co-edited a number of volumes, including Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World (2014), a collaboration between philosophers and ecologists. She was a member of the consensus committee that produced the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine report Biotechnology and Forest Health: Possibilities and Considerations in 2019. Her co-authored book Wildlife Ethics: The Ethics of Wildlife Management and Conservation will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2023.


Side Emre, Associate Professor
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Side Emre, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Near Eastern History and Islamic World at Texas A&M University, Department of History. Her research agenda focuses on the investigation of early modern Islamic empires of the Middle East—the Ottoman Empire—and the socio-political and cultural impact of Islamic mysticism (Sufism), mystics (Sufis), and mystical orders on the relations between state and society. Her book Ibrahim-i Gulshani and the Khalwati-Gulshani Order: Power Brokers in Ottoman Egypt (Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2017) won the 2018 Fuad Koprulu Honorable Mention Book Award. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her current book project is on mystical cosmographies written by 16th century Ottoman Sufi authors.

Tazim Jamal

Tazim Jamal, Professor
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Tazim Jamal is Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University (TAMU), USA. She is also Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. Her research interests lie in tourism and sustainability, collaborative tourism planning, and ethical issues in travel and tourism. She is the author of Justice and Ethics in Tourism (2019, Routledge), co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Studies (2009), as well as an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Tourism (2016, 2022). A special issue of Justice and Tourism was co-edited by Tazim Jamal and James Higham in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (Vol. 29, 2-3, 2021).


ArCasia James-Gallaway, Assistant Professor
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ArCasia D. James-Gallaway is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. As an interdisciplinary historian of education, she examines and illuminates African American struggles for educational justice, and her scholarship follows three interrelated strands of analysis: 1) the history of African American education, 2) Black history education, and 3) gendered (anti)Blackness in education. James-Gallaway’s research engages oral history methodology, critical race theory, Black feminist theory, and critical geographies of race and has been supported by organizations such as the Ford Foundation. She has published her work in more than two dozen book-chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, including History of Education Quarterly; Race Ethnicity and Education; Paedagogica Historica, Oral History Review, and Journal of Black Studies.


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.

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Alain Lawo-Sukam, Associate Professor
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Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam is an Associate Professor of Hispanic and Africana Studies, and Coordinator of Africana Studies program in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures. He is the author of La poesía de Guinea Ecuatorial en su contexto colonial y (trans)nacional (2019) and Hacia una poética afro-colombiana: el caso del Pacífico (2010), the creative writing books Mange-Mil y sus historias de tierra caliente (2017) and Sueño con África. Dream of Africa. Rêve d’Afrique (2013). He has published numerous articles in national and international peer reviewed journals. He is a member of several editorial boards, and has served as manuscript reviewer for many national and international journals. He is a recipient of numerous grants and awards; among the most recent are the Humanities & Arts Fellows program, College of Liberal Arts’ Achievements in Climate and Inclusion Award (ACI), AFS College-Level Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, Glasscock Research Publication, the Hispanic Studies Research Enhancement and High Impact Research Grants.


Emma Newman, Ph.D. Candidate
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Emma Newman is a second year doctorate student in the Anthropology Department. Emma is a Cultural Anthropologist who studies borderlands (migration, theory, and policy) along the US-Mexico border and beyond. She is interested in issues of gender studies, body politics, and necroviolence in relation to migration.


Nancy Plankey-Videla
, Associate Professor
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Professor Plankey-Videla is associate professor of sociology, coordinator of the Latino/a and Mexican American Studies Program (LMAS), and affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Born in Chile and raised in Vermont and central Mexico, Dr. Plankey-Videla’s research and teaching is informed by a global perspective on inequality and agency. Her research seeks to understand how structural inequality affects opportunities and barriers for women workers in Latin America and Latinx immigrants in the U.S. Her early work links power shifts in the global economy with organizational changes within firms, explaining how these changes lead to labor resistance during a period of economic crisis. Her book, We Are in This Dance Together: Gender, Power and Globalization in a Mexican Garment Firm, won the 2012 National Women’s Studies Association Sarah A. Whaley Book Prize for books on gender and labor and the 2013 Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Global Division Best Book Award. More recently, Dr. Plankey-Videla’s work with the Latinx immigrant community in Texas has led to research on the racialization of day laborers, effects of deportation threat on families and communities, and social integration of deportees and returnees in Mexico.


Art History
Dawna Schuld, Associate Professor
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Dawna Schuld is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History in the School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Art. Her research concentrates on points of intersection between art, technology, and biology, with an emphasis on how the perceptual phenomena of human experience are implemented in art. She is the author of Minimal Conditions: Light, Space, and Subjectivity (The University of California Press, 2018), and co-editor (with Cristina Albu) of Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art (Routledge, 2018). For her work, Dr. Schuld has been awarded Dana and David Dornsife Research Fellow at the Huntington Library Pasadena, California and a Senior Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

Shelley Wachsmann

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).