Humanities Institute

Staff Bios

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. 

MaterDolorosa OsuekeMaterDolorosa Osueke, Assistant Event Coordinator

MaterDolorosa Osueke is a sophomore student at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a Biology major and Pre-med student. Her future plans include being able to travel and provide medical relief to those in need and less fortunate.

Alissa WilliamsAlissa Williams, Assistant Event Coordinator

Alissa Williams is a sophomore student at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a Plan II Honors major pursuing the Pre-Health Professions Certificate through the College of Natural Sceinces. Her future plans include going to medical school to become a dermatologist so she can transform the lives of her patients by giving them the tools they need to be confident and comfortable in their own skin.