Featured Wake Forest University Faculty Speakers

Michele Gillespie

Michele Gillespie is the Kahle Family Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University where she has recently served as Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives. Her research examines the constructions of gender, race, class, memory and region across the long nineteenth century in the American South. Her forthcoming book is tentatively titled, Ambitious Pursuits: Katharine and R.J. Reynolds and the Modernizing South. Dr. Gillespie teaches courses in women’s and gender history, labor history and southern history.

Simeon O. Ilesanmi

Simeon O. Ilesanmi is the Washington M. Wingate Professor of Religion at Wake Forest University. He teaches and writes in the areas of comparative ethics, religion and politics, and just war theory. An associate editor of Journal of Religious Ethics, he is also on the editorial board of several academic journals. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics and has served in a similar capacity in the Society of Christian Ethics. His current and continuing projects include human rights in Africa, war crimes, and the role of religion in contemporary African politics.

Herman Rapaport

Herman Rapaport is Reynolds Professor of English and began teaching at Wake Forest University in the winter of 2006. Prior to that he was chair professor of English at the University of Southampton in the UK, De Roy professor of English at Wayne State University, and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Iowa. He has published critical works on a wide range of media. His work attends to and listens for the conversations among literature, visual art, poetry, and philosophy to mount a constructive theoretical dialogue among these fields.

Rebecca S. Thomas

Rebecca S. Thomas, Professor of German and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, has been at Wake Forest since 1993. Until 2010, she served as a faculty member in the department of German and Russian and also served as departmental chair. She teaches German language, literature, and culture, and her research area is twentieth century Germany and contemporary Austria. Rebecca has twice served as residential faculty director at Wake Forest’s Flow House in Vienna, Austria. As Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Dr. Thomas administers leaves, grants, fellowships, programs, and awards supporting faculty and chairs in their teaching, research, and professional development.

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