Nicholas Allen, Director
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 Winstead’s background is in higher education administration. He oversees general operations of the Willson Center including programs, research clusters, public partners and internal grants. His research interests include the history of higher education and student life. He is author of When Colleges Sang: The Story of Singing in American College Life (2013, University of Alabama Press), recipient of the 2014 Georgia Author of the Year Award in history from the Georgia Writers Association. He holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia Institute of Higher Education.
Dana Bultman, Associate Academic Director for Public Programs
Dana Bultman is a literature scholar specializing in Renaissance and Baroque writings. Her academic research focuses on women’s cultural history, poetry, and critical theory. She is the current president of GEMELA, an international group for the study of early modern women in Spain and Latin America. Her publications include Heretical Mixtures: Feminine and Poetic Opposition to Matter-Spirit Dualism in Spain 1531-1631 (Albatros-Hispanófila, 2007) as well as essays in literary journals and anthologies. She received UGA’s Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012 and teaches courses in Hispanic and U.S. Latino literatures. As associate academic director of the Willson Center, Bultman’s mission is to further public engagement with the arts and humanities, broadening outreach and fostering networks between UGA and the larger Athens community.
Mark Callahan, Associate Academic Director for Innovation in the Arts
Mark Callahan is the Artistic Director of 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.
Benjamin Ehlers, Associate Academic Director for International Programs
Ben Ehlers is a historian of the early modern Hispanic world, specializing in Christian-Muslim relations within Iberia and on the Mediterranean frontier. His publications include Between Christians and Moriscos: Juan de Ribera and Religious Reform in Valencia, 1568-1614 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) as well as articles in journals such as Al-Qantara and Archive for Reformation History. Ehlers’ current research focuses on interactions between Valencia and the Spanish presidio of Orán, examining the dual diasporas of baptized Muslims in Spain and Christians in North Africa. In his role as the Willson Center’s Associate Academic Director for International Programs, he will facilitate scholarly collaborations between the University of Georgia and partner institutions in the U.S. and abroad.
Christopher Lawton, Digital Humanities Fellow
Christopher Lawton is an historian 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.
Scott Nesbit, Digital Humanities Fellow
Scott Nesbit is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design. His work explores the intersection between digital tools and humanistic questions, particularly questions touching on the history and spaces of the American South. He earned a PhD in history at the University of Virginia in 2013, where he wrote about the geography of slavery and emancipation in the Civil War South. From 2009 until 2014 he was the associate director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. He has led digital history projects such as Visualizing Emancipation, which used a wide array of textual sources – ranging from military correspondence to runaway slave advertisements found in southern newspapers – to map out where and when slavery fell apart during the American Civil War.
David Daley, Willson Center/Grady College Digital Media Fellow
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
Dave Marr, Communications Specialist
Dave Marr is a University of Georgia graduate in Film Studies and Journalism. A writer and musician who has lived in Athens since 1991, he was city editor and film columnist at Flagpole magazine prior to joining the Willson Center in 2012.