Faculty and Staff

Master of Arts in the Engaged & Public Humanities

The Master of Arts in the 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.

Laura A. Hartmann-Villalta, Ph.D.

A feminist Latina studying literary modernism and photography, Laura Hartmann-Villalta was born in the Dominican Republic to American diplomat parents. Her mother is Costa Rican and her father is from Chicago. She is bilingual and bicultural. Laura attended St. Louis University, Madrid Campus, where she majored in Spanish literature and became fascinated with the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.

Her current book manuscript is a literary history of the Spanish Civil War focused on forgotten female writers and photographers of the war. She earned her PhD in English literature at Northeastern University in 2016. Her scholarly interests include life writing, espionage, visual culture (particularly photography), war studies, poetry, and transnational modernism.

Kathryn Temple, J.D., Ph.D.
Affiliated Faculty & Founding Director

Kathryn Temple

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.

She is reachable at templek@georgetown.edu.

Michelle May-Curry
Adjunct Professor

Michelle May-Curry is the project director of Humanities for All, an initiative of the National Humanities Alliance that showcases publicly engaged humanities work at colleges and universities across the United States, including a wide range of humanities projects that collaborate with diverse publics as audiences and as partners. 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 on the photographic representations of racially mixed families in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has appeared in two art exhibitions in Detroit and Havana, Cuba. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Culture at the University of Michigan and holds a B.A. from Williams College.

Derek Goldman, Ph.D.
Affiliated Faculty

Derek Goldman

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.

Ricardo Ortiz, Ph.D.
Affiliated Faculty

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 will serve as ADE’s President in 2022. He has also contributed to and edited a collection of essays on Public Humanities for Post45 (new window). 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 representation, mediation, and performance.

Matthew Pavesich, Ph.D. 
Affiliated Faculty

Matthew Pavesich

Matthew Pavesich is a Teaching Professor of English and Associate Director of the Writing Program at Georgetown University. Trained in rhetoric and composition, his research areas include rhetorical ecologies, pedagogy and teaching practice, and writing program administration, and his teaching areas include writing, rhetoric, and design. From 2009 to 2011, he taught composition at Roosevelt University (Chicago) and joined the Georgetown faculty in 2011.

Sherry Linkon, Ph.D. 
Affiliated Faculty

Sherry Linkon

Sherry Linkon is Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives and Professor of English. Along with extensive research, teaching, and leadership in Working-Class Studies, she has published and spoken widely on students’ learning in and across academic disciplines. She has led institutes on teaching about class, coordinated collaborative course development teams, and directed the program to train new graduate assistants in the teaching of writing. Her most recent book is Literary Learning: Teaching in the English Major. She is also the co-author of an online textbook, Reading Work: An Online Resources on Critical Reading and the Meaning of Work, that guides students in the use of a cross-disciplinary critical reading strategy while exploring the history and meaning of work. Within Working-Class Studies, she has collaborated on research and presentations with colleagues from many fields, from geography and sociology to labor studies, history, art, and writing.

Friederike Eigler, Ph.D.
Affiliated Faculty

Friederike Eigler

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. 

Scott Krawczyk, Ph.D.
Affiliated Faculty

Scott Krawczyk has held senior leadership and teaching positions at Long Island University, West Point, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. At NEH, he oversaw the funding, review, and evaluation of public humanities programs conducted by 56 state and territorial humanities councils. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Studies in Romanticism, Religion and Literature, The Wordsworth Circle, and the Keats-Shelley Journal. He is the author of Romantic Literary Families (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and contributed a chapter to Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives (Bucknell UP, 2013). Currently he is co-editing Vol. 4 of the forthcoming Collected Works of Anna Letitia Barbauld (Oxford University Press). 

Sara Schotland, Ph.D. 
Affiliated Faculty

Sara Deutch Schotland teaches Disability Studies at Georgetown University; Immigration Studies, Utopia Studies, and War Stories, at the University of Maryland Honors College; Law and Literature at Georgetown University Law Center; and Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems at American University (courses vary by term). Her publications relate to her teaching and research interests, including law and literature, disability studies, immigration, and utopia/dystopia. Mrs. Schotland is Senior Counsel in the Washington office of Cleary, Gottlieb, an international law firm. Prior to retirement, her practice focused on litigation. She earned her B.A from Harvard University, her J.D. and M.A. from Georgetown, and her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Maryland.

Annie Maxfield, Ph.D. 

Annie Maxfield

Annie Maxfield is the Director of Graduate Career & Professional Development at UT-Austin and has been helping graduate students pursue their career of choice for nearly 10 years.  Prior to joining UT-Austin, Annie established graduate career services at UCLA and Duke University, where she integrated employer and faculty education into graduate student professional development.  Nationally, she is the Design and Development Lead for ImaginePhD, an online, free and confidential career exploration and planning tool for humanities and social sciences.  She also grew national employer education and recruitment for doctoral students by establishing the Virtual Master’s & PhD Career Fair, and worked with Connected Academics and the American Historical Association on initiatives such as Faculty Training, Humanists@work, and the MLA Doctoral Student Career Planning Guide.

John Paulas, Ph.D. 

John Paulas, PhD, is president and founder of the career consulting and placement firm PhD Matters Ltd. He works with institutions of higher education, individuals, and organizations in all sectors to enable gainful and satisfying professional futures for the knowledge production community. 

Christine Tolentino
Graduate Program Coordinator

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Christine Tolentino is the Graduate Program coordinator for the MAEPH program. Prior to joining Georgetown University, she was the Events Coordinator at Resources for the Future, a think-tank, non-profit organization that conducts independent research into environmental, energy, and natural resource issues, primarily via economics and other social sciences. Christine received her undergraduate degree at AI Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts in York, PA.
She is reachable at: ct806@georgetown.edu

Justin B. Perry
Project Manager

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Justin Perry is the Project Manager for the MAEPH program, a Master’s student in Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a military paralegal. Prior to Georgetown, Justin served in both local and state government as a Liaison for the State of Rhode Island and as the Director of the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee. He completed undergraduate courses in Economics and Political Science at the University of Rhode Island and a Post-Baccalaureate in Classical Philosophy at Brown University.

He is reachable at: JP1849@georgetown.edu.