Humanities Faculty


Sally Barbour  Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities

Professor Barbour teaches French Studies; French literature and culture (including regular directorship of Wake Forest Dijon); diaspora and Caribbean literature including in translation; and advanced translation pedagogy (including the Masters in Translational Studies).

Linda Nielsen

Professor of Education/Interdisciplinary Humanities and an international authority on father-daughter relationships and shared parenting after divorce.  She is the author of numerous articles and several books including Adolescence: A Contemporary View and  Fathers & Daughters: Contemporary Research and Issues.  She works with legislators and advocacy groups around the world on revising custody laws and regularly provides advice on father-daughter relationships through the national media.  Visit her website for more information:

David P. Phillips

Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities and a core faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies program. Please visit Dr. Phillips’ personal page for more information.

Ron Von Burg

Assistant Professor of Communication and a core faculty member in Interdisciplinary Humanities.  His research includes the rhetoric of classical thought, religion, science, and science fiction.  Dr. Von Burg contributes notably to scholarship on the rhetoric of contemporary argument intersecting religious and scientific views.  He is also a scholar of science fiction film.

Brian Warren

Dr. Warren is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Classical Languages and a core faculty member in Interdisciplinary Humanities.  He teaches courses in Latin as well as in translated study of classical and medieval philosophical works.


José Luis Venegas

José Luis Venegas is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Interdisciplinary Humanities. His teaching and research focus on Comparative Literature and Transatlantic Studies, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary Spanish and Spanish American narrative. He is the author of Decolonizing Modernism: James Joyce and the Development of Spanish American Fiction (Oxford: Legenda, 2010) and Transatlantic Correspondence: Modernity, Epistolarity, and Literature in Spain and Spanish America, 1898-1992 (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, forthcoming). He has also published comparative studies and articles on modern and contemporary Hispanic literature and culture in MLNHispanic ReviewJournal of Latin American Cultural StudiesRevista Hispánica Moderna, and Symposium, among other venues.  Visit:

Thomas Frank

Thomas  Frank is a History Professor and Chair of the History Department.  He teaches undergraduate history courses on religious utopian communities, liberal arts colleges, and contemporary issues of conservation of the natural and built landscape.  He offers courses in religious leadership, spirituality and the arts in the School of Divinity.


Part-time Associate Teaching Professor and Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Humanities Pathway to Medicine

Thomas O. Phillips

Dr. Phillips is  director of the Wake Forest Scholars Program.  He teaches courses in Literature and Ethics, Literature in Translation, Novel to Film, and Novels and Family.  In Spring, 2014, he is teaching Germanic and Slavic Literature at Flow House, Vienna, Austria.