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Chad Emmett is an associate professor of geography at Brigham Young University. He holds a BA in history/secondary education from Utah State University; a MA from BYU in international relations and a PhD in geography from the University of Chicago. He specializes in political geography and the geography of the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He speaks Arabic and Indonesian and has traveled and researched widely in both regions. He has lived for two years in Indonesia, a year in Nazareth and most recently a year in Jerusalem where he spent the 2009-2010 academic year teaching three semester abroad programs. His first book Beyond the Basilica: Christians and Muslims in Nazareth (University of Chicago Press, 1995) looks at Christian-Muslim relations in Israel’s largest Arab city. He is one of the co-authors of Sex and World Peace (Colombia University Press, 2012) which argues that greater security for women leads to greater security for states. He is currently working on a book about the history of the Mormon Church in Indonesia. He was also a professor at DePaul University. Before becoming a professor, he worked for two years at the National Security Agency as an Indonesian linguist.


Lisa D. Schrenk is Associate Professor of Architectural History at the University of Arizona. She received a B.A. from Macalester College with degrees in studio art and geography, a Master’s Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a leading authority on the architecture of international expositions and the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright and has also presented papers and authored publications on Radio Flyer wagons, twentieth-century pattern book houses, thin-shell concrete, and the architecture of India and Southeast Asia. Her book, Building a Century of Progress: The Architecture of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) was named to Choice Review’s List of Outstanding Academic Titles. Other professional achievements include traveling to Brazil on a Fulbright program to study sustainably development and a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her research on the Oak Park studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, which she began while serving as Education Director for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation. Dr. Schrenk has participated in a number of Asian Studies programs sponsored by the East-West Center and served on various professional committees, including being elected President of the Chicago Society of Architectural Historians and to the board of directors for the Society of Architectural Historians. In 2006 and again in 2012 she was named a Charles A. Dana I Award recipient for excellence in teaching, research, and service. Her academic research was featured in a full-page article in the Chronicle for Higher Education in November 2007.

Dr. Schrenk has extensive international travel experience, including visits to most of the architectural landmarks discussed in her Experiencing World Architecture course. Her most recent travel adventure was a three-week voyage around Cape Horn that included a stop at the Falkland Islands and several days in the waters of Antarctica. She shares both her firsthand experiences and photographs from her travels with students in her architectural history courses and with the public via her image blog


Daphne Spain is James M. Page Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts. Professor Spain’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of gender and space from the scale of the building to the city in the U.S. and in other countries. Her previous books on this topic include Gendered Spaces (UNC Press, 1992) and How Women Saved the City (University of Minnesota Press, 2001). Her newest book, Constructive Feminism: Building Women’s Rights into the City (Cornell University Press, forthcoming), examines the ways Second Wave feminists established women’s centers, bookstores, clinics, and domestic violence shelters to declare women’s rights to the city. She has published extensively in professional journals in the fields of urban planning, sociology, and gender studies. Professor Spain is the recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2013-2015, the University of Virginia’s highest teaching award. She has traveled to China, Qatar, the Netherlands, Greece, and Finland.