Staff

Hilary Strang

Hilary Strang

Director, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities
Senior Lecturer, Humanities and Affiliate Faculty, Department of English, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
hstrang@uchicago.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Classics 406

I’m the director of MAPH and a senior lecturer in the Humanities. I started at MAPH as a preceptor, when I was doing my Ph.D. in English here at Chicago, and I’ve worked full-time for MAPH in various capacities since 2009. My BA (from Brown) and my MA (from Carnegie Mellon) are in cultural studies and critical theory. My teaching and research focuses mainly on questions about collective life and living together under emergent and contemporary capitalist biopolitics, as well as what life might be beyond or other than those arrangements. I teach classes, for the English department and for the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, about the nineteenth-century British novel and about post-1960s science fiction. My current research is on utopia, intimacy and relationality in the feminist SF of the 1970s and 1980s. I’ve advised MAPH theses on zombies, femininity and artificial intelligence, Jamaica Kincaid, George Eliot, and a wide range of other topics (which capture something of the amazing intellectual diversity and curiosity of MAPH students!). I also teach literature and theory in a wonderful free college-credit humanities program for adults called the Odyssey Project. Other parts of my life involve gardening, raising chickens, patting cats, despairing over my beloved Chicago Bulls, hosting a science fiction podcast, and riding the CTA.

Maren Robinson

Maren Robinson

Associate Director
marenr@uchicago.edu
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Classics 117 • 773.834.1203

I am the Associate Director of MAPH. I hold a B.A. in English Literature from Montana State University and an MA from MAPH where I wrote an original play and a thesis length paper on using Virginia Woolf and Peter Brook to examine gender, space and performativity. My interests include dramaturgy, new play development and the civic role of performance. I toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and was an artistic intern at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.  In my spare time, I teach dramaturgy and script analysis at another four-year university, and work as a dramaturg for many Chicago theaters, especially TimeLine Theatre where I am a company member and resident dramaturg, and Lifeline Theatre where I am an ensemble member. I am happy to discuss MAPH, give recommendations for current dance and theater productions, trade knitting patterns, or talk about where to find pockets of nature in the city.  Outside of MAPH and the theater you can find me taking photographs of birds, architecture and Chicago coyotes.

Annie Williams

Annie Williams

Program Manager
aewilliams@uchicago.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers
773.834.1201

I'm MAPH's Program Manager. I received my BA in English and Classics from the College of the Holy Cross, where I played violin in the chamber orchestra and read a lot of Iris Murdoch. I then received my MA from MAPH, where I further developed my interest in feminist and critical race theory, and broadened my understanding of British and Irish modernism in an American context. My thesis explored affective atmospheres in Virginia Woolf's "Kew Gardens," Mrs. Dalloway, and Between the Acts. I have also worked as a MAPH mentor and as a communications coordinator at Brown University. Come chat with me about Rhode Island, the Bachelor franchise, and why I named my cat after Susan Sontag.

Jeff McMahon

Jeff McMahon

Writing Advisor
jmcmahon@uchicago.edu
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Classics 409

I help MAPH students adapt their writing to the particular demands of graduate school. I know a bit about those demands because I completed MAPH myself in 2002, and I've been advising MAPHers ever since. I’ve also taught journalism, arts criticism and creative non-fiction as a lecturer for the Committee on Creative Writing and Advanced Academic and Professional Writing as a lector for the University Writing Program. When I'm not teaching writing, I'm often writing. I write about climate change for Forbes, and I’ve written in the past for several daily newspapers, alternative weeklies, magazines, journals and online innovators. Along with other MAPH alumni, I founded Contrary Magazine, a literary journal that is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Office Hours: bit.ly/JeffOfficeHours

Mark Gorthey

Mark Gorthey

Mentor
mgorthey@uchicago.edu
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I completed MAPH in 2019 and received my BA in philosophy from Columbia University in 2017. During my time as both an undergraduate and graduate student, I coached high school Lincoln Douglas debaters on the national circuit and got the opportunity to travel the country to coach and judge at debate tournaments. I also spent most summers during college teaching at summer institutes for high school debate. My interests in philosophy include the philosophy of mind and action, ethics, social epistemology, and 18th/19th century German philosophy. I wrote my MA thesis on the philosophical significance of the second person and the role of address in questions about the nature of justice. Outside of work, I enjoy practicing yoga, re-watching Twin Peaks, and proselytizing the significance of Robyn’s career.

Kaitlyn Spina

Kaitlyn Spina

Mentor
kdspina@uchicago.edu
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I completed MAPH in 2019 and received my BA in English from Skidmore College in 2017. As an undergraduate, I tutored astronomy, was a teaching assistant for beginning Italian, worked as a curatorial assistant at the college art museum, and double minored in Italian and Studio Art. I then took one year off before coming to UChicago, during which I interned in the curatorial department of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. While in MAPH, I worked as a curatorial intern at the Smart Museum of Art and took English courses mainly focusing on literary modernism—I wrote my MA thesis on astronomy and artistry in Joyce’s Ulysses. I have practiced classical piano for most of my life; catch me in the lounge playing Chopin or Rachmaninoff!

Josh Stadtner

Josh Stadtner

Mentor
jstadtner@uchicago.edu
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I received my M.A. from MAPH in 2019 and wrote my thesis about corporate personhood in America at the turn of the century. But before all that, I graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a B.A. in film and moved to LA to work for a documentary filmmaker. For the last few years I read scripts for a movie studio as a story editor—mostly for television. My academic interests are primarily in late 19th/early 20th century American literature, the history of labor and corporations in America, and collective action/identity. Also, I love playing tennis and watching soccer, and people tell me that I text just like I talk. Which I guess is a good thing?

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Amos Browne

Preceptor
browne@uchicago.edu
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I started working as a preceptor for the MAPH program in 2016, and have since completed a PhD in Philosophy here at the University of Chicago. My dissertation was concerned with the ways in which we make sense of the attitudes and actions of others, and was shaped by a particular interest in the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. To date my teaching has focused on topics related to this in the philosophy of mind and action.  

I'm originally from England, and received a BA in Classics from the University of Oxford. Outside of work, I enjoy culinary projects, amateur photography, and cycling around Chicago. For the past few years I've also been an active member of the University's Iyengar Yoga Club.

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Chris Carloy

Chris Carloy

Preceptor
ccarloy@uchicago.edu
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I received my PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago in 2018 with a dissertation titled "'True 3D': The Form, concept, and Experience of Three-Dimensionality in 1990s Videogames." My research focuses on videogame history and theory; theories of space and place; genre history and theory; reception; and phenomenology - and I am committed to interdisciplinary work that places videogames within longer traditions of art, media, and architecture. I received my BA from Baylor University in 2006 and my MA in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA in 2009. 

I spend my free time wandering the Art Institute of Chicago and the city's many parks; taking and posting photographs; listening to and playing music; watching college football and basketball, US Women's soccer, and the Cubs; and trying to get cheap tickets to the Opera. Also, you can ask me about good food in Chicago - I've spent a decade eating my way across the city. 

Darrel Chia

Darrel Chia

Preceptor
dkchia@uchicago.edu
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I enjoy walking with my dog Blixa on the lakeshore paths, running, and binge-watching Stranger Things. When I can, I take advantage of the many excellent music and food venues in Chicago. I am getting back into yoga - at the instigation of preceptor Amos. I also aspire to keep my house plants alive. Before moving here, I was a lawyer in Australia.

I have a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. My research interests are in contemporary Anglophone literature, postcolonial studies, the bildungsroman, melodrama, human rights, and gender and sexuality.

Savannah Esquivel

Savannah Esquivel

Preceptor
esquivel@uchicago.edu
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I am a PhD candidate in art history, and my research focuses on the art and architecture of colonial Latin America, with an emphasis on sixteenth-century Mexico and Spain. My dissertation examines the murals painted in the mendicant monasteries built in the wake of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. I am particularly interested in non-representational modes of painting, grisaille, Christian image theory, and the lived experience of Christian devotion at the monasteries. 

I have a master's degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and bachelor's degrees in art history and religious studies from the University of Iowa. When I am not writing in front of a big window, I enjoy running, exploring urban flora and fauna, and making pizza with my son. 

Matt Hubbell

Matt Hubbell

Preceptor
mhubbell@uchicago.edu
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I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. My dissertation, Acting After the New Wave: The Political Aesthetics of Performance in France, 1968-1981, focuses on performance, gesture, and the body across the films of the ‘70s, looking at things like the conceptualization of spontaneity in improvised performance practices and political action, the ways in which the Women’s Liberation Movement affected how actresses conceived of the labor of acting, and the use of historical reenactment to think about how traces of the past survive in the present. My broader research interests include theories of affect and emotion, the relationship of images to historiography, the transnational circulation of cinematic forms (especially in the 1960s and ‘70s), and the history of modernist aesthetics across mediums. Before coming to Chicago, I lived in New York, Philadelphia, and Wisconsin. When not academically occupied, I like to spend my time listening to music, attempting to garden, aimlessly roaming the city, and binge-washing trashy teen melodramas.  

Bill Hutchison

Bill Hutchison

Preceptor
hutch@uchicago.edu
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I earned a BA in English and Philosophy at the University of New Mexico, completed MAPH in 2012, was a mentor in 2013, and I’m presently a PhD candidate in the English department. I wrote my MA thesis on the way in which hands serve as a permeable boundary between humanity and animality in The Island of Doctor Moreau. My dissertation, Love Among the Robots, examines how the prospect of non-biological consciousnesses affects the related notions of intimacy, kinship, and personhood. My broader research interests include science and technology studies, theories of the non-human, cultural studies, and critical theory. I’ve taught classes on culture and technology to undergraduates, art students, high school students, and soon, to adults in the Odyssey Project, a free, college-credit humanities program. I love angsty Scandinavian crime dramas, sentimental science fiction, and aimless tinkering. My dogs Violet and Juniper volunteer with MAPH to administer tender aid to students and staff who desire the particular comforts of canine affection.

Claire

Claire Kirwin

Preceptor
ckirwin@uchicago.edu
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I received my PhD in Philosophy, which is about the nature of the first-person perspective and whether value is real (it is). I also have philosophical interests in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, Plato, and post-Kantian German philosophy, especially Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. Outside of philosophical topics, I've enjoyed working with MAPH students on projects ranging from the representation of ghosts in Japanese art history to the liminal time in the work of Virginia Woolf. When I'm not working, I like learning about perfume and interesting smells, and trying to master impressive-looking yoga arm balances. 

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Sarah Kunjummen

Preceptor
kunjummen@uchicago.edu
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I received my PhD in English in 2019, and I work on sixteenth and seventeenth-century British literature, with particular interests in poetry, religion, classical reception and the digital humanities. My dissertation research argues that the trope of co-extension in three-dimensional space played a distinctive role in the depictions of intimacy offered in the work of seventeenth-century thinkers such as John Milton, Thomas Browne and Margaret Cavendish, texts which provide distinctive accounts of what, for an early modern subject, might be disappointing about life in the body, while paradoxically affirming its centrality for the constitution of sociable selves.

Previously, as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, I majored in Greek and Latin, as well as English with a creative writing focus, and I'm always happy to talk about very old or very new poems! I also enjoy skating very badly on the Midway Ice Rink, exploring the world of Chicago thrifting and perfecting my no-knead bread.

Agnes Malinowska

Agnes Malinowska

Preceptor
amalinowska@uchicago.edu
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I started working as a preceptor at MAPH in 2014 and have since received my PhD from the Committee on Social Thought here at Chicago. My academic research centers on twentieth-century American literature, global modernisms, fictions of capital, and the cultural history of science in America. I also have budding interests in migration studies, Asian-American studies, Chicago school sociology, and muckraking narratives. My dissertation, Technocratic Evolution, locates a turn-of-the-century genre of experimental naturalism that drew on post-Darwinian social theory to imagine an American modernity outside of hegemonic political narratives surrounding gender, race, capital, and empire. The project likewise reads naturalism as a biopolitical literature invested in the distribution of organic life in the domain of value and utility. Current projects include a cultural history of the microorganism and an essay on the relationship between California race politics and America’s transpacific capitalist expansion around 1900. Before coming to Chicago, I earned a BA in philosophy and history from the University of California, Berkeley. Even before that, I was born in Poland, spent much of my childhood in Canada, but can probably be best described as a Californian. These days, I go to the movies as much as possible and travel frequently to California to visit family.

Tristan Schweiger

Tristan Schweiger

Preceptor
tschweiger@uchicago.edu
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I received my Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago in 2015. My research focuses on Atlantic literature of the long eighteenth century. I hold a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in English and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation, "Planters, Mariners, Nabobs, and Squires: Masculine Types and Imperial Ideology, 1719-1817," assesses the intersection of gender and empire in texts spanning Robinson Crusoe to Rob Roy. I have recently published on slavery and ideologies of property in eighteenth-century Caribbean literature. My broader research interests include historicism, postcolonialism, Marxism, and gender theory. Before coming to the University of Chicago, I worked as a reporter, covering state and local politics at a series of newspapers on the East Coast. Outside of my teaching and scholarship, I enjoy running on the lake trail (when it's not winter), cooking, exploring Chicago's restaurant scene, and airplanes. I am also the co-host of the podcast "Better Read than Dead: Literature from a Left Perspective."

Maggie Taft

Maggie Taft

Preceptor
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I received my PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago in 2014. My art historical interests primarily collect in two areas: modern design and Chicago’s art and design history. I’ve also written about contemporary art for publications like ArtforumThe PointTexte Zur Kunste, and The New Art Examiner. After finishing my dissertation, “Making Danish Modern, 1945-1960,” I spent two years teaching interdisciplinary theory and method at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2016, I returned to Chicago to open the Haddon Avenue Writing Institute, a community-based writing center in Ukrainian Village. So far, the space has provided writing workshops, seminars, and residencies for practicing artists and designers.

I published Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now (University of Chicago Press) in 2018, and am currently at work on two new projects. The first, based on my dissertation, is a book, The Chieftain and the Chair: Danish Design in Postwar America. The second involves work as curator for the new Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, an institution with a storied collection but no current exhibition space.

I love to discuss writing strategies, explore Chicago’s archives, watch the NBA, and go for urban hikes.

Megan Tusler

Megan Tusler

Preceptor
tusler@uchicago.edu
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I received my PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 2015, where I have taught courses in the American novel and photography, girlhood and American literature, and literary culture in Los Angeles. My undergraduate degrees from Mills College are in English and Ethnic Studies. My dissertation, “American Snapshot: Urban Space and the Minor Archive,” argues that minor and counter-culture movements in the 20th century US produce new versions of archiving in response to social crisis, particularly through the mode of the photo-text. My current monograph, “On Other Loathing,” explores race, misanthropy, and negative affect in the ethnic American novel. I also have two current essay projects; one is a literary genealogy of the kitchenette apartment in American urban space and the other a piece on the western and liberal sentimentality in the 1950s. I have also volunteered in the curatorial department at the Chicago History Museum and been a Newberry Library fellow. I enjoy sewing, succulent propagation, and Windy City Soul Club, and am the co-host of the literature podcast “Better Read than Dead.”