Wake Forest professor of English Dean Franco poses for a portrait on Hearn Plaza on Monday, October 24, 2016. Franco has been named the director of the Humanities Institute.Dean J. Franco
Director and Professor of English
Phone: 336-758-3073

Dean Franco is Director of the WFU Humanities Institute and Professor of English. Franco joined Wake Forest 2001. He directs the Jewish Studies minor, has recently served as associate chair of the English department, and was the Scott Family Faculty Fellow from 2012-2014. He researches and publishes on race and literature. Franco along with Mary Foskett, Wake Forest Kahle Professor of Religious Studies; Sally Barbour, professor of Romance Languages; and David Phillips, associate professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities — laid the groundwork and secured the funding that made the Institute possible.

MephamJuly2013Aimee Mepham
Assistant Director
Phone: 336-758-4028

Aimee joined the Humanities Institute in July 2013 as Program Coordinator. She was promoted to Assistant Director in July 2016 and oversees the Humanities Institute’s Narrative Medicine: Story, Health, and Healing initiative, which is one of several recipients of the Engaged Humanities grant that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Wake Forest in December 2015. Originally from Dearborn, Michigan, she is a graduate of Albion College and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. She has taught creative writing workshops at Indiana University, Washington University in St. Louis, Salem College, and Wake Forest University. Her work has appeared in MeridianRiver Styx, among others, and has also been performed twice by Liars’ League NYC, a live literary journal featuring professionally trained actors reading original short stories by writers.

SchollKimberly Thornton Scholl
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 336-758-3074
Kimberly Thornton Scholl became the Administrative Assistant for the Humanities Institute in September 2015. She serves as the primary contact person for the institute and performs a variety of duties for the institute including budget participation as well as organizing all administrative functions that support the Humanities Institute. After many years as a musical theatre performer, with roles ranging from classics to modern jazz opera, Kimberly transitioned into parenthood and into Montessori education and is an American Montessori Society-certified Early Childhood Educator. Before coming to HI, she was LGBTQ Center Project Assistant, charged with coordinating the inaugural Rising Voices: A Wake Forest LGBTQIA Alumni conference.


Carrie Johnston
Digital Humanities Research Designer
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Carrie Johnston joined the ZSR faculty in September 2016. Carrie received her PhD in English and American Literature from Southern Methodist University in 2014, an MA in English and American Literature from Florida Atlantic University in 2009, and a BA in Communications from Tulane in 2002. She is currently a CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) postdoctoral fellow in digital scholarship, library and instructional technology at Bucknell University.

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Lisa Blee
Associate Professor of History

Grant McAllister
Associate Professor and Chair of German & Russian

Morna O’Neill
Associate Professor of Art History



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Includes members of the Faculty Executive Committee and the following WFU faculty:

Jonathan Cardi
Professor of Law
Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, WFU School of Law

Margaret Ewalt
Associate Professor of Spanish

Michele Gillespie, Kahle Family Associate Professor of Historyp

Michele Gillespie
Dean of the College, Presidential Endowed Chair of Southern History, and Professor of History


Jessica Richard, Wake Forest Associate Professor of Englishp

Jessica Richard
Associate Professor and Chair of English


DH Creative Team

Lisa Blee, Associate Professor (History)
Dean Franco, HI Director and Professor (English)
Jerid Francom, Associate Professor (Romance Languages and Linguistics)
Carrie Johnston, Digital Humanities Research Designer (ZSR Library)
David Phillips, Associate Professor (Interdisciplinary Humanities)
Phoebe Zerwick, Associate Professor of the Practice and Director, Journalism Program (English)

Narrative Medicine: The Story, Health, and Healing Initiative

Aimee Mepham, MFA (Co-Chair)
Assistant Director, Humanities Institute
Wake Forest University

Tanya Gregory, PhD (Co-Chair)
Assistant Professor
Director of Student Services
Director of the Writing Center
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Mollie Rose Canzona, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
Wake Forest University
Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Cancer Prevention & Control Program
Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sean E. Ervin, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dean Franco, PhD
Director, Wake Forest University Humanities Institute
Director, Jewish Studies Minor
Professor, English

Jill P. Grant, PA-C, MMS, MS
Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Sobia Shariff Hussaini, MHA
Assistant Professor & Director of Academic Practice Partnerships
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Ellen Kesler, MLS, MPH, CPH
Continuing Education Coordinator
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Richard P. McQuellon, PhD
Professor, Hematology & Oncology
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Center for Integrative Medicine
Family & Community Medicine
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine

K. Patrick Ober, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine – Endocrinology & Metabolism
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Marcia Wofford, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Wake Forest School of Medicine