Nicholas Allen, Director

Professor in Humanities

Nicholas Allen is the director of the Willson Center and holds an endowed Professorship in the Humanities. His latest book, Ireland, Literature, and the Coast: Seatangled, was published in December 2020 by Oxford University Press. He has been the Burns Visiting Scholar at Boston College and has received many grants and awards, including from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Irish Research Council.

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, internal grants, and faculty assistance with external 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

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

Barbara McCaskill, Associate Academic Director

Professor of English; Co-Director, Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative

Barbara McCaskill earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University. She held a General Sandy Beaver Teaching Professorship (2005-08), and is a recent recipient of the Martha Munn Bedingfield Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of English (2014).  She has taught courses in African American and Multicultural American Literature at UGA for 23 years. In 2012 McCaskill was named the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Society and Culture at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her fourth scholarly book is the single-authored study Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory, published by the University of Georgia Press in May 2015. She is co-director of the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative, initially funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

barbara mccaskill

Daniel J. Nadenicek, Associate Academic Director

Constance Knowles Draper Chair in Landscape Architecture, College of Environment and Design

Daniel J. Nadenicek is a professor and former dean of UGA’s College of Environment and Design. His research has resulted in peer-reviewed papers at professional conferences in the United States, France, Italy, China, Turkey, Germany, Canada, and Costa Rica and publications in Landscape and Urban Planning, Landscape Journal, the Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium Series, Pioneers of American Landscape Design, and other venues. He served as co-editor with Dr. David Pitt of Landscape Journal from 2013 to June of 2018, sits on the advisory board of the University of Georgia Press, is president of the Board of Directors of the Library of American Landscape History, and edits a book series titled “Critical Perspectives in the History of Environmental Design.” He is currently contracted with the Library of American Landscape History for a book titled Benevolent Guidance: Frederick Billings and Nineteenth-Century American Land Planning.

Dan Nadenicek

Elizabeth Wright, Associate Academic Director

Professor of Spanish, Department of Romance Languages

Elizabeth Wright’s research and teaching focuses on early modern Spain in the context of imperial expansion. Her most recent book, The Epic of Juan Latino: Dilemmas of Race and Religion in Renaissance Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2016), traces how this one-time slave secured higher education, freedom, and social prominence. Her new book project scrutinizes the Portuguese-Spanish cultural nexus for Stages of Servitude in Early Modern Iberia. Here, she asks how a new mode of slave trafficking that did not fit Mediterranean traditions of “just war” slavery became integrated into the fabric of economic life, language, and humor despite the widespread awareness of its cruelty and dubious legality. She is also the editor of the longest running scholarly journal devoted to the study of theater in the early modern era, the Bulletin of the Comediantes.

Elizabeth Wright

Emily McGinn, Head of Digital Humanities

Academic Professional, Digital Humanities Lab, Main Library
Emily McGinn

J. Derrick Lemons, Religion Fellow

Associate Professor, Department of Religion

Derrick Lemons is a visiting professor at Christ Church, the University of Oxford. He is president of the American Academy of Religion for the Southeastern Region, regional coordinator of the American Academy of Religion, and director of the Center for Theologically Engaged Anthropology. Lemons graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion (1994) and from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master’s (1997) and Doctorate (2008). His research and teaching are guided by his interest in the intentional innovations of religious subcultures and the influence of theology in religion across time and space. Currently, he serves as the PI of a $327,000 John Templeton Foundation grant that is researching rapid religious change. Previously, he served as the PI of a $217,000 John Templeton Foundation grant to establish the field of Theologically Engaged Anthropology.

Derrick Lemons

Éric Marty, Digital Arts Fellow

Research Professional, Project AERO, Odum School of Ecology

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

Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, College of Environment and Design

Scott Nesbit’s 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

Winnie Smith, Program Coordinator

Winnie received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, as well as her MAED in Museum Education, from UGA. She teaches an OLLI@UGA class on illustrating picture books and an after school art program for K-2 students. 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 Director

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