People at Illinois
Anna Westerståhl Stenport is Associate Professor and Director of Scandinavian Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and holds affiliate appointments in Comparative and World Literature, Media and Cinema Studies, Theatre, Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Gender and Women’s Studies, Global Studies and in the European Union Center. She is a Beckman Fellow in the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study during the academic year 2010-11. Dr. Stenport is an Affiliate Associate Professor [Docent] of Literature at Gothenburg University, Sweden. She pursued her undergraduate education and an M.A in Comparative Literature and French at Uppsala University, Sweden, and received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley (2004). Dr. Stenport is the author of Locating August Strindberg's Prose: Modernism, Transnationalism, Setting, published with the University of Toronto Press (2010), and a co-editor of a volume of scholarship on Strindberg and gender theory: Det gäckande könet: Strindberg och genusteori (Symposion 2006). Currently completing a book on contemporary Swedish film director Lukas Moodysson, under contract with the University of Washington Press Nordic Film Classics series, her research involves a comparative analysis of the cultural geography of recent Swedish, Danish, and German film. Read more about Anna here.
Harry Dankowicz is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois and has held faculty positions in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and in the Department of Mechanics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He received his M.S. degree (1991) in Engineering Physics from KTH; and his Ph.D. degree (1995) in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics with minors in Mathematics and Astronomy from Cornell University. Dankowicz is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Junior Individual Grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from NSF. As director of the Applied Dynamics Laboratory at Illinois, he conducts dynamical systems research at the intersection of engineering, math and physics. This work involves studying a wide range of complex systems that are governed by differential equations and learning the behavior of those systems through theory and experiments. His research efforts further seek to make original and substantial contributions to the development and design of existing or novel devices that capitalize on system nonlinearities for improved system performance. Read more about Harry here.