MemberAureliano DeSoto

Aureliano Maria DeSoto is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Chair of the Department of Ethnic and Religious Studies at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. He also serves as Immediate Past Chair on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) for 2019-2020. At Metropolitan State University, he teaches Comparative Ethnic Studies and Latino Studies courses in the Department of Ethnic and Religious Studies, and has taught LGBT Studies and the theory and methods seminar for the Program in Gender Studies, as well as supervised Capstone projects in both Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies. He also serves as faculty in the Master of Liberal Studies Program. DeSoto specializes in online education and pedagogy, and has pioneered asynchronous online and hybrid preparations in Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies, as well as presented on the topic of online course development, pedagogy, design, and best practices at campus and regional gatherings. He has completed advanced training seminars through the Center for Online Learning at Metropolitan State, including Quality Matters standards, and has served as a QM faculty reviewer.

MemberRichelle V. Finn

…e Exam: Classical Rhetoric, Passed March 2018
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Magna Cum Laude                                                                                2013
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Minors: Asian Studies and Religious Studies
Associate of Science in General Science, Chancellor’s Honors                                                                   2010
Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA

Ms. Richelle V. Finn was born in Metairie, Louisiana. She has an Associate’s degree in General Science from Delgado Community College and graduated with Chancellor’s Honors. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Louisiana State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with minors in Asian Studies and Religious Studies. She received her Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Teaching from the University of New Orleans where she wrote her Master’s Thesis entitled “More Human Than Human”: Lacan’s Mirror Stage Theory and Posthumanism in Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Delgado Community College in the English Department teaching English Composition.

MemberPeter Matthews Wright

Professor Wright describes himself as a humanist and student of the workings of the religious imagination who applies the tools of the historian and rhetorical critic to Muslim literatures. As an historian, he reads Islamic texts for clues to their historical contexts and implied audiences. As a rhetorical critic, he studies the ways in which the use of literary devices such as allusion, citation, and echo suggest intertextual relations among religious literatures and the communities that hold them sacred. His work builds upon the pioneering studies of Egyptian modernists such as Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd and the renegade American classicist-turned-Islamicist Norman O. Brown.