About the Investigators


Principal Investigators:


Contributing Investigators:

* Micaela Amato (a.k.a. Michele Amateau) is Professor of Art and Women’s Studies. Amato is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Awards in Painting and Inter Media, a major Pollock Krasner Fellowship, and numerous other grants. She has exhibited her work in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Tokyo, Boston, Houston , and Philadelphia since the 1970’s at such venues as Konelee Gallery, Denver Art Museum, the Cleveland Art Museum, and El Museo del Chopo in Mexico City. Collections include prestigious venues. Numerous reviews and articles on her work have been published in such publications as the Women’s Art Journal, the New York Times, Art news, Art in America, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and others. Amato has presented papers at international and national conferences and has been a visiting artist, guest speaker and panelist at universities in the U.S. and abroad.

* Deborah F. Atwater, Associate Professor of Speech Communication, has research interests in the areas of Black rhetoric and organizational and intercultural communication. She is on the editorial boards of Communication Quarterly and The Howard Journal of Communications and is past President of the Eastern Communication Association. Her most recent publications examine the public lectures of African American woman activist Septima Clark and the evolution of rhetorical concepts in Afrocentric thought.

* Christine Clark-Evans is Associate Professor of French, Women's Studies and African & African American Studies and her research and teaching interests are in 16th- and 18th-century French literature, intellectual and literary history, philosophy, rhetoric, and African and African American women. Clark-Evans published articles on early modern French women writers, the subject also of a book manuscript in progress. Her first book Diderot's 'La Religieuse": A Philosophical Novel (1995) treats epistemological, philosophical, and scientific questions in a work of fiction. For these and other research projects she has been supported by the Newberry Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies among other sponsors. She has given conference papers and invited lectures at international and national conferences.

* Brian A. Curran, Assistant Professor of Art History and steering committee member of the Early Modern Studies Committee, College of Liberal Arts, specializes in medieval and Renaissance art and is currently focusing his research on idolatry, ancestry, and Egyptiana in Renaissance Italian art.

* Iyunolu Folayan Osagie, as Associate Professor of English specializing in black diasporic/transnational literatures, teaches, among other things, black women writers and third world feminisms at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to being the author of Amistad Revolt Memory, Slavery & the Politics of Identity in the United States & Sierra Leone (Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2000), she is a Toni Morrison and Bessie Head scholar. Her research focus includes the inscription of subjectivity by black women writers.

* Linda Woodbridge, Professor of English and Women’s Studies, is well known in early modern English literature and has published extensively on early modern women writers, including among her books: Women & the English Renaissance Literature & the Nature of Womankind, 1540-1620 (Champaign : University of Illinois Press, 1984); The Scythe of Saturn: Shakespeare & Magical Thinking (Champaign University of Illinois Press, 1994); and True Rites & Maimed Rites: Ritual & Anti-Ritual in Shakespeare & His Age (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1992).