2017-18 Faculty Fellows: Affect, Emotion & Sensation

Affect, Emotion & Sensation
Lluís Baixauli Olmos

Brendan Depue, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Brendan E. Depue, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and the Endowed Chair of Behavioral Brain Imaging in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville. He is a cognitive neuroscientist that uses multiple imaging methodologies to investigate the functional-neuroanatomical substrates underlying inhibitory and cognitive control and how this is organized in the PFC.Click here for a full list of publications.

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Christine Ehrick, History

Project: Voicing and Hearing Gender in History

I am a historian of Latin America with an interest in gender, radio and sound. My second book, Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950, was published in July 2015 by Cambridge University Press. A history of women’s voices on the radio in two of South America’s most important early radio markets, this book explores what it meant to hear female voices on the radio, and asks readers to consider gender in its aural and sonic dimensions. A summary of the book’s theoretical contributions can be found online in an essay titled “Vocal Gender and the Gendered Soundscape: At the Intersection of Gender Studies and Sound Studies,” which was published as part of the “Gendered Voices” forum in the sound-studies blog Sounding Out! My current research explores gender, class and voice in Argentine comedy and the female voice and children's radio in the US and Latin America. I am also currently a Research Associate for the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force. I welcome the opportunity to work with graduate students interested in Modern Latin America, women’s and gender history, and the history of media and sound. I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses in Latin American history, the History of Radio, and courses for the Latin American and Latino Studies program.

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Michael Brandon McCormack, Comparative Humanities & Pan-African Studies

Brandon McCormack’s research interests focus on the intersections of Black Religion and Cultural Studies. His dissertation explored and analyzed the contested relationships between the prophetic tradition in black religion, black moral panic, and the cultural productions of the hip-hop generation. With a secondary appointment in Humanities, he teaches a range of courses in African American Religion and Religions of the African Diaspora.

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Frances McDonald, English

Frances McDonald received her doctorate from Duke University and holds a Master’s in English and American Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth-century American literature and film, critical theory, and digital humanities. Abiding scholarly interests include avant-garde literature and cinema, science fiction, horror, affect theory, media studies, visual culture, and the relation between theory and practice. Her current book project examines the relationship between representations of laughter in postwar American literature and film, and the “cracking up” of the subject in poststructuralist theory. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literature and The Atlantic, among other venues. She is also co-editor of thresholds, a digital journal for critical/creative scholarship.

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Karl Swinehart, Comparative Humanities

I am a linguistic anthropologist with a background in applied and educational linguistics who is broadly interested in social inequality and the semiotic dimensions of its mediation. My current research focuses on indigenous language politics in Bolivia, focusing on Aymara language media. My other areas of expertise include Scandinavia (Norway) and the U.S. (bilingual education and language policy).

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Joesph Turner, English

Project: Schooling the Premodern Emotions

Joseph Turner joined the faculty at UofL in 2014 after earning his BA at Goucher College and his MA and PhD at the University of Delaware. He teaches courses on writing, composition pedagogy, the history of rhetoric, early British literature, and graphic novels.

In Fall of 2017 he taught English 250: Introduction to Literature, which introduced students to literary criticism by reading not only poetry, novels, and drama, but by considering film and graphic novels as well. He is also a Kentucky Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Culture fellow this term.

In the Spring of 2018, he teaches English 371: Special Topics in Literature (MWF 12-12:50), which will focus on graphic novels post 1986. He will also teach English 561: Chaucer (MWF 10-10:50), which will focus (unsurprisingly) on the works of the late-medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

His scholarship focuses on pre-modern writing pedagogy, poetics, and gender, and his work has appeared (or will appear) in Rhetorica, Rhetoric Review, The Chaucer Review, Pedagogy, and in two edited collections. He is currently working on two research projects. The first examines the evolution of medieval theories of metaphor in the work of Saint Augustine and Geoffrey of Vinsauf. The second is a book length project on the pre-modern educational program known as progymnasmata, particularly the relationships between this tradition and literary representations of women's speech practices.

Dr. Turner welcomes questions about rhetorical history, medieval studies, or graphic novels. Please be in touch if you would like to discuss an independent study or a senior thesis.

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