Full-time Faculty

Douglas Chismar, B.A., M. Div., Ph.D.
Program Director

American University (Philosophy; Minor - History); Ashland Theological Seminary (Theology); Ohio State University (Philosophy). Former Director of the Chowan College Center for Ethics, Murfreesboro, N.C.; Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at Ashland University, N.C. Dissertation: "Empathy: Its Nature, Determinants, and Importance for Moral Decision-Making." Extensive record of collaborative presentations and leadership in interdisciplinary studies and ethics across the curriculum programs.

Ann H. Albritton, B.A., M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.

Eckerd College (Humanities); University of South Florida (Art History); City University of New York (Art History); City University of New York (Modern and Contemporary Art History). Fellow, Civic Education Project, Bucharest, Romania, 1993-1995. Research: Sonia Delaunay; Contemporary Art, Latin American Art, Art of the African Diaspora, and Women Artists. Numerous catalogue essays and reviews. 

Chelsea Bruner, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Florida State University-Tallahassee (Interior Design); Pratt Institute (History of Art and Design); CUNY Graduate Center, NYC (Art History).  Chelsea's interest in design and architectural history was sparked as an undergraduate interior design major at Florida State University. In the years since, she has worked as a practicing designer while pursuing graduate studies at Pratt Institute's History of Art and Design program, and at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her dissertation, entitled "The Seventh Regiment Armory Commission and Design: Elite Identity, Aesthetic Patronage and Professional Practice in Gilded Age New York," was awarded the Martin E. Segal Dissertation Fellowship, and the Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Fellowship. 
Chelsea has taught courses on architecture and design history at City College of New York's Spitzer School of Architecture, at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and at New York University, where she led courses that focus on the history and evolution of the built environment in New York.

Nicole Caron, B.A., M.A. 
Coordinator of Writing 

Pitzer College, Claremont, CA (English); Portland State University, Portland, OR (English). Ms. Caron has 10 years experience teaching composition at community colleges and universities in Oregon, Connecticut and Florida. She spent the 1990s working for and consulting with community colleges, metals manufacturing companies, and other small businesses designing and developing training programs, directing technology adoption programs, writing grants and marketing and strategic plans. Nicole also co-owned a small marketing company. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and trade novels and trade journals. She lives with her spouse and Golden Retriever in Clearwater. Her passions include writing novels and participating in two annual writing contests: The 3 Day Novel Contest and the National Novel Writing Month contest.  www.nicolecaron.com 

Susan Doll, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 

Kent State University (Art History, Minor: Ceramics); Ohio State University (Art History); Northwestern University (Film History and Theory); Northwestern University (Film History and Theory). Previous teaching experience includes film studies at Oakton Community College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Daley City College, and Northwestern University Extension Service. Dr. Doll is a writer and researcher for commercial DVD labels, arts organizations, and Turner Classic Movies. She is the author of Elvis for Dummies, Understanding Elvis, The Films of Elvis Presley, and Marilyn: Her Life and Legend; and co-author of Florida on Film (University Press of Florida). Susan is also author of the interactive children’s book I Love Lucy; and a contributing writer for Blanche Lazzell: The Making of an American Modernist (West Virginia University Press). 

Catherine Mougalian, B.A., TEFL Certificate,  M.A. 
The Colorado College (Classics-History-Politics, major; Latin American Studies, minor); San Diego State University – American Language Institute and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Program; Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Catherine’s career began at community colleges in California. She later explored opportunities at universities abroad in Ecuador and Japan. She has designed and taught teacher-training courses such as the History of English and Literature and Culture, and has worked with a curriculum design team to develop an integrated skills curriculum for an accelerated program in Ecuador. Following university curricula, Catherine has taught courses such as Film Studies, Beginning through Advanced levels of Writing, Grammar in Reading, and Oral Communication. In each teaching situation, Catherine adapts the content and class activities to the language level and the background culture of the students so that each student is able to connect with the content and have a meaningful classroom experience. 

Anthony Rice, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Coordinator of Art History

Virginia Commonwealth University (Fine Arts); University of North Carolina (Fine Arts). Major exhibitions: Brooklyn Museum; Smithsonian Institute; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; High Museum of Art. Collections: King Juan Carlos of Spain; National Museum of American Art; High Museum of Art; Library of Congress. Texts illustrated: Seven Persian FablesA Letter of Columbus. Grants: National Endowment for the Arts. 

Christopher Robinson, Ph.D. 

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL (Cognitive Science). For the past twenty years, Dr. Robinson has pursued an integrated vision of the social sciences. As an undergraduate at New College, he studied classical languages, translated texts, wrote two young adult encyclopedias on astronomy and archaeology, and even found time to get a degree in Psychobiology. After this, he spent seven years in graduate school teaching whenever a school would give him a class, tutoring high school students, while earning his doctorate. His main research area has been the study of memory in the real world; this has included studying people’s memories for recent events, reconstructing historical events based on written records, and serving as an expert witness for criminal cases. For the past ten years, Dr. Robinson has continued to integrate the social sciences by taking and teaching courses throughout these fields (such as the Psychology of Fine Art, and Psychology and Law).  

Daphne Lange Rosenzweig, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 

Mount Holyoke College (Economic Geography; Minor - Art History, British Empire History, Political Science); Columbia University (East Asian Art & Archaeology; Minor - Far Eastern Languages & Literature); Columbia University (East Asian Art & Archaeology; Minor - Far Eastern Languages & Literature). Fulbright Fellow, National Palace Museum, Taiwan. Author of numerous books, catalogues and articles on Asian art. Book reviewer for Tibet JournalChina Review InternationalJournal of Asian Studies, National Gallery of Art. Fellow, Royal Asian Society-Korea and American Oriental Society. Museum exhibition curator, museum consultant; lecturer at international conferences; accredited appraiser of Asian and Islamic art. https://webspace.ringling.edu/~drosenzw/

Tim Rumage III, B.A., M.A.

Bowdoin College (Biology & Psychology); Boston University (Biology). Consultant for comprehensive environmental planning. Former director, scientific and technical illustration program, Rhode Island School of Design. Board Member, Florida House Foundation. Numerous publications. http://web.me.com/trumage/Site/Welcome.html  

Robert Stanton, B.A., M.A.
Coordinator of Comparative Arts

Bates College (English); University of  Cincinnati (English). Previous teaching experience: University of Cincinnati; Art Academy of Cincinnati; University of Maine at Augusta; Boston University; University of Houston-Downtown; California State Polytechnic University.  Academic residencies: Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, 1975; Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome, 2000 and 2007. Research: literature and the arts as expressions of significant socio-cultural and philosophical ideas. His works have been published in Theatre Annual, Text and Presentation, and Proceedingshttps://webspace.ringling.edu/~rstanton/ 

David Steiling, M.A., Ph.D.
Coordinator of Literature

Boston University (Creative Writing & English); University of South Florida (Literature). Poet, performance artist, new vaudevillian, journalist. Currently engaged in research and writing on the literature of comics and the graphic narrative. http://webspace.ringling.edu/~dsteilin/  

Ryan Van Cleave, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 

Northern Illinois University (English; Minors - Music, Philosophy); Florida State University (English); Florida State University (English). Dr. Van Cleave is the co-founder and director of C&R Press, a non-profit literary organization that publishes books from new and emerging writers and provides free community writing workshops. He is the author of five collections of poetry, has served as editor of Contemporary American Poetry: Behind the Scenes and co-editor of six other textbooks and anthologies, and is the recipient of numerous writing and publishing awards. His latest book is Unlocked (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2011), a YA novel. Dr. Van Cleave is also a frequent conference speaker on the subjects of digital culture, digital addiction, social networking and creative writing.  www.ryangvancleave.com  

Christopher Wilson, B.Arch., M.A., Ph.D.

Temple University (Architecture); The Architectural Association, London (Histories &d Theories of Architecture); Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (Architecture). Dr. Wilson has worked professionally as an architect in Philadelphia, Berlin, and London, and is a registered architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has been teaching architecture and design students at the university level since 1997, both in design studios and lecture/seminars. Dr. Wilson has presented scholarly papers at conferences in Austria, Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, and has published articles in refereed journals and chapters in edited books.

Long-term Part-time Faculty

Anamari J. Boyes, B.S., M.S.

University of Navarre, Spain (Environmental & Agricultural Biology); University of Navarre, Spain (Environmental & Agricultural Biology). Ms. Boyes’ professional experience includes work as a Staff Biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory in different fields, during which time she has managed many of the laboratory duties, overseeing extensive field work operations, and collaboration with other programs at Mote Marine. For the first five years of her career, she focused on invertebrate taxonomy and sea grass ecosystems. Since then she is an HPLC specialist analyzing algae pigments, involving technical aspects of HPLC analysis, as well as posterior analysis of chromatography for the Phytoplankton Ecology Program.

Paula Brooks-Jawitz, B.S., M.S, Ph.D.  

Brooklyn College (Elementary Education); University of Maryland (Reading Curriculum/Instruction); University of Maryland (Reading Curriculum/Instruction); University of Maryland (Reading Curriculum/Instruction). Adjunct in Children's Literature and Writing Books for Children. Full time Academic Resource Center reading/study skills specialist with expertise in cognitive style, mnemonics, test development, and reading comprehension. Past teaching experience includes: University of Maryland Graduate School, Co-Director University of Maryland Reading Center Summer Program, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Campus. Field of research and publications include Mental Imagery, Text Illustrations and Children's Story Comprehension and Recall, Reading Research Quarterly and Induced Mental Imagery and the Written Language Expression of Young Children. 

James Condor, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Mathematics; Minor - Computers); Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Mathematics; Minor - Education); University of South Florida (Mathematics; Minor - Computers). Teaching experience: Manatee Community College, Bradenton, FL; Edison Community College, Fort Myers, FL; Lander College, Greenwood, SC; University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, PA. Dr. Condor is the author of two Critical Thinking Workbooks for Alan Bluman’s Elementary Statistics textbook [McGraw-Hill], and created a complete set of instructional videos for Larson & Farber’s Elementary Statistics textbook [Prentice Hall]. He is a member of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association, and the Sarasota Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Dr. Condor has also presented at state and national conferences on the link between mathematics and art.

Emily Hall, B.A., B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 

Mercer University, Macon, GA (Spanish); Mercer University (Environmental Science); University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Engineering Sciences); University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Engineering Sciences). Professional experience: Staff Scientist, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL. Dr. Hall’s experience at Mote Marine Laboratory has included the management of multiple laboratory and field analyses as crew leader for monthly red tide and Sarasota Bay water quality monitoring, and collaboration with FWRI (Fish and Wildlife Research Institute), START (Solutions To Avoid Red Tide), and Sarasota County for the research and monitoring of the relation between nutrient patterns and algal blooms. 

Neil Marinovich, B.A., M.A. 

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI (History); Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI (History). Master thesis: “American Industry and Finance, and German Rearmament: A Case Study of Standard Oil, DuPont and General Motors and Their Relations with Interessengemeinschaft-Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft”; a copy of the thesis is in the United States Library of Congress. Professional experience includes: Adjunct European & American History Instructor, Career Choices Center Coordinator, Manatee Community College; Career Training Advisor, Manasota Industry Council/Manatee Community College; Business Technology Instructor, Washtenaw Community College/Business-Industry Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

Christopher Nank, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 

Ohio University (English); Florida State University (Literature); Florida State University (Literature). Dr. Nank’s teaching experience includes University of Maryland-University College, College Park, MD; Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD; Beacon College, Leesburg, FL; Florida State University, Tallahasse, FL; Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL. While teaching at Beacon College, Dr. Nank had the opportunity to work with programs created exclusively for mentoring students, many with learning disabilities and diverse cultural backgrounds, through a college-level curriculum.

Jacqueline Smith, B.A., M.A.

Florida State University (Psychology; Minor - English); University of South Florida (American Literature). Ms. Smith has been published in Studies in American Culture and American Quarterly. Adjunct in Writing.

Alison Watkins, B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.

Agnes Scott College (Math); Bard College (Writing); Florida State University (Literature). Poet, bookmaker. Publications: The Visionary Ethics of W.B. Yeats and The Ghost Tree. Adjunct in English, Comparative Arts, and Topics in Liberal Arts. https://webspace.ringling.edu/~awatkins/

Adjunct Faculty 

Linda Brant, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Lesley University College of Art and Design (Visual Art); Texas Tech University (Clinical Psychology). Dr. Brant is a licensed psychologist living in Orlando, FL. She has held positions in both academic and applied settings, serving as the Coordinator of a federal grant for training Infant Toddler Developmental Specialists at the University of Central Florida, working as a staff psychologist at various hospitals and outpatient centers, teaching courses at Winthrop University and the University of Central Florida, and serving as Assistant Dean for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Brant’s academic interests extend across the disciplines of Psychology, Human-Animal Studies and Visual Art. Her art practice explores the complexities of inter-species relationships through the mediums of sculpture and photography. She uses focused interviewing, field work and mapping techniques to explore the concept of honoring, particularly as it pertains to non-human animal life. Dr. Brant has two rescue dogs, one of which is a certified therapy dog. www.lindabrant.net  

Gail Castanho, B.A., M.A.

Rhode Island College (Secondary Education: English); Rhode Island College (English Literature/Writing). Ms. Castanho holds secondary education teaching certifications in both Rhode Island and Connecticut. Her previous post-secondary teaching experience includes Florida South Western State College (formerly Edison State College), Jefferson State College, University of Phoenix, and Southwest Florida College. Ms. Castanho, a New England native, has fifteen years’ experience in the field of education, teaching writing/composition, research skills reading, and creative writing in the public school realm, as well as the post-secondary level, in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Alabama, and Florida. Master’s degree fields of study include early 20th-century American and Post-Colonial literature, specializing in the portrayal of women through the literature of Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck, as well as apartheid literature from post-colonial South Africa. Along with teaching Writing Studio at Ringling College, Ms. Castanho spends her time writing fictional short stories and poetry, tutoring, and cultivating her company’s website associated with her independent writing service, Have the Last Word. http://www/havethelastword.wix.com/havethelastword

Virginia B. DeMers, B.A., M.A.
Director of Academic Resource Center

Vassar College (Religion; Minor - Philosophy/English); University of South Florida (English Literature). Virginia is a published poet, and has 20 years experience teaching in writing, reading and study skills. In addition to teaching and literature at Ringling, she directs the Academic Resource Center, supervising all areas of academic support and arranging accommodations for students with disabilities. Her areas of interest include rhetoric and composition, literature by women and modern and contemporary poetry.

Phillippe Diederich, B.A., M.F.A.

Eckerd College (Creative Writing); University of South Florida (Creative Writing). Phillippe Diederich is an award-winning fiction writer and photojournalist. He is the author of the novel Sofrito (Cinco Puntos Press, 2015). His short fiction has been published in numerous national literary journals including Quarterly WestAcentos ReviewBurrow PressThe Wisconsin ReviewHigh Desert JournalHobart and many others. He has been awarded the Chris O’Malley Prize for Fiction from the Madison Review and received an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, and a John Ringling Towers Grant in Literature from the Sarasota County Artist Alliance.

For fifteen years Diederich worked as a photojournalist, covering news and feature assignments in the U.S. and Latin America for major national publications including The New York TimesTIMENewsweekU.S. News and World ReportBusinessWeekForbes, Getty Images and many others. His photographs have been exhibited widely in the U.S. including group and solo exhibits at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona, FL; the Center of Contemporary Art in Miami, FL; and the El Paso Art Museum in El Paso, TX, among others. He is the recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Photography from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs.

Del Jacobs, B.A., M.A.

Loyola University of New Orleans (B.A. Mass Communications) and USF-Tampa (M.A. Mass Communications, M.A. Communication). Del Jacobs is the author of two books that explore cinematic representation: Interrogating the Image: Movies and The World of Film and Television and Revisioning Film Traditions: The Pseudo-Documentary and the NeoWestern.  His background includes film production, promotion and exhibition, frequently tied together with critical research in recent articles such as “The Aggregate Spectator: 125 Years of Sights, Sounds and Moving Pictures” (2013, Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Media, Technology and The Imagination). A resident of Sarasota since 1976, Mr. Jacobs was owner and operator of Full Moon Productions, a local documentary film production and exhibition service that showcased issue-oriented non-fiction films. He is currently Director of Film & Media Studies at State College of Florida.  Jacobs serves on the Sarasota Film Commissioner’s Advisory Board, and has worked closely with the Sarasota Film Society and the Sarasota Film Festival in Educational Outreach since their inception. He currently teaches Liberal Arts courses in the critical study of cinema at Ringling College.

Annie Jakowenko, M.A., M.A.T.

Syracuse University (Theater, Speech Communication); SUNY Cortland (English). Annie has been an actor since the age of 8 and a director since she was 18. She holds Permanent New York State Certification in English/Writing and Florida Certification in ESOL and English/writing. Annie has taught at Syracuse University, SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland and is currently on the faculty at State College of Florida, Bradenton. Her varied experience includes writing and editing for Carrier International and the Syracuse Post Standard. She is currently writing her blog, Morobinbarrystories.com, and completing a book. She commutes to Florida from her home in New York. 

Robert Lovejoy, M.A., Ph.D.

University of South Florida (Art History); University of Manchester, UK (Cultural Studies - History). Past teaching experience includes: Miami-Dade College; University of Manchester; University of South Florida; University of Tampa. Research Associate, University of Manchester Cultural Theory Institute; Assistant Director, Studio Gallery on Azeele, Tampa, FL; Director, USF Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL. Grant Writer, USF Contemporary Arts Museum. Recipient, CADRE Awards in Art History, USF [1996, 1997, 1998]. Publications include: Meeting Mr. Bones: Colonialism, Imperialism and the Comic Periodical; Alley Sloper's Colonial Holiday. In addition, Robert has curated and participated in several exhibitions throughout Florida. 

Amy Shepherd Nance, B.A., M.F.A.   

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN [English Literature/English Writing]; Columbia University, New York, NY [Fiction Writing]. Past teaching experience: Visiting Instructor of English, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL; Adjunct Instructor of English, Manatee Community College, Bradenton, FL; CA/T Instructor of Creative Writing, Columbia University, New York, NY; Creative Writing and Composition Teacher, Bank Street College, New York, NY; Co-Teacher and Writing Center Tutor, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Amy is a published author of short stories and nonfiction, including freelance articles for the 2006 Official Florida Family Vacation Guide and numerous online sites highlighting travel destinations throughout the state of Florida. She is currently completing work on a novel, Inventio.

Ania Nazarian, B.A., M.A., M.F.A. 

University of Chicago; Indiana University; University of Illinois at Chicago; Indiana University. Ania is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from Indiana University. Past teaching experience: Instructor [History of Graphic Design], Indiana University; Instructor [Graphic Design I & II; Introduction to Two-dimensional Design], University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Conferences and presentations include Albrecht Durer’s “Saint Jerome in His Study” of 1514; A Reflection of Contemporary Times, Evan F. Lilly Memorial Biennial Lecture Competition, Indiana University; The Mask as an Unresolved Self-Portrait in the Work of Witold Wojtkiewicz and Stanislaw Witkiewicz, Midwest Slavic Conference, Ohio State University. She is a member of the College Art Association. 

Robert Philen, M.A., Ph.D. 

University of Georgia (Cultural Anthropology); Cornell University (Cultural Anthropology). Dr. Philen has taught a broad array of Cultural Anthropology courses at all levels. His scholarly interests have focused on the intersection of a variety of topics, including health and culture, the relationships between gender/sexuality and race/ethnicity, and art and culture. His scholarly projects have included examinations of HIV Prevention along the U.S./Mexican Border, representations of gender and AIDS in the mass media and medical literature, the role of ethnicity in shaping cultural constructions of gender and sexuality, and the play of sexuality and ethnicity based identity politics in contemporary poetics. 

Robyn M. Rocklein, B.A., M.A., D.M.A.

University of Arizona (Music); University of Arizona (Music); Arizona State University (Music). Dr. Rocklein is a professional musician, scholar, and teacher of music, communications, and history, with her primary area of expertise concerning the artistic adaptations of women of antiquity in ancient Greek drama and mythology. Her secondary area of expertise is the late 19th Century Shadow Theatre of the Chat Noir. Accordingly, Dr. Rocklein’s research not only explores the music indicative of this period in France but also the fine art and literary expressions of how this early cabaret music influenced patrons of the cabaret such as Henri Rivière, Claude Debussy, and Paul Verlaine. Her teaching background includes courses on history, English, intelligence operations, and criminal justice, for the Department of Defense and Cochise College, and courses on music at the University of Arizona and at Arizona State University. She has presented original research findings and guest lectured for the College Music Society, the University of Leeds (UK), the University of Utah Department of Languages and Literature, and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. In addition to her academic endeavors, she is an award winning mezzo soprano and has appeared as a soloist in England, Germany, and Austria, as well as throughout the US. She moved from Arizona to Florida in December 2012.

Elinor Rogosin, B.A., M.A.

University of Pennsylvania (English; Minor - Dance); Columbia University, Teachers College (English). Teaching experience: University of South Florida Academy for Lifelong Learning; the Berlitz Language Schools, Santa Monica, CA, and New York [ESL]; New York Public High Schools [English]; New York University School of Continuing Education. Elinor’s past professional experience includes work as an Independent Radio Producer/Interviewer with NYC’s WBAI-FM’s program Dance Focus, and as a journalist for various publications, including Longboat Observer, Dance Magazine, and Dance Scholars Newsletter. Her public relations has included the American Choreography Awards [Los Angeles, CA], Marcel Dekker, Inc. [NYC], Capezio Ballet Makers [NYC], and the International Committee for The Dance Library of Israel [NYC].  She is the author of The Dance Makers: Conversations with American Choreographers. Elinor is currently working on a memoir, Chasing Love: A Mother’s Journey. 

Matthew Seguin, B.S., M.S.

University of Florida (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation); University of Central Florida (Biology). Matt is the husbandry supervisor (aquarium biologist) at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, FL.  He has previously held biologist positions with the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo), Sea World Orlando, Discovery Cove, and The Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.  He has lectured at the University of Central Florida, Santa Fe College, and The Oregon Coast Community College on the subject of fish and invertebrate husbandry and regularly works with the Mote Marine Laboratory education department helping to develop curriculum and speaking to various groups on current environmental issues and research being performed at the lab.  He moved to Sarasota in 2008.

Fiona Stewart, M.A., Ph.D.

Goldsmiths College, London, UK (Cultural Studies); York University, Toronto, Canada (Humanities). Dr. Stewart’s research interests revolve around the development of cultural and intellectual modernism in late 19th/early 20th century Europe within its socio-political milieu. Her work focuses on cultural resistance and transformation, while paying particular attention to issues of race and gender. Her doctoral dissertation examined the work of little-known Hungarian poet, illustrator and philosopher Anna Lesznai and the development of aesthetic modernism in Hungary at the fin-de-siecle. 

Eleanor Wachs, B.A., Ph.D.

Hunter College (English Literature; Minor - Education); Indiana University (Philosophy). Dr. Wachs is a professional folklorist, writer and teacher and has taught folklore, writing, literature and anthropology at universities in the Greater Boston area, including Brown, U-Massachusetts-Boston, and MIT. She is currently the President of Florida Cultural Resources, a non-profit group dedicated to bringing folk art to the public.  She is also President-Elect of the Florida Folklore Society, an academic organization in which professional folklorists present their research interests. Dr. Wachs has taught writing for several years, has been a museum curator, a grants administrator, and a technical writer in the software industry. Her background in writing includes academic publications, writing for the public sector and the software industry. She moved from Boston to Sarasota in 2003. 

Sylvia Whitman, B.A., M.A., M.F.A., M.A. 
Harvard/Radcliffe College (Folklore and Mythology); University of Texas, Austin (American Studies); University of Virginia (Creative Writing - Fiction); Georgetown University (Arab Studies). A proponent and practitioner of writing across the curriculum, Sylvia brings to the classroom broad experience as a lifelong freelance writer, newspaper copy editor, public relations coordinator, academic journal editor, and college instructor cum administrator. From 1998-2004, she coordinated the writing center at Rollins College and from 2009-2015 served students and faculty as a writing specialist at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to hundreds of articles and several short stories for adults, she has published a picture book, a research guide on world poverty, a handful of children's history books, and a YA Novel, The Milk of Birds, named one of 25 Books for a Global Society in 2014 by the International Reading Association. She is currently working on another YA novel and a memoir, Only the Scorpion Gives for Free.  www.sylviawhitmanbooks.com