Center Staff

Sara Guyer, Director

Sara Guyer is Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at UW-Madison, where she has directed the Center for the Humanities since 2008. At the Center, Sara has concentrated on imagining a humanities that draws upon the rigors of critical theory, while encouraging established and emerging scholars to help shape public life. She is committed to research and thinking that reaches across institutional lines both within and beyond the university – and includes the sciences, arts, and professions. This emphasis on the public humanities envisions new audiences for research in literature, history, philosophy, and culture and is part of the reinvention of graduate education in the 21st Century. She is President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and serves as Vice-President of the University Club. More information here.

Marrion Ladd, Administrator

Marrion Ladd has been at UW-Madison for twelve years serving in various capacities. Most recently, Marrion worked with the School of Human Ecology, and previously held positions in the Departments of English and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Marrion is the Center’s Administrator overseeing all financial, administrative, human resources, and payroll functions. A native of Minnesota, Marrion has three children and resides in Madison.



Emily Clark, Associate Director

Emily Clark received her PhD from UW-Madison, where she studied and taught in both the English and Gender and Women’s Studies departments. Her research focuses on contemporary literature and theory, and argues for an understanding of voicelessness not simply as a condition to be overcome but as a form of embodiment with its own ethical and literary force. Her work has been published in journals including Hypatia, Feminist Review, and the Center’s own Humanities NOW blog. Prior to joining the Center, Emily served as Deputy Director of the Center for 21st Century Studies at UW-Milwaukee. She is also a Cleveland native, and LeBron James fan.

Megan Massino, Assistant Director of Scholarly and Academic Programs, massino@wisc.edu890-0013

Megan Massino received her PhD from UW-Madison, with concentrations in Literary Studies and the History of Science. Her research focuses on mathematic, poetic, and philosophical negotiations of reality and abstraction in the twentieth century. During her PhD study, Megan was a Marie Christine Kohler Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and taught courses in writing, literature, new media, and gender studies at UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater. Megan grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and she still misses the mountains and telescopes.

Aaron Fai, Public Humanities Program Manager,; 263-4783

Aaron Fai is a graduate of the creative writing programs at UCLA, UC Davis, and the University of Oregon. He directs the creative writing workshops at The Bubbler in Madison Public Library. He previously worked at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and served in Peace Corps Kyrgyzstan.




Hari Jost, Events Coordinator,; 263-3409

Hari Jost received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and French from UW-Madison, as well as her certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies.  While she was a student at the University, Hari participated in numerous organizations, such as the Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee, the Titanic Players, the Understudies Improv, and Manhole Sketch Comedy.


Jamila Siddiqui, Program Coordinator, HEX-U,

Jamila Siddiqui is a PhD candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation, Mapping Rigor in the Open Movement of Higher Education, theorizes the movement of “openness” that is building among public scholars, digital pedagogues, the digital humanities, and posthumanist literatures, particularly as this movement connects with higher education. As an advisor at the Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO), Jamila led the design and implementation of a new Second-Year Retention Program. This year, she will implement a Public Humanities Exchange for undergraduates, providing guidance and oversight to help UW-Madison undergraduates design and implement community projects that draw upon humanities scholarship and methods.

Guillaume Ratel, Director of Programs, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes,; 265-7931

Guillaume Ratel wrote his doctoral dissertation in History at Cornell University, where his research focused on legal practices in early-modern French courts. Guillaume also has a Diplôme d’Archiviste Paléographe from the École nationale des chartes in Paris and an M.A. in History from the Sorbonne. While at Cornell, Guillaume served as the Assistant Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, during which he created Meridian 180, a multilingual online forum for scholars, students, and policy makers in the Pacific Rim region.


Craig Eley, Communications and Membership Manager, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes,; 890-1468

Craig Eley received his PhD from the University of Iowa, where he focused on sound studies and the environmental humanities. His research examines the origins of recorded environmental sounds and how those sounds have influenced American cultural and political life in the twentieth century. Craig has had research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, and was most recently an ACLS Public Fellow at To the Best of Our Knowledge, a nationally distributed radio show produced at Wisconsin Public Radio.