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

Jennifer Buckley

English, CLAS

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

Christopher Harris

Cinematic Arts, CLAS

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 H. Thein

Amanda Haertling Thein

Graduate College and College of Education

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

Hyaeweol Choi

Religious Studies, CLAS

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

UI Stanley Museum of Art

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

Stephen Warren

History and American Studies, CLAS

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 Fox

Claire Fox

English and Spanish & Portuguese, CLAS

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

Maurine Neiman

Biology, CLAS

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

Paul Gilbert

College of Public Health

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. 

Roland Racevskis

Roland Racevskis (ex-officio)

CLAS Administration; French & Italian

Roland Racevskis oversees programs in the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In his role as Associate Dean, he directs faculty recruitment as well as faculty reviews. He also collaborates with the other Associate Deans to implement the CLAS strategic plan as it pertains to the Arts and Humanities. Racevskis seeks opportunities to learn more about faculty scholarship and teaching and to support high-impact creative and scholarly activities in the college. He is also a professor in the Department of French & Italian.