Jeanette Herman is the Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director, Bridging Disciplines Programs at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004. Her research focuses on textual and visual images of suffering bodies as they circulate in colonial and postcolonial political contexts, particularly in India and Ireland/Northern Ireland. She has published articles in Camera Obscura and Comparative Literature Studies. She has taught courses on Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora, Women’s Popular Genres, and the Rhetoric of Political Bodies. Before joining the Bridging Disciplines Programs in 2006, Jeanette was the editor for UT Austin’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where she managed three series of scholarly monographs and literary translations. In her current role, she directs the Bridging Disciplines Programs and works with a variety of academic initiatives in the School of Undergraduate Studies, including the Office of Undergraduate Research.