Faculty & Staff

The Master of Arts in Engaged & Public Humanities is home to faculty who are leaders in disciplines across the humanities and whose work embodies their commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Leadership and Core Faculty

Ricardo Ortiz, Ph.D.

Program Director

Graduate course: ENGL 641 “Latinx Literature Now” (Spring)

Ricardo L. Ortiz is Professor of US Latinx Literature and Culture in the English Department of Georgetown University. He served as Chair of the Georgetown English Department from 2015 to 2021 and as Director of the Masters Program in English from 2008 to 2014. At Georgetown, Prof. Ortiz is also affiliated with the Department of African American Studies and the Programs in American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Global and Comparative Literature. Beyond Georgetown Prof. Ortiz has served as a faculty partner in the Modern Language Association’s Connected Academics Project on the future of graduate training in the humanities (2015-18), and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of English (2020-22); he is serving as ADE’s President in 2022. He has also contributed to and edited a collection of essays on Public Humanities for Post45. From 2009 to 2019 Prof. Ortiz also served as a faculty consultant on Latinx history and culture for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. His primary scholarly research is in US Latinx literature and culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, especially as it engages questions of gender and sexuality, race and class, nation and diaspora, across multiple platforms of print representation, media dissemination, and performance.

Jessica Lu, Ph.D.

Course: ENPH 504 “Digital Humanities in the Service of Public Humanities” (Spring)

Dr. Jessica H. Lu (she/her) joined the Engaged & Public Humanities program faculty in 2022. She is Interim Director of the Design Cultures and Creativity (DCC) living-learning program in the Honors College at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an adjunct professor in the Krieger School of Arts & Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. She earned both her Ph.D. in Communication and Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she has been teaching since 2011.

Trained as a rhetorical critic, she is concerned with how we can practice greater care for past, present, and future humans—especially those whose lives are shaped by precarity and state-sanctioned violence—in the ways we use language to create, design, and destroy our worlds. She examines, in particular, the ideas and rhetorical practices that form, advance, and disrupt racist logics in public and political discourse in the United States.

Jessica’s work and teaching is further positioned at the intersections of African American rhetorical history, archives, and digital humanities. As a former Postdoctoral Associate and, later, Assistant Director of the first African American History, Culture, & Digital Humanities Initiative (AADHum) team at the University of Maryland, she has provided mentorship and instruction in digital skills (including scholarly text encoding, critical cartography, network analysis, data modeling, feminist design, and data visualization) to graduate students, faculty, and community activists.

Michelle May-Curry, Ph.D.

Course: ENPH 503 “Humanities in the World” (Fall)

Michelle May-Curry is the Curator of Washington DC’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She is also a lecturer at Georgetown University in the Engaged and Public Humanities program. Prior to joining NHA, she was a visiting dissertation fellow at Harvard University as well as a Carr Center Independent Scholar. Her scholarly and curatorial work has appeared in The New York Times, American Quarterly, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack A Black Family Keepsake, Black Aesthetic Season III: Black Interiors and exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard Art Museums, The Carr Center Gallery, and The 2019 Havana Biennial. She received her Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan and holds a B.A. from Williams College.

Heather Steffen, Ph.D.

Courses: ENPH 5501, “Introduction to Public Humanities”; ENPH 5502, “Culture and Communicating for the Public Sphere”

Heather Steffen is a cultural studies scholar-teacher who specializes in the study of US higher education. Heather’s research focuses on academic labor and on critical, abolitionist, and decolonial approaches to the US university. She is a teacher of first-year writing, advanced writing topics, and US fiction and nonfiction writing from the late 19th century through the present. Heather also serves as the advisory editor to Interspaces: A Home for the Engaged and Public Humanities, the ENPH program’s inaugural academic journal, and as the Projects Coordinator for Faculty First Responders. As an adjunct professor for the ENPH program, she teaches “Introduction to Public Humanities” (ENPH 5501) and “Culture and Communicating for the Public Sphere” (ENPH 5502).


Ansley Markwwell

Program Coordinator

Ms. Markwell knows the challenges and opportunities available to grad students because she was one too! Ansley graduated from Georgetown University in May 2023 with a Master of Arts in Global, International, and Comparative History. Now, she is working directly alongside Professor Ortiz to enhance our program’s blooming culture. She brings experience in Higher Education with a strong background in Student Affairs and Residence Life as well as experience in market research and political polling. You can find her in Car Barn


Aditi Sridhar

Program Media Assistant

Aditi Sridhar is the Program Media Assistant for the Engaged and Public Humanities program. She is a current senior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a French minor and a South Asian Studies Certificate. Prior to this role, she served as an intern at the Office of Senator Casey as well as an Undergraduate Scholar at the School of Foreign Service.

Georgetown Faculty

Ananya Chakravarti, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Graduate courses: HIST 524 – 01 “Language, Literature and Power in South Asia” (Fall), HIST 825 – 01 “Theory from the Global South” (Fall)

Dr. Ananya Chakravarti is associate professor of history. Her first book, The Empire of Apostles: Religion, Accommodatio and the Imagination of Empire in Early Modern Brazil and India (Oxford University Press, 2018) received an honorable mention for the Association of Asian Studies’ Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize, awarded to the best first book on South Asia. She is currently working on her second monograph, The Konkan: Identity, Mobility and History on an Indian Ocean Coast, supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as a textbook, forthcoming from Routledge, South Asia Beyond Borders, on modern South Asian history. Her work in publicly engaged humanities has included projects in Goa, India, Cairo, Egypt and Washington, DC. She is particularly interested in the ethics and politics of archiving and historical erasure.

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Maureen Corrigan

Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism

Graduate course: ENGL 402 – 01 “Fitzgerald & His Circle” (Fall)

Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, is The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers (Scribner) and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. In 2019, Corrigan was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing by the National Book Critics Circle.

Corrigan served as a juror for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her book So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures was published by Little, Brown in September 2014.

Corrigan’s literary memoir, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading! was published in 2005. Corrigan is also a reviewer and columnist for The Washington Post‘s Book World. In addition to serving on the advisory panel of The American Heritage Dictionary, she has chaired the Mystery and Suspense judges’ panel of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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Friederike Eigler, Ph.D.

Professor of German

Graduate course: GERM 655 – 01 “Fluchtgeschichten” (Fall)

Friederike Eigler is Professor of German and has been chair of the German Department since 2013. In 2009-10 and 2015-16 she also served as Convener of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown. She has widely published on 20th and 21st century literature and culture with special focus on memory, space/place, gender, and inter-art relations. Professsor Eigler was editor of The German Quarterly from 2004-6, and she is the author of Gedächtnis und Geschichte in Generationenromane seit der Wende (Schmidt, 2005). Other major publications include the volume Heimat: At the Intersection of Space and Memory/ Zwischen Raum und Gedächtnis (de Gruyter, 2012) which she co-edited with Jens Kugele, a special issue of German Politics and Society on “German-Polish Border Regions in Literature and Film” (2013) co-edited with Astrid Weigert, and a monograph titled Narratives of Place, Space, and Belonging: Toward a Transnational Approach to Flight and Expulsion (Camden House, 2014). Current research projects look at the relationship between literature and graphic art, literary responses to the influx of refugees into Europe, and competing notions of European cultural memory.

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Emily Francomano, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Senior Scholar for the Digital Humanities

Graduate course: SPAN 360 – 01 “Don Quijote” (Spring)

Emily C. Francomano is Professor and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is also a Senior Scholar for the Digital Humanities and an active faculty member in the Global Comparative Literature, Global Medieval Studies, and Liberal Studies Programs. She joined the faculty at Georgetown University in 2001 after graduate work at Hunter College and Columbia University and a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Spain. Professor Francomano’s research revolves around the intersections of medieval and Early Modern literature, translation, gender studies, manuscript culture, and book history. Her historical and theoretical research on translation parallels her work as a translator. Recent publications include “Reinventing Medieval Iberian Studies” in the Revista Hispánica Moderna (2021) and The Prison of Love: Romance, Translation, and the Book in the Sixteenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 2018). Her current projects include the NEH sponsored translation and edition of the thirteenth-century Spanish Libro de Apolonio, which she is preparing with Clara Pascual-Argente (Rhodes College), a book on Neo-Medievalism in contemporary Spanish media, and continuing collaborative work on digital-medieval manuscript culture with Heather Bamford (The George Washington University).

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Derek Goldman, Ph.D.

Professor of Theater and Performance Studies and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics

Derek Goldman is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University and co-Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, based in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, which he co-founded with Ambassador Cynthia Schneider in 2012 with a mission “to harness the power of performance to humanize global politics.” In 2015 he was honored to receive the prestigious President’s Award for Distinguished Scholar–Teachers. He is an award-winning stage director, playwright, producer, adapter, developer of new work, teacher, and published scholar, whose artistic work has been seen around the country, Off-Broadway and at numerous major regional theaters, as well as internationally. From 2007–2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University.

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Lakshmi Krishnan, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of the Georgetown Medical Humanities Initiative

Professor of Medicine and English

Lakshmi Krishnan, MD, PhD, is a historian of medicine, medical humanities scholar, physician, and Faculty Director of the Georgetown Medical Humanities Initiative. A first-generation immigrant born in Bombay, India, she also grew up in the United Kingdom before settling in the States. Her research focuses on diagnosis and clinical reasoning. She is writing a cultural and intellectual history of diagnosis and detective practices—The Doctor and the Detective: A Cultural History of Diagnosis (forthcoming, Johns Hopkins University Press).

More broadly, she is engaged with the relationship between medicine and the humanities writ large. Areas of interest include health equity and the history of health disparities, intellectual history of medicine, 19th century and early 20th century literature and medicine, and cultural responses to illness. This interdisciplinary work seeks to recenter the experiences of marginalized communities, broaden the narrative canon, and promote health equity.

Dr. Krishnan earned her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her DPhil (PhD.) in English Literature from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Duke, where she was a Faculty Affiliate at the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in General Internal Medicine and History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians, and practices hospital medicine. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Literature and Medicine, Modern Language Review, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Victorian Poetry, and has won awards from the Academy of Health Communication and National Endowment for Humanities.

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Sherry Linkon, Ph.D.

Professor of English and Faculty Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives

Graduate course: ENGL 722 – 01 “Approaches to Teaching Writing” (Spring)

Sherry Linkon is Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives and Professor of English and American Studies. She has published on working-class studies, deindustrialization, and pedagogy, including her most recent book, The Half-Life of Deindustrialization: Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring (Michigan 2018). For 17 years, as co-director of the groundbreaking Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University, she led community workshops and digital humanities projects on local history and culture; organized conferences that brought academics from multiple disciplines together with industrial and service workers, artists, and activists; collaborated with community groups on projects about education, immigration, and race; and led institutes for secondary teachers and college faculty on how to engage students in hands-on research about their local communities. She also hosted a weekly public affairs radio program, served on the board of a community agriculture group, appeared in over a dozen documentaries, and created and still edits the Working-Class Perspectives blog, which offers commentary on class, labor, education, and media for followers around the world.

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Mireya Loza, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Latin American Studies

Graduate courses: HIST 403 – 01 “Public History: Theory & Practice” (Fall), HIST 485 – 01 “Latinx Social Movements” (Spring)

Mireya Loza is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the American Studies Program at Georgetown University. Her areas of research include Latinx History, Labor History and Food Studies. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual and Political Freedom (UNC Press), examines America’s largest guest worker program. Her first book won the 2017 Theodore Saloutos Book Prize awarded by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Prize. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Smithsonian’s Latino Center. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, she taught in the Department of Food Studies at New York University and held the position of Latinx Civil Rights Curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). She continues to curate at the NMAH and some of the public history projects and exhibitions she has contributed to include the Bracero History Archive, Girlhood (It’s Complicated), Latinas Talk Latinas, and Escúchame: The History of Spanish Language Broadcasting.

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Nicoletta Pireddu, M.A., Dottorato di ricerca, Ph.D.

Inaugural Director of the Georgetown Humanities Initiative and Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature

Graduate course: ITAL 386 – 01 “Made in Italy: Fashion & Food” (Spring)

Nicoletta Pireddu is Inaugural Director of the Georgetown Humanities Initiative, Director of the Global and Comparative Literature Program, and Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Georgetown University. She served as Interim Chair of the Italian Department (2018-1019), as Director of Graduate Studies in Italian (2010-1013), and as Director of the FLL Hager Scholars Program Colloquium (2016-1017).

She is also a core member of the Medical Humanities Initiative and an affiliated faculty member of the Earth Commons.

Beyond Georgetown, Prof. Pireddu is a Board Member of the American Comparative Literature Association and Chair of the Program Committee. She has served in several executive committees of professional associations in the humanities and is an editorial member of various scholarly journals—among them, CompLit: Journal of European Literature, Arts and Society (The official journal of the European Comparative Literature Society) and Annali d’italianistica.

Her research and publications engage with European literary and cultural relations, interdisciplinary approaches to literature, translation theories, national and transnational identities, borders and migration. Her most recent volumes include Migrating Minds. Theories and Practices of Cultural Cosmopolitanism (2022), Reframing Literary, Critical, and Cultural Theories (2018), and the first annotated English edition of Scipio Sighele’s works–The Criminal Crowd and Other Writings on Mass Society (2018).

Prof. Pireddu is the recipient of the American Association for Italian Studies Book Award, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Service Award from Georgetown University, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Howard Foundation.

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Lisa Strong, Ph.D.

Director of Art and Museum Studies MA Program and Professor of the Practice

Graduate course: AMUS 508 – 01 “American Women Printmakers” (Spring)

Lisa Strong is the Director of Art and Museum Studies MA Program and Professor of the Practice at the Department of Art and Art History. Her research interests include antebellum American landscape and genre and the history of museums. She recently completed an essay on painter Karl Bodmer for an exhibition at the Joslyn Museum of Art, Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer. Her current project is a history of America’s first museums. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown University, Lisa Strong was Manager of Curatorial Affairs at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Assistant Professor at James Madison University.

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Kathryn Temple, J.D., Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty & Founding Director

Professor of English

Kathryn Temple, former chair and member of the English Department at Georgetown University, was the Georgetown principal investigator on the Mellon-funded grant “Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers.” She publishes on subjects related to Law & the Humanities and the History of Emotion. Her most current book project, Loving Justice: Blackstone’s Commentaries, Legal Emotions, and Anglo–American Conceptions of Justice, was issued by NYU Press in Spring 2019.

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