Administration

Nicholas Allen, Director

Franklin Professor of English

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.

nicholas allen

Lloyd Winstead, Senior 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.

Lloyd Winstead

Stephen Berry, Associate Academic Director for Digital Humanities

Director of the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab
Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era, Department of History

Stephen Berry feels compelled to study “old, unhappy, far-off things.” His research explores the intersections of race, class, gender, family, depression, disappointment, and death in the nineteenth-century South. He is the author or editor of four books on America in the mid-19th century, including House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War, the Book of the Month Club main selection for March 2008, and Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges. He oversees the web project “CSI Dixie,” devoted to the coroner’s office in the nineteenth century South. Berry is Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Historical Association; co-director, with Claudio Saunt, of the Center for Virtual History; and co-editor, with Amy Murrell Taylor, of the UnCivil Wars series at the University of Georgia Press. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Berry’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others.

Steve Berry

Dana Bultman, Associate Academic Director for Public Programs

Associate Professor, Spanish Literature, Department of Romance Languages

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.

Dana Bultman

Benjamin Ehlers, Associate Academic Director for International Programs

Associate Professor, Department of History

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.

Ben Ehlers

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.

Christopher Lawton

Éric Marty, Digital Arts Fellow

Éric Marty is composer and media artist who works in sound, interactive design and hybrid forms. He also conducts research in data visualization with ECOGIG (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf) in UGA’s Department of Marine Sciences. His artistic honors include the Canada Council for the Arts’ Stauffer Prize, the ALEA III International Composition Prize, composition prizes from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ASCAP and SOCAN, and fellowships at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and the Fondation Camargo near Marseilles. His installations and site-specific performances, supported by the Canada Council, have been exhibited at the ISCM World Music Days, the Ojai Music Festival, the International Digital Media and Arts Association, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Flux Night Atlanta and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Marty studied at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a PhD in Composition and Computer Music. As Willson Center Digital Arts Fellow, Marty helps build interdisciplinary collaborations among the arts and sciences at UGA.

Eric Marty

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.

Scott Nesbit

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.

David Daley

Winnie Smith, Administrative Specialist

Winnie received her BFAin Jewelry and Metalsmithing, as well as her MAED in Museum Education, from UGA. She has been an employee at UGA since 2007. Her interests include crafts, art history, children’s picture books, and band show posters.

Winnie Smith

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.

Dave Marr