The Obermann Center's Advisory Board has proven to be a valuable sounding board and source of ideas and advice. Members serve three-year terms and meet once per month. The charge of the Advisory Board is to make recommendations to the Vice President for Research and the Director of the Obermann Center on major matters of policy regarding the mission and direction of the Center; to advise the Vice President and Director how the Center can best serve the research and creative needs of the faculty of the University; to advise the Vice President and the Director on programs and projects at the Center; to assist in the review of proposals for Center grants; and to help publicize opportunities available at the Center.
Members of the 2021–22 Advisory Board:
Jennifer Buckley is an associate professor in English. She teaches, researches, and writes about modern and contemporary drama, theater, performance art, and media in Europe, the UK, and the US.
Christopher Harris, Associate Professor, Head of Film & Video Production, is a filmmaker whose films and video installations read African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema.
Amanda Haertling Thein is Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate College, as well as a professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the College of Education.
Hyaeweol Choi is C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies. Her research interests are in the areas of gender, religion and transnational history.
Lauren Lessing is Director of the UI Stanley Museum of Art. She oversees the management and care of the Stanley Museum’s collections as well as its curatorial, educational, and administrative activities.
Stephen Warren is Professor in the History Department and the Chair of the American Studies Department. As both a teacher and a scholar, Warren emphasizes that the past is never safely historical. In the classes he teaches, he asks his students to view academic research with a fresh perspective; as avenues for serving the world rather than knowledge that is peculiar and limited to the college classroom.
Claire F. Fox is Professor in the Departments of English and Spanish & Portuguese. Her interests include literary and cultural studies of the Americas, Latina/o American literature and culture, Mexican and U.S.-Mexican border arts and culture, visual culture, and cultural policy.
Maurine Neiman is an associate professor in the Department of Biology. She studies biological diversity; the simultaneous operation of adaptive and non-adaptive evolutionary processes within organisms, populations, and lineages; and sexual reproduction.
Paul Gilbert conducts research to understand and address alcohol-related disparities. He is particularly interested in the ways that gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation shape drinking patterns, risk of alcohol use disorders, and use of treatment services.
Ann Ricketts is Associate Vice President in the UI Office of the Vice President for Research. After a career in sponsored research and assisting faculty in the pursuit of grants, she now oversees human resources and other key administrative and organizational areas of responsibility for the OVPR. Ricketts is the liaison between the OVPR and the Obermann Center and has been an invaluable partner and Ex-Officio member of the Obermann Advisory Board for over a decade.
She co-chaired the University of Iowa Task Force on Public Outreach and Civic Engagement in 2009 and co-chaired, with Teresa Mangum, the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Publicly Engaged Arts, Research and Scholarship. Ricketts has served on the APLU Council on Engagement & Outreach Executive Committee, the CIC Committee on Engagement, and the MidWestOne Bank Advisory Board. She is an ex-officio member of the Office of the State Archaeologist Advisory Board, the UI Humanities Advisory Board, and the UI Arts Advancement Committee, among her many other contributions to the University of Iowa.