John Christman

John Christman is Professor of Philosophy, Political Science and Women’s Studies.  He is the author of numerous articles and books in social and political philosophy, specializing in topics such as the social conception of the self, theories of justice and oppression, and the idea of freedom.   His books include The Myth of Property: Toward an Egalitarian Theory of Ownership (Oxford), The Politics of Persons: Individual Autonomy and Socio-historical Selves (Cambridge), and Social and Political Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge).  He is the editor of The Inner Citadel: Essays on Individual Autonomy (Oxford) and co-editor, with Joel Anderson, of Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism: New Essays (Cambridge).


Matt Jordan

Matthew Jordan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film/Video and Media Studies. He is co-director of Public Humanities Initiative at the Humanities Institute at Penn State, serving as executive producer of the new web series HumIn Focus. He teaches undergraduate courses in film studies and directs the film studies minor. His graduate teaching and research explore how popular media forms and media technologies are used to constitute and reify aspects of personal identity and cultural ideology.

Andy Grant

Lead Producer of Digital Media at WPSU Penn State


Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is a public historian and a specialist in twentieth-century American politics, cities, and labor. He received a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst public history program. Richard is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation entitled The City That Worked: Machine Politics and Urban Liberalism in Chicago, 1945-1976. He is an associate editor for History@Work, the National Council on Public History blog. Richard has worked on a range of public history and public humanities initiatives and currently co-directs two community history projects: Voices of Princeton, an ongoing oral history program sponsored by the Princeton Public Library and Historical Society of Princeton, and UNOW & Then, which commemorates the semicentennial of a Princeton daycare center founded by the local N.O.W. chapter.



Lauren Kooistra

Lauren Kooistra, Assistant Research Professor of Humanities, earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from Penn State University with a dissertation entitled The Experiences of Two Young Children in Informal Piano Lesson Settings: Expressions of Meaning and Value. Holding previous degrees in both Piano Performance (B.M., Gordon College) and Piano Performance and Pedagogy (M.M., Westminster Choir College), Lauren is interested in the ways that young children express and develop their musicianship within the contexts of their lived experience, with implications for learning and teaching. Her research focuses on the application of these aspects within piano lesson settings, and her scholarship has been internationally published and presented.



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