About Julian Chambliss, Ph.D.


Dr. Chambliss is Associate Professor of History at Rollins College. His teaching and research focus on urban history and culture in the United States. He is co-recipient of an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) & Research 1 University Collaborative Project grant to explore the creation of digital collaborative ventures to enhance undergraduate engagement with diaspora topics and texts, co-recipient of an ACS Mellon Foundation Faculty Renewal Grant for Project Mosaic: Zora Neale Hurston and an ACS Faculty Advancement Grant for Urban Dreams and Urban Disruptions: Transforming Travel Study and Undergraduate Archival Research with Collaborative Interdisciplinary Digital Tools. He is co-editor and contributor for Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience, a collection examining the relationship between superheroes and the American Experience

Dr. Chambliss serves as coordinator of the Africa and African-American Studies Program at Rollins, and Coordinator of the Media, Arts, and Culture Special Interest Section for the Florida Conference of Historians

About Eric Binder, Doctoral Candidate

Project Mosaic PhotoEric Bindler is a scholar, teacher, and musician based in Orlando. He has a B.A. in Music and Anthropology from Rollins College, and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University.

Binder is currently completing his doctoral dissertation on race relations and national-identity politics within the Costa Rican reggae scene, and has taught courses on ethnomusicology and anthropology as an adjunct professor at Rollins College.

He is also an accomplished reggae, rock, and jazz guitarist, as well as an aspiring steel pannist.

About Matthew Nichter, Ph.D. Candidate

Matthew Nichter is a historical sociologist whose research focuses on African-American protest. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Brown University and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently working on a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin (expected in 2014). His doctoral dissertation is entitled Rethinking the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Radicals, Repression, and the Black Freedom Struggle, 1930-1970.

About Vidhu Aggarwal, Ph.D.

Vidhu Aggarwal, Ph.DVidhu Aggarwal is an Associate Professor of English (2005; 2011). She earned her B.A. from the University of Chicago, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Professor Aggarwal’s field is contemporary and modernist poetry and poetics, with specialties in visual culture and Anglophone literatures. Her poetry and photo-text works have appeared in a number of journals.

About MacKenzie Ryan, Ph.D.

MacKenzie Ryan, Ph.DMacKenzie Moon Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Art History, and has been at Rollins since 2013. She received her Ph.D. in 2013 and her M.A. in 2008 in Art History from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She received her B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Art History and History from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2006.

Dr. Ryan’s teaching areas are African art and non-Western art, with a particular interest in textiles, fashion, trade, colonialism, contemporary art, and cross-cultural exchange.

Her recent scholarship includes The Emergence of the Kanga: A Distinctly East African Textile in ed. Susan Cooksey, Africa Interweave: Textile Diasporas (Gainesville, FL: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, 2011).

Dr. Ryan’s current research focuses on the industrially woven and printed textile genre, kanga, popular throughout East Africa as wrap garments worn by women. Her research interests include global networks of trade, especially those related to East Africa and the Indian Ocean world in the 19th and 20th centuries; African visual culture, dress, textiles, and fashion; and consumption of commodities and their use to create conceptions of self.

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