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Advisory Board

Advisory Board members of the Center are chosen by the Provost on the recommendation of their deans. They advise the Director on policy and procedures, identify symposia and faculty fellowship themes, participate in the organization of conferences, and serve as a review panel for grant proposals submitted to the Center for funding.


Judith Arnold
Librarian IV, Public Services

Judith Arnold, Librarian IV, received her MLS from Kent State University and a master's degree in English from Vanderbilt University. She has also held positions at Marshall University, Western Michigan University, and St. Xavier University (Chicago). She serves as Coordinator for Student Learning & Engagement in the Wayne State University Library System, where she provides reference, instruction, and research support services, and is liaison to English, Linguistics, Classics, and the Honors College. She is an Editorial Board member of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), the official publication of RUSA, the Reference and User Services Association division of the American Library Association (ALA), and has co-taught two online courses for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), also a division of ALA. She has published articles and book chapters, and is co-author of a composition text, Research Writing in the Information Age, and a pictorial history of the Virginia Military Institute.

Eric Hiddleston
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Eric Hiddleston is an associate professor of philosophy here at Wayne State University with a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Hiddleston's research focuses on metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. He teaches courses in Philosophy and Logics.

Aaron Retish
Associate Professor, History

Aaron Retish recieved his Ph.D from The Ohio State University in 2003. Retish is the author of Russia's Peasants in Revolution and Civil War: Citizenship, Identity, and the Creation of the Soviet State, 1914-1922 (Cambridge University Press, 2008/pbk 2012), a regional study of how peasants' conceptions of themselves as citizens evolved in a time of total war, mass revolutionary politics, and civil breakdown. He is also the author of articles on violence and peasant identity in the Revolutionary era and has research interests in gender and ethnicity in the late Imperial and Soviet countryside. He is currently working on a book project, "In the Courts of Revolution: Vengeance, Legality, and Citizenship in the Rural Soviet Courtroom, 1917-1939" that examines how rural Soviet citizens engaged local legal organs, such as the people's courts, from the 1917 Communist revolution until the eve of World War II. In it Retish will uncover how people understood criminality and justice in a time of dynamic political and social violence.
Retish co-edits the journal Revolutionary Russia with Dr. Sarah Badcock (U. of Nottingham).
He also serves as co-editor of H-Citizenship with Prof. Matthew Davis (U. of Wisconsin-Stevens-Point).

Karen Prall
Lecturer, Dance

Ms. Prall is the Founder and Director of The Art of Motion Dance Theatre. A native Detroiter, she began Classical Modern dance training under Ms. Kathryn G. Ellis. She studied Dunham and Horton technique under Mrs. Penny Godboldo. Making the journey to New York she continued to study Ballet, and Modern dance at Martha Graham's school of Contemporary Dance and Alvin Ailey's school of dance. Her teacher, Titos Sompa sparked her curiosity in Central African dance. She soon joined Mr. Sompa's Tanawa the first Congolese dance company in the U.S. After returning to Detroit she continued Dunham training with Clifford Fears, Penny Godboldo and Congolese dance with Biza Sompa joining Bichinis Bia Congo. Her extensive research and training includes study in Brazzaville, Congo-Paris; Dakar, Senegal-Monrovia, Liberia; Accra, Ghana and Mexico. Her passion and dedication to the local and global community as a performer, choreographer and instructor is evidenced in her ongoing creative and educational work. Ms. Prall was co-director in 2006 and director in 2007of WSU CompanyOne and the touring program Dance Africa Detroit

Erica Beecher-Monas
Professor, Law

Professor Erica Beecher-Monas taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law from1996 until 2005. Her areas of expertise include corporations and evidence. She has been a visiting professor at Florida State University College of Law and at the University of Miami's School of Law.
Her work includes articles on the Enron case and on law and science. Her current work-in-progress is Heuristics and Biases: Evaluating Validity in Behavioral Decision Theory. She has presented papers at conferences across the United States, in Canada, Hungary, and in Austria.

Michele Ronnick
Professor, CMLLC

Michele Ronnick is a full professor of classics in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures here at Wayne State University. Her research includes classical philology, textual criticism, classical tradition in English and American letters as well as a special study of classics and people of African descent. Some of her publications are,

1. “Classical Elements of the Warrior-Hero Motif in Clifford Odet’s Golden Boy (1937),” Res Publica Litterarum 31 (2008) pp. 165-167. [published 2010]

2. “Black Classicism: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising,’” Classical Journal 106(2011) pp. 359-70

3. “African American Classicist William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926) and the 1921 Film of the Oresteia at Cambridge University,” Comparative Drama: Special Issue on 'Translation, Performance, and Reception of Greek Drama, 1900-1950: International Dialogues,” (ed.) Amanda Wrigley, 44/45 (Winter/Spring 2010-2011) pp. 531-532.

Jaime Goodrich
Associate Professor, English

Jaime Goodrich grew up in northern Michigan, and she double majored in English and Classics at Smith College in Northampton, MA. With the support of a dissertation fellowship from the American Association of University Women, she completed her PhD in English at Boston College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Her research area is early modern British literature, and she has published a number of articles and book chapters on women writers. Most recently, she completed a book on Englishwomen's religious translations: Faithful Translators:Authorship, Gender, and Religion in Early Modern England(Northwestern University Press). She is an avid knitter, with a special fondness for reading historical fiction. She was awarded the Fulbright-University of Sheffield Scholar Award for the year 2013-14.

Janine Lanza
Associate Professor, History

Janine Lanza is associate professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences here at Wayne State University. Professor Lanza's research examines shifts in civil law dealing with family life, such as marriage and inheritance laws, in early modern France and the ways that women's status and roles in society were affected. Particularly, Dr. Lanza's research examines the families of master craftsmen, who generally owned and ran businesses that required the labor and skills of all family members – male and female. She got her Ph.D from Cornell University and her Postdoctorate from Newberry Library. She teaches courses in hisory at Wayne State University.

Rahul Mitra
Assistant Professor, Communication

Rahul Mitra is an assistant professor of organizational communication. Prior to obtaining his doctorate from Purdue University, he worked in the news broadcast and public relations fields in India for three and a half years. His scholarship focuses on sustainable business, corporate social responsibility, leadership, career and meaningful work, and organizing for social change. He is a mixed methods researcher, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as Environmental CommunicationManagement Communication QuarterlyHuman RelationsCommunication TheoryInternational Journal of Business CommunicationPublic Relations Review, and Journal of Business Ethics.

Hernan Garcia
Assistant Professor, CMLLC

Hernan Garcia is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State and he teaches courses in Spanish