Margaret Beck works with Native American ceramics, focusing on the Great Plains and adjacent U.S. Southwest and the characterization of ceramic pastes (including petrographic analysis). As an anthropological archaeologist, she is drawn to ceramics because they relate to so many aspects of people’s lives. These include cuisine and food preparation and serving technology; craft learning traditions within families and communities; and use of local resources and movement with a physical and social landscape. Recent projects include ceramics of 17th-century migrants from the northern Rio Grande to western Kansas and an 18th-century Pawnee community.
Alfred L. Martin Jr. is a media and cultural studies scholar whose work is concerned with the complex interplay between media industry studies and audience/fandom studies as related to television and film studies, critical black studies, sexuality and gender studies. Martin is author of The Generic Closet: Black Gayness and the Black-Cast Sitcom (Indiana University Press, 2021) and has published extensively in scholarly journals including International Journal of Cultural Studies; Journal of Cinema and Media Studies; Communication, Culture & Critique; Feminist Media Studies; and Television and New Media. Martin is currently a Board Member At-Large for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and serves on the editorial boards of Transformative Works and Culture; Communication, Culture and Critique; Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies; and Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture.
Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez is an Associate Professor specializing in Early Modern Spanish Literature. She has published articles on a variety of topics such as Christian-Muslim relations in the Mediterranean, women’s writing, and the Asian Spanish empire. In 2013, she published a book exploring Spanish captivity writings during the 16th and 17th centuries (Letras liberadas. Cautiverio, escritura y subjetividad en el de la época imperial española. Madrid: Visor Libros), and she is currently writing a monograph about the Philippines during Spanish colonial rule of the archipelago. She is also preparing a critical edition of the Libro de cassos impensados by Alonso de Salamanca. Rodríguez-Rodríguez completed a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and is currently finishing a second Ph.D. at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She was Chair of the Faculty Assembly of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2016-2017. In 2015 she received the M.L. Huit Faculty Award.
Asha Bhandary is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. A political philosopher and feminist ethicist, she is author of the monograph Freedom to Care: Liberalism, Dependency Care, and Culture (2020), several articles on liberalism, care, culture, race, and bioethics, and co-editor of Caring for Liberalism (2021). Her new project is a monograph preliminarily titled Being at Home, which further develops the theory of liberal dependency care to address the bodily implications of racist microaggressions and intersectional caregiving expectations.
Daria Fisher Page teaches and directs the Community Empowerment Law Project in the legal clinic at Iowa Law. Her students represent individuals, nonprofits, and organizations working to strengthen their communities, create economic opportunity, and advance social justice in matters ranging from entity formation and strategic planning to coalition building and the design of advocacy plans. Her research and scholarship currently focus on access to, and experiences of, justice; meaningful community engagement; and legal education reform.
Megan E. Gilster is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work and Senior Research Fellow in the Social and Education Policy Research Program in the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. Her research addresses how community and neighborhood conditions matter for the well-being of residents. Her projects have included community-engaged research to understand networks among programs and the spatial location of programs. Currently, she is examining how housing services impact residents and communities.