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Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and developed in cooperation with the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School, Quadrant was a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Press, a leader in interdisciplinary scholarly publishing, and the IAS.

From 2007 through 2012, the Quadrant program held an annual, worldwide competition for fellowships that have been awarded to sixteen interdisciplinary scholars. During their semester in residence at the IAS in Minneapolis, the Quadrant fellows receive a stipend of up to $30,000, depending on rank and experience. Fellowships include medical and dental coverage. At the IAS, fellows participate in weekly lunches and public lectures with a lively interdisciplinary community that includes University of Minnesota fellows and other Quadrant fellows. They are also involved in at least one of Quadrant’s research and publishing collaboratives: Design, Architecture, and Culture Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Global Cultures; and Health and Society. Fellows give a public lecture and present a work-in-progress in a workshop setting with their Quadrant collaborative group or groups. In addition, they work directly with an editor from the University of Minnesota Press to develop their manuscripts for submission. Manuscripts submitted to the University of Minnesota Press undergo standard peer review and Press board approval process. Quadrant fellowship applications are no longer being accepted.

Quadrant Fellows 2012-13

13QKrollGary Kroll, Department of History, State University of New York-Plattsburgh.

My current research project, Roadkill Nation, is an attempt to examine the literal intersection between nature and culture. Vehicle-animal collisions have evaded the attention of almost all scholars who are interested in the historical, cultural, and material relationships between humans and animals. Ironically, the experience of wildlife as roadkill is a quotidian affair for most of us in the industrialized world. Indeed, it would not be too far from the truth to suggest that, for some Americans, the experience of roadkill is the only encounter with the material world of wildlife. The stunning ubiquity of the phenomena justifies our scholarly attention. Moreover, the fantastic growth in the field of wildlife hazard mitigation, as well as its obscure history, helps us to understand the peculiar collision of modern environmental politics and the mass-mobility imperative of globalization.

13QAnandNikhil Anand, Department of Anthropology, Haverford College

Infrapolitics: Public Systems and the Social Life of Water in Mumbai, is a book project that follows how urban water is made, moved and accessed by settlers and city engineers living in one of India’s largest cities. Concerned with the rapid growth of their cities, city planners and administrators have recently proposed a slew of new private infrastructure projects (of water networks, roads and electricity) in various cities around the world. Such privatization initiatives have been extremely contentious, even among settlers that are actively marginalized in public systems. In Mumbai for instance, settlers have to mobilize a series of friends, relatives, and political leaders to get an ordinary water connection from the city’s public system. Yet they vigorously defend public water services. Why do settlers and other marginal groups demand a system that also marginalizes them? Infrapolitics answers this question by attending to the quotidian work of settlers and city engineers as they make water connections in Mumbai. By attending closely to these everyday practices, the book describes the technopolitical constitution of the state, the limits of privatization, and shows how settlers are able to make reliable homes in the city despite the marginalizations effected by states and markets.

Quadrant Fellows 2011-12

Adia Benton is a medical anthropologist and visiting assistant professor in the anthropology department at Oberlin College. She received her PhD in social (medical) anthropology at Harvard University. Her research has focused on HIV treatment, care and support efforts in  Freetown, Sierra Leone, examining how HIV treatment, care, and support in a low-prevalence, post-conflict setting reflects, engenders and reproduces novel forms of “exception”– in terms of subjectivities, professional practice, and in knowledge production within, about, and for Africa. Dr. Benton was in residence in fall 2011 with the Health & Society Quadrant.

Luis Castañeda earned his PhD in art and architectural history from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2011, with a dissertation that examined the intersections between politics and design in the context of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. His work examines the relationship between international relations, the negotiation of cultural identities, and the transformations in design culture of twentieth-century Latin America. He began a position as an assistant professor in art and music histories at Syracuse University in fall 2011. Professor Castañeda was in residence in spring 2012 with the Design, Architecture, and Culture Quadrant.

Marcus Filippello is a visiting assistant professor in history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his doctorate in African history from the University of California-Davis in 2010. His project, “Crossing the ‘Black Earth’: Environmental Change, Eco-Nationalism, and Post-Independence Autonomy in a Beninese Forest Community,” is based on his dissertation. The manuscript analyzes the textual nature of a road traversing a valley of seasonal wetlands to emphasize social and environmental change in southeastern Benin, West Africa. Professor Filippello was in residence in fall 2011 with the Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Quadrant.

Quadrant Fellows 2010-11

Jeremy Bryson received his Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where his dissertation project is titled “The Nature of Gentrification.” His research interests focus on the historical and contemporary urban environments of the American Northwest, particularly the cities of Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Bryson was in residence during the fall semester with the Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Quadrant.

Shiloh Krupar is a professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where she is currently at work on a project entitled “Hot Spotter’s Manifesto: Practicing a Transnatural Ethics.” Her research interests focus on the emergent museums and curatorial practices of postsocialist urban China and the politics of nature conservation and environmental memory at decommissioned military sites and nuclear facilities in the U.S. West. Krupar also works collaboratively on a project entitled Museum of Waste, which explores the intersection of ecologies of waste, security, and affect, and a co-edited journal issue on “The Body in Breast Cancer.” Prof. Krupar was a fellow with the Environment, Culture, and Sustainability and Health and Society groups of Quadrant in the fall of 2010.

Matthew Wolf-Meyer is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, specializing in medical anthropology and the social study of science and technology. He is currently working on a book manuscript based upon his dissertation researchThe Slumbering Masses: Integral Medicine and the Production of American Everyday Life (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming). Prof. Wolf-Meyer was in residence at the IAS during fall semester with the Health and Society group of Quadrant.

Quadrant Fellows 2009-10

Klaus Høyer will be in residence in spring semester with the Health and Society Quadrant, working on the project “Ex-changing the Human Body.” The existing literature on human tissue exchanges tends to focus on commodification of the “body” through “market” exchange as if everybody agreed on the meaning of these words. Prof. Høyer emphasizes the moral agency involved in setting up such exchanges, and points to new and hitherto unexplored aspects of tissue exchanges, in particular in relation to the ways in which money changes hands and tissue interacts with new understandings of the body. Prof. Høyer is in the department of Health Services Research at the University of Copenhagen.

Matt Huber is in residence fall semester with the Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Quadrant, working on the project “Energizing Neoliberalism: Oil and the Cultural Politics of Price.” Building off his doctoral work that covered the period from 1930 to 1972, he examines the oil price “shocks” of the 1970s and the shifting cultural politics of oil prices over the last three decades. Specifically, he is interested in understanding the relationship between neoliberalization and the increasing role of financial markets in oil price formation. Dr. Huber received his PhD in Geography from Clark University in 2009.

Reecia Orzeck will be in residence in spring semester with the Global Cultures Quadrant. In her project, “On International Law: A Political-Economic Critique,” Professor Orzeck argues that, while the United States left has spent much of the last eight years defending the institutions and principles associated with public international law, its use and defense of that law must be accompanied by an investigation of it. This project critically reconstructs international law in order to uncover, first, the nature of international law’s relationship to imperialism, and second, the means by which this relationship remains mystified. Professor Orzeck is in the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont.

Kelly Quinn will be in residence in spring semester with the Design, Architecture, and Culture Quadrant, , working on “Hilyard R. Robinson: Modern Architecture and Professional Place-making.” This project is a biography of an African-American architect whose work includes a modern housing program built by and for African Americans in the District of Columbia during the early part of the 20th century. Prof. Quinn is in the American studies department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Lisa Uddin is in residence fall semester with theEnvironment, Culture, and Sustainability Quadrant, working on the project “Breeding Grounds: Race and Renewal in American Zoos.” Her project examines the turn to environmentalist animal displays in American zoos of the 1960s and 70s as channels for the revitalization of white public culture in U.S. urban regions. In these decades, amidst maturing discourse of urban decay that pathologized a black underclass, middle-class Americans of myriad ethnic backgrounds made use of imagined and built environments to help fashion themselves as racially white. Prof. Uddin received her PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester.

Quadrant Fellows 2008-09

Yasmeen Arif was in residence in the spring semester with the Global Cultures Group to work on her project, “Afterlife: Recovering Life After Catastrophe.” Dr. Arif was at the University of Minnesota last year as a Sawyer Post-doctoral Fellow on Humanitarianisms and World Orders and as a visiting lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi, India.

Guillaume Boccara joined the Global Cultures Group in the spring; his project is called “The Making of Indigenous Culture: Neoliberal Multiculturalism and Ethnogovernmentality in Post- Dictatorship Chile.” Dr. Boccara received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, where he is a researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. He is also a professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones Arqueológica y Museo at the Northern Catholic University in Chile.


Arijit Sen
 was a fellow in the Design, Architecture, and Culture Group in the fall, and will be developing his project, “Mobile Bodies, Transgressing Selves: Politics of Place and South Asian Identity, 1900-2000.” Dr. Sen received his Ph.D. in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.