Staff Bios

  • Timothy K. Eatman, Co-director

    Previous to becoming co-director, as IA’s research director, Tim Eatman provided leadership on key research and action initiatives that have shaped regional, national and global conversations about publicly engaged scholarship. As co-principal investigator of the Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship, he co-wrote its seminal report, “Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in Read more...

  • Scott J. Peters, Co-director

    Scott Peters has devoted his professional career to studying and strengthening higher education’s public mission, purposes and work. His research agenda focuses on the connections between higher education and democracy, especially in the land-grant system. His most recent book, “Democracy and Higher Education: Traditions and Stories of Civic Engagement” (Michigan State University Press, 2010), contributes Read more...

  • Kevin Bott, Associate Director

    Prior to assuming the role of associate director, Dr. Kevin Bott was the director of IA’s PAGE program, and the director of events and publications for Imagining America, positions he held since 2008. In addition to consulting nationally with IA member institutions and partners, Kevin is the artistic director of IA’s local community arts project, Read more...

  • Jamie Haft, Assistant Director

    As Assistant Director for Imagining America (IA), Jamie Haft is organizing campus leadership teams within IA’s consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities and directing story-based campaigns in multiple media. Serving as communications manager from 2011-2013, Jamie directed IA’s marketing, social media, and media relations, bringing IA national visibility. For example, her article about IA Read more...

  • Holly Zahn, Communications Coordinator

    As Communications Coordinator, Holly Zahn manages media, communications, and special projects for Imagining America, and plays a key role in capturing and articulating stories from the consortium. Previously, Holly was selected as a 2012-13 IA Engagement Scholar, during which time she collaborated with IA Assistant Director, Jamie Haft on The New Activists: Students in the Community,” a web Read more...

  • Karen Boland, Office Supervisor and Budget Manager

    Karen Boland is Imagining America’s Office Supervisor and Budget Manager. She is responsible for day-to-day operations within the office and is also in charge of Imagining America’s finances. Karen has worked at Syracuse University for the last 17 years, starting at Syracuse University Press and more recently at Say Yes! To Education.

  • Alexandrina Agloro, PAGE Co-Director

    Alexandrina is a game designer, community-based researcher, and remix media artist. She believes in the possibilities of the decolonialimaginary using digital media as an emancipatory tool. She also believes in the innovative brilliance of young people and thinks a lot about radical love. Alexandrina is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at Read more...

  • John Armstrong

    John Armstrong is PhD student in Adult and Extension Education at Cornell University. He currently works in an action research project titled “Food Dignity.”  From here he studies the many types of interpersonal relationships academics form when working in the borderlands of engagement—outsider, insider, pedant, joker, expert, novice, friend etc.  As an educator, he is Read more...

  • LaTanya Autry, PAGE Co-Director

    As a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Delaware I pursue my longstanding interest in public culture, memory, and missing histories by highlighting the various lynching memorial practices occurring in the United States. My dissertation The Crossroads of Commemoration: Lynching Landscapes in America analyzes how communities and individuals memorialize the history of Read more...

  • Shan Mukhtar

    Shan Mukhtar is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Prior to arriving at Emory, she earned her BA in English-Creative Writing from Georgia State University. Before that she roamed the earth in search of reasonable employment and meaningful life experiences—she found much of the Read more...

  • Cecilia M. Orphan, PAGE Co-Director

    Cecilia M. Orphan is a PhD candidate in the higher education division of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. At Penn, Ms. Orphan studies the effect of neoliberal ideology onpublic higher education with special focus on open-access, regional comprehensive universities. Prior to coming to Penn, Ms. Orphan directed the American Democracy Project (ADP), a Read more...

  • Jennifer Shook, PAGE Co-Director

    Jen Shook is a University of Iowa PhD candidate in English and Graduate Certificate student in book history and book arts at the Center for the Book, as well as Co-Director of IA’s PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Engagement) Fellow Program, and social media correspondent for UI The Digital Studio for Public Arts and Humanities. Originally from Read more...

  • Blair Ebony Smith, CNY Page Director

    Blair E. Smith is currently a second year sociology of education PhD student in the Cultural Foundations of Education department at Syracuse University. Her research situates Black feminist theories and sociology as critical pedagogical praxis that speaks to issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in formal educational spaces, specifically for Black girls and women. Read more...

  • Johanna Taylor, PAGE Co-Director

     Johanna Taylor is a doctoral candidate in Public and Urban Policy at The New School in New York. Johanna has worked in the nonprofit cultural sector in New York, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco as a programmer, administrator, and writer. She has also taught classes in community engagement, urbanism, art, and research at Parsons the New School Read more...

  • Meghan Tierney

    Meghan Tierney studies the art of the ancient Americas as a PhD candidate in the Art History department at Emory University. After attending Smith College, she worked in collections management at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT.  Later, she moved to the southwest to pursue her Masters degree at the University of New Mexico. She Read more...

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