Executive Board

 Paul Atkins
 (Associate Professor and Chair, Asian Languages & Literature)
 Atkins is a scholar of classical and pre-modern Japanese drama and literature. He received his PhD from Stanford University.
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John FindlayJohn Findlay
(John Calhoun Smith Memorial Endowed Professor, History)
Findlay studies the history of the North American West and Pacific Northwest. He has written especially on social and urban history, with a particular focus on the 20th century. He is also Managing Editor of Pacific Northwest Quarterly.
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Leigh MercerLeigh Mercer
(Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese Studies)
Mercer studies the silent film era and its relationship to technology and modernity in turn-of-the-century Spain. Her research interests also include urban studies and conduct in the Spanish novel of contemporary customs; the Gothic tradition; the serialized novel's impact on highbrow literary production; travel writing and early tourist guidebooks to Spain; culinary culture in 19th-century Spain; and humor in contemporary Spanish film.
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 Katharyne Mitchell
 (Professor, Geography)
 Mitchell’s research interests fall into several broad categories, including migration, education, and urban-political geography. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Andrew NestingenAndrew Nestingen
(Professor and Chair, Scandinavian Studies)
Nestingen’s research is organized around the question: How does textual form figure in the way people construct, imagine, and regulate their social worlds? His books include The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki: Contrarian Stories (2013) and Scandinavian Crime Fiction (2011).
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Sonnet RetmanSonnet Retman
(Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies)
Retman is a literary scholar who works on African American literature and culture. Her work explores how narrative produces race as it intersects with constructions of gender, sexuality, and class. Her book Real Folks: Race and Genre in the Great Depression (2011) analyzes the invention of the folk as figures of authenticity in the political culture of the 1930s.
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Michael ShapiroMichael Shapiro
(Divisional Dean of Humanities; Professor, Asian Languages & Literature)
Shapiro teaches and publishes in the areas of Hindi language & literature, and Indo-Aryan languages & linguistics. His current research projects include a book-length study on the structure and history of the Hindi language; studies on the linguistic structure and rhetorical structures of early New Indo-Aryan texts; and work on aspects of early Sikh scripture. Shapiro received his PhD from the University of Chicago.
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Kathleen WoodwardKathleen Woodward
(Director, Simpson Center; Lockwood Professor in the Humanities; Professor, English)
Woodward teaches and publishes in the areas of American literature, women studies, and aging and technology. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego.
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