October 28, 2002
Gina Dent's work is focused on applying humanities research to solving social problems. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from UC Berkeley and an M.A., M.Phil., and a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia Univeristy. Before coming to UCSC, Dent was a visiting assistant professor in ethnic studies and African American Studies at UC Berkeley. She has also been a research fellow in the Institute for Humanities Research at UCSC. Dent's book, Anchored to the Real: Black Literature in the Wake of Anthropology, will be published next year by Duke University Press.
Brian Catlos studies the mechanics of social interactions of ethno-religious groups, especially Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Spain during the Middle Ages. He received a B.A. in history and philosophy and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in medieval studies (history) from the University of Toronto. Catlos received the Governor-General of Canada's Gold Medal as the best graduate student in Canada. His book, The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims in Catalonia and Aragon 1050-1300, will be published next year by Cambridge University Press.