NCIS welcomes seven new members from four countries

We extend a warm NCIS welcome to new members from the USA, France, Holland and Hungary. As well as their respective skills in anthropology, linguistics, recreation and tourism, religious studies, history and literary theory, between them they read, write and speak an impressive thirteen languages, both ancient and modern! 
Craig Colistra has a PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (Clemson University, 2015), and works as Program Officer with Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation in Pennsylvania. Dr Colistra’s research interests are Public Administration, Community Recreation, Health and Well-being, and Social Networks.
Jordan Lavender gained his PhD in Spanish Linguistics (SUNY 2017) for his thesis on “Code switching, lexical borrowing, and polylanguaging in Valencian Spanish: An analysis of data from conversational corpora and Twitter”. Dr Lavender is currently working full-time as a Spanish teacher, and actively publishing in sociolinguistics, code switching, bilingualism, and linguistic landscapes.
Gregory Membrez is a classical scholar who followed a BA in Greek (1989) with an MA in Classics (2002) for which he produced theses in Greek & in Latin. He is an adjunct professor of Latin and of Greek at Concordia University, St Paul, MN, and researches in classics, linguistics, and using cognitive linguistics as a tool for the interpretation of ancient texts.
A specialist in nineteenth-century American history, Richard G. Williams Jnr has published widely, especially on the American Civil War. His extensive publications include journal articles, film credits and books, and his forthcoming monograph A Great Deal of Good: The Work and Impact of Chaplains During the American Civil War is to be published by Liberty University.
Adam Bogar is a Hungarian independent researcher and translator, currently living in SE England, whose interests include Language & Literature, Twentieth-Century American Literature, and Science Fiction. He is bilingual in Hungarian and English, and also has proficiency in Spanish, German and French…and Swahili! Armed with an MA in English Language and Literature (2012, Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest) Adam works as a freelance linguist, private tutor and independent scholar, and has published extensively in English, Hungarian and Spanish.
Petronella Verwijs is a Dutch freelance linguist and chaplain based in New Hudson, Michigan who has published in the fields of Religious studies, Literature, and Syriac translation techniques in late antiquity. She holds a PhD in Religion (Hebrew Bible) (2004) as well as an MA in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature (1996) and a Master of Divinity (1990) from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA, and diplomas from two British bible colleges. Her affiliations include the International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI), and her linguistic skills extend to Dutch, English, German and French, plus the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Aramaic and Syriac.
We also welcome a new Associate Member from France, Mathieu Hervieux, currently working in Scotland. Following a first degree in English from the University of Rouen, France (2015), Mathieu taught French courses at the University of Edinburgh (2015-16) before gaining an MSc in Comparative Literature (2018). He is currently Undergraduate Course Secretary at the University of Edinburgh Business School, and researching literary theory, photo-literature, and interpretive studies

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