• Eric Carlsson

    Fellows Program Director

    Eric has spent much of his life, both as a student and a teacher, in the public university setting and has long experience mentoring students. He loves helping students grapple with the big questions of life and faith in the midst of a complex world. Eric holds a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from UW-Madison. Alongside his role at Upper House, he teaches History and Religious Studies at UW-Madison. Eric is married to Cindy, and they have three grown sons. His other loves include travel, language, music of many kinds, hikes around Lake Wingra, and the company of friends.

  • Cameron Anderson

    Track Instructor

    Cam serves as Associate Director at Upper House. He holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and he completed post-graduate coursework in Art History and Aesthetics at UW-Madison. With co-editor G. W. Hansen, Cam recently published God in the Modern Wing: Viewing Art Through the Eyes of Faith (IVP Academic, 2021). His earlier book is The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Art and Evangelicalism (IVP Academic, 2016). Although Cam is an active studio artist, speaker, and blogger, when you hang out with him (probably at Indie Cafe) he will mostly talk about his grandkids, Thomas and Abby. Cam and his wife, Cynthia (C.K.), have resided in Madison since 1986.

  • Kevin Chau

    Track Instructor

    Kevin enjoys helping people think deeply about how the Bible as an ancient book relates to our modern lives. He is on the Hebrew department faculty at the University of the Free State, South Africa, where he teaches remotely from Madison. After doing an M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary, he came to UW-Madison to pursue an M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew, with a focus on biblical poetry. As a grad student, he also served as a T.A. in Chemistry. He is grateful for his background in science, which helps him consider how the Bible can be approached through multiple lenses. When not working, Kevin wanders the streams of Wisconsin, flyfishing for trout. Kevin is married to Suzanna and has two sons in college.

  • Rebecca Cooks

    Fellows Program Coordinator

    Rebecca is happy to bring food, witty comments, and deep conversations to the Fellows Program. After graduating from UW-Madison as a Chancellor’s Scholar with a B.A. in International Studies-Global Security and French, Rebecca gained practical ministry experience in church and campus settings, fueling her enthusiasm for mentoring students to understand themselves as whole and integrated people. Along with leading in the Fellows Program, Rebecca directs the Upper House Intern Program and manages hospitality for Upper House projects. In her free time Rebecca can be found running with friends, frequenting movie theaters, cooking for her crazy diet, and randomly singing Motown wherever she goes.
  • Jean Geran

    Track Instructor

    Jean is a visiting scholar at Upper House and has a passion for justice and shining God’s light in dark places. She loves to mentor students and work with people of different faiths and backgrounds who share this passion. As 4W Director for Human Rights, Child Protection, and Global Policy at UW-Madison, Jean leads an anti-human trafficking project called STREETS and has taught related courses as a Visiting Distinguished Lecturer. She earned a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.S. from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. from UW-Madison. Jean is married to Chris and lives in Oshkosh with her family. You’ll find her happiest hanging out with eagles, chickadees, deer and other critters on the shores of Huron Bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

  • Dan Hummel

    Fellows Program Coordinator

    Dan has a passion for this university and for seeing it succeed. Moving to Madison for grad school in 2010, Dan earned a Ph.D. in American history from UW-Madison. As a historian of American religion, Dan has written on issues ranging from global missions to American fundamentalism. He has also written on the religious history of UW-Madison. At Upper House, along with coordinating the Fellows Program, Dan is the Director for University Engagement. Dan is married to Veronica and they stay busy raising three boys. Dan enjoys reading, walks around UW’s campus, and the occasional video game.


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