We are pleased to welcome four new Full Members and one new Associate Member this month, unusually all hailing from the USA. Welcome one and all!
Dr Douglas A. Dixon (USA) earned his PhD at the University of Georgia.  A native of Evansville, Indiana, he served in the U. S. Foreign Service and on the faculties of several universities.  Before receiving his doctorate, he taught U.S.  History, Economics, World Geography, and Literature, in public schools. He later taught Spanish to high school and college students.  His articles have appeared in popular and academic publications, most recently focused on Peace Corps beginnings and myths, political conservatives in mid-twentieth-century America, and Latinx immigrants in the Midwest.  Dixon resides in Austin, Texas.
Ann Li-Summers (USA) holds a Masters in Fine Art (MFA, general accepted as equivalent to a doctoral degree), an MA from the University of California, San Diego Communication Theory & Research, and AB Grinnell College Fine Arts. A widely published scholar, she has taught at a wealth of American universities and has been a visiting lecturer at Northern Illinois University, University of Rhode Island, California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, and the University of Southern California (French). Her current research is in geospatial information science analysis for theories of virtual capital, and she now spends time working on daily writing on areas of cultural criticism.
Dr Christina Van Dyke (USA) gained her PhD from Cornell University in 2000, and was a tenured full professor of philosophy (now emerita) at Calvin University (Grand Rapids, MI) following posts at Rutgers University’s Center for the Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame Center for the Philosophy of Religion, and Oxford University. A widely published author, Dr Van Dyke is commissioned editor for the Routledge Handbook on Women and Medieval Philosophy (projected publication 2023) and is currently completing a book on medieval women contemplatives for Oxford University Press, and continuing research and writing on various related projects.
Dr Brenda Gardenour Walter (USA) holds a Ph.D.in Medieval History from Boston University. Her research examines the role of Aristotelian discourse, learned medicine, and scholastic theology in the construction of alterity, in particular the continued influence of medieval “otherness” in dark popular culture. Her most recent publications examine the multivalent relationships between cultural constructions of the body, architectural theory, and the natural world as expressed in supernatural horror and true crime narratives. She is currently working on an ink-and-watercolor graphic novel called Brutal, which examines the experience of embodiment and depersonalization as a post-apocalyptic landscape.
Dr Erick Albarracin (USA) holds a PhD in Organization and Management, specialization in General Organization and Management, from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN (2018); and an MBA, specialization in Operations Management, from the American InterContinental University, Schaumburg, IL (2008). His main research interest is in coaching trends in manager coach-employee relationships in organizational settings.

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