Staff

Hanadi Al-Samman, Interim Director

Hanadi Al-Samman is an associate professor of Arabic Language and Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on contemporary Arabic literature, diaspora and sexuality studies, as well as transnational and Islamic feminism(s). She published several articles in Journal of Arabic Literature, Women’s Studies International Forum, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, and Mapping Arab Women’s Movements edited collection. Al-Samman is also co-editor (with Tarek El-Ariss) of an International Journal of Middle East Studies’ special issue “Queer Affects” and author of a forthcoming book from Syracuse University Press, Anxiety of Erasure: Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women’s Writings (2015).
 

Angela Nemecek, Program Administrator

Angela Nemecek received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in August of 2012.  Before coming to UVA, Angela earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She has published both scholarly and creative work. Angela manages communications matters, day-to-day operations, and event planning for the Institute. You can reach her by email>.

 

Emily Tonks, Intern, UHI Chair

Emily Tonks is currently a 4th year at the University of Virginia graduating in May 2015 with a double major in biochemistry and art history. After UVA, she will be working with the Boston Consulting Group in Washington, D.C. Emily handles event planning including the Global Film Series and daily operations for the Undergraduate Humanities Initiative (UHI). She is also Chair of the UHI. You can reach her by email at ejt4vk@virginia.edu.

 

Katherine (Katie) Abbott, Intern

Katie Abbott is currently a 3rd year at the University of Virginia graduating in May 2016 with a double major in Economics and Modern Literature and Culture.  Katie handles web page updates, social media outreach, and event planning, including Slam Poetry events, for the Undergraduate Humanities Initiative (UHI) and Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) You can reach her by email at kaa4sw@virginia.edu.

 

Brian Porter, Intern

Brian is a 4th year Philosophy major at the University of Virginia. He handles event planning, outreach and social media. You can reach him by email at bcp6wx@virginia.edu.