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Anette Freytag, Co-Founder

Anette Freytag (she/her) is a Professor of Landscape Architecture (History, Theory and Design) at Rutgers University and an award-winning scholar, educator, and critic. She is a graduate of the University of Vienna (Mag. phil.) and the ETH Zurich (Doctor of Sciences). Her research focuses on designed landscapes from the 19th century to the current practice with a particular focus on topology, phenomenology, and walking. Her latest book The Landscape of Dieter Kienast published by gta Verlag Zurich in 2021 offers the first and comprehensive critical examination of a key figure of European landscape architecture and has been awarded a John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize 2022. Anette’s research has been supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, the ETH Zurich, Rémy and Verena Best, the Lucius and Annemarie Burckhardt Foundation, The Christoph Merian Foundation, Thomas and Marita Klinger Lohr, the Rutgers Research Council, Pro Helvetia, and the Swiss Association for Landscape Architecture.

Julia Ritter, Co-Founder

Julia M. Ritter (she/her), PhD, MFA, is an award-winning dance artist and scholar whose teaching, artistry, and scholarship demonstrates the integration of over 30 years of training in dance, voice, and theatre techniques. She is the recipient of a 2021 Rutgers Presidential Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award for her exemplary scholarship, teaching, and service to the campus community. Having taught in higher education for over twenty years, Dr. Ritter is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning methods that prioritize student access to the expertise of diverse faculty and the breadth of resources at academic institutions. With over fifteen years of experience as an academic leader, including eleven years as department chair at Rutgers University and currently serving as the Dean of the Gloria Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California, Dr. Ritter has spearheaded initiatives that deploy collaborative approaches to problem solving when working to enhance the teaching, learning, and working environments for the constituents she serves.

Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan

Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan (she/they) is a scholar of early American social history and a public historian. At Rutgers, she is Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator of Public History in the History Department, as well as Coordinator of the Graduate Public Humanities Certificate in the School of Arts and Sciences. She is the Co-Editor of Book Reviews for the Journal of the Early Republic and Editor for the Routledge series Global Perspectives on Public History. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Leicester and an MA in Modern History from Queens University Belfast. She researches poverty, labor, mobility, crime and punishment in the early American northeast, and is the author of Vagrants and Vagabonds: Poverty and Mobility in the Early American Republic (New York University Press, 2019). In 2020, she received the NJ Historical Commission’s Award of Recognition for Outstanding Service to Public Knowledge and Preservation of the History of New Jersey.

Jacqueline Thaw

Jacqueline Thaw (she/her) is a graphic designer with a focus on public health and community participation. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Design and MFA Design Director at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers. She was a staff designer at I.D. Magazine, Parham Santana, and Pentagram. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design. She is a member of the design group Class Action Collective. Her collaborative work has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists.