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Executive Committee

Humanities Institute Executive Committee

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute (HI) has three advisory and governing bodies, providing different kinds of support to the Institute and the director. HI policies and programs are established by the Executive Committee, chaired by the director and made up of faculty members from across the Humanities departments in the College. This committee, as a whole or in sub-groups, determines all competitive allocations offered by the HI and takes an active role in planning for the annual conference and other initiatives. It meets several times a semester to do concrete planning and takes a hands-on role in managing programs.

2017-2018 Committee Members

Jaume Franquesa portraitJaume Franquesa

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Franquesa holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. After a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto, he joined UB as an Assistant Professor in Anthropology in 2011. In 2013, Franquesa published Urbanismo neoliberal, negocio inmobiliario y vida vecinal, a monograph on the political and economic transformations leading to the housing bubble and their effects upon everyday life.. Details>>

jonathan goloveJonathan Golove

Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Golove received his Ph.D. fro, the University at Buffalo. He is a dedicated performer of both new and traditional
works, as well as of improvised music. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe at venues including Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and London’s Southbank Centre. Details>>

Erin Hatton

Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Hatton’s research is centered in the sociology of work, while also extending into the fields of social inequality, cultural sociology, labor, law, and social policy. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Details>>

Martha Malamud

Associate Professor of Classics
Dr. Malamud’s fields of expertise and research lie in Imperial Latin Literature, Roman Epic, Late Antique Literature, and Reception of Classical Literature. Details>>


Stephanie Rothenberg

Associate Professor of Art
Professor Rothenberg creates provocative interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires. Through participatory performance, installation and networked media, her work investigates the mediation of the physical, analog body through the digital interfaces of commodity culture. Details>>

tamara thorntonTamara Thornton

Professor of History
Dr. Thornton’s teaching and research interests are on American cultural and intellectual history, early republic and antebellum America, capitalist culture, American elites, history of reading and writing, history of science, and the structure of intellectual life. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University. Details>>

marion wernerMarion Werner

Associate Professor of Geography
Dr. Werner works at the nexus of labor, feminist theory, and political economy with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. She is the author of Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Caribbean (Wiley, 2016). Details>>

Hershini Young portraitHershini Young

Professor of English
Young completed her PhD at UC Berkeley and began her teaching career at UC Riverside. Specializing in the work of Black women writers in the Diaspora, she is the author of two books, Haunting Capital: Memory, Text, and the Black Diasporic Body (2005) and Illegible Will: Coercive Performances in Southern African Spectacles of Labor (forthcoming). Details>>

Krzysztof Ziarek

Professor of Comparative Literature
Krzysztof Ziarek teaches 20th-century comparative literature, especially contemporary poetry and poetics, aesthetics, philosophy and literature, and literary theory. He is the author of Inflected Language: Toward a Hermeneutics of Nearness, The Historicity of Experience: Modernity, the Avant-Garde, and the Event. Details>>

Ex officio Members

Portrait of David Castillo

David Castillo

Director, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures


Kari Winter

Executive Director (Interim), Professor of American Studies, Department of Transnational Studies

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Upcoming Events

  1. 2018 Buffalo Humanities Festival: Revolutions

    September 20 @ 6:00 pm - September 22 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Early Modern Violence: A Symposium

    September 28 @ 9:45 am - 4:15 pm