Welcome to New Members

This month we are delighted to welcome a roster of new scholar-members, each with impressive educational credentials and distinct research interests.  Their fields include photography, psychology, ethnic racial socialization, archaeology, public history and familial conflict.
Esther Ahn: Born in Daejeon, South Korea, Esther currently lives in Seoul, teaching English to Korean elementary/middle school students. She studied French and English literature at Sungkyunkwan University (B.A.) and Yonsei University (M.A.) for which she wrote her thesis on Joyce's Ulysses [Stylistic Elaborations: Ulysses and Jazz]. Obtained the Cambridge CELTA in Oxford, UK. Interested in integrating abstract/academic ideas and public/everyday life and also finding the common language in the field of literature, theology and philosophy. Recently published an article “Away from the Default Setting: The Question of “We” in Ayn Rand’s  Anthem and Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter.” Currently working on three papers on war narratives in Schlink’s The Reader, a theological reading of Marilynne Robinson’s fiction and the positive effects of humour in a second language learning environment.
Dr. Puneet Kaur Grewal is State Project Coordinator at the State Resource Centre for Women in the Women and Child Development Department of the Government of Haryana, Panchkula, India.  At the recent NCIS conference, Making Connections, Meeting Challenges (June 21-23 in Amherst, MA), Dr. Grewal gave a very well-organized and interesting paper (Runaway Cases and Honour Killings: Understanding Misogyny and Familial Conflict). Her presentation described specific groups in Haryana, a state within northern India that contains both agricultural villages and midsize cities, and explored the demographics and reasons behind honor killings and runaway couples.
Dr Michael Hogan is the author of twenty-four books, including The Irish Soldiers of Mexico and which was the basis for an MGM movie and three documentaries. He is Emeritus Humanities Chair at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, and a former professor of International Relations at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara.  He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, and the Sociedad de Geografía y Estadistícas in Mexico. His latest book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico has been praised “as a unique contribution to the betterment of mutual relations between Mexico and the United States.” http://www.drmichael.hogan.com
Matthew Jones is a Film Studies, Photography and Media instructor at Estrella Mountain Community College and Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics. He holds a BA in Media Studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and an MH in Art and Visual Media from Tiffin University. Matthew's research focuses primarily on the history, theory, and aesthetics of genres and genre films. He is also a cinematographer and photographer with access to the vast spaces of the Arizona desert in his backyard, which opens to picturesque Papago Park. 
The following new members have also joined recently. We welcome them heartily, and will feature their bios soon.
Arntzenius, Linda
Benjamin, David
Contreras, Mariah
Eggert, Brian
Kempe, Hope
Li, Xuefeng
Monette, Marie-Eve
Nolle, David
Rabaioli, Martino
Russek, Audrey
Subash, Ruby Annette

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