affiliated faculty

Please note that this list is updated as new faculty are affiliated and is more current than the General Catalog listing.

French and Italian

Jon Snyder has published and lectured extensively on the literatures, arts and cultures of early modern Europe, especially Italy. He has also produced a number of essays and translations concerning modern and postmodern Italy and Europe. Among his books are: L'estetica del Barocco (The Aesthetics of the Baroque), written and published in Italian in 2005 and translated into Portuguese in 2007; Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, which appeared in the US in August 2009 and will be re-released in paperback in August 2012; Love in the Mirror (2009).

Germanic and Slavic Studies

Prof. Spieker's research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary art and literature, with an emphasis on Eastern and Central Europe; avant-garde studies, especially Russian; and intersections between critical theory and modern art/literature. His publications include: The Big Archive. Art from Bureaucracy (MIT Press, 2008); Bürokratische Leidenschaften. Kultur- und Mediengeschichte im Archiv (Ed.,Kadmos,  2004); GOGOL: Exploring Absence. Negativity in 19th-Century Russian Literature (Ed., Slavica, 2000). Spieker is currently working on a book devoted to the problem of art and the didactic. He is the executive editor of ARTMargins ( and ARTMargins Online. Both publications are devoted to contemporary art in the expanding global margins.

Black Studies

Prof. Strongman's interdisciplinary approach encompasses the fields of Religion, History, and Sexuality in order to further his main area of research and teaching: Comparative Caribbean Cultural Studies. His articles have appeared in Journal of Haitian StudiesJournal of Caribbean StudiesJournal of Caribbean LiteraturesCallalooKunapipiWadabagei, and the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. He is currently preparing his first book, Black Atlantic Transcorporealities, for publication.

Barbara Tomlinson's research areas include feminist theory & analysis, gender & literature, critical race theory. Her books include Feminism and Affect at the Scene of Argument: Beyond the Trope of the Angry Feminist (Temple U P, 2010) and Authors on Writing: Metaphors and Intellectual Labor (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). Her work on rhetoric and affect in feminist and antifeminist argument in sociolegal studies, feminist musicology, and feminist science studies has appeared in Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Cultural Critique, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Configurations: A Journal of Literature Science, and Technology, Journal of American Studies, and Literatura e Estudos Culturais/ Literature and Cultural Studies


Prof. Waid's central interests include American literature and culture, African American literature, Southern literature, Native American literature, gender studies, and the visual arts. Her books include Edith Wharton's Letters from the Underworld: Fictions of Women and Writing (1991), The Signifying Eye: Seeing Faulkner’s Art (2012), and the Norton Critical Edition of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Current projects include: Blood Union: Conjuring the Conjugal and Other Arts in Southern Narrative; and The Birmingham Fire Department Reads “Othello”: Memoirs of Others.