We are delighted to welcome no fewer than eight full members to NCIS this month.
Leni D. Anderson MLIS (USA) is a visual artist (painter and installation artist) who has been exhibiting his artwork for nearly 30 years nationally and internationally. He has exhibited at such places as the Smithsonian Institution International Gallery (Washington DC), Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH), Hochschule Für Bildende Künste Dresden (Dresden, Germany), Arte Gras Visionary Arts Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland) and, Hiroshima International Amateur Film and Video Festival (Hiroshima, Japan). Mr. Anderson is a former U.S. Army Military Police and Special Collections Librarian/Archivist and has earned a Master of Library & Information Science at Kent State University with a focus in Archival Science and Rare Books Librarianship, a B.A. in History of Art at Ohio State University, and an Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Humanities and Mental Health Services at Columbus State Community College.
Dr Crystallee Crain (USA) has a PhD in Transformative Inquiry from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has done consulting work and has held appointed positions, and is currently a member of the Human Rights Commission, City of Portland. She has experience teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is currently teaching both; she has been the recipient of numerous grants and is actively engaged in academic service. She has made numerous presentations and has engaged in research, service, curriculum development, facilitation, training, and journalism on human rights. Her recent publications include 2 books, a book chapter, and numerous articles. In addition, she is the author of several forthcoming and in-progress publications. She has also held non=academic positions.
Dr Sarah Hardstaff (GREAT BRITAIN) recently completed a PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge, specialising in children’s lite­rature and the works of Mildred Taylor and Cynthia Voigt. Her research interests include American studies, eco-criticism, economic criticism and food studies. Her most recent publication is ‘Money and the Gift in the Novels of Mildred Taylor and Cynthia Voigt’ (Barnboken, 2019). Sarah is currently developing two projects: one on representation and identity in football fiction for young people, and one on conceptualisations of ‘growth’ in children’s literature.
Dr Deborah Mindry (USA) has a PhD in Social Relations (Sociology and Anthropology) from the University of California, Irvine. She is fluent in Afrikaans, speaks Zulu and French, and has special data analysis skills. She has worked professionally as a reseach anthorpologist and as a research scholar, consultant, and fellow, and she has taught at the college and university level. She has had grants, fellowships, and awards, and has done extensive field research and other research. She also has numerous publications and conference presentations. She has taught a variety of courses, has done student advising, as well as professional service and service to community organizations. Her professional engagement includes membership in professional societies.
Dr. Vanessa Mongey (GREAT BRITAIN) is a historian of the 18th & 19th century Atlantic World. She has published on the Haitian Diaspora, mobility, race and citizenship. Her book, Rogue Revolutionaries: The Fight for Legitimacy in the Greater Caribbean, is forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press. She has worked at universities & museums across the United States, England, and France, and has taught courses on the slave trade, U.S., Latin American, and Caribbean history, and material culture. She is now a production officer / project manager at a non-profit and is currently researching Black British history and the regulation of international travel.
Dr Gianncarlo Muschi (USA) has a PhD in History from the University of Houston. He has teaching experience at the university level, and his publications include edited volumes and manuscripts under review. In addition to receiving grants, fellowships, and awards, he has given several conference presentations and invited talks. 
Dr Krystia Nora (USA) has a PhD in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience teaching at the college and university level, as well as numerous publications and several publications in progress. She has numerous presentations, both at the national and local levels and has participated in university professional development. In addition to having been the recipient of several honors, she has also actively engaged in national and regional service, most notably as a National Writing Project fellow. At the institutional level, she has engaged in university and departmental service, and she has also engaged in service to the community. Her professional engagement includes membership in a number of professional associations in her field.
Kristin Pitts (USA) has a Master of Arts in Sociology from Auburn University. In addition to teaching at the college level, she has worked as a lead evaluation special, analyst/statistician, and research assistant/analyst. She has conference presentations and papers, publication, and extensive software skills. 

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