Fellowship Programs

IPRH Campus FellowsFaculty and Graduate Student Fellowship awards have been at the center of IPRH since its inception, with application guidelines published in the fall of the academic year prior to the fellowship year, and an announcement date in late winter.

The fellowship program typically revolves around an annual topic, and the fellowship provides an opportunity for faculty and graduate student fellowship recipients to develop research related to the theme in all of its many broad interpretations. Since fall 1998, IPRH has awarded faculty fellowships and graduate student fellowships to U of I scholars in more than 40 departments.

View current campus fellows.

2016–17: Publics

Faculty Fellows

  • Tim Dean, English
    Public Women and Public Men: A Genealogy of Sex Work
  • Luisa-Elena Delgado, Spanish and Portuguese
    The Transparent Heart: Visceral Truths in the Public Sphere
  • Tyler Denmead, Art Education, Art + Design
    Youth in the Creative City
  • Daniel Gilbert, Labor and Employment Relations
    Public Works: A Cultural History of Public Sector Labor
  • A. Naomi Paik, Asian American Studies
    Insecure Empire: Legal Quandaries and the Outsourcing of U.S. Security
  • Terri Weissman, Art History, Art + Design
    This is What Democracy Looks Like: Freedom, Action, and Revolutionary Dreams

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Raquel Escobar, History
    Reconcile the Indian, Reconcile the Nation: Transnational Indian Reform in the Era of Inter-American Politics
  • Christine Hedlin, English
    Novel Faiths: A New Secular Theory of the Nineteenth-Century American Novel
  • Anca Mandru, History
    Making Socialists: Literature and Science in the Service of the Romanian Le (1880–1914)
  • Anita Mixon, Communication
    Rupturing the Boundaries of Public and Private Spheres: A Rhetorical History of Women’s Work in Black Chicago, 1919–1939
  • Mark Sanchez, History
    Recapturing a Lost Democracy: Philippine Exile Politics and International Opposition to Ferdinand Marcos, 1965–1986
  • Maggie Shelledy, English
    Against Social Death: Rhetorical Resilience at the Intersection of Higher Education and the Prison
  • Kerry Wilson, Institute of Communications Research
    Black Motherhood in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter

2015–16: Intersections

Faculty Fellows

  • Ikuko Asaka, History
    Geographies of Black Freedom: Race, Intimacy, and Empire in the Anglo-American World, 1775–1879
  • Eric Calderwood, Comparative and World Literature
    ‘The Daughter of Granada and Fez’: Al-Andalus in Spanish Colonial Morocco (1859–1956)
  • Anita Chan, Media and Cinema Studies and Institute of Communication Research
    Civic Technoscience, Digital Pedagogies, and Intersectional Research Practice Beyond Innovation Centers
  • Rana Hogarth, History
    Blackness in Transit: Medicine and the Making of Difference in the Atlantic World, 1780–1840
  • Mimi Nguyen, Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies
    The Promise of Beauty
  • John Randolph, History
    When I Served the Post as a Coachman: Empire and Enlightenment in Russia’s Eighteenth Century
  • Maria Todorova, History
    Life in the Times of Utopia: The Lost World of Early Socialists at Europe’s Margins

Graduate Student Fellows

  • S. Moon Cassinelli, English
    ‘We are Here Because You were There’: Kinship and Loss in 20th- and 21st-Century Korean American Narratives
  • Bryce Henson, Institute of Communications Research
    Beauty in the Dark: Racial Politics in Brazilian Hip-Hop
  • Milos Jovanovic, History
    Bourgeois Balkans: World-building in Belgrade and Sofia (1840–1912)
  • John Musser, English
    Radiant Divas: In Pursuit of the Queer Sublime
  • Stephanie Rieder (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*), Sociology
    Missions of Biomedicine: Transnational Conflicts of Morality, Technology, and Care
  • Zachary Sell, History
    Slavery Beyond Slavery: The American South, British Imperialism, and the Circuits of Capital, 1833–1873
  • Devin Smart (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*), History
    Exchanging Meals: Capitalist Culture, Labor Migration and Food History in Kenya since the Nineteenth Century

2014–15: Themeless

Faculty Fellows

  • Teresa Barnes, History and Gender and Women’s Studies
    Apartheid’s Professor: AH Murray, Freedom and Complicity in South Africa, 1948–85
  • Ruth Nicole Brown, Gender and Women’s Studies and Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership
    Black Girl Genius: Something Better Than Status Quo
  • José B. Capino
    Marcos and Melodrama: Figures of the Authoritarian State
  • Ellen Moodie, Anthropology
    Middle-Class Political Action and Generational Consciousness in Urban Central America
  • Dana Rabin, History
    Under Rule of Law: Britain and Its Outsiders, 1750–1800
  • Sandra Ruiz, Latina/o Studies and English
    Ricanness: The Performance of Time, Bodily Endurance, and Policy

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Benjamin Bascom, English
    State Affects and Republican Properties: Feeling Wrongly in the Early US
  • Yoonjung Kang (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*), Anthroplogy
    Beyond the Reproductive Body: The Politics of Postpartum Care Practices in Contemporary South Korea
  • Eileen Lagman, English
    Literacy, Capital, and Intimacy: Economics of Learning in the 'Brain Drain' of Filipino Labor
  • Kyle Mays (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*), History
    And We Shall Remain: Reclaiming Detroit as an Indigenous Space, 1837–1994
  • Patryk Reid, History
    Managing Nature, Constructing the State: The Material Foundation of Soviet Empire in Tajikistan, 1917–37
  • Ariana Ruiz, English
    Traversing Latinidades: Spatiotemporal Disruptions in Latina Art and Literature
  • Monica FA W. Santos, Anthropology
    Re-imagining Colonialism: Class, Nation and Classical Ballet in the Philippines

2013–14: The Body/Bodies

Faculty Fellows

  • Andrew Gaedtke, English
    The Machinery of Madness: Mind, Body, and Disability
  • Craig Koslofsky, History
    Skin in the Early Modern World, 1450–1750
  • Jennifer Monson, Dance
    Live Dancing Archive: Recording Indeterminate Systems Through and With the Body
  • Fiona Ngô, Asian American Studies and Gender and Women's Studies
    Structures of Sense
  • Robert A. Rushing , Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, and Comparative and World Literature
    Descended from Hercules: A Peplum Century
  • John R. Senseney, Architecture
    Tools, Machines, and the Body in Greek and Roman Architecture
  • Roderick Wilson, History and East Asian Languages and Cultures
    Waterbodies: The Reengineering of Rivers and Communities in the Formation of Modern Japan, 1868–1945

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Megan Condis, English (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*)
    The Politics of Gamers: Bodies and Identity in Digital Culture
  • Corey Flack, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
    True Flesh: The Body as Nexus of Community, Identity, and Salvation in Dante’s Commedia
  • In Hye Ha, English
    The Poetics of Logistics: The Making of British Subjects and Knowledge, 1660-1800
  • Emily Pope-Obeda
    ‘When In Doubt, Deport!: U.S. Deportation and the Local Policing of Global Migration during the 1920s
  • T.J. Tallie, History
    Limits of Settlement: Racialized Masculinity, Sovereignty, and the Imperial Project in Colonial Natal, 1850–1897
  • Jennifer Thomas, Landscape Architecture
    Madness, Landscape and State-Craft: The Nineteenth-Century Insane Asylum System of New York State
  • Pui-Sze Priscilla Tse, Musicology (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*)
    Queering the Body: Musical Gendering of Cross-dressing Performance in Cantonese Opera, and Cultural, Sexual, and Identity Politics in Contemporary Hong Kong

2012–13: Revolution

Faculty Fellows

  • Catharine Gray, English
    Unmaking Britain: War Poetry and News Culture, 1638–1665
  • Bonnie Mak, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
    Implications of a Digital Revolution
  • Faranak Miraftab, Urban and Regional Planning
    Between Homeland and Heartland: How Migrants and their Families in Mexico and Togo Revitalize the American Midwest
  • Kathryn Oberdeck, History
    Solution for Revolution?: Urban Blight, Domestic Hygiene, and Transnational Politics of Sanitation in Chicago, Illinois and Durban, South Africa, 1910s–1960s
  • Anke Pinkert, Germanic Languages and Literatures
    Transforming the Humanities through Higher Education in Prison
  • David Roediger, History
    Oh, Freedom: The Revolutionary Dreams of Emancipation, 1861–1877
  • Matthew Thibeault, School of Music (Music Education) and Education (Affiliate)
    Spinning Sounds: 20th Century Revolutions in Music from Performance to Recording to Data

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Jill Fitzgerald, English (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*)
    Rebel Angels: Political Theology and the Fall of the Angels Tradition in Old English Literature
  • Diana Georgescu, History (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*)
    “Ceauescu’s Children:” The Making and Unmaking of Romania’s Last Socialist Generation (1965–2005)
  • David Greenstein, History
    Between Two Worlds: How Americans and Soviets Connected, Collided, and Made Each Other after the Bolshevik Revolution
  • Holly Holmes, School of Music (Musicology)
    “Sou do mundo, Sou Minas Gerais [I am of the world. I am Minas Gerais]”: Popular Music, Politics and Regionalism in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Aimee Rickman, Human and Community Development
    Living docility and dissent: U.S. small town girls’ social media use within social marginalization
  • Stephanie Seawell, History
    The Black Freedom Movement and Community Planning in Urban Parks in Cleveland, Ohio 1945–1977

2011–12: Borders

Faculty Fellows

  • Shao Dan, East Asian Languages and Cultures
    Law and Society in Chinese History
  • Stephanie Hilger, Germanic Languages and Literatures/Comparative and World Literature
    Liminal Bodies in Literature and Medicine
  • Justine S. Murison, English
    Fever and Captivity in the Age of Revolutions
  • John T. Newcomb, English
    American Cinema and the Modern Cityscape
  • Leslie J. Reagan, History
    War, Society, Politics, and Culture: Vietnam
  • Andrea Stevens, English
    Topics In 17th-Century Drama: 1637

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Tutin Aryanti, Architecture
    (Un-)Breaking the Wall, Preserving the Barrier: Gender, Space, and Power in Contemporary Mosque Architecture in Java, Indonesia
  • Matthew Crain, Institute of Communications Research
    Border Trouble: Reconfiguring Cultural Production in the Era of Digital Media Convergence
  • Heidi Dodson, History (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*) 
    Constructing the Missouri Delta: Space and Place in African American Community Development and Activism, 1923-1978
  • Annaliese Jacobs, History
    Companions: Knowledge, Intimacy, and Empire in British Arctic Exploration, 1818-1859
  • Miriam Kienle, Art History
    Return to Sender: Ray Johnson and the New York Correspondence School, Mapping ‘Community at a Distance'
  • Alexandra Mobley, Institute of Communications Research
    A Secret History of Volleyball: American Team Sport and Rhetorics of Counter-Insurgency
  • Kathryn Walkiewicz, English (IPRH-Nicholson Fellow*)
    Wide Open Spaces: Place, Empire, and U.S.-Indigenous Relations, 1817-1907

2010–11: Themeless

Faculty Fellows

  • Timothy Reese Cain, Educational Organization and Leadership
    Faculty Unions before their “Abrupt Appearance”: Professors, Instructors, and Graduate Students in the AFL and CIO
  • Tamara Chaplin, History
    French Kiss: Mediating Sex in Postwar France (1945-2000)
  • Ryan Griffis, Art and Design
    Regional Inquiry Studio
  • Bruce Levine, History
    The Second American Revolution: The Destruction of Slavery and Slave Society in the U.S.
  • Erik S. McDuffie, Gender and Women’s Studies/African American Studies
    Garveyism in the Urban Midwest: The Making of Diaspora in the American Heartland
  • Audrey Petty, English
    High-Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Nile Blunt, History
    The Chapel and the Chamber: Ceremonial Dining and Religious Ritual at the Court of King Charles I
  • Nicholas Brown, Landscape Architecture (IPRH/Nicholson Fellow*)
    Landscape, Justice, and the Politics of Indigeneity: Mapping White Possession and Settler Indigeneity in Alberta/Montana
  • Urmitapa Dutta, Psychology
    The Margins Strike Back: Contested Identities, Everyday Violence and Tribal Youth in India’s North-east
  • Sarah Frohardt-Lane, History
    Race, Public Transit, and Automobility in World War II Detroit
  • Elizabeth M. Hoiem, English
    Creating Humans: Autonomy and Mechanism in British Education, 1760-1860
  • Cory Spice Holding, English
    The Rhetoric of Gesture in British Elocution
  • Kwame Holmes, (IPRH/Nicholson Fellow*)
    From the Black Metropolis to the Rainbow City: Black and Gay Community Development in Post-Riot Washington, D.C.; 1968-1985

2009–10: Representation

Faculty Fellows

  • Jane Desmond, Anthropology/Gender and Women’s Studies
    When the Artist is an Ape: Visual Arts, the Challenge of Representation, and Political Subjectivity
  • Clarence Lang, African American Studies/History
    The Black Working-Class Public and the Urban Midwest: African American Nationality and Cultural Representation in the Late Industrial Period
  • Esther Kim Lee, Theatre/Asian American Studies
    Performative Representation and Diplomacy During and After Commodore Perry’s Expedition to China and Japan
  • Lori Humphrey Newcomb, English
    Representing Shakespeare’s Popular Audience: The Vernacular of Performance, 1576-1642
  • Richard T. Rodríguez, English/Latina and Latino Studies
    Subject to Fantasy: Sexuality, Space, and the Politics of Latino Male Representation
  • Spencer Schaffner, English (Center for Writing Studies)
    [Unintelligible]: the Art of Writing Beyond Meaning
  • Oscar E. Vázquez, Art History – IPRH/FAA Fellow
    Graffiti’s Palimpsests: A brief moment in the history of representation (1970-2008)

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Jennifer Baldwin, Anthropology/College of Medicine
    “Society Saw Me as Expendable”: Representing the Experience of War-Acquired Disability and the Politics of Caring for Wounded Veterans
  • Leïla Ennaïli, French
    Representation of Foreigners and Immigrants in 20th Century French Literary and Filmic Narratives
  • Susan N. Johnson-Roehr, Architecture 
    (Il)legible Landscapes: Representations of Knowledge and Power at the Astronomical Observatories of Sawai Jai Singh II, 1721-1743
  • Jennifer L. Lieberman, English (Nicholson/IPRH Fellow*)
    Power Lines: Electric Body Politics in American Literature and Culture, 1889-1953
  • Sara D. Luttfring, English
    Designing Women: Representing the Female Reproductive Body in Early Modern England, 1600-1660
  • Melissa Rohde, History
    Working America’s Enchanted Lands: American Indian Tourism Labor, 1900-1950
  • Martha Althea Webber, English (Center for Writing Studies) (Nicholson/IPRH Fellow*)
    Crafting Citizens, Sewing Subjects: Democratic Action, Nongovernmental Organizations, and Transnational Craft Literacy
  • Chia-rong Wu, Comparative and World Literatures
    Encountering Spectral Traces: Ghost Narratives in Chinese American and Taiwanese Fiction and Film

2008–09: Disciplinarity

Faculty Fellows

  • Jodi Byrd, American Indian Studies / English
    Colonial Cacophonies, Postcolonial Worlds: American Indian Studies and the Frontiers of Disciplinarity
  • Melissa Littlefield, Kinesiology and Community Health / English
    Disciplining Forensics: A Textbook Rhetoric of Literary Boundaries
  • Feisal G. Mohamed, English
    Historicism, Formalism, and How Practitioners of English Read Milton
  • Sarah Projansky, Gender and Women’s Studies / Cinema Studies
    Feminist Girls’ Studies as Emerging Discipline
  • Gabriel Solis, School of Music, Musicology
    Performing Genre and the Self: Tom Waits, Masculinity, Americana, and Rock at the end of “The American Century”
  • Sharra Vostral, Gender and Women’s Studies / History
    Producing an Epidemic: Rely Tampons, Toxic Shock Syndrome, and Conflicting Disciplinary Expertise

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Patrick W. Berry, English, Writing Studies
    Making Teachers, Making Literacy: Negotiating the Rhetoric of Crisis and Myth
  • Anne Brubaker, English
    Literature in the Age of Mathematics: Science, Gender, and the Multiplicity of Modernity
  • Peter Craft, English (Nicholson-IPRH Fellow*)
    Warfare, Trade, and “Indians” in English Literature, 1652-1719
  • Kevin Healey, Institute of Communications Research
    The Spirit of Networks: New Media and the Changing Role of Religion in American Public Life
  • Luis Eduardo Herrera, Ethnomusicology
    Politics of Creation/Creation of Politics: Music Making, Political Repression, and Cold War Strategies in Dictatorial Argentina
  • Jeff Kyong-McClain, History (Nicholson-IPRH Fellow*)
    Excavating the Nation: The Discipline of Archaeology and Control of the Past in Republican Southwest China
  • Rebecca Nickerson, East Asian Languages and Cultures
    Shaping the Body Domestic: Gender, Race, and Physical Culture in Imperial Japan
  • Sarah L. Rasmusson, Institute of Communications Research
    Whiteness, Girl Studies, and the Age of American White Womanhood

2007–08: Rupture

Faculty Fellows

  • Jonathan Ebel, Program for the Study of Religion
    Faith in the Fight: The Great War and the Religion of the American Soldier
  • Jed Esty, Department of English
    Tropics of Youth:  The Bildungsroman and Colonial Modernity
  • Ellen Moodie, Department of Anthropology
    Democracy and Security after the Cold War:  Shifting Meanings of Violence in Postwar El Salvador
  • Lisa Nakamura, Institute of Communications Research / Asian American Studies Program
    Interfaces of Identity:  Telematic Profiling and Cultural Difference in Digital Visual Media
  • Marc D. Perry, Department of Anthropology / African American Studies Program
    Critical Blackness and the State:  Hip Hop in Late Socialist Cuba
  • Renee R. Trilling, Department of English / Program in Medieval Studies 
    Unto the Breach:  Rupture, Continuity, and the Anglicization of Norman History

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Kevin Coe, Department of Speech Communication (Nicholson-IPRH Fellow*)
    Why We Fight:  Presidential Justifications for War from WWII to Iraq
  • Melissa Free, Department of English
    Elsewhere England: Late Colonial South Africa, British Identity, and the Authorial Informant
  • William Hope, Department of Anthropology
    “Donde nace lo cubano”:  Aesthetics, Nationalist Sentiment, and Cuban Music Making
  • Julilly Kohler-Hausmann, Department of History (Nicholson-IPRH Fellow*)
    The Rise of a Punishing Logic:  The Punitive Turn in American Criminal and Social Welfare Policy, 1968-1980
  • Jin-kyung Park, Institute of Communications Research
    Constructing Racial “Backwardness”:  Colonial Governance, Medicine, Female Reproductive Physiology, and Conjugality in Colonial Korea
  • Victor Pickard, Institute of Communications Research
    Media Democracy Deferred:  Rupture and Resolution in U.S. Communications Policy, 1945-1949
  • James H. Warren, Department of History
    Empire and Anxiety:  Colonial Revolutions, Public Men, and the Idea of Authority in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Britain
  • Hui Xiao, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
    Rupturing Modernity, Engendering Interiority:  Divorce in Post-Mao Chinese Literature and Culture

2006–07: Beauty

Faculty Fellows

  • Brett Kaplan, Comparative and World Literature
    Landscape and Holocaust Postmemory
  • Richard Mohr, Philosophy
    Beauty, Goodness, Love, and Sexuality in Plato’s Symposium and Phaedrus
  • Isabel Molina, Institute of Communications Research
    Consuming Latina Bodies and the Racialized Politics of Beauty
  • Ned O’Gorman, Speech Communication
    Catastrophic Vistas: Discourse about Disaster in Cold War America and the American Sublime
  • Deke Weaver, Art and Design
    The Palimpsest Project
  • Yutian Wong, Asian American Studies/Dance
    Choreographing Asian America: Club O’ Noodles and Other Mis-Acts

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Sarah Dennis, English
    Prose for Art’s Sake: Creating and Documenting an American Aesthetic, 1820-1900
  • Aisha Durham, Institute of Communications Research
    Beauty as the Beast: Un/Desirable Iconic Black Female Bodies in Popular Culture
  • Danielle Kinsey, History
    Modern Imperial Beauty: Diamonds and the Production of Taste in Nineteenth-Century Britain
  • Anthony Perman, Musicology
    Hearing an Ndau Past: The Semiotics of Music, History, and Affect in Ndau Drumming Styles in Zimbabwe
  • Julia Sienkewicz, Art History
    Planting Ancient mores on an “untouched” land: Charles Willson Peale’s citizen-building project at Belfield
  • Polyxeni Strolonga, Classics
    The Perils of Beauty and the Aesthetics of Exchange in Greek Poetry
  • Illinois Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Elizabeth B. Boyd (Ph.D., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2000)
    Southern Beauty: Performing Region on the Feminine Body

2005–06: Belief

Faculty Fellows

  • Thomas Albrecht, Art + Design
    Extremities: Bodies and Belief Making
  • Peggy Miller, Speech Communication and Psychology
    Self-Esteem in Folk Theory and Practice: How American Parents Embrace and Personalize a Cultural Ideal
  • Andrew Pickering, Sociology
    Cybernetics, Spirituality and Technologies of the Self
  • Junaid Rana, Asian American Studies
    Islamophobia and Racism: An Ethnographic Study of Muslims in Chicago
  • Bruce Rosenstock, Program for the Study of Religion
    Germans, Jews, and the Theologico-Political Question
  • Gillen D. Wood, English
    Sacred Music, Sacred Nation: Handel, George III, and the Making of British National Culture

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Teresa Gale, Art + Design
    Stories of Truth, Stories of Fiction: Shifting Realities in Sound and Image
  • Robin E. Jensen, Speech Communication
    Challenging Beliefs about Sex: The Gendered Rhetoric of Sexual Education Campaigns During the Progressive Era
  • Tzu-kai Liu, Anthropology
    Text, Power and Personhood: Engaging Minority Identities in Post-Socialist China
  • David McDonald, Musicology
    My Voice is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance
  • Kate Roark, Theatre
    Yankee Theatre: Republican Beliefs and Racial Ideology
  • Michael Rosenow, History
    Casualties in the United States’ Industrial Army: The Rituals of Dying and the Politics of Death among Workers, 1877-1918

Illinois Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Erica Lehrer (Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2004)
    “Shoah-business,” Holocaust Culture, and Salvage Ethnography in a Post-Jewish Landscape: An Inquiry into the Ethnic Self after Genocide
  • Robert A. Yelle (Ph.D. History of Religions, University of Chicago, 2002)
    Legal Fictions: Genealogies of Law, Religion, and Rhetoric

2004–05: Difference

Faculty Fellows

  • Shefali Chandra, History / Gender and Women’s Studies
    Gender and ambivalence in the English ecumene
  • Frances Gateward, Cinema Studies / Comparative and World Literature
    A Different Image: African American Women Film Makers
  • Dianne Harris, Landscape Architecture
    Constructing Identity: Race, Class, and the Ordinary Postwar House, 1945-60
  • Nichole T. Rustin, Institute of Communications Research / Afro-American Studies
    Beyond Category: Jazz, Masculine Difference, Race, and the Emotions in 1950s America
  • Christian Sandvig, Speech Communication
    Within and Without Wireless Internet: Visual Narratives of an Activist Subculture

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Brett Boutwell, Musicology
    Receptive Dissonance: Arbitrating Artistic Meaning in the New York Schools of Music and Painting
  • Jeremy Engels, Speech Communication
    “we can never count with certainty on its tranquil submission”: Or, How Violence Produced and Destroyed Difference in Early America
  • Marina Levina, Institute of Communications Research
    Re-imagining the genetic body: Human Genome Project and the Narratives of Difference in Popular and Scientific Discourses
  • Daniel Tracy, English
    The Circulation of Culture and the Culture of Circulation: Disseminating and Differentiating Modernist Identities
  • Li-Lin Tseng, Art History
    The Difference between the Development of the Silent Films of D.W. Griffith and Zheng Zhengqiu in the 1920s
  • Kerry Wynn, History
    The Embodiment of Citizenship: Sovereignty and Colonialism in the Cherokee Nation, 1880-1920

Illinois Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Becky Conekin (Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, 1998)
    Taste Matters: A History of the Notion of Taste in 19th and 20th Century Britain and the United States
  • R. Jonathan Moore (Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School, 2003)
    The Devil Went Down to Hoopeston: Pagans, Cornjerkers, and American Identity

2003–04: Violence

Faculty Fellows

  • Ravinder Bhavnani, Political Science
    Repeat After Me: Communal Violence and the Politics of Rumors
  • Andrea Goulet, French / Robert Rushing, Comparative Literature (joint project)
    Bloody Crimes and Bloodless Fictions: The Erasure and Return of Violence in Modern European Detective Narratives
  • Philip Graham, English
    Dreaming the Towers: The Interior Landscapes of 9/11
  • Stephen Hartnett, Speech Communication
    Executing Democracy: Arguing About Capital Punishment in America, 1683-1845
  • Michael Rothberg, English
    W.E.B. DuBois in Warsaw: The Holocaust, Colonialism, and the Legacies of Violence

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Jennifer C. Edwards, History
    Communal Bodies: Engendering Violence in the Cult of Saint Radegund in Medieval Poitiers
  • Stephen Hageman, History
    “This Is a Terrible Thing”: Violence, Class, Gender, Sex, and Racial Integration in Chicago, 1960-1970
  • Jin-hee Lee, East Asian Languages and Cultures
    Collective Violence, Competing Narratives: Re-Membering the Colonized in the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake in the Japanese Empire
  • Joseph L. Swenson, Philosophy
    Violence and its Vicissitudes: Towards a New Theory of Sublimation
  • Jeffrey S. Sychterz, English
    “Not Always Carrion”: Representing the Battlefield Corpse in Twentieth-Century War Poetry
  • Joy Sather-Wagstaff, Anthropology
    Sites/Sights of Violence: Trauma Tourism and the (Re)Production of Memory and Identity in the Age of Photographic Hyperproduction

Illinois Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Lisa Marie Cacho (Ph.D. Latina/o Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2002)
    Telling Ghost Stories: Knowing Ourselves Through Others’ Historical Hauntings
  • Darren Mulloy (Ph.D. American Studies, University of East Anglia, UK, 2002)
    Violence and the American Militia Movement

2002–03: The South

Faculty Fellows

  • Nancy Castro, English
    A Southern Problem Writ Large: The Caribbean as U.S. Laboratory
  • S. Max Edelson, History
    Developing Plantation America: The Politics of Territorial Expansion in Virginia, South Carolina, and Jamaica, 1607-1776
  • Zsuzsanna Fagyal, French
    Assimilation or clash? Contemporary Parisian French in contact with immigrant languages from the South
  • Lauren M.E. Goodlad, English
    Victorian Literature and Liberal Internationalism: British Encounters with the South
  • Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
    Diagonal Australity: Southern Identities in Argentine Culture
  • Shannon O’Lear, Geography
    Environmental and Human Security in “The South”: The Case of Azerbaijan

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Jonathan Coit, History
    Racial Boundaries, Racial Violence: Chicago, 1916-1922
  • Sherita Lavon Johnson, English
    To Speak and Be Heard: Representing Black Southern Women in American Literature
  • Samuel Martland, History
    Southern Progress: Constructing Urban Improvement in Valparaìso, Chile, 1840-1918
  • Giovanna Micarelli, Anthropology
    The Development of Industry and Indigenous Processes of Cultural Reaffirmation in Colombian Amazonia
  • Phoebe Wolfskill, Art History
    The Lure of the South in Paintings by Archibald Motley, Jr.

Illinois Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Elizabeth Duquette (Ph.D. English, New York University, 1998)
    Successful Conversions: The Problems of Moral Allegiance in Postbellum America
  • Sophia Mihic (Ph.D. Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1999)
    The American South as Ghetto, The Politics of “Race” in the United States as Problem

2001–02: The Means of Reproduction

Faculty Fellows

  • Richard Burkhardt, History
    Reproducing in Captivity
  • David O’Brien, Art History
    Colonial Reproduction: Orientalism in Nineteenth-Century French Painting and Photography
  • Leslie J. Reagan, History
    Ambiguous Motherhood: The Impact and Investigation of Miscarriage in Twentieth-Century America
  • Simona Sawhney, Comparative Literature
    The Path of Work: Sanskrit Literature and Modernity
  • Lawrence R. Schehr, French
    Gay Reproduction

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Joshua Eckhardt, English
    Poetics of Social Reproduction in Early Modern England
  • Ruth L. Fairbanks, History
    Pregnant Workers: Women’s Jobs, Women’s Bodies, Welfare and Equality, 1940-1993
  • Stacey A. Jocoy, Musicology
    Decoding Musical Resistance: Popular Music in England’s Civil Wars and Commonwealth
  • Elizabeth Klett, English
    Re-producing Shakespeare, Engendering Anxiety: Contemporary Women’s Performances of Male Shakespearean Roles
  • Jesook Song, Anthropology
    South Korean “Productive Welfarism” 1997-2000: The Reproduction of Heteronormative Familism

2000–01: Cities

Faculty Fellows

  • Sharon Irish, Architecture
    Intimacy and Monumentality in Urban Public Spaces
  • Alejandro Lugo, Anthropology
    Urban Order, Death, and the Possibility of Counter-Surveillance in a Border City
  • William Maxwell, English / Joseph Valente, English (joint project)
    Metrocolonial Capitals of Renaissance Modernism: Dublin’s “New Ireland” and Harlem’s “Mecca of the New Negro”
  • Robert Ousterhout, Architecture
    Constantinople and the Construction of Medieval Urbanism
  • Helaine Silverman, Anthropology
    Urban Space and Place in an Imagined Past: A Study of Tourist Cities in Peru
  • Mark D. Steinberg, History
    St. Petersburg, Fin-de-Siècle

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Rebecca Bryant, Musicology
    Shaking Big Shoulders: Popular Music and Dance Culture in Chicago, 1910-1925
  • Sace Elder, History
    Murder Scenes: Violence in the Public Culture and Private Lives of Weimar Berlin
  • Serife Genis, Sociology
    The Making of a Global City and Its Discontents: Globalization in Istanbul and Changing Discourses on Squatters
  • Jane T. Kuntz, French
    AuthentiCity: Assia Djebar’s Women in Algiers
  • Shawn Miklaucic, Institute of Communications Research
    Images of the Simulated City: Virtual Real(i)ty, Sim City, and the Production of Urban Hyperspace
  • Gretchen Soderlund, Institute of Communications Research
    Sex Panics and City Papers: “White Slavery” and Journalistic Objectivity in New York, 1910-1920

1999–2000: Institutions of the Visual

Faculty Fellows

  • James Hay, Speech Communication
    Articulated Places: Screen Media and Social Space
  • Anne D. Hedeman, Art History
    Notarial and Secretarial Culture, 1365-1483
  • Armine Kotin Mortimer, French
    Paradise on TV: Philippe Sollers and Video Art
  • Cary Nelson, English
    The Visual Discourses of the Spanish Civil War
  • Julia Saville, English
    Bathing Boys: An Aesthetics of the Male Nude in Victorian Poetry, Painting, and Photography
  • Linda Scott, Advertising
    Commercial Canon

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Jason G. Karlin, History
    Representing the Nation: Taste, Nostalgia, and Aestheticism in Imperial Japan
  • Niranjan S. Karnik, Sociology/Medicine
    International Humanitarian
    Organizations and Fundraising Depictions of Children
  • Guisela M. Latorre, Art History
    Indians in Mexican Photography: The Rise and Expansion of Post-Revolutionary Discourses on Indigenism
  • Lynnea Magnuson, History
    “The Advance Picket of Civilization”: Gender, Expansionism, and the American Frontier (1830s-1840s)

1998–99: Diaspora, Identity, and Expressive Culture

Faculty Fellows

  • Brenda M. Farnell, Anthropology
    Postindian Strategies of Survival in Native American Performance Arts
  • Matt Garcia, History
    “A World of Its Own”: Intercultural Relations in the Citrus Belt of Southern California, 1900-1960
  • Zine Magubane, Sociology
    The Diaspora Writes B(l)ack: The Influences of African American Aesthetics in South African Cultural Production, 1880-Present
  • Joseph Squier, Art and Design
    Artists and the Digital Diaspora: Community, Identity, and Expression in the Electronic Age
  • Zohreh Sullivan, English
    Postcolonial Narratives of Diaspora
  • Angharad N. Valdivia, Institute of Communications Research
    Will the Real Salsera/os Please Stand Up! The Local Side of Identity and Diaspora

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Kevin Carollo, Comparative Literature
    Literary Homelessness and Ambivalent Homelands
  • Gregory Diethrich, Music
    “When the Drums Speak, We Know Who We Are”: Music and Identity in the South Asian Diaspora of Trinidad
  • Sascha L. Goluboff, Anthropology
    Jewish Others and Other Jews: The Performance of Ethnicity Among Mountain, Russian, Georgian, and Bukharan Jews of the Moscow Choral Synagogue
  • Dana E. Katz, Art History
    The Visual Rhetoric of Jews and Despots in Fifteenth-Century North Italian Painting
  • Kathleen A. Mapes, History
    Defining the Boundaries: Land, Labor, Capital, and Community in the Midwestern Sugar-Beet Industry 1898-1945

*The Nicholson Endowment is a gift of Grace W. Nicholson, who pursued undergraduate studies in LAS, and Professor Emeritus John A. Nicholson, a faculty member in the Philosophy Department at Illinois for 33 years. The Nicholson Endowment, which was established in 1999, provides support for the academic programs in LAS and excellence in the study of the humanities on campus.

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