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KAITLIN SHIRLEY FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTORKaitlin earned her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Russian and French Literature. She earned her MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a PhD candidate at the same university.
ALEX MCLELLAND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Born and raised in Mississippi, Alex found his home-away-from-home in Austin after relocating to the city in 2012 for graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. Alex completed his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies in 2014. Alex currently works in the field of international education.
KAREN PAGANI ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PR & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS Karen earned her bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in the same subject from The University of Chicago. Before joining Inside Literature, she taught French Literature and Philosophy as a professor at The University of Texas at Austin for eight years. Karen has published extensively on justice, conflict resolution, and forgiveness, most notably in her book, Man or Citizen: Forgiveness, Anger, and Authenticity in Rousseau (Penn State U.P., 2016).
AMY VIDOR, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FINANCES Raised in northern California, Amy earned bachelor’s degrees in English and French at the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in History and Literature at Columbia University. She is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.