Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities

About the 2015-16 Directors and Founding Members

2015-16 Faculty Co-Directors

Kim Miller: Kim Miller is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and African Art History. She also co-founded, and currently co-directs, the Peace & Social Justice Studies Minor. Miller’s teaching and scholarship examines the relationship between representation, gender, and power with a focus on women's political subjectivity. She is primarily interested in the ways in which artists use visual culture for the purposes of promoting social justice, and the ways in which women use art as a form of activism and empowerment. She is finishing her book, How did they Dare? Women’s Activism and the Work of Memory in South African Commemorative Art, which explores visual representations of women political activists in South Africa both during and after the struggle against apartheid. Miller has also co-edited, with Brenda Schmahmann (University of Johannesburg) a forthcoming volume on public arts in South Africa: Bronze Warriors and Plastic Presidents: Public Art in South Africa, 1999 – 2015. And she has published a number of book chapters and articles in the South African Historical Journal, African Arts, the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Feminist Studies

M. Gabriela Torres
 is Associate Professor of Anthropology and a specialist on the relationship between gender based violence and the state. Her most recent publication is a forthcoming volume (co-edited with Kersti Yllo) entitled, Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Context (Oxford University Press) . Her work exploring the impact of violence on gender relations, nation-building and post-conflict reconstruction has been published in Anthropologica, the Anthropology of Work Review.the Latin American Research Review, Studies in Social Justice, and the Journal of Poverty, among others.  

Founding Members

The Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities was founded by Yuen-Gen Liang, Associate Professor of History, and Touba Ghadessi, Associate Professor of Art History, in collaboration with and through the support of a team of fourteen students representing nine disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural and applied sciences.

  • Morgan Bakerman ‘13 (Art History)
  • Tyler Bennett ‘12 (Physics)
  • Blake Funston ‘12 (Art History)
  • Madeleine Goldsmith ‘12 (Art History)
  • Robert Iafolla ‘13 (History and International Relations)
  • Logan Hinderliter ‘14 (Classical Studies)
  • Rachel LaFortune ‘13 (English and French Studies)
  • Ian Lazzara ‘12 (Anthropology)
  • Gerald O’Neil ‘14 (Art History)
  • Kirstie Parkinson ‘13 (Art History)
  • Jacob Pomerantz ‘12 (History)
  • Laura Richardson ‘12 (Mathematics)
  • Victoria Schuppert ‘12 (History of Philosophy)
  • Christine Sobieck ‘12 (French Studies and History)

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