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Glasscock Center Staff


Emily Brady, Director
310C Glasscock Building

Emily Brady is the third director of the Center and the first holder of the Suzanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock Director’s Chair. She came to Texas A&M from the University of Edinburgh, where she was Professor of Environment and Philosophy. As a Professor of Philosophy at A&M, her research and teaching interests span aesthetics and philosophy of art, environmental ethics, and eighteenth-century philosophy. She has published seven books, including Aesthetics of the Natural Environment (Edinburgh University Press, 2003) and The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her current book project, Planetary Aesthetics, constructs a new agenda for aesthetics which engages with climate change and other pressing environmental problems. Since assuming leadership of the Glasscock Center, Dr. Brady has been dedicated to broadening interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaborations across the University through the Center’s new initiative, Humanities: Land Sea Space and demonstrating the vital importance of the humanities by increasing public engagement.

More information about Dr. Brady can be found here.


Jessica Howell, Associate Director
305A Glasscock Building
(979) 458-4320

Jessica Howell is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University. She completed a PhD in English at University of California, Davis, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London. Her first monograph, Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate, was published in 2014 by Edinburgh UP, and her forthcoming book is titled Malaria and Victorian Fictions of Empire (Cambridge UP, 2018). Dr. Howell teaches courses in Victorian literature, literature and medicine, the Health Humanities, and women’s travel writing. She also has led a Summer Scholars program on “Epidemics in Literature/ Literature as Epidemic.” Dr. Howell convenes the Health Humanities Seminar at the Glasscock Center and the T3 group on “Global Health and the Humanities.”


Amanda N. Dusek, Program Coordinator (currently on leave)
305C Glasscock Building
(979) 862-1780

Amanda earned her BA in Telecommunication Media Studies from Texas A&M University in 2015. She has since been working at the Glasscock Center and enjoys being able to continue learning about the humanities through the Center’s various events.
As the Program Coordinator for the Center, Amanda communicates with all of our featured speakers to coordinate their travel, lodging, and payment. She works closely with the conveners of our 20+ Working Groups to assist in the organization of their events, meetings, and budgets. Amanda also coordinates publicity with the College Communications team. Additionally, she communicates with and assists the Business Administrator with financial matters and expense tracking.


Leigh Goyco, Program Assistant
305 Glasscock Building

Leigh graduated from Texas State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has since worked in various office settings and spent a number of years homeschooling her 4 children.

Leigh serves as the Center's first point of contact, and works closely with our Program Coordinator to provide support to the Glasscock Center's various programs, Fellows, and community.

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Victoria Green, Graduate Research Assistant
306 Glasscock Building

Victoria is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy. She completed an MS in Primate Behavior at Central Washington University and a BS in Evolutionary Anthropology and Philosophy at Rutgers University. Her research focus is on environmental and animal ethics, as well as the philosophy of science. In particular, she studies methodologies in field primatology and explores the complex relationship between scientists and nonhuman animal subjects.


Shannon Gonzenbach, Graduate Research Assistant
307AB Glasscock Building

Shannon Gonzenbach is a third year PhD student at Texas A&M University studying medieval english literature. Her main areas of focus center around adaptations of the Arthurian legend across medieval France, Wales, and England, as well as dramatic adaptations throughout the early modern period. She is especially interested in literature as a type of political and social expression and our ability to trace various climates of change and movements in history through adaptations of texts.


Jyothis James, Graduate Research Assistant
305 Glasscock Building

Jyothis James is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy. He earned his BA in Philosophy and Neuroscience from Lake Forest College in 2016 . He pursued a Masters in Syriac Studies at St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute (SEERI), Kottayam, Kerala, Republic of India. His research focus is on anti-colonial epistemology, Black and Global South masculinities, and Black aesthetics. He is also interested in diaspora and migration specifically of people from Kerala.


Kate Girvin, Undergraduate Apprentice
305 Glasscock Building

Kate Girvin is a junior philosophy major and Glasscock Scholar from El Paso, Texas. She is a University Honors and Philosophy Honors student. Kate is recognized as an Aggie Southerland Leader for her student involvement on campus. Currently, Kate is an editor for Aletheia, Texas A&M’s undergraduate philosophy journal. She is a member of the Liberal Arts Student Council and also serves as a director for SLIDE, a sophomore leadership organization which advocates for mental health and sexual assault awareness. After graduation, Kate plans to attend law school and pursue a PhD in philosophy to become a professor and criminal attorney.