The Advisory Board
Members of the Theran Press advisory board are authorities & revolutionaries in their fields.
They are dedicated to bringing the best new research to light, to fostering just academic partnerships,
and to transforming academic publishing for the good of the scholarly community and the world.
Carrie-Ann Biondi (PhD, Bowling Green State University 2002) is former Chair of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. Her research interests include citizenship theory, virtue ethics, consent theory and political obligation, philosophy of literature, popular culture and philosophy, and the philosophy of education. Carrie-Ann teaches political philosophy, philosophy of law, ancient Greek philosophy, and ethics. She translates ancient Greek (specializing in Aristotle) and serves as the Book Review Editor for Reason Papers.
Marshall Johnson is the Chief Conservation Officer of the National Audubon Society. For the past decade, he’s built rural and urban community-focused habitat and ecosystem programs. His work across the U.S. brings farmers and ranchers together with grasslands, herds, and birds into win-win alignment. His radical, market-based Conservation Ranching Program now enrolls more than 2,000,000 acres across 60 High Plains ranches. Under his leadership, Audubon Dakota's Urban Woods and Prairie Initiative managed one of the largest urban conservation programs in North America. As COO of the National Audubon Society, he brings this ambition to the rest of the U.S.
Jesper Tae Jensen
Jesper Tae Jensen is an archaeologist, screen-writer, and entrepreneur. He is the Executive Director at the Danish Institute for Mediterranean Studies (DIOMEDES), Copenhagen, and former Assistant Director at the Danish Institute at Athens (2004-2007). He received his BA in 1996, and his MA in Classical Archaeology from Aarhus University in 1999. The editor of numerous volumes on ancient Mediterranean material culture, his most recent book is Religion and Material Culture. Studying Religion and Religious Elements on the Basis of Objects, Architecture, and Space. Antiquité et Sciences Humaines. La Traversée des Frontières 3 (Brepols, 2017).
Danielle Gravon is a Henriques Fellow and PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Manchester. Danielle's research investigates the relationship between classical philosophy, scripture, and map-making as vehicles for constructing new cosmological models in the early modern period. More broadly, she is interested in the role of images in the production of scientific knowledge. Danielle currently holds a J.B. Harley Research Fellowship in the History of Cartography from the History of Science Society, London.
Helle Hochscheid (PhD, University of Amsterdam 2010) is an archaeologist with a passion for education. She teaches antiquity and heritage at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the reception and manufacture of ancient sculpture. She is a co-founder of the ASA (Ancient Sculpture Association), a platform for information and exchange regarding material culture under threat from looting, iconoclasm, and natural disaster. She is currently developing a curriculum for the archaeology of the ancient world for school kids. Among her books are Networks of Stone. Sculpture and Society in Archaic and Classical Athens (Peter Lang, 2015), and, co-edited with Ben Russell, The Value of Making: Theory and Practice in Ancient Craft Production, (Brepols, forthcoming 2021).
Ahmad Sadri (PhD, New School for Social Research, New York 1988) is Professor of Sociology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic Studies at Lake Forest College. His research revolves around the sociology of intellectuals and religion, reform in Islam, and reform and politics of Iran. Ahmad is a widely published columnist, with articles appearing in Aljazeera, The Guardian, Salon Magazine, and the Iranian reformist newspaper, Etemad-e Melli. His latest book is an abridged translation of Shahnameh, The Epic of the Persian Kings, (W.W. Norton, 2013) which is currently in its eighth printing.
Spencer Pope (PhD, Brown University 2006) has excavated numerous archaeological sites in Sicily, including Paliké (modern Rocchicella di Mineo), Naxos, and Ustica, with digs ranging from Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Period. He is presently co-director of the Metaponto Archaeological Project, which examines the Greek-indigenous frontier through excavation and field survey. His research interests include: urban planning and domestic architecture in the Greek world, Greek colonization and interactions with indigenous populations, ancient Greek numismatics, finances, and economics.
Emily Selove (PhD, UCLA 2012) is a lecturer of Medieval Arabic literature at the University of Exeter. She is the author of Selections from the Art of Party-Crashing in Medieval Iraq (Syracuse University Press, 2012), Hikayat Abi al-Qasim: A Literary Banquet (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), and numerous articles on dreams, chess, and the history of medicine. Emily is currently the PI of a Leverhulme-funded research project, "A Sorcerer's Handbook," which will create an edition, translation, and literary study of Sirāj al-Dīn al-Sakkākī's 13th-century Arabic grimoire. Her most recent project, Popeye and Curly: 120 Days in Medieval Baghdad, will be released by Theran Press, May 2021.
Joan Vorderbruggen (MArch, University of Oregon 2009) is an architect, artist, writer, photographer, and environmental advocate. She is the founder of Studio Birke, a multi-disciplinary workshop from which she pursues her focus and research—assisting others as they explore the intersections of nature, human, and spirit. An award-winning educator, she has taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced design courses at the college level in the Northwest and High Plains. Her most recent book, Wild Calm: Finding Mindfulness in Forest Bathing, is forthcoming June 2019 from St. Martin’s Press.
Omar Correa (M.Ed., Higher Education Administration 2008) is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He has over 20 years of service in higher education, at both private and public institutions, with a particular emphasis on the development of innovative enrollment strategies, the retention of under-represented minorities, and institutional leadership. An award-winning administrator, he's also a passionate and sought-after speaker at regional, national, international conferences. You can see Omar's latest TED Talk, The Power of Motivation, right here.
David Scahill (PhD, University of Bath 2012) is a Senior Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens. He teaches for the Penn State and Bucknell Study Abroad Programs and is Adjunct Professor in the Greek and Mediterranean Archaeology M.A. program at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. David has worked on countless archaeological excavations in Greece, Italy, and Turkey. His research focuses on Greek and Roman architecture. His most recent projects concentrate on the ancient sites of Corinth, Selinunte, and Thebes. His most recent book, New Approaches and Paradigms in the Study of Ancient Greek Architecture, is currently in review at Cambridge University Press.
Bronwen Wickkiser (PhD, University of Texas, Austin 2003) is Professor of Classics and Chair of Classics at Wabash College. She's a specialist in ancient Greek history and culture, especially the intersection between religion, cult, and medicine. Her first book, Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece: Between Craft and Cult was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2008. Dr. Wickkiser serves on the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and has received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.
Laetitia Mizero Hellerud
A native of Burundi, Laetitia Mizero Hellerud is an intercultural consultant, an educator, a global human rights activist, and an advocate for community involvement, service, and inclusion. A widely admired champion for social justice, she has served in numerous leadership roles in both North America and Africa. Laetitia's two most recent books are Being at Home in the World: Cross-Cultural Leadership Lessons to Guide Your Journey (Aloha Publishing, 2017) and Turning Points: True Stories of Thriving Through Adversity (UBUNTU Consulting, 2018).
William Schultz is a doctoral candidate studying clinical psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. In his clinical work, he provides cognitive-behavioral therapy; his research centers on the shortcomings and dangers of biogenetic etiologies of mental disorders. He publishes widely in professional journals; his most recent work can be found in The Behavior Therapist, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, and the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. His most recent book, Mental Health. Biology, Agency, Meaning, is forthcoming in June (Theran Press, 2019).
Mike Lippman (PhD, Duke University 2005) is Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is also the editor-in-chief of Didaskalia. The Journal for Ancient Performance. His research and teaching revolves around ancient Greek theatre and history; his most unusual courses are experiential and gamified, treating Sparta, Athens, and ancient athletics. He's the recent recipient of the 2018 SCS Award for Excellence for Teaching at the College Level.
David J. Clardy (MD, Washington University School of Medicine 1977) is a cardiologist, educator, and researcher. He is currently an attending cardiologist at Sanford Heart and Vascular Center in Fargo, ND and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota. David completed his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. In addition to patient care, his main research interests are in the fields of cardiac imaging and preventive cardiology.
John C. Franklin (PhD, University College, London 2002) is Professor and Chair of Classics at the University of Vermont. The cultural history of ancient music technology—both physical and conceptual—is central to his research. John has held research fellowships at Warburg Institute, the American Academy in Rome, the ASCSA, the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Center for Hellenic Studies, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, among others. His most recent book is Kinyras: The Divine Lyre (Harvard University Press, 2016).
Peter Schultz (PhD, University of Athens 2003) is an archaeologist, entrepreneur, and conservationist. He is the current Executive Director of the Longspur Prairie Fund. Peter has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the ASCSA, among many others. His research interests include ancient Greek art, archaeological theory, and modern Greek poetry, music, feasting, and landscape. His most recent book, co-edited with Kristen Seaman, is Artists and Artistic Production in Ancient Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
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Mitchell R. McInnis was an award-winning poet, writer, editor, traveler, and scholar. He was born and raised in Montana, U.S.A. He was co-founder of the innovative arts journal HoboEye, now-retired. His poetry and criticism recently appeared in journals such The Southeast Review and The Collagist, among numerous others. Mitch is also the author of the acclaimed poetry collection, The Missing Shade of Blue (Xlibris, 2004).