The Humanities Institute

Humanities Institute Administration

Myriam J.A. Chancy 

Director

Myriam J. A. Chancy is a Guggenheim Fellow and HBA Chair of the Humanities at Scripps College.  Her Guggenheim-sponsored monograph, Autochthonomies: Transnationalism, Testimony and Transmission between cultures of the African Diaspora, is forthcoming in 2020 from the University of Illinois Press and her novel, Douze, is forthcoming in 2021 with HarperCollins, Canada. Past novels include: The Loneliness of Angels (Peepal Tree 2010) winner of the 2011 Guyana Prize in Literature Caribbean Award, for Best Fiction 2010, The Scorpion’s Claw (Peepal Tree Press 2005), and Spirit of Haiti (Mango 2003), shortlisted in the Best First Book Category, Canada/Caribbean region of the Commonwealth Prize in 2004. Academic publications include: From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions from Haiti, Cuba & The Dominican Republic (WUP 2012), Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (Rutgers 1997; ebook, 2011), and Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (Temple 1997) which was awarded the Choice OAB Award in 1998. She served as an editorial advisory board member for PMLA from 2010-12, as a Humanities Advisor for the Fetzer Institute from 2011-13, and as a 2018 advisor for the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Adrian Quintanar

Assistant to the Director

Adrian Quintanar has served as Assistant to the Director of the Humanities Institute since October 2015.


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

  • Yuval Avnur: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
  • Hao Huang: Fall 2017 – Spring 2018
  • Lara Deeb: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
  • Hao Huang: Fall 2015 – Spring 2016
  • Yuval Avnur: Spring 2015
  • 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 : 2016 – 17

  • Jih-Fei Cheng; Assistant Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Wendy Cheng; Assistant Professor of American Studies
  • Hao Huang; Professor of Music, current Humanities Institute Director
  • YouYoung Kang; Associate Professor of Music; Core Director
  • Thomas Kim; Associate Professor of Politics
  • Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor; Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies