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 Assistant
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Jenna is the Obermann Center's new Communications Assistant. Previously she served as Deputy Managing Editor for The Iowa Review and as a writer for the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She lives on a blueberry farm in rural Oxford with her husband and two 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. Contact her at

Teresa Mangum

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.

She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the ways that nineteenth-century British novels shaped readers’ understanding of women, of late life, and of connections between humans and other animals. She also publishes on current issues: publicly engaged pedagogy, the place of service in an academic career, and graduate student placement. 

Mangum has served in a number of administrative...