Griot Institute Advisory Committee
- Nina Banks, Associate Professor of Economics
Phone Number: 570. 577.1652
Postal Address: ECONO
Professor Banks' research analyzes the effects of racial and gendered ideologies on African American migrants in Pittsburgh during the World War I Great Migration era. She is conducting a case study of Mexican immigrants who are self-employed in the Mason-Dixon region. She is also preparing an edited volume of the collected economic speeches and writings of Sadie T.M. Alexander, the U.S.'s first black woman economist, that focus on economic and political justice. || Learn more about Professor Banks.
- Glynis Carr, Associate Professor of English
Phone Number: 570.577.3118
Postal Address: ENGLI
Glynis Carr (Ph.D. Ohio State University) is Associate Professor of English. Her interests include American literature, feminist theory, GLBT and gender studies, and ecocriticism. || Learn more about Professor Carr.
- Greg Clingham, Professor of English; Director, Bucknell University Press
Phone Number: 570.577.1552
Postal Address: TAYLOR HALL 6
Greg Clingham, Ph.D. University of Cambridge, is the John P. Crozer Professor of English and Director of the Bucknell University Press. He is the author of Johnson, Writing and Memory (Cambridge, 2002) among other books. He teaches courses on literature 1660-1860 and on a wide range of texts in their relations with orientalism, law, history, memory, translation, landscape, the environment, and the exotic. || Learn more about Professor Clingham.
- Michael Drexler, Associate Professor of English
Phone Number: 570.577.1319
Postal Address: ENGLI
Michael J. Drexler (Ph.D. Brown University) is an Associate Professor of English. He teaches courses on early American literature and the cultures of colonial contact, exploration, and settlement. His research interests concern the material and cultural legacy of colonialism in post revolutionary America.
He is editor of Beyond Douglass: New Perspectives on Early African-American Literature and of the novels of Leonora Sansay, Secret History; or the Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura (Broadview Press, 2007). His work has also appeared in American Literary History, Early American Literature, Modern Language Studies, and several essay collections. He is currently working on a book entitled "The Traumatic Colonel," which is about Aaron Burr and the structure of Early Republican fantasy. || Learn more about Professor Drexler.
- Carmen Gillespie, Professor of English; Director Griot Institute of Africana Studies.
Phone Number: 570.577.1651
Postal Address: VL 209C
Carmen Gillespie's research, writing, and teaching interests are in American, African American, and Caribbean literatures and cultures and creative writing. Her book, A Critical Companion to Toni Morrison, was published in 2007 and her poetry chapbook, Lining the Rails, was published in 2008. She is currently at work on two projects, Doormouth: Life Stories from the People of Barbados and "No Clamor for A ...": Vernacular and the Collapse of Meaning in the Fictions of Toni Morrison and has a contract for a book on the life and works of Alice Walker. || Learn more about Professor Gillespie.
- Renée Gosson, Associate Professor of French
Phone Number: 570.577.1748
Postal Address: VL200
Renée Gosson holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research concentrates on the neocolonial French presence in Martinique, read through various cultural sites: literature, landscape, and commemorative statues. She is currently investigating the major French port cities that participated in the slave trade and the efforts of the French government to remember and/or commemorate the slave trade, slavery, and their abolitions since the 2001 passing of the Loi Taubira, which recognized slavery as a crime against humanity. || Learn more about Professor Gosson.
- Michelle C. Johnson, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Michelle Johnson obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a cultural anthropologist specializing in religion and ritual in West Africa and in the contemporary African diaspora. She has conducted fieldwork on Islam and life course rituals among Mandinga people in Guinea-Bissau, and with Guinean immigrants and refugees living in Lisbon, Portugal. She has held grants from the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), the Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and has published numerous articles and book chapters, including most recently, “Culture’s Calling: Mobile Phones, Gender, and the Making of an African Migrant Village in Lisbon” in Anthropology Quarterly (2013) and “Death and the Left Hand: Islam, Gender, and ‘Proper’ Mandinga Funerary Custom in Guinea-Bissau and Portugal” in African Studies Review (2009). She is currently completing a book entitled, Re-encountering Religion: Mandinga Custom and Global Islam in Portugal, with support from a Social Science Research Council Book Fellowship. She teaches courses on Africa, religion, the life course, anthropological theory, and ethnography. || Learn morea bout Professor Johnson
- Angèle Kingué, Professor of French; Program Director, Bucknell en France
Phone Number: 570.577.1351
Postal Address: VL200
Angèle Kingué is a professor of French and Francophone Studies. She is interested and has conducted research on the teaching of Francophone African literature and culture, and foreign language pedagogy. She has written two novels, two books of short stories for adolescents, and a children book. She directs the Bucknell en France program. || Learn more about Professor Kingué.
- Barry Long, Assistant Professor of Music
Phone Number: 570.577.1312
Postal Address: Box A0510
Barry Long was the inaugural Samuel Williams Professor of Music at Bucknell University and he currently directs the jazz ensemble and teaches coursework in jazz and music theory.
As a trumpeter and flugelhornist, he has studied and performed with such artists as Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, Eliane Elias, Benny Carter, and Jim McNeely; his compositional credits include honors from the Jazz Composers Alliance and commissions for Clark Terry and The Kandinsky Trio.
Long was the first to receive a doctorate in jazz studies from the Eastman School of Music, has received grants from the NEH and the Brubeck Foundation, and his research has been published by Oxford, McFarland Press, and the IAJE. His current projects include a jazz appreciation text for Prentice Hall and a recording project inspired by spirituals and iconic Civil Rights photography. || Learn more about Professor Long.
- Dustyn Martincich, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance
Phone Number: 570.577.2904
Postal Address: THEAT
Dustyn Martincich's research areas are in the intersections of dance and theatre performance, communication of narrative through performance, and in the roots of jazz dance, social dance, and musical theatre. Her artistic interests explore narrative work produced for the performer AND the audience by combining a social and technical contemporary jazz style with theatrical elements.
She is also interested in interdisciplinary pedagogies and collaborative projects, having worked most recently on the FACEing Race Project at Bucknell University (a semester-long collaborative project with other professors and students from English, Poetry, Music, Art and Theatre) and the Bucknell University Arts Forum ("Everything Must Go", an artistic collaboration between visual, film, fiction, and movement artists).
She is a Principal Artist with Core Project Chicago, and a guest artist with Matter Dance Company and the Monocle Eclectic in Chicago. Her choreographic works have been seen in various festivals, university stages, and most recently at Links Hall in Chicago in her self-produced concert "then again". || Learn more about Professor Martincich.
- Shara McCallum, Professor of English; Director Stadler Center for Poetry
Phone Number: 570.577.3038
Postal Address: Box A0511
Shara McCallum is the author of four books of poetry: The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2011), This Strange Land (Alice James Books, 2011, a finalist for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature), Song of Thieves (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003), and The Water Between Us (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry). Her poems have appeared in journals, anthologies, and textbooks in the US, the UK, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel and have been translated into Spanish and Romanian. Her personal essays have been published in The Antioch Review, Creative Nonfiction, Witness, and elsewhere. For her poetry, she has received a number of awards and fellowships, including a 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a Cave Canem Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and others. At Bucknell, she serves as Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and Professor of English. || Learn more about Professor McCallum.
- Berhanu Nega, Associate Professor of Economics
Phone Number: 570.577.3442
Postal Address: ECON
Berhanu Nega was an economics professor at Bucknell from 1990 until 1994, when he returned to his native Ethiopia to join the Department of Economics at Addis Ababa University. He established and directed the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Organization, the first such independent research institute in Ethiopia. He eventually became a leader in the democratic opposition in Ethiopia, serving as deputy chairman for the Coalition for Unity and Democracy.
In 2005, he became the first elected mayor in Ethiopia's history after winning more than 75 percent of the vote for mayor of Addis Ababa. The ruling party, however, declared victory in races throughout the country and arrested Nega and other opposition leaders on charges of treason. After 20 months in jail, Nega was released in July 2007.
He returned to Bucknell as a visiting international scholar in economics in Spring 2008. Since his release, Nega has urged the United States and other Western nations to back democratic movements in Ethiopia and other African countries by withdrawing support given to dictators in the name of stability. || Learn more about Professor Nega.
- Harriet Pollack, Professor of English
Phone Number: 570.577.1355
Postal Address: ENGLI
Harriet Pollack (Ph.D. University of Virginia), teaches American literature and is currently writing about and teaching courses that consider the racialized body in the contexts of Southern literature, history, and cultural trauma.
Pollack most recently edited the volume Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race a much needed assessment of race in the work of an iconic southern women writer. In 2008, she edited,with Christopher Metress, Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination, a book about the racial murder that began the civil rights movement. Earlier books include Eudora Welty and Politics: Did The Writer Crusade? and Having Our Way: Women Rewriting Tradition in 20th Century America. She is working on a monograph titled The Body of the Other Woman in the Fiction and Photography of Eudora Welty. || Learn more about Professor Pollack.
- Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Associate Professor of English
Phone Number: 570.577.1654
Postal Address: ENGLI
Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is Associate Professor of English. Her interests include modern drama, theatre history, and performance theory.
Her publications focus on postwar British theatre, most recently on the work of black British and British Asian playwrights. She is currently finishing an article on a playwright of Jamaican origin, Winsome Pinnock, and developing an article on British Asian women's stand-up comedy. Her latest research is about the theatre of the Caribbean Arts Movement in London. || Learn more about Professor Ponnuswami.
- Carol Wayne White, Professor of Religion
Phone Number: 570.577.3526
Postal Address: RELIG
Carol Wayne White is Professor of Religion and Comparative Humanities. Her areas of teaching and research include philosophy of religion, process philosophy and theism, French poststructuralist philosophies, feminist theory and religion, religious naturalism, and science and religion.
She is the author of two books, Poststructuralism, Feminism, and Religion: Triangulating Positions and The Legacy of Anne Conway 1631-70: Reverberations from a Mystical Naturalism. She has also published various articles addressing the intersections of critical theory and religion, and the value of feminist theory in contemporary religious thought. Professor White is currently completing a book that explores the concept of divinity within the frameworks of postmodern science and religious naturalism. || Learn more about Professor White.
- Thelathia "Nikki" Young, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Religion
Nikki Young holds a B.A. from UNC-Asheville, M.Div and Th.M from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Emory University's Graduate Division of Religion. Her research focuses on ethical issues of race, gender, and sexuality, and particularly emphasizes the ways that black queer communities possess, embody, and enact moral excellence. Dr. Young is currently working on her manuscript, Imagining New Relationships: Black Queers, Ethics, and Family.
- Thomas Alexander, Associate Dean of Students for Diversity
Thomas L. Alexander has been the associate dean for diversity at Bucknell since March 2012. In this role, he oversees International Student Services, the Office of LGBT Awareness, Multicultural Student Services, and the Women's Resource Center. These diversity offices are collectively called Intercultural Equity and Advocacy (IEA).
Alexander previously served as the Special Assistant for Diversity to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Student Involvement at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He was also an affiliated faculty member of the African American Studies Program.
Alexander received a bachelor's degree in History from UAB and a master's in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina.
- Margaret Cronin, Writing & Teaching Consultant
Phone Number: 570.577.3141
Postal Address: Box A0520
- Bridget Newell, Associate Provost for Diversity
Bridget M. Newell has previously served as Associate Provost for Diversity & Global Learning and Professor of Philosophy and Gender Studies at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT, where she served as a mentor for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and chair of the Diversity Council.
While at Westminster, Newell led the effort to establish of the College’s Diversity-focused Liberal Education requirement, the Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series, the Diversity & International Center, and the Gender Studies program, among others. In addition she chaired committees that developed the College’s Five Year Plans for Diversity and facilitated or organized several faculty and staff workshops focused on diversity and inclusive pedagogy. As a faculty member she served as chair of the Gender Studies program, and the Philosophy & Religious Studies Program.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Newell received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University, and her MA in Philosophy and AB in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A strong advocate for diversity and equity, she is pleased to be one of the newest members of the Bucknell community and is eager to immerse herself in diversity work with colleagues across campus.
- George Shields, Dean College of Arts and Sciences
George Shields joined Bucknell on July 1, 2010. His responsibilities include overseeing the College of Arts and Sciences, including the School of Management. A national leader in undergraduate research, Shields has collaborated with over 100 undergraduates in meaningful projects in the fields of computational chemistry, structural biochemistry and science education. His most current research involves using computational methods to gain insights into biochemistry and environmental chemistry.
Since 1990, Shields has received more than $4.5 million in external research grants from many foundations and funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. He has published more than 70 scientific and six educational papers since 1983, including 45 scientific papers with 44 undergraduates working in his research group since 1991.
Shields previously served as the founding dean of the College of Science and Technology at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where he was also a professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Prior to that, Shields served as a professor of chemistry and chair of the department at Hamilton College, and in various faculty and administrative posts at Lake Forest College. Since 2000, Shields has also served as director of MERCURY, or the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry, a collaboration of 14 undergraduate research teams at 18 different institutions. The annual MERCURY conference is held at Bucknell each summer.
Shields received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His postdoctoral research on protein-DNA interactions at Yale University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute was conducted in the laboratory of Professor Thomas Steitz, the 2009 Chemistry Nobel Laureate.
- Vincent Stephens, Director of Multicultural Student Services
Vincent Stephens (Ph.D. American Studies, University of Maryland College Park) is the Director of Multicultural Student Services (MSS). He coordinates annual heritage month celebrations, administers the MSS Ambassadors and the T.E.A.M. Peer Mentor Program (co-directed w/ Shallary Duncan), trains student leaders in cultural awareness and supports underrepresented students. Vincent has published essays on social plurality in popular culture for such journals as African-American Review, American Music, and Popular Music & Society.
- Robert Gainer, Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Dance
Robert Gainer, M.F.A. Yale School of Drama, served as Chair of Bucknell's Department of Theatre and Dance. His interests include stage direction, acting, dance, multi-disciplinary performance/arts and modern British theatre and culture.
Robert has performed with the companies of Meredith Monk, Janis Brenner, The Bucknell Dance Company and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. He has also appeared in productions of The Yale Repertory Theatre, Mabou Mines, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Robert has directed professionally at The Yale Repertory Theatre, The American Place Theatre, Theatre at St. Clements, The Peterborough Players, The Library of Congress, and The Brooklyn Bridge Theatre Company. He has taught performance studies and directed 33 plays at Bucknell, Smith and Hampshire Colleges.