Liesl Olson is Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry, where she has also been a long-term fellow (2009) and Director of the Scholl Center for American History and Culture (2012-2015). Her research interests include twentieth-century literature, modernism, theories of the archive, feminism, critical theory, and the visual arts. She is the author of Chicago Renaissance: The Midwest and Modernism (Yale U P, 2017), a history of the literary and cultural centrality of Chicago in the first half of the twentieth century; and Modernism and the Ordinary (Oxford U P, 2009), which examines a broad range of twentieth-century works that represent the habitual and unselfconscious actions of everyday life. From 2005-2009 Olson taught at the University of Chicago as a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Humanities Division. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Olson completed her doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and her BA from Stanford University.
Fall 2019 Visiting Faculty
Brent Hayes Edwards is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of Epistrophie: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (2017) and The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (2003), which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Society for French Historical Studies. He received a PhD from Columbia University in 1998, and in 2015 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Humanities.
Matthew Kirschenbaum is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the College of Information Studies at Maryland, and a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. His most recent book, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, was published by Harvard University Press in 2016. Kirschenbaum delivered the 2016 A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he co-founded and co-directs BookLab, a makerspace, studio, and community press dedicated to teaching the creative and experimental book arts. He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. See mkirschenbaum.net or follow him on Twitter as @mkirschenbaum for more.
At the Newberry
Alison Hinderliter is Manuscripts and Archives Librarian and Selector for Modern Music at the Newberry. She has worked on a variety of archival projects at the library, including the Pullman Railroad Company Records, the Illinois Central Railroad Company Records, the Ann Barzel Dance Collection, Voices of the Prairie (social action-related collections), and Headlines from the Heartland (journalism-related collections). She has been an archivist in Chicago for over twenty years, working for the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. She holds a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley.
Catherine Grandgeorge is a Processing Archivist at the Newberry. She has worked recently on processing the Newberry’s Midwest Dance Collections, and crowdsourcing an archive of modern protest, including protest signs, photographs, and personal accounts. She received her BA in Women’s Studies from The College of Wooster and her MLIS from the University of Washington.
Analu Lopez is the Ayer Indigenous Studies Librarian at the Newberry Library. Analu is interested in underrepresented Indigenous narratives dealing with identity, language, and decolonization. She writes and creates photographic-based projects exploring these topics. A student of the Nahuatl language for over ten years, she is also interested in Indigenous language preservation efforts. She holds a Master of Library and Information Sciences with a certificate in Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services from Dominican University and a Bachelor of Arts in Photography with a minor in Latin-American Studies from Columbia College Chicago.
Leslie Wooden is a NEH Mellon Intern at the Newberry. She is a current graduate student in the Art History PhD program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her focus area is global contemporary art, with a concentration in gender and women’s studies. She has received two master’s degrees from New York University in Arts Politics, and Humanities and Social Thought. She is particularly interested in refugee and migrant artists, socially engaged art, and queer theory.