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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.

2016-2017 Committee Members

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>>

schmidDavid Schmid

Associate Professor of English
Dr. Schmid has research interests in cultural studies, popular culture, 20th-century and contemporary British and American fiction. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Details>> 


gwynn thomasGwynn Thomas

Associate Professor of Transnational Studies
Dr. Thomas received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has research interests in Latin America, women’s political participation and leadership, gender and politics, transnational feminism, comparative women’s movements, feminist theory, citizenship and state development. 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>>

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

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures


Kari Winter

Professor of American Studies, Department of Transnational Studies







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