Humanities Institute Administration

Yuval Avnur

Institute Director

Yuval Avnur is associate professor of philosophy at Scripps College in Claremont, where he has been on the faculty since 2008. He is interim director of the Humanities Institute for spring 2015. Most of his work focuses on skepticism, doubt, and related topics in epistemology and philosophy of religion. He received his PhD from New York University in 2008.

Yuva Webl

Amy Emmert

Assistant to the Director

Amy EmmertAmy Emmert has been working for the Humanities Institute since November 2013. Before that she taught journalism at UCLA, advised the award-winning Daily Bruin newspaper, founded and helped lead two non-profits, and was a professional print journalist, working as an editor, designer, and writer. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from UCLA.


Humanities Institute Directors past and present, clockwise from top left: Claire Bridge, Michael Roth, Rita Roberts, David Lloyd, Susan Rankaitis, Norton Batkin, Julia E. Liss, Nathalie Rachlin, Dion Scott-Kakures, Cheryl Walker

Humanities Institute Directors past and present, clockwise from top left: Claire Bridge, Michael S. Roth, Rita Roberts, David Lloyd, Susan Rankaitis, Norton Batkin, Julia E. Liss, Nathalie Rachlin, Dion Scott-Kakures, Cheryl Walker

 Past Directors

  • Juliet Koss: Fall 2014
  • Cándida Jáquez: 2011-2014
  • T. Kim-Trang Tran: 2008-2011
  • Nathalie Rachlin: 2005-2008
  • Julia E. Liss: 2002-2005
  • David Lloyd: 1999-2002
  • Cheryl Walker: 1996-1999
  • Dion Scott-Kakures: 1995-1996
  • Rita Roberts: 1994-1995
  • Norton Batkin: 1988-Fall 1990
  • Michael S. Roth: Spring 1990-1994 and 1986-1988

Advisory Board : Spring 2015

  • Andrew Aisenberg, Professor of History
  • Juliet Koss, Associate Professor of Art History
  • David Cubek, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Claremont Concert Orchestra
  • Warren Liu, Assistant Professor of English
  • Aaron Matz, Associate Professor of English
  • Nathalie Rachlin, Professor of French
  • Rita Roberts, Professor of History and Africana Studies
  • David Kawalko Roselli, Associate Professor of Classics and Director of the Core Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities