Humanities Institute


Dr. Pauline StrongDr. Pauline Strong, Director

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Pauline Strong has taught anthropology, folklore and public culture, and women's and gender studies at The University of Texas at Austin since 1993. After receiving a bachelor's degree in philosophy at The Colorado College, she completed master's and doctoral degrees in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. Her research centers on historical and contemporary representations of Native Americans and American national identity in such contexts as literature, films, museums, sports arenas, and youth organizations. She was a Fellow of the Humanities Institute in 2001 and 2005, and became Associate Director in 2006.She is the author of American Indians and the American Imaginary: Cultural Representation Across the Centuries (2012) and Captive Selves, Captivating Others: The Politics and Poetics of Colonial American Captivity Narratives (1999). She is also co-editor (with Sergei Kan) of New Perspectives on Native North America: Cultures, Histories, Representations (2006). Her articles appear in journals and anthologies in the fields of American Studies, cultural studies, history, media studies, Native American Studies, and sports studies as well as anthropology.

Clare CallahanDr. Clare Callahan, Program Coordinator

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Clare Callahan received her PhD in English from Duke University in 2016. Her research interests include American literature from the late 19th-century to mid-20th century, working-class literature, and literary representations of poverty, labor, and space. She also works in the fields of Women's Studies, African American Studies, and the Digital Humanities. She has taught literature and writing courses at Brooklyn College and Duke University. She joined the Humanities Institute in October 2016.

Alejandra MartinezAlejandra Martinez, Program Associate


Alejandra Martinez has been working as a Program Associate for the Humanities Institute since August 2015. She is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Human Development and Family Sciences and a Business of Healthcare certificate.  After graduating, she plans on working in healthcare and eventually pursuing a health law degree.  

Wendy FernandezWendy Fernandez, Undergraduate Intern

Wendy Fernandez is a sophomore English major at the University of Texas at Austin. She began working at the Humanities Institute as an intern through the University Leadership Network in the Fall 2016 semester. She looks forward to sticking around for another year.

Annie DaubertAnnie Daubert, Digital Publication and Communications Intern

Annie Daubert began working at the Humanities Institute as our Digital Publication and Communications intern in the Spring 2017 semester. She is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin with a double-major in English and Art History, and is working towards the Museum Studies Bridging Disciplines Program Certificate.

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