Full-Time Faculty

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Pamela Beattie

Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: University of Toronto
Research Interests: medieval studies with a primary focus on thirteenth and early fourteenth century religious and intellectual history;  medieval literature; medieval Iberia;  Ramon Llull: inter-faith dialogue and polemic; crusade and mission.

Office: Humanities 303A
Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: (502) 852-8336
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Simona Bertacco

Director of Graduate studies

Education: Universitá degli Studi di Genova
Research Interests: Dr. Bertacco focuses on issues in global humanities, postcolonialism, women’s and gender studies, translation and multilingual literatures.

Contact Information:
Office: 
Humanities 213B, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-7161

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Terry Burden

Assistant Professor (Term) of Comparative Humanities

Education: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Research Interests: World Religions

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Office:
 Humanities 214A, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-1146
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Hilaria Cruz

Hilaria Cruz

Assistant Professor

Education: University of Texas at Austin
Research interests:
Hilaria Cruz is a field linguist and a native speaker of San Juan Quiahije Chatino, an endangered Zapotecan language spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico. Research interests include Automatic Speech Recognition for endangered languages, verb morphology, language documentation, verbal art, and language variation.

Contact Information:
Office: Humanities 201B
Phone: 502-852-8820

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Mike Hagan

Assistant Professor (Term) of Comparative Humanities

Advisor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Program and MA with Concentration in Civic Leadership
Education: 
University of Louisville
Research Interests: Pop Music and Culture, Postmodern and Post-Structuralist Philosophy, Deleuze, Comparative Philosophy (East-West).

Contact Information:
Office:
 Humanities 200D, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-6045
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Ann C. Hall

Ann C. Hall

Chair and Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: The Ohio State University
Research Interests: Dr. Hall's research interests include drama, performance, popular culture, film, feminism, and cultural studies.  She also writes plays, poems, and short stories.

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Office: Humanities 303B, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: (502) 852-7134
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Michael Johmann

Associate Professor (Term) of Comparative Humanities

Education: Indiana University
Research Interests: 19th-20th Century British and American culture, with particular focus on literature, film, crime, sports and popular culture

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Office:
 Humanities 302D, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-6230
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Lara Kelland

Lara Kelland

Assistant Professor of US and Public History and Comparative Humanities

Research Interests:  engaging oppositional collective memory and heritage tourism in Puerto Rico. See her full profile

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Office: GH 301G
Phone: 852-3812
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Andrew Kostakis

Andrew Kostakis

Assistant Professor (Term)

Education: Indiana University
Research Interests: Phonology (Segmental Representations, Dorsal Sounds, Rhotics, Consonant-Vowel Interactions), Sociolinguistics (American Dialects, Optimality Theoretic Models of Variation), and Sound Change (Phonetic and Phonological Motivations).

Contact Information:
Office: Humanities 329 E
Phone: (502) 852-0457

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Michael Brandon McCormack

Assistant Professor of Comparative Humanities and Pan-African Studies

Education: Vanderbilt University, Graduate Department of Religion
Research Interests: Dr. 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.

Contact Information:
Office: 
Room 437, Strickler Hall
Phone: 
(502) 852-5505
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Maryam Moazzen

Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: University of Toronto
Research Interests: As an interdisciplinary scholar, her area of specialization and research interests include Islamic intellectual and cultural history, classical through modern Middle Eastern literature, Shi‘ism and Sufism. She is currently researching problems and possibilities that modernity raised for Shi‘ite higher learning since 1800 to early twentieth century.

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Office: 
Humanities 214B, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-3054
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Ranen Omer-Sherman

Professor of Comparative Humanities, The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies

Education: University of Notre Dame
Research Interests: 
Diasporic & Transnational Identities in Literature; the Literature of “Passing,” Graphic Novels, Memoirs, and Comics, Ethic American Literature; Jewish American Literature; Holocaust Narrative; Israeli and Palestinian Literature, Utopianism and the Kibbutz Movement.

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Office:
 Humanities 203B, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: (502) 852-6842
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Natalie Polzer

Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: Cambridge University, England
Research Interests: Jewish Religion and Culture, women in Religion, Feminist Theology, theory of Religion, Bible and Biblical Judaism, Rabbinic Texts and Culture, Holocaust Commemoration and Ritual Pilgrimage

Contact Information:
Office:
 Humanities 200E, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-3406
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Patrick Pranke

Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities and Vice-Chair

Education: University of Michigan
Research Interests: 
Burmese Buddhist history and popular religious traditions; Hinduism and Indian folk traditions.

Contact Information:
Office:
 Humanities 200F, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-7140
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Thomas Stewart

Assistant Professor (Term) of Comparative Humanities (Linguistics)

Education: The Ohio State University
Research Interests: Dr. Stewart researches linguistic morphology (word structure and word relationships), and its interactions with other components of grammar. He also studies how languages change over time, on their own and through influence from other languages. His primary research language is Scottish Gaelic.

Contact Information:
Office:
 Humanities 203A, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-0610
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Karl Swinehart

Karl Swinehart

Assistant Professor of Comparative Humanities (Linguistics)

Education: University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: 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).

Contact Information:
Office:
 Humanities 200G, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-1298
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Michael Williams

Associate Professor (Term) of Comparative Humanities

Education: University of Louisville
Research Interests: 
Professor Williams areas of research include Modernism, the fantastic in modern culture, Weimar film, and the 19th & 20th century novel.  In addition to regular teaching duties with Humanities over the past two decades, Williams has also created a number of seminars (dealing with various aspects of the Modern Fantastic) for the Honors Department.  Outside his duties to the university, he is the principal American liaison to the Aosta Project, a recent program in cultural fluency that plans to establish connections between U of L and the University of Valle d’Aosta in northern Italy.  Williams is also a novelist, having published thirteen books with a number of presses internationally.  His work has been translated into seven languages, and his novel Arcady was nominated for the prestigious Locus Award for the Best Fantasy Novel of 1995.  Currently he is finishing a fourteenth novel, while also working on a travel book and a book on Buddhism and the creative process.

Contact Information:
Office:
 Humanities 303F, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-6217
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Elaine O. Wise

Director of Comparative Humanities Graduate MA

Education: Indiana University
Research Interests: Elaine Wise, specializes in Medieval and Renaissance cultures, teaching courses in Shakespeare and interdisciplinary theory.  She is a long term member of the Faculty Senate and also serves as the U of L Faculty Athletics Representative to the ACC and NCAA.

Contact Information:
Office:
 Humanities 303D, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone: 
(502) 852-7149
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Emeritus faculty

Mary Ann Stenger
Arthur J. Slavin
Riffat Hassan
Annette Allen