Meet the Faculty for Curriculum / Collection 2022 at UMMA

Meet the Faculty for Curriculum / Collection 2022

In Curriculum / Collection, an incredible variety of University of Michigan courses take material form. Collected for each course are objects that address the nature of reality, imagination, and vision in relation to politics, social action, science, mathematics and more. The objects for each course were selected and curated in partnership with the University of Michigan faculty listed below.

Cathy Barry is a faculty member at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design in Ann Arbor. She received a Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Fine Art in Drawing and Painting from Eastern Michigan University. Cathy's creative practice and research areas of interest lie in the natural world and the interdisciplinary fields of art and design, science and nature and climate conscious making. View Barry's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Bénédicte Boisseron is Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies, specializing in the fields of Black diaspora studies, francophone studies, and animal studies. She received an M.A. in English from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France) and a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Michigan. Her most recent book, Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question (Columbia University Press, 2018) draws on recent debates about Black life and animal rights to investigate the relationship between race and the animal in the history and culture of the Americas and the black Atlantic. View Boisseron's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Darcy Brandel is a teacher, poet, activist, and literary scholar. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University, an MA in English from Syracuse University, and a BA in English from Allegheny College. She has published work on Gertrude Stein, Grace Paley, and other experimental women writers and, along with Chae-Pyong Song, translations of Korean Buddhist poetry. Her writing has appeared in The American Reader, Driftwood Press, Metamorphoses, Frontiers, Azalea, and Women’s Studies, among other journals. When Darcy is not teaching, creating, or resisting, she serves as a death doula, supporting beloveds and their families as they negotiate the sacred end-of-life process. View Brandel's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Kyle Bushic is a 2018-2019 fellow in Material Sciences and Engineering in the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering. View Bushic's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Timothy Chambers is responsible for managing the Van Vlack Undergraduate Laboratory and teaching the junior lab classes MSE 360 and 365. His other duties include maintaining equipment, conducting trainings, and running outreach events and demonstrations. View Chamber's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Maisie Gholson is a former high school mathematics teacher and prior to that a patent writer in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She is a UM NCID member, STaR Fellow, and a recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in STEM Education, and UIC Graduate College Abraham Lincoln Fellowship. She received her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and her BS in electrical engineering from Duke University. View Gholson's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Stephanie Hicks a Lecturer at The Program on Intergroup Relations and a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at U-M. Her teaching and research foci include diversity, equity and inclusion policy in higher education, intergroup dialogue and social justice education. As a Lecturer, Stephanie teaches courses for the Program and coordinates the Race & Ethnicity Engagement efforts between IGR and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. A Chicago native, Stephanie received a dissertation grant from the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was named a Diversifying Higher Education Faculty Fellow by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Her work has been published in the National Political Science Review and the Black History Bulletin. She is also a yoga teacher and, in 2016, began Yoga for Black Lives, a series of donation-based yoga classes to support Chicago organizations resisting state violence against Black people. View Hicks' course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Brian Iezzi is a Graduate Student Research Assistant and Graduate Student Instructor in the College of Engineering, Material Sciences and Engineering. View Iezzi's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Yiyang Li is an Assistant Professor of Material Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering. His research interests are to develop new electrochemical materials for energy storage, brain-inspired computing, and information processing. View Li's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

George Lindemann is a Graduate Student Research Assistant and Graduate Student Instructor in the College of Engineering, Material Sciences and Engineering. View Lindemann's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Bryan Miller is a research affiliate at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology. His research interests include history and archaeology of the early to middle ages East Asia, steppe pastoral societies, empires, urbanism, and culture contact (especially China-Mongolia). View Miller's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Rafe Neis is an associate professor appointed in History and Judaic Studies, holds the Jean and Samuel Frankel Chair in Rabbinics. They obtained a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Harvard University, a Masters in Religious Studies from Boston University, and a law degree from the London School of Economics. Their current research projects encompass ancient Jewish visual and material culture, minority spatial rituals in antiquity, comparative ancient law and legal theory, and ancient science. View Neis's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Bryan Roby is an Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies with the Frankel Institute. His focus is on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish history in the modern era. After earning his Ph.D. at the University of Manchester, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Michigan's Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies. His research interests include the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in Israel/Palestine, 19th and 20th century North African history, and the legacy of French colonialism on Arab and Jewish identity. View Roby's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Ashwin Shahani is an Assistant Professor of Material Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering. His research interests fall at the intersection of solidification science and advanced materials characterization. View Shahani's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Matthew Stiffler is a lecturer in the Department of American Culture, and a Researcher at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. View Shahani's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

Kira Thurman is an assistant professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History at the University of Michigan. A classically-trained pianist who grew up in Vienna, Austria, Thurman earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester with a minor field in musicology from the Eastman School of Music. Her research, which has appeared in German Studies Review, Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS), Opera Quarterly, and Journal of World History, focuses on two topics that occasionally converge: the relationship between music and German national identity, and Central Europe's historical and contemporary relationship with the Black diaspora. View Thurman's course in Curriculum/Collection 2022.

The C/C Team

The Curriculum/Collection team is made up of graduate and undergraduate students and UMMA staff. 

Thank you to our faculty partners for your assistance, and the students in all of our Curriculum/Collection courses who have given of their time and energy to share these stories with you. 



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