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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 hattonErin 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

Stephanie Rothenberg

Associate Professor of Art

teri ruebTeri Rueb

Professor of Media Study
Dr. Rueb is an artist whose work engages digital, architectural and traditional media and modes of production. She has pioneered the form of GPS-based interactive installationis and is the recipient of numerous grants and commissions from international institutions including the Edith Russ Site for New Media, The Banff Center for the Arts, the Boston ICA, Artslink, and various State Arts Councils. She recently completed her doctoral degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where her research addressed constructions of landscape and subjectivity in mobile network 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, capital culture, American elites, history of reading and writing, and the structure of intellectual life. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University. Details>>

marion wernerMarion Werner

Assistant Professor of Geography
Dr. Werner received her Ph.D from the University of Minnesota and has research interests in labor, feminist and postcolonial theory, political economy, geographies of global production, Latin America and the Caribbean. Details>>

Krzysztof Ziarek

Professor of Comparative Literature


Ex officio Members

Portrait of David Castillo

David Castillo

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures




Headshots of the Humanities Institute Fellows Photographer: Douglas Levere

Elizabeth Otto

Associate Professor of Art
Dr. Otto teaches and publishes on the historical avant-garde and critical theory, gender theory, and the history of photography. She received her Ph.D from the University of Michigan. Details>>

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Upcoming Events

  1. Scholars@Hallwalls-2017-1

    September 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Buffalo Humanities Festival: Environments | Spotlight Speaker : Bill McKibben

    September 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Scholars@Hallwalls-2017-2

    October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Early Modern Research Workshop: Ann Little, “Gender and Violence in Colonial North America”

    October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  5. Scholars@Hallwalls-2017-3

    November 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm