Our Faculty

Julia Carey Arendell

Director of the Writing Studio; Faculty in American Literature
Julia Carey Arendell received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in American Literature from Louisiana State University after completing a fellowship at Harvard. Pushcart Prize nominated for her fiction, she was also a winner of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize in Poetry. Publications can be found at Mason’s Road, Psychopomp Magazine, and the anthologies Louisiana in Words and  New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost. Her extensive teaching experience includes positions at Xavier University of New Orleans and Louisiana State University, as well as for the Youth Empowerment Program. She is currently teaching a Seminar and Elective course at Bard Early College and has been with the program since 2014.

Candace Colbert

Adjunct Faculty
ccolbert@bec.bard.edu

Kelley Crawford

Faculty in American Literature
Kelley Crawford is a professor of composition at Bard Early College of New Orleans, a columnist and writer for NolaVie, as well as a freelance radio producer for WWNO. She also spends her professional time as the president of Shotgun Cinema and as a Senior Coach and Mentor for Pearson, with a focus on academically assisting prisoners and adults through college courses. When she isn’t being all professional, you can find her dancing in parades with the Cosmonaughties, traveling while writing young adult books, and volunteering at WRBH, Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Impaired.

Daniel Dzah

Adjunct Faculty
ddzah@bec.bard.edu

Nemesio Gil

Faculty in Language
Nemesio Gil completed his doctoral studies in Language and Linguistics of the Anglophone Caribbean at the University of Puerto Rico with a second concentration in Modern Languages. His research interests include the aesthetics of black beauty in colonial and postcolonial literature, the representation of the colonial epoch in cinema, and visual culture in Europe and the Caribbean. Courses at BECNO include: Introduction to Visual Culture, Literature and World languages.

Jamie Irish

Adjunct Faculty
jirish@bec.bard.edu

Alice Kracke

Faculty in American Literature
Alice Kracke received her PhD from Tufts University and her JD from Cumberland School of Law, though she has taught English far longer than she practiced law. Her academic interests include African-American poetry, intersections of law and literature, and persuasive writing. Since moving to New Orleans in 2012, she has worked on several film and TV productions. When she is not in the classroom, you might find her on a movie set or reading voraciously.

Margo Montgomery-Richardson

Faculty in Chemistry & Physics
Dr. Margo Montgomery-Richardson has a true passion for teachings and mentorship.  She has worked diligently to help increase the number of students from underrepresented groups that pursue STEM related majors in undergraduate and graduate schools.  She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and served as a Research Assistant at the University of New Hampshire for a few years before continuing her studies at the University of Mississippi where she received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry.

Jessie Morgan-Owens

Faculty in Literature

Jessie Morgan-Owens received her doctorate in American Literature from New York University in 2009. Her research in photography and abolition has been supported by a National Endowment of the Humanities grant and residencies at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College and the American Antiquarian Society. Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement (Norton, 2019) is her first book; she has previously published a scholarly edition of antislavery novel Ida May by Mary Hayden Green Pike (1854) and several essays on photography and persuasion. In addition to her academic work in photography, Jessie shoots professionally with the award winning team Morgan & Owens. She is originally from Monroe, Louisiana.

Ben Saxton

Faculty in American Literature
Ben Saxton is a teacher and a writer who lives in New Orleans. His essays and nonfiction have appeared in The Big Roundtable, Academic Medicine, The Health Humanities Reader, the Flannery O’Connor Review, and Tolkien Studies.