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Instructors and Staff

Ingrid Diran, GLACE Director, is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and Program in at the Environment at the University of Michigan. Her work investigates the intersections of race, environment, and critical thought. Ingrid is committed to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, as well as to empowering students to pursue academic itineraries informed by the worlds they live in and move across.

Eva Roos, Assistant Director, is pursuing a Masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan. She graduated from Michigan with an undergraduate degree in 2016, majoring in Art & Design and minoring in Environment and Music. Eva was drawn to landscape architecture  through her experiences doing habitat restoration work in Michigan and California, studying sustainable design and fine arts, and through writing and literature field courses which helped to illuminate the stories landscapes have to tell. She is determined to help students find the endless connections between seemingly separate disciplines, and to shine a light on norms which are so apparent that they often go unseen and unquestioned.

Kendall Martin Babl is an artist, writer, and landscape designer. He studied forest ecology at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment and received an MFA in sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has curated and exhibited in the United States and Europe. His writing has been published in Really System, The Citron Review, Rogue Agent and other journals.

Jennifer Metsker is the Writing Coordinator at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design where she teaches Writing in Art and Design. She studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan. Her poetry has appeared in many journals including The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Beloit, The Seattle Review, Whiskey Island, Cream City Review, and The Journal. She has also had poetry selected to be featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She has written art reviews for Arthopper and Carbon Culture and her audio poetry has been regularly featured on the BBC radio show Short Cuts.

Daegan Miller is a writer, critic, and historian. He received his PhD in history from Cornell University, and was an AW Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His thinking and writing is rooted in the hold the past has on the present and the way that we shape the past to fit the world we want to inhabit. His first book, This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018.

Margaret Noodin received an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also serves at the Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Ojibwe and English. Her poems have been anthologized in, among others, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Poetry Magazine, and The Michigan Quarterly Review. She is a member of Miskwaasining Nagamojig (the Swamp Singers) a women’s hand drum group. To see and hear current projects visit where she and others have created a space for language to be shared by academics and the native community.