Maddie Gombis
Graduate Student Fellow

Maddie Gombis is an MA student in English at NMU.

Hattie Foley
Undergraduate Fellow

Hattie Foley is an undergraduate in English at NMU.

Dominic Aishe
Undergraduate Fellow

Dominic Aishe is an undergraduate studying English, German, and Philosophy at NMU. His interests include literary, cultural studies, negative dialectics and deconstruction. His current project involves a critical rereading of Fredric Jameson from the point of view of Hegel and Adorno, and a reexamination of Derrida in light of Heidegger and the tradition of German Idealism.

James Pridemore
Undergraduate Fellow

James Pridemore is an undergraduate in History at NMU.

Adam Nesbit
Undergraduate Fellow

Adam Nesbit is an undergraduate studying Secondary Education – English, History, and Political Science at NMU. He previously attended college for Cultural Anthropology, and spent ten years working for the U.S. Forest Service in fire and aviation. Adam’s current reading outside of his studies has focused on the Frankfurt school of critical philosophy, primarily Jürgen Habermas, as well as the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt.


Prof. Gregory Lobo

Dr. Gregory Lobo teaches at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. His commitment to free thought and expression is rooted in his understanding of human beings as innately thoughtful and expressive beings, and his deep appreciation of, as he puts it, “the fact that the growth of political freedom since about the eighteenth century owes much to the understanding that words themselves are not a form of violence—though they may be a mode of political and intellectual combat, and though they often hurt.” This profound commitment forms the point of departure for his current research program, in what he terms “symbolic materialism,” which focuses on how symbolic practice becomes the foundation of our being together, and apart, in the world. He currently serves as a Faculty Fellow in the CAIF International Scholars at Risk Program—supporting the work of those who stand for academic and intellectual freedom outside the West, including places abroad where these values are gravely under threat. He is the author of numerous articles and the pathbreaking study of nationalism in a Latin American context, Colombia Algo Diferente de Una Nacion.

Dr. Gadi Taub

Gadi Taub, Ph.D., is one of Israel’s leading public intellectuals. He has worked for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority on both radio and television, as both a writer and performer. A prolific op-eds columnist, his engaged journalism appears frequently in the Israeli newspaper of record, Haaretz. Taub holds a dual appointment in the School of Public Policy and Department of Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where his research interests include the critique of ideology, psychological theory, sexuality and gender. He currently serves as CAIF’s Senior Research Fellow.