Obermann Graduate Institute Advisory Board

Barbara Baquero

College of Public Health, Community and Behavioral Health
University of Iowa

Barbara Baquero conducts community and behavioral health research guided by the community-based participatory research principles and the social-ecological framework. The focus of her research has been on reducing and eliminating health disparities for Latino immigrants in the U.S. through identifying, understanding, implementing, and evaluating interventions that incorporate social, cultural, and structural factors associated with obesity and chronic disease prevention and control.

Barbara Eckstein

University of Iowa

Barbara Eckstein (English, CLAS) co-directed the Graduate Institute in 2014 and 2015. Her own engagement work includes co-leading the The People's Weather Map, a digital humanities project. She is also a member of the Oakdale Community [Prison] Choir. In 2014, she co-directed the Obermann Humanities Symposium, Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene

As a recent Obermann Fellow in Residence, Eckstein continued her previous research into the relationship between story and sustainability, e.g., in Sustaining New Orleans (Routledge, 2005), Geohumanities (Routledge, 2011), and American Literary History (2012), through a project focused on the historical relationship between humans and mosquitoes in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. From the ancient site at Cahokia (IL) to the Civil War prison at Alton (IL) to the prairie bogs confronting surveyors of the Iowa Territory, what stories have been told about this insect that is the subject of much contemporary debate as climate change alters the geography of mosquito-borne human diseases?...

Craig Just

Craig Just
Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Iowa

Craig Just is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 2006, he created "Design with the Developing World," a service-learning course focused on sustainable international development. In 2007, he co-founded the course "International Perspectives: Xicotepec" as an integrated example of interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship. In 2008, he was awarded the University of Iowa's President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence for creative utilization of service-learning and for engaged scholarship through teaching. Dr. Just also received the David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Public Service (2010) and the International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (2011). Just co-directed the Obermann Graduate Institute in 2015 and 2016.

David Gould

Belin-Blank Center
University of Iowa

David Gould served as the Obermann Public Scholar from 2013-2016. He currently coordinates programming for the Belin-Blank Center. Dave was the Associate Director of Professional Student Development in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and developed a number of courses, including Life Design: Building Your Future and Reimagining Downtown. He has won multiple teaching and staff awards. He is passionate about reimagining higher education and improving the lives of young people.

Jacki Thompson Rand

University of Iowa

Jacki Thompson Rand is an associate professor in the History Department and co-directs the American Indian and Native Studies Programs. Her courses focus on federal Indian law and policy, museums and memory, and public history. Her current research focuses on violence against Native women in the context of a southeastern American Indian community. 

Pat Dolan

Rhetoric and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies
University of Iowa

Pat Dolan earned a PhD in English Renaissance Literature from the University of Iowa in 1994. He teaches a full range of courses in the Rhetoric Department. Pat's teaching interests include writing, early modern literature, wilderness literature, narrative, hospice, and death and dying. His research interests include Thomas More, early modern literature, literary representations of coercion, and literary representations of pain, disease, and death. He is also interested in medical and social work research on narrative, hospice, death and dying, and chronic/terminal illness.

Shanti Sellz

Shanti Selz speaking
Johnson County
Local Foods Coordinator

Shanti Sellz is the Local Foods and Planning Specialist for Johnson's County's Planning, Development and Sustainability department. Sellz is also the owner of Muddy Miss Farms, a local organic vegetable farm, and the co-founder of Green Share LLC, a local collective that supplies organic foods to local businesses.