Full-time Faculty


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Full-time Faculty: Regular

Pamela Beattie

Pamela Beattie, Assistant 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

Simona Bertacco, Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities

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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Ann 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 Brandon McCormack

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

Maryam Moazzen, Assistant 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.

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

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.

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

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 201B, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-3406
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Patrick Pranke

Patrick Pranke, Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities

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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Shelley Salamensky

Shelley Salamensky, Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: Harvard University
Research Interests: Human geography, historiography, narrative, and cultural memory; 19th- through 21st-century literature, film, performance, and culture.

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Office:
Humanities 213B, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-0457
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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).

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Office:
Humanities 200G, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-1298
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Elaine O. Wise

Elaine O. Wise, Comparative Humanities Graduate MA Advisor

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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Full-time Faculty: Term

Terry Burden, Assistant Professor of Comparative Humanities

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

Contact Information:
Office:
Humanities 214A, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-1146
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Mike Hagan, Assistant Professor 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 303B, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-6045
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Michael Johmann, Assistant Professor 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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Thomas Stewart

Thomas Stewart, Assistant Professor 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.

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Office:
Humanities 203A, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-0610
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Steven Watkins, Assistant Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: University of Louisville
Research Interests: Professor Watkins is interested in research on contemporary fundamentalist and Evangelical cultures in North America. His dissertation research included ethnographic and linguistic aspects of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. An emerging field of research includes Christian tourist and pilgrimage sites, New Religious Movements, as well as communal and utopian groups.  

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Office:
Humanities 203F, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-4523
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Michael Williams

Michael Williams, Associate Professor 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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Annette Allen

Annette Allen, Professor Emerita

Education: University of Texas
Research Interests:

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Office:
Humanities 303, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-6805
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Riffat Hassan

Riffat Hassan, Professor Emerita


Education:
Durham University, England
Research Interests: Internationally acknowledged as a pioneer of Islamic feminist theology, Dr. Hassan is also recognized as an activist who has done much to promote women’s rights in Muslim societies and to combat honor” crimes against women in Pakistan. Lengthy profiles of her work have appeared in books published in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and researchers in Germany, Holland and Indonesia have written dissertations on her feminist theology.

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Office:
Humanities 303, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-6805
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Arthur J. Slavin

Arthur J. Slavin, Professor Emeritus

Education: University of North Carolina
Research Interests: 16th century of England

Contact Information:
Office:
Humanities 303, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-6805

 

 

Mary Ann Stenger

Mary Ann Stenger, Professor Emerita

Education: University of Iowa
Research Interests:

Contact Information:
Office:
Humanities 303, Bingham Humanities Building
Phone:
(502) 852-6805