Participating Faculty

Nicholas Brown : Participating Faculty

Nicholas Brown

Participating Faculty

Nicolas Brown teaches in the Urban Landscape Program and the Department of History at Northeastern University. He holds a PhD in Landscape Architecture (History & Theory) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a MFA degree from UIUC’s School of Art & Design, and a BA from Carleton College.

Weaving history, theory, and practice together in the classroom, Brown works with students to better understand relationships between social justice and the built environment. Using place-based pedagogies, he encourages students to experiment with techniques for activating histories and spaces. Recent projects designed in collaboration with students include: A People’s Guide to Firsting and Lasting in Boston, which documents the “erasure” of indigenous peoples in and around Boston, and Ioway City, a walking tour that explores Native American histories and ongoing presence in Iowa City.

Brown’s research examines the production of cultural landscapes in settler colonial contexts, focusing in particular on how space and time are partitioned in ways that impose limitations on indigenous political life. In addition to exploring links between geographical and political imaginations, his research also looks at the politics and ethics of connectivity embedded in diverse articulations of landscape.

Brown is the co-author of Re-Collecting Black Hawk: Landscape, Memory, and Power in the American Midwest (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). “The Vanishing Indian Repeat Photography Project,” an ongoing project that explores continuities between Montana’s colonial past and present, is featured in Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (University of California Press, 2015). Brown’s speculative design proposal, Ni-aazhawa’am-minis Spur, which highlights enduring Anishinaabe geographies around Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay, was featured in the Rabbit Island 2014 Residency Exhibition at Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum. Brown’s article, “The Logic of Settler Accumulation in a Landscape of Perpetual Vanishing,” which explores how primitive accumulation functions as an ongoing process within settler colonial contexts, was published in Settler Colonial Studies, and a series of interviews, “What makes justice spatial? What makes spaces just?”, was published in Critical Planning.
Wendy Harding : Participating Faculty

Wendy Harding

Participating Faculty

Wendy Harding, Professor of English Languages and Cultures and Co Director of the American Studies group at the University of Toulouse is a specialist in writing on place and eco-criticism. She is the author of The Myth of Emptiness and the New American Literature of Place (2014).

Bruce Janz : Participating Faculty

Bruce Janz

Participating Faculty

Bruce Janz is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Humanities and Digital Research at the University of Central Florida. He is a leading philosopher of place and the environment who frequently works in interdisciplinary contexts. He is the author of, amongst other things, Philosophy in an African Place (2009), co-author of A Neurophenomenology of Awe and Wonder: Towards a Non-Reductionist Cognitive Science (2015) and editor of the forthcoming Hermeneutics, Space and Place. 

Anne Kelly Knowles : Participating Faculty

Anne Kelly Knowles

Participating Faculty

Anne Kelly Knowles is a Professor of History at the University of Maine and expert on humanistic applications of GIS and other digital technologies. In addition to authoring two monographs she is co-editor of Geographies of the Holocaust (2014), Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (2008), and Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History (2002).

Cindi Katz : Participating Faculty

Cindi Katz

Participating Faculty

Cindi Katz is a Professor of Geography in Environmental Psychology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is a leading feminist geographer concerned with space, place and nature in a variety of contexts. Her work includes Growing up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children’s Everyday Lives (2004).

Ryan Cordell : Guest Lecturer

Ryan Cordell

Guest Lecturer
Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and a Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks ( His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media. Cordell collaborates with colleagues in English, History, and Computer Science on the NEH- and ACLS-funded Viral Texts project (, which is using robust data mining tools to discover borrowed texts across large-scale archives of antebellum texts. Cordell is also a primary investigator in the Digging Into Data project Oceanic Exchanges (, a six-nation project examining patterns of information flow across national and linguistic boundaries in nineteenth century newspapers. Cordell is also a Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia and serves on the Executive Committee of the MLA's Forum on Bibliography and Scholarly Editing.
Catherine D’Agnazio : Guest Lecturer

Catherine D’Agnazio

Guest Lecturer

Catherine D’Ignazio is Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College and a practicing artist. She has developed custom software to geolocate news articles and designed an application, "Terra Incognita", to promote global news discovery. As an artist her work has won awards from the Tanne Foundation,, the LEF Foundation, and Dream It, Code It, Win It. In 2009, she was a finalist for the Foster Prize at the ICA Boston. Her work has been exhibited at the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Museo d’Antiochia of Medellin, and the Venice Biennial. Catherine D'Ignazio will be joining the Summer Institute during the second week on Thursday, August 3 during the session on "Space and Place in the Creative Humanities."

Khury Petersen-Smith : Guest Lecturer

Khury Petersen-Smith

Guest Lecturer

Khury Petersen-Smith is a Tufts Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow at Tufts University's Center for the Humanities. He completed his PhD in the spring of 2016 at the Clark University Graduate School of Geography. His dissertation, "Pivoting to Asia: Sovereignty, Territory, and Militarization," focuses on U.S. militarization in the Asia-Pacific region. Petersen-Smith's research interests include U.S. empire, territory, place, and resistance. Petersen-Smith has been a participant in the Black Lives Matter movement in Boston USA and is an activist in the International Socialist Organization in the United States. He has been involved in struggles against racism and in solidarity with Palestine, participating in a relief convoy to Gaza in summer 2009. He will be joining the Summer Institute during the first week on Tuesday, July 25 during the session on "Race & Space."

Andi Sutton : Guest Lecturer

Andi Sutton

Guest Lecturer

Andi Sutton is an artist whose practice explores the ways that performance art methodology can create new models for community development and social engagement.  Working in a solo and collective context, her projects incorporate food, agriculture, television and street intervention, video, performance, and installation. Her works have been shown internationally at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (Los Angeles, CA), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), the Yogyajarta New Media Art Laboratory (Yogyajarta, Indonesia), the SMART Museum (Chicago, IL), Universidad Nacional (Bogota, Colombia), and the Mills Gallery (Boston, MA), among others.  An avid collaborator, she is a member of The National Bitter Melon Council ( and Platform2: Art and Social Engagement ( She is also Program Manager for the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Andi Sutton will be joining the Summer Institute during the second week on Thursday, August 3 during the session on "Space and Place in the Creative Humanities."