New NCIS Members Work around the World

A big welcome to our newest NCIS members! These highly accomplished scholars work in Canada, Denmark, France, and the United States in psychopathology, linguistics, contemporary Judaism, English literature and more.

Karima Amer is a psychopathology and psychoanalysis historian whose research focuses on the unconscious in the nineteenth century and on the history of Swiss psychoanalysis and the appearance of a mytho-poetic unconscious. Dr. Amer’s research on Swiss psychoanalysts who, concerned with their independence and their freedom of thought, defend a psychoanalysis stripped of any sexual etiology. Dr. Amer also works on exile and migration.

With a focus on education, sociology and literacy, Jeannette Hannaford researches within the intersecting spaces of language and literacy, pedagogy, and digital culture in home and school spaces, particularly in the lives of globally mobile children. Dr. Hannaford has taught widely in Children's Literacy, English Literature, English as a Second Language, and Music, in Australia and other countries. From 2005–2010 she taught at a large International School in Europe, and commencing in 2010, focused full-time on research and writing projects. She has spoken about “globally mobile children” at numerous international conferences. Recent papers include: “Using the (im)materialities framework to trace the contrapuntal lines of allegiance and belonging for globally mobile children.”

Dana Gravot holds a Ph.D. in Francophone Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As an independent scholar, she has conducted extensive fieldwork with faith healers in her native Louisiana. Dr. Gravot has collected linguistic data for the Dictionary of Louisiana French: As Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities (2009; ed. Albert Valdman and Kevin Rottet). Dr. Gravot received the 2017 Blanton Owen Award from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and funding from the American Folklife Center for her current field research in Louisiana on herbal and home remedies.

Jesper Jorgensen, a cognitive psychologist and a psychologist of language use based in Denmark, holds an M.A. in Psychology from Roskilde University and an M.A. in the Psychology of Language from the University of Copenhagen. With a background as lecturer and researcher in psychology and human factors, Jorgensen has researched the psychology of isolation in manned space flight and technology. He is currently researching cognitive psychology and neurophenomenology of our ability to future thinking.

Peter Margolis studies Religion/Jewish Studies at Temple University and is writing a dissertation on digital Judaism as a post-rabbinic tradition in the making. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Jewish Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Margolis is Director of Online Learning at Community College of Philadelphia. He has designed, developed, and taught online, blended, and on-campus courses in Jewish Studies and American History.

Zola Sohna an independent scholar of linguistics, specializes in the discovery of Africanisms in the language of native black Americans. Her work has appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Black Studies, and she is a member of the Linguistics Society of America and the Textbook & Academic Authors Association.

Dorothy Woodman, a contingent faculty professor at the University of Alberta and Concordia University in Canada, specializes in language and literature, contemporary superheroes, breast cancer narratives, medicine as culture, science and poetics. She is co-editing a journal issue on interdisciplinary visual and textual representations of breasts and is co-authoring a book on Marvel superheroes with cancer. Prior to beginning graduate studies in 2002, she held numerous positions in various sectors: as the head of a children's department in a public library; communications and fundraising officer in an international development NGO; and piano teacher.

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