Paula Cogliano, Assistant Director
Paula Cogliano earned her B.A. in Stage Management at Ithaca College. She worked at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, transitioning to Higher Ed Administration at MIT in 2007. Before joining Concourse she worked in the Office of Experiential Learning supporting the Dean as well as D-Lab. Outside her work with Concourse, she is an avid reader, theater enthusiast, and culinary adventurer.
Anne McCants, Director
Anne McCants studied economics, German, and history at Mount Holyoke College, and then completed her Masters degree in economics and Ph.D. in history at UCLA and UC Berkeley, respectively. She came to MIT in 1991 and is now a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow. Her teaching is focused in the areas of European economic and social history and social science research methods. She is the author of Civic Charity in a Golden Age: Orphan Care in Early Modern Amsterdam (1997), and numerous articles on historical demography, material culture, and the standard of living in the Dutch Republic. She is currently engaged in two major projects: one examining the long-term roots of economic development with a particular focus on the role played by institutions of the family and gender equity, and developing new measures for the study of wellbeing; and the other an economic and institutional history of the movement to build cathedrals and other major churches in the Gothic style in northwestern Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries. She serves as President of the International Economic History Association and Editor of the journal Social Science History. Her favorite ways to unwind are walking her dog Katie, cooking, working with fibers and textiles, and digging in the garden.
Will Broadhead studied classics and art history at Middlebury College, and then completed a Masters and PhD in ancient history at University College London. He came to MIT in 2004, where he is now Associate Professor of History and a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow. Prof. Broadhead teaches the history of ancient Greece and Rome, especially the fall of the Roman Republic and space and society in the cities of Athens and Rome. He is the co-director of the joint History-Concourse IAP in Ancient Greece and IAP in Ancient and Medieval Italy programs. His research focuses on the history of ancient Italy from the 4th to the 1st centuries BC, with a particular interest in relations between the Romans and the various Italian peoples subject to them. His current project examines the role of geographical mobility in the period. Prof. Broadhead has published a series of articles and book chapters on migration in second-century Italy and on Roman colonization. He was also a principal contributor to the Imagines Italicae project, whose three-volume publication of the Oscan, Umbrian, and other Italic inscriptions from Italy was published in 2011. His favorite ways to unwind are cycling, gardening, reading mystery novels, and watching Arsenal Football Club devise new and interesting ways to lose games.
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Diana Henderson majored in English and Philosophy while spending most of her outside time doing theater, dance, and music at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She received her doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and taught at Middlebury College before joining MIT’s Literature faculty in 1995. She is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. Her teaching interests include early modern poetry and culture, gender studies, world drama, and Shakespeare; she received the 2005 Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Diana is the author of Collaborations with the Past: Reshaping Shakespeare Across Time and Media (2006; paperback 2012) and Passion Made Public: Elizabethan Lyric, Gender and Performance (1995), and the editor of Alternative Shakespeares 3 (2008) and A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen (2006), as well as many articles on topics ranging from female sonneteers to James Joyce to the Hindi film Omkara. She is Associate Editor of the journal Shakespeare Studies and was the 2013-14 President of the Shakespeare Association of America. She has been a dramaturg, collaborated with the Royal Shakespeare Company and other professional theater troupes, and unwinds at the piano.
Ryan Lang was an undergraduate and graduate student at MIT, earning an S.B. in electrical engineering (2002) and physics (2003), an M.Eng. in electrical engineering and computer science (2003), and a Ph.D. in physics (2009). He returned to MIT in 2019 to teach physics in the Concourse program. His research interests are in the areas of astrophysics and Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Since 2015, he has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, an international team of researchers who search for gravitational-wave signals generated by extreme objects like neutron stars and black holes. Every January, he participates in the MIT Mystery Hunt, a weekend-long puzzle competition held on the MIT campus. During the rest of the year, he relaxes by spending time with family and friends, playing board games, following the Red Sox, and keeping up with his DVR.
Linda Rabieh received her Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Toronto. Having previously taught at Colorado College and Tufts University, Linda joined the Concourse faculty in 2010. Her studies and writings have focused on classical and medieval political philosophy. She has received a National Endowment of Humanities independent scholars’ fellowship, and her 2006 book, Plato and the Virtue of Courage (Johns Hopkins University Press), won the inaugural Delba Winthrop Mansfield prize for excellence in political science. Her current research interests include Plato’s depiction of happiness as a harmony of soul, ancient views on ethics in war, and the differences between the ancient and modern understandings of reason. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and twin children.
Beth Vogel Taylor
Beth studied chemistry and English at Hamilton College and completed her Ph.D. in organic chemistry in the Imperiali laboratory at MIT. In 2008, Beth became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Instructor in the Drennan Education Lab at MIT. In addition to teaching (5.111 and 5.36), Beth worked on creating and assessing resources to bring the excitement of research into introductory science courses. Beth has also trained graduate students in teaching in the Chemistry and Biology Departments and through the MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory. Beth joined the Concourse faculty in 2014 and is thrilled to be part of a liberal arts-inspired community within MIT. Beth lives near Harvard Square with her husband and two children and enjoys being outdoors as much as possible.
Robert Winters studied mathematics as an undergraduate at the City University of New York, attended graduate school at MIT and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Boston University in 1990. His primary field is dynamical systems, but he spends considerable time these days consulting on election systems. He served on the mathematics faculty of Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Brandeis University before joining the Concourse program. When not in the classroom, he writes about civic and political affairs in and around Cambridge as editor of the Cambridge Civic Journal. He is also Chair of the Local Walks/Hikes Committee of the Boston Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and serves as an appointed member of several boards for the City of Cambridge. He was instrumental in starting Cambridge’s recycling program and has for many years been known as the City’s composting guru.
Mary Erica Zimmer
Mary Erica Zimmer majored in Literature and Classical Studies through the University Professors Program at Boston University, earning master’s degrees in English Education, Mediaeval English, and Humanities from BU, the University of St. Andrews, and the University of Chicago, respectively, before her Ph.D. in Editorial Studies from The Editorial Institute at Boston University. She came to MIT in 2017; she is also a Postdoctoral Associate in MIT’s Mellon-funded Programs in Digital Humanities. Her research interests are literary, historical, and editorial, with emphases in poetics, material culture, and varied forms of adaptation. To this end, she is pleased to have been part of the team responsible for Global Shakespeares: The Merchant Module, which recently made its debut on the global edX platform. Her current projects include a digitized model of the bookshops and stalls surrounding London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral before the 1666 Great Fire and—with her Concourse students—a digital edition of Isaac Newton’s 1690s translation of The Book of Nicholas Flamel, which is held by MIT’s Distinctive Collections. She is happiest finding analogies, amassing pictures of her cat Wilbur, and exploring new possibilities for programming in the humanities.