Organization: Bain Pugh & Associates, Inc.
Born and Lived: Austin, TX born; New Orleans, LA grew up; Dallas, TX (Southern Methodist University BFA and MFA); Birmingham, AL (Univ of Alabama-Birmingham) worked; Dallas, TX worked; Washington, DC area worked.
Professional Career and Activities: Carolyn Bain, Ph.D. is president of the award-winning media firm, Bain Pugh & Associates, Inc. Before migrating from academia to a career in media, she served as Associate Professor with tenure and Head of Theatre at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She returned to academia to complete her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies in 2007 at the University of Maryland, College Park where she was a fellow of the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and the Clara and Robert Vambery Foundation. She periodically teaches adjunct at UMD where she uses media in the classroom to challenge students’ perceptions of evidence and to encourage media usage as both a research tool and scholarly product. Her ongoing research focuses on the eventification of celebrity and commodification of identity.
Family: Bill Pugh, husband works in administration at U of Maryland, College Park; Anna Bain Pugh, daughter, University of Glasgow, Scotland, finished in Music now studying Law
In My Spare Time: What spare time? I run my own business! : )
Favorite Books: Tennessee Williams plays; Social Intelligence by Daniel Goldman; Cities of the Dead by Joseph Roach
Philosophy: We only grow more so
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Completing my Ph.D. in 2007
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Integrating scholarship with media
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Media scholarship with equivalent standards of print scholarship
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.