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Advisory Council

The CAH Advisory Council provides guidance, feedback, and support to the directors. Its members are drawn from departments and units across campus in the arts, humanities, and adjacent fields.

Kathy Aoki

Kathy Aoki

Art and Art History
Kathy is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who uses humor to connect and address the absurd value systems that dominate gender, pop culture, and politics. Leveraging the exaggerated authority implied by historical, institutional settings, Aoki creates ersatz museum installations that satirically hail Brazilian waxing, depict fallen monuments to patriarchy, and elevate Hello Kitty to Mount Rushmore status. Her work can be found in major collections across the U.S. including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Nicole Branch

Nicole Branch

Library/Learning Commons
Nicole currently serves as the Co-Interim University Librarian and Associate University Librarian for Learning and Engagement at Santa Clara University. Nicole’s decade-long experience working in non-profit organizations advancing educational justice in public schools and school districts informs her approach to academic librarianship. Nicole’s scholarship focuses on the intersections of critical theory, research methodologies, and information literacy. Her current research explores critical assessment practices as a means to confront neoliberalism and bias in higher education.

Kristin Kusanovich

Kristin Kusanovich

Theatre and Dance, Child Studies
Kristin’s life and career as a choreographer and director have been enriched by complex, interdisciplinary collaborations, often shaped by the humanities; she has produced plays, dances, musical theatre, opera and video/film with writers, historians, scientists, poets, musicians, and designers. She researches embodied/kinesthetic dimensions of knowing and transformative learning outcomes within diverse spheres such as the arts, child studies, the climate crisis, creativity, democracy, ethics and pedagogy. She co-authored a book on teacher leadership and her research has been published and presented in leading arts and education journals in the U.S. and Canada. Kristin directs the biannual tUrn Climate Crisis Awareness & Action project at SCU.

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Sharmila Lodhia

Women’s and Gender Studies
Sharmila’s research examines constraints on legal advocacy and the failure of the law to address particular manifestations of gendered violence. Her work outside the law has explored issues of cultural appropriation, the social construction of gender, and the feminist politics of rage in contemporary retellings of the Indian epics circulating in animated film, comics, and graphic novels. Her interdisciplinary work has been published in a number of legal and gender studies journals.

Danielle Morgan

English
Danielle works on contemporary African American literature, comedy/satire, and popular culture and enjoys exploring the fruitful intersections of these fields. She has written a variety of both scholarly and popular articles and has been interviewed on topics as varied as Black Lives Matter, the dangers of the “Karen” figure, race and sexuality on the Broadway stage, and Beyoncé. Her book, Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century (Fall 2020, University of Illinois Press), addresses the contemporary role of African American satire as a critical realm for social justice.

Karen Peterson-Iyer

Karen Peterson-Iyer

Religious Studies
Karen is a theological and social ethicist, working at the intersection of feminism and Christian thought. Her latest book, Reenvisioning Sexual Ethics: A Feminist Christian Account, will be released by Georgetown University Press (Moral Traditions Series) in April 2022. There she seeks to reimagine and reframe traditional Christian understanding of sexual ethics and human flourishing in light of explicitly feminist concerns. She has previously written books and articles on genetic ethics and the concept of “designer” children, culturally competent health care, the ethics of reproductive technologies, labor in the academy, and sex work. She is currently working on the concept of coercion as it is utilized in the framing of labor trafficking in the agricultural sector.

Bruno Ruviaro

Bruno Ruviaro

Music
Bruno is a composer and electronic musician from Brazil. His musical works include both acoustic and electronic instruments, and often are based on musical borrowing and sampling techniques that question the concept of intellectual property. He is the director of SCLOrk, the Santa Clara Laptop Orchestra, an ensemble of up to 16 players performing on laptops through live coding and new interfaces for musical expression.

Daniel Turkeltaub

Classics
Daniel works on how the poetic structures and performative elements of ancient Greek epic, tragedy, and comedy created significance or produced effects for the original audiences that are imperceptible when we read the words on a page today. He has published articles on humor in Homeric poetry, the poetic operations of divine epiphanies in Greek epic, and how the way Eurpides’ Hecuba constructs its dramatic space engages with contemporary philosophical debates about ethical norms and moral ontology, especially as they pertain to Athenian efforts to galvanize patriotic spirit during the first years of the Peloponnesian War.