Spring 2018 Fellows
Carolyn Copps Hartley is an associate professor of Social Work at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on legal system responses to violence against women. She uses the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence, which posits that legal rules and procedures, and agents of the legal system (advocates, lawyers, judges, etc.) act as social forces that can produce positive, therapeutic effects, or negative, anti-therapeutic effects for the mental health and psychological well-being of the non-agents (victims, defendants, witnesses) participating in the system.
Glenn Ehrstine is Associate Professor of German. His primary research interests concern German literature and the cultural transformations between the late Middle Ages and the early Reformation, with particular emphasis on religious theater, Catholic and Protestant polemics, carnival plays, and theories of the carnivalesque. His current work engages the theatrical display of relics in Corpus Christi plays and the indulgences granted to medieval audiences.
Loyce Arthur is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts. She has designed costumes for numerous productions and enjoys the process of telling stories about people from a variety of world cultures. She coordinates an annual Iowa City Carnival community arts project, transforming Iowans into works of art, and is developing a performance piece to expand the project to other communities. She is fascinated by the role masquerade plays in multiple cultures, whether it involves actual or psychological masks.
Hannah is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Obermann Center. He earned his PhD from the University of Oregon in June 2015. He studies Anglo-American modernism, twentieth-century literature, and digital humanities. His dissertation, Networks of Modernism: Toward a Theory of Cultural Production, analyzes modernism as the product of diffuse transatlantic interactions among individuals.
Dr. Wesely’s scholarship and teaching examines K-12 foreign/world language education in the United States. Building on eight years of work as a middle school French teacher and eleven years working in the experiential learning environment of Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota, she studies the attitudes, motivations, perceptions, and beliefs of stakeholders in K-12 foreign/world language education.
Dr. Kyle is an associate professor of Humanities and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is the author of Medicine and Humanism in Late Medieval Italy: the Carrara Herbal in Padua (Routledge, 2017). Kyle's work focuses on illustrated botanical manuscripts (herbals) as sites of convergence for Pan-Mediterranean medical and artistic traditions and humanist enterprises, particularly in the courts of northern Italy and in Venice during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.