Current and Past Fellows-in-Residence

The Fellows-in-Residence who stay at the Women’s International Study Center benefit from an environment that is ideally conducive to focused, creative work: respite from the routines and demands of their everyday lives, stimulating interchanges with other Fellows, and the serene natural beauty and rich cultural history of the Acequia Madre House and Santa Fe.  WISC Fellows hail from a broad range of personal and professional backgrounds and pursue an exciting array of projects during their residencies. They all, however, share at least one thing in common: a profound wealth of experience and expertise in their respective fields.


PAST: Geraldine  Craig   (May-June 2014)  PAST: Geraldine Craig (May-June 2014)

Geraldine Craig is an artist and writer whose research focuses on the intersections or relationships between textile history, theory and criticism, curatorial work and studio practice. Look at here if you want to master this art of being a good writer. There are too many writers who are caught up thinking whether or not they are good at writing. We are neurotics and these self-doubts about our writing skills make it even more destructive. It is important to understand that there is no such thing as a good writer. She received Bachelors’ degrees from the University of Kansas (Textile Design; History of Art), and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1989. She also studied art history and philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Currently, she is Professor of Art at Kansas State University, where she has taught and been Department Head of Art since July 2007.



PAST: Punyashree Panda   (May-June 2014)  PAST: Punyashree Panda (May-June 2014)

Dr. Punyashree Panda is an Assistant Professor of English at Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India. Dr. Panda has a doctoral degree in Native American literature and a Post-graduate diploma in ELT which is equivalent to an American TESOL diploma. She is particularly interested in Native American and Native Canadian Fiction, Postcolonial World Literature, Indian Writing in English, Cross Cultural Communication, and English Language Teaching. She is presently working on a sponsored project on “Twentieth Century Marginal Women’s Autobiographical Writing: A Contrastive Study of India and the United States.”



PAST: Adrianne Wortzel   (May-June 2014)  PAST: Adrianne Wortzel (May-June 2014)

Adrianne Wortzel creates unique and innovative interactive art works exploring historical and cultural perspectives by coupling fact and fiction and deploying their considered mix in both physical and virtual networked environments. She is a Professor of Entertainment Technology and Emerging Media Technologies at New York City College of Technology, the senior technical college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. She is the Founding Director of StudioBlueLab, an interdisciplinary collaborative lab facility for faculty and student invention, established by a 2004 CUNY Graduate Research Technology Incentive Award and maintained at New York City College of Technology.



PAST: Kristin Swenson   (April 2014)  PAST: Kristin Swenson (April 2014)

Kristin Swenson is a visiting associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and continues to be affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned tenure as a professor of the history and literature of ancient Israel. After taking a fellowship at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and moving to Charlottesville, she resigned from VCU to write full-time. She serves as editor for the Society of Biblical Literature’s NEH-supported Bible Odyssey website project and is a regular contributor to the religion arm of Publishers Weekly and to The Huffington Post.