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, Media and Special Projects

    Currently, Holly Zahn manages Media and Special Projects at Imagining America in conjunction with Jamie Haft, the Communications Manager. Previously, Holly was selected as a 2012-13 Imagining America Engagement Scholar, during which time she worked closely with Jamie and Syracuse University’s Orange Television Network (OTN) as videographer and editor of The New Activists: Students in 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 Agloro is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.  She’s a proud Brown ’05 graduate and holds an MA in Ethnic Studies (Critical Race and Resistance Studies) from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.  She is interested in Read more...

  • John Armstrong, PAGE Co-Director

    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

    LaTanya Autry is a Ph.D. candidate in the art history department at University of Delaware.  She studies art of the United States.  Her focus is on work of the 19th to 21st centuries involving themes of race, memory, nationalism, protest, and collaboration.  In addition to dedicating time to studies, LaTanya enjoys sharing her passion for Read more...

  • Shan Mukhtar, PAGE Co-Director

    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 doctoral student in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, Ms. Orphan studies the role of higher education in American democracy. Prior to coming to Penn, Ms. Orphan directed the American Democracy Project (ADP), a multi-campus initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).  The Read more...

  • Jennifer Shook, PAGE Co-Director

    Jennifer Shook is a Ph.D. candidate in English/Literary Studies and the Center for the Book, Obermann Fellow, Presidential Fellow, and Digital Studio for Public Humanities (@UIDSPH) correspondent at the University of Iowa. She holds interdisciplinary degrees from Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago, has taught at DePaul University, Columbia College, and the Newberry Library, Read more...

  • Blair Ebony Smith, PAGE Co-Director, 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 second year doctoral student in Public and Urban Policy at The New School in New York. She comes to The New School from an interdisciplinary background of Sociology (MA, New School for Social Research), Arts Management (MA, Carnegie Mellon University), and Art History (BA, The College of Wooster). Prior to beginning Read more...

  • Meghan Tierney, PAGE Co-Director

    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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