Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer


Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer is the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and specializes in Neronian literature, Seneca the Younger, History of Classical Rhetoric, the Ancient Novel, and the Classics in Modern China. Her recent books include: Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural (2015), for which she received the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit in 2016, Cambridge Companion to Seneca, ed. with A. Schiesaro (2015), and The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (2006).

In 2015, Prof. Bartsch-Zimmer was appointed the Founding Director of the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. In this role, she is responsible for setting and running its academic program, which stretches across divisions and supports the research of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. The Director’s vision is key to organizing the many innovative interests and questions of the Institute’s scholarly community.  It is also her responsibility to further the fundamental goals of the Institute, such as encouraging the porosity of disciplinary and divisional boundaries and conducting research with the potential to impact the world outside the academy.

Macol Cerda

Executive Director

Jessica Velazquez

Administrative Manager

Jessica Velazquez, Administrative Manager, joined the SIFK team in August 2017. Working closely with Macol Cerda and Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Jessica manages SIFK’s communications, events, administration, budget, building operations, and other special projects.

Prior to joining SIFK, Jessica served as Client Engagement and Diversity Coordinator for Grenzebach Glier and Associates, a global philanthropic management consulting firm based in Chicago. With GG+A, Jessica managed the firm’s marketing presence and assisted the business development team.

Jessica’s previous experience includes Student Temporary Services (STS) Assistant Manager at DePaul University’s Office of Student Employment, as well as literary researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she investigated the psychological effects of the prison experience on language in Latino males. Jessica briefly worked at the University of Chicago NORC in 2013 as a telephone interviewer for the National Immunization Survey. She graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in English, Literary Studies in 2016.