A warm welcome to five new members from Denmark and the USA, all of whom were admitted to full membership of NCIS in the last month.
Dr Richard L.S. Evans (USA) holds a B.A. in Latin from the University of South Carolina; he was a regular member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens where he studied classical archaeology.  Earning an MA in Classical Greek and MPhil in Classics from Columbia University in City of New York, Evans completed his PhD in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in Greek, Latin and early English from the University of South Carolina with a dissertation entitled From Greek and Latin to the Old English Orosius. Evans’ comparative research and publication continues to focus on the cultural transference of Classical ideas through reception and translation of ancient texts.
Dr Maria Cristache (Denmark) is a PhD graduate in sociology from Justus Liebig University and a former member of the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture. She defended her dissertation, "Objects in the Romanian Postsocialist Domestic Sphere: Changing Values and Temporalities" in 2019. She has an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Central European University (2012) and an MA in Sociology of Consumption and Marketing from the University of Bucharest (2010). Between 2016 and 2019 she taught cultural anthropology and sociology at the University of Maryland Global Campus. She published "The 'Socialist Modernism' Platform: Online Archives and Knowledge Production in Central and Eastern Europe" (MARTOR, 2019), "China Sets and Crystal Cups: Material Traces of the Communist Past in Romanian Homes" (2014, Ethnographic Review, translated in Russian), and "The ‘vintage community’ in Bucharest: consumers and collectors" (2013, Things in Culture – Culture in Things).
Ann Harlow (USA) is an independent art historian and editor whose professional experience includes posts as Assistant Director of Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, and Director of the Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College. She is a past president of the Berkeley Historical Society, and currently serves as president of the Institute for Historical Study in San Francisco, one of the NCIS Partner Groups. She has spent several years working on a dual biography of artist Anne Bremer and her cousin and life partner, art patron Albert Bender, details of which can be found at www.annharlow.com.
Dr Trisha Kannan (USA) gained her PhD in English from the University of Florida, for her dissertation on “The Publics of Emily Dickinson” which has led to several publications. A writer, editor and consultant, Dr  Kannan has held teaching posts at Santa Fe College, the University of Florida and UC Santa Barbara,  and she is now owner at  Concision Matters, which specializes in the development of ELA and social studies assessments and curriculum and provides writing and editing assistance. www.concisionmatters.com
Dr Michele Root-Bernstein (USA) is an independent scholar, writer, and poet, with an adjunct position in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University. Her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University set the stage for a broad, multi-disciplinary approach to study of creative imagination across the arts and sciences, often in collaboration with her husband, Bob. Her most recent scholarly book, Inventing Imaginary Worlds, From Childhood Play to Adult Creativity (2014), argues for the importance of imaginative play throughout life. She is currently at work on creative polymathy and the individual networks of vocation and avocation that inspire new ways of thinking.

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