Jeanette Herman, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director, Bridging Disciplines Programs
Jeanette Herman 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 and the Archer Fellowship Program.
Larissa Noake, Ed.M.
Senior Program Coordinator
Larissa Noake joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in August 2015 as the Senior Program Coordinator. Larissa oversees advising services, events, and outreach activities for current and prospective students. Prior to joining the BDPs, Larissa spent eleven years at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in Cambridge, MA. While there, she managed the administration of professional programs for PreK-12 school leaders; served as relationship manager for a collaboration between HGSE, Teach For America, and Chicago Public Schools; and worked in the Career Services Office advising students on educator licensure requirements. She received her Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from HGSE, and her B.A. in English and B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Texas at Austin.
Christine Anderson, M.A.
BDP Advisor, Archer Fellowship Program Coordinator at UT Austin
Christine Anderson has been working with the Bridging Disciplines Programs since March 2008. She is the advisor for the Global Studies; Human Rights & Social Justice; Media, Culture & Identities; Public Policy; and Social Inequality, Health & Policy programs. Christine also serves as the coordinator for the Archer Fellowship Program at UT Austin. She received her B.A. in history and M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Along with her academic achievements, Christine brings her experience in nonprofit program coordination and event planning.
Julia Chinnock, M.A.
Julia Chinnock joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in December 2015 as the advisor for the Environment & Sustainability, Digital Arts & Media, and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits Bridging Disciplines Programs. Prior to joining the BDPs, Julia worked as an advisor in the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in the School of Undergraduate Studies at UT Austin. She has also worked in Career Services at UT Arlington and WyoTech, taught courses for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Texas State, and served cupcakes at a local Austin bakery. Julia graduated with a B.A. from Nebraska Wesleyan University, double-majoring in Theatre and Spanish, and received an M.A. in Theatre History and Dramaturgy from Texas State University.
Lauren Contreras, M.Ed.
Lauren Contreras serves as the advisor for the Children & Society; Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies; Ethics & Leadership; and Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship programs. Before joining the BDP in July 2014, Lauren worked in the College of Liberal Arts Student Division and with the TIP program at UT. She also served as an AmeriCorps member and Program Manager for College Forward, a college access and completion non-profit based in Austin. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Southwestern University and her M.Ed. in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
BDP Administrative Associate
Celeste Middleton joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in March 2014. As Administrative Associate for the BDPs, Celeste coordinates events, maintains student and curriculum records, and supports the day-to-day needs of the BDP office. A native Austinite, Celeste has worked for the College of Liberal Arts and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and served as an AmeriCorps member with the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment at the Harris County Department of Education. She received her B.M. in oboe performance with a minor in government from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.