Aiden M. Bettine

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Humanities for the Public Good Graduate Fellow
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Aiden M. Bettine is concurrently pursuing a Ph.D. in History and a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, working at the intersection of public history and archival science.

Erin Hackathorn

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Director of Operations
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Erin Hackathorn is the Obermann Center Director for Operations. She served as the Administrative Services Coordinator for the English Department for seven years. Erin 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

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Communications Specialist
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Jenna 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 & Sciences. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing and an MA in English literature, and she lives on a blueberry farm with her husband, daughter, and two charismatic llamas. 

Jennifer New

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Associate Director
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Jennifer 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.

Stacy Ramirez

Undergraduate Communications Assistant
University of Iowa

Stacy Ramirez is a third-year undergraduate from Washington, IA, studying Communication Studies with a minor in Latina/o/x Studies and a certificate in Critical Cultural Competency. Stacy assists in creating content for Obermann's various social media sites and promoting the diverse events the Obermann Center organizes throughout the year.

Teresa Mangum

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Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

A Professor in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, 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. A full bio appears at