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Valerie OrlandoGregory A. Staley
Professor of Classics

Gregory Staley is the Director of Honors Humanities and a Professor of Classics.  As a scholar his research focuses on the Roman poet and philosopher Seneca and on the influence of the Classical Greek and Roman worlds on American culture.  He is the author of Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy, published by Oxford University Press in 2010, editor of American Women and Classical Myths, published by Baylor University Press in 2008, and the author of scholarly articles and chapters on topics such as “Making Oedipus Roman,” “T. S. Eliot’s Seneca,” and “Rip Van Winkle’s Odyssey.”  In 1999 he won an award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Philological Association, the national organization of professors of Classics. He has served as a Lilly Fellow and been elected to the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland.

Professor Staley first began his study of Latin at North Hagerstown High School here in Maryland. He earned his A.B. in Latin at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he received the Filler Prize in Classics. He was a Proctor Fellow at Princeton University, receiving there both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics. He did postgraduate work in 1983-84 as a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He has won several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct seminars for teachers on Roman culture, classical mythology, and on America’s classical traditions.


Dana Carluccio
Associate Director
Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dana Carluccio is the Associate Director of Honors Humanities. Her research explores how literature can shape the history of science. She has published articles about relations between Harlem Renaissance writers and evolutionary theory in Twentieth Century Literature and about 19th-century evolutionary psychology in Signs. She is working on a book called Unintentional Passing: An American Experiment in the Embodied Mind.

Before coming to Maryland, Dr. Carluccio spent two years in Stanford's Introductory Studies program, where she taught courses on science and popular culture, gender studies, and the rhetoric of science. This year at Maryland, she is teaching the second-year Honors Humanities seminar and a course for freshmen on speculative fiction.


Nancy StewartNancy Stewart
Program Coordinator
Ph.D. Candidate in English Literature); M.A. Ohio State University; M.A. St. John’s College

Nancy is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Maryland.  Nancy’s research explores the intersection between modern cognitive science and mid-twentieth century experimental British fiction.  Her dissertation, Novel Minds: Modern Cognitive Science and the Origin of Postmodernism, examines how the onslaught of cognitive science transmuted conceptions of identity and how, in turn, it transformed aesthetic representations of human consciousness.

In 2013, Nancy received the James A. Robinson Award for Teaching Excellence; in 2012, she was awarded the CTE Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award.  While at the University of Maryland, she has taught courses on the novel, British literature from the 1800s through today, as well as LGBT literature.

While an undergraduate at Miami University, Nancy was a proud member of her university’s Honors program and considers it an invaluable part of her undergraduate experience.  The program allowed her to form close working relationships with other members of the Honors program, as well as conduct research in Vietnam and China.


Aaron C. Allen
Program Coordinator
Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies; M.A. University of Maryland

Aaron is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland. His research interests include mixed race identity, social movements, and the cultural politics of neoliberalism. His Dissertation, Multiraciality Enters the University: Mixed Race Identity and Knowledge Production in Higher Education, examines how the category “mixed race” has undergirded key issues concerning university politics in California’s system of higher education, with a focus on identity-based student organizing, affirmative action debates, and the rise of “Mixed Race Studies.”

As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, Aaron was a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar. Through this program he learned the value of undergraduate research, which ultimately motivated him to pursue his doctorate. Receiving wonderful mentorship in the McNair program inspired his passion for working with undergraduate students and helping them achieve their own academic goals.  


Meg Eden Kuyatt
Outreach Coordinator
MFA candidate, B.A. in Cognitive Science and Written Communication

As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Meg was part of the Jimenez-Porter Writer’s House, and graduated from the Individual Studies Program in Cognitive Science and Written Communication. After she graduated, she worked with UMD’s Center for Advanced Study of Language for two years. Now, she is focusing on her MFA program in Poetry and teaching creative writing workshops in the Metropolitan DC area.

Meg’s writing has been published in various magazines, including B O D Y, Drunken Boat, Eleven Eleven, Mudfish, and Rock & Sling. Her work received second place in the 2014 Ian MacMillan Fiction contest. Her collections include "Your Son" (The Florence Kahn Memorial Award), “Rotary Phones and Facebook” (Dancing Girl Press) and "The Girl Who Came Back" (Red Bird Chapbooks). She teaches at the University of Maryland, and will be a visiting writer at AACC in 2014. She writes for the Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review’s blog, and manages a Facebook resource for DC writers called Meg Eden Writes Poems.




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