Ingrid Diran is a lecturer in English, DAAS, and PitE at the University of Michigan. Before arriving at Michigan, she received her PhD in English from Cornell University and taught at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her work investigates the intersections of racial history, environmental questions, and critical theory. Ingrid is committed to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, as well as to empowering students to pursue academic itineraries that answer to meaningful questions in their own lives.
Margaret Noodin received an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also serves at the Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Ojibwe and English. Her poems have been anthologized in, among others, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Poetry Magazine, and The Michigan Quarterly Review. She is a member of Miskwaasining Nagamojig (the Swamp Singers) a women’s hand drum group. To see and hear current projects visit www.ojibwe.net where she and others have created a space for language to be shared by academics and the native community.
Josh Shapero is a recent PhD in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Michigan. His work draws on mixed methods, combining ethnographic, grammatical, and experimental research among Ancash Quechua speakers in the central Peruvian Andes to study interconnections among environmental practice, language, and cognition. In both teaching and scholarship, he aims to foreground the diverse ways in which humans make meaning with the world around them.
Aisha Sabatini Sloan was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her writing about race and current events is often coupled with analysis of art, film, and pop culture. She studied English Literature at Carleton College and went on to earn an MA in Cultural Studies and Studio Art from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Her essay collection, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her most recent essay collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, was just chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Contest and published in October of 2017. She is joining UM’s creative faculty in fall of 2018.