Faculty

Bennington’s teacher-practitioner model means that students work in close collaboration with faculty members who are themselves actively engaged in their fields.

The faculty at Bennington are both mentors and guides. They oversee the unfolding of the Plan Process by helping students discover their distinctive intellectual passions and figure out how these interests might shape an education of depth, breadth, and rigor. Through ongoing conversation, in one-on-one advising sessions, and as part of Plan Committees, faculty help students steer their work in the most compelling directions.

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Acha

Beverly Acha is a New York-based visual artist working in painting, printmaking, and drawing. Her work engages visual and spatial languages of landscape, architecture, and diagrams. Through a process-based practice that embraces formal and material play, Acha’s work investigates the spaces between knowing and seeing, experience and memory, and the real and imagined.

email beverlyacha@bennington.edu
Alfano
Director of First-Year Forum

Barbara Alfano brings a background in journalism, translation, and short-story writing in Italian to her study of 20th- and 21st-century Italian fiction.

email balfano@bennington.edu
Allen
Visiting Faculty

Jen Allen is a pianist, composer and author. She frequently performs in New York, the Northeast US and in venues throughout the world, as the leader of her own groups or as a member of other creative music ensembles.

Alpar

Joseph Alpar's research focuses on the anthropology of music in Turkey and the Middle East, and the relationships between music, spirituality, modernity, marginalization, social expression, and identity.

email josephalpar@bennington.edu
Anastas
Fiction/Nonfiction

Benjamin Anastas has received support for his work as a novelist, literary journalist, and critic from the Lannan Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. 

email banastas@bennington.edu
Anderegg
Faculty Emeritus

David Anderegg has informed and comforted millions of parents with his books and writings on children and the mind, backed by extensive research and a longtime psychotherapy practice.

email danderegg@bennington.edu
April
Piano Instructor

Benjamin April is an accompanist, choir director, composer, and music educator.

email benjaminapril@bennington.edu
Banerjee

When natural disaster strikes, its effects are not experienced outside of history: Lopamudra Banerjee’s work brings together issues of the environment and development to explore how the poor experience such events in disproportionate ways.

email lbanerjee@bennington.edu
Ben-Amotz
Visiting Faculty

Dor Ben-Amotz '76 obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley and was a professor at Purdue University for over 30 years. In addition to his scientific interests, he is a musician and student of the human predicament.

email dorbenamotz@bennington.edu
Bessa
Visiting Faculty

Antonio Sergio Bessa is chief curator emeritus at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. A scholar of concrete poetry, Bessa has organized several critically acclaimed exhibitions on themes related to text-based art, and has published essays on concrete poetry.

email sergiobessa@bennington.edu
Bisio
Bass Instructor

Michael Bisio returned to New York in 2006 after spending 30 years on the West Coast and quickly became an integral part of the New York City creative music community. Since 2009, he has been bass instructor at Bennington College and a member of the Matthew Shipp Trio.

email mbisio@bennington.edu
Blackwell

J Blackwell '95's recent works are called Neveruses (never•uses). Neveruses are lumpish, androgynous painting-objects comprised of scavenged plastic bags and colored fibers such as wool yarn and silk thread. These hybrid devices are neither useful nor redundant, although both are implied.

email jblackwell@bennington.edu
Boddie

Terry Boddie’s work as a photographer and multidisciplinary artist explores the intersection of history, migration and memory and how these forces impact historical and contemporary photographic representation.

email terryboddie@bennington.edu
Bogdan
Faculty Emeritus

Thomas Bogdan’s vocal performance, in genres ranging from old music to new, avant-garde multimedia performance and cabaret, has received wonderful reviews from critics around the world.

email tbogdan@bennington.edu
Bond
Associate Director, Center for the Advancement of Public Action

David Bond works with communities besieged by the fossil fuel industry to develop a more transformative grasp of environmental justice for people, politics, and critical theory.

email dbond@bennington.edu
Boully
Nonfiction/Poetry
Jenny Boully, a poet and essayist, is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in General Nonfiction. Her latest book is Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life
email jennyboully@bennington.edu
Bowen

Shawtane Bowen is a writer, actor, and producer. He is a founding member of Astronomy Club, the first all-Black house team at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in New York. Their series, Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show, debuted in Fall 2019 on Netflix to much critical acclaim. 

email shawtanebowen@bennington.edu
Bowman
Visiting Faculty

Kelie Bowman is an artist and farmer with two decades of experience creating community through the arts.

email keliebowman@bennington.edu
Brant
Visiting Faculty

Colin Brant’s luxurious, color-drenched, paintings and drawings present an inquiry that is both reverent and skeptical, offering examinations of landscape as personal, politicized, and perpetually evolving historical space.

email cfbrant@bennington.edu
Brazelton
Faculty Emerita

Digital-chamber-punk bands, nine-piece rockestras, 21st century medieval quartets: Kitty Brazelton’s ability to create new genres as a composer, performer, singer, and instrumentalist is rooted in a study of even the most traditional forms of music.

email kbrazelton@bennington.edu
Brooke

Nicholas Brooke creates music across disciplines, from collages of recordings with live theater, to home-built instrumentariums inspired by gamelan. He has received Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and New Music USA fellowships and premieres at the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto, and MASS MOCA.

email nbrooke@bennington.edu
Brunau-Zaragoza
Visiting Faculty

Sophie Brunau-Zaragoza is a professor of French language, cultures, and literatures. Her research brings together contemporary French literature and environmental activism through questions of relation, matter, community, and the human.

email sophiebrunauzaragoza@bennington.edu
Bullock

An inorganic chemist, John Bullock investigates the reaction pathways and mechanisms of short-lived species generated at electrodes. He is also interested in reforming the undergraduate chemistry curricula by de-emphasizing traditional boundaries between sub-disciplines within the field.

email jbullock@bennington.edu
Campion
Director of Public Policy Programs in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Brian Campion facilitates all programs and initiatives connected to state and federal policy; he also serves as a Vermont State Senator.

email bcampion@bennington.edu
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Cantu

A dramaturg, theater historian, and author of American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Maya Cantu specializes in twentieth-century American theater.

email mayacantu@bennington.edu
Carone
Visiting Faculty

Lily Carone is a horticulturist, artist, and educator based in western Massachusetts. Her work reflects and engages with ecology, both in subject and material.

email lilycarone@bennington.edu
Choi

Franny Choi is a poet and essayist. Books include The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On and Soft Science, winner of the Elgin Award for Science Fiction Poetry.

email frannychoi@bennington.edu
Coburn

Noah Coburn is a political anthropologist who focuses on Afghanistan and South Asia, studying violence, governance, and how people negotiate the overlap of politics, power, and culture.

email ncoburn@bennington.edu
Cohen
Visiting Faculty

Rabbi Michael Cohen, a longtime environmental activist, has written extensively on the impact of ecological issues on the Middle East peace process.

email mcohen@bennington.edu
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Corey
Visiting Faculty

Michael Corey is a data scientist working in responsible/ethical AI, privacy, blockchain, and visualization. A lapsed sociologist, he focuses on user-centered product development and applies social science to technological questions.

email michaelcorey@bennington.edu
Creighton

Alex Creighton (he/they) writes about and teaches literature and culture in diverse fields, including the long eighteenth century, gender and sexuality studies, music and narrative, animal studies, and studies of time and temporality.

email alexcreighton@bennington.edu
Crowl

The work of astronomer Hugh Crowl addresses questions of how the massive collections of stars, gas, dust, and dark matter that we call galaxies assemble. How do galaxies form and evolve? Specifically, how do environmental conditions such as the flow of gas in and out of galaxies affect that process?

email hcrowl@bennington.edu
Dantas Lobato
Visiting Faculty

Bruna Dantas Lobato '15 is a writer and translator. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Guernica, A Public Space, and The Common. She was awarded the 2023 National Book Award in Translation for The Words that Remain by Stênio Gardel. She was born and raised in Natal, Brazil, and lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Her debut novel, Blue Light Hours, is forthcoming in October 2024 from Grove Atlantic.

email brunadantaslobato@bennington.edu
Davis-Goff
Director of the Prison Education Initiative

Annabel Davis-Goff is a novelist, essayist, social justice advocate, and a driving force behind Bennington College’s Incarceration in America and Prison Education Initiatives.

email adavis-goff@bennington.edu
Del Tufo
Visiting Faculty

Alisa Del Tufo's career has been dedicated to making impact at the nexus of practice and policy; individual and community change; intellectual pursuit and activism with the goal of ending violence in the lives of women and girls addressing racism and other deep social challenges. She has founded three organizations: Sanctuary for Families, CONNECT, and Threshold Collaborative.

email alisadeltufo@bennington.edu
Demyanenko
Elena Demyanenko is a Russian/American dance artist, choreographer, improviser, maker of dance films, and educator who lives and works between New York City, Vermont, and Moscow, Russia. Demyanenko has extensive professional performance and choreographic experience in a multicultural context from 30 years of touring around the world and is a former member of Stephen Petronio Company and Trisha Brown Dance Company.
email edemyanenko@bennington.edu
Dennerline

Thorsten Dennerline produces paintings, drawings, and artists’ books. The main focus of his work originates from an interest in poetry, which has led to collaborative projects with writers in book form, and in paintings and drawing projects that explore the poetic possibilities of the landscape.

email tdennerline@bennington.edu
Donahue
Visiting Faculty

For over 35 years, Joe Donahue - the award-winning host of WAMC/ Northeast Public Radio’s The Roundtable - has been widely recognized for fostering insightful, thought-provoking conversation. Donahue offers his listeners some of the world's most fascinating people and subjects. He is a lifelong advocate of reading and writers and hosts the nationally syndicated, The Book Show.

email joedonahue@bennington.edu
Dumanis
Director of Poetry at Bennington

The acclaimed poetry of Michael Dumanis weaves together memories of childhood, diaspora, and dislocation.

email mdumanis@bennington.edu
Duplan

Anaïs Duplan '14 is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of upcoming book I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021), and a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020). He founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, a residency program for artists of color, at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. 

email anduplan@bennington.edu
Elton
Visiting Faculty

Alexis Elton is an artist utilizing site-as-material forming connections with plants, soil, and other living beings. Her work is situated where art and agrarian systems meet to create ephemeral sensory encounters.

email alexiselton@bennington.edu
Enck
President, Beyond Plastics Program

Judith Enck is senior fellow and visiting faculty member in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action. She is the President of Beyond Plastics and former EPA Regional Administrator, appointed by President Obama.

email judithenck@bennington.edu
Farhang
Faculty Emeritus; Visiting Faculty

Mansour Farhang’s long career in international relations has included a diplomatic post and many distinguished research and teaching positions. He previously taught at Bennington for more than 30 years.

email mfarhang@bennington.edu
Feitlowitz
Faculty Emerita

Marguerite Feitlowitz is the author of the internationally acclaimed A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture and four volumes of literary translation, many essays, fiction, and criticism.

email mfeitlowitz@bennington.edu
Flores
Visiting Faculty

Libby Flores MFA '14 has had her work appear in One Story MagazineThe Kenyon ReviewAmerican Short Fiction, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Guardian, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the Associate Publisher at BOMB magazine.

email libbyflores@bennington.edu
Folegatti
Visiting Faculty

Luiza Folegatti is a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist and visual anthropologist. Her practice combines research on gender, migration, photography, and Latin American studies with social advocacy for immigrant rights.

email luizafolegatti@bennington.edu
Foley
Faculty Emerita

Janet Foley applies her expertise in inorganic chemistry to study the effects of pollutants in Vermont groundwater, to understand the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs, and to explore the photochemistry and medicinal applications of gold compounds.

email jfoley@bennington.edu
Galindo
Guest Faculty

Andy Galindo is an international Human Rights Lawyer, working as an independent consultant. She has been teaching human rights and training human rights defenders, members of international and regional organizations and government officials from all over the world, in the use of international human rights mechanisms and strategic litigation.

email andreagalindo@bennington.edu
Genova
Violin/Viola Instructor

Violinist Joana Genova is active as a chamber musician, teacher, orchestral player and a soloist. She is Co-Artistic Director of Taconic Music in Manchester, VT and the second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet. 

email joanagenovarudiakov@bennington.edu
Ghani

Mariam Ghani is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. Her work looks at places, spaces and moments where social, political and cultural structures take on visible forms, and spans video, sound, installation, photography, performance, text and data. 

 

email mariamghani@bennington.edu
Giannitti

Michael Giannitti has extensive professional experience as a lighting designer and educator. He has designed lighting at many of the most prestigious venues around the country and has taught abroad as a two-time Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient.

email mgiannitti@bennington.edu
Glymph
Visiting Faculty

Avery Glymph is a New York-based Actor, Teacher, and Director with extensive experience on Broadway, with Regional Tony Award-winning theatre companies, and in numerous Film and Television roles.

email averyglymph@bennington.edu
Gonzales
Fiction

Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Prize for Fiction, and the novel The Regional Office is Under Attack!

email manuelgonzales@bennington.edu
Gonzalez

Levi Gonzalez is a dance artist whose work highlights the porous boundaries between audience and performer, and employs a queer corporeal logic to resist narrow definitions of knowledge and experience.

email levigonzalez@bennington.edu
Grimes

Tilly Grimes is an Irish/Greek theater, opera, and film designer based in New York.

email tillygrimes@bennington.edu
Guthrie
Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives

In Camille Guthrie's fourth collection of poems, DIAMONDS, she writes about the trials and surprises of divorce, parenting, country life—and the difficulties and delights of being alone, looking at art, and falling in love.

 

email cguthrie@bennington.edu
Harris
Dean of Faculty

A scholar of contemporary Spanish fiction, Sarah D. Harris's research and teaching interests include sequential art, twentieth and twenty-first century Peninsular film, trauma, collective memory and forgetting, migration, monstrosity, and gender and identity studies.

email sharris@bennington.edu
Hepler
Visiting Faculty

Anna Hepler is based in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Her work, which is both hand-held and architectural in scale, overturns first impressions – wire forms flatten into drawings, clay impersonates metal, plywood coils like rope, plastic inhales, and exhales. Hepler values embarrassment, uncertainty, blunder, and fragility as active agents in her studio process. 

email annahepler@bennington.edu
Hultgren

John Hultgren's work explores the theoretical and ideological foundations of environmental political struggles.

email johnhultgren@bennington.edu
Inoue

Yoko Inoue’s multidisciplinary art practice anthropologically examines complex relationships between people and objects, the commodification of culture, and the assimilation and transformation of cultural meaning and values. Using ceramic medium she explores the socio-political and economic implication of products and globalization.

email yinoue@bennington.edu
Jackson

Kirk Jackson is an actor/director with four decades of experience on and off Broadway and regionally. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he has assisted Ivo van Hove on multiple productions in New York City and, recently, began to direct operas.

email kjackson2@bennington.edu
Jamal
Polyani Refugee Scholar

Sharif Jamal is a visual artist and archivist from Afghanistan. He focuses on preservation activities to prolong the life of archival records.

email mohammadsharifjamal@bennington.edu
Janis

Dina Janis is the Artistic Director of the Vermont Public Theater and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.

email djanis@bennington.edu
Jones

Blake Jones studies the underlying mechanisms of development, sociality, learning and memory in free-living animals. His research integrates theories and techniques from climate-science, ecology, physiology, genetics, and cognitive neuroscience.

email blakejones@bennington.edu
Kane
Visiting Faculty

Timothy Kane approaches mathematics with a classic perspective, considering its historical and theoretical development a universal human endeavor. He has been active in restorative justice through the Prison Education Initiative.

email timothykane@bennington.edu
Kast
Visiting Faculty

Emma Kast’s work focuses on the history of political economic thought. Her recent research locates notions of deservingness in theories of capitalism.  

Katz
Visiting Faculty

Matt Katz is a leader and innovator of online ceramic material science education and research. He loves to use his knowledge of art and engineering to make ceramic science accessible for all levels of makers.

email mattkatz@bennington.edu
Kelsey

Virginia Warnken Kelsey, mezzo-soprano, is internationally celebrated for her heartfelt and dynamic interpretations of Baroque opera, oratorio, and contemporary chamber music. She maintains an active career in an adventurous assortment of musical and artistic settings.

email virginakelsey@bennington.edu
Kirk

John Kirk teaches classes in the history of American and Celtic traditional music in addition to mandolin, fiddle, banjo, ukulele, mountain and hammered dulcimers, and traditional music ensemble.

email jkirk@bennington.edu
Kitamura
Visiting Faculty

Kyoko Kitamura uses her unique career trajectory – musician, former journalist, former executive director of an arts organization – to study musical creativity and how it connects to the world at large.

email kyokokitamura@bennington.edu
Kline

Jonathan Kline’s artwork straddles the divide between photography’s contemporary, hybrid, and digital nature and its most traditional and original forms.

email jkline@bennington.edu
Kramer

Celebrated playwright Sherry Kramer believes every play is created in the audience, and her classes are a treasure hunt to discover how a play shapes our experience and how it makes things matter.

email skramer@bennington.edu
Kutler
Visiting Faculty

Jen Kutler is a multidisciplinary artist and performer. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments and sculptures.

email jenkutler@bennington.edu
Leddy-Cecere
Associate Dean of Pedagogy and Advising

How do social factors shape our use of language, and how does language use in turn impact our construction and perception of society? A sociolinguist, Thomas Leddy-Cecere addresses these questions through his research in Arabic and contemporary American English.

 

email thomasleddycecere@bennington.edu
Lewis
Piano Instructor

Christopher Lewis is a pianist who has taught and performed through the United States and Italy, and prizewinner of the American National Chopin Competition and the New York Leschetizky Society.

email cjlewis@bennington.edu
Limbert
Visiting Faculty

John Limbert has had a fifty-year career as an academic, American diplomat, prisoner, and novelist. He first visited Iran in 1962 and has since lived and worked in nearly a dozen countries in the Middle East and Islamic Africa. 

email johnlimbert@bennington.edu
Lin

Ginger Lin, a native of Taiwan, has 30 years of experience teaching at the cross-section of language, literature, history, and philosophy.

email glin@bennington.edu
Liu

Jen Liu is a New York-based visual artist working in video, performance, and painting, on topics of national identity, economy, and the re-motivating of archival artifacts. She is a 2017 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video, as well as the NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Art.

email jenliu@bennington.edu
Lum
Faculty Emerita

Mary Lum’s paintings, collages, and wall works, which have been praised by critics and exhibited widely, draw attention to the overlooked but subliminally powerful architecture of modern life.

email mlum@bennington.edu
Lyon

Vanessa Lyon's teaching and research range from early Renaissance to modern and contemporary visual culture with a focus on European painting. She is especially interested in transhistorical and transcultural approaches to gender, race, and representation in early modern visuality, and the legacies of the 'Old Masters' in subsequent art and its histories.

email vanessalyon@bennington.edu
Major

Anina Major (she/her) is a visual artist from the Bahamas whose work investigates the relationship between self and place. Anthropological research and oral histories play fundamental roles in her practice as she engages with ceramic material to map migrations of tradition and identity.

email aninamajor@bennington.edu
Makombore
Guest Faculty

Lizah Makombore has over ten years of experience working in the Non-governmental organization (NGO) sector, development sector, public finance institutions, and institutions of higher learning. 

email lizahmakombore@bennington.edu
McClellan

Amie McClellan is a cell biologist who utilizes baker’s yeast with a very serious goal in mind: to explore how “molecular chaperones” participate in helping proteins attain and maintain their structure and function, and how this relates to human diseases that arise when this process goes awry.

email amcclellan@bennington.edu
McDonough MacKenzie

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie is a plant ecologist studying the impacts of climate change on forests and alpine habitats.

email cmcdonoughmackenzie@bennington.edu
McIntyre

Andrew McIntyre’s mathematical research concerns problems in geometry related to mathematical physics. His teaching is student centered and historically driven.

email amcintyre@bennington.edu
McKeen
Visiting Faculty

Catherine McKeen is a philosopher whose research focuses on ancient Greek thought, gender, and politics. 

email cmckeen@bennington.edu
Mirza

Farhad Mirza '12 is an interdisciplinary artist.

email farhadmirza@bennington.edu
Montovan

Kathryn Montovan uses mathematical modeling and analysis to understand complex ecosystem interactions and to discover the potential evolutionary causes of insect and animal behaviors. Her teaching is based on active learning techniques and is focused on engaging students of all levels in authentic mathematical inquiry.

email kmontovan@bennington.edu
Mundt
Visiting Faculty

Josef Mundt is a mathematician whose interests lie in the visualization of data, building mathematical confidence and connections, and helping others think of mathematics as an art form.

email jmundt@bennington.edu
Ndiaye

Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye (Kaolack) was born and raised in Senegal by his grandmother. As a dancer/choreographer, his work is entirely focused on pushing boundaries off space and time, liveness, and fully being in the spaces we inhabit and claim as our own, while making space for spirit to be present. 

email kaolackndiaye@bennington.edu
Nichols
Visiting Faculty

Maia Nichols brings an interdisciplinary background in psychology and fine arts to media studies, visual culture and material culture studies. An artist trained in art history, her research focuses on craft, design and colonial histories of care.

email maianichols@bennington.edu
Nishimura

Mina Nishimura is a Tokyo-born dance artist whose works focus on ever-changing relationships between internal landscapes and external forms. Buddhism-influenced philosophies and butoh-based principles are reflected across her somatic, performance and choreographic practices. Nishimura is a 2019 recipient of Foundation of Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award.

email mnishimura@bennington.edu
Oh
Visiting Faculty

Nicholas Oh is a multidisciplinary artist working across ceramic sculpture, installation, and performance. Oh is interested in diasporic narratives and intersections between Eastern and Western cultural traditions. His research centers on historical artifacts and the impact of imperial trade routes. He recreates and repositions these objects as markers of diasporic Asian-American narrative. 

email nicholasoh@bennington.edu
Omanovic
Guest Faculty

Vahidin Omanovic is a peacebuilder born in Bosnia and from Herzegovina.

 

 

email vahidinomanovic@bennington.edu
Ononiwu

Fortune Ononiwu is an organic chemist with an interest in the extraction, isolation, characterization, and bioactivity evaluation of natural products derived from plant and fungi, as well as their partial or total synthesis.

email fortuneononiwu@bennington.edu
Otto

Darcy Otto is a computer scientist who studies the foundations of computation, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and AI Ethics.

email darcyotto@bennington.edu
Pal

Carol Pal is a historian who works on the intellectual history of early modern Europe. A former auto mechanic and pastry chef, she now focuses on the histories of science, medicine, the Republic of Letters, and knowledge production—with an emphasis on how women were always part of the picture.

email cpal@bennington.edu
Pappas
Visiting Faculty

Leah Pappas is a documentary linguist who collaborates with language communities in Indonesia. She researches language and gesture to understand how socially-mediated interaction with the environment results in linguistic diversity.

email leahpappas@bennington.edu
Parke
Cello Instructor/Instrumental Coordinator

Nathaniel Parke is a regional freelance cellist and is also on the faculty of Williams College.

email nparke@bennington.edu
Peltz

Aysha Peltz’s ceramics blur the lines between utility and art, as the material properties of clay itself—the way it swells, fissures, and tears under its own weight—create a certain kind of poetry.

email apeltz@bennington.edu
Pibal

Ann Pibal’s widely recognized and highly acclaimed paintings have been exhibited extensively, in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

email apibal@bennington.edu
Pirler

Senem Pirler is an intermedia-sound artist whose interdisciplinary work crosses over into sound engineering, sound art, video art, performance, and installation. Pirler’s recent work has been exhibited at EMPAC, Roulette, BAC, Montalvo Arts Center, Mount Tremper Arts, and Collar Works. 

email senempirler@bennington.edu
Pitcher

Jonathan Pitcher is a scholar of Latin American literature, philosophy, and history whose research interests exceed any one discipline: identity, exile, film, politics, travel, art, architectural ideology, puppetry, and the aftermath of the Boom, to name a few.

email jpitcher@bennington.edu
Polek
Visiting Faculty

Nicolette Polek '15 is the author of Bitter Water Opera (Graywolf Press, 2024) and Imaginary Museums (Soft Skull Press, 2020). She is a recipient of the Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, and is currently based in New York.

email nicolettepolek@bennington.edu
Prazak

Prazak teaches anthropology and African studies, specializing in economic development and cultural change in East Africa, using multidisciplinary research strategies to address globalization, inequality, culturally-based ways of knowing, gender-based violence, and politics of the body.

email mprazak@bennington.edu
Rahmani

Mariam Rahmani is a writer and translator.

email mariamrahmani@bennington.edu
Randich

Jean Randich is an award-winning director, writer, and librettist specializing in new works, musical theatre, opera, and re-envisioned classics. She is cofounder and co-artistic director of Collider Theater in New York City.

email jrandich@bennington.edu
Rees

Sue Rees has exhibited her set designs, animations, installations, and video works worldwide and has worked collaboratively with choreographers, directors, and musicians in the United States, Europe, and India.

email srees@bennington.edu
Reitz

Dana Reitz, choreographer, dancer, and visual artist, often uses silence as a means to reveal the musical nuance of movement itself. On her own and in her collaborations with lighting artists, she has pioneered the use of light as a physical partner. Her woven movement and light scores—essential, spare, and fleeting—create a continually shifting perception of time and space. She performed her recent solo work, current, meant to “happen in a mutable light stream, somewhere in a current of time” at Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn, in October 2023.

email dreitz@bennington.edu
Retamoso Urbano
Visiting Faculty

A poet and a scholar of contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture, Retamoso Urbano's research includes 20th and 21st century Latin American and Spanish poetry, Transnational surrealism, 20th century Latin American narrative, intertextuality, Queer theory, Latin American Avant-Garde movements, Peruvian poetry, the Generation of ‘27, Transatlantic studies, Modern fiction and poetics, the Poetics of Eros, and Literary and Artistic connections between Latin America and the US.

Rohn

Jennifer Rohn has appeared in theatre productions on and off Broadway, in the United States and Europe, and in films and television, collaborating extensively with the renowned director Robert Wilson.

email jrohn@bennington.edu
Rose
Music Fellow/Piano Instructor

Chris Rose is a teaching artist exploring embodiment in music education. A passionate improviser, Rose plays trumpet, piano, and organ, bending and blending genres whenever possible.

email chrisrose@bennington.edu
Rouxel-Cubberly

Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly teaches French language through the lenses of francophone cinema, literature, and other aspects of French cultural life.

email nrouxel-cubberly@bennington.edu
Ryer-Parke

Kerry Ryer-Parke '90 performs in a range of musical styles, from oratorio, opera, and early music to folk, jazz, and rock, in addition to directing the Bennington Children’s Chorus and Bennington Voice Workshop.

email kryer-parke@bennington.edu
Salvi
Visiting Faculty

Cecilia María Salvi is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She studies the artistic and literary movement of editoriales cartoneras in Latin America.

email ceciliasalvi@bennington.edu
Santiago Muñoz

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist whose expanded moving image work is entangled with Boalian theater, expanded cinema and feminist practices. She tends to work with non-actors, and incorporates improvisation into her process. Her recent work is on the sensorial unconscious of anti-colonial movements and feminist experiments with language and narrative. 

email beatrizsantiagomunoz@bennington.edu
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Sato
Piano Accompanist/Instructor
email ysato@bennington.edu
Savaş

Özge Savaş is a critical and applied social psychologist. She works with historically and systemically disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and communities, combining decolonial and intersectional feminist theories in explaining how systems of oppression are maintained. She examines the role of stigma, stereotypes, and prejudice in intergroup conflict.

email ozgesavas@bennington.edu
Schoonmaker
Visiting Faculty

Charles Schoonmaker is an Emmy Award-winning costume designer for theatre, dance, opera, and television.

email cschoonmaker@bennington.edu
Schroeder

Tim Schroeder applies physical and chemical principles to understand interactions between deep-Earth and shallow-Earth systems. His courses are based on the idea that geology begins as an observational science, but that understanding Earth observations requires a physical sciences context.

email tschroeder@bennington.edu
Scoggin
Visiting Faculty

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Thann Scoggin has thrived on the cutting edge of the contemporary new music landscape as well as the historically-informed performance practices of the nation’s finest early music ensembles. He is particularly interested in the juxtaposition of refined and pristine vocal sounds against the often guttural sounds found in many folk and popular traditions.

email thannscoggin@bennington.edu
Scully

Eileen Scully is an award-winning scholar of American diplomacy and international history. Her recent work explores historical understandings of human trafficking and international customary law on the coming, going, and staying of destitute, physically disabled migrants.

email escully@bennington.edu
Sgorbati
Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action and Interim Director of the MFA in Public Action

Susan Sgorbati is a professional mediator and educator whose creative research has led to collaboration across disciplines and borders as both an artist and a driver of social change.

email sgorbati@bennington.edu
Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro’s research on early-modern French literature and culture focuses on aristocratic memoirs, the history of sexuality, culinary culture, and the history of the city of Paris. He is currently looking at the development of a modern gay culture in 18th-century Paris.

email sshapiro@bennington.edu
Sharp
Visiting Faculty

Elliott Sharp is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, author, and visual artist. His work draws on fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetics, as well as radical sonics and improvisation.

email elliottsharp@bennington.edu
Shawn

Allen Shawn’s work as a composer and pianist comprises a large catalogue of orchestral and chamber music, chamber operas, songs, piano music, and music for ballet, theatre, and film; he is also celebrated for his writings on Arnold Schoenberg and Leonard Bernstein, as well as his compelling memoirs.

email ashawn@bennington.edu
Sherefkin

Donald Sherefkin is an architect whose projects range from urban loft renovations to rural retreats to sacred spaces, extending from the heart of New York City to New England.

email dsherefkin@bennington.edu
Sherman
Faculty Emerita

Elizabeth Sherman is known for her work on amphibians and, more recently, on coral reefs and climate change; she collaborates with student researchers in her study of how animals work — both individually and as part of larger ecosystems.

email sherman@bennington.edu
Simonds
Visiting Faculty

Simonds is a poet and critic. She is the author of eight books of poetry and a novel. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe New YorkerPoetry Magazine and elsewhere. 

email sandrasimonds@bennington.edu
Suberu

Rotimi Suberu’s research on Nigerian government and politics and international relations have prompted invitations to consult for the Nigerian government, the World Bank, the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the Forum of Federations.

email rsuberu@bennington.edu
Tcherepnin
Visiting Faculty

Sergei Tcherepnin is an artist operating at the intersections of sound, sculpture and theater. Attaching synthesizers, computers and amplifiers to small surface transducers (devices that convert electrical signals into vibrations) he orchestrates complex multi-channel compositions in which objects are transformed into speakers.

email sergeitcherepnin@bennington.edu
Thompson
Director and Curator of the Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery

Anne Thompson is an artist whose curatorial practice focuses on political critique, site specificity and activities that move beyond institutional spaces.

email annethompson@bennington.edu
Tolentino
Ben Belitt Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror.

email jiatolentino@bennington.edu
Umphlett

John Umphlett MFA '99 is an innovator and inquisitive thinker, consistently searching for new experimental processes. Entranced within material parameters and properties, he finds ways to fuse those findings with the ephemeral human body.

email jumphlett@bennington.edu
Voice

Paul Voice is a scholar of moral and political philosophy with interests in problems of justice, liberalism, and pluralism.

email pvoice@bennington.edu
Walker-Figueroa
Visiting Faculty

Devon Walker-Figueroa '15 is a poet, short story writer, and literary editor.

email devonwalkerfigueroa@bennington.edu
Warby
Visiting Faculty

Ros Warby is an Australian/US dance artist, choreographer, and Alexander Technique Teacher. She is recognized for her unique solo performances, invoking characters that often transcend archetypes by sliding between iconic figures & ideas, allowing the body to embrace the complex experience of a human being at any given moment. Warby has collaborated/danced with Deborah Hay Dance Co. since 1998.

email roswarby@bennington.edu
Waterman

Emily Waterman is an applied developmental scientist who aims to promote youth development through mixed-method research and evaluation.

email emilywaterman@bennington.edu
White
Director of the Museum Fellows Term

Elizabeth White is an artist whose work ranges in form from photography to digital collage, installation, drawing, and social practice. Informed by a background in sociology and media studies as well as visual arts, she is interested in the social impact of photography and related technologies, and the politics of visual culture. 

email ewhite@bennington.edu
Williamson
Faculty Emeritus

Bruce Williamson is a jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist/recording artist who has collaborated and performed with such luminaries as Bobby McFerron, Fred Hersch, Julie Taymor, and Mark Rylance in a variety of genres, and whose work has been featured in Academy Award-winning film scores.

email bwilliamson@bennington.edu
Wimberly

A drummer and percussionist, Michael Wimberly is also a composer of note and has written for prestigious New York dance companies. 

 

email mwimberly@bennington.edu
Woods
Faculty Emeritus

Kerry Woods is an ecologist whose recent work includes long-term studies of old-growth forests, landscape ecology of the Taconic Mountains, and collaborative biogeographic analyses of global temperate forests. His work has been supported by NASA, NSF, US Forest Service, and the Mellon Foundation.

email kwoods@bennington.edu
Wunderlich
Executive Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars

Mark Wunderlich is author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, and his poems, interviews, reviews, and translations have appeared in journals such as Slate, The Paris Review, and Poetry, and in more than 30 anthologies. His most recent book, God Of Nothingness, was published by Graywolf in 2021.

email mwunderlich@bennington.edu
Yamazaki
Guest Artist

Born in Niigata, Japan, Kota Yamazaki was first introduced to butoh under the teaching of Akira Kasai, then graduated from Bunka Fashion College (Tokyo) with BA in Fashion Design. He is a recipient of Bessie Award 2007, FCA Award 2013, NYFA Fellowship 2016, and Guggenheim Fellowship 2018.

email kyamazaki@bennington.edu
Yoshida

Ikuko Yoshida teaches Japanese language and culture, and her research interest areas are second language acquisition, pedagogy, critical thinking in foreign language learning, technology, and Japanese aesthetics. She is a certified instructor of ikebana—traditional Japanese flower arrangement.

email iyoshida@bennington.edu