affiliated faculty

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

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. 

Film and Media Studies

Research interests include: Film historiography; documentary film; feminism and film theory; trauma and memory; the social ecology of media; film and ethnography, the Western. Publications include:  Couching Resistance: Women, Film, and Psychoanalytic Psychiatry (1993); Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust (2005). She co-edited Feminism and Documentary with Diane Waldman  (1999), and Documentary Testimonies Global Archives of Suffering (2009) with Bhaskar Sarkar.