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Françoise MeltzerFrançoise Meltzer
Interim Director

(773) 702-8274, JRL S-101

Françoise Meltzer is the Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the College. Françoise is Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature, and is an affiliate member of the Divinity School.  She is a co-editor of Critical Inquiry, and was Director of the University of Chicago Paris Center (2008-9; 2012-13). Françoise served as Interim Director of the Franke Institute (2006-7) and on the Franke Board of Directors (2005-8). 

Françoise specializes in nineteenth-century French and German literatures and critical theory.  She is the author of many books, including Seeing Double: Baudelaire’s Modernity (University of Chicago Press, 2011), and For Fear of the Fire: Joan of Arc and the Limits of Subjectivity (University of Chicago Press, 2001). 

Margot BrowningMargot Browning
Associate Director
(773) 702-5657, JRL S-118A

"The Franke Institute is a site for invention in Humanities, an interdisciplinary crossroads for people, ideas, and disciplines to mix. Managing interdisciplinarity is an oxymoron, but we provide possible pathways (like the 'Big Problems' curriculum in the College). I'm at home in interdisciplinary Humanities - an MA from Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, my Ph.D. is in the History of Human Sciences. I've taught in the Humanities Common Core as a Harper Instructor, and teach courses now on 'Codes, Cultures and Media,' and 'Human Intelligences: Animal to AI.'"

Mai VukcevichMai Vukcevich
Assistant Director
(773) 834-4827, JRL S-116

Mai is the Assistant Director for both the Center for Disciplinary Innovation and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. She manages programming, courses, and visitors for the Center for Disciplinary Innovation while overseeing the internal programs, collaborations with partner organizations, and Institute publications for the Franke. Mai received her M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2002 and her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture from Scripps College in 2001. She has worked at the Institute since 2002. In her spare time, she plays drums and trains for triathlons.

Bertie KibreahBertie Kibreah
Programming Coordinator
(773) 834-3103, JRL S-119

Bertie manages the regularly occurring programs at the Franke Institute as well as lectures and events. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the ethnomusicology program at the University of Chicago's Music Department. His thesis examines three case studies involving religion, pilgrimage, and music in Bangladesh. Bertie plays the North Indian tabla drum and the Bengali dotara lute.

Rachel Drew
Public Affairs Specialist
(773) 702-5157, 5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Rachel has been the Institute's part-time web and graphic designer for 10 years. She began her career in design 16 years ago at ABN AMRO after graduating from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English. She is a Chicago native, a mother of two, a yoga aficionado, and a performing songwriter.

Harriette MoodyHarriette Moody
Project Coordinator
(773) 702-8274, JRL S-102

With more than 25 years of experience in finance and an A.A. in Accounting, Harriette is responsible for the administrative and financial aspects of the Institute's operations. One of her greatest pleasures is being a "Nana," reading, singing and laughing with her granddaughter. Her hobbies are reading a good book and relaxing with a cold drink.

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