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Executive Committee

Humanities Institute Executive Committee

2022-23 Committee Members


Karin Michelson

Term: August 2021-24
Professor of Linguistics

Bio forthcoming.

John Opera Department of ArtJohn Opera

Term: January 2020-23
Assistant Professor of Art

In his photo-based work, John Opera combines a deep interest in the visual characteristics of natural and scientific phenomena with a rigorous experimental approach to the techniques and apparatuses by which photographs have been defined and produced. Opera often returns to antiquated—but by no means exhausted—photographic tools and processes, including pinhole imaging, and more recently the cyanotype and anthotype.

He earned his BFA from SUNY New Paltz (1998) and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005). He lived, worked, taught, and exhibited in Chicago for more than a dozen years. Opera joined the University at Buffalo in 2017. Details>>

Sasha Pack

Term: January 2022-25
Professor of History

Bio forthcoming.

Katja PraznikKatja Praznik

Term: January 2020-23
Associate Professor of Arts Management

Katja Praznik holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana. She teaches courses related to the political economy of the arts, cultural policy, and research in the field of arts management. She is the author of The Paradox of Unpaid Artistic Labor: Autonomy of Art, the Avant-Garde and Cultural Policy in the Transition to Post-Socialism (Ljubljana: Sophia, 2016) and Art Work: Invisible Labor and the Legacy of Yugoslav Socialism (forthcoming with University of Toronto Press). Praznik held an HI Faculty Fellowship in 2016-17. Details>>

Ex officio Members

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Christina Milletti

Interim Director, Associate Professor of English

Lindsay Brandon Hunter

Interim Executive Director, Associate Professor of Theatre

Past Members

(listed in reverse chronological order by term)

January 2020-23

August 2019-22

January 2019- May 2022

  • Ruth Mack, Associate Professor, English

August 2018-21

  • James Currie, Associate Professor, Music
  • Hal Langfur, Associate Professor, History

January 2019-21 [two year term]

  • Camilo Trumper, Associate Professor, History

August 2017-20

  • Jaume Franquesa, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • Hershini Young, Associate Professor, English [departed UB 2018]

January 2017-20

  • Krzysztof Ziarek, Professor, Comparative Literature

August 2016-19

  • Martha Malamud, Professor, Classics
  • Stephanie Rothenberg, Professor, Art

January 2016-19

  • Erin Hatton, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Tamara Thornton, Professor, History

August 2015-18

  • Jonathan Golove, Associate Professor, Music
  • Marion Werner, Associate Professor, Geography

August 2014-17

  • Rachel Ablow, Professor, English [abbreviated term ending August 2016]
  • David Schmid, Associate Professor, English
  • Gwynn Thomas, Associate Professor, Transnational Studies

August 2013-16

  • Amy Graves-Monroe, Associate Professor, RLL
  • Carolyn Korsmeyer, Professor, Philosophy
  • Justin Read, Associate Professor, RLL
  • Teri Rueb, Professor, Media Study

January 2013-16

  • Carl Nightingale, Professor, Transnational Studies

August 2012-15

  • Carolyn Higbie, Professor, Classics
  • Ewa Ziarek, Professor, Comparative Literature

August 2011-14

  • Randy Schiff, Associate Professor, English
  • Vasiliki Neofotistos, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • John Dugan, Associate Professor, Classics



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