Faculty Advisory Board

Members of the Center’s Faculty Advisory Board represent various areas of the humanities.  Members are asked to assist with Center initiatives such as selecting the speakers for the Stanford Distinguished Professors lecture series, reviewing applications for the Center's Dissertation Fellowships, and serving as liaisons between their home departments and the Center. 


Faculty Advisory Board

Christina Civantos



(305) 284-4858 x7265

Simon J Evnine



(305) 284-4757
My most recent book is Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms (OUP) and I continue to be interested in metaphysics, artifacts, and social ontology. I am currently working on a cross-genre book to be called A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme Project and Its Parerga!. The work will have...

Amina Gautier, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-2561
Amina Gautier is the author of two short story collections: Now We Will Be Happy (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and At-Risk (University of Georgia Press, 2011), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. More than eighty of her short stories have been published or are...

Scott Heerman

Associate Professor


(305) 284-2747
Scott Heerman is a scholar of eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. history. His research focuses on slavery and emancipation in the U.S. and Atlantic World. He also teaches about western expansion and empire in U.S history and legal history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2013, Professor Heerman earned his Ph.D. from the...

Karen R Mathews

Associate Professor
Ancient, Medieval & Islamic Art


(305) 284-2542

Catherine Newell

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-3733
Catherine L. Newell is a scholar of the conjoined histories of religion and science (specifically technology, ecology, and medicine). She is particularly interested in how scientific paradigms frequently owe their genesis to a religious idea or spiritual belief. Her first book, titled Destined for the Stars: Faith, the Future, and the Final...

Jennifer L Ferriss-Hill

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and College Diversity


(305) 284-4036
Jennifer Ferriss-Hill received her A.B. in Classics summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University (2002) and her Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University (2008). She joined the University of Miami in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Classics, and since 2015 has been an Associate Professor of...