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Carla Freeman

Goodrich C. White Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Carla Freeman is Director of the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry and Goodrich C. White Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory. She served from 2014-2023 as Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Executive Associate Dean, and Dean of Faculty.
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Mae Velloso-Lyons

Associate Director
Mae Velloso-Lyons is the Associate Director and manages the Mellon-funded Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative. You can email her at 
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Colette Barlow

Fellows Coordinator
Colette Barlow is the Fellows Coordinator. You can email her at

Karl-Mary Akre

Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Karl-Mary Akre is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator. You can email her at

Shiv Datt Sharma

Teaching Assistant
Shiv Datt Sharma is a PhD student in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Teaching Assistant for our Undergraduate Humanities Honours Fellows program.
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2023-2024 FCHI Executive Committee

Tanine Allison

Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Professor Allison's research and teaching focus on film, digital media, and video games. Her writing explores transmedia genres, emerging media technologies, and the intersections between analog and digital media.

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Julia Bullock

Professor of Japanese Language and Literature
Director, Halle Institute for Global Research

Dr. Bullock specializes in modern Japanese literature from the Meiji period (beginning 1868) to the present.

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Kenneth Carter

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, Oxford College
Director, Center for Public Scholarship

Kenneth Carter teaches introductory courses in psychology and advanced courses in psychopathology and clinical psychopharmacology.

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Jo Guldi

Professor of Quantitative Theory and Methods

Because we all live in an era of climate change, Dr. Jo Guldi mostly thinks in terms of the history of land and water: who got evicted; who controlled the water; how land was mapped, owned, connected, and used, and what stories we tell about those displacements.

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Tayari Jones

Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing
Director, Creative Writing Program

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving AtlantaThe UntellingSilver Sparrow, and An American Marriage, which was a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club Selection.

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Emil' Keme

Professor of English

Emil’ Keme (aka Emilio del Valle Escalante) is an Indigenous K’iche’ Maya scholar from Iximulew (Land of Corn, and the K’iche’ name for Guatemala) whose teaching and research focus on contemporary Indigenous literatures and social movements, Central American-American literatures and cultures, and postcolonial and subaltern studies theory.

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Lauren Klein

Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Quantitative Theory & Methods and English
Director, Emory Digitial Humanities Lab 

Lauren Klein also serves as director of the Emory Digital Humanities Lab and PI of the Mellon-funded Atlanta Interdisciplinary AI Network.

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Roger S. Nam

Professor of Hebrew Bible
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Dr. Roger S. Nam joined Candler after serving as dean and professor of biblical studies at Portland Seminary at George Fox University in Oregon. Nam focuses his research on the economies of the ancient Near East and the book of Ezra-Nehemiah.

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Thomas Rogers

Professor of Modern Latin American History

Professor Rogers is interested in the patterns of mutual dependency and influence that develop between societies and their environments. His current book project, Agriculture's Energy: Development and Hunger During Brazil's Ethanol Boom, examines 20th century agricultural modernization.

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