Obermann Advisory Board

Ali Hasan

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University of Iowa

Dr. Hasan is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy. His research and teaching interests include epistemology, philosophy of mind, and early modern philosophy with an emphasis on issues related to perception and perceptual knowledge. He is also interested in ethics, including such topics as moral epistemology, ethical intuitionism, and the ethics of belief. Website

Ann Ricketts

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Assistant Vice President for Research
University of Iowa

Ann Ricketts is assistant Vice President in the Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development. She enjoys working with faculty and staff to identify internal and external sources of support for their research, scholarship and creative activities.

Dorothy Johnson

Art & Art History
University of Iowa

Dorothy Johnson is Roy J. Carver Professor of Art History. Her area of specialization is 18th and 19th century French and European art. She is the author of David to Delacroix: the Rise of Romantic Mythology (UNC Press, 2011).

Kristy Nabhan-Warren

Religious Studies
University of Iowa

Dr. Nabhan-Warren is Associate Professor and Figge Chair of Catholic Studies at the UI. She is the author of The Virgin of El Barrio: Marian Apparitions, Catholic Evangelizing, and Mexican American Activism (NYU Press, 2005) and Cursillos in America: Catholics, Protestants and Fourth Day Spirituality (UNC Press, 2013).

Michael Hill

University of Iowa

Michael Hill's research focuses on post-Harlem Renaissance African American literature. As a 2014 Fall Obermann Fellow-in-Residence, Prof. Hill worked on his book project, Kinky Bourgeois: Sexual Initiation and Democratic Potential in Black Civil Rights Novels.

Paul Gilbert

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College of Public Health
University of Iowa

Dr. Gilbert is an assistant professor of Community and Behavioral Health. He 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 utilization of treatment services.

Paul Gowder

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College of Law
University of Iowa

Dr. Gowder teaches constitutional law and torts, and he also taught professional responsibility and the policy lab. His research spans a broad territory in constitutional law, legal data science, ethics, normative and conceptual jurisprudence, political philosophy, democratic theory, and game theory.

Rebekah Kowal

University of Iowa

Dr. Kowal teaches dance history and theory. Her research explores how moving bodies are compelling agents of social, cultural, and political change. A dancer and scholar, Kowal seeks to forge interdisciplinary connections between dance theory and practice. After completing a BA in English, she danced in New York City with Heidi Henderson, Molly Rabinowitz, Bryan Hayes, and Pat Cremmins. She holds a CMA from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute and a PhD in American Studies from NYU.

Sherry Kay Watt

Educational Policy & Leadership Studies
University of Iowa

Watt is an associate professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Sherry recently published her latest edited book, Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications and Facilitator Considerations. Her area of research explores various reactions people have to difficult dialogues related to social issues. She applies her research by teaching learners how to develop the skills to engage across differences.

Tyler Priest

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University of Iowa

Dr. Priest came to the UI in 2012 after eight years as Director of Global Studies at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. His primary interests are in the fields of energy, environmental, global, business, and public history. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, where he teaches a course on U.S.