A Professor in the Departments of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies and English and Affiliate Faculty with the Public Policy Center, Teresa Mangum was appointed as Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies in 2010. She is the author of Married, Middle-brow, and Militant: Sarah Grand and the New Woman Novel (1998); editor of A Cultural History of Women: Volume 5: The Age of Empire, 1800–1920 (Berg 2013); and guest editor of special issues of Philological Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Victorian Periodicals Review, and the Journal of Aging Studies. With Anne Valk of Brown University, she co-edits the book series Humanities and Public Life for the University of Iowa Press.
Luke Borland is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of Iowa, studying youths’ experiences during the Great Depression. His work focuses on the impact of youth-focused federal relief programs and explores their position within the welfare state, public schooling, and civic education. Luke is an active volunteer with the Civilian Conservation Corps/ Prisoner of War Recreation Hall Museum and uses digital humanities methodologies to expand public access to Great Depression-era history. Prior to attending school at Iowa, Luke served at a nature-focused afterschool program through AmeriCorps.
In her role as Director of Operations, Erin Hackathorn handles the financial aspects of the center, Teresa Mangum's calendar, and operational issues at the center. She served as the Administrative Services Coordinator for the English Department for seven years. She is an active reader and vegetarian cook. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she lives in Oxford and enjoys spoiling her nephew.
Jenna Hammerich assists with Obermann's web presence and communications. Previously she served as Deputy Managing Editor of The Iowa Review and as a writer for the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing and an MA in English literature. She lives on a blueberry farm near Iowa City with her husband, daughter, and llamas.
Jennifer New oversees the Center's communications and plays a major role in facilitating the programs, community engagement, and event planning. An accomplished writer, she is the author of three books, Dan Eldon: Safari as a Way of Life (Chronicle Books, 2011) being the most recent. She has curated several exhibits and co-directed two short documentaries. Jennifer is a lifelong student of yoga and teaches locally.
Laura Perry is the 2020-2022 Postdoctoral Fellow for the Andrew W. Mellon-Funded Humanities for the Public Good initiative. Before joining HPG, she was Managing Editor of Edge Effects magazine and received her PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her work engages with environmental and racial justice, digital publishing, and the public humanities. She has collaborated on several grant-funded projects, including the research group Environmental Justice in Multispecies Worlds as well as a year-long public humanities partnership with a local nonprofit. Her current book project, tentatively titled “The Nuisance: A Cultural History,” examines how ideas about nuisances have shaped American neighborhoods in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.