Liberal Studies


Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin is a 20th-century Americanist who specializes in comparative theories of gender, race, and ethnicity. Her work focuses on intersections between the mappings of identity and social history in a global context. Her first book, Beyond the Color Line and the Iron Curtain: Reading Encounters between Black and Red, 1922-63, remaps black American modernism by addressing the involvement of African American intellectuals with Soviet communism and a Russian intellectual heritage. Baldwin's past fellowships include a Pembroke at Brown University, a Mellon postdoc at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University. She has published articles in Cultural Critique, Diaspora, Modern Fiction Studies, Novel, and differences and is working on a book titled Authenticating Nations: Cultural Fictions of Soviet and American Women during the Cold War as well as a translation into English of the 1925 Russian text based on Claude McKay's lost English manuscript of Sudom Lincha/Trial by Lynching. Her essay "The Recurring Condition of Nella Larsen's Passing " will appear in the Norton Critical Edition of Nella Larsen's Passing in 2007.

Currently teaching:Bad Mothers: Ideologies of Female Failure in Twentieth Century Literature, Media, and Film

George Bond

George Bond is a professor of religious studies at Northwestern and a specialist in Buddhist studies and the history of religions. His teaching focuses on Buddhism, Hinduism and the history of religions generally. His research deals primarily with Theravada Buddhism, studying the religion and its texts as well as the lived practice of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. He has been a recipient of Northwestern’s Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, the Northwestern Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Weinberg College Outstanding Teaching Award. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Buddhist Revival in Sri Lanka, Buddhism at Work: the Sarvodaya Movement in Sri Lanka, The Word of the Buddha, and Sainthood: Its Manifestations in World Religions, which he coauthored and edited with Richard Kieckhefer.

Currently teaching:Seminar in Liberal Studies II: Asian Religions in Literature and Film

Geraldo Cadava

Geraldo Cadava, an Associate Professor of History and Latina/o Studies, specializes in the histories of Latinas and Latinos in the United States, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Latin American immigration to the United States. His first book, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press, 2013 & 2016), is about cultural and commercial ties between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, since World War II. It won the Frederick Jackson Turner prize, awarded annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best first book in any field of American History. He is currently writing a history of Latino Conservatism from the 1960s to the 1990s. His scholarly and popular essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, among other publications. As a lifelong learner himself, he is especially interested in working students in Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies.

Currently teaching:From Hamilton to “Hamilton” – American History by Lin Manuel Miranda

Brett Crawford

Brett Crawford is a faculty member at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and has also held visiting positions at Stanford University and the University of Michigan. His research explores how organizations use history and policy to construct institutional meaning. He has also studied how education policy and associations’ codes of ethics shape students’ strategies for success in the health sciences. Crawford’s current research includes a pair of projects funded by separate grants. The first project explores the historicity of environmental associations, specifically how associations have reshaped the identity of actors to both protect the meaning of environmentalism and disrupt industries that threaten that meaning. The second project explores how stigmatized issues are shaped into legitimate categories through the work of organizations. Crawford earned his Phd from Copenhagen Business School.

Currently teaching:International Institutions

Scott Durham

Scott Durham, associate professor of French, is the faculty director for the MALit program and chair of the French and Italian department at Northwestern. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in French and comparative literature since 1994, with a primary focus on 20th-century literature, film and the relationship between literature and philosophy. His scholarly publications since he completed his doctorate at Yale include Phantom Communities: The Simulacrum and the Limits of Postmodernism (Stanford University Press), Jean Genet: In the Language of the Enemy (a special number he edited for Yale French Studies) and numerous articles. He is completing work on a book with the working title The Archive and the Monad: Deleuze and the Resistance to Postmodernism.Durham earned his Phd from Yale University.

Currently teaching:Special Topics in Literature: Proust

Kasey Evans

Kasey Evans, assistant professor of English at Northwestern, teaches and writes about medieval and Renaissance literature. She is currently completing her book Colonial Temperance: The Strategy of Virtue in Early Modern England, which argues that the virtue of temperance underwent a semantic sea-change during the English Renaissance, evolving from a paradigm of self-discipline and moderation into a value of time-management, efficiency, and colonial aggression. Areas of particular interest include English Renaissance adaptations of Italian poetry (Dante, Ariosto, Tasso); ideologies of race, gender, and sexuality as they shape Renaissance English literature; and literary and critical theory, from medieval exegetes through postmodern philosophers. Evans received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Currently teaching:The Seven Deadly Sins: Behaving Badly in Renaissance Thought, Art, and Literature

Angela Fontes

Angela Fontes has a dual appointment as an assistant professor of human development and family resources at Illinois State University and senior economist in the statistics and methodology department at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Centering on family financial well-being, her research uses national data sets, including the Survey of Consumer Finances, the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the Consumer Expenditure Survey. She is the director on several major projects of the US Census Bureau and works with a broad range of public and private clients on analytic research. Fontes’s research has been published in journals such as Health Affairs, the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, Financial Counseling and Planning and the International Journal of Transportation Research. Before the NORC, Fontes worked in predictive analytics and market research consulting with Chamberlain Research Consultants and Leo Burnett; her clients included Wachovia Bank and Phillip Morris USA. Fontes earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in consumer behavior and family economics.

Currently teaching:Behavioral Economics

Stephen Harding

Stephen Harding is an adjunct professor and advisory board member in the master of public administration program at the University of La Verne. He is also a senior consultant with the Kosmont Companies, a 25-year-old real estate, financial and governmental advisory firm serving multiple public and private sector clients throughout California. He provides city management, financial, organizational, economic development, land-use and real estate advisory services to municipal agencies. Over his 35-year career he has advised more than 40 public and private sector clients and has been city manager or interim city manager in four municipalities, president of the San Diego Southeast Economic Development Corporation, executive director of the Santa Ana Redevelopment Agency and Housing Authority and director of Pasadena development services. He has been the International City/County Management Association’s City Manager in Residence at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton. He serves the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in the accreditation of MPA programs. Harding earned an MPA from California State University, Long Beach.

Currently teaching:The Global City

Khusro Kidwai

Khusro Kidwai is the Assistant Dean for Distance Learning at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. In this role he collaborates with the School’s leadership and Office of Distance Learning staff to establish and implement a vision for online learning. He is responsible for overseeing partnerships with other offices in the school – Graduate Programs, Undergraduate Programs, Professional & Post-Baccalaureate Programs, Marketing, and Student Services. Prior to joining Northwestern University, he was the Director of Online Teaching and Learning and the Director of the Center of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Southern Maine (2010-2012) and Research Associate at the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Pennsylvania State University (2009-2012).

He received his Ph.D. degree from the Instructional Systems program at Pennsylvania State University in 2009. His doctoral work focused on the design and development of a web-based reading environment. In 2013 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Board of Standards in Performance, Training and Instruction (IBSTPI).

Currently teaching:Instructional Design

Glenn LeBlanc

Glenn LeBlanc is a freelance learning designer with Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, working to develop courses in the Predictive Analytics and Information Design and Strategy programs. Prior to joining Northwestern, he was Senior Instructional Designer at University College in the University of Maine System, where for over 20 years he worked with faculty teaching at a distance using multiple technologies, including interactive television, the Blackboard course management system, videoconferencing, desktop conferencing, and screencasting. In addition to his freelance work at Northwestern, LeBlanc also works as a Network Instructional Designer for Southern New Hampshire University.

His interest in providing educational opportunities for rural and under-served students began as a Peace Corps Biology and Math teacher in a village government secondary school in Cameroon in the early 1980s. He pursued this interest with a focus on Anthropology and Education, completed a Master’s degree in Anthropology at Syracuse University, and completed all course work in the Ph.D. program in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation at Syracuse University School of Education.

Currently teaching:Instructional Design

Jessica Mansbach

Jessica Mansbach is currently a Learning Designer at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. In this role, she partners with faculty throughout the School to design online courses. She also teaches masters level classes at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Mansbach holds a doctorate degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University and master’s degree in Social Work from University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the School of Professional Studies, Jessica coordinated a teaching apprenticeship for College of Education graduate students at Michigan State University. Her teaching interests include online learning, adult student development, and student leadership.

Currently teaching:Introduction to Learning Theory

Eric Patrick

Eric Patrick is an associate professor at Northwestern University in the School of Communication. Prior to working at Northwestern, Patrick was an animator for the Peabody award winning and Emmy nominated Nickelodeon program Blues Clues. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his work has won numerous awards both domestically and internationally, including awards at The Black Maria Film Festival, The Humboldt International Film Festival, Semana de Cine Experimental de Madrid, South by Southwest Film Festival, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona. His own independent animated films include Stark Film, Ablution and Retrocognition. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

Currently teaching:Visual Communication

Pamela Ransom

Pamela Ransom has been active as an environmentalist, planner, researcher, educator and community activist. For more than eight years she was special assistant for environmental affairs for New York City Mayor David Dinkins. Then she moved into international activism as director of health and environment for the Women’s Environment and Development Organization. She worked closely with the late Congresswoman Bella Abzug, spoke to a variety of UN meetings and international conferences and organized major events at venues such as the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. She has also served on the faculty of Long Island University School of Business, Public Administration and Information. Ransom received her doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Currently teaching:Scope and Theory of Public Policy

Bill Savage

Bill Savage (PhD Northwestern) has been teaching in the SCS MA Lit program for more than 15 years. He is a scholar of Chicago literature and culture, and his most recent publication is the co-edited and annotated edition of Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwester UP, 2013). He also co-edited the 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm and the Annotated edition of Algren’s Chicago: City on the Make. He writes regularly for local publications, and is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

Currently teaching:Chicago Transformed: Actual and Textual Cities

Daniel Stolz

Daniel Stolz is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History and Program in Science and Human Culture at Northwestern University. His research and teaching center on the history of science, technology, and Islam in the modern Middle East. His current book project, a history of astronomy and Islam in late Ottoman Egypt, explores the changing relationship of science, religion, and the state in the transformative years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is also beginning a new project on the history of reading science in the Qur’an. Stolz has a forthcoming article on the history of mechanical timekeeping in The International Journal of Middle East Studies, and has previously published work in The Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies and Arabica. He received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies and a graduate certificate in the Program in the History of Science from Princeton University in 2013.

Currently teaching:Special Topics in Liberal Studies: Technology and Revolution in the Middle East