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Amy E. Armstrong, Archivist
Armstrong is an archivist in the Archives and Visual Materials Cataloging Department and has processed many collections at the Ransom Center, including the papers of Sanora Babb, William Faulkner, Paul Schrader, and Denis Johnson.

Helen Baer, Curator of Performing Arts
Baer has worked with the Ransom Center’s performing arts collections since 1999, first as a cataloger and most recently as curator. She oversees a diverse collection, ranging from theatrical photographs to set and costume designs to the papers of renowned actors and directors.

Megan Barnard, Associate Director for Acquisitions and Administration 
Barnard works closely with the Director on a variety of aspects related to the Center’s administration—from acquisitions to publications to programming—and serves as a speechwriter and general writer and editor. Barnard is editor and co-author of Collecting the Imagination: The First Fifty Years of the Ransom Center.

Amy Brown, Project Archivist
Brown is a project cataloger at the Ransom Center currently working on the Texas Sueltas collection. She is also a student at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin, focusing on archives and special collections.

Abigail Cain, Former Public Affairs Intern (Summer 2013)
Cain is a junior at Brown University majoring in political science and history of art and architecture. Her studies have focused on American politics and nineteenth-century European art.

Alyse Camus, Undergraduate Intern
Camus is a San Diego native who moved to Texas only to fall in love with Russia. She is a current senior majoring in American Studies as well as Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies whose research interests include childhood, war propaganda, and 20th century literary relationships between Russia and the United States.

Jean Cannon, Literary Collections Research Associate
Cannon assists a wide variety of students, scholars, and local and remote patrons conduct their research in the book and manuscript collections held at the Ransom Center. Having just finished a doctoral degree focused on the British trench poets of the First World War, she is currently assisting with research and planning for the upcoming centenary exhibition on World War I.

Anna Chen, Former Public Services Intern (2010-2011)
Chen is an intern in the Office of the Associate Librarian, where she provides general support for Ransom Center programs and services. She is also a graduate student in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin.

Stephen Cooper, Archivist
Cooper is the accessioning archivist in the Archives and Visual Materials Cataloging Department whose responsibilities include keeping track of all new manuscript collections arriving at the Ransom Center. He has processed many collections including the papers of Spalding Gray, Tim O’Brien, Barry Unsworth, David Foster Wallace, and the David Foster Wallace collection.

Nicole Davis, Former Assistant Archivist (2008-2013)
Davis works in the archives department with both visual materials and manuscripts. She works on a variety of photography cataloging projects and is currently processing the papers of 20th-century lawyer Morris L. Ernst.

Kelly DeWitt, Former Marketing and Membership Specialist (2011-2013)
DeWitt works to develop and implement membership strategies, plan events, and manage member benefits, appeals, and renewals. She also assists the director of marketing with marketing initiatives, including graphic design and promotional partnerships.

Alicia Dietrich, Cultural Compass Editor and Public Affairs Representative
Dietrich edits the biannual print newsletter Ransom Edition and monthly email newsletter eNews; promotes exhibitions and public programs; produces press releases; and works with media.

Megan Dirickson, Former Library Assistant (2012-2013)
Dirickson is Library Assistant for the Frank Reaugh digitization and cataloging project at the Ransom Center. She is also a graduate student at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in archives and preservation studies.

Kevin Endres, Former Library Assistant (2009-2011)
Endres works as a library assistant in the reading room, where he pages books for patrons and assists with two cataloging projects. He interned at the Ransom Center as an undergraduate and spent his time assisting the curation of several exhibits.

Micah Erwin, Project Archivist
Micah is a project archivist in the Archives and Visual Materials Cataloging Department. He has processed the Herschel family papers and has volunteered in the conservation and book cataloging departments. He is currently processing the Commentary Magazine archive and in his spare time he practices paleography and volunteers on a project to catalog medieval manuscripts fragments in the Ransom Center collections.

Elana Estrin, Former Public Affairs (2010-2012)
Estrin is a features writer at the Ransom Center where she writes newsletter articles, blog posts, Q&As, press releases, and works with the media. She is also a Huffington Post blogger and has written about the arts and culture for The Jerusalem Post, The Strad magazine, The Forward, and The Daily Texan. Follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/ElanaEstrin.

Arcadia Falcone, Former Public Services Intern (2012-2013)
Falcone is a Public Services Intern in the Office of the Associate Librarian. She is also a graduate student in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin, focusing on archives and digital collections.

Wyndell Faulk, Exhibits Preparator and Fabricator
Faulk implements, designs, and fabricates specialized preservation housings, displays, and exhibition furniture for collection materials found in the Ransom Center’s permanent collections. Wyndell works as a professional preparator to assist curators and conservators for completing exhibitions within the Ransom Center Galleries.

Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator
Flukinger has published and lectured extensively in the fields of regional, cultural, and contemporary photography and the history of art and photography, and has produced or participated in nearly eighty exhibitions. His more recent publications have focused on the Center’s Gernsheim collection and other twentieth-century artists and photographers Arnold Newman, Fritz Henle, and David Douglas Duncan. Flukinger was a co-curator of the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age.

Francisca Folch, Former Public Services Intern (2010-2011)
Folch is an intern in the Office of the Associate Librarian, where she provides general support for Ransom Center programs and services. She is also a graduate student in the Program in Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Gilmore, Library Assistant
Gilmore was a Library Assistant in the Cataloging Department from 1982-1989. He rejoined the Ransom Center in 2013 as a Library Assistant in the Reading Room. He is the author of two books of poetry, Lyrika (1982) and Restless Astronomy (2008).

Paloma Graciani Picardo, Project Cataloger
Graciani Picardo is currently working on the Texas Sueltas collection. Her work has focused on rare books and special collections at institutions such as the Spanish Bibliographic Heritage Union Catalogue and the Reina Sofia National Art museum.

Heather Hamilton, Head of Paper Conservation
In the conservation department, Hamilton treats unbound paper-based materials including prints, drawings, and manuscripts.

Kelsey Harmon, Former Intern in English and American Literature (2010-2011)
Harmon is an intern assisting in the curation of gallery and web exhibitions. She is also a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, where she studies English, History, and Spanish.

Mary Alice Harper, Photographic Archivist
Harper supervises cataloging of the Ransom Center’s photographic collections, from single prints to collective archives. She works closely with both the Cataloging and the Photography Departments to determine processing priorities and assist with collection management.

Jennifer Hecker, Former Project Archivist (2005-2011)
Hecker worked on numerous collections at the Ransom Center, including the papers of Norman Mailer and David Mamet. She now works as an archivist for the UT Libraries.

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director for Exhibitions and Fleur Cowles Executive Curator
Henderson has held a number of positions at the Harry Ransom Center, including research librarian and associate librarian for manuscripts public service. In her current position as associate director, she oversees the planning and development of exhibitions at the Ransom Center.

Ryan Hildebrand, Head of Book Cataloging
Hildebrand manages the operations of the Book Cataloging Department and contributes to Ransom Center curatorial efforts.

Gabrielle Inhofe, Public Affairs Intern
Inhofe is a sophomore at The University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in Plan II and International Relations and Global Studies.

Paul Johnson, Library Assistant
Johnson has been with the Ransom Center since 1974. He has cataloged a number of collections over the years, both older books and currents, and he now serves in catalog maintenance and is part of the acquisitions team.

Bethany Johnsen, Former Undergraduate Intern (2011-2012)
Johnsen is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in English and Philosophy. Her focus is on the influence of eighteenth-century British moral philosophy on the gothic novel.

Elon Lang, Archivist
Lang is a lecturer in The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts Humanities programs and part-time project archivist in the archives and visual materials cataloging department at the Ransom Center. He has a PhD in Medieval English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, with a background in medieval and early modern English paleography and interests in digital editing and collaborative publication. He has been employed to assist in the processing of the Carl H. Pforzheimer collection of English manuscripts from 2012–2014.

Christine Lee, Director of Marketing
Lee manages marketing and membership initiatives at the Ransom Center, which includes branding, graphic design, advertising, and promotional partnerships. She also assists with the visitor services volunteer program.

Elizabeth Lovero, Public Services Intern
Lovaro is a graduate student in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin, focusing on new media curation and digital learning. Prior to her graduate studies she was curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art and assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

Jessica S. McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Myerson Curator of Photography
She has held curatorial positions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and has taught courses in the history of photography and photographic books. Her anthology Nathan Lyons: Selected Essays, Lectures, and Interviews was published in 2012 by the University of Texas Press, and her essays have been published in journals such as FOAM, Exposure, and Photography & Culture.

Kelsey McKinney, Former Public Affairs Intern (2011-2012)
McKinney is currently a sophomore at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Plan II Honors. She focuses her degree around English Literature, Italian Language, and Art History.

Peter Mears, Curator of Art
Mears oversees a collection of artwork from the Americas, Asia and Europe. He works with staff in all departments to provide patrons access to the art collection and serves as a liaison to faculty and students in the University’s Department of Art and Art History.

Jane Robbins Mize, Public Affairs Intern
Mize studies English and Latin at The University of Texas at Austin. She also works in the Rare Books Collection at the Benson Latin American Collection and as Deputy Editor of Foxing Quarterly.

Io Montecillo, Former Public Affairs Intern (2011-2012)
Io is currently a junior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in both Religious Studies and Plan II Honors. His studies are focused on the religions of Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Jill Morena, Collection Assistant for Costumes and Personal Effects
Morena joined the Ransom Center in 2003. Her current appointment as Collection Assistant for Costumes and Personal Effects involves research, cataloging, collection management, and public service.

Jacqueline Muñoz, Former Librarian (2004-2013)
Muñoz works in the Cataloging Department mainly with books, both contemporary and rare, but also with media, both current and obsolete. Some of her time is spent reading up-and-coming authors in hopes of discovering new talent to add to the Ransom Center’s book collection.

Emily Neie, Former Undergraduate Intern (2012-2013)
Neie is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin studying English Honors and Rhetoric & Writing. Her main research interests include American poetry, the rhetoric of the feminist movement, and young adult fiction.

Richard W. Oram, Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian
Oram is responsible for the Center’s collections and public services operations and is curator of the book collection. He has written more than 25 articles related to library history and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature.

Rachel Platis, Former Undergraduate Intern (2011-2012)
Platis is a graduating senior earning degrees in Plan II Liberal Arts and multimedia journalism. Her work has focused on integrating arts and culture with technology and she will go on to work for Texas Instruments in Dallas.

Lisa Pulsifer, Associate Curator of Academic Programs
Pulsifer’s responsibilities at the Ransom Center include event management, tours and teacher programs, and volunteer management.

Gabriela Redwine, Former Archivist and Electronic Records/Metadata Specialist (2006-2013)
Redwine is responsible for processing paper and born-digital collections, developing policies and procedures for the Ransom Center’s born-digital preservation program, and maintaining Encoded Archival Description versions of the Center’s finding aids.

Courtney Reed, Former Public Affairs Intern (2010-2011)
Courtney is currently a senior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Plan II Honors and English, with a concentration in classical and pre-16th century English literature.

Margie Rine, Associate Director for Development
Rine is chair of the Center’s grant committee and coordinates proposals to federal and state agencies, foundations, and corporations. She serves as a staff liaison to the Advisory Council’s exhibitions committee, and is a member of the American Association of Museums.

Molly Schwartzburg, Former Curator of British and American Literature (2006-2012)
Schwartzburg works with staff in all departments throughout the Ransom Center to develop, maintain, and interpret literary holdings in all media; she also assists faculty, students, and remote and visiting scholars with their research and teaching in the book and manuscript collections.

Jenn Shapland, Former Public Services Intern (2012-2013)
Shapland’s projects included cataloging parts of the David Foster Wallace papers and several personal effects collections. She is earning her Ph.D. in English at The University of Texas at Austin and serves as the nonfiction editor of Covered with Fur, a digital monthly from Austin small press A Strange Object.

Danielle Brune Sigler, Associate Director for Research and Programs
Sigler coordinates academic programming and fellowships at the Ransom Center. Her research interests include African American history and culture and American religious history. She is co-editor of The New Black Gods.

Bob Taylor, Archivist
Taylor has worked at the Ransom Center as a rare book cataloger and, presently, as a manuscripts archivist. He has processed the papers of Peter Glenville, James Jones, and Lillian Hellman, among others.

Jennifer Tisdale, Public Affairs Director
At the Ransom Center, Tisdale is responsible for identifying, planning, and implementing strategic public affairs activities and programs that range from media relations to social media at the Ransom Center.

Apryl Voskamp, Head of Preservation
Voskamp oversees the preservation lab within the conservation department and is responsible for designing and producing a wide variety of preservation housings and structures for all departments within the Ransom Center. She also works part time in archives and visual materials and has processed multiple archives, including the Norman Mailer papers.

Edgar Walters, Former Public Affairs Intern (2012-2013)
Walters is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Plan II Honors. His focus is on American Literature, World War II History, and German Language.

Maria Weber, Cataloger
Weber is a serials cataloger in the Book Cataloging Department currently processing the Texas Sueltas collection and the George MacBeth Library serials among others.

Ady Wetegrove, Former Public Affairs Intern (2012-2013)
Wetegrove is currently a senior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in History. Her research interests include American history and material culture.

Steve Wilson, Curator of Film
Wilson has worked in the Center’s film collection since 1992 and as an Associate Curator since 2002. In that capacity he has negotiated the acquisition of several archives including the Robert De Niro collection. He has served as curator or co-curator for five exhibitions at the Ransom Center and as project director on four film preservation projects funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation. Wilson has also produced or co-produced several web exhibitions for the Ransom Center, most recently The Mike Wallace Interviews, which presents the complete video of more than 60 of Wallace’s interviews with notable figures from the late 1950s.

Natalie Zelt, Public Services Intern, 2013-2014
Zelt is currently a graduate student in the Department of American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, focusing on the history of American photography and representation. She previously held a curatorial position at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and has worked at the National Archives and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.