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.
- Mara de Gennaro, Assistant Professor of English
Phone Number: 570.577.1653
Postal Address: ENGLI
Mara de Gennaro (Ph.D. Columbia University) is an Assistant Professor of English. Her work focuses on practices and theorizations of modernism ranging from canonical British and expatriate American literature from the early twentieth century, to French and francophone Caribbean avant-gardes, to literature and theory of the Global South, especially postcolonial African and Caribbean diasporas.
She is completing a book entitled "After the Postmodern Divide: Modernism, Postcolonialism, and the World Literature Canon." Her articles have appeared in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies and The Yale Journal of Criticism, and several edited collections, most recently Negritude: Legacy and Present Relevance. || Learn more about Professor de Gennaro.
- 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.
- 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.
- Linden Lewis, Professor of Sociology
Phone Number: 570.577.1775
Postal Address: SOCIO
Linden Lewis is a Caribbean scholar, whose work focuses on issues of race, gender, labor, globalization and human rights. He has published widely in such journals as Race and Class, Feminist Review, Caribbean Quarterly, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, BIM: Art for the 21st Century, and The New West Indian Guide. He has also edited The Culture of Gender and Sexuality in the Caribbean, and Color, Hair and Bone: Race in the Twenty-first Century.
He is the editor of a forthcoming anthology from Routledge entitled: Caribbean Sovereignty, Development and Democracy in an Age of Globalization. Professor Lewis is currently completing work on a book, Caribbean Musings: Essays on Culture, Gender and Labor. || Learn more about Professor Lewis.
- 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
Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and Professor of English, 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 in the US, the UK, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel, have been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies of American, African American, Caribbean, and World Literatures, 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 been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, individual artist grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, an international writers residency at the Heinrich Boll Cottage (Ireland), and an Academy of American Poets Prize. || Learn more about Professor McCallum.
- Ghislaine McDayter, Professor of English and Chair of the English Department
Phone Number: 570.577.1453
Postal Address: ENGLI
Ghislaine McDayter (Ph.D Duke University) is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department. She is the author of Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture (SUNY Press, 2009) and is currently at work on a study of flirtation in the nineteenth-century British novel. She teaches courses in British Romanticism, gender studies, the eighteenth-century novel, and critical theory. || Learn more about Professor McDayter.
- 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.
- Hilbourne Watson, Professor of International Relations
Phone Number: 570.577.3568
Postal Address: INREL
Hilbourne Watson has published widely on the international political economy of the Caribbean and the Third World and the Caribbean and international relations; past president, Caribbean Studies Association; author of numerous referred articles and book chapters, and editor of a book on the Caribbean and global political economy. || Learn more about Professor Watson.
- 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.
- Margaret Cronin, Writing & Teaching Consultant
Phone Number: 570.577.3141
Postal Address: Box A0520
- 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.