Liberal Studies


Kate Baldwin is a 20th-century Americanist who specializes in comparative theories of gender, race, class, and ethnicity. Her work focuses on intersections between the mappings of identity and social history in a global context, with a particular focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union. She has published two books, The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol’niki Park to Chicago’s South Side (2016) and Beyond the Color Line and the Iron Curtain: Reading Encounters between Black and Red, 1922–63. Baldwin teaches frequently in the MALS/MALIT programs and enjoys working with adult students and introducing them to the rich academic and intellectual opportunities that Northwestern has to offer. In addition to her academic writing, Baldwin has published articles in Huffington Post, The Hill, Truth-Out, Global Post and Quartz. Her PhD is from Yale University.

Henry Binford, MALS program director and associate professor of history, is a specialist in the study of cities and urbanization. He is the author of The First Suburbs: Residential Communities on the Boston Periphery, 1815-1860. He is at work on a study of 19th-century slums. He has received Weinberg College Outstanding Teaching Award, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, and the National Faculty Award of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs. His PhD is from Harvard University.

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.

Bill Savage (PhD Northwestern) has been teaching in the SPS 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 (Northwestern 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.

Gerald Butters is a historian of film specializing in the intersection of race and gender in motion pictures. A Fulbright scholar, Butters has lectured on film in Romania, Luxembourg, France and Canada and at many American universities. His books include Black Manhood on the Silent Screen, Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966, and the upcoming From Sweetback to Superfly: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago's Loop. He is editor of an anthology on Blaxploitation films. Butters received his PhD in History from the University of Kansas.

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 HistoryThe 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.

Diane Capitani is the Director of the Writing Center and Affiliate Faculty in writing and theology at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. She has published one book, Truthful Pictures: Slavery Ordained by God in the Domestic Sentimental Novel of the 19th Century South and is currently finishing her book Jane Austen: Augustinian, as well as a Jane Austen novel. She has published articles in feminist theology, Christianity and literature, and Iris Murdoch, here and in the United Kingdom. She has spoken before the Jane Austen Society of North America at several Annual General Meetings, the Greater Chicago Region, the North Texas Region, and the Louisville, Kentucky Region. She is a lecturer in English, comparative literature and religion at Northwestern University where she has twice been a nominee for the Distinguished Teaching Award. Capitani holds four master's degrees from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in French, English literature, comparative literature, and theology and history. She received her PhD in theological and historical studies from the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University.

Mary Morley Cohen is the Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University, where she also teaches courses in communication, social media, and critical theory. Her teaching and research focus on how technology transforms everyday experiences, including work, leisure, relationships, political activity, and education. She received her PhD in English and Media Studies from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, "Transporting Experiences: A History of Mobile Media," explores the way that early mobile media technologies, such as cars, car radios, drive-ins, and portable radios, helped create today's mobile media culture.

John Alba Cutler, an associate professor of English and Latina/o Studies, specializes in U.S. Latino literatures, multiethnic American poetry, contemporary American literature, and print culture studies. His book Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature, published by Oxford University Press, examines how Chicano/a (Mexican American) literary works represent processes of assimilation, and what those representations can teach us about race, gender, and the nature of literary discourse. Professor Cutler has published articles in American Literary History, American Literature, MELUS, and Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Latina/o Literature and Culture Forum of the Modern Language Association, and also co-directs the Newberry Library Seminar in Borderlands and Latino Studies. He received the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.
Jillana B. Enteen is an Associate Professor in Gender & Sexuality Studies and serves on the Asian American Studies and Asian Studies Program Faculty. She is the co-convener of NUDHL, Northwestern University's Digital Humanities Lab, sponsored by the Kaplan Humanities Institute. A former Fulbright Fellow to Thailand, she specializes in Thai culture and literature in English as well as non-Thai depictions of Thailand. Enteen's publications concern online depictions of race, gender, sexuality, and nation in English by overlooked internet populations and the use of English language terms for sexualities and genders in the urban cultures of Thailand. Currently, Dr. Enteen is researching Gender Reassignment Surgeries (GRS) available in Thailand for international consumption via internet communication with the support of a SPAN Faculty Grant. Her manuscripts are Import / Export: English Language terms for Genders and Sexualities in Thailand (Onyx, 2015) which examines the ways in which English is adapted and adopted by local Bangkok subcultures for specifically Thai purposes and how this study is situated within transnational sexualities studies and Virtual English: Queer Internets and Digital Creolization (Routledge, 2009). Enteen published 6 OpEds last year in outlets ranging from Ms. Magazine to the Hill. She teaches courses on "Queer Theory," "Transnational Sexualities," Transitions: Medical Tourism and Theorizing Transnational Studies of Sexuality, CyberQueer, "Thai Medical Tourism and Sex," "The Politics of Public Space," and "Imagining the Internet: Gender, Sexuality, Race & Ethnicity Online."

Kasey Evans, associate 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.

Albert Hunter is professor of sociology and is affiliated with Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research and the Transportation Center. He has previously taught at the University of Chicago, Wesleyan University, and the University of Rochester. He has held visiting appointments at Yale, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Paris, and the University of Edinburgh. His teaching and research interests include urban sociology, community, ethnicity, culture and literature, urban politics and civil society, and research methods. Hunter has won a number of teaching awards. He most enjoys a tutorial teaching style that includes a mix of brief lectures and more thorough discussion of texts and readings. He also encourages first-hand primary research relevant to course topics. Hunter has published numerous books and articles, including Symbolic Communities, The Rhetoric of Social Research: Understood and Believed, Foundations of Multimethod Research, and most recently Pragmatic Liberalism: Constructing a Civil Society. He has served as editor of the Local Community Fact Book ,and Urban Affairs Review, and chair of the community section of the American Sociological Association. His current research includes a restudy of Zorbaugh's The Gold Coast and the Slum, a study of the elite suburb of Kenilworth, a study of neighborhood response to gangs, a study of local ethnic institutions, and a comparative study of civil society in the US and the UK. He also serves as chair of the City of Evanston Plan Commission. His undergraduate degree is from Cornell University and his PhD is from the University of Chicago.

Michael J. Kramer works at the intersection of historical scholarship, the arts, digital technology, and cultural criticism. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture(Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2017). His current research explores the relationship between technology and tradition in the US folk music revival from the early twentieth century to the present; it includes a multimodal digital history project about the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, which took place annually on the University of California-Berkeley campus between 1958 and 1970, as well as more technical research on image sonification for historical interpretationmachine-learning sound analysis software, and the design of the digital essay. Future research focuses on the history of arts criticism in the United States, an intellectual history of the anarchist imagination in America, a history of the service worker in the US, and a biography of Chicago dance critic Ann Barzel. He teacheshistory and American studies at Middlebury College, where he is Associate Director of the Digital Liberal Arts. He has previously taught at Northwestern University, where he co-founded NUDHL, the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory. He also freelances as a dance dramaturg and an editorial consultant. He writes about history, the arts, politics, digital humanities, and other topics for numerous publications and blogs at

Larry Murphy is emeritus professor of the History of Christianity at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. His research and publications have focused upon various dimensions of African American religious history, leadership, and devotional practices. They include, among others, Sojourner Truth: A Biography, African American Faith in America, Down by the Riverside: Readings in African American Religion, (with Gordon Melton and Gary Ward) The Encyclopedia of African American Religions, and Piety and Liberation: An Historical Exploration of African American Religion and Social Justice, in Iva E. Carruthers,, eds., Blow the Trumpet in Zion. He served as Director of PhD Studies at Garrett-Evangelical; as an historical consultant to the Blackside, Inc., multimedia project This Far By Faith, a six-part television series on the role of the black church and other African American faith communities in American history; as historical consultant, script consultant, and on the production team for the video Where Everyday Is Sunday, on the history and social witness of African American Churches in Chicago; and in his work as oral historian of African American religion, he and his research team have amassed an extensive collection of audio and videotape material, along with supportive documents and photographs. He is a long-standing member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, an international organization of scholars and researchers. He received his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union/University of California, Berkeley.

Susan J. Pearson is an associate professor of history at Northwestern who specializes in nineteenth-century America. Her first book, The Rights of the Defenseless: Protecting Animals and Children in Gilded Age America, examines the institutional and cultural linkages between animal and child protection organizations. It won the Merle Curti Prize for the best book in intellectual history for 2012 from the Organization of American Historians. Professor Pearson is now at work on a history of compulsory and universal birth registration in the United States.
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 Quran. 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.