Dr. Eric Wertheimer, AEI Director
Eric Wertheimer's diverse professional output includes writing cultural history and poetry, as well as exploring the curricular and research possibilities of the digital humanities. After earning a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, Dr. Wertheimer joined the faculty at ASU in 1996. He is currently Associate Dean for Graduate Initiatives and faculty director of ASU’s Digital Humanities Initiative.
Dr. Wertheimer is the author of Underwriting: The Poetics of Insurance in America, published by Stanford University Press and Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876, (Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback 2009). He has published articles on topics in early and nineteenth century American literature in American Literature, Early American Literature, Nineteenth Century Literature, The Canadian Review of American Studies, and Arizona Quarterly.
He is the founder and past Director of ASU's Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies and serves on the editorial board of Early American Literature; he is currently a member of the MLA Publications Committee. He recently co-edited a volume of essays, Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict and Memory in Everyday Life (NYU Press, 2016). He is a co-PI on a Mellon Foundation sponsored grant, partnered with the MLA, called Connected Academics, and he is the PI on a Luce Foundation sponsored grant supporting American Studies in China.
Angela Zhao, Project Manager
Angela joined ASU as the Senior Project Director working on special projects that lead to ASU’s deeper global involvement, with an emphasis on China. Previously, Angela was the marketing director for Chegg China (Beijing), managing all student engagement activities and international recruiting strategies for over 300 universities worldwide using social media and online tools. She also worked as the senior marketing manager at Alibaba in Beijing, responsible for brand expansion, online user interactions and tradeshows. The opportunity also allowed her to leverage her native Chinese background with her American experience. Angela has over 7 years of marketing and communication experiences in both U.S. and China.