Full-Time Faculty

Pamela Beattie

Chair and Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: PhD, 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; interfaith dialogue and polemic; crusade and mission

Office: Bingham Humanities 303A

Phone: (502) 852-8336
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Simona Bertacco

Simona Bertacco

Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: PhD, Universitá degli Studi di Genova

Research Interests: Global humanities; postcolonialism; women’s and gender studies; translation and multilingual literatures

Office: Bingham Humanities 303A

Phone: (502) 852-7161
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Hilaria Cruz

Hilaria Cruz

Assistant Professor of Comparative Humanities (Linguistics)

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Research interests: San Juan Quiahije Chatino, an endangered Zapotecan language spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico; automatic speech recognition for endangered languages; verb morphology; language documentation; verbal art; language variation

Office: Bingham Humanities 201B

Phone: (502) 852-8820
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Mike Hagan

Associate Professor (Term) of Comparative Humanities

Education: PhD, University of Louisville

Research Interests: Pop music and culture; postmodern and poststructuralist Philosophy; Deleuze; comparative philosophy (East–West)

Office: Bingham Humanities 200D

Phone: (502) 852-6045
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Ann C. Hall

Ann C. Hall

Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: PhD, Ohio State University

Research Interests: Drama; performance; popular culture; film; feminism; cultural studies; writing plays, poems, and short stories

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Office: Bingham Humanities 303D

Phone: (502) 852-7134
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Michael Johmann

Associate Professor (Term) of Comparative Humanities

Education: PhD, Indiana University

Research Interests: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American culture, with particular focus on literature, film, crime, sports, and popular culture

Office: Bingham Humanities 302D

Phone: (502) 852-6230
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Katie Kleinkopf

Assistant Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: PhD, University of Tennessee

Research Interests: Late antique Christianity; early Syrian and Egyptian Christianity; asceticism; new materialism; women and gender studies; landscape studies

Office: Bingham Humanities 330D

Phone: (502) 852-0489
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Michael Brandon McCormack

Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities and Pan-African Studies
Director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research

Education: PhD, Vanderbilt University

Research Interests: Black religion and cultural studies; the prophetic tradition in black religion; black moral panic; cultural productions of the hip-hop generation; African American religion; religions of the African diaspora

Office: Strickler Hall 438

Phone: (502) 852-5505
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Maryam Moazzen

Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Education: PhD, University of Toronto

Research Interests: Islamic intellectual and cultural history; classical through modern Middle Eastern literature; Shi‘ism; Sufism; and Shi‘ite higher learning from 1800 to the early twentieth century

Office: Bingham Humanities 214B

Phone: (502) 852-3054
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Ranen Omer-Sherman

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

Education: PhD, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests: Diasporic and transnational identities in literature; the literature of “passing”; graphic novels, memoirs, and comics; ethnic American Literature; Jewish American literature; Holocaust narrative; Israeli and Palestinian literature; utopianism and the kibbutz movement

Office: Bingham Humanities 203B

Phone: (502) 852-6842
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Natalie Polzer

Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: PhD, University of Cambridge

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

Office: Bingham Humanities 200E

Phone: (502) 852-3406
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Patrick Pranke

Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities

Education: PhD, University of Michigan

Research Interests: Burmese Buddhist history and popular religious traditions; Hinduism and Indian folk traditions

Office: Bingham Humanities 200F

Phone: (502) 852-7140
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Thomas Stewart

Associate Professor (Term) of Comparative Humanities (Linguistics)

Education: PhD, Ohio State University

Research Interests: Linguistic morphology (word structure and word relationships) and its interactions with other components of grammar; how languages change over time, on their own and through influence from other languages; Scottish Gaelic

Office: Bingham Humanities 203A

Phone: (502) 852-0610
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Karl Swinehart

Karl Swinehart

Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities (Linguistics) and Director of Graduate Studies

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Applied and educational linguistics; social inequality and the semiotic dimensions of its mediation; indigenous language politics in Bolivia, focusing on Aymara language media; bilingual education and language policy in Scandinavia (Norway) and the United States

Office: Bingham Humanities 200G

Phone: (502) 852-1298
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Michael Williams

Associate Professor (Term) of Comparative Humanities

Education: PhD, University of Louisville

Research Interests: Modernism; the fantastic in modern culture; Weimar film; the nineteenth- and twentieth-century novel. Dr. Williams is also a novelist, having published fifteen 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.

Office: Bingham Humanities 201A

Phone: (502) 852-6217
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Emeritus Faculty

Terry Burden
Riffat Hassan
Arthur J. Slavin
Mary Ann Stenger
Elaine O. Wise