MA in Critical Studies
PhD 2016 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Literature and Cultural Theory)
MA 2008 Portland State University (English)
BA 2006 Dalhousie University (English/Gender and Women's Studies)
Shawna Lipton is Chair of the MA in Critical Studies Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon. She received her Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a literary scholar whose work is fundamentally informed by interdisciplinary gender and sexuality studies. Her critical writing has been published in New Cinemas and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Forthcoming publications investigate textual representations of transgender girlhood, as well as intersections between queerness and neurodivergence.
More information: http://www.shawnalipton.com/
Patricia Vazquez lives and works between Portland, OR and Mexico City. She holds BAs in Graphic Design and Education and a MFA in Social Practices. Her practice includes a range of media, from painting and murals to video and socially engaged art projects, and it is deeply informed by her experiences working in the immigrant rights and other social justice movements both in content and in the methodologies she uses. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Reece Museum, the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University, and the Houston Art League, but also in other spaces as apartments complexes, community based organizations and schools. She is the recipient of the 2013 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize and has received grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland’s Jade and Midway Districts and the Oregon Community Foundation.
Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar and spoken word artist. Imarisha’s nonfiction book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption won a 2017 Oregon Book Award. She edited two anthologies, Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements and Another World is Possible. She is also the author of the poetry collection Scars/Stars. She is currently working on an Oregon Black history book, forthcoming from AK Press.
Imarisha has taught at Stanford University, Portland State University, and Oregon State University.
PhD 2017 Princeton University [English]
MA 2012 Princeton University [English]
BA 2008 Carleton College [English, summa cum laude]
Taylor Eggan received his PhD in English from Princeton University in 2017. His research interests are broad, and include African literature and culture (Anglophone, Francophone, Swahilophone), postcolonial literature, global modernisms, ecophilosophy, and theories of the novel. He has published and presented on writers as diverse as Samuel Beckett, Driss Chraïbi, Willa Cather, Joseph Conrad, Martin Heidegger, D. H. Lawrence, Emmanuel Mbogo, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Ferdinand Oyono, and Said Ahmed Mohamed.
In addition to his scholarly work, Taylor is also a practicing artist. As a performer and dance maker, his artistic practice integrates improvisational investigation, virtuosic movement, and wide-ranging research. Over the past decade, he has performed extensively in Portland and Minneapolis, working in the fields of dance, theater, film, and music.
Taylor’s current projects include a book titled The Ecological Uncanny and a new dance-theater work titled Abominable.
Sarah Berry's career has always combined academic work with media design and development. After graduating from Reed College she went to NYU and worked in video postproduction in New York, Berlin and Strasbourg. She completed a PhD in film/media at NYU and wrote on the nexus of representation, gender, and consumer cultures (Screen Style: Fashion and Femininity in 1930s Hollywood, Minnesota UP 2000).
As an Assistant Professor at CUNY Staten Island Dr. Berry taught media studies and video production while completing a second Master’s in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she learned web-based and physical computing.
After working in commercial web design and development in New York she joined Ziba Design in Portland as a UI/UX designer. Later she taught part-time at Portland State University and helped develop the Digital Technology and Cultures program at Seattle University, where she teaches part-time online.
Currently Berry balances digital projects (Python and interactive video) with tactile fun in ceramics and woodworking.
Sara Tatyana Bernstein, Ph.D. has been writing about and teaching media, cultural and fashion studies for over a decade. She’s served as a contributor and reviews editor for the Fashion, Style and Popular Culture Journal, contributed to Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty and published essays on subjects ranging from fashion in the work of Charlotte Bronte, to the meaning of luxury, to feminist pedagogy. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis, and her M.A. in Visual Culture from New York University.
Sara is also the editor and founder of Dismantle Magazine: Fashion, Popular Culture, Social Change (http://www.dismantlemag.com)
Meghan Drury is an instructor, musician, and popular culture scholar. She holds a PhD in American Studies from George Washington University and a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from UC Riverside. Her research focuses on intersections between popular music, identity, and sound studies. She is working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, “Sonic Affinities: The Middle East in the American Popular Music Imaginary.” Meghan currently serves as managing editor for the Journal of Popular Music Studies and she sometimes plays piano and cello.
Laurel Reed Pavic
Laurel Reed Pavic is an art historian. Her research deals with the shaping, manipulation, and presentation of cultural patrimony. Her dissertation examined this topic (and others) in relation to 15th and 16th century painting in Dalmatia. She has since expanded the geographical scope of the project and studies interrelationships of identity politics, artifacts, and art history. Her research has been supported by the American Association of University Women, the Fulbright Program, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
She teaches a variety of courses at PNCA including courses on the multiple, the history of printed matter, modernism, and protest art. She also writes for Oregon ArtsWatch.
PhD 2005 University of Iowa (Art History)
MA 1999 University of Iowa (Art History)
BA 1997 San Francisco State University (Studio Art/Art History)
Brigitte Salami is Associate Professor of Art History. She teaches courses focused on World Art. Prior to joining PNCA in 2012, she taught at Southern Methodist University, Dallas (2000), DePaul University, Chicago (2002-04), the University of Illinois, Chicago (2004), and the University of Kansas (2004-2011).
Her specialization is in African Art. She has conducted extensive field research in the Middle Cross River region of Nigeria (1998, 1999, 2001-02, 2006, 2011), where Yakurr and their neighbors celebrate elaborate new yam festivals. These give rise to performances practices, processions, masquerades, body arts, etc. Her interests further span modern, contemporary, and transnational African art. Much of her thought is rooted in postcolonial theory.
Brigitte is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a FLAS (Foreign Language and Areas Studies) Fellowship (1999), the Distinguished Master Thesis Award of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (2000), a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship (2001-02), a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute with jonit-residency at the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of Natural History(2010), a West African Research Association Fellowship (2011), and a Sainsbury Research Center Visiting Fellowship at the University of East Anglia (2011). Her coedited Wiley Blackwell volume (2013), A Companion to Modern African Art, received ACASA’s (Arts Council of the African Studies Association) Honorable Mention for the 2014 Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award.
Our past burdens give shape to what worlds we may build, now and in the future. As an artist, Sharita Towne's interests lie in unpacking these inherited struggles, in understanding the mold they imprint on our present selves, and in affording collective catharsis. With this in mind, through collaboration, research, education, stereo-photography, printmaking, bookmaking, video, and socially engaged art projects, Towne has pursued work at concentration camp memorials in Germany, at Sahrawi Refugee camps in Algeria, in Brazil, Chile, Spain, Palestine, gentrifying cities like Portland, OR, in schools, museums, neighborhoods, and within her own family.
Dr. Derrais Carter's research interests include 20th century African American history, gender and sexuality studies, and black cultural studies. He is co-editor of The Iconic Obama, 2007-2009: Essays on Media Representations of the Candidate and New President (2012). He is currently writing Obscene Material, a book examining black girlhood and scandal in 1919 Washington, D.C.