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Directors and Staff

Peter Knox (Director)

Peter Knox Professor Knox teaches a wide range of courses in Greek and Latin literature, as well as on topics in Roman culture, ancient epic and classical reception, using sources in translation. His research interests focus primarily on Latin poetry and Greek poetry of the Hellenistic period, and he has published over a hundred articles and reviews on a wide range of subjects within those areas. His books include Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Traditions of Augustan Poetry (1986); Ovid, Heroides: Select Epistles (1995);Oxford Readings in Ovid (2006); and A Companion to Ovid (2009). Most recently he published The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature (2013) in collaboration with J. C. McKeown, with whom he is also working on a companion anthology of Greek literature. His other projects include an edition of the Greek and Latin poetry of Angelo Poliziano, forthcoming in the I Tatti Renaissance Library, and a new edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses for the Loeb Classical Library. He has served as the Editor of The Classical Journal and is a Past President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.  



Susanne Vees-Gulani (Associate Director)

  Vees-GulaniPhotoSusanne Vees-Gulani is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Co-Director for the Max Kade Center for German Studies.  She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined CWRU in 2006. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st Century German literature and culture, the Second World War, postwar reconstruction and identity formation, trauma and memory studies, and science and literature. She is the author of Trauma and Guilt: Literature of Wartime Bombing in Germany (2003) and co-editor of Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture (2010). She is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Seminar on “Representations of German War Experiences from the Eighteenth Century to the Present” (February 2014). Recent publications also include articles on Dieter Forte, W. G. Sebald, and Durs Grünbein, the rebuilding efforts in the city of Dresden, as well as the pictorial history of Dresden. For 2010-2011, Dr. Vees-Gulani was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to work on her book project about the origins and manifestations of the German victim discourse surrounding Dresden. She has also been a Freedman Fellow at CWRU (2012-2013) for her project to visualize digitally a network of relationships and factors informing the Dresden memory culture.  

Maggie Kaminski (Administrative Director)

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMaggie Kaminski is an alumna, having received her master of non-profit organizations degree at CWRU in 1995. She has worked in various capacities at CWRU, including over ten years of service in the School of Medicine’s development office where she was director of alumni affairs and friends programs, director of leadership programs, and a consultant in matters related to the capital campaign for the Cleveland Health Sciences Library as well as the Amici Medicinae (Friends of Medicine) program. She has been with the Baker-Nord Center since March 2007.      



Allison Schifani (Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Scholar)

allison_schifaniAllison Schifani received her PhD from the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work explores literatures, media art, and urban intervention in the 20th and 21st Century Americas. Her dissertation, Biotechnical Ecologies: Urban Practice and Play in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles focused on extra-institutional ways of shaping the experience of the city and speculating on its digital futures. She is currently writing on emerging DIY media and art practices in Cleveland.          



Lee Zickel (Digital Humanities Manager)

Taking his educational history — covering Biology, Literature, and Library and Information Science — and combining it with a love of games, Lee has developed, proposed, and been accepted to a Multidisciplinary PhD program that combines Information Systems and Organizational Behavior with Cognitive Linguistics. He is the first person in the College of Arts and Sciences at CWRU to submit a program of this nature and had it accepted. His work focuses on investigating the cognitive implications of small group collaboration in narrative co-construction during gameplay and explores the shifting notions and mappings of failure in non-game settings. In addition to his scholarship, Lee also serves as the Digital Humanities Manager of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. When donning his DHM hat, Lee is responsible for consulting on project design, guiding faculty to the appropriate service support, and raising the profile of digital humanities on campus. Additionally, he serves as the Center webmaster, de facto marketing production lead, and general AV “guy.”    

Jessica Isaac (Liaison to Public Affiliate, Books@Work)

Isaac ImageJessica Isaac is the Program and Curriculum Director at Books@Work, a Cleveland-based nonprofit and Baker Nord public affiliate that brings literature seminars to workplace and community settings. She received her PhD in literature, literacy, and composition at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as Books@Work’s liaison to the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities.

As Program and Curriculum Director, Jessica acts as Books@Work’s bridge with the academic community, building partnerships with academic institutions, recruiting university professors, developing curricular and pedagogical tools, and spearheading assessment efforts. She also studies the impact of Books@Work literature seminars on professors and participants. Her award-winning research on amateur journalists, a long-lived group of autodidacts, has appeared in American Periodicals and Book History. She contributes regularly to the Books@Work blog, The Notebook.


Past Directors

John Orlock

Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities Interim Director, 2010-2014 visit faculty page…  

Anne Helmreich

Senior Programming Officer, The Getty Foundation Director, 2007-2010 Associate Director, 2004-2007.  

Timothy Beal

Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, CWRU Director, 2004-2007 Associate Director, 2002-2004. » visit faculty page…  

Tom Bishop

The University of Auckland Founding Director, 1996-2004.  

Marie Lathers

Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities and French, CWRU Associate Director. » visit faculty page…  

Catherine Scallen

Associate Pofessor of Art History, CWRU Associate Director. » visit faculty page…  

Angela Wollacott

The Macquarie University, Sydney Associate Director.