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Advisory Committee

Within the College of Liberal Arts, the Glasscock Center is affiliated with the twelve academic departments as well as the interdisciplinary programs (Africana Studies, Latino/a & Mexican American Studies, Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies). Other Centers and Institutes in Liberal Arts with affiliation to the Glasscock Center are: the Center of Digital Humanities Research; the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute; and the Collaboratory for Research Impact in Social Science. We also have affiliations outside of Liberal Arts: Architecture; Geography; Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning; Recreation, Parks & Tourism Science; Teaching, Learning & Culture; University Libraries; and Visualization. Additionally, the Center is affiliated with the Bush School of Government and Public Service, as well as the TAMU School of Law.

Our Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from many of these areas.

2020-2021 Advisory Committee Members

Shelley WachsmannANTHROPOLOGY
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).


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.


Heidi Campbell
, Associate Professor
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.


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.


Christian BrannstromGEOGRAPHY
Christian Brannstrom
, Professor
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Dr. Brannstrom is a professor of Geography and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Geosciences. His research focuses on social and political aspects of renewable energy and unconventional fossil fuels in Texas and environmental governance in Brazil, where he has conducted field work since 1994.  He has supported collaborators working on perceptions of rip currents and pedagogical aspects of his study abroad experiences. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.


Alain Lawo-Sukam, Associate Professor
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Alain Lawo-Sukam is an associate professor with join appointment in the Department of Hispanic Studies and Africana Studies Program. He specializes in Afro-Hispanic literature and culture. Dr. Lawo-Sukam is author to Hacia una poética afro-colombiana: el caso del Pacífico (2010), Sueño con África. Dream of Africa. Rêve d’Afrique (2013) and Mange-Mil y sus historias de tierra caliente (2017). His monograph La poesía guineoecuatoriana en español en su contexto colonial y (trans) nacional is in press with Editorial Cuarto Propio in Chile. 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 served 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.


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.


L. Brett Cooke, Professor
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Brett Cooke is Professor of Russian in the Department of International Studies. Author of Pushkin and the Creative Process, (University Press of Florida, 1998) and Human Nature in Utopia: Zamyatin’s We (Northwestern University Press, 2002), editor or co-editor of Sociobiology and the Arts (Rodopi, 1999), The Fantastic Other. (Rodopi, 1998), Biopoetics: Evolutionary Explorations in the Arts collection (ICUS, 1999), Critical Issues: War and Peace (Salem 2014), and the forthcoming Evolution and Popular Culture (Brill), as well as special issues: “Literary Biopoetics” in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies (2001), “Zamiatin’s We” in Canadian-American Slavic Studies (2011), and “Applied Evolutionary Criticism” in Style (2012). He has published articles on Russian literature, Irish art, European opera, ballet and film, as well as English and American science fiction. Presently he is completing his examination of Tolstoy’s family in War and Peace, and compiling studies of Darwinian patterns in opera and the development of subjectivity in Russian prose.


Donnalee Dox,
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Donnalee Dox is a Professor in the Department of Performance Studies and the Critical Interdisciplinary Studies unit (Religious Studies). She has served as Associate Director of the Glasscock Center (2005-2009), Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Religious Studies (2009-2017), and Interim Head/Head of the Department of Performance Studies (2013-2017). In addition to a monograph, The Idea of the Theatre in Latin Christian Thought: Augustine to the Fourteenth Century (2004), she has published articles on middle eastern dance, modern postural yoga, neo-shamanism, and contemporary spiritual performance. Her most recent monograph is Reckoning with Spirit in the Paradigm of Performance (2016).


Kristi Sweet, Associate Professor
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Kristi Sweet is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, specializing in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. She focuses principally on his practical philosophy and aesthetics, and is interested in the relation between these two arenas of human life. Sweet is the author of Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and numerous articles in her area of research. She is currently at work on a book examining the place of the Critique of Judgment in Kant’s system, tentatively titled, Out in the Territory: art, science, and moral life in Kant.


Alexander Pacek
, Professor
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Dr. Alexander C. Pacek’s main research focus is on the political determinants, and consequences of life satisfaction and happiness in citizens around the world. Dr. Pacek’s current research includes a book and a series of papers on the political determinants and consequences of happiness and life-satisfaction. Ongoing projects include a book on the political consequences of happiness and life satisfaction, and a series of papers on the impact of globalization, labor unions, and the size and quality of government on human happiness and life-satisfaction across the globe. Dr. Pacek teaches undergraduate courses on Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, comparative politics, and American government. He teaches graduate courses on comparative politics and research topics in the post-communist world.


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

Tazim Jamal, Professor
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Tazim Jamal is a 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.


SOCIOLOGY | Vacant, Spring 2021




ArCasia James-Gallaway, Assistant Professor
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ArCasia D. James-Gallaway, PhD. is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Dr. James-Gallaway’s interdisciplinary scholarly interests center on the history of southern African American education, histories of social studies education, and Black feminist pedagogies and navigation strategies. Her research on these topics has been published in academic journals and edited volumes, and it has been supported by organizations such as the Ford Foundation. Calling Texas home, Dr. James-Gallaway is most interested in how history and education can facilitate the humanization and celebration of historically marginalized communities, like her own Black Waco.


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 Associate Professor, Art History
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Livia Stoenescu is an instructional associate professor of Art History 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 in The Art BulletinRES Anthropology and Aesthetics and several peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, Dr. Stoenescu published the edited collection Creative and Imaginative Powers in the Pictorial Art of El Greco (Brepols, 2016), which explains how the artist’s multicultural background affected his art. Her monograph Temporalities, Transmaterialities, and Media in the Pictorial Art of El Greco is in press with Amsterdam University Press. She is currently at work on a book that investigates the representation of the body, simulacra, media, and temporal experience in Early Modernity.