P. Renée Baernstein

Professor of History and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Science

P. Renée Baernstein specializes in the history Renaissance Italy, particularly gender, religion, and family.  She is the author of A Convent Tale: A Century of Sisterhood in Spanish Milan (Routledge 2002) as well as articles in many journals.  She has been a Fulbright fellow, fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Visiting Professor at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti Center in Florence, and recipient of the Ohio Academy of History’s Distinguished Teaching Award.  Her next book, “Strangers at Home,” is about noble women and family politics in sixteenth-century Italy.

Mack Hagood

Assistant Professor of Media, Journalism, and Film

Mack Hagood uses ethnographic and archival research on digital media, film, sound technologies, and the biomediation of disability. He is particularly interested in the use of audio media as a means of affective control. His publications on noise-canceling headphones, Foley and digital film soundtracks, crowd noise as "the 12th man" in NFL telecasts, and the representation and treatment of tinnitus have appeared in journals such as American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, and Popular Communication. He is currently writing a book on “orphic media”: apps and devices used to create a comfortable sense of space through sound. 

Elisabeth Hodges

Associate Professor of French, Affiliate of Film Studies

Elisabeth Hodges is a scholar of early modern French literature, visual culture, cinema, and art. She is the author of Urban Poetics in the French Renaissance (Ashgate, 2008) and articles on Montaigne, Godard, the artwork of Lindberg and Olde Wolbers, and the television series The Wire. She held a residential fellowship at the Newberry Library and is a docent at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. She is currently writing a book, “Introspective Cinema,” on sensory experience in contemporary cinema and new media.

Cynthia Klestinec

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in English

Cynthia Klestinec studies the history of medicine and the scientific revolution, especially anatomy, dissection, and histories of the body. The author of numerous articles and Theaters of Anatomy: Students, Teachers, and Traditions of Dissection in Renaissance Venice (Johns Hopkins, 2011), she has held residential fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies (Villa i Tatti). Her current book project examines the significance of the body in the late Renaissance as a consequence of artisanal culture, the proliferation of anatomical knowledge, and the marketplace. 

Luis I. Prádanos

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Altman Fellow, 2017-2018

Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki) does contemporary Hispanic cultural studies with an emphasis on eco-criticism and posthumanism. He is also interested in ecological economics, political ecology, and global studies. He has published a number of book chapters and articles in academic journals. He is currently working on a book about Spanish ecocritical and socioenvironmental movements.

Sarah Siff

Assistant Director

Sarah Brady Siff is a modern U.S. historian specializing in culture and policy of the postwar period. She wrote the monograph “Atomic Roaches and Test-tube Babies: Bentley Glass and Science Communication” and is currently working on a book project titled Tough on Dope: Crime and Politics in California’s Drug Wars. She is copy editor for Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective and contributing editor for Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.