IAS Residential Fellows

Fall 2021 Fellows
Fall 2021 Fellows. Top row, from L to R: Scott St. George, Benjamin Bigelow, Sean Drysdale Walsh, Zozan Pehlivan, Ricardo Velasco Trujillo, Harsha Anantharaman. Bottom row, from L to R: Nina Medvedeva, Cassius Adair, Ann DuHamel, Alexandra Peck. Not pictured: Shannon Drysdale Walsh.

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.

We offer multiple types of residential fellowships, including faculty fellowships, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships and Community of Scholars fellowships (for graduate students). Applications are accepted once per year.

 

OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE
Residential Faculty Fellowships Applications for 2022–2023 Residential Faculty Fellowships are now closed and recipients have been announced. Applications for 2023–2024 will be due in fall 2022.
IAS Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships Applications for 2022-2023 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships are now closed and recipients have been announced. Applications for 2023–2024 fellowships will be due in fall 2022.

 

Learn more about the Fellows experience by reading interviews with current and past IAS Residential Fellows.

 

Faculty Fellows, Spring 2022

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Tracey Deutsch: History, CLA, Twin Cities

“The Julia Child Project”

The Julia Child Project, the focus of my time as an IAS fellow, is both an historical biography and a study of food’s significance across a wide number of registers in the mid 20th century U.S. I contextualize Child’s success in the instability of class, race, gender, and empire, asking how laborious, carefully prepared food addressed (or seeming to address) profound challenges to these systems. Historians and popular culture long portrayed these as years of consensus in which a stable ideology of domesticity governed both social norms and many people’s aspirations. Julia Child’s life reveals a different story. She and her audience faced profound uncertainties, ranging from America’s place in the world to sexual and racial politics. Using sources from her contemporaries, Child’s own business and personal records, and letters written by home cooks, I chart how middle and upper-class Americans turned to food to engage with the politics of their time. The lens of Child’s fame allows us to get beyond tired narratives of midcentury consensus and understand how food politics came to matter so much to so many Americans.

Gabriela Spears-Rico: Chicano & Latino Studies, CLA, Twin Cities

“Mestizo Melancholia and the Legacy of Conquest in Michoacan”

Mestiza/o Melancholia seeks to reframe how indigeneity and mestizaje are understood in Mexico. In fieldwork I have been conducting since 2009, Mestiza/o Melancholia emerges as a fixation on constructs of indigenous ‘purity,’ functioning as a fixed state of mourning over the perceived decimation of indigeneity among Mexican mestizos who mourn the ‘change/progress’ happening to indigenous people alongside their own indigeneity. Utilizing semistructured interviews, participant observation and archival analysis and examining the data through a performance theory lens, I analyze mestizo/P’urhepecha interactions/relations in three ethnographic examples in Michoacán—the Day of the Dead, the Virgin of Guadalupe fiestas and Cherán’s Autonomy Movement. In its rigorous ethnographic exploration of post-colonial mixed racial identities, my work pushes unfinished conversations about the legacy of Conquest on a mixed-race population, which projects its desires and claims to land, heritage and acceptance onto indigenous people. As a Pirinda scholar, I center a P’urhepecha critique of these appropriations, voicing their investment in economic empowerment and contemporary political concerns.

Fayola Jacobs: Urban Planning, HHH, Twin Cities

“Colonizing Climates: The Intersections of Anti-Blackness, Climate Change, and Urban Planning”

Black coastal communities on the U.S. Gulf Coast and in the Caribbean are among the most vulnerable to environmental hazards yet their shared vulnerabilities are rarely discussed in conversations on climate change. Colonizing Climates theorizes enslavement, colonization and imperialism as anti-Black urban planning projects with stakeholders including Caribbean nations, the U.S., European colonizing nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. This project aims to answer: How have anti-Blackness and urban planning shaped Black U.S. Gulf Coast and Caribbean communities’ exposure and vulnerability to climate change? Drawing from Black geographies, environmental justice, planning and hazards literatures, I will analyze plans and policies which have influenced the vulnerability of the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast to climate change. Leveraging the IAS Fellowship’s opportunities for interdisciplinary peer feedback, I will write the theoretical framework for this study which will provide the basis for the creation of a plan quality protocol for assessing plans’ consideration of Black communities and their exposure to natural hazards.

Michelle Phelps: Sociology, CLA, Twin Cities

Policing the Progressive City: Race, Violence, and the Future of Public Safety in Minneapolis”

Since the eruption of the Black Lives Matter Movement in 2014, police brutality, police violence, and police reform have emerged as central public policy concerns. Minneapolis has been at the forefront of this contestation. From solidarity protests with Ferguson in 2014 to the uprising following George Floyd’s murder in 2020, activists in Minneapolis have demanded that the city make Black lives matter. Policing the Progressive City draws on five years of fieldwork (from 2017-2021) to map the protests and debates over the future of policing that set Minneapolis on fire and the aftermath of the blaze. While there is an emerging consensus on the problem of police violence, I show that there is profound disagreement across residents, community leaders, activists, and elected officials about the imagined future of public safety. In addition, cities largely lack the policy levers needed to address the root causes of both crime and abusive policing. Ultimately, I argue that these constraints make it nearly impossible for cities to transform policing to meet progressive ideals, prompting continual cycles of outrage and reform.

Shaden Tageldin: Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, CLA, Twin Cities

“The Place of Africa, in Theory: Of Continents and Their Discontents”

In a pioneering study of Arabic and French literatures serialized in 1902–1904 in Cairo and republished in monograph form (1904, 1912), the Ottoman-Palestinian intellectual Ruhi al-Khalidi forges Arabic literary modernity in the crucible of comparison. While the European and Ottoman empires that dominated North Africa and West Asia during this period frame his arguments, equally crucial is the eye of Africa. From Bordeaux—from which the first French slave ship sailed to West Africa in 1672, and where he served as consul general of the Ottoman Empire from 1898–1908—al-Khalidi wrote not only his literary work but also historico-political studies (1903, 1907, 1910) of the Comoros Islands and of the African kingdom of Dahomey. My IAS project tracks the “footprints” of Africa in al-Khalidi’s literary comparatism by examining the relationship he stages between Arabness and Africanness in these extra-literary writings. Launching a new book, The Place of Africa, in Theory, I ask: What would it mean to center Africa in a reinterpretation of the global politics by which the world’s literatures and cultures came into comparative perspective in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows

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Harsha Anantharaman: Geography, Environment, & Society, CLA, Twin Cities

“The Paradox of Inclusion: The Politics of Caste, Recognition, & Infrastructure Reform in Urban India”

In response to the political-economic processes of neoliberalization—privatization, disinvestment in public-goods, casualization of labor-relations—which are reshaping the world of work (Harriss-White & Gooptu 2001, Gidwani & Reddy 2011), scholars and activists (Dias 2016, Rosaldo 2016) have articulated a politics of recognition intended to secure social recognition for marginalized occupations, and the vulnerable populations dependent on them. Emphasizing their vital socio-economic contributions, these efforts have particularly prioritized governmental recognition, and its attendant protections—citizenship, documentation, secure employment. However, as I have begun to document (Anantharaman 2019), the formalization of waste-picking, and the politics of recognition on which it is premised, can have the paradoxical effect of further endangering waste-pickers’ socio-economic freedoms. I investigate this “paradox of inclusion” in my proposed research, arguing that, these paradoxical outcomes can be attributed to the intertwining of processes of neoliberalization–the devolution of infrastructural burdens onto unwaged, unprotected workers (Fredericks 2018), with reconfigured logics of castehumiliation (Guru 2012) and touch (Guru & Sarukkai 2011). Against conventional understandings of caste as a social relic, or inert sociological category, I suggest that caste-logics are central to—both reflected in and reconfigured by—the neoliberal reorganization of work in urban India.

Nina Medvedeva: Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, CLA, Twin Cities

“Home in the Sharing Economy”

Debates about short-term rentals (STRs) such as Airbnb have exploded in Boston, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.—three of the largest STR markets in the United States. STRs monetize the home in particular ways, but this monetization is not simply normalized; rather it is contested. My dissertation focuses on that contestation through STR regulatory activism since 2010. Residents, legislators, and industries mobilized into political coalitions that wrote op-eds, canvassed their neighbors, held public demonstrations, lobbied legislators, and ran media featuring impacted residents to promote their stance on STRs. Combining participant observation, media analysis, archival research, and 54 interviews with hosts, government officials, and activists, my dissertation traces how STR debates and regulations in Boston, San Francisco, and Washington D.C (a) change residents’ understandings of home, (b) impact access to housing stock, (c) create government regulatory structures, and (d) operate within structural systems of race and gender under capitalism. My dissertation asks: What are the impacts of STRs on differently racialized, classed, and gendered residents? How do city residents politically mobilize to manage these impacts through STR regulation? By highlighting the historical, social, and material foundations of housing (i.e., the political economy of housing), I reveal the limits and possibilities of STR debates and highlight new alternatives for housing. 

Visiting Fellows

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Cassius Adair: ACLS Visiting Fellow

American Council of Learned Societies Visiting Fellow 
 

“The Transgender Internet”

Bringing together transgender theory and computer history, The Transgender Internet traces the role of gender-variant individuals in the design and implementation of digital network technologies from the 1960s to the present. The construction and emergence of pseudonymous digital communities helped to facilitate new forms of trans activism, but it also marked a turn towards a predominantly white and professionalized transgender politics during this period. By understanding the motivations of figures who prioritized industry diversity trainings over activist rallies, The Transgender Internet challenges Transgender Studies to understand trans history not just as a genealogy of in-the-streets resistance, but also as enmeshed within dominant political formations, media infrastructures, and information systems.

Alexandra Peck: Visiting Scholar of Indigenous Studies; Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative

Mapping Multivocality: Documenting Changes in the S’Klallam World through “Ethnogeography”

This project consists of a publicly accessible, online ArcGIS map and future book manuscript that tracks changes in names and uses of nearly 400 Indigenous S’Klallam landmarks and sacred sites along western Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, accompanied by site-specific information, such as archival photos, archaeological evidence, recorded S’Klallam place name pronunciations, and interview excerpts from my fieldwork. Combining digital humanities and cultural heritage with ethnography, I document how S’Klallam geography was modified as a result of interactions with neighboring tribal communities, Spanish and British explorers, early settler colonists, and Chinese and Japanese laborers. My multimodal scholarship uses GIS, forms a digital data repository, and melds new technologies with traditional knowledge to challenge narratives that present Native landscapes and cultures as isolated, stagnant, or monolithic. As a comprehensive ethnogeography of the S’Klallam world, I employ public history and spatial analysis to examine multivocal landscapes that are reflective of the greater United States’ “melting pot” persona, while also presenting the Western frontier as more complex than “white versus Indian” tropes often suggest.

Ricardo Velasco: Minnesota Transform Postdoctoral Associate

“Cultural Ecologies of Memory and Symbolic Reparation in Transitional Colombia: A Book and Digital Public Humanities Project”

Relying on multi-sited ethnographies and archival research, the book proposes a transdisciplinary analysis of a range of cultural manifestations and activism practices promoting memory construction, reconciliation and justice that have proliferated in Colombia since 2005, the year the first transitional justice mechanisms were implemented. I propose the term “Cultural Ecologies” to stress the interconnected nature and complexity of practices that include: documentaries and photography exhibitions produced by state institutions to restore the dignity of victims and promote national reconciliation; interventions of monuments with fabrics by victims’ organizations to make visible their symbolic claims for justice in public space; cultural activism practices among youth collectives working with displaced Afro-descendant and refugee populations, among others. By creating spaces for interlocution between state institutions and civil society, I argue, ‘cultural ecologies’ serve as interfaces through which rural black communities and other disenfranchised groups, victims and human rights organizations are able to articulate their demands for historical redress, while making visible current claims for justice and present conditions of marginalization and exclusion. The Digital Platform www.culturalecologies.com was designed to make available for online consultation more than one hundred hours of interviews and participant observation videos, photographs, and different documents that form the book’s empirical base. It combines digital storytelling with archival techniques to make its content accessible and engaging to readers beyond academic circles. 

Faculty Fellows, Fall 2021

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Benjamin Bigelow: German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch, CLA, Twin Cities

“Scandinavian Racial Ecologies”

“Scandinavian Racial Ecologies” examines how competing claims of cultural identity and racial belonging are related to different understandings of the environment. While claims of (white) Nordic identity, both in Scandinavia and in the US, are based on nature mythologies that draw direct connections between ethnicity and physical territory, emerging insights from ecology present a much less rigidly bound and territorial world. This project will result in a series of student- and community-oriented workshops, furthering ongoing collaborations with scholars at other institutions to shift discussions of Scandinavian cultures in the Twin Cities so that they reflect the diversity and complexity of Scandinavian societies today. These workshops will also further efforts we have made to de-colonize and diversify the Scandinavian Studies curriculum at the U of M. Furthermore, by involving community-based heritage organizations in some of these workshops, the project aims to challenge some of the traditional tropes of Nordic cultural identity that can be perpetuated there. 

Ann DuHamel: Music, Humanities Division, Morris

“Prayers for a Feverish Planet: A Musical Exploration of Climate Change”

My project “Prayers for a Feverish Planet” unites new music with the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. This creative undertaking expands and revolutionizes the contemporary piano recital: I envision this as a series of solo piano recitals enhanced by public presentations and dialogue. These performances spotlight contemporary classical music written in response to different facets of the climate crisis. The performances will also include discussion of the specific pieces by me and others, including the impetus for their creation, scientific and cultural context, and conversation with audience members. The pieces selected for “Prayers for a Feverish Planet” were solicited through an international call for scores from contemporary composers; the series will be curated for maximum power and impact. In addition to solo piano works, some pieces feature multi-media components. Time at the Institute for Advanced Study will provide regular interdisciplinary discussion with experts, writers, and artists across all subject areas, which allows me to acquire a richer, better informed context for developing, performing, and presenting the series.

Zozan Pehlivan: History, CLA, Twin Cities

“The Political Ecology of Forced Sedentarization: Herd Dependent Peoples, Climate Change, and the Encroaching State (1850-1950)”

In order to understand the global climate crisis today we need to look at history as well as science. Historical research examining state responses to environmental change shows the consequences of these political processes for human populations. This comparative research project explores the global interaction between climate change, the destruction of herds, and forced migration and settlement of Indigenous populations during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The goal is to analyze the politics of environmental change in the past and the present.

Scott St. George: Geography, Environment and Society, CLA, Twin Cities

“Staring Down the Bottom of a Dry Well: Global Society and the Coming Age of Megadrought”

As an IAS Residential Fellow, I will launch a new book project on megadrought—droughts that were just as severe as the worst recent droughts in a given place but longer lasting. Long intervals of unbroken drought are commonly part of mythological stories and religious history, with the Old Testament account of seven consecutive years of famine in pharaonic Egypt being the example best known by Western audiences. But tree rings, ice cores, and other natural climate indicators have shown long intervals of unbroken drought are not just a plot device used by mythmakers but rather a normal feature of climate in many parts of the world. And because a warmer world is likely to one confronted by longer and more severe droughts, the public needs to understand what exactly climate science is able to say about the risk of such exceptional, multiyear droughts happening again in the near future. The project will highlight modern examples of severe sustained drought, introduce readers to the rapidly advancing field of paleoclimatology, review state-of-the-art predictions for future drought conditions, and discuss strategies to reduce the harm incurred in the coming age of megadrought.

Sean Walsh: Scholar in Residence

Scholar in Residence

 

“Moral Psychology and the Ethics of Perpetrator Risk”

People have a moral obligation to develop character traits and to foster situations that reduce perpetrator risk. The lifetime risk of a typical male perpetrating a form of violence against women is significant. There are certain situations that raise perpetrator risk (and others that lower it), and there are certain character traits that raise perpetrator risk (and others that lower it). Situations that lead to high perpetrator risk include situations of impunity, lack of transparency, authority, inequality, lack of social diversity (e.g., in terms of race, age, gender, and class), macho culture, and drug/alcohol culture. A character trait that leads to lower levels of perpetrator risk is empathy. A character trait that leads to higher perpetrator risk is impulsivity. There are clinical and social interventions for people with character traits such as low empathy or high impulsivity. I argue that men are morally obligated to use the best situational and character psychology interventions to lower their lifetime perpetrator risk.

Shannon Drysdale Walsh: History, Political Science & International Studies, CLA, Duluth

“Women Confronting Terror: Violence against Women and the State in Central America”

Violence against women has escalated in all Central American countries. Women remain unprotected by laws that are yet to be effectively implemented. At times, there has been surprising progress, but this has ultimately been ephemeral in contexts of continuing impunity and vulnerability to violence. Women Confronting Terror is a comparative case study based on 22 months of fieldwork observations and interviews in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. This book manuscript addresses several questions, including: What explains the construction of specialized policing and court systems to address violence against women in countries with few resources and little political will to build them? What are the advances and limitations of these specialized justice system institutions for implementing violence against women laws? I find that countries are more likely to construct specialized justice system institutions for women and transform their practices when transnational advocacy networks are supplying financial and human resources for these changes. However, limited resources and failed commitments to mitigating violence often undermine laws on the books.

Past Fellows

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2020–2021

FACULTY FELLOWS, SPRING 2021

  • Hassan Abdel Salam, Sociology, CLA, Twin Cities: The Human Rights Fatwas: How Human Rights Influence Orthodox Jurists in their Adjudication of Islamic Law
  • Tammy Berberi, French, Humanities Division, Morris: Fixing Meaning? Francophone Disability Studies and the Socio-Imaginative Power of Language
  • Jason KerwinApplied Economics, CFANS, Twin Cities: Overcoming Procrastination and Other Behavioral Barriers in the HIV Epidemic
  • Helen Kinsella, Political Science, CLA-Social Sciences, Twin Cities: War Fatigue: The Biopolitics of Sleep in War
  • Jennifer Row, French and Italian, CLA, Twin Cities: The Body Perfect: the Aesthetics of Ableism in the Francophone Early Modern World
  • Emily Winderman, Communication Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Back-Alley Abortion: A History of Sanitary Rhetoric and Reproductive Injustice
     

FACULTY FELLOWS, FALL 2020

  • Gail Dubrow, School of Architecture, College of Design, Twin Cities: Memoir as a Mode of Inquiry and Expression in Environmental Design and Planning for Social Justice
  • Greta Friedemann-Sanchez, Global Policy, HHH, Twin Cities: From the Battlefield to the Home Front: Harmonizing Security Policies on Intimate Partner Violence in Post-Conflict Colombia
  • Kristine Miller, Landscape Architecture, College of Design, Twin Cities: Memoir as a Mode of Inquiry and Expression in Environmental Design and Planning for Social Justice
  • Richa Nagar, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Songs of Departure
  • Rachel Hardeman, Health Policy & Management, SPA, Twin Cities: Double Jeopardy: An exploration of the relationship between anti-abortion policy and maternal mortality for Black Birthing People in the US
  • Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Sociology, CLA, Twin Cities: Race and deaths from infectious diseases in the United States, 1900-1950
     

INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL FELLOWS

  • Julia Brokaw, Entomology, CFANS, Twin Cities: Uprooting Assumptions in Pollinator Conservation Policy
  • Stephen Ellis, English, CLA, Twin Cities: Making the Case: Legal Curriculum, Literary Culture, and the Cold War
  • SeungGyeong (Jade) Ji, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Rights and Redemption: Politics of Abortion in South Korea 1974-2019
  • Emily Mitamura, Political Science, CLA, Twin Cities: Afterliving Mass Violence: Plot, Justice, and the Cambodian Genocide
  • Florencia Pech-Cárdenas, Natural Resource Science and Management, CFANS, Twin Cities: Influences of Handicraft Production on Gender, Livelihoods, and Natural Resources Management in Maya Communities
     

2019–2020

FACULTY FELLOWS, SPRING 2020

  • Fernando Burga, Urban and Regional Planning, HHH, Twin Cities: Mapping Transportation Accessibility for Culturally Relevant and Healthy Foods in Rural MN: Towards a Mixed-Methods Research Toolkit
  • Adam Coon, Humanities, UM-Morris: The Serpent’s Feathers: Nahua Philosophies in Migration
  • Kathryn Nuernberger, English, CLA, Twin Cities: The Doctrine of Signatures: Essays
  • Carrie Oelberger, Leadership and Management, HHH, Twin Cities: Radical Re-Envisioning for a Just and Equitable Society: Interrogating and Theorizing Private Interests in Prosocial Work
  • Jimmy Patiño, Chicano and Latino Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: “Our Oppressions are One, Our Dreams are One”: Black-Brown Solidarities in Movements for Self-Determination
  • Ioana Vartolomei Pribiag, French and Italian, CLA, Twin Cities: Shards: Spectacular Fragmentation in Francophone Postcolonial Literature
  • Elana Shever, Scholar in Residence, Anthropology, Colgate University: Finding Our Beasts: Encountering Dinosaurs and Science in the American West
  • Kari Smalkoski, Community Engagement Fellow, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Minnesota Youth Story Squad

FACULTY FELLOWS, FALL 2020

  • June Carbone, Law School, Twin Cities: From Tiers to Ladders: A Feminist Theory of Power
  • Cosette Creamer, Political Science, CLA, Twin Cities: In Courts We Trust: The Unseen Role of Legal Bureaucrats in Human Rights Courts
  • V. V. Ganeshananthan, English, CLA, Twin Cities: Movement: A Novel
  • Kate Lockwood Harris, Communications Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Communicating Violence in the Academy: A Case Study of the 2015 Anti-Racist Protests and Backlash at the University of Missouri
  • Enid Logan, Sociology, CLA, Twin Cities: American Indian Racialization and the Sociological Study of Race
  • Jennifer Marshall, Art History, CLA, Twin Cities: William Edmondson: Life and Work
  • Elana Shever, Scholar in Residence, Anthropology, Colgate University: Finding Our Beasts: People, Dinosaurs, and Science in the American West

INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL FELLOWS

  • Ateeb Ahmed, Geography, Environment, and Society, CLA, Twin Cities: Between Speculation and Dispossession: Pakistan Military's Urban Coup d'Etat
  • Deniz Coral, Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities: The Humorous Reaction to Trepidation: Jokes on the Trading Floor
  • Hana Maruyama, American Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Alien Nation: The Role of Japanese Americans During WWII Incarceration in Native Dispossession
  • Hannah Ramer, Natural Resources Science and Management, CFANS, Twin Cites: (Re)Imagining the City: Urban Agriculture, Policy, & Social Justice in Minneapolis

2018-2019

FACULTY FELLOWS, SPRING 2019

  • Hakim Abderrezak, French and Italian, CLA, Twin Cities: Seametery: Migrants, Refugees, and the Mediterranean
  • Malinda Lindquist, History, CLA, Twin Cities: The Politics of Youth: Education, Achievement Gaps, and the Construction of Black Childhood, 1940-1990
  • Francis Shen, Law School, Twin Cities: Brain-Based Memory Detection and the Law
  • Eun-Kyung Suh, Art and Design, School of Fine Arts, Duluth: Refugees’ Resettlement: Geographic Patterns in Sculpture
  • Teresa Swartz, Sociology, CLA, Twin Cities: Not Just Child’s Play: Race and the Reproduction of Inequality In and Through Youth Activities

FACULTY FELLOWS, FALL 2018

INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL FELLOWS, 2018-2019

  • Ketaki Jaywant, History, CLA, Twin Cities: Caste as a Site of Social Change: Mapping 19-th Century Anti-Caste Politics in Western India
  • Maria Mendez Gutierrez, Political Science, CLA, Twin Cities: The Visual Economy of Violence: Transnational Gangs in the U.S.-Central American Security Imaginary
  • Joseph Whitson, American Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: #Explore: Outdoor Retailers, Social Media, and Assaults on Indigenous Sovereignty in the Contemporary United States

GRAND CHALLENGE RESEARCH FELLOWS, 2018-2019

Just and Equitable Communities 

  • Bianet Castellanos, American Studies, CLA, TC
  • Carl Flink, Theatre Arts & Dance, CLA, TC
  • Sumanth Gopinath, Music, CLA, TC
  • Susan Mason, Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health, TC
  • Richa Nagar, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, CLA, TC
  • Ross VeLure Roholt, Social Work, CEHD, TC

Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems

  • Oscar Garza, Pharmacy Care & Health Systems, AHC, TC
  • Mary Hermes, Curriculum & Instruction, CEHD, TC
  • Kimberly Hill-Malvick, Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, CSE, TC
  • Daniela Sandler, Architecture, CDES, TC
  • Diane Willow, Art, CLA, TC

2017-2018

FACULTY FELLOWS, SPRING 2018

  • Sarah Chambers, History, CLA, Twin Cities: Émigréand Citizens: Migrations and Identities between Empire and Nation in Spanish America
  • Jessica Clarke, Law, Twin Cities: Sexual Exceptionalism
  • Sairaj Dhople, Electrical and Computer Engineering, CSE, Twin Cities: Realizing a Distributed and Sustainable Electrical Infrastructure
  • Andrew Gallia, History, CLA, Twin Cities: The Politics of Rudeness in Roman Culture
  • Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Design, Housing, and Apparel, CDes, Twin Cities: Space and the Production of Culture, Identity, and Home—Defining Oikophilia
  • Catherine Squires, Communication Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Creating Intentional Community-Engaged Learning Spaces at Gordon Parks High School

FACULTY FELLOWS, FALL 2017

  • Colin Agur, Journalism and Mass Communication, CLA, Twin Cities: The Unanticipated Consequences of Mobile Networks
  • Juliana Hu Pegues, American Indian Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Settler Time and Space: Indigeneity, Race, and Gender in American Alaska
  • William Jones, History, CLA, Twin Cities: Public Servants: How America Balanced its Budget on the Backs of Hospital Workers, Garbage Collectors, Janitors and Maids'
  • Cristina Ortiz, Anthropology, Social Science, UM—Morris: Rural Latinidad: Identity and Belonging in the Heartland
  • Lena Palacios, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Media Necropower and Race-radical Feminist Activism in Carceral, Settler States
  • Katherine Scheil, English, CLA, Twin Cities: Shakespeare, Women Readers, and Biofiction 

COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS, 2017-2018

  • Amber Annis, American Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: “The use of your reservation is important”: The Militarization and Exploitation of Lakota Resources of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL FELLOWS, 2017-2018

  • Aaron Eddens, American Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: "Climate-Smart" Seeds: Science, Property, and the Changing Landscape of International Agriculture
  • Jen Hughes, Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities: Viking Futures: Storytelling, Crisis and the (un)Translatability of the Icelandic Model
  • David Lemke, English, CLA, Twin Cities: Imagining Reparations: African-American Utopianism and Visions for A Just Society
  • Sami Poindexter, Feminist Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Blueberries and Bruselas: Stories of Gender, Race, Food, and Agriculture in Ejido Erendira
  • Sarah Saddler, Theater Arts and Dance, CLA, Twin Cities: Think Differently: Get Creative: Theatre-Based Corporate Training in India (Spring 2018 only)
  • Madison Van Oort, Sociology, CLA, Twin Cities: Big Data and Fast Fashion: Workplace Monitoring in the World's Top Retailers 

2016-2017

FACULTY FELLOWS, SPRING 2017

  • Michael Goldman, Sociology and Global Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Visualizing Urban Futures: Speculation and Sacrifice in the Making of Global Cities (Spring 2017)
  • Jean Langford, Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities: Animal Bedlam: Troubled Creatures and Interspecies Care (Spring 2017)
  • Daniela Sandler, Architecture, CDes, Twin Cities: Pragmatic Visionaries: Activist Architecture and Informal Urbanism in Contemporary São Paulo (Spring 2017)
  • Geoff Sheagley, Political Science, CLA, Duluth: The Political Psychology of Income Inequality (Spring 2017)
  • Mary Vavrus, Communications Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Postfeminist War: Women in the Media-Military-Industrial Complex (Spring 2017)
  • Diane Willow, Art, CLA, Twin Cities: By Any Medium Necessary (Spring 2017)

FACULTY FELLOWS, FALL 2016

  • Maggie Hennefeld, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, CLA, Twin Cities: Death from Laughter: Female Hysteria and Early Cinema (Fall 2016)
  • Joshua Page, Sociology, CLA, Twin Cities: Criminal Debts: Predatory Government and the Remaking of American Citizenship (Fall 2016)
  • Christopher Roberts, Law, Law School, Twin Cities: Lost Duties: Searching for the Other Half of Our Rights (Fall 2016)
  • Karen-Sue Taussig, Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities: Genomics and Its Publics (Fall 2016)
  • Eva von Dassow, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: The Ancient Near East and the Modern West (Fall 2016)
  • Barbara Welke, History, CLA, Twin Cities: The Course of a Life (Fall 2016

INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL FELLOWS, 2016-2017

  • Julia Corwin, Geography, CLA, Twin Cities: Local Yet Global: Mapping India's Electronics Repair and Reuse Economies (Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2017)

COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS GRADUATE FELLOWS, FALL 2016

  • Mai See Thao, Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities: Bittersweet Migrations: Type II Diabetes and Healing in the Hmong Diaspora 

SCHOLARS AND ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE, SPRING 2017

  • Sean Silver, English, University of Michigan: A History of Complexity: 1650-1800 (full year residency)
  • Jacqueline Johnson, Sociology, Morris: This is My Country: A Longitudinal Study of the Social Construction of Political Awareness and National Identity Using Children's Artwork 
  • Hangtae Cho, Asian Languages and Literature, CLA, Twin Cities: The Two Koreas: Growing Divergence in Language and Society 

SCHOLARS AND ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE, FALL 2016

  • Jovana Babovic, Independent Scholar: Yugoslav Metropolis: Entertainment, Urban Life, and the Making of a European Capitol Between Two Wars 
  • Sarah Kusa, Multidisciplinary Artist: Interconnected: A Kinetic Art Installation 

VISITING SCHOLAR, SPRING 2017

  • Meng Changpei, School of Foreign Lanugages, Guizhou Normal College, Guiyang, China: The History of Hmong Writing Systems Used in the US 

2015-2016

FACULTY FELLOWS, SPRING 2016

  • Marc Bellemare, Applied Economics, CFANS, Twin Cities: The Political Economy of Food Price Stabilization
  • Jennifer Gomez Menjivar, Foreign Languages and Literatures, CLA, Duluth: Tropical Tongues: Language Ideologies, Endangerment, and Minority Languages in Belize 
  • Annie Hill, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Sex Trafficking, Migration, and Law 
  • Michael Lower, History, CLA, Twin Cities: Violence and Religious Difference in the Premodern Mediterranean
  • William Salmon, Linguistics, CLA, Duluth: Tropical Tongues: Language Ideologies, Endangerment, and Minority Languages in Belize 
  • Roozbeh Shirazi, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, CEHD, Twin Cities: There is Always Something to Prove: Transnational Youth, Sociopolitical Belonging, and Education in the Twin Cities'

FACULTY FELLOWS, FALL 2015

  • Michael Gallope, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, CLA, Twin Cities: New Ontologies of Sonic Writing (Fall 2015)
  • Cindy Garcia, Theater Arts & Dance, CLA, Twin Cities: How To Make It to the Salsa Dance Floor (Fall 2015)
  • Sarah Parkinson, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Twin Cities: Organizational Emergence in Crisis: Networks, Neuroscience, and Military Organizations in the Middle East (Fall 2015)
  • Helena Pohlandt-McCormick, History, CLA, Twin Cities: The Graves of Dimbaza: Reconsidering the Resilience of Race in the Post-Apartheid Present (Fall 2016)
  • Amit Yahav, English, CLA, Twin Cities: Moments: Qualitative Time in Eighteenth-Century Culture (Fall 2015)
  • 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 (Fall 2015)

COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS GRADUATE FELLOWS, SPRING 2016

  • Kasey Keeler, American Studies, Twin Cities: Indigenous Suburbs: Settler-Colonialism, Housing Policy, and the Erasure of American Indians from Suburbia 
  • Alicia Lazzarini, Geography, Environmetn, and Society: ‘Açúcar nem Sempre Doce’: Reinvestments, Land, and Gendered Labor in a ‘New’ Mozambique 

SAWYER SEMINAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS, 2015-2016

  • Laurie Moberg, Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities: Fluid Landscapes: Materializing the Future after Natural Disasteres in Thailand (Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellow, Fall 2015-Spring 2017)

SCHOLARS AND ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE, SPRING 2016

  • Rachel Jendrzejewski, Playwright and Interdisciplinary Artist: Making Reality: Complication Popular Definitions of Story in Contemporary Performance 
  • Beth Mercer-Taylor, Sustainability Education, Institute on the Environment: Change the System, Not the Climate 
  • Guillermo Narváez, Humphrey School of Public Affairs: Boundaries at Work with American Indian Communities 

SCHOLARS AND ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE, FALL 2015

  • Ursula Lang, Geography, University of Glasgow: Cultivating Everyday Life: Yards, Nature, and Time 
  • Presley Martin, Sculpture and Installation Artist: Dye Buckthorn Dye 
  • Jennifer Row, French, Boston University: Queer Velocities: Speeds of Sex on the Early Modern Stage 

VISITING SCHOLAR, 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 

2014-2015

FACULTY FELLOWS, SPRING 2015

  • Matteo Convertino, Environmental Health Sciences, Public Health, Twin Cities: HumNat-Health: From People, To People. Theory, Computers, Art (Spring 2015)
  • Katherine Hayes, Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities: Bohemian Flats Public Memory Project: Archaeology, Public History, and Heritage (Spring 2015)
  • Kathryn Milun, Sociology and Anthropology, CLA, Duluth: Creating Sustainable Infrastructure with Commons-Based Design: The Solar Commons Project and Beyond (Spring 2015)
  • Leslie Morris, German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, CLA, Twin Cities: She Did Not Speak (Spring 2015)
  • Erik Redix, American Indian Studies, CLA, Duluth: Deluge and Bakweyawaa: American Colonialism in the Twentieth Century and the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe (Spring 2015)
  • David Valentine, Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities: Off the Rock: Human Futures in Outer Space (Spring 2015)

FACULTY FELLOWS, FALL 2014

  • Elaine Auyoung, English, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities: The Suggestiveness of Realist Novels (Fall 2014)
  • Mark Collier, Philosophy, Morris: Experimental Philosophy (Fall 2014)
  • Katharine Gerbner, History, CLA, Twin Cities: Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversions in the Atlantic World, 1660-1760 (Fall 2014)
  • Njeri Githire, African American and African Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: (In)edible Ideologies: Food, Identity, and the (Post)Colonial Subject in African Literary and Cultural Expression (Fall 2014)
  • Dominic Taylor, Theater Arts and Dance, CLA, Twin Cities: Ice Man - Black in White: Black Bodies on Stage in Classic White Roles (Fall 2014)

SAWYER SEMINAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS, 2014-2015

  • Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, Art Historian and Curator: The Mississippi River in Antebellum Visual Culture
  • Jane Mazack, Water Research Science Graduate Program, Twin Cities: Entomology and Stream Ecology in Southeast Minnesota
  • Laurie Moberg, Anthropology, CLA, Twin Cities: Fluid Landscapes: Materializing the Future After Natural Disasters in Thailand

COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS GRADUATE FELLOWS, 2014-2015

  • Jamal Adam, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, Twin Cities: Identity Development of Somali College Students
  • Jameson R. Sweet, History, CLA, Twin Cities: The Mixed-Blood Moment: Race, Land, and Law Among Dakota Mixed-Bloods in the Nineteeth Century
  • Maiyia Yang, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, Twin Cities: Educational Identities of Karen Refugee Women in the Twin Cities Metro Area

VISITING FELLOWS, 2014-2015

  • Emily Johnson, Choreograper and Director, Catalyst Dances: SHORE
  • Anaïs Nony, French and Italian, Moving Image Studies, CLA, Twin Cities: Technical Memory: Thierry Kuntzel's Video Art and the Early Web Experience in France
  • Karin Vélez, History, Macalester College: Catholic Landings in Frontier Zones: Jesuits, Converts, and the Flying House of Loreto, 1290-1750

VISITING FELLOW, SPRING 2015

  • Ryland Angel, Counter-tenor and Composer: The Call