CHC Team Bios

Christine Henseler

Christine Henseler (CHC Co-President)

Christine Henseler is professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at Union College, NY. She has served as the chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, as the Director of Faculty Development and the Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies, among other administrative positions. Christine is actively engaged in the advocacy of the arts & humanities on national and international fronts. She co-leads 4Humanities and continues to build a website called The Arts & Humanities in the 21st Century Workplace. She was a blogger for the HuffPost and actively publishes public opinion pieces in Inside Higher Ed and other outlets, often in collaboration with colleagues from different fields and professions outside of academia. Her recent edited volumes include: The Entrepreneurial Humanities: The Crucial Role of the Humanities in Enterprise and the Economy (co-edited with Alain-Philippe Durand; 2023) and Extraordinary Partnerships: How the Arts and Humanities are Transforming America (2020). She also designed a free flipbook for students called Arts and Humanities: Don’t Leave College Without Them (2022). [Christine’s home page]

Alan Liu

Alan Liu (CHC Co-President)

Alan Liu is Distinguished Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published books on Wordsworth: The Sense of History (Stanford U. Press, 1989); The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (U. Chicago Press, 2004); Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (U. Chicago Press, 2008), and Friending the Past: The Sense of History in the Digital Age (U. Chicago Press, 2018). Recent essays include “Toward a Diversity Stack: Digital Humanities and Diversity as Technical Problem”; “Is Digital Humanities a Field?—An Answer from the Point of View of Language”; “N + 1: A Plea for Cross-Domain Data in the Digital Humanities”; and “The Meaning of the Digital Humanities.” Liu started the Voice of the Shuttle website for humanities research in 1994. He is founder and co-leader of the advocacy initiative, and Principal Investigator of the Mellon Foundation funded “WhatEvery1Says” project on public discourse about the humanities. He is also a co-leader of the Critical Infrastructure Studies initiative ( At UCSB, he has in various years been Chair, Graduate Chair, and Undergraduate Chair of the English Department. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the UCSB Center for Information Technology & Society and the UCSB Media Arts & Technology Program; and a member of the Working Group of the UCSB Data Science Initiative. [Alan’s home page]

Kath Burton

Kath Burton (Co-director of CHC’s Humanities Communication Program – Public Humanities and Publishing Track) 

Kath Burton is Humanities Development Director for Routledge, Taylor & Francis. With over 15 years’ experience in scholarly communications, she has worked in a variety of publishing roles from commissioning and program management to designing and implementing effective publishing strategies for scholarly societies and journal editorial teams. Kath’s main area of focus is to discover new opportunities for digital, open and public humanities, using human-centered design techniques and deeply embedding within research and practice communities. She is a co-author of Publishing Values-based Scholarly Communication (2023), an OER included in the Scholarly Communications Notebook and sponsored by IMLS, and the Visual Storytelling about Community Food Growing handbook. Along with Daniel Fisher-Livne, Kath co-founded the Publishing and the Publicly Engaged Humanities working group, an informal gathering of scholars, publishers and librarians committed to championing the benefits of values-based scholarship and publication. As a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Communities and Society (Brunel University London) Kath supports community-engaged programs and volunteers as a trustee at World Education Berkshire, where she combines publishing and community-gardening expertise to share knowledge about global citizenship and planet-friendly food growing. [Kath’s Humanities Commons web page]

Anke Finger

Anke Finger(Co-director of CHC’s Humanities Communication Program – Scholar Communication Track; CHC Liaison with Science Communication Community)

Anke Finger is Professor of German Studies, Media Studies, and Comparative & Literary and Cultural Studies at U. Connecticut–Storrs. She is a specialist on the idea of the total artwork and debates on interart/intermedia in modernism (with a monograph, Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006; and a collection of critical articles, The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments, 2011). New modernism projects focus on German Expressionism, with a book on Women in German Expressionism: Gender, Sexuality, Activism (2023) and on colonialism. A co-founder and co-editor (2005-2015) of the multilingual, peer reviewed, open access journal Flusser Studies, Anke Finger’s closely related scholarship in media studies originates from her work on the Czech-Brazilian philosopher Vilém Flusser. She co-authored the 2011 Introduction to Vilém Flusser, and she is a member of the Flusser project team (FlusserVision) at Greenhouse Studios. Comparative/interart literature and media studies also influence her work in intercultural communication. She edited Flusser’s The Freedom of the Migrant and co-edited KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities (2015). Her latest book merging intercultural communication and media studies appeared in 2023: Bias, Belief and Conviction in an Age of Fake Facts (Routledge). She has held numerous administrative positions, including Section Head in German Studies, inaugural Director of the Digital Humanities and Media Studies Initiative (as Assistant Director of the Humanities Institute), and Director of Public Outreach for the Humility and Conviction in Public Life project (2016-2019). [Anke’s U. Connecticut web page]

Isabell Sluka

Isabell Sluka  (Co-director of CHC’s Humanities Communication Program – Social Media Internship Program)

Isabell Sluka is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in German Studies at U. Connecticut–Storrs. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, as well as graduate certificates in Media Studies and Gender Equality from the University of Oslo, Norway. Isabell’s interdisciplinary research and teaching are deeply concerned with questions of social justice and the politics of belonging, particularly in relation to class, race and ethnicity. Her main research interests are 20th-21st century German literature and culture, media culture and participation, media activism, theories of culture and the public sphere. In addition to her PhD, she is pursuing graduate certificates in Human Rights and Indigeneity, Race, Ethnicity and Politics (IREP). From 2020 to 2023, Isabell served as a co-organizer of the “Decolonizing Area Studies” initiative. Prior to joining UConn, she worked as a German instructor and academic advisor at the Universidad Paraguayo Alemana in San Lorenzo, Paraguay. In her dissertation titled “From a Postmigrant Society to Radical Diversity: (Re)Negotiating Germanness in the Digital Realm,” Isabell investigates how digital media are used to contest current conceptions of Germanness, national identity and belonging. Based on the thesis that traditional mass media, and especially linear television, narrate Germanness in a very narrow and therefore exclusionary way, she argues that the digital realm, and specifically social media sites, provide the necessary platforms and tools to question this narrative and to (re)write conceptions of Germanness.  Most recently, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with Greenhouse Studios, awarded Isabell the 2022-24 Graduate Assistantship in Digital Humanities. [Isabell’s U. Connecticut web page]