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Advisory Committee

In the College of Liberal Arts, eleven departments are affiliated with The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. Outside of Liberal Arts, six other departments are affiliated with the Center: Architecture; Geography; Recreation, Parks & Tourism Science; Teaching, Learning & Culture; University Libraries; and Visualization.

Each of these departments holds a seat on the Center’s Advisory Committee.

Interdisciplinary programs and institutes affiliated with the Glasscock Center are Africana Studies, American Studies, Comparative Literature, Confucius Institute, Digital Humanities, Film Studies, Institute for Pacific Asia, Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, Religious Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

2019-2020 Advisory Committee Members

Shelley WachsmannANTHROPOLOGY
Shelley Wachsmann, Professor (Not serving Spring 2020)
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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).

 

ARCHITECTURE
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.

 

COMMUNICATION
Randall Sumpter
, Associate Professor
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Randall S. Sumpter is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and a former newspaper and magazine editor and reporter. A Glasscock Center for Humanities Research fellowship helped Sumpter complete his recent book, Before Journalism Schools: How Gilded Age Reporters Learned the Rules.

 

Marian Eide

ENGLISH AND INTERDISCIPLINARY CRITICAL STUDIES
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-SukamHISPANIC STUDIES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY CRITICAL STUDIES
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.

 

HISTORY
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.

 

Brett CookeINTERNATIONAL STUDIES
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.

 

PERFORMANCE STUDIES
Donnalee Dox,
Professor
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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).

 

PHILOSOPHY
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.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE
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 VessPSYCHOLOGY
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

RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM SCIENCES
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.

 

Harlan PrechelSOCIOLOGY
Harland Prechel, Professor
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Harland Prechel is professor in the Department of Sociology and College of Liberal Arts Cornerstone Fellow at Texas A&M University. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of social class, social theory, and comparative and historical, economic, environmental, organizational and political sociology.  Prechel’s research program focuses on corporate-state relations with particular focus on state power and corporate power. There are two interrelated themes in his current research: How corporate organizational and political characteristics affect financial malfeasance and environmental pollution. Prechel published Big Business and the State and has a second book in progress that examines the politics of financialization. His articles appeared in several peer-reviewed journals. Prechel’s awards include National Science Foundation grants and teaching excellence award from Texas A&M University. His co-authored article in the American Sociological Review on financial malfeasance received awards from the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Management, and the American Sociological Association.

 

Lynn BurlbawTEACHING, LEARNING, AND CULTURE
Lynn Burlbaw, Professor
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Lynn Burlbaw is a professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Dr. Burlbaw’s interests include the history of education, curriculum and instruction, technology in the classroom, and social studies education. His research on these topics has been widely published in books and academic journals such as the American Educational History Journal. Currently, Dr. Burlbaw is being funded by the National Science Foundation to research how elementary school students can utilize the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education style.

 

David ChroustUNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
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 StoenescuVISUALIZATION
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.