Max Kade Center Advisory Board


Audrey Coleman

Audrey Coleman

Audrey, Director and Director of Museum & Archives at the Dole Institute of Politics, leads initiatives related to engagement with collections, including instruction and research, exhibit development, public programming, and institutional partnerships. She is a Certified Archivist and member of the Kansas Historical Records Advisory Board and Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau.

Andy Denning

Andrew Denning

Andrew Denning is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Museum Studies Program. His research and teaching interests revolve around the transnational and global connections among Western European states and empires, particularly Germany, France, and Italy in the first half of the twentieth century. His books include Skiing Into Modernity: A Cultural and Environmental History (2015), Automotive Empire: How Cars and Roads Fueled European Colonialism in Africa (2024), and The Interwar World (2024, co-edited with Heidi J.S. Tworek). He has been awarded German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grants for research in Berlin and Munich, and has published on aspects of German history in American Historical Review, Journal of Modern History, and Central European History.

Elspeth Healey

Elspeth Healey

Elspeth is an Associate Librarian at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, where she curates the library’s holding for Special Collections. Her position entails building the collections through purchases and donation, teaching with special collections materials, proposing and participating in digital projects, engaging in public outreach (from exhibitions to blog posts), providing reference assistance for on-site and remote researchers, and collaborating with colleagues in conservation and cataloging to enhance access to the library’s collections. Her areas of research interest include the History of the Book, special collections librarianship, and modernist literary community.

Ari Linden

Ari Linden

Dr. Linden is associate professor in the Department of German Studies. His teaching and research interests include 20th-century German and Austrian literature, German-Jewish modernity, and critical theory. His book, Karl Kraus and the Discourse of Modernity, assesses the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus's literary production as well as his relationship to other important theorists of European modernity.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison has held several positions at the University of Kansas and most recently has retired from a position as a Lecturer/ Academic Program Associate in the Department of German Studies. He acted as the Program Coordinator for the Testing Center for the Goethe Institute and provided invaluable serve to the Max Kade Center over the years in numerous ways, mostly recently as Assistant to the Director. He taught German for the professions, German business culture, German for reading knowledge and helps evaluate German language proficiency for applicants for Fulbright grants and other awards.

David Roediger

David Roediger

David Roediger teaches American Studies at University of Kansas. He was born in southern Illinois and educated in public schools in that state, with a B.S. in Ed from Northern Illinois University. He holds a PhD from Northwestern, where he studied under Sterling Stuckey. Roediger has taught labor, immigrant, and Black history at University of Missouri, University of Illinois, and University of Minnesota. He worked as an editor of the Frederick Douglass Papers at Yale University. His books include Seizing Freedom, The Sinking Middle Class, The Wages of Whiteness, How Race Survived U.S. History, and Working toward Whiteness. His The Production of Difference (with Elizabeth Esch) won the International Labor History Association Book Prize. Roediger has twice won the Carlton C. Qualey best article prize from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and recently received the lifetime achievement award from the Society for the Study of Multiethnic Literature of the US. He is past president of the American Studies Association and of the Working Class Studies Association.