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fellows spring 2016Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) residential fellows comprise faculty, graduate students, and outside scholars who spend a semester or year in residence at the IAS.  Together they constitute a supportive interdisciplinary intellectual community in which fellows work intensively on their own research and creative projects and meet regularly to discuss their work and exchange ideas.

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Fellows in Residence

Each year up to twelve University of Minnesota faculty members are selected as Residential Fellows. Fellows are released from all teaching obligations during the tenure of their fellowships and are in residence at our offices in Northrop, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines.

In addition to faculty fellows, from 2008 through 2013 the IAS hosted Quadrant residential fellowships supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Press and, from 2009 to 2011, Henry Luce Foundation Hmong Studies Fellows. The IAS also is the home of recipients of the Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship. These graduate fellows are pursuing interdisciplinary projects and are in residence for the entire academic year.

Applications for Residential Faculty Fellowships at the IAS are generally due in mid-October. The link to the application system will be posted in mid-September. More information can be found on the applications page.

Please join us in welcoming our Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Residential Fellows!

Residential Fellows 2015-16

Faculty Fellows, Spring 2016

Marc Bellemare
Applied Economics, CFANS, Twin Cities

The Political Economy of Food Price Stabilization

Policy makers have frequently identified food price stability – whether stability is defined as the elimination of price fluctuations around a given price level or the maintenance of high or low food prices – as important goals of economic policy. After a period of little to no research on food prices, there has been a resurgence of interest in the topic of food prices since the food crisis of 2008. Having written several articles on food prices, I am now planning on writing a book summarizing current knowledge and offering new insights (albeit somewhat more speculative ones than what one can publish in journal articles) on the political economy of food price stabilization, to be submitted to an academic press.

New York Times Op-Ed: Farmers Markets and Food Borne Illness

Jennifer Gomez Menjivar
Foreign Languages and Literatures, CLA, Duluth

Tropical Tongues: Language Ideologies, Endangerment, and Minority Languages in Belize

Our book manuscript will examine the precarious state of minority languages in Belize following Independence (1981-present), as Kriol (a minority language itself) has risen to the level of a “national language” in the country. While the powerful positions of English and Spanish are undeniable, we argue that it is Kriol’s rise in covert prestige that has had the most dramatic impact on Maya Kekchi, Maya Mopan and Garifuna. We use a wide variety of data—including ethnographic observation, interviews and quantitative surveys—to develop a picture of the minority language situation in Belize. Each chapter of Tropical Tongues examines the varying degrees of prestige and stigmatization accrued by these languages over the last thirty-four years, allowing us to capture a full picture of instability and endangerment: problems that each language appears likely to face in the near future.

Annie Hill
Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies, CLA, Twin Cities

Sex Trafficking, Migration, and Law

The issue of sex trafficking has generated global concern, provoking responses that range from new laws, transnational treaties, and police operations to the proliferation of single-issue NGOs and diverse media treatments. Narratives of sex slavery and images of women and children trapped in prostitution are so persuasive that governments race to respond to the threat ahead of empirical data and without a clear definition of the crime. Through an analysis of interviews, fieldwork, and primary documents, my project asks the fundamental question of what constitutes sex trafficking and focuses on a specific site – the multinational union of the United Kingdom – to assess the international fight to stop the traffic. It gives an account of why, at the turn of the twenty-first century, the issue of trafficking emerged with such rhetorical force, and how anti-trafficking campaigns deploy gender and race to depict “modern-day slavery.” The results of this research offer an empirical and analytically rich contribution to theories and live debates within women and sexuality studies, rhetoric, criminology, migration studies, and political science.

Michael Lower
History, CLA, Twin Cities

Violence and Religious Difference in the Premodern Mediterranean

Scholars of the Mediterranean have long argued that the Christians and Muslims who lived around the sea shared a common culture shaped by climate, geography, and agricultural practices, despite the religious differences that should have divided them. Theorists of a “clash of civilizations” between Islam and Christianity, on the other hand, see the religious divide as sharp enough to be an endemic source of conflict. The obvious differences between the two schools of thought – one privileges the natural environment and its power to shape human civilizations, while the other locates the wellsprings of human action and motivation in religious allegiance – should not obscure a common assumption they both share: religious differences, when vigorously maintained and defended, usually led to anxiety and violence. In this project, I develop an alternate history of religious difference, one that explores not only its capacity for provoking conflict but also its potential as a source of stability and cooperation in a pre-secular age. In this history, I describe the forging of distinct religious identities among Muslims and Christians in the medieval period not as an impediment to the emergence of a shared Mediterranean culture and lifestyle, but rather as an integral feature of its creation.

William Salmon
Linguistics, CLA, Duluth

Tropical Tongues: Language Ideologies, Endangerment, and Minority Languages in Belize

Our book manuscript will examine the precarious state of minority languages in Belize following Independence (1981-present), as Kriol (a minority language itself) has risen to the level of a “national language” in the country. While the powerful positions of English and Spanish are undeniable, we argue that it is Kriol’s rise in covert prestige that has had the most dramatic impact on Maya Kekchi, Maya Mopan and Garifuna. We use a wide variety of data—including ethnographic observation, interviews and quantitative surveys—to develop a picture of the minority language situation in Belize. Each chapter of Tropical Tongues examines the varying degrees of prestige and stigmatization accrued by these languages over the last thirty-four years, allowing us to capture a full picture of instability and endangerment: problems that each language appears likely to face in the near future.

Roozbeh Shirazi
Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development, CEHD, Twin Cities

There is Always Something to Prove: Transnational Youth, Sociopolitical Belonging, and Education in the Twin Cities

Across the social sciences, schooling has often been imagined as a vehicle of a just future and guarantor of equal opportunity in society. Education typically represents not only the means of individual success, but also the building of social cohesion in learning about collective norms and memory. Yet demographic shifts generate new meanings of schooling, and new sociopolitical realities in schools. In the past two decades, for example, the immigrant population of the Twin Cities has more than doubled. This social transformation has been accompanied by the growth of educational policies and practices that target the academic and social well being of immigrant students, as well as by a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment and surveillance of immigrant communities. Drawing upon fieldwork, interviews, and documents, this project explores the sociopolitical production of two Twin Cities high schools and will trace how these sites—through curriculum, pedagogy, and discipline-produce different youth citizenships. This analysis is set against a larger backdrop of attention to practices of media representation and the social, political, and policy environments in which they unfold. This study will contribute to understanding the relationship between sociopolitical membership and schooling in a time of heightened migration controls and national security concerns.

Visiting Fellow, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Ila Sheren
Art History, Washington University in St. Louis

Super Wicked: Digital Art, Environmental Crisis, and the De-centered Human

This book project analyzes the ways by which artists, both activist and socially conscious, exploit the parameters of digital and online art to deconstruct what it means to be human. More broadly, this art historical study rethinks the relationship between art and activism, negotiates the fraught territory of what constitutes activist art and, in doing so, draws connections between social practice and digital aesthetics. I organize the project along themes of human-object empathy, social databases, tactical media, and globalized landscapes, incorporating media and genres such as photography, film, Internet art, and performance. I will address the questions of how artists and artworks can drive current object-oriented theory, how new technologies can alter human/non-human relationships, how artists engage with and communicate scientific research, and, ultimately argue that digital art can effectively address climate change as a social problem.

Community of Scholars Program Fellows, Spring 2016

Kasey Keeler
American Studies, CLA, Twin Cities

Indigenous Suburbs: Settler-Colonialism, Housing Policy, and the Erasure of American Indians from Suburbia

I analyze the suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul as historically Indian places and demonstrate the continuous residency of American Indians in suburbs. I use an interdisciplinary methodology including a demographic analysis of U.S. Census data, historical archives, and auto-ethnography based on my experiences as a suburban Indian to challenge common narratives of suburbia and to underscore the participation of American Indians in the processes of suburbanization.

Part one of my research focuses on the years between the end of the U.S.-Dakota War and the start of WWI. Here, I argue Indian people were engaged in the early development of Indian places despite policies to remove Indian people and the growing number of non-Native settlers. In part two, I focus on the policies that shaped suburbia and Indian Country after WWII. I investigate the role of federal housing policies that promoted suburbanization and new home construction, specifically the 1944 G.I. Bill home loan program. My analysis interrogates how the federal Indian policies of Relocation and Termination prevented American Indian suburbanization and homeownership. I problematize scholarship in American studies, urban studies, and suburban studies by challenging narratives of suburbia that predominately focus on whiteness, domesticity, and homeownership in the post-WWII period.

Alicia Lazzarini
Geography, Environment, and Society

‘Açúcar nem Sempre Doce’: Reinvestments, Land, and Gendered Labor in a ‘New’ Mozambique

Since the civil conflict’s end, Mozambican government and private enterprise have capitalized on the idea of Africa as a ‘last frontier’ of investment. With one of the continent’s highest FDI rates, Mozambique seems poised for explosive growth. Engaging multi-sited archival and ethnographic research, this project examines contemporary and historical transformations in Mozambique’s largest sugar producing site, in southern Mozambique. A small colonial mill, the Açucareira de Xinavane (AdX) or Xinavane Sugar Mill has become one of the most emblematic projects in the country’s rehabilitation. Now the country’s largest estate, AdX has tripled in size, employs nearly 10,000 workers annually, and comprises 60% of female sugar workers. This project asks: What is the ‘re’ in Xinavane’s sugar rehabilitation, and why is it important to understanding Mozambique? In conversation with economic geographical, feminist, and African and Portuguese historical and postcolonial literatures, I examine how sugar in Xinavane echoes and critically diverges from its colonial past. Understanding Xinavane’s land and labor history as dynamically shaping the landscapes and possibilities of production – and livelihoods – today, the project enrolls sugar as an analytical site, to examine how Portuguese colonial history shapes the postcolonial present, and the production of the ‘new’ nation.

Scholars and Artists in Residence, Spring 2016

Rachel Jendrzejewski
Playwright and Interdisciplinary Artist

Making Reality: Complicating Popular Definitions of Story in Contemporary Performance

“Story” is a word that shapes our lives. Stories play an enormous role not only in how we interpret and process our realities, but how we make and move through them on a daily basis. Yet what, exactly, is a story—and how do different ways of thinking about story reinforce or undermine systems of power? The teachings of authorities from Aristotle to Joseph Campbell are internalized so deeply in the collective Western understanding of story—and in the fabric of capitalism and politics—that, despite ample voices calling for more expansive thinking, mainstream U.S. culture still privileges certain forms of story, while dismissing others as inferior if not irrelevant. My project investigates multifaceted definitions, forms, and functions of “story” found in art, entertainment, business, and politics, among other fields, through theoretical inquiry, interviews, and experimental performance practice. This work coincides with and will inform a new play that I am developing with Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis, offering a testing ground for another important question of the project: How should this research be shared? What form of “story” should it take, and why?

Beth Mercer-Taylor
Sustainability Education, Institute on the Environment

Change the System Not the Climate

I will explore intersections between human rights, social justice and climate change, comparing the contexts of U.S. college campus sustainability efforts and the U.S. youth climate movement. I will look at how several campuses seen as leaders in transforming higher education towards sustainability describe or symbolically express a rationale for their sustainability projects, courses, curriculum or other activities. In parallel, I will seek to understand the values expressed, and not expressed, by the sustainability activities of these campuses. Similarly, I will look at how several organized groups within the youth climate movement express a rationale for their activities, and at what values the activities themselves might express. My project will be informed by my experience, and those of several close colleagues, in moving from outsider to insider both in campus sustainability efforts and in the youth climate movement. My understanding of sustainability in these two contexts has been shaped by participating in numerous conferences on sustainability in higher education, in youth climate convenings and, most recently, at the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21) or the Paris 2015 Climate Conference. My own perspective on sustainability has grown through my interactions with creative work responding to climate change, including visual arts, design, music, writing and dance.

My research efforts will also include expanding my knowledge of the specific ways that climate justice could be integrated into climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. I suggest a couple of starting points here:

1. On December 12, 2015, negotiators from 196 countries jumped to their feet at Le Bourget Conference Center to applaud the historic signing of the Paris Agreement to address climate change. After negotiators had failed to reach agreement in Copenhagen in 2009, and in the shadow of recent terrorism, the Paris Agreement represented a triumph of human cooperation. On that same day, activists filled the streets of Paris, holding up “Change the System, Not the Climate.” Although those crowds represented many organizations, countries and political ideals, many shared a view that human rights and equity need to be at the forefront of global actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Their cry for climate justice arises from the reality that climate change disproportionately impacts persons and communities that have not themselves caused the problem.

2. Indigenous knowledge systems and practices contribute to climate change action, both in mitigating the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and in adapting to them. The international scientific body that considers the state of current science around climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), states that indigenous knowledge systems and practices are a resource deserving attention by parties negotiating a global climate agreement. The IPCC recommends that international climate negotiators, policymakers and those assisting in the climate talks, officially the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Subsidiary Implementing Body (SBI), realize that:

Indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge systems and practices, including indigenous peoples’ holistic view of community and environment, are a major resource for adapting to climate change.

Since the University of Minnesota is located in and near the homelands of Dakota, Ojibwe and several other Native American Tribal Nations, I hope to explore questions of indigeneity and sustainability, based on how people I am connected with on our campus and community see connections or tensions. My own family story, of being Metis and of family members over generations moving away from difficult experiences, may become part of my work.

Guillermo Narváez
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Boundaries at Work with American Indian Communities

I propose to examine concepts of boundaries as it relates to the development and maintenance of key public infrastructure in American Indian lands. Infrastructure work in American Indian lands is frequently done in conjunction with multiple agencies having overlapping jurisdictions in decision-making, financing and execution of projects. Boundaries is an interesting theoretical framework to use in examining how this separation is reinforced between entities while simultaneously connections are enabled in tense and contingent manners (Barth 1988; Quick and Feldman 2014).

My work with different tribal governments thus far has been on transportation safety, but I am expanding this to other aspects of everyday interactions between tribal and non-tribal policy makers in key areas. In particular, I want to examine the “everyday” political, economic and cultural interactions at the seemingly low-level bureaucratic relations that have an overarching impact on the common everyday life. While this analytic is not unique and often applied to the post-colonial, I feel that it has not sufficiently been considered within the U.S.

Faculty Fellows, Fall 2015

Michael Gallope
Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, CLA, Twin Cities

New Ontologies of Sonic Writing

Philosophical questions concerning the politics and aesthetics of how certain texts are “written” or inscribed have drawn attention from scholars across the social sciences and humanities. How has the ease and quality of digital sound recording changed what music can be remembered, as well as the nature of the sounds that can be adopted as musical material? Through the lens of a participant ethnography I undertook with Sierra Leonean singer Ahmed Janka Nabay, this project poses new questions about the ontology of music based in an archive of digital sound recordings that document the band’s rehearsals, performances, and social interactions. It argues that new sound recording technology has facilitated a change in the ontology of music. While holding a microphone (and pressing record) entails basic choices of what and how to record, the resultant audio track preserves a multitude of sonic information that need not be filtered through any one system of notation, idiom, or social consensus. This project examines how this lack of idiomatic formatting, along with the mobile ease of the recording process and the dramatic rise in sound quality, has created increasingly fluid and complex conditions for musical collaboration across significant cultural boundaries.

Cindy Garcia
Theatre Arts & Dance, CLA, Twin Cities

How to Make it to the Salsa Dance Floor

Dance Floor is my play-in-progress that I plan to rewrite and choreograph. The play advances interdisciplinary frontiers across the fields of Chicano/Latino Cultural Studies, Performance and Gender Studies, and Dance Studies by working at the intersection of scholarship and performance. I explore the relationships among Latinas and the politics of migration over 500 years after the colonization of the Americas. I am specifically interested in the practices of gendered racism and racialization in the United States that continuously reproduce violences against Latinas/os, including in salsa clubs, supposed sites of escape and leisure. The often-danced narrative explores the tense, unexpected reunion between Guadalupe and Coatlalupe who were violently separated over 500 years ago during the Spanish colonization of present day Mexico. Since then, Guadalupe became revered – a practitioner of Los Angeles style salsa. She wants nothing to do with Coatlalupe – despised in the club because she dances “like a Mexican” (the “wrong” kind of Latina in the club). The rewrite will develop their embattled love story and delve more personally into the trauma of deportation differentially experienced on both sides of the border.

Sarah Parkinson
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Twin Cities

Organizational Emergence in Crisis: Networks, Neuroscience, and Military Organizations in the Middle East

How can scholars understand organizational adaptation in crisis? Drawing on the social and biological sciences, this project examines how military organizations emerge, innovate, and invent in environments characterized by acute violent repression, mass displacement, and/or natural disaster. Specifically, it blends insights from neuroscience with ethnographic and social network approaches in order to conceptualize organizational behavior under extreme duress. Focusing on military organizations in the modern Middle East, the project comprises three areas of inquiry: an ethno-historical study of rebel organizations’ emergence in wartime Lebanon; a new ethnographic investigation of military, civil defense organizations, and disaster management institutions’ co-evolution in contemporary Turkey; and a deeper theoretical inquiry into the potential for neuroplasticity to serve as a metaphor and, possibly, a model for dynamic social network adaptation. By engaging theoretical areas of inquiry such as political violence, state building, civil-military relations, human security, and organizational theory, this project provides new insight into political and social processes in crisis zones. Moreover, by challenging dominant methodological and epistemological approaches to studying military organizations and by ethnographically examining processes of emergence and adaptation, it provides new potential for conversations across disciplines and research traditions.

Helena Pohlandt-McCormick
History, CLA, Twin Cities

The Graves of Dimbaza: Reconsidering the Resilience of Race in the Post-Apartheid Present

The post-apartheid, evoked here as Benjamin’s “perilous critical moment” (Arcades Project) of the historical reading of the colonial ordering of the world, evokes a landscape of promise and violence, dispossession, exploitation, continuity and change. In thinking the predicaments of the post-apartheid present and the troubling legacies of the past in South Africa, my work is concerned with the incompleteness of the transition, the hardening fronts of nationalism and neoliberalism/globalization, the prickly assertion of disciplinary reason and conceptual disagreement, and the tenacity of racial formations and the racialized subject of history. My research is located in the ambiguous, contradictory space of Dimbaza in the former Eastern Cape Bantustan, figured simultaneously as homeland resettlement village, decentralized industrialization showcase, site of political banishment, international symbol of apartheid difference and graveyard of the racially discarded. It engages with the elements of knowledge susceptible to being assembled by historical imagination – documents, testimonies and visual sources (including the documentary Last Grave at Dimbaza and letters collected by the International Defence and Aid Fund) – which constitute or resist the racial subject. My work contributes to scholarship in South Africa, engages with debates about the archive and history, and with globally, conceptually and politically relevant research on race and antiracism.

Amit Yahav
English, CLA, Twin Cities

Moments: Qualitative Time in Eighteenth-Century Culture

This project recovers eighteenth-century explorations of qualitative duration and uses them to reflect on the present. Existing cultural histories underline the rationalization of time – the development of techniques of standardization, precision, and abstraction. Such quantitative measures promote the industrial, disciplinarian, and individualist cultures of western modernity. And yet, if the eighteenth- century privileged rationality, it also valued sensibility. Sensibility emphasizes sensationist, emotional, and sociable dimensions of lived experience. My research exposes the temporal underpinnings of this culture, as well as traces its continued current impact. Locke famously argues that our sense of duration approximates what Newton has called absolute time – an entity that flows equably regardless of objects or perceptions. Eighteenth-century writers less committed to traditional philosophy draw attention to durational experiences that cannot be adequately gauged by such definition. Love, sympathy, judgment, and aesthetic pleasure, many writers maintain, rely on a temporality for which abstract measures matter less than intensity and patterned relations among moments. I aim to establish this temporal conception as key to the culture of Sensibility and for its legacy to modernity, serving as a counterpoint to standardizing technologies while also relying on such technologies for its dissemination.

Kyungsoo Yoo
Soil, Water & Climate, CFANS, Twin Cities

Agrarian Expansion, Immigration and the Emergence of Earthworm-Engineered Forests: 9,000 years of Human-Natural History in Glaciated Regions of N. Europe and N. America

I will build a story and a large interdisciplinary research proposal that are a powerful reminder of human’s interconnectedness with nature. The story involves farmers, immigrants, Vikings, and earthworms. Earthworms in the formerly glaciated forests in N. America are not native. They arrived with crops and cattle that European farmers brought and are now known for causing many negative impacts on the forests. I propose that earthworms were aliens in glaciated N. Europe as well. Though de-glaciated at about same time (~9,000 BP), Sweden had its first agrarian populations at ~4-5,000 BP. In Sweden, unlike in the glaciated N. American forests, earthworms are credited for fertile forest soils. Sweden and Minnesota thus offer a natural laboratory where we can reveal how agrarian expansion, earthworm invasion, earthworm-engineered forests, and people’s concept of “pre-agricultural” forests have co-evolved and will continue to co-evolve. I will further examine the Viking expansion across N. Atlantic islands, hoping to understand how and to what extent earthworms, timing of their introduction, and Vikings’ agricultural practices affected the ecosystem processes where environmental conditions are strikingly different from those of Minnesota and Sweden.

Visiting Fellow, Fall 2015

Bill Moseley
Geography, Macalester College

Can Markets & Technology Solve the Scourge of Global Hunger?
The New Green Revolution for Africa, Marginal Communities, and Rural Malnutrition

Global philanthropy and Aid organizations have increasingly framed African small scale, subsistence agriculture as the major development conundrum of the early 21st century. Farmers of this ilk are characterized as underproductive, destined to a life of poverty, and implicitly responsible for the continent’s unacceptably high levels of food insecurity. The solution, it is argued, is better incorporation into the global food economy via a value chain approach involving the use of improved inputs, better production technologies, and enhanced access to markets for the sale of production. This project will consolidate and expand my research on international aid efforts in southern Mali and Botswana, employing a value chain approach, that are aimed at smallholder farmers and gardeners. I explore the mechanics of these initiatives, the domestic politics surrounding them, and how these efforts are being received, and acted upon, by small scale farmers.

Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellow, Fall 2015

Laurie Moberg
Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities

Fluid Landscapes: Materializing the Future after Natural Disasters in Thailand

This project considers how experiences with global climate change disasters affect human imaginings of the future and relationships with nature. Examining recurrent episodes of flooding on Thailand’s rivers as climate change disasters, I question how human and nonhuman stakeholders, from river communities to state administrators to environmental NGOs to rivers themselves, make meaning from floods and negotiate a disrupted and uncertain future in their aftermath. Unprecedented floods in 2011 drew these constituencies together in a shared experience of nature’s unpredictability; varied responses to the floods, however, demonstrate conflicting understandings of both human and riverine capacities. Specifically, the Thai state’s 350 billion baht (US$11 billion) water management plan to subdue Thailand’s unruly rivers has provoked public outcry and anti-dam protests from NGOs and northern Thai river communities who see the plan as destructive to river ecosystems and community lives and livelihoods. My research intervenes in this critical post-flood period as people develop new narratives about water and reformulate their relationships with rivers. Using ethnographic methods to engage both human and nonhuman perspectives, I query how human actions and articulations work to materialize different visions of the future and how rivers both participate in and disrupt these human practices and agendas.

Scholars and Artists in Residence, Fall 2015

Ursula Lang
Geography, University of Glasgow

Cultivating Everyday Life: Yards, Nature and Time

Front and back yards are utterly mundane and also deeply political spaces. Yards are shaped by histories of urban development, variegated access to property ownership, more than human organisms, and urban governance. This book project examines how people cultivate and inhabit yards in diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, in conversation with perspectives from urban environmental politics, theories of everyday life, and cultural geographies of nature-society relations. Through an ethnographic and qualitative approach, I have found engagement with yards often involves a surprisingly diverse range of informal property arrangements. Engagement with yards also depends on people’s attachments with environments through skill, affect and emotion, and their capacities to attune to more-than-human rhythms. I argue yards and yard practices contribute to the reinforcement of certain fundamental urban logics such as private property and the production of a discrete and manageable nature. But everyday yard practices also provide disruptions to these logics and create the conditions for new social relations to emerge. The project significantly extends the limited scholarship on yards by showing how everyday engagements with these domestic landscapes create particular conditions for community relations and ecological possibilities to emerge. The research contributes to understandings of urban green space, the nature of commons, and geographies of property. In particular this fall, I focus on how geographers and others study affect and rhythm through visual and textual representations.

Presley Martin
Sculpture and Installation Artist

Dye Buckthorn Dye

What if we could help endangered pollinators and fight climate change by changing our relationship to one common tree? Common buckthorn is a colorful plant. Pollinators love the flowers and birds love the fruit. It sequesters lots of our carbon emissions, but we label it noxious and try to eradicate it. This project celebrates and explores the positive contributions of buckthorn, and attempts to control its invasiveness by harvesting the berries to use for color in art projects. Dye Buckthorn Dye hosts buckthorn berry harvesting outings and workshops on making ink and dye from the berries and bark.

Jennifer Row
French, Boston University

Queer Velocities: Speeds of Sex on the Early Modern Stage

My book manuscript in progress, Queer Velocities: Speeds of Sex on the Early Modern Stage advances a new methodology for approaching early modern studies of gender and sexuality through closer attention to velocities: to speeds of lusting, loving and living that diverge from hegemonic temporal norms. Focusing on seventeenth century French and British theater I highlight the critical potential of a sexual tempo that rushes, drags, or jars against a newly precise temporality sparked by major innovations in chronometry.

Whether under James I or Louis XIV, theatrical representation and political power were inextricably tied together. Not only did seventeenth century dramatic literature theater idealize certain sexual norms, but it also symptomatically registered the socio-sexual tensions gripping a period of great political and social transformation.

In Queer Velocities, I focus on how the theater staged erotics that did not adhere to the emerging gender norms of the seventeenth century. I show that, in an age of emerging chronometric and biopolitical regimentation, these queer desires resort to velocity (drag or acceleration, rush or idleness) as a means of resistance and as a way of igniting alternative possibilities of living. Drawing upon the history of chronometry, rhetoric, and dramatic literature, my research shows how queer velocities seize on the time of sexuality to generate new erotic sensations, forms of intimacies, and affective regimes.

Residential Fellows 2014-15

Faculty Fellows, Fall 2014

Elaine Auyoung
English, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

The Suggestiveness of Realist Novels

This project argues that the phenomenology of reading nineteenth-century realist fiction is shaped by an unacknowledged but fundamental aesthetic struggle, using cognitive accounts of reading and perception to reveal the way in which realist writers use empirical details to cue readers to conceive of implied persons and scenes that seem to exist beyond the printed page.

Mark Collier
Philosophy Discipline, Morris

Experimental Philosophy

Experimental philosophers challenge the status quo in philosophy by casting aside their armchairs and incorporating data about how people across a variety of cultures think about philosophical topics. This approach is extremely controversial since it challenges a number of traditional assumptions that philosophers have made while going about their business.

Katharine Gerbner
History, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World, 1660-1760

This research asks why enslaved and free Africans participated in Christian rituals in the Protestant Caribbean, arguing that their conversion conditioned the emergence of whiteness, transformed the practice of religion, and redefined the idea of freedom in both Europe and the Americas.

Njeri Githire
African American & African Studies, CLA, Twin Cities

(In)edible ideologies: Food, Identity and the (Post)Colonial Subject in African Literary and Cultural Expression

This work examines the representation of food, (non)-eating & related tropes in contemporary African literary production as a lens through which to critique the intertwined histories of global economy and local practices that generate oppressive material conditions determined or symbolized by lack of food.

Dominic Taylor
Theatre Arts and Dance, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Ice, Man – Black in White:
Black Bodies on Stage in Classic White Roles

Recently there has been a spate of work on Broadway and in other venues that use African-American actors to exemplify classic White constructions of culture. How do these works function, and how might Black Culture invert & invigorate these works using alternative mechanisms of performance?

Faculty Fellows, Spring 2015

Matteo Convertino
Environmental Health Sciences, Public Health, Twin Cities

HumNat-Health: From People, to People.
Theory, Computers, Art

The advancement of science imposes the interaction of models and laypersons to manage and prevent negative outcomes of complex human-natural systems. This research aims to develop a computational environment enabling clinical researchers, experts from other disciplines, and stakeholders to execute computing experiments on a distributed grid infrastructure.

Katherine Hayes
Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Bohemian Flats Public Memory Project:
Archaeology, Public History and Heritage

The Bohemian Flats Public Memory Project will investigate the historical and archaeological remains of riverfront immigrant communities of the turn of the 20th century as a means to evoke public dialogue on the issues of immigration in the past and present in the Twin Cities.

Kathryn Milun
Sociology & Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, Duluth

Creating Sustainable Infrastructure With Commons-Based Design: The Solar Commons Project and Beyond

Using solar infrastructure owned as a community trust, the Solar Commons in Phoenix, AZ, generates revenue for local low-income housing. I will work with colleagues in design, environmental engineering, law, and anthropology to reiterate the Solar Commons as a community wealth-building tool in MN.

Leslie Morris
German, Scandinavian & Dutch, CLA, Twin Cities

She did not speak

I am writing a hybrid memoir that moves between prose poetry, memoir, and philosophical inquiry, and has at its center an extended rumination on loss, memory, narrative, knowledge and family secrets. This project is an attempt to grapple not only with buried family history and the mystery of my subsequent illness, but more broadly with the links between knowledge, the unconscious and family history. In writing the project, I foreground epistemological questions not only about the origin of memory and narrative, but the very knowability of the nature of consciousness. How can representation exist if the experience of my coma, which caused profound effects, is not present in conscious memory? I am not seeking epistemological stability to elucidate the lacunae of my coma or my family’s Holocaust experience. Instead, the epistemological darkness is what I intend to explore.

Erik Redix
American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Duluth

Deluge at Bakweyawaa: American Colonialism in the Twentieth Century and the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe

In 1923, the Winter Dam was completed to generate hydroelectricity and created the Chippewa Flowage, a 23,000-acre body of water that devastated the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe (LCO) Reservation in northwest Wisconsin. The creation of the Flowage destroyed cemeteries, roads, wild rice beds, and the community of Bakweyawaa. Throughout the 1910’s the tribe repeatedly voted against offers by Wisconsin-Minnesota Light & Power Company (today known as Xcel Energy) to flood tribal land. In 1920 the federal government interceded via the passage of the Federal Power Act, which allowed the Federal Power Commission to condemn tribally owned lands without consent. The following year, Wisconsin-Minnesota Light & Power was granted a license to build the Winter Dam despite the protests of the tribe. In the license, Wisconsin-Minnesota Light & Power was required to address serious issues such as relocation of the village of Bakweyawaa and the flooding of roads, burial sites, and wild rice beds. However, the power company failed to adequately address most of the damage caused by the creation of the Flowage. The creation of the Flowage obliterated the ability of the Lac Courte Oreilles to survive by traditional labor, resulting in decades of poverty.

David Valentine
Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Off the Rock: Human Futures in Outer Space

Commercial outer space—or “Newspace”—advocates seek to transform humanity by developing infrastructures to colonize outer space, which as an urgent task to ensure humans’ survival. My study seeks to understand these visions in US American historical and cultural terms, but also asks about the naturalized assumptions we have about life and humanness.

Grad/Postdoc Fellows, 2014-15: Sawyer Seminar

Nenette Luarca-Shoaf
Art Historian, Curator

The Mississippi River in Antebellum Visual Culture

This work considers visual representations of the Mississippi River between 1830 and 1861, building on recent scholarship that has dealt primarily with text-based narratives and descriptions, and focusing on images of the river that circulated widely, such as landscape paintings, prints, panoramas, urban views, and river maps. These objects helped to cultivate different aspects of the river’s character.

Jane Mazack
Water Research Science Graduate Program, Twin Cities

Entomology and Stream Ecology in SE Minnesota

This project will determine whether D. mendotae and other cold stenothermic insects require cold temperatures to complete their life cycles and whether climate change, specifically warmer air temperatures, will eliminate these cold stenotherms from stream systems and alter the diet and growth of trout that inhabit these streams.

Laurie Moberg
Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Fluid Landscapes: Materializing the Future after Natural Disasters in Thailand

This project considers how experiences with global climate change disasters affect human imaginings of the future and relationships with nature. Examining recurrent episodes of flooding on Thailand’s rivers as climate change disasters, I question how human and nonhuman stakeholders, from river communities to state administrators to environmental NGOs to rivers themselves, make meaning from floods and negotiate a disrupted and uncertain future in their aftermath. Unprecedented floods in 2011 drew these constituencies together in a shared experience of nature’s unpredictability; varied responses to the floods, however, demonstrate conflicting understandings of both human and riverine capacities. Specifically, the Thai state’s 350 billion baht (US$11 billion) water management plan to subdue Thailand’s unruly rivers has provoked public outcry and anti-dam protests from NGOs and northern Thai river communities who see the plan as destructive to river ecosystems and community lives and livelihoods. My research intervenes in this critical post-flood period as people develop new narratives about water and reformulate their relationships with rivers. Using ethnographic methods to engage both human and nonhuman perspectives, I query how human actions and articulations work to materialize different visions of the future and how rivers both participate in and disrupt these human practices and agendas.

Grad Fellows, 2014-15: Community of Scholars Program

Jamal Adam
Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development

Identity Development of Somali College Students

This qualitative research will conceptualize how undergraduate Somali students at a research university construct their identity in the context of their lives as college students and how they describe the influence of the opportunities and challenges they encountered there on the trajectory of their individual identities.

Jameson R. Sweet
History, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

The Mixed-Blood Moment: Race, Land, and Law among Dakota Mixed-Bloods in the Nineteenth-Century

This work examines the Dakota “mixed-blood” reservation in Minnesota and how decades of litigation, debates over citizenship and the legal definition of mixed-blood, treaty negotiations, and legislative acts regarding this land, were formative to federal Indian policy.

Maiyia Yang
Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development

Educational Identities of Karen Refugee Women in the Twin Cities Metro

Using primarily interviews and observations, this study will elicit insight about the educational experiences of nine Karen refugee women and how they negotiate what it means to be educated in different sociocultural contexts from their lived experiences in Burma, Thailand, and the USA

Visiting Fellows, 2014-15

Emily Johnson
Choreographer & Director, Catalyst Dances

SHORE

SHORE is a multi-day performance installation of dance, story, volunteerism, and feasting. It is a celebration of the places where we meet and merge – land and water, performer and audience, art and community, past, present, and future.

Anaïs Nony
French & Italian, Moving Image Studies, CLA

Technical Memory: Thierry Kuntzel’s Video Art and the Early Web Experience in France

My work is the first rigorous and systematic study of French theorist and video artist Thierry Kuntzel (1948-2007). Kuntzel merits this attention because his work has particular relevance for the current age of proliferating mobile devices as it questions how engaging images on screens can fundamentally reshape practices of memory. This sustained study of Kuntzel’s oeuvre examines and emphasizes the continuity between his influential film theory and his largely neglected video experiments in seriality and the simultaneity of multiscale viewing. My project extends our understanding of how a new visual culture emerging in the 70s reorganizes relations between memory and the constitution of the individual subject. It thus serves as a pre-history of contemporary screen mediation and offers a range of critical insights into our current digital and wired mediascape.

Karin Vélez
Department of History, Macalester College

Catholic Landings in Frontier Zones: Jesuits, Converts and the Flying House of Loreto, 1290-1750

This research is interested in spiritual encounters, comparative empire, the spread of Catholic devotion, the experience of indigenous women on the American frontiers, and the communal formulation of myths.

Visiting Fellow, Spring 2015

Ryland Angel
Counter-tenor and Composer

The Call

Inspired by the ancient Swedish form of ‘calling’ from hilltop to hilltop, Angel’s project will be a mass exploring various ways of interpreting “the call”: to worship, to prayer, to people, to artistry, to harvest, to eat, to attention, to mindfulness, to action… Potential co-writers include Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Swedish producer Emanuel Olsson, and Ann Waltner.

Residential Fellows 2013-14

Faculty Fellows Fall 2013

M. Bianet Castellanos
Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
“The Politics of Housing, Debt, and Urbanization in Cancún, Mexico”
M. Bianet Castellanos and the IAS
Carl Elliott, Jr.
Center for Bioethics, Academic Health Center
“The Business of Clinical Research”
Carl Elliott, Jr. and the IAS
Richard J Graff
Department of Writing Studies
“Greek Rhetoric in Situ: Digitally Reconstructing Ancient Sites of Oratorical performance”
Richard Graff and the IAS
Matthew Rahaim
School of Music,  College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
“Voice Cultures: Ethical Power and Vocal Techniques in South Asia”
Matthew Rahaim and the IAS

Faculty Fellows Spring 2014

Qiang Fang
Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, Duluth
“Revolutionary Judiciaries: The Making of the People’s Courts in the Early People’s Republic of China (1949-1958)”

Jill Hasday
Law School
“Intimate Lies: Fraud in the Family”

Karen Ho
Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
“When Work and Society Mimic Hedge Funds: Tracing Financial Risk Through Corporations and Investments “
Karen Ho and the IAS

Patricia Lorcin 
Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
The Cold War, Art and Politics in the transnational activism of Gloria de Herrera
Patricia Lorcin and the IAS

Lorena Muñoz 
Department of Geography, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
“Queer, Brown and (In)Visible: Production, Consumption, and Performance of Immigrant Latina/o Vending Street-Scapes in Los Angeles”

Tisha Turk
English Discipline, Division of the Humanities, Morris
“Fan Vids and the Rhetoric of Music”

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Graduate Fellows 2013-14

Lars Christensen
School of Music,  College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
“Song Dynasty Musical Thought and the Development of Early Modern China”

Emily Fedoruk
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature,  College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
“To Scale/For Sale: Gentrification and the Poetic Commodity”

François-Nicolas Vozel
Department of French and Italian, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
“Facing the Music: Literature, Music, and Corporeal Writing”

Demetri Debe
Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
“Necessary Connections: Building Black Mobility in the Public Markets of the Circum-Caribbean, 1660-1815”

Anaïs Nony
Department of French and Italian, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
“New Screen Practices After the Digital Divide: Film, Performance, and Screen Arts”

Visiting Fellows

Yasmeen Arif, Fulbright
Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
“Afterlife: Reconstituting the Damaged Social”

Mingyan Tang
Philosophy, Dalian University of Technology
“The Relationship between Passion and Rites”
Mingyan Tang and the IAS

Emily Johnson, Doris Duke Residency
Artist
“Shore”
Emily Johnson and the IAS

Residential Fellows 2012-13

Fall 2012

David Chang 
Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
“A World of Power: Native Hawaiians and the Politics of Global Geography in the Nineteenth Century”

Nancy Cook 
Law School, Director of the Lawyering Program
“The Witness Project”

William McGeveran 
Law School
“Self and Selves: Public and Private Regulation of Online Identification”

John Nichols
Department of American Indian Studies, Program in Linguistics, Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
“Algonquian Digital Text Editions”

Frances Vavrus 
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, College of Education and Human Development
“Poverty Lessons: Education and Economic Development in Africa in a Neoliberal Age”

Shannon Walsh 
Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota – Duluth
“Engendering State Institutions: State Response to Violence Against Women in Latin America”

Spring 2013

Faculty Fellows Spring 2013

Michael Gaudio 
Department of Art History, College of Liberal Arts
“”Prosper Thou Our Handyworks:” Prints and Protestant Devotion at Little Gidding, 1625-1642″

David Pellow 
Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
“Social Movements and the Quest for Total Liberation”

Kathy Quick 
Public and Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
“Intersections of Bioecological and Institutional Paradigms for Practicing Resilience: An Investigation of Collaborative Environmental and Community Stewardship”

Ray Schultz 
Department of Theatre, Humanities Division, University of Minnesota – Morris
Solo Performance Project: “It Could Be Worse: The Mayo, Mutant Genes, Cancer, and Me”

Shaden Tageldin 
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, College of Liberal Arts
“Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature”

Quadrant

Graduate Fellows

Residential Fellows 2011-12

Fall 2011

IAS Faculty Fellows, Fall 2011
Jill Doerfler
Department of American Indian Studies
College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota – Duluth
“Blood v Family: The Struggle Over Identity and Tribal Citizenship among the White Earth Anishinaabeg”

 

Amy Kaminsky 
Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“Planting Wheat and Reaping Doctors: Jews, Gender, and Modernity in Argentina”

 

Christine Marran
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
“Unbecoming Nation: Ecological Alliances in Japanese Poetics and Film”

 

J.B. Mayo
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
“The Impact of Two Spirit Individuals on Minnesota’s Ojibwe Nation: Cultural Revitalization, Gender Expression, and Social Studies Curriculum”

 

Rachel Schurman
Department of Sociology and the Institute for Global Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“”Science for the Poor”: The Political Economy and Cultural Politics of the New Humanitarian Agriculture”

 

Joseph Staats
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
University of Minnesota – Duluth
“Allies and Adversaries in the Battle to Improve Judicial Performance: Women’s Rights Organizations and the Courts in Seven Former Communist Countries in Central and Eastern Europe”

Spring 2012

Cawo Abdi 
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Divergent Migrations? Somali Experiences in South Africa, America, and the United Arab Emirates”

 

Tracey Deutsch
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
“The Julia Child Project”

 

Gregory Donofrio
School of Architecture
College of Design
“‘The Container and the Contained’: The Functional Preservation of Historic Food Markets”

 

Jessica Larson
Department of Studio Art
Humanities Division
University of Minnesota – Morris
“Primer for a Young Feminist”

 

Jennifer Rothchild
Department of Sociology
Humanities Division
University of Minnesota – Morris
“Boys in the Kitchen and Girls in the Yard: Social Constructions of Gender and Family in Nepali Orphanages”

 

David Samuels 
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
“Inequality and Democratization: A Contractarian Approach”

Visiting Fellows

Brian Horrigan
Minnesota Historical Society
NEH Fellowship recipient
“Charles Lindbergh and Twentieth-Century American Culture”

 

Charles Sanft
Institute for Sinology and East Asian Studies
University of Muenster
“Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China”

Quadrant

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.

Graduate Fellows

Namrata Gaikwad
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow
Department of Anthropology
“Men Against Matrilineage: Contestations Around Gender Politics in Shillong, India”
Mentors: Simona Sawhney, Asian Language and Literatures; Ajay Skaria, History/Global Studies

I-Chun Catherine Chang
Department of Geography
“Chinese Green Capitalism and Urban Sustainability: Cases of Shanghai’s Dongtan Eco-City and Tainjin’s Eco-City”
Mentor: Michael Goldman

Anna Rosensweig (Fall 2011)
Department of French and Italian
“Relational Rights and Theaters of Mourning in Seventeenth-Century France”
Mentor: Nancy Luxon

Kari Smalkoski (Spring 2012)
Department of Family Social Science
“Performing Masculinities: The Impact of Cultural Practices, Racialization and Space on Hmong Male Youth and their Families”
Mentor: Diyah Larasati

 

Laura Wertheim (Fall 2011)
Department of Art History
“Playing House: Feminine Elusiveness and Fantasy in Contemporary Art Making”
Mentor: Tracey Deutsch

Residential Fellows 2010-11

Fall 2010

Susanna Ferlito
Department of French and Italian
College of Liberal Arts
“Patient’s Voices: Notes Towards a History of Sensibilities in Medical Languages”

 

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni
Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
College of Design
“Meaning-making and Practice: How Culture and Design Relate under Conditions of Displacement”

 

David Karjanen
Department of American Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“Spectral Economies: Violence, Marginality, and the Transformation of Global Capitalism”

 

Erika Lee
Departments of History and Asian American Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“The ‘Yellow Peril’ in the Americas: A Transnational History of Migration and Race, 1850-1945”

 

Michelle Mason
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts
“Evaluating Persons”

 

Lisa Sun-Hee Park
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“The Case of the Missing Mountains: Environmental Privilege, Immigration, and the Politics of Place”

 

Simona Sawhney
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
“War and the Subject of Politics: Postcolonial Questions”

Spring 2011

Bruce Braun
Department of Geography
College of Liberal Arts
“Machine Ecologies: Posthumanism and the City”

 

Joseph Gerteis
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“American Nationalism: Boundaries and Identities in Historical Context”

 

Mary Hermes
Department of Education
College of Education and Human Service Professions
University of Minnesota – Duluth
“Community and Collaboration: Ojibwe Language Documentation and Revitalization”

Bernadette Longo
Department of Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“Risk: The Democratic Republic of Congo Edition”

 

Dara Strolovitch
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
“When Bad Things Happen to Privileged People”

 

Thomas Wolfe
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
“Subjectivity, Selfhood, and European Integration”

Quadrant

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 andHealth 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.

Hmong Studies

The Program in Asian American Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota are hosting both a postdoctoral and a graduate fellow in Hmong Studies, generously funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Hmong Studies fellows at the IAS are full members of the intellectual community of the IAS. They are given an office with computer in the Nolte Center, participate in weekly lunches with residential faculty fellows and visiting fellows, and make an informal presentation of their work in progress to other IAS fellows once each semester. The fellows are expected to be in residence at the Nolte Center for their year of fellowship and to participate actively in IAS programs.

The full press release for the Luce Foundation grant can be found here.

Her Vang received his Ph.D in U.S. History from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010. His dissertation, “Dreaming of Home, Dreaming of Land: Hmong Displacements and Transnational Politics” is based on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research done in Laos, Thailand, and the United States between 2006 and 2009. His work explores the evolution of Hmong transnational politics in Thailand and the United States after the Vietnam War. It analyzes the intertwined relation between Hmong ethnic and transnational politics, the impact of global and regional politics on Hmong transnational politics, and the role of the Hmong diaspora in the conflict in the homeland. During the fellowship year, he will be researching the role of nostalgia (the longing for home and the “golden” past) and memory of the war on the rise of Hmong transnational politics in the United States.

During the 2009-2010 academic year, Dr. Vang was the Visiting Instructor in Hmong American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught “Hmong Politics in Global Context” in the Spring of 2011.

Kari Smalkoski studies recently arrived Hmong from Wat Tham Krabok who are attending suburban schools through a “choice” program. She seeks to understand the layers of multiplicity within the Hmong community by examining the ways in which Hmong male masculinities and popular cultural practices impact their non-school and school identities while interrogating the racialized and classed aspects of gender. She argues that unpacking these identities is of vital importance as they influence the multiple and often complicated ways that students understand and “do school” in their lives.

Graduate Fellows

Greta Bliss
Department of French and Italian
“Untranslating the Maghreb: Reckoning with Gender in Literature and Film from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia”
Mentor: J. B. Shank, Department of History

 

Eric Colleary
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance
“Beyond the Closet: Identities and Histories in LGBT Archives in the United States”
Mentor: Regina Kunzel, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

 

Adair Rounthwaite
Department of Art History
“Vulnerable Spaces: Martha Rosler and Group Material at DIA Arts 1988-89”
Mentor: Margaret Werry, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

 

Daniel Winchester
Department of Sociology
“Between East and West: The Process and Politics of Conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy in the U.S.”
Mentor: Jeanne Kilde, Program in Religious Studies

Residential Fellows 2009-10

Fall 2009

Ritu Bhatt
School of Architecture
College of Design
“Everyday Aesthetics and Cognition: An Exploration of Tibetan Buddhist Spatial Practices”

 

Teresa Gowan
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Between the ‘Higher Power’ and ‘Personal Responsibility’: Addiction Treatment and Neoliberal Policy Management”

 

Jean Langford
Department of Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
“Critical Spirits: Violence, Medicine, and Mourning in Emigrant Stories of Death”

 

Nancy Luxon
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
“Truth-Telling, Authority, and Political Representation”

 

Mark Pedelty
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
College of Liberal Arts
“Global Media?: A Comparative Analysis of Journalistic Subjectivity in Environmental Reporting”

 

Jenny Schmid
Department of Art
College of Liberal Arts
“The Animated Body and Gender Liberation”

 

Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark
Department of American Indian Studies
College of Liberal Arts
University of Minnesota – Duluth
“Stealing Fire, Scattering Ashes: Anishinaabe Expressions of Sovereignty, Nationhood, and Land Tenure in Treaty Making with the United States and Canada, 1785-1923”

Spring 2010

Penny Edgell
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Beyond the Culture Wars: How Ordinary Citizens Use Religious, Legal, and Scientific Repertoires to Understand Contemporary Social Dilemmas”

 

Cindy Garcia
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance
College of Liberal Arts
“Un/Sequined Corporealities and the Deterritorialization of Salsa: Gendered Performances of Latinidad in Los Angeles Salsa Economies”

 

Kathleen Hull
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Beyond the Culture Wars: How Ordinary Citizens Use Religious, Legal, and Scientific Repertoires to Understand Contemporary Social Dilemmas”

 

Stuart McLean
Department of Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
“A Poetics of Emergence: Imagining Creativity beyond ‘Nature’ and ‘Culture’”

 

Yuichiro Onishi
Department of African American & African Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“Occupied Okinawa on the Edge of Law”

 

Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
“Water, Shoulders, Into the Black Pacific”

 

Diane Willow
Department of Art
College of Liberal Arts
“Body Electric”

Quadrant

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.

Hmong Studies

The Program in Asian American Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota are hosting both a postdoctoral and a graduate fellow in Hmong Studies, generously funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

The full press release can be found here.

Leena Neng Her received her PhD in Educational Linguistics from Stanford University in 2009. Her project, “Educational Opportunity, Minority Status, and Discursive Practices in the Hmong Diaspora,” combines research conducted in Laos and in the United States in which she pursues structural constraints such as minority status, the institution of schooling, and American and Lao culture as central frames to interpret social phenomena. Her work follows the ethnography of how one school community in the US explained minority academic failure, identify educational problems and consequently propose solutions and compares it to similar discourse about Hmong student experiences in Laos and access to higher education.

In the Spring of 2010, Dr. Her is teaching Ethnic Minorities, Schooling, & Scientific Theory.

Giac-Thao (Alisia) Tran is a PhD candidate in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Her project, “Leaving out Hmong – What do we really leave out?” explores parental racial/ethnic socialization as a protective factor against discrimination in Hmong families. Her research shows that different types of socialization strategies are associated with positive and negative youth and family outcomes, rendering it even more important to uncover the complex interrelations between sociocultural contexts, family practices, and youth outcomes.

Graduate Fellows

Yu-Ju Chien
Sociology
“Constructing Scientific Knowledge and Policies on Avian Influenza: International Organizations and Global Authoritative Knowledge”

 

Cerise Myers
Art History
“The Visible Posthuman: Envisioning Agency for the Cybernetic Self in Digital Culture”

 

Juliana Hu Pegues
American Studies
“Rethinking Relations: The Interracial Intimacies of Asian America”

Residential Fellows 2008-09

Fall 2008

Elizabeth Boyle
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Child Rights, Economic Neoliberalism, and Children’s Well-Being”

 

Giancarlo Casale
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
“Curiosity and Intolerance in Muslim-Christian Relations: The Ottoman Case”

 

Michael Goldman
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Inside the ‘Bangalore Model’ of World-City Making: Excitement and Dispossession in Asia’s Newest World Cities”

 

Jennifer Gunn
Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Medical School
“Plains Practice: Rural Health and Medicine in the Upper Midwest, 1900-1950”

 

Hiromi Mizuno
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
“The Politics of Belonging: The History of Population Policy in Postwar Japan”

 

Ajay Skaria
Department of History/Institute for Global Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“Immeasurable Equality: Gandhi and the Politics of Satyagraha”

 

Charles Sugnet
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
“Locomotion and Time in West African Cinema”

 

Leslie Van Duzer
School of Architecture
College of Design
“The Art of Deception”

 

Margaret Werry
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance
College of Liberal Arts
“Traveling the Virtual Pacific: Political Theatre and Theatrical Politics”

Spring 2009

Joan DeJaeghere
Department of Educational Policy and Administration
College of Education and Human Development
“Mexican Immigrant Youth Experiences of Citizenship in Local, National, and Transnational Contexts”

 

Mitra C. Emad
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts, UM Duluth
“Reaching the Body: Birth and Death as Sites for Knowledge-in-Action in Health Care Professionalization”

 

Kale Fajardo
Department of American Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“Islands, Cities, and Salas: Trans-local Queer Filipino/a Imaginaries, Cultural Productions, and Activism”

 

Michael Lackey
English Discipline
Division of the Humanities
University of Minnesota – Morris
“Modernist God States: A Literary Study of the Political Scrambles for the World”

 

Rachmi (Diyah) Larasati
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance
College of Liberal Arts
“Global Corporeality in Post Conflict/War Zone”

 

Jani Scandura
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
“Suitcase: Fragments on Memory and Motion”

 

Karen-Sue Taussig
Department of Anthropology/Medical School
College of Liberal Arts/Academic Health Center
“Science, Subjectivity, and Citizenship”

Quadrant

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.

Graduate Fellows

Ozan Karaman
Department of Geography
College of Liberal Arts
“Building a ‘world city’: Urban entrepreneurialism and the politics of segregation in Istanbul”

 

Tim O’Brien
School of Music
College of Liberal Arts
“Women, Furniture and Ornaments: Commodification and Redistribution of Female Muslim Slave Musicians in Medieval Al-Andalus”

 

Thomas Walton
Department of Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
“Mental Health and Modernity in Post-Colonial Papua New Guinea”

Residential Fellows 2007-08

Fall 2007

Stuart Albert
Department of Strategic Management and Organization
Carlson School of Management
“Principles of Timing”

 

Kenneth Mark Anderson
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
“Imperial Difference: Japan and the State of Exception in the Pacific”

 

Dan L. Burk
Law School
“True Names: Ownership and Control of Knowledge Representation”

 

David Chang
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
“Hawaiian Global Geographies in the Age of High Imperialism”

 

Michael Eble
Department of Studio Art
Humanities Division
University of Minnesota – Morris
“Washed Away: Observations on Louisiana Coastal Erosion and its Implications on Cajun Culture”

 

Michael Gaudio
Department of Art History
College of Liberal Arts
“Making Liberal Learning in Early Modern Europe”

 

Susan D. Jones
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
College of Biological Sciences
History of Science and Technology
Institute of Technology
“Domesticating Anthrax, Globalizing Biomedical Knowledge”

 

Ellen Messer-Davidow
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
“The Spider’s Web: The Judicial Discourse of Racial Discrimination”

 

Joachim Savelsberg
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Collective Memories of Atrocities: The Formative Role of Trials and Truth Commissions”

 

J. B. Shank
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
“Making Liberal Learning in Early Modern Europe”

Spring 2008

Elizabeth Beaumont
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
“A Republic of Rights: Reclaiming the Public Sources of Constitutional Change”

 

Leo C. Chen
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
College of Liberal Arts
“Real Time: Cinematic Time and Documentary Reality”

 

Maria Damon
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
“Text, Textile, Exile”

 

Jigna Desai
Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“Planet Bollywood: The Globalization of Indian Cinema”

 

Sumanth Gopinath
Department of Music
College of Liberal Arts
“Ringtones, Or, the Auditory Logic of Globalization”

 

Erin Kelly
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Rethinking Clockworks: Work, Careers and the Life Course”

 

Phyllis Moen
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Rethinking Clockworks: Work, Careers and the Life Course”

 

Marynel Ryan
Department of History
Social Sciences Division
University of Minnesota – Morris
“Locating the Household in the Modern Production of Knowledge”

 

Arun Saldanha
Department of Geography
College of Liberal Arts
“The Philosophical Geography of Race”

 

Hoon Song
Department of Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
“Cybersuicide and Martyrdom: Sovereignty and Biological Citizenship in Contemporary South Korea”

Residential Fellows 2006-07

Tony C. Brown
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
“Beside History: Rethinking the Primitive in the Long Eighteenth Century”

 

Siobhan S. Craig
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
“Rubble Trouble: History, Memory and Desire in the Ruins of Fascism”

 

Lesley Craig-Unkefer
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education & Human Development
“Knowledge Shared-Benefits Gained: Making a Difference for High Risk Early Childhood Populations”

 

Tracey Deutsch
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
“Making Change: Supermarkets, Gender, and the Transformation of Consumer Society, 1920-1970”

 

Jan Estep
Department of Art
College of Liberal Arts
“Philosophical Conversations (A Three-part Video Cycle)”

 

Njeri R. Githire
Department of African American & African Studies
College of Liberal Arts
“Voices from Ex/Isle: Caribbean and Indian Ocean Women Writers Break Geographical Confines”

 

George Henderson
Department of Geography
College of Liberal Arts
“Value Beyond Value”

 

Maki Isaka
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
“Gender and Onnagata (Actors of Female Impersonation in Kabuki Theater)”

 

Liz Kotz
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
College of Liberal Arts
“Durational Structures in Contemporary Art”

 

Scott Laderman
Department of History
University of Minnesota – Duluth
“Witnessing the Past: History, Tourism, and Memory in Postcolonial Vietnam”

 

Christine Marran
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
“Male Subjectivity in Japan’s Colonial and Postwar Eras”

 

Jason McGrath
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
“Inscribing the Real: Chinese Cinema from the Silent Era to the 21st Century”

 

Patrick J. McNamara
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
“The Centennial Stage: Mexico’s Old Regime and the Independence Celebrations of 1910”

 

Kevin P. Murphy
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
“Sexual Knowledge and Progressive Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”

 

Bic Ngo 
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education & Human Development
“The Salience of ‘Culture’ in Hmong Immigrant Students’ Education: Parental Involvement, Funds of Knowledge and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy”

 

Jason M. Roberts
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
“Ambition, Competition, and Democratic Responsiveness: Studying Congressional Elections Across Time”

 

Evan Schofer
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Global Models, Local Organizations: Community and Non-Governmental Associations in Comparative Perspective”

 

Ray Schultz 
Theatre Discipline
University of Minnesota – Morris
“The Love, Valor, and Compassion of Terrence McNally: Dramatizing the Gay Revolution from Stonewall to AIDS and Beyond”

 

Robin Stryker
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
“Social Science in Government Regulation of Equal Employment Opportunity”

Residential Fellows 2005-06

Faculty Fellows

Hisham Bizri
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
College of Liberal Arts
Cairo

 

Juliette Cherbuliez
Department of French and Italian
College of Liberal Arts
Cosmopolitanism and the Figure of Medea in French Literary History

 

Susan Craddock
Department of Women’s Studies
Institute for Global Studies
College of Liberal Arts
Tuberculosis and its Treatment in the Twin Cities Somali Community

 

Ann Hironaka
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
The Formation of Military Strategy

 

Karen Ho
Department of Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
“Eradicating Poverty Through Profit: Wall Street, Microfinance Institutions, and the Commercialization of Capital Market Access”

 

Chris Isett
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
Nutrition and Well Being in Eighteenth-Century China: An Anthropometric Study

 

Lynn Lukkas
Department of Art
College of Liberal Arts
Telling Time

 

Rachel Schurman
Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
Making Biotech History: How Social Activists Changed the Course of Genetic Engineering in Agriculture

 

Madelon Sprengnether
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
Great River Road

 

Dara Strolovitch
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics

 

Shaden M. Tageldin
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
College of Liberal Arts
Disarming Words: Empire and the Seductions of Translation in Egypt

Visiting Fellows

Visiting Fellows, Spring 2006

John Gery
English, University of New Orleans
Director of the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy
Have at You Now! and Pound’s Venice: A Walking Guide 

 

Biljana D. Obradovic
English, Xavier University of Louisiana
The Unnecessary Chronicle

Visiting Fellows, Fall 2005

 

John Dobry
Music
Tulane University

 

Peter Gerlich Political Science
University of Vienna

 

 

Emily Lambertsen Minnie
Studio Art
Tulane University