Rebecca Mark is a scholar whose research addresses southern writing and cultural representations of trauma. Her books include: The Dragon's Blood: Feminist Intertextuality in Eudora Welty's Fiction (University Press of Mississippi 1994), and Ersatz America: Hidden Traces, Graphic Texts, and Mending of Democracy (University of Virginia Press, 2014). Professor Mark was a Posse Mentor (2010-2014), the founding executive director of the Newcomb College Institute (2006-2008), and a founding member of the Deep South Regional Humanities Center at Tulane (2001-2003). She received the Public Humanities Achievement Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council for directing the civil rights conference Unsettling Memories (2004).
Professor Mark currently works with Tulane's Center for Public Service to train students to become Community Engagement Advocates. She was named the Greenberg Family Professor in Social Entrepreneurship for 2014-2016 and she was the recipient of the Suzanne and Steven Wiess Presidential Fellowship Award for 2015.
Paula Nicole Booke is a University of Chicago graduate with a Ph.D. in Political Science. Her research focuses on identity politics and pedagogy. Recent publications include Beard, V., & Booke, P. (2016). Research as Pedagogy: Using Experimental Data Collection as a Course Learning Tool. College Teaching, 1-9, and Booke, Paula N. and Todd Wiebe. (2016) “The integration of information literacy and a course-embedded librarian to enhance student analysis of the 2014 U.S. midterm elections” Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences. In Press. She is working on a manuscript entitled The Politics of the Apocalypse: The Effect of Premillennial Theology on American Political Behavior.
Dr. Booke is embarking on a new book project entitled The Politics of the Racial Divide in American Theology that addresses the ways in which race mediates theology to produce divergent political agendas.