Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities

About the 2013-14 Directors and Founding Members

2013-14 Faculty Co-Directors

Touba Ghadessi is Associate Professor and Chair of Art History. Her book-length study, Courting Monstrosity: the Spectacular Body in Early Modern Portraiture, focuses on the ways in which human monstrousness and physical deformity have been historically represented, categorized, and interpreted in the various Italian and French courts of the late Renaissance. Ghadessi’s courses highlight intellectual concepts and material that often fall outside of the common canon of art history. It is through these discourses that she encourages students to become critical thinkers, inside and outside of the classroom. Ghadessi received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and her B.A. from Trinity University. She has been awarded grants to study at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), to conduct archival research in Paris, Florence, and Rome, and to participate in the Centre national de la recherche scientifique's sponsored seminars in Paris. Of Persian descent, Ghadessi was born and raised in Switzerland.

Josh Stenger is Associate Professor of English and the founding Coordinator of Wheaton's Film & New Media Studies program.  He received his B.A. from UCLA, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.  (More information coming soon.)

Founding Members
The Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities was founded by Yuen-Gen Liang, Associate Professor of History, and Touba Ghadessi (see above), 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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