Nicholas Allen, Director

Franklin Professor of English
nicholas allen

Nicholas Allen’s books include Broken Landscapes: Selected letters of Ernie O’Malley (Dublin, 2011), Modernism, Ireland and Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2009), That Other Island (2007), The Proper Word (2007), George Russell and the New Ireland (2003), and The Cities of Belfast (2003). Recent essays have been published in The History of the Irish Book in the Twentieth Century (Oxford, 2011) and Synge and Edwardian Ireland (2011). Allen’s work is located at the intersection between literature, history and visual culture. His interests include the study of modernism, empire, and increasingly, writing about ocean and archipelago. Allen has taught previously at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he was academic director of the Moore Institute.

Lloyd Winstead, Associate Director

lloyd winsteadLloyd Winstead’s background is in higher education administration. His interests include the history of American higher education and student life. He is author of When Colleges Sang (2013, University of Alabama Press).

Antje Ascheid, Associate Academic Director for Arts and Public Programs

Associate Professor, Film Studies, Department of Theatre and Film Studies
Antje Ascheid

Antje Ascheid is a film scholar specializing in film history and criticism. Her academic research focuses on women and film, German film history, and genre cinema. In addition, she is interested in film production and screenwriting and has been active in that field. Her publications include Hitler’s Heroines: Stardom and Womanhood in Nazi Cinema (Temple University Press, 2003) and numerous articles in film anthologies and international film journals. She received UGA’s Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011. As Associate Academic Director of the Willson Center, Ascheid’s mission is to build networks between the various arts communities at UGA and the Athens community at large, to further public engagement with the arts, and to nurture national and international collaboration, looking to create a productive synergy within the Arts and Humanities.

Stephen Berry, Associate Academic Director for External Grants

Amanda and Greg Gregory Chair in Civil War Era Studies, Department of History

Steve Berry

Stephen Berry is an historian of the U.S. South in the nineteenth century. His books include All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South (Oxford University Press, 2003), House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007), and Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges (University of Georgia Press, 2011). Berry has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; in 2009 and again in 2012, he was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. In his role as the Willson Center’s Associate Academic Director for External Grants, Berry helps to promote the intellectual life of the UGA campus and Athens community, and to ensure that UGA humanities and arts faculty receive national recognition and support.

Mark Callahan, Associate Academic Director for Innovation in the Arts

Artistic Director, Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE)

Mark Callahan is the Artistic Director Mark Callahanof Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA, and serves on the faculty of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. He is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a member of the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. Callahan’s work evolved from a traditional printmaking background to experimental multimedia projects that have been featured in regional, national, and international exhibitions. As Associate Academic Director of Innovation in the Arts, Callahan’s role in the Willson Center is to help identify emerging areas of research in the arts and to support innovative approaches to creative work at UGA.

Christopher Lawton, Digital Humanities Fellow

Christopher Lawton is an historianChristopher Lawton interested in 19th-century regional thought and visual culture. He is also co-founder and executive director of the non-profit Georgia Virtual History Project. His dissertation on antebellum Georgia (UGA, 2011) was awarded the St. George Tucker Society’s Bradford Prize for best dissertation on the U.S. South. He received a 2011 Award for Excellence in Teaching from UGA’s Graduate School, the 2010 Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board and the Georgia Secretary of State, and fellowships from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the American Philosophical Society.  As Willson Center Digital Humanities Fellow, Lawton works to build a collaboration between UGA, the Georgia Virtual History Project, and the State of Georgia, and to help develop a functional digital humanities curriculum to keep UGA at the forefront of progressive higher education.

David Daley, Willson Center/Grady College Digital Media Fellow David Daley

Daley was culture editor and executive editor of Salon, an online journal of news, politics, culture, technology and entertainment, before being named editor-in-chief in 2013. He is the former features editor of Details magazine, and the former lifestyles manager of the Louisville Courier-Journal. He is also editor of the online literary journal FiveChapters.

Winnie Smith, Administrative Specialist

Winnie received her BFA from UGAWinnie Smith in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, and she is currently working on her MAED in Museum Education. She has been an employee at UGA since 2007. Her interests include crafts, art history, children’s picture books, and band show posters.




Dave Marr, Communications Specialist

Dave Marr is a University of GeorgiaDave Marr graduate in Film Studies and Journalism. He is a writer and musician who has lived in Athens since 1991. He joined the Willson Center in 2012.