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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Our Team

group photo of engaged humanities leadership team standing outside Tolley Humanities Building
Top left to right: Brice Nordquist, Sophia Stokoe, Tighe Gugerty. Bottom left to right: Lizmarie Montemayor, Katie Miles, Maggie Sardino

The Engaged Humanities leadership team is comprised of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate scholars and teachers. Members of the team work across communities, organizations, and schools to support, study, and connect publicly engaged humanities and arts projects and programs.

Brice Nordquist, A&S Dean’s Professor of Community Engagement, Associate Professor of Writing & Rhetoric

Brice is a community-engaged writing and rhetoric researcher and teacher. He works through participatory research and arts-based programming to study and support students’ movements across contexts of learning and stages of education. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Narratio Fellowship, a storytelling program for resettled refugee youth, and the founder and director of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Engaged Humanities Network.

Andrew Ridgeway, Engaged Humanities Graduate Research Assistant

Andrew is a Ph.D. candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse University. He researches white nationalism, misinformation, and the rhetoric of the far-Right through the lens of affect theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis. He is the founder and lead coach of an urban speech and debate team for resettled refugee students from the North Side Learning Center and high schools across the city of Syracuse.

Maggie Sardino, Engaged Humanities Undergraduate Research Assistant

Maggie is a junior at Syracuse University studying Writing & Rhetoric, Citizenship & Civic Engagement and public communication. She is invested in promoting more sustainable and inclusive town-gown relationships as well as innovative methods of storytelling. In addition to being an Engaged Humanities research assistant, she is a writer for the SU publication Globalists and researcher for City Scripts, an organization committed to exploring the intersections of politics and the design of built environments.

Tighe Gugerty, Engaged Humanities SOURCE Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tighe Gugerty is a senior at Syracuse University majoring in Physics and Philosophy, with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. He is interested in empowering youth to critically assess and create knowledge. He has worked with Hendricks Chapel as a Youth Mentor and as a tutor at the North Side Learning Center. He conducts research in neutrino physics, leads the SU Philosophy club, and is a Student Representative on the SU Bee Campus USA Board. In his role as Engaged Humanities RA, Tighe is developing and launching Philosophy Lab, a program led by members of Syracuse University’s Philosophy Department to help local youth critically engage with the world around them.

Katherine Miles, Engaged Humanities SOURCE Undergraduate Research Assistant

Katherine is a sophomore at Syracuse University double majoring in Linguistics and Modern Foreign Languages. She hopes in her research and future career to pursue her passions for social justice and foreign languages and cultures. She has volunteered as a language tutor at the North Side Learning Center and Mercy Works in Syracuse and has worked as an intern through the Synergy program at Hopeprint, a non-profit located on the Northside of Syracuse. Alongside her research assistantship, Katherine is the co-vice president of La Société Francophone, the university’s French Club. She is working on Spanish in Action, a project in the Engaged Communities Cohort, as part of her Engaged Humanities research.

Lizmarie Montemayor, Engaged Humanities SOURCE Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lizmarie is a sophomore at Syracuse University majoring in Modern Foreign Languages and Linguistics with a minor in Anthropology. She is passionate about community engagement and cultural and language studies. She has organized activities such as reading days, jewelry making, and painting for the orphanage 'Hogar La Casa de Todos' in Puerto Rico, and volunteered at La Casita Cultural Center for its re-opening after the COVID-19 pandemic. She is an instructional assistant and language tutor for the Steven Center for Student-Athlete Support and is working with La Casita's Echoes project to develop assessment tools as a part of her Engaged Humanities research.

Sophia Stokoe, Engaged Humanities SOURCE Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sophia is a sophomore at Syracuse University majoring in English as well as in Communications and Rhetorical Studies. As a research assistant working with Write Out, Sophia develops and reviews lessons and collects and analyzes program data. She helps facilitate sessions to provide outlets and opportunities for the creative expression and wellbeing of Syracuse youth. She has volunteered with Girls Inc. and with Betts Branch Library in the past. Along with Write Out, she is also working with the Sustainability Research Project based in the School of Design.