Elizabeth Rush Mueller is the author of many books including the recently released Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs of Yangon (Global Directions /Things Asian Press 2015). She has crossed borders with Bangladeshi cattle smugglers, built homes with Lima’s squatters, and participated in the underground performance art scene in Hanoi, Vietnam. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Orion, The New Republic, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al Jazeera, Witness, Frieze, Nowhere, Asian Geographic, The Dark Mountain Project and others. She is the recipient of the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship and is currently at work on a book about how five North American communities are responding to sea rise.

Megan Goodwin is the 2014-2016 Fellow for 
Creative and Innovative Pedagogy in Religious Studies.  She earned her PhD in Religion and American Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013, and holds masters' degrees in Religious Studies and Women's Studies from UNC and Drew University respectively.  Her work focuses on gendered and sexual difference in contemporary American minority religions.  Her current project investigates ways that sexual difference among American Muslims, Mormon fundamentalists, and witches has complicated religious pluralism since 1979. 

Elizabeth (Libby) Nutting is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Pedagogical Innovation in the Humanities at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Libby recently completed her dissertation, "Morisco Survival: Gender, Conversion, and Migration from Spain to North Africa, 1568-1659" at the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarship relies on extensive archival research in Spanish and Arabic. She is interested in recovering the history of people whose voices are not often heard: women, minorities, and working people. Teaching interests include the intersections between the Islamic and European worlds in the medieval and early modern periods and incorporating new pedagogical methods.

has presented original research at a variety of conferences including the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (where she won the 2014 Dorothy Payne Award for Best Student Paper). . Her research interests include analogical-processing and musical sense-making, musical communication, listener experience and cultural context, schema theory, topic theory, musical similarity and categorization, application of linguistic usage-based/ construction grammar to music, and musical humor and irony. As for repertoire, she enjoys the long eighteenth century (especially Beethoven), musicals, and film music. 

Mia Yingxing Liu received her Ph. D. in 2013 in Art History from the University of Chicago, and before joining Bates she was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University in 2014. Her book manuscript deals with the re-framing, revision and re-appropriation of literati landscape aesthetics in Chinese cinema between 1949 and 1979. Some of her current research interests include Lang Jingshan and Chinese pictorialist photography, the multiplication of “I” or pictures of “me and myself” in early Chinese photography and film, and self-portraiture in modern Chinese visual