Alumni of the Center

Please note that Alumni bios pertain to their Fellowship year.

11-20-19 Lunch

2019-2020 Fox Fellows

President’s Humanities Fellow
Tenured Member of the Emory Faculty                 

Erin C. Tarver is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Emory University’s Oxford College and a scholar of feminist philosophy, the philosophy of sport, and American pragmatism.  She is the author of The I in Team: Sports Fandom and the Reproduction of Identity (Chicago, 2017), in which she draws on philosophy, history, and her own experiences as a sports fan in the American South to make an interdisciplinary argument about the importance of sport in contemporary American consciousness.  In her new book project she considers the contemporary American political moment in the light of the worst habits of sports fandom, and argues for a renewed appreciation of the value of good competition. 

Senior Fellows 
Tenured Members of the Emory Faculty

Tonio Andrade is professor of Chinese and Global History at Emory University. His books include The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History (2016), Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West (2011), and How Taiwan became Chinese: Dutch, Spanish, and Han Colonization in the Seventeenth Century (2008). His articles have appeared in The Journal of Asian Studies, The Journal of World History, Late Imperial China, Itinerario, The Journal of Chinese Military History, The Journal of Medieval Military History, and The Journal of Early Modern History, among others. He is currently working on a history of the last European delegation to be received in the traditional imperial court in China, a Dutch mission of 1794-95, which is documented in rich sources in many  languages, not to mention slews of sketches, etchings, and paintings. 

Elizabeth Carson Pastan Elizabeth Carson Pastan is Professor of Art History at Emory University and President of the American Committee of the Corpus Vitrearum, the international body of scholars who study medieval stained glass, her primary research interest. She is the author of Les vitraux du choeur de la cathédrale de Troyes (XIIIesiècle), and she is the only American to have been invited to publish in this French series; a co-author with the historian Stephen D. White of The Bayeux Tapestry and its Contexts: A Reassessment, for which they received a Collaborative Research Grant in the Humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies (2009); and a co-editor of the forthcoming anthology from Brill in their Reading Medieval Sources  series, Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass: Materials, Methods, and Expressions.  In this anthology, she publishes her   first discussion of early medieval rose windows, which is her current focus of study.

Beretta E. Smith-Shomade is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies. Her work centers the confluence of television, film, and new media within and through Black culture. She has published two monographs: Shaded Lives: African-American Women and Television (Rutgers 2002) and Pimpin' Ain't Easy: Selling Black Entertainment Television (Routledge 2008) and one anthology Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences (Rutgers 2012). Her current project is a monograph that examines how media, Black popular culture and religion congeal in the contemporary moment. Tentatively titled, Aw the Devil with Hem Untied: The Black Mediated Sacred, the book intends to advance ways of thinking about current spiritual/religious practices within various arenas of black popular culture and  transformative change.

Javier Villa-Flores is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University. His work revolves around issues of religion, colonialism, and the social history of language in colonial Mexico. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and of two books: Carlo Ginzburg: The Historian as Theoretician (University of Guadalajara, 1995) and Dangerous Speech: A Social History of Blasphemy in Colonial Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2006). Professor Villa-Flores’ current project builds upon the methodological and archival expertise accumulated in his previous work, but opens new research avenues by exploring the cultural, political, and socioeconomic implications of the use and abuse of trust in colonial Mexico. His new book in progress explores the ways in which elites and popular groups of the past have managed or “mismanaged” risk under colonialism. Focusing on the representation, prosecution, and punishment of “crimes of falsity” in Bourbon New Spain (forgery, impersonation, counterfeiting, alteration of weights and measures, and perjury), this work explores the historical relationship between excessive trust and risk in an era obsessed with the protection and enforcement of trustworthiness in the economic, political, and social spheres.

Postdoctoral Fellows

John Brooks (Ph.D. English, Indiana University) specializes in African American literature and performance. His research interests revolve around abstractionist and experimental aesthetics, especially the way artworks aspire to create misperceptions that highlight the limitations of popular conceptions of racial identity and experience in the United States. At the Fox Center, he is working on his book manuscript, The Racial Unfamiliar: Encountering Illegibility in Contemporary African American Literature and Performance, which explores how recent artworks challenge racial stereotypes and query what we think we “know” about race.

Ryan Carr (Ph.D., English, Yale University) is a literary scholar focusing on early America. His work explores connections between public culture and the histories of colonialism, race, and religion. At the Fox Center, he is completing his first book, Samson Occom: Stranger-Love and Self-Determination, which is under contract for the Native Traces series at SUNY Press. This monograph, the first dedicated to the seminal Mohegan minister since the 1930s, explores how Native and Christian ideas about strangers informed Occom's understanding of publicness, politics, and indigeneity. Ryan's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in ELH, J19, MELUS, and the collection Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas. A new essay inspired by the Occom project, "Indigenous Secularism, the Very Idea," is currently under review. 

Julie Miller (Ph.D., History, Harvard University) is a historian of the United States. At the Fox Center, she is at work on her first book, an intellectual and political history of the idea of a “person” in America from the Declaration of Independence to Reconstruction. Bridging debates among intellectual and legal historians and historians of slavery, race, and freedom, this work investigates the content and contours of personal liberty and civic belonging, and aims to tell a story that has not yet been told. Here and as ever, she is interested, too, in American fiction and poetry and conceptions of justice in human politics.

Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellows
The Laney Graduate School

Donohon Abdugafurova is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Islamic Civilizations Studies Program at Emory University. Her general research interests are related to women, gender, Central Asian intellectual history, Sufism, women’s literature and life writing, education, upbringing and ethics in Uzbek society. In her dissertation, Donohon explores how the twentieth-century Central Asian Uzbek women wrote their lives without traditional autobiography as a legitimate form of self-articulation. She examines women’s perception of self and engagement with diverse modes of expression in literary composition based on individual, familial and societal levels as a woman, daughter, wife, mother, member of society and citizen of the state. Her articles appeared in the Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies (forthcoming), Central Asian Affairs, the Journal of Georgetown Gender and Law and others.

Ryan Kendall is a PhD candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Ryan came to Emory University after receiving her BA in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of North Texas. Her scholarly interests range across feminist theory, queer theory, psychoanalytic studies, critical race studies, literary theory, and rhetorical studies. Ryan’s dissertation work revisits the split between queer theory and feminist theory from the 1990s to present, emphasizing the figure of the reproductive body as a critical site for thinking differently about the overlaps of queer and feminist thought. 

Michael Patrick Vaughn is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department. While a Fox Fellow, Michael will be completing his dissertation, titled “Tops, Bottoms, and the Ghost of HIV: An Investigation of the Impact of Collective Memory on the Behavior-Group Identity Relationship Among Gay Men.” In his dissertation, Michael examines the process by which shared narratives (collective memories) can become an aspect of how gay men understand what it means to be gay. Given that many of these narratives are rooted in historical trauma experienced by gay men, Michael investigates how these narratives continue to influence, or haunt, contemporary gay men, particularly in terms of sexual behavior and the meanings they ascribe to gay identity, both for their self and others. Michael also investigates how this process varies across different races and generations. Outside of the dissertation, Michael also conducts media research, examining how popular television shows and podcasts can provide rich insight into the relationship between memory, identity, sexuality, and trauma.

2019-2020 ACLU Fellow / Fox Center, Host Department

Jennifer Rhee is Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and a 2013-2014 Fox Center Fellow. Rhee’s book project, “Counting: Cultures of Measurement, Quantification, and Surveillance,” examines technologies of quantification and their entanglements with race, alongside artistic engagements with counting.

Fox Center HASTAC Scholars
The Laney Graduate School (2018-2020)

Norah Elmagraby (2018-2020) is a doctoral candidate in Islamic Civilizations Studies (ICIVS) at Emory University. She specializes in Islam and Ecology, with certification in Global Practice. Prior to her scholarship at Emory University, she earned a Masters in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and had an industry practice as a sustainability consultant for two years in the Middle East. Norah’s research examines the perception of Climate Change and natural disasters in the Middle East and North Africa. This work is an interdisciplinary effort that examines the intersection between science and Islamic theology, drawing from the fields of Critical Disaster Studies, Religion, Ecology, and Sociology. As a HASTAC scholar, she aims to incorporate a digital component to her research by examining the virtual discourse of Islamic environmentalism in the Arab World.

Kayla Shipp Kamibayashi (2018-2020) is a doctoral candidate in English studying nineteenth-century American literature and digital humanities. Prior  to coming to Emory,  she received her M.A. in Digital Humanities from King’s College London. She thinks the best old texts work  best in new interactive digital environments; her research explores innovative ways  to use digital publications to allow old (and new) texts to better express themselves. As a HASTAC scholar, she will continue working to define what “digitalscholarship” can mean and explore how it opens intellectual inquiry to new creative possibilities.

Hannah C. Griggs (2019-2021) is a doctoral student in English and Assistant Managing Editor of Southern Spaces. Prior to Emory, she received an MA in English from Boston College. Her research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, the U.S. South, and foodways. She explores representations of consumption, leisure, and excess in the literature of the American South, broadly defined. As a HASTAC scholar, she will deepen her understanding of digital methods, and explore the ways those methods can be applied to her research and pedagogy. 

2019-2020 Undergraduate Fellows
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Humanities Honors Fellows
Spring 2020

Mary Bohn is a senior majoring in East Asian Studies with a secondary focus on Global Development. Her senior thesis, “Storytelling, Representation, and Agency in South Korea's North Korean Migrant Community”, explores how North Korean migrants narrate their stories of escape and discuss their background in South Korean public spaces. Mary specifically analyzes how migrants tell their stories in three public "spaces": South Korean protestant churches, a South Korean variety TV show "Now I am Coming to Meet You," and migrant-run YouTube channels. By analyzing how North Korean migrants tell their stories differently based on each space's respective setting and audience, Mary's research reveals  that migrants' personal narrative storytelling functions as a tool to gain social and monetary capital in South Korea.  Ultimately, Mary's thesis explores a marginalized group's strategies to "belong" in South Korean society in contestation with hegemonic discourses of citizenship and national belonging. 

Drew Bryant is a senior majoring in History with a minor in Sociology. Her honors thesis examines the international activist movement in the 1990s that coalesced around the creation of an International Criminal Court (ICC) as a vehicle towards protecting women’s human rights. She analyzes the work of activist organizations who were committed to this cause in order to understand why the ICC was targeted as a solution to addressing longstanding issues of sexual violence committed against women in war zones. By analyzing the arguments used by activists and the controversies which sprang from their advocacy, she seeks to evaluate how activists used the platform of wartime sexual violence to construct a broader movement about women’s human rights that applied to women beyond conflict zones.

Rizky Etika is a senior in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Art History Studies and minoring in Arabic. Her honors thesis analyzes the architectural history of the Atlanta Fox Theatre and its influence from Islamic Architecture. In the summer of 2019, Rizky travelled to Andalusian Spain and Morocco to observe and document historical buildings as part of her research. Her thesis seeks to examine how Islamic art influenced the architecture of the Fox Theatre and to contextualize it within the scope of twentieth century American architecture.

Natalia Garzón is a senior majoring in English/Creative Writing and French Studies. Her thesis is a Spanish literary translation of Une éducation catholique, a coming-of-age novel written by the French author Catherine Cusset. In addition to her translation of three key excerpts of the novel, as well as their critical analysis, she formulates her own translation theory, drawing from the works of Lawrence Venuti, Carol Maier, and Alison Phipps. Natalia's thesis explores the ways in which Cusset's novel in translation will challenge and nuance contemporary conversations of sexuality, female desire, and religion for hispanophone audiences. Her project considers the exigency of this literary translation and most importantly, highlights the need for nuanced female voices in coming-of-age novels. 

Junyi Han is a senior double majoring History and Media Studies. She is currently working on an honors thesis that examines war memories through the case of the Chinese Expeditionary Forces, a military unit dispatched to Burma and India by the Nationalist government in 1942 in support of the Allied efforts against Japanese invasion in Asia. The thesis will answer how and why the war efforts of the Chinese Expeditionary Force started to be recognized in mainland China in the late twentieth century. It will explore how war memories and post-war politics have mutually shaped each other, and thus provide new insights into contemporary Chinese history.  

MK Healy is a senior double majoring in Arabic and International Studies with concentrations in the Middle East and State and Society. Her research focuses on the responses of civil society actors in Jordan to U.S.-democracy promotion efforts during the reign of King Abdullah II. She is studying this topic by examining the different levels of U.S. democracy promotion in the region, the motivations behind them, and how they compare to the democracy work being done by Jordanian civil society actors and grassroots organizers. The goal of her research is to add a grassroots emphasis to the current paradigms in International Political Theory.

David Kulp is a senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies on the pre-medicine track, originally from Potomac, MD. His research focuses on the intersection of palliative care medicine, thanatology, and education. David aims to develop an undergraduate curriculum that focuses on the foundations of palliative care and its unique emphasis on a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach in clinical practice. Destigmatizing death through improved education in emerging adult populations may assist in their ability to act as proxy decision-makers for their loved ones and eventually themselves. An undergraduate course is ideally positioned in the life of an emerging adult to discuss future wishes and begin to catalyze a shift in the perspective of society towards the end-of-life. David was inspired to pursue this topic after studying ethics related to vulnerable pediatric populations, and particularly after interning in the Harvard Program in Neonatology at Boston Children’s Hospital on a project concerning neonatal care at the margin of viability.

Xavier Sayeed is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Music Research and Jewish Studies. His project will culminate in the completion of an honor's thesis focusing on how the evolution of Israeli society and culture impacts the positionality of those from Sephardic and Mizrahi backgrounds and in what ways that shifts the approach to Andalusian music.  

Daniel Thomas is a senior on a pre-law track, double majoring in History and International Studies.  He is currently writing an honors thesis on the history of Russian separatism in the Donbas, a region in Eastern Ukraine. Daniel conducted his research in Kyiv, Ukraine during the summer of 2019, using archival documents, periodicals, and oral history techniques in order to chart out the various social problems and economic privations that gripped post-Soviet Ukraine. Through the usage previously unused archival documents and personal first-hand accounts of daily life in Eastern Ukraine, Daniel hopes to both contribute to the limited historiography on post-Soviet conflict zones and shed light on the tumultuous history one of the world's least-discussed conflicts. 

Halle/Fox Center Global Research Fellows
Fall 2020

Mary Bohn is a senior majoring in East Asian Studies with a secondary focus on Global Development. Her senior thesis explores how North Korean migrants narrate their stories of escape and discuss their background in South Korean public spaces. Mary specifically analyzes how migrants tell their stories in three public "spaces": South Korean protestant churches, a South Korean variety TV show "Now I am Coming to Meet You," and migrant-run YouTube channels. By analyzing how North Korean migrants tell their stories differently based on each space's respective setting and audience, Mary's research reveals that  migrants' personal narrative storytelling functions as a tool to gain social and monetary capital in South Korea. Ultimately, Mary's thesis explores a marginalized group's strategies to "belong" in South Korean society in contestation with hegemonic discourses of citizenship and national belonging. 

Rizky Etika is a senior in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Art History Studies and minoring in Arabic. Her honors thesis analyzes the architectural history of the Atlanta Fox Theatre and its influence from Islamic Architecture. In the summer of 2019, Rizky travelled to Andalusian Spain and Morocco to observe and document historical buildings as part of her research. Her thesis seeks to examine how Islamic art influenced the architecture of the Fox Theatre and to contextualize it within the scope of twentieth century American architecture.

Junyi Han is a senior double majoring History and Media Studies. She is currently working on an honors thesis that examines war memories through the case of the Chinese Expeditionary Forces, a military unit dispatched to Burma and India by the Nationalist government in 1942 in support of the Allied efforts against Japanese invasion in Asia. The thesis will answer how and why the war efforts of the Chinese Expeditionary Force started to be recognized in mainland China in the late twentieth century. It will explore how war memories and post-war politics have mutually shaped each other, and thus provide new insights into contemporary Chinese history.  

Aleksei Kaminski is a senior on the pre-law track majoring in African Studies and Economics. He is currently writing senior honors thesis, “Institutions and Marginalization in Brazil - A Discourse in Shifting Voting Behavior”, the discourse in shifting political attitudes towards populism and authoritarianism amongst marginalized communities in Brazil. Aleksei conducted his research during the summer of 2019 in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil creating online survey polls and interviewing academics and conservative members of the LGBTQ+ and Afro-Brazilian communities. His thesis explores the context of inequality, sexuality, religion, and racism in 21st century Brazilian politics following the election of current President Jair Bolsonaro

 Rachael Lewis is a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Global Health, Cultures, and Society. Her senior capstone project focuses on early childhood development in low to middle income countries. In the summer of 2019, she conducted an ethnography to understand the relationship between biotechnology and disability education in Southern India. She partnered with an electrical engineering NGO to analyze the impact of assistive devices on the development of children with autism, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, and other related disabilities. She hopes to use her understanding of universal education and healthcare disparities to fuel her graduate studies in the future.                   

Darien "Penny" McElwee is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in quantitative sciences. She is currently writing an honors thesis on environmental factors that affect parenting self-efficacy. During the summer, she traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to investigate how parenting ability is affected by factors such as living in a rural community and refugee status. Through her exploration of factors affecting parenting confidence, she hopes to contribute to a better understanding of factors that affect parenting self-efficacy and subsequent child development.

Sophia Minnillo is a senior double majoring in Linguistics and French Studies. Her honors thesis examines the process and outcomes of learning French as a foreign language, with a focus on the presence of technology in learning and assessment. Sophia traveled to Paris in the summer of 2019 to analyze specialized collections of French as a foreign language instructional materials. She also collected evaluations of learner speech to gauge differences in the proficiency assessment of human raters as compared to automatic, technology-mediated methods. Through her thesis, Sophia hopes to answer questions related to bias in proficiency evaluation and to the role of technology in the language classroom.

Xavier Sayeed is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Music Research and Jewish Studies. His project will culminate in the completion of an honor's thesis focusing on how the evolution of Israeli society and culture impacts the positionality of those from Sephardic and Mizrahi backgrounds and in what ways that shifts the approach to Andalusian music.

Daniel Thomas is a senior on a pre-law track, double majoring in History and International Studies.  He is currently writing an honors thesis on the history of Russian separatism in the Donbas, a region in Eastern Ukraine. Daniel conducted his research in Kyiv, Ukraine during the summer of 2019, using archival documents, periodicals, and oral history techniques in order to chart out the various social problems and economic privations that gripped post-Soviet Ukraine. Through the usage previously unused archival documents and personal first-hand accounts of daily life in Eastern Ukraine, Daniel hopes to both contribute to the limited historiography on post-Soviet conflict zones and shed light on the tumultuous history one of the world's least-discussed conflicts. 

Kira Tucker is a senior majoring in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Linguistics. She is completing a senior capstone research project as well as an honors thesis in poetry. In her literary research, Kira comparatively analyzes select works by poets Anna Akhmatova and Natasha Trethewey to understand marginalized women’s resistance within the Stalinist Soviet Union and pre-Civil Rights American South. Kira explores a process she terms lifemaking, demonstrating how artistic practice can offer a means of surviving oppressive social conditions. In her honors thesis, Kira will further develop these themes by drawing on her lived experience and employing the power of her own poetic eye.

SIRE Fellow                                               

Martin Pimentel is a senior majoring in History and Political Science. His senior honors thesis explores the historical factors that led to the rise of rumor control centers in the United States in the late 1960s. His thesis focuses specifically on the rise and fall from prominence of Detroit’s rumor control center as a model for other cities. Based on archival research at the Wayne State University archives in Detroit and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, he seeks to explain the rise of Detroit’s rumor control center as a function of the Cold War, the United States’ unique history of race relations and federalism, and Detroit’s own specific history of racial violence. Martin’s project ultimately aims to add to the existing literature on the race riots of the late 1960s by situating rumor control outside of the grievance model of racial violence that has typically dominated the literature on riot prevention during this period.




2018-2019 Fox Fellows

Senior Fellows 
Tenured Members of the Emory Faculty

Rosemary M. Magee has served in multiple scholarly and administrative roles at Emory University over the past several decades. She is the immediate past director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. As a writer and scholar of southern literature and religion, she is now considering modalities of storytelling and the intersections of fictional and nonfictional discourse. Her current project is tentatively titled Then, And Now.

Michael G. Peletz is Professor of Anthropology and former Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Emory, with research and teaching interests in social and cultural theory, gender, law, social justice, Islam, and modernity, particularly in Southeast Asia. His publications include Reason and Passion: Representations of Gender in a Malay Society (University of California Press, 1996), Islamic Modern: Religious Courts and Cultural Politics in Malaysia (Princeton University Press, 2002), Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times (Routledge, 2009), and Bewitching Women, Pious Men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia (University of California Press, 1995, coedited with Aihwa Ong).

Falguni A. Sheth is Associate Professor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Her research is in the areas of early modern political philosophy, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, legal and critical race theory and philosophy of race, post-colonial, theory, and sub-altern and gender studies. She has published numerous articles and two books, Race, Liberalism, and Economics (coedited, U. Michigan Press, 2004) and Toward a Political Philosophy of Race (SUNY Press, 2009). Her last book considers how racial divisions preserve state power. She has two book projects. One is on the relationship between the hijab, neoliberalism, and the production of acceptable Muslim women.  The other project is about the exclusionary violence inherent to U.S. liberalism, including the wordly comportment of white supremacy. She is a co-organizer of the California Roundtable for Philosophy and Race.

Miriam Udel is Associate Professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, where her teaching focuses on Yiddish language, literature, and culture. She holds an AB in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, as well as a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the same institution. Her research interests include Yiddish modernism, genre studies, Jewish children’s literature, and American-Jewish literature. She is the author of Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque (University of Michigan Press, 2016), winner of a National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. Her annotated, translated anthology of Yiddish children’s literature, Honey on the Page, is slated to appear with New York University Press in late 2019. While at the Fox Center, she will be working on a companion volume, “Grimmer than Grimm?” which considers the Jewish twentieth century through the lens of Yiddish children’s literature.

Yanna Yannakakis is Associate Professor and Winship Distinguished Research Chair (2017-2020) in the History Department at Emory University. She is the author of The Art of Being In-Between: Native Intermediaries, Indian Identity, and Local Rule in Colonial Oaxaca (Duke University Press, 2008) and co-editor with Gabriela Ramos of Indigenous Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, and Colonial Culture in Colonial Mexico and the Andes (Duke University Press, 2014). Her current book project “Mexico’s Babel: Native Justice in Oaxaca from Colony to Republic” is a deep regional study that analyzes the making of native judicial institutions and practices in Oaxaca, Mexico from 1650 to 1850. The project has won the support of the American Council on Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

N.E.H. Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetics    

Lizzy LeRud (Ph.D. English, University of Oregon) is a Career Instructor at the University of Oregon. She specializes in American poetry and poetics with a focus on the relationship between politics and literary form. At the Fox Center, she will be completing her book project, Antagonistic Cooperation: Poetry, Prose, and American Poetics, 1830-2016, which recovers the surprisingly recent history of how and why the categories “poetry” and “prose” created a forceful false dichotomy in US literature. The book demonstrates that these aesthetic categorizations helped foster traditions of poetry and verse techniques even as they prompted resistance that led to technical innovations, like free verse and prose poems.             

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jenny Wang Medina (Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University) specializes in Modern Korean literature and culture. At the Fox Center, she will be working on her book manuscript, Brand Conscience: Global Korea and the Reinvention of National Cultures. The book traces the evolution of the contentious relationship between state and cultural producers in their efforts to instrumentalize national culture, an emerging developmental economy, and information technology to create a specifically South Korean image of “Global Korea”. Through analysis of literature, film, television, translation institutes, and relevant policy, the book examines the assumptions of cultural continuity and representation in a society moving from the idea of a homogeneous ethnonation divided by the Cold War to a post-developmental multicultural global entity.   

Amín Pérez (Ph.D. Sociology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)) is a sociologist. His research rethinks the intellectual revolution that gave birth to a new way of thinking about domination and social emancipation during the war of decolonization in Algeria, and explores the intersection of race, law, and politics in the exclusion of citizens seen as strangers in the Caribbean and in Europe. He has edited and authored the forewords to two books by Pierre Bourdieu and Abdelmalek Sayad on colonialism, capitalism, and migration: El desarraigo. La violencia del capitalismo en una sociedad rural (The Uprooting: Violence of Capitalism in a Rural Society) and L’immigration ou les Paradoxes de l’Altérité 3. La Fabrication des Identités Culturelles  (The Immigration and the Paradoxes of Otherness: The Making of Cultural Identities). His book, Faire de la Politique avec la Sociologie, is forthcoming.

Anna Nelson (Ph.D. English, Southern Methodist University) is a literary historian with focused interests in African American literature and Southern Studies. At the Fox Center, she will complete her book manuscript, Our Southern Homes: African American Representations of the South in the Postbellum United States, 1868-1901. The project examines the romanticization of the antebellum South in postbellum literature and popular culture from an African American perspective, focusing on late-nineteenth-century black authors’ construction of nostalgic images of the South as a lost cultural homeland. Beyond the chronological scope of its historical, archival, and literary analysis, Our Southern Homes argues more broadly for the importance of revisiting the “South” in such a way that does justice both to African American literature’s Southern inheritance and to Southern literature’s black heritage.

Corinna Zeltsman (Ph.D. History, Duke University) is Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Southern University. Her research focuses on the history of printing and the book, political culture, and labor in Latin America. At the Fox Center, she will complete her book manuscript, Ink under the Fingernails: Printing and the Materiality of Politics in Nineteenth-Century Mexico, which examines how everyday practices and acute conflicts surrounding print production and consumption shaped Mexico’s urban political culture and the contours of liberalism across the long nineteenth century.

Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellows                                                                               Laney Graduate School

Suyun Choi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation, “Going into Labor”, examines gendered forms of power that invite, categorize, and manage mobile subjects engaged in cross-border migration. Specifically, it focuses on how contemporary modes of neoliberal governance in South Korea mobilize gender in defining new categories of labor and migration in response to the country’s reproductive crisis. Through this work, she hopes to foster an interdisciplinary conversation that brings together political philosophy, feminist theory, and anthropological approaches to the study of migration and immigration policies.                                                  
Graduate Digital Publishing Fellows                                                                                               Laney Graduate School

Ángeles Picone is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American History at Emory University. Her dissertation, “Landscaping the Nation: A Spatial History of Nation-Making in the Northern Patagonian Andes, 1895-1945”, examines nation-making at the intersection of geography and identity in border regions. Her work focuses on people living in, passing by, and governing the Northern Patagonian Andes, straddling Chile and Argentina, to reveal how overlapping and changing ideas of space resulted in conflicting versions of the nation. In addition, Ángeles serves as the Review Editor for H-Borderlands. 

Ingrid Meintjes is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. At the Fox Center, she will be completing her dissertation, “The Biopolitical Genealogies of Caring Bodies: Inhuman, non-human, anti-human?”  By reading a novel example of care work (informal HIV/AIDS care work in South Africa) through postcolonial Feminist Science and Technology Studies, she argues that social reproduction has undergone a biopolitical transformation - operationalized through gender and race  as well as biocapital and neocolonial interests - which requires reconfigured ethics and theories of care. She extends her work to developmental robotics to explore how care robots embody and demonstrate these biopolitical transformations. Ingrid aims to bring interdisciplinary and transnational insights to the problem of meeting our care needs as they intensify through epidemic, civil unrest, mass migration, and climate change. 

Fox Center HASTAC Scholars
Laney Graduate School

Alexander Cors (2017-2019) is a doctoral candidate in History, focusing on the Atlantic World in the early modern period. He holds an M.A. in Historical Sciences and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary European Studies from the University of Augsburg (Germany). His research investigates questions of immigration, integration, and coercion in Spanish Louisiana, a colony which in the eighteenth century was home to a diverse population of French, Spanish, British, German, and U.S.-American settlers, as well as Indigenous Peoples and Africans. As a HASTAC Scholar, he will work on a Historical Geo Information System (HGIS) project to map colonial and indigenous settlement patterns in Spanish Louisiana and West Florida (roughly the present-day states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida).

Shari Wejsa (2017-2019), a doctoral candidate in Latin American History, is broadly interested in issues of human rights and social justice in modern Latin America, and more specifically in the experiences of African refugees and migrants in Brazil in the post-colonial period. Prior to entering the program at Emory, she completed an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Columbia University and an Ed.M. at Rutgers University.  She also conducted field research with a Fulbright research grant in Salvador, Bahia on Brazil’s National Truth Commission, which investigated human rights violations committed primarily during Brazil’s 1964-1985 civil-military dictatorship. As a HASTAC Scholar, she will continue to develop her digital projects, designed to make her research and its relevance to the Atlanta community more accessible to the general public. 

Undergraduate Humanities Honors Fellows
Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2019

Claire Barnes is a senior majoring in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in Sustainability. Her honors thesis explores the relationship between indigenous food sovereignty and religion. She relies heavily on 20th century and contemporary indigenous scholarship, citing authors such as Vine Deloria Jr. and Glen Coulthard. Her thesis is also informed by interviews conducted with indigenous food producers from Terra Madre—an international Slow Food Conference that Claire attended in September 2018. Sourcing from indigenous scholarship and primary data, Claire examines the relational ontologies inherent in indigenous worldviews and seeks to assert these ontologies translate into global doctrines on indigenous food sovereignty. 

Chris Batterman is a senior majoring in Music, with a focus on musicology/ethnomusicology, with additional concentrations in Latin American Studies and Portuguese. His senior honors thesis takes an interdisciplinary approach to the music of Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Gomes (1836-1896). Based in archival research conducted in Brazil, his thesis examines Gomes’ operatic works through the lens of race, nationalism, and indigeneity. Situating these operas within the Brazilian nation building project of the 19th century, Chris hopes to demonstrate the ways in which Gomes’ works are reflective of the dominant discourse on race and nation. Specifically, he argues that Gomes used his operas to present and disseminate certain notions of brasilidade (Brazilianess) and contribute to the popular construction of “a raça brasileira” (“the Brazilian race”).

Nathan Blansett is a senior at Emory majoring in English and Creative Writing. He is the recipient of a summer fellowship from the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell, a 2017-2018 Stipe Arts Fellowship, a Johnston Fellowship for Travel and Research in Austria, and an assistantship at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. His honors thesis in creative writing, a collection of poems provisionally titled Germinal, centers on sexuality, desire, artifice, and history.

Isabel Goddard is a senior majoring in Quantitative Sciences with a Cultural Anthropology emphasis. Her undergraduate honors thesis focuses on examining the construction of diverse friendships among undergraduates and the larger social, political, and economic implications that these relationships can have after graduation. In combining both quantitative and qualitative research methods, her interdisciplinary research is able to illuminate both the nuances of friendship among Emory undergraduates through ethnographic data as well as the larger trends and implications of these networks though survey data. Specifically, her results have centered around the dynamics of gender and habitus in shaping the friendships of students. Isabel hopes to continue this research through longitudinal studies in several universities as well as incorporating social network analysis with her survey and ethnographic data in her future graduate work.  

Daniella Gonzalez is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and Spanish and Portuguese. She is writing an honors thesis on family planning for both patients and healthcare providers within the public health care system of Brazil (SUS). She conducted research during the summer of 2018 in a clinic in Bom Retiro, São Paulo. Daniella’s thesis delves into prenatal and postnatal care in the UBS of Bom Retiro, a primary healthcare clinic. Her work also highlights the varying definitions of family planning for the various participants within gestational care, including patients, physicians, nurses, and community agents.   

Michael Keen is a senior double majoring in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and Arabic.  His thesis for the MESAS Department draws on history, communications theory, and discourse and image analysis to analyze the dominant narrative frames employed by Facebook users linked to the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), a secular northern Malian secessionist rebel group that launched an armed uprising against the Malian state in 2012, to define the MNLA’s identity and goals during the 2012-2015 conflict.  His project aims to contribute to a broader scholarly understanding of how non-jihadist insurgent groups formulate and propagate their identities and goals through social media. 

Samantha Korn is a senior on the pre-medical track majoring in English. She is currently writing her honors thesis on the intersections of literature and medicine. Specifically, she is analyzing depictions of chronic illness in young adult fiction and children’s literature. Her goal is to combine literary theories of disability, cognitive approaches to literature, medical humanities, and narrative medicine in order to develop the best methods for representing and treating young people with chronic illnesses. She hopes that her work will be incorporated into the depiction of chronic illness in the healthcare world as well as in popular media. 

Alexandra Llovet is a senior on the Pre-Medicine track, double majoring in Biology and Spanish and Portuguese. Her research focuses on the stereotyping of Hansen’s disease (in derogatory terms, leprosy) patients in Brazil. Alexandra began her research on this topic during the summer of 2017 and continued the project the following summer. She visited two patient isolation colonies, shadowed doctors in a reference center hospital and gathered literary pieces to see the different faces of Hansen’s. Her thesis has an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates first-hand accounts of patients and artistic sources as representations of the disease in twentieth and twenty-first century Brazil. 

Cana McGhee is double majoring in Music Research and French, with her primary interests being in the late-nineteenth century. Her project explores how Symbolist poetry and French-language vocal music (mélodie) responded to francophone understandings of national identity through language. Within this paradigm, Cana is analyzing several song cycles by French composer Gabriel Fauré, and she seeks to elucidate how his settings of Symbolist texts engage with various invocations of sound, music, and the human voice. Furthermore, she places Fauré within transnational discourse by exploring the role of his music in artistic festivals held in Brussels held from 1886-1914. By incorporating primary source materials, Cana’s project makes a call for reconsidering Fauré as a participant in linguistic nationalist discourse and as an active supporter of artistic communities both in and outside of Paris.

Sam Rao is a senior on the pre-medical track majoring in Spanish and Portuguese. His senior thesis is a comparison of models of mental healthcare in Argentina and the United States. Argentine society, particularly in the capital of Buenos Aires, is heavily involved in the discipline of psychoanalysis and encourages individuals to share openly their mental health as a form of treatment. On the other hand, American treatment of mental health is more medicalized and relies primarily on prescription of medication. Sam traveled to Argentina in the summer of 2018 to observe psychoanalytic group therapy sessions in order to gather ethnographic data. He hopes to use this thesis to learn more about cultural understandings of health and how that could improve treatment outcomes as a prospective physician.

Zoe Robbin is a senior in Emory College pursuing a double major in Quantitative Sciences and Arabic Studies. Zoe’s thesis in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies analyzes the impact of the #MeToo movement on representations of sexual harassment in the Jordanian media. Her project incorporates a critical reading of post-colonial and feminist history to evaluate the ongoing relationship between Western and Eastern movements for gender equality. During the summer of 2018, Zoe received the Emory Global Health Field Scholarship to aid in the development of a primary prevention intervention for sexual harassment at the University of Jordan in Amman.

Namrata Verghese is a senior in Emory College, pursuing a double major in Psychology/Linguistics and English/Creative Writing. Her honors thesis, housed in psychology but necessarily interdisciplinary, examines narratives of sexual violence and trauma. Specifically, it centers the stories of women of color in an attempt to elevate the voices missing from our cultural conversations around sexual assault, in the wake of #MeToo and other contemporary movements. The project considers both autobiographical narratives collected through the Fivush Family Narratives Lab and literary memoirs. By placing the two traditionally disparate corpora in conversation with each other, Namrata hopes to investigate whether, together, they will yield enriched understanding of experiences of sexual violence, particularly in regards to marginalized communities. 

Yi Xie is a senior double majoring in History and English. She is currently working on her honor thesis, “Becoming American in a Multiracial Context: Chinese ‘Sojourners’ and African Americans’ Battle for Inclusion in a White Republic, 1868-1904.” This research aims to develop a clear understanding of the racial dynamics of the second half of the nineteenth century by studying the “Chinese Question,” the “Negro Problem,” and the relations between the two from the perspectives of abolitionists, Caucasian immigrants, African Americans, and the Chinese. She investigates why and how the “Chinese Question” and the “Negro Problem” were conflated and differentiated, and how dynamic and complex were the relations between the two. She also conducts a comparative study of anti-black and anti-Chinese violence on the West Coast. She has visited archives in Northampton, MA and will conduct more archival research in Seattle, WA.

Fall 2018

Liza Gellerman is a senior at Emory double majoring in History and Spanish. Liza’s thesis for the History Department is a legal debate concerning the charges of crimes against humanity and genocide in the context of the Nuremberg Einsatzgruppen trial. Her project analyzes the crucial developments in international criminal law brought about by this particular trial and Nuremberg as a whole. Liza received grants from the Emory Rose Library and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies to conduct summer archival research for her project at the American Jewish Historical Society in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


2017-2018 Fox Fellows

President’s Humanities Fellow
Tenured Members of the Emory Faculty

Jennifer Ayres is Associate Professor of Religious Education at the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion. She has served on the faculty since 2011. She is the author of two books: Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness (Wipf and Stock, 2011), and Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology (Baylor Univ. Press, 2013). Her current research interests are critical pedagogical theory and practice, and environmental education. While in residence at the Fox Center, she will be completing a book on the ecological conception of the human being as inhabitant, and the theological and educational practices required to cultivate this way of being. 

Senior Fellows
Tenured Members of the Emory Faculty

Julia Bullock is Associate Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures (REALC) at Emory. She is the author of The Other Women’s Lib: Gender and Body in Japanese Women’s Fiction, 1960-1973 (University of Hawai’i Press, 2010) and co-editor (with Ayako Kano and James Welker) of Rethinking Japanese Feminisms (University of Hawai’i Press, 2017). She has just completed a book manuscript entitled Coeds Ruining the Nation: Women, Education, and Social Change in Postwar Japanese Media, and is excited to finally (re)turn her attention to a book project on Beauvoir’s Japanese Daughters: Postwar Japanese Feminism and The Second Sex, which she will be researching during her year at the FCHI.

Jim Morey is Professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught courses in Old and Middle English literature, including Chaucer, since 1994.  He is the author of Book and Verse: A Guide to Middle English Biblical Literature (Illinois, 2000) and he has edited the Prik of Conscience for the Middle English Texts Series (Kalamazoo, 2012).  His major research area is known as vernacular theology, with an emphasis on the transmission of biblical material in English from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries.  At the Fox Center he will finish an edition of Latin and Middle English versions of Jerome’s Abbreviated Psalter, a text that excerpted psalter verses for those who are travelling, ill, or otherwise compromised in the performance of their devotions.

Mark Ravina is Professor of History at Emory, specializing in Japanese history, especially eighteenth and nineteenth-century politics, with a broader interest in the transnational and international dimension of state-building. He recently completed a history of the Meiji Restoration for Oxford University Press entitled
To Stand with the Nations of the World: Japan’s Meiji Restoration as World History.  His current research project explores the transformation of Japanese politics in the 1860s and 1870s, focusing on the emergence of new forms of discourse and how neologisms for new Western concepts, such as “freedom of religion” were combined with an older and local Chinese and Japanese language of political dissent.         

Dianne Marie Stewart is Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Emory University.  A scholar of African heritage religious cultures in the African diaspora, she is the author of Three Eyes for the Journey: African Dimensions of the Jamaican Religious Experience (Oxford University Press, 2005).  Her co-authored second book, Religious Vocabularies of Africa: Obeah, Orisa and Identity in Trinidad, will be published next year by Duke University Press.  Dr. Stewart is also co-editor, with Drs. Jacob Olupona and Terrence Johnson, of the Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People series at Duke University Press.  While at the Fox Center, she will complete her book manuscript, Local and Transnational Legacies of African Christianity in West-Central Africa and the Black Atlantic World.   

Walter Wilson is Professor of New Testament at Candler School of Theology, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1997. He is the author of several books about the New Testament and its world, most recently, Healing in the Gospel of Matthew: Reflections on Method and Ministry (Fortress Press, 2014). In addition to his work on the Gospel of Matthew, he is preparing an introduction to ancient wisdom literature for Eerdmans Press that focuses on how anthologies of gnomic sayings functioned in different historical and cultural settings.
N.E.H. Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetics                                                 

William Fogarty (Ph.D. English, University of Oregon) specializes in modern and contemporary poetry and poetics in Britain, Ireland, and the United States. At the Fox Center, he will be completing his current book, Local Tongues: The Politics of Speech in Poetry, which argues that local speech constitutes an unexamined transnational poetic resource for bridging aesthetic and sociopolitical realms. The book offers a new way of understanding what makes a poem political and how poetic operations can be precisely what counter sociopolitical encumbrances. During the fellowship period, he will draw especially on the Rose Library’s extensive holdings of Seamus Heaney’s and Lucille Clifton’s archives to revise chapters on their poetry.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Kiera Allison (Ph.D. English, University of Virginia) specializes in nineteenth-century literature, poetics, and medical history. At the Fox Center she will be working on her book project, The Clinical Ear: Literature and Sound in the Age of the Stethoscope, which follows the co-evolution of Victorian poetics and medical diagnostics in their shared attention to bodily rhythm and sound. This project focuses on the use of the pulse as the primary gauge (in an era before MRI’s and CT-scans) to the human interior and the “unconscious.”  By reading the poets and novelists alongside their contemporaries in cardiology, neurology, and stethoscopy, this project reveals the gradual shaping of rhythm as the dominant language of Victorian interiority. 

Kelsey Klotz (Ph.D. Musicology, Washington University in St. Louis) specializes in jazz history and racial identity. While at the Fox Center, she will be working on a book manuscript, Dave Brubeck and the Performativity of Whiteness. The project examines white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s early career in order to investigate the construction of sonic whiteness, both in music and in methods of listening. Through analysis of Brubeck’s recorded and published music, interviews, and critical and audience reception, the project listens for the ways in which Brubeck represented American whiteness at mid-century. By foregrounding the perspectives of those for whom whiteness was not invisible, the project examines the often problematic intersection of advocacy and privilege.

Christopher Willoughby (Ph.D. History, Tulane University) is a historian of race, slavery, and medicine in the United States and Atlantic World. At the Fox Center, he will complete his book manuscript The Medical Chattel Principle: Racial Science and Slavery in American Medical Schools, 1765-1861. This project explores the braided histories of the rise of medical schools and scientific constructions of race in early America. Specifically, Willoughby examines how students cultivated a white, male medical identity rooted in their ability to define racial difference and exploit black bodies. In addition to his book project, he is also interested in the history of experimental physiology, laboratory medicine, and animal-human relations.

Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellows
The Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Corey Goergen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English.  His dissertation, “Chronic Habit”, reveals how “dissipation” emerges as a complex moral and medical diagnosis in the literature of the long eighteenth century.  It demonstrates how writers from Samuel Johnson to John Keats deployed dissipation in ways that variously contest and anticipate the components of modern medical diagnoses of addiction. In illuminating the moral and social origin points of addiction, this work reveals the shaky foundation on which applied medicine sometimes too confidently stands and shows that the history of addiction and dissipation can deepen our understanding of eighteenth century literature. His work has appeared in the edited volume Disabling Romanticism and Jahrbuch für Literatur und Medizin.

Brett Maiden is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion specializing in the Hebrew Bible. At the Fox Center, he will be completing his dissertation, “Cognitive Aspects of Ancient Israelite Religion.” This project utilizes tools from the cognitive and brain sciences to examine how pan-cultural cognitive proclivities shaped local expressions of religion, art, and culture in ancient Israel. A series of case studies explore topics ranging from the relationship between popular and official forms of religion to the visual representation of deities and demons in religious iconography. Through this work, Brett aims to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between humanists, religion scholars, and cognitive researchers.

Sumita Chakraborty is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English with a certificate from the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include transatlantic lyric poetry and poetics, particularly of the long twentieth century, as well as critical theory, especially in relation to ecology studies and posthumanism. Her dissertation, “Signs of Feeling Everywhere: The Posthuman Ethics of Lyric Emotion,” argues that lyric is uniquely equipped to help us imagine and forge ecological ethics for the anthropocene. She is also a poet. Her articles, essays, and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cultural Critique, the Los Angeles Review of BooksPOETRY, and other publications.

Graduate Digital Publishing Fellow
The Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Stephanie Iasiello is a doctoral candidate in the English Department. She is currently completing her dissertation entitled “Slavery and its Afterlives: Contemporary (Re)imaginings of the Zong Massacre.” If the past is prologue, she asks in her dissertation, how should we respond to the implicitly neoabolitionist gesture of the repeated return to the Zong in a range of twenty-first century works across multiple genres? Stephanie also sits on the Board of Directors for Reforming Arts, a local nonprofit organization that provides a theater-infused liberal arts education to the women incarcerated at Lee Arrendale State Prison. Iasiello’s dedication to her research and to teaching at Lee Arrendale State prison is motivated by her commitment to an ethics of inclusion and access which she sees as fundamental to a democratic education. 

Fox Center HASTAC Scholars
The Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Alexander Cors is a doctoral candidate in History, focusing on the Atlantic World in the early modern period. He holds an M.A. in Historical Sciences and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary European Studies from the University of Augsburg (Germany). His research investigates questions of immigration, integration, and coercion in Spanish Louisiana, a colony which in the eighteenth century was home to a diverse population of French, Spanish, British, German, and U.S.-American settlers, as well as Indigenous Peoples and Africans. As a HASTAC Scholar, he will work on a Historical Geo Information System (HGIS) project to map colonial and indigenous settlement patterns in Spanish Louisiana and West Florida (roughly the present-day states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida). 

Shari Wejsa, a doctoral candidate in Latin American History, is broadly interested in issues of human rights and social justice in modern Latin America, and more specifically in the experiences of African refugees and migrants in Brazil in the post-colonial period. Prior to entering the program at Emory, she completed an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Columbia University and an Ed.M. at Rutgers University.  She also conducted field research with a Fulbright research grant in Salvador, Bahia on Brazil’s National Truth Commission, which investigated human rights violations committed primarily during Brazil’s 1964-1985 civil-military dictatorship. As a HASTAC Scholar, she will continue to develop her digital projects, designed to make her research and its relevance to the Atlanta community more accessible to the general public.

Undergraduate Humanities Honors Fellows
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Sariyah Benoit is a senior majoring in African American Studies. Her honors thesis engages the representation and performance of black motherhood during the Atlanta Child Murders, 1979-1981. Within her paper she focuses on the role socio-economic class played in intraracial conflicts, which gave way to publicly coding black mothers' love and activism as distracting to federally funded investigations and emotionally unscrupulous to the American public. 

Doris Cikopana is a senior in the pre-medicine track, double majoring in International Studies and Spanish and Portuguese. She is currently writing an honors thesis on the inequality of access to healthcare in Brazil. Doris conducted her research during the summer of 2016 in a clinic based in Bom Retiro, São Paulo, traditionally recognized as a diverse neighborhood with a high population of immigrants. Her thesis explores access to government services in Brazil from the slave trade in the 18th century through the time of the military dictatorship, the creation of Brazil’s current healthcare system (SUS), and access to health services in Bom Retiro for immigrants.

Cameron Frostbaum is a senior with a double-major in Theater Studies and Political Science. His senior honors thesis, in the Theater Studies department, is on the emerging Spanish Microtheatre Movement, a new theater practice revolutionizing the spectator experience by addressing major barriers to engagement (costs, accessibility, and free time) and reinvigorating the performing arts. Cameron’s project consists of an analysis of the Microtheatre movement as a new theatrical experience for the next generation of spectators.  He is also producing Microtheatre performances on Emory University’s campus to test Microtheatre’s effectiveness with millennial audiences.

Ben Goldfein is a senior majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Ethics. His senior honors thesis champions a philosophical approach for examining the socio-ethical implications of artificial intelligence. Namely, Ben focuses on how recent technological advancements force us to reconsider what it means to ‘be human’ in regards to our personal identities and relationships with other morally sentient beings.

Carly Moore is a senior majoring in Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her senior honors thesis approaches hysteria through the lens of the genealogical method introduced by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. Specifically, Carly’s thesis looks at cases of hysteria in modern times by analyzing various phenomena of what French feminist philosopher Luce Irigaray calls “hysterical mimicry.” Through her use of Foucaultian genealogy, she hopes to expose the structure of power-knowledge that represents hysterical symptoms as mimicry. 

Jenifer Norwalk is a senior majoring in Art History. Her senior honors thesis investigates The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets Over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet, a painting by nineteenth-century British artist Frederic Leighton. The Reconciliation hung in the library at Agnes Scott College for nearly fifty years until it was sold to a private collector in 2003, and as a result of its unlikely location here in Atlanta has been largely excluded from Leighton scholarship. Within the paper, Jenifer focuses on how The Reconciliation reveals Leighton’s views about the art of the 1850s—an important artistic period that saw the union of the academic and avant-garde across Europe.

Joshua Perlin is a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Ethics. He is writing his honors thesis in Dr. Robyn Fivush's lab, studying how individuals narrate personal challenges in such a way that negative experiences are transformed into positive ones (narrative redemption). Joshua is using quantitative methods to assess how redemptive sequences correlate with psychological well-being. In addition, he is conducting qualitative analyses to investigate identity formation in redemptive narratives. He is extraordinarily excited to use interdisciplinary and humanistic methods in psychology.  




2016-2017 Fox Fellows

Senior Fellows
Tenured Members of the Emory Faculty

Joseph Crespino is the Jimmy Carter Professor of American History.  A historian of modern American political history, as well as the history of the American South since Reconstruction, he is the author of Strom Thurmond’s America (Hill & Wang, 2012) and In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution (Princeton, 2007), as well as the co-editor of The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (Oxford, 2009).  At the Fox Center, he will work on a book that uses the figure of Atticus Finch, the hero of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, to reflect on the broader history of white southern liberalism from the 1930s through the end of the 20th century.

Robyn Fivush is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University, where she has been on the faculty since 1984. She is associated faculty with the Department of Women's Studies and a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Her research focuses on early memory with an emphasis on the social construction of autobiographical memory and the relations among memory, narrative, identity, trauma, and coping. She has published over 150 books, book chapters, and articles. While at the Fox Center, she will be completing a book on family stories and the autobiographical self. 

Noëlle McAfee is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University and a candidate at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute. She is the author of Democracy and the Political Unconscious (Columbia, 2008); Julia Kristeva (Routledge, 2003); Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship (Cornell, 2000); and numerous articles and book chapters.  Her co-edited volumes,  supported by the Kettering Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation, include a special issue of the philosophy journal Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory and an edited volume titled Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology (Kettering, 2012).

Sarah McPhee is Professor of Art and Architectural History at Emory University. Her research focus is the city of Rome and her books include: Bernini’s Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini (Yale, 2012); Bernini and the Bell Towers: Architecture and Politics at the Vatican (Yale, 2002); and Filippo Juvarra. Drawings from the Roman Period 1704-1714, Part II, (Edizioni dell'Elefante, Rome, 1999). She is currently at work on the seventeenth-century Italian etcher Giovanni Battista Falda (1643-1678) and the history of early modern Roman cartography. At the Fox Center, she will work on a book entitled The Eye of the Etcher: A Brief Life of Giovanni Battista Falda.

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Adam Zachary Newton is the Fox Center’s Distinguished Visiting Professor during the Spring Semester 2017, with an appointment in the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.  Dr. Newton is University Professor Emeritus at Yeshiva University, where he served as University Professor, Chair of the English Department, and Ronald P. Stanton Chair in Literature and Humanities at Yeshiva University from 2007-2014. He was previously the Jane and Rowland Blumberg Centennial Professor in English at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught from 1997 to 2007. Beginning in 2005, he served as interim director of UT’s Program in Jewish Studies, leading to the establishment of the University’s Center for Jewish Studies in 2007.  Dr. Newton's current project is Jewish Studies as Counterlife: A Report to the Academy, represents a foray into “critical Jewish Studies,” which seeks to place (and displace) the field against the future horizon of the academic humanities.

N.E.H. Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetics

Andrew Sisson (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) works at the intersection of literary history and the history of political thought, focusing particularly on the English Renaissance. At the Fox Center, he will be finishing his book, The Citizen Ethic and Its Antagonists: Structures of Action in the Age of Shakespeare, which argues that this period is of decisive importance in the formation of modern debates over citizenship as an ethical ideal. The book shows how an older consensus that citizen virtue meant active service to the communal good broke apart as authors reimagined the community in ways that bore little resemblance to a conventional political unit.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Felix Harcourt (Ph.D., George Washington University) is a historian of religious and racial prejudice in the United States. As the Assistant Editor of two volumes of the collected papers of Eleanor Roosevelt, his research focused on the First Lady's post-White House life and her work to promote human rights both domestically and on the international stage. His manuscript, A Humdinger of a Klan Story: The Ku Klux Klan and American Culture in the 1920s, is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press. His new project, as part of the Fox Center, is an investigation of the Klan's influence in federal politics in the 1920s, the power of Klan lobbyist William F. Zumbrunn, and the organization's role in the formulation of public policy.  

Timothy K. Minella (Ph.D., University of South Carolina) specializes in the history of science in  early America. While at the Fox Center, he will be working on a book manuscript, Enlightenment Unbound: Science and Society in the Early Republic, which challenges previous interpretations of the Early Republic that saw Americans as obsessed with practical matters and uninterested in the pursuit of science. This project demonstrates that Americans engaged in scientific practice in a variety of fields, including agriculture, natural history, astronomy, and politics. In discussing these practices, the project reveals how Americans continued to participate in the transatlantic Enlightenment throughout the early nineteenth century.

Amanda Weiss (Ph.D. University of Tokyo) specializes in Chinese and Japanese cinema studies. Her current project examines how contemporary East Asian films “remember” the Second Sino-Japanese War through narratives of race and gender. At the Fox Center, she will complete a book manuscript, Han Heroes and Yamato Warriors: Memory, Race, and Gender in East Asian War Cinema. This work explores Chinese and Japanese feature films, television programs, and co-productions to demonstrate how contemporary popular war remembrance reveals transformations of identity and power in the Pacific.

Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellows
The Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Dori Coblentz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English specializing in Renaissance literature, particularly Shakespeare, and the history of Anglo-Italian cultural commerce. While at the Fox Center, she will be completing her dissertation, “Artful Temporalities on the Early Modern English Stage.” Her research seeks to re-center the early modern notion of time as a skill-based bodily knowledge to analyses of the period’s drama through an exploration of dramatic, literary, and pedagogical texts. She has published on this topic in the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies and is currently at work on a study of games, tempo, and dissimulation in Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier.

Hannah Markley (English) is completing her dissertation “Wasting Romanticism” that examines the works of three nineteenth-century authors for whom acts of eating not only fail to nourish the body, but systematically waste it. In readings of Mary Shelley, Thomas De Quincey, and Emily Brontë, she explicitly connects these “eating disorders” to discourses of mourning and shows how compulsive consumption stands in for the mourning words that characters cannot bring themselves to say. Through tales of addiction, anorexia, and alcoholism, these authors negotiate mourning fifty years before the development of psychoanalysis.  She has been published in Parallax and the European Romantic Review.

Undergraduate Humanities Honors

Jason Ehrenzeller is double majoring in Spanish and International Studies.  He is completing the first English-language translation of “Abducciones en la que no es y nunca fue tu ciudad” by Spanish writer Carlos Gámez Pérez, exploring multi-lingual and multi-dialectal translation. In this semi-autobiographical science fiction short story, linguistic disparaties between the Barcelonan narrator’s Peninsular Spanish and the hybridized Latin American Spanish of Miami with Spanglish elements morph language inflection into metaphor.

Lamija Grbic’ is double majoring in Philosophy and Sociology.  Her honors thesis examines the representation of Muslim women in the Western imaginary through a philosophical lens, drawing on the work of Sara Ahmed, Drucilla Cornell, Audre Lorde, and Judith Butler. The project challenges the characterization of Islam as inherently oppressive to women and therefore incongruent with feminist ideals by analyzing how ontologies of colonialism, white supremacy and western feminism reinforce   Islamophobic practices and discourses.  

Ekaterina Koposova is majoring in Art History with minors in Anthropology and Italian.  Her honors project examines the Union of Earth and Water by Peter Paul Rubens, placing it among the artist’s peace images, and with a new framework for interpreting a considerable number of Rubens’ mythological paintings. Using allegory, the painting reflects the intellectual climate in which it was created as well as Rubens’ engagement with the art of his time and his advocacy for peace. 

Hugh McGlade is majoring in History and International Studies. He focuses on Latin America, especially Brazil, and is a student of Portuguese. His thesis investigates a hunger alleviation program in Brazil during the early 1940s, exploring questions of capitalism, politics, and cultural exchange. 

Samantha Perlman is double majoring in History and African American Studies. Her honors thesis stems from her experience witnessing student protest movements while abroad in South Africa, as well as her interest in American educational reform. Her thesis examines the history of affirmative action at Emory College from 1969 to 1989.  By uncovering the story of affirmative action at Emory, her project provides historical context for how Emory can address systemic problems of underrepresentation and promote a more inclusive campus climate.



2015-2016 Fox Fellows

Tenured Members of the Emory Faculty

Steve Kraftchick, Professor of the Practice of New Testament Interpretation at the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion, has been at Emory since 1994.  He is the author of II Peter, Jude in the Abingdon commentary series and editor of Biblical Theology: Problems and Perspectives. In addition he has published essays on New Testament theology, history of biblical interpretation, and biblical hermeneutics. He has recently published on the intersection of biblical anthropologies and the philosophy of technology. While at the Fox Center he will continue working and writing on this topic, especially as it relates to conceptions of the “techno-human” found in the philosophies of trans- and posthumanism.

Tenured Members of the Emory Faculty

Patricia A. Cahill, Associate Professor in the Department of English, specializes in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, especially drama.   She is the author of Unto the Breach: Martial Formations, Historical Trauma, and the Early Modern Stage (Oxford, 2008) as well as essays on topics ranging from the workings of Renaissance technology to the instabilities of vertiginous sensation. At the Fox Center, she will be completing a book entitled Shakespeare’s Skins: Surface Encounters in Early Modern Playhouses, which considers what cutaneous stage properties (especially textiles and animal pelts) can tell us about how early modern thinkers conceptualized nonhuman beings and trans-species relationships. 

John Lysaker is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. His work concerns human flourishing and whatever conditions facilitate or frustrate its emergence. Toward that end, he works in philosophical psychology, the philosophy of art, and social and political philosophy, and draws primarily from the traditions of hermeneutic phenomenology, critical social theory, and American romanticism. He is the author of Poetry and the Birth of Sense (2002), Emerson and Self-Cuture (2008) and the co-author, with Paul Lysaker, of Schizoprhenia and the Fate of the Self (2008). He is also co-editor, with Bill Rossi, of Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship (2010). At the Fox Center, he will be working in the philosophy of art, beginning a book entitled Dear Glaucon: Finding Our Bearing with the Work of Art.                                                                            

Sara McClintock is Associate Professor of Religion at Emory University where she has been teaching Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, interpretation theory in religion, Indian philosophy, Sanskrit, and Tibetan since 2005. She is the author of Omniscience and the Rhetoric of Reason: Śāntarakita and Kamalaśīla on Rationality, Argumentation, and Religious Authority (2010), an exploration at the intersection of religion, philosophy, and rhetoric in the writings of two eighth-century Indian Buddhist philosophers. At the Fox Center, she will work on a book, Transactional Reality, Transactional Truth, on Indian Buddhist epistemological theories of the production of truth and reality through the interaction of conceptual, discursive, and material processes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Matthew J. Payne is Associate Professor of History at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, where he has taught since 1995.  His primary areas of interest are Soviet and Russian history, modern Central Asian history and the study of Kazakhstan, especially the Soviet colonization of Central Asia.  He is the author of Stalin’s Railroad: Turksib and Building Socialism (2001) and is presently working on a study of Soviet colonization and transformation of the Kazakh steppe tentatively entitled, Soviet Steppe: Modernization and Genocide in Kazakhstan, 1890 to 1941.  At the Fox Center he will focus on this research which has at its heart the forced settlement of the Kazakh nomads and the transformation of Kazakhstan from a frontier province to an integral territory of the Soviet state.


Johanna Winant (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is a modernist and a scholar of poetics, and she focuses on the philosophical work that literature can do. At the Fox Center, she will be completing the book, Contingent Poetics: Inductive Reasoning and American Modernism, which demonstrates that modern American poetry transforms the epistemological problem of induction – the difficulty of predicting future experiences based on past ones – into an aesthetic strategy. The famous problem of induction then becomes modernism’s famously difficult aesthetics, or, contingent poetics: poetics that claim the necessity of inductive reasoning despite the resulting unreliability. This book recasts the well-known aspects of the poetics of such canonical figures as Whitman, Dickinson, Stein, Pound, Moore, Stevens, Bishop, and Ashbery as experiments in this sort of rigorous inductive reasoning.


Jonathan Hunt (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is an international historian whose work considers how and to what effect the world has tried to manage existential risks since the Second World War, most notably nuclear weapons and global environmental change. At the Fox Center, he will finish a book manuscript, The Bargain: Nuclear Nonproliferation and the Rise of the Pax Americana, 1945-1975, which illustrates why a post-colonial community of nation-states presided over by the United States chose to govern nuclear technology how it did. The account explains that the Cold War settlement which coalesced around 1968 balanced rights, obligations, and prohibitions in the nuclear realm in ways that would promote the worldwide export of nuclear-power reactors and elicit ambiguous readings of nuclear disarmament as either a promissory note in the original bargain or a justification for interventions against those who would challenge the prevailing nuclear order.                                                                                                  

McKinley E. Melton
(Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst) focuses primarily on spiritual and religious traditions throughout the modern black diaspora and their influence on diasporan literary, artistic, and cultural expressions. As an Assistant Professor of English at Gettysburg College, his research and teaching also engage the intersections of social, political, and cultural movements as part of a critical approach to Africana literature. While at the Fox Center, he will be working on his current book project, Along Their Own Way: Spiritual Foundations of Black Diasporan Literature.  The project critically examines the articulation of diasporan spirituality within 20th Century African, African American, and Afro-Caribbean literatures, with the purpose of exploring the fundamental influence of spirituality and religious cultures on black artistic traditions, and subsequently on peoples and communities of the modern black diaspora.                                                                                                                                    

Rebecca Munson (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) specializes in the connection between the early modern drama, print culture, and popular politics. While at the Fox Center, she will be working on two scholarly monographs concerning seventeenth-century drama and the public sphere. Her first book, Shakespeare Offstage: “Popularity” in Plays, Presses, and Politics, proposes a new history of early modern drama that reclaims the neglected period 1642-60 (a time of civil war when the staging of plays was banned) and places drama at the heart of an historic confluence of “popular” enterprises—theater, press, and parliament—that enabled the formation our modern notion of “public.” Her second book project also investigates the role of the theater in the formation and expression of political consciousness. Speak What We Feel: Subjecthood and Subjectivity in the Early Modern Theater draws on seventeenth-century theories of drama, medicine, and politics to argue that, by staging complex political questions and manipulating affective responses to them, the early modern theater served as a training ground for citizen-subjects.

The Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Melissa Creary (Institute of Liberal Arts) is completing her dissertation, "Race, Policy, and Culture:  An Identity Crisis for Sickle Cell Disease in Brazil."  Her project explores how patients, non-governmental organizations, and the Brazilian government, at state and federal levels, have contributed to the discourse of sickle cell disease (SCD) as a “black” disease, despite a prevailing cultural ideology of racial mixture.  Drawing on archival research, ethnographic work, and oral history in Brasília, Rio, and Salvador, her research aims to situate social, geographical, and political debates about race and SCD in their historical context.  She is a 2013-2014 Boren Fellow and has been published in Genetics in Medicine, The Huffington Post, and The American Journal of Bioethics.

Ashleigh Dean (History) is completing her dissertation, "'Never Trust the Chinese': The Pedro de Alfaro Mission and Trans-Pacific International Relations, 1570-1610." Her work focuses on the Pacific Ocean as an emerging historical zone in the early modern era, particularly in regards to Sino-Spanish relations, inter-Iberian relations in Asia and the Pacific, and trans-Pacific Spanish colonial administration. Her dissertation uses the career of an unsuccessful Franciscan missionary and spy to explore these larger regional diplomatic issues in the context of the development of global trade and diplomatic networks. This project also examines the role of the perception of "failure" in how--or indeed whether--historians write about a given historical phenomenon. 

Amy E. Elkins (English) is completing her dissertation, “Crafting Modernity: Art Making, Gender, and Literature’s Materials of Resistance in the Extreme Twentieth Century.” This project attends to overlooked questions about how authors use art and craft (photography, textile arts, assemblage, painting, and contemporary DIY activism), in practice, to enmesh the political and aesthetic in their works. Using original archival discoveries, Elkins historicizes global networks of active making that enabled new forms of communication and nonviolent activism during the twentieth century. In paying sustained attention to the mediums and processes of making that underpin these critiques, she recasts the critical connection between aesthetic concerns and feminist, postcolonial, and human rights issues. 


Humanities Honors
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Adam Goldstein, is a senior studying American History and Business. He has focused his studies around US poverty and non-profit and social enterprise strategy. He has spent the last two summers in Atlanta, the first working in DeKalb County community development through the Community Building and Social Change Program, and the second working in the Strategic Planing department of Habitat for Humanity International. Through these experiences he came across the story of the East Lake redevelopment, one of country's most celebrated mixed-income redevelopments which took place in East Lake, Atlanta in the 1990s. At the Fox Center he will continue working on his thesis which uses the East Lake story as a way to understand broader trends in American housing in the 20th century. 

Bryan Reines is a senior double majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. His primary academic interests include political, legal, and moral philosophy. His Fox Fellowship will facilitate the completion of his senior thesis: Propaganda and Self in the Modern Age. The project seeks to understand the frequent, and often politically charged, use of the concept of propaganda in modern society. The work examines the problem of modern propaganda explored by George Orwell in Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm, and 1984. The project then turns to Jacques Ellul’s account of propaganda and J.M.’s Balking theory of cultural software to usefully reconceive propaganda. Finally, he will look to Plato’s Republic for an understanding of how political deception affects self-understanding and appreciation. 

Ryan Sutherland is a senior majoring in Music Performance (ethnomusicology) and Biology. His thesis focuses on the influence of the Gamelan on the stylistic development of contemporary Western music, the establishment of the field of applied ethnomusicology, and the creation and popularization of the “world music” genre and its offshoots among global audiences.  While conducting ethnomusicological field research in Bali, Indonesia during the summer of 2015, he studied Central Javanese Gamelan and Balinese Gamelan with Pak I Made Lasmawan and traditional Balinese dance with Bu Ketut Marni.  He attended the Society for Ethnomusicology’s 2014 national conference in Pittsburgh, PA where he connected with international Gamelan performers and scholars.

Jenny Wu, a senior majoring in English and Creative Writing, takes up in both prose and poetry themes such as anomy, anachronism, urban neurosis, and the demonological messianic paradigm. At the Fox Center, she will be completing a work of historical fiction titled Fauste, which combines her creative writing concentration with her art history training. The novel takes place in Germany between the years 1923 and 1930, following specifically the Bauhaus movement and the social, political, and economic questions it posed to the Weimar Republic. On the narrative level, Fauste is about ambiguities: romantic friendships, unofficial marriages, tacit arrangements, psychological fantasies—all which culminate in an illusory and unusual transfer of power. 

Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE)
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Hannah Rose Blakeley is a fifth-year senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies (art history and cultural theory) and French. As an intern at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Blakeley is curating an online exhibition of original prints and drawings by nineteenth-century Belgian Symbolist Félicien Rops (1833-1898) from a collection of over 150 works recently donated to the Carlos by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. She has received additional support for this project from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and the Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) program.

Dalila Vázquez Herrera is a senior majoring in Biology and Spanish.  Her SIRE Independent Study project deals with Spanish as a mediating factor in the communication between patients whose first language is Mixtec, an indigenous Mexican language, and their Spanish and English-speaking healthcare providers in Mexico and the United States in the broader context of intercultural communication. She will be observing and analyzing interactions between patients and traditional and modern practitioners in a Mixtec-speaking village, in a Mexican city where Spanish is the main language used, and then compare that to what happens in their new communities in Atlanta. 

Abigail Holst is a senior double-majoring in Human Health and Chinese Language & Literature. She is completing an honors thesis for her Chinese major titled, “From Mao to Now: An Analysis of Chinese Public Health Posters from the Great Leap Forward to SARS.” Drawing on archival research, Chinese historical regional newspapers, health-related newsletters, and academic journals, her research focuses on the similarities in the use of visual and textual elements in public health posters and political propaganda during the Maoist period and the recent national crisis, the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic. Abigail’s work is also supported by the Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) Program.

Takuya Maeda
is a senior majoring in History. His honors thesis is on the 1988 legislation that granted a formal apology and reparations payments to all individuals who had been unjustly incarcerated in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. He focuses on an often overlooked aspect of the legislation, the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund (CLPEF), which provided Japanese American individuals and organizations with funding to carry out public education efforts about internment and their community’s history. He is interested in the tensions between the Congressional interpretations of the internment experience and the narratives that the community produced with the CLPEF funding. In addition, the thesis explores the significance and meaning that the history of internment and the reparations bill may hold for new Japanese immigrants, as well as other marginalized communities of color.

Kevin McPherson
is a senior double majoring in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) in Society and Culture. His IDS major focuses on Science and Technology Studies (STS), an emerging interdisciplinary field that considers the social, political, and cultural impacts on scientific research and, in turn, scientific research’s impact on social, political, and cultural spheres. His IDS project examines the work of 19th century author Helen Hunt Jackson.  Jackson has been credited as an influential poet and author of her time, involved herself in advocacy for Native American rights late in her life. The project will analyze Jackson’s literary and cultural influence in light of her social justice work - more specifically analyzing how emerging scientific work of Charles Darwin and early evolutionists influenced Jackson’s ideation of the Native American human.


2014-2015 Fox Fellows

President's Fellowship in the Humanities

Henry Bayerle is Associate Professor of Classics at Oxford College of Emory University, where he has taught since 2006.  He earned a B.A. in Classics at Brown University, an M.A. in French from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.  His research focuses on the reception of the Greek and Roman classics in European literature, especially in medieval Italy and France.  He has published on the medieval Ars memoriae, Ovid and medieval French Mélusine romances, and several Latin works of medieval Italy.  He is also actively interested in second language acquisition research and has published on Latin language pedagogy.  At the Fox Center he will work on a Latin edition and English translation of the Chronicon Novaliciense, an 11th-century chronicle composed at the Piedmontese abbey of Novalesa.

Senior Fellows

Elizabeth M. Bounds is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion, where she has taught since 1997.  Besides publishing Coming Together/Coming Apart: Religion, Modernity, and Community, she has authored several essays in edited volumes and is a co-editor of Welfare Policy: Feminist Critiques and Justice in the Making: Feminist Social Ethics. The core of her research, teaching, and scholarship focuses on moral and Christian theological responses in contexts of conflict and violence, whether in the U.S. prison system, in ordinary congregational life, or in post-conflict situations such as Liberia.  While at the Fox Center, she is writing a book on the ethics of responsibility and redemption as a restorative approach to incarceration, which is based both on research on religion in the U.S. prison system and on teaching in the Georgia prison system.

James V.H. Melton, Professor of History, joined the Emory faculty in 1987.  His primary area of interest is early modern Europe, with a special focus on Enlightenment culture, Central Europe, and most recently the Atlantic World.  His Religion, Community, and Slavery on the Southern Colonial Frontier will appear with Cambridge University Press in 2015.  His previous books include The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe (2001) and Absolutism and the Eighteenth-Century Origins of Compulsory Schooling (1988).  At the Fox Center he will be writing a book on Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838), best known today as Mozart's librettist, and the trans-European and trans-Atlantic migration of musical culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Karla Oeler is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and Core Faculty in the Department of Comparative Literature.  She is the author of A Grammar of Murder:  Violent Scenes and Film Form (2009) and several articles on literature and film, including works by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jean-Luc Godard, Sergei Parajanov, Jean Renoir, and André Bazin.  At the Fox Center she will be working on a book about the paradoxical, and intimate, relationship between film and thinking; it focuses on the filmic adaptation of literary forms designed to show private thoughts, or inner speech (interior monologue, free indirect discourse, lyric, soliloquy, the diary).

Deboleena Roy is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University.  She received her Ph.D. in reproductive neuroendocrinology and molecular biology from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. In her doctoral work, she examined the effects of estrogen and melatonin on the gene expression and cell signaling mechanisms in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons of the hypothalamus.  Her current areas of interest include feminist science and technology studies, philosophy of science, neuroethics, molecular biology, and reproductive justice movements.  She has published her work in journals such as Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; American Journal of Bioethics; Neuroethics; Australian Feminist Studies; Rhizomes: Cultural Studies of Emerging Knowledge; Endocrinology; Neuroendocrinology; and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Her research and scholarship attempts to make a shift from feminist critiques of science to the creation of feminist practices that can contribute to scientific inquiry in the lab.

Joseph Skibell, a professor of English and Creative Writing, is the author of three novels. A Blessing on the Moon received the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The English Disease received the Jesse H. Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and A Curable Romantic, the Sami Rohr Award in Jewish Literature. His short stories and essays have appeared in Story, Tikkun, The New York Times, and Poets & Writers, among other periodicals, and he has written or translated essays for three books of photographs: Loli Kantor’s There was a Forest, Neil Folberg’s The Serpent’s Chronicle, and Fred Stein: Paris New York. A recipient of a Halls Fellowship, a Michener Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Skibell was inducted into the Sami Rohr Literary Institute in 2011.  He is the director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature. A fourth book, Six Memos from the Fifth Millennium, a mytho-poetic meditation on the stories in the Talmud, is awaiting publication, and he has completed a sixth book, a collection of true stories called My Father’s Guitar & Other Imaginary Things. He plans to work on a new novel at the Fox Center.

NEH Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics

Seth Perlow (Ph.D., Cornell University) is an Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma State University. He specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, poetry and poetics, and media theory. He edited Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition (City Lights, 2014). His current project, The Poem Electric: Technology and Uncritical Thinking in American Verse Cultures, traces a lineage of experimentalists for whom electronics do not work as “information technologies” but offer alternatives to rationalism. Bringing the poetry of Susan Howe, Frank O’Hara, Amiri Baraka, and others into conversation with theories and histories of electronic media, this study challenges the privilege of information in the digital humanities by arguing that the electrification of American poetry and literary scholarship has enabled uncritical thinking.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Jeremy Bell (Ph.D., DePaul University) specializes in Ancient Philosophy with a focus on the relationship between practices of care and systems of governance. His first book (co-edited with Michael Naas) is a collected volume entitled Plato's Animals (Indiana University Press, 2015). This book analyzes what are often taken to be purely literary or rhetorical devices—the examples, analogies, or metaphors of animals in the dialogues—in order to develop Plato’s most philosophical ideas. While at the Fox Center, Dr. Bell will be working on a book manuscript, entitled Plato's Politics of Care. This project argues that Plato's philosophy is structured around the concept of care (epimeleia) and that this concept provides a means by which Plato analyzes the often tense relationship between ethics and politics.

William Bryan (Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University) is an environmental historian, and his work provides a historical perspective on the origins of sustainable development in the United States. At the Fox Center, he will be completing his current book manuscript, entitled Nature and the New South: Competing Visions of Resource Use in a Developing Region, 1865-1929. This manuscript uses the lens of environmental history to consider how conflicts over the control and use of natural resources shaped attempts to rebuild the economy of the American South in the wake of the Civil War. By placing the South within the broader American conservation movement, this study sheds light on early attempts to determine what enterprises were the most sustainable, and it traces how these ideas shaped economic development in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century United States.

Amanda S. Wright (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina. Her research and teaching touch on themes of modernity in Asian art, with a focus on avant-garde painting in early twentieth-century China. While at Emory, she will finish her book manuscript, Pretty as a Picture: Qiu Ti and Women Artists of the Republican Period. Centering on interrelated questions of modernist theory, feminism, the popular press, and personal identity, this project explores the role of Chinese women artists in the art community and larger society during the Republican period (1911-1949).

Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellows

Jill Marshall (Religion) is completing her dissertation, “Women Praying and Prophesying: Gender and Inspired Speech in First Corinthians.” This project asks: In ancient Mediterranean settings, was prophecy viewed and received differently when a man or a woman spoke? To answer this question, she analyzes Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians within its broader socio-cultural and literary contexts. In this letter, Paul expresses tension about women praying or prophesying in the early Christian assembly. Marshall’s work examines literary and archaeological evidence for conventions about women’s public speech, religious authority and characterizations of female prophets, and religious spaces and activities in Roman Corinth.

Taylor Schey (Comparative Literature) is completing his dissertation, “Romantic Junctions: Skepticism, Politics, Aesthetics.” This project explores the afterlife of David Hume’s epistemological skepticism in the political aesthetics, polemics, and poetics of British Romanticism, while challenging the assumption that the conclusions of eighteenth-century empiricism were largely a source of anxiety and crisis for Romantic writers. Situating Hume’s philosophical treatment of the concepts of custom, analogy, and necessity in relation to the literary and theoretical writings of Edmund Burke, William Wordsworth, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Schey recasts contemporary debates on the consequences of skepticism and argues for a new way of apprehending the junction of politics and aesthetics in the Romantic era.

Andrea Scionti (History) is completing his dissertation: "Not our Kind of Anti-Communists: Americans and the Congress for Cultural Freedom in France and Italy, 1950-1967." His project looks at the cultural Cold War in Western Europe as a lens to explore the limits of U.S. influence and persuasion within the American "empire by invitation." U.S. policymakers and intellectuals tried to further American interests and a “hegemonic discourse” through the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an organization created to promote and coordinate anti-Communist intellectuals with covert funding from the CIA. Far from being puppets or unwitting assets, French and Italian intellectuals repeatedly challenged and frustrated American expectations, and influenced the nature of America's cultural Cold War.

Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE)

Michael Van Ginkel is majoring in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and History/Classics. He is working on a project entitled “Conceptualizing 5th Century Athenian Military Commemoration” which focuses on public burial and commemoration of Athenian war casualties. By compiling archaeological evidence and analyzing primary and secondary literature, he creates a three-dimensional reconstruction of the Kerameikos burial grounds. A digital visualization of the area, stressing the spatial relationships between monuments and their natural and artificial surroundings, facilitates a conceptual understanding of Athenian burial ground ideology. ​In addition to using programs such as 3ds Max to create virtual renderings, he employs the use of geographical information systems to highlight topographical​ elements influencing burial ground practices.

Undergraduate Humanities Honors

Hannah Rose Blakeley is a senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and French, with a minor in German. Her honors thesis examines the art of German draftsman and printmaker Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), in particular her A Weavers’ Rebellion cycle (1893-97).  Kollwitz based this cycle of six prints on a drama by Gerhart Hauptmann, and Blakeley uses critical analyses of Hauptmann’s play to investigate the political ramifications of Kollwitz’s artworks. In comparing A Weavers’ Rebellion with its theatrical source of inspiration and providing a close reading of Kollwitz’s images themselves, Blakeley offers new interpretations of th e artist’s work that are informed but not bounded by gender and biography.

Sarah Freeman is a senior majoring in Dance and Movement Studies and English.  Her honors thesis combines two disciplines in the creation of her project “All Being Displaced: Movement Translations of Flannery O'Connor.” In an evening length performance, she will present two dance works based on O'Connor's short story "The Displaced Person" and a solo piece inspired by O'Connor's life and letters. Taking narrative as a variable in choreographic process, the two interpretations of "The Displaced Person" will explore how the presence or absence of a linear plot structure changes the interpretation of text into dance. Emory's unique relationship to O'Connor as the treatment center for her lupus and now, the repository of an immensely detailed collection of her manuscripts and letters in the MARBL, allows Freeman the opportunity for intimate access to the writer's body of work. The project will explore O'Connor's relationship to her body and ideas of physical and creative disability in an evening dedicated to the bizarre, the sublime, and the disturbingly truthful.

Lizzie Howell is a senior majoring in Religion, History, and German Studies. Her senior honors thesis examines responses to Protestant and Jewish toleration in the Habsburg Empire from 1781 to 1789. Her analysis centers around two important religious figures — one Catholic and one Jewish — who came out in support of religious toleration and, consequently, which fostered lively debates within their religious communities. Additionally, she puts these voices in conversation with sources concerning Jewish toleration in Germany, Protestant voices discussing Protestant toleration, and more secular responses. She is particularly interested in comparing utility arguments in favor of religious toleration with arguments rooted in scripture and religious thought.

Jovonna Jones is a senior double majoring in Philosophy and African-American Studies. Her honors thesis contemplates Black Women photographers from the early 20th and 21st Centuries, extrapolating ethical ontologies from their photographic works and ways of seeing. Jovonna's wider academic interests and campus engagement circulate around difference, self, community, and visuality. She is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Emory Black Student Union Advisory Board member, Center for Women intern, and Advocates for Racial Justice fellow.  Jovonna is a youth consultant and board member for VISIONS Inc., a Boston-based non-profit that consults in diversity and inclusion.

Nathaniel Meyersohn is a senior majoring in History with a focus on the civil rights movement and the South. Meyersohn is writing a senior honors thesis on former Democratic congressman Charles L. Weltner, Georgia’s Fifth District representative from 1963-1967. Meyersohn will analyze Weltner’s tenure in Congress against the backdrop of the racial tumult sweeping the South. Meyersohn will closely examine Weltner’s vote in favor of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act—for which he became the sole representative from the Deep South to support the bill—and his controversial decision to leave Congress in 1966 in opposition to arch-segregationist Lester G. Maddox’s bid for governor. By framing Weltner, a largely overlooked figure in the history of the period, as the archetype for New South Democrats, Meyersohn’s project will contribute to the historiography of the transformative changes to southern politics during the 1960s.

Bennett Ostdiek, a senior majoring in History, is writing an honors thesis on the foreign relations of the Confederacy. It focuses on Henry Hotze, a Confederate propaganda agent stationed in London during the Civil War. Hotze attempted to use the power of the press to create popular support for the Confederacy in Britain. Hotze arrived in London in late January, 1862, at the beginning of a critical period in Confederate foreign relations. Hotze wrote numerous dispatches to the Confederate State Department while in London, and in these he both describes the actions that he is taking in support of Southern diplomatic objectives and offers his assessment of British public opinion toward the Confederacy. Using these letters as its core and supplementing them with newspaper articles and secondary sources, Ostdiek aims to tell the story of Confederate diplomacy in the crucial year of 1862 through the eyes of Henry Hotze.

Erica Sterling is a senior double majoring in History and Psychology. Her honors thesis, "A Better Chance for Brown," is on the role of philanthropy in the integration of private secondary education in the United States from 1963 to 1979. In her thesis she focuses on a privately funded program called A Better Chance (ABC), which was launched as an unprecedented educational experiment in 1963 through the joint efforts of twenty-three independent school headmasters, Dartmouth College, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She tells the story of how ABC, the most prominent educational endeavor of its day, attempted to tackle integration and equal opportunity by recruiting low income and minority students to attend the most elite preparatory schools in America. For her research, she is using archival materials gathered at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Tarrytown, New York.



2013-2014 Fox Fellows


Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies.  Her area of specialization is history of the Holocaust and Holocaust denial.  Her books include Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (1993), History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (2005), and The Eichmann Trial (2011). History on Trial won the National Jewish Book Award.  While at the Fox Center she will be working on a book on the evolution of Holocaust Studies.  At Emory she was the founding Director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (1997-2008).  She also directs the website (Holocaust Denial on Trial) which archives the documents, expert reports, transcripts, and judgment from the libel suit brought against her in the United Kingdom in 2000 by Holocaust denier David Irving, who sued her for having called him a Holocaust denier. After a twelve week trial the court dismissed his claims. 

Michael Moon currently serves as Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and of English at Emory, where he has taught since 2006.  He has published books on Walt Whitman and embodiment, imitation and initiation in the writings of Henry James and the art of Joseph Cornell and Andy Warhol, and, most recently, the art and writings of Chicago "outsider" artist Henry Darger.  He is a former co-editor of the journal American Literature and, with Jonathan Goldberg and the late Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, of the Duke University Press book series "Series Q", a major venue for the publication of scholarship in the field of queer theory.  His current research is on sexuality, seriality, and translation in the visual and verbal legacies of the Arabian Nights

Philip L. Reynolds is Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology. He joined the faculty of Candler School of Theology in 1992, and he is a senior fellow of Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion, for which he directed a project on the Pursuit of Happiness (2005-2010). His research and teaching focus on medieval theology and religious practices, and much of his published writing has been on the history of marriage in theology and canon law. He is the author of Marriage in the Western Church (1994) and Food and the Body (1999), and he is currently completing a major history of marriage as a sacrament. Reynolds has a Henry Luce III fellowship in theology for 2013-2014. He will be writing a book on mystical theology while at the Fox Center, based on a seminar that he has been teaching at Emory for two decades.

Devin J. Stewart received a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 1984 and earned a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He has been teaching at Emory in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies since 1990.  His research has focused on Shiite Islam, the Qur’an, Islamic law and legal education, the Moriscos of Spain, and Arabic dialectology.  Recent publications include: "Polemics and Patronage in Safavid Iran: The Debate on Friday Prayer during the Reign of Shah Tahmasb," Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 72.3 (2009): 425-57; and "Poetic License in the Qur’an: Ibn al-Sa’igh al-Hanafi's Ihkam al-Ray fi Ahkam al-Ay," Journal of Qur’anic Studies 11.1 (2009): 1-54.  At the Fox Center, he will be working on a monograph on rhyme and rhythm in the Qur’an, building on disparate discussions in commentaries on the Qur’an, Arabic rhetorical manuals, and modern Arab and German scholarship in Qur’anic studies.

Sharon Strocchia is Professor of History at Emory, where she has been teaching since 1988.  Her research and teaching have centered on women, religion and sexuality in early modern Europe, particularly Renaissance Italy. More recently her interests have shifted to the social history of health, medicine and disability in the premodern period. Strocchia is the author of Death and Ritual in Renaissance Florence (1992), and Nuns and Nunneries in Renaissance Florence (2009), which was awarded the Marraro Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association for the best book in Italian history. She has published numerous articles on female religiosity and sociability in Renaissance Italy, gender and ritual, education, mental health, and women in early scientific pursuits. At the Fox Center, she will be writing a book on the relationship between women’s healthcare activities in Renaissance hospitals, convents and princely households and the circulation of medical knowledge.


Anne Keefe (Ph.D., Rutgers University; M.F.A., University of Maryland) specializes in modern and contemporary poetry and poetics with an emphasis on the relationship between poetry and the visual arts.   Her current book project, Ekphrastic Sensible: The Politics of Word and Image in Contemporary Lyric Poetry, focuses on the ways in which contemporary poets use ekphrasis (or poetry that takes visual art as its subject matter) to investigate the perceptual politics of representation. Drawing on feminist poetics, aesthetic theory, and phenomenology, the project explores ekphrasis as sensation-in-language in the work of Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Natasha Trethewey, Mark Doty, Siri Hustvedt, Sharon Dolin, and others. Anne is also the author of a book of poems, Lithopedia (2012), which won the Bull City Press first book award.


Courtney D. Fugate (Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) is Assistant Professor at The American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and specializes in Kant and Early Modern Philosophy. His first book (with John Hymers) was Alexander Baumgarten's ‘Metaphysics’: A Critical Translation with Kant’s Elucidations, Selected Notes, and Related Materials (Bloomsbury, 2013). While at the Center, he will finish his manuscript, The Destiny of Mankind: Teleology and Philosophy before Kant's Critical Turn, and prepare a commentary on Kant's Critique of Practical Reason.  

Jennifer Rhee (Ph.D., Duke University) is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her research and teaching focus on contemporary American literature, humanoid technologies, and media studies.  At Emory, she will be working on her book manuscript, Anthropomorphic Attachments: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Literature, Art, Technology, and War.  This project explores the interrelations among literary works, robotic art, and humanoid technologies from the 1950s to the present.  Analyzing the shifting conceptions of the human that shape fictional, artistic, and technological robots and AIs, Anthropomorphic Attachments examines the forms of human life these robotic imaginaries legitimize, exclude, and complicate.

Michael Ursell (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz) specializes in early modern literature, with an emphasis on English and French lyric poetry ca. 1500-1700. While at the Fox Center, he will finish his book manuscript, The Muses' Anvil: Inspiration and Bookmaking in Renaissance Lyrics. This project revises the more familiar narrative in which pre-moderns “believed in” Muses, but lost those beliefs when a modern subject emerged along with an era of skepticism, psychology, science, and materialism, explaining instead how Renaissance figures of inspiration (visits from Muses, ecstatic trances, or spells of effortless composition) find their place alongside the history of materialist thought in an era transitioning from sixteenth-century human sciences to seventeenth-century mechanistic theory.

 Candidates of the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
 Emory University

Craig Perry (History) is completing his dissertation, “The Daily Life of Slaves and the Global Reach of Slavery in Medieval Egypt.” His project uses Arabic and Hebrew documentary sources from the Cairo Geniza in order to uncover the life histories of the domestic slaves who were intimately embedded within the social order of urban households in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Perry also presents new evidence that demonstrates how geo-political concerns in the greater Mediterranean shaped an evolving inter-regional trade in slaves that stretched from Europe to South Asia. His analysis of medieval Egyptian slavery yields new insights into the larger social worlds of the medieval families and religious communities of which slaves were a part.

Adam Rosenthal (Comparative Literature) is completing his dissertation, "The Gift of Poetry in Romantic and Post-Romantic Literature." His dissertation tracks figurations of poetry as a gift in Baudelaire, Shelley and Thoreau, while asking how these poetry-gifts incorporate problems of memory, economics and literary genre. Using the theoretical framework established by Derrida's work on the gift in Given Time, Rosenthal explores the broader implications of the literary-gift for nineteenth-century conceptions of literature, and asks, finally, what it might mean "to give" in these contexts.

Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) 
and Undergraduate Humanities Honors 
Emory College of Arts and Sciences  

Kurtis Anderson is a senior majoring in both History and Political Science and participating in a BA/MA program in History. His honors/master's thesis research is on the Divine Right of Kings in early modern Britain, focusing on the works of Sir Robert Filmer. While Filmer’s work shares many similarities with authors before him, long after his death in the midst of the English Civil War, he becomes the standard bearer for the restored Stuart monarchy under James II. Why was the anti-Catholic Filmer lifted up by the royalists after 1680 to defend a Catholic king despite the plethora of other options at their disposal? With the guidance of Dr. Patrick Allitt, Kurtis seeks to provide a new perspective on an often discarded theory and ridiculed author that both helped form the foundation for modern England.

Maglyn Bertrand is a senior majoring in Music and Latin American Studies. Her senior honors thesis is on the new song movement in Chile (nueva canción) and Argentina (nuevo cancionero). Within the paper she focuses on new song and its relationship to various aspects of the historical, political, and cultural context in both countries during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. She emphasizes how context affected the development of varied strains of new song and how iconic performers shaped the movement through their individual styles, interpretations, and levels of political association. In addition she relates the development of new song during the three decade period to the understanding of new song’s enduring legacy today. 

Christina (Ha Eun) Cho is a junior majoring in Sociology. She has been assisting Dr. Mary Frederickson (ILA & James Weldon Johnson Institute) on the “Genetic Imaginary: Sickle Cell Disease in Global Perspective,” a multi-disciplinary medical humanities study of the history of sickle cell disease. She is now working on an independent project, "Reproductive Decisions and Behaviors of Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and Sickle Cell Trait (SCT)." The purpose of this quantitative and qualitative study is to expand the empirical evidence and narrative surrounding reproductive decisions of young adults with SCD and SCT in an effort to improve current educational interventions and transitional programs for SCD patients.

Jake Krakovsky is a senior majoring in Theater Studies. He has acted, directed, designed, written, advertised, and researched for theater groups including Theater Emory, Rathskellar Improv, Starving Artist Productions, Ad Hoc Productions, Out of Hand Theater, Theater on the Prowl, and the Alliance Theatre. For his senior honors thesis, Krakovsky is studying the use of comedy in engaging with Holocaust narratives, with an emphasis on theatrical writing and performance. The project will culminate in a one-man theater piece written and performed by Krakovsky, exploring Holocaust themes through a variation on the Jewish folklore of the Wise Men of Chelm.

Diego Javier Luis is a senior double majoring in Creative Writing and History. His honors thesis in history, entitled “Francisco López de Gómara’s Cortés: Grand Narrative of a New World Alexander,” traces the classical structures present in López de Gómara’s historical biography of Cortés and magnum opus, Historia de la conquista de México. Luis’s intertextual analysis leads him to find comparative literary commemorations of Alexander in Cortés. He argues that López de Gómara’s critics, namely the humanist Bartolomé de las Casas and Bernal Díaz del Castillo, realized the significance of the representation of Cortés as a classical hero. Condemning criticism from the aforementioned critics and others, as well as a royal ban on printing and sale of his text in Castille, attempted to silence López de Gómara’s writing. However, Historia’s eloquent romanticization of Cortés lives on today and drives canonical Eurocentric narratives even in the wake of the quincentenary of Columbus’s voyage to the Americas.

Blake Mayes is a senior majoring in Religion with a minor in Community Building and Social Change. For his senior honors thesis, Mayes spent the summer conducting an ethnographic study of four ecumenical monasteries in Western Europe. Inspired by Thomas Merton’s vision for an ecumenical post-Vatican II monasticism, Mayes’ thesis asks if these ecumenical communities may have discovered forms of monastic practice that are able to transcend traditional denominational barriers. His work examines the ritual spaces, economic engines, and social justice commitments that sustain the communities. More specifically, he is seeking to discern if a common theological vision emerges from each community’s common life.    
Madeline Melnick is a senior in the College majoring in English and German Studies. She has studied abroad with Emory’s summer program in Vienna and at Trinity College in Dublin, and the experiences in these cities cemented her love for 20th century art and the works of James Joyce. For her honors thesis she is researching the aesthetics of Modernist collage as a framework for understanding both the form and content of Ulysses. Her approach incorporates art criticism, genre theory, analyses of material culture, and close examination of the source text as well as the collage practice of Kurt Schwitters. As a participant in the English Department’s 4+1 B.A./M.A. program, she hopes to supplement her thesis next year with a digital humanities project that will increase accessibility to and legibility of Joyce’s most famous novel. 

Fiona O’Carroll
 is a senior double majoring in History and French. Her honors thesis research in U.S. History focuses on the late 19th and early 20th century anti-suffrage movement. From 1868 to 1920, the most active, organized opposition to woman suffrage came from women. What beliefs, values, and concerns led anti-suffragists (popularly known as “antis”) to form the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage? What ideas and arguments did antis put forward in publications such as “The True Woman” and “The Woman’s Protest”? Working under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Allitt, Fiona hopes that her answers to these questions will contribute to historians’ understanding of conservative women and antifeminist movements in American history.

Hannah Smagh is a junior double majoring in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Anthropology.  Her research focuses on Mediterranean Archaeology and she is continuing research on the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace, Greece with Dr. Bonna Wescoat of Emory’s Art History Department.  Smagh has worked with Dr. Wescoat and colleagues from the Louvre Museum on the conservation and restoration of the Winged Victory of Samothrace last year and she is now beginning her own research.  Using comparanda from other contemporary sanctuaries and the architectural plans for the sacred buildings on Samothrace, she will research possible reconstructions for the initiation rites of the sanctuary’s cult.  These reconstructions will be instrumental in the understanding of the sanctuary and the movement of peoples throughout the Ancient Greek world.

Abigail Weisberger is a senior double majoring in German Studies and Philosophy. Her research examines two German-Jewish autobiographies, Walter Benjamin’s Berlin Childhood around 1900 (1938) and Gershom Scholem’s From Berlin to Jerusalem (1977), focusing on the construction of space in Jewish social life. In their representations of their Berlin upbringings, the intersections of space and time constitute the Jewish identities of these authors. The purpose of this study is to show how the interplay of space, memory, and identity, both individual and collective, reveals Jewish reactions to and conceptualizations of their own marginality in a period of rupture.

James Zainaldin is a senior studying philosophy and the classics. At the Fox Center he will complete his senior thesis. James’s thesis, under the direction of Prof. Garth Tissol of the Classics Department, examines the philosophic concept of education in the writings of Plato and Cicero. Specifically, it explores education’s relationship to its cultural and political context, asking questions like: What sort of political responsibility does the educated individual have? When (if ever) is deception in education legitimate? To what extent ought poetry and rhetoric be incorporated into/excluded from educational curricula? Education is, by nature, a broadly interdisciplinary enterprise, and so too is its study; in his thesis, James hopes to clarify what sort of stake education has in the society in which it is rooted.


2012-2013 Fox Fellows


Elizabeth Goodstein is Associate Professor in The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. A cultural theorist whose first book, Experience without Qualities: Boredom and Modernity (Stanford University Press, 2005; paperback 2008), was awarded the MLA Prize for a First Book and the German Studies Association/DAAD Book Prize, she is also affiliated with the Departments of Comparative Literature, History, and Philosophy.  A Humboldt alumna and past fellow at the American Academy of Berlin, she will be completing Georg Simmel as Modernist Philosopher at the Fox Center.  Drawing attention to the continuing vitality of Simmel’s contributions as philosopher, sociologist, and path-breaking cultural theorist, Georg Simmel as Modernist Philosopher aims to disclose new possibilities for cultural theory in the present. 

Mary Odem
 is Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her areas of specialization are immigration and ethnicity, and women and gender in modern U.S. History.  Her current research examines Latin American immigration to the U.S. South.  She has written and edited several books and numerous articles on these subjects, including Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the U.S. (1995);Confronting Rape and Sexual Assault (1998); “Subaltern Immigrants: Undocumented Workers and National Belonging in the U.S.,” Interventions (2008); and Latino Immigration and the Transformation of the U.S. South (2009).  While at the Fox Center she plans to complete a book on Latin American immigration to metropolitan Atlanta.  

Brian Vick
 is Associate Professor of History.  In several articles and in his first book, Defining Germany: The 1848 Frankfurt Parliamentarians and National Identity (Harvard University Press, 2002), his work has focused on questions of nationalism, liberalism, historicism, and ideas of race.  While at the Fox Center, Vick will complete his new book on the Congress of Vienna of 1814-1815 and European political culture after Napoleon.  The work explores such issues as the political engagement of women, the role of religious revival, and the jockeying for public opinion in the press, celebratory spectacle, and commemorative material culture by both governmental and non-governmental actors.

Debra Vidali 
is Associate Professor of Anthropology.  Vidali's main interests focus on public sphere theory, media ethnography, the relations between media and publics, and the circulation of discourse.  In addition, Vidali has published widely (as Spitulnik) on issues of methodology and critical epistemology at the intersection of anthropology and media studies, and at the intersection of sociocultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology.  While at the Center, Vidali will work on her book entitled Re-Generation:  Public Sphere Engagement and Micro-Processes of Mediation.  The book is based on Vidali’s ethnographic research with over 90 young adults in Atlanta, as well as her experiences as a public scholar in bringing this research to the theatrical stage and wider audiences.


Julie Phillips Brown
 (M.F.A., Ph.D., Cornell University) specializes in contemporary poetry and poetics. Her work as a painter, poet, and graphic designer informs her research, which focuses on multi-dimensional and multi-media poetry, visual art, and digital technology. Her current book project, Tactual Poïesis: Material Translation in Contemporary Women’s Poetry, examines visual and tactile innovations in works by Susan Howe, Cecilia Vicuña, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Ann Hamilton, and Pamela Z.


John Michael Corrigan
 (Ph.D., University of Toronto) specializes in American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His first book, American Metempsychosis: Emerson, Whitman, and the New Poetry (Fordham University Press, 2012), shows how reincarnation was being used as an early modern template for evolution, a model that combined mystical notions of ascent with an emerging awareness of historical progression and adaptation. His current project examines the structure of violence in William Faulkner’s prose novels, especially in his most prolific period from 1929 to the end of following decade. 

Erich Nunn
 (Ph.D., University of Virginia) specializes in American Studies, with an emphasis on the literature and culture of the U.S. South.  While at the Fox Center, he will finish his book manuscript, Sounding the Color Line: Race and Cultural Dissonance. The project explores the ways that discourses of racial identity and musical authenticity structure literary and cultural production in the twentieth century, interrogating the push-pull between segregationist cultural logics on the one hand and the racial border crossing of musical forms and performances on the other.

Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar 
(Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a cultural anthropologist interested in migration and diaspora, Islam and religious conversion, historical memory, human rights, and gender and feminist theory, with geographic specialization in Mediterranean Europe and North Africa. At Emory, she will be preparing a book manuscript about encounters between Moroccan migrant Muslims, European convert Muslims, and non-Muslims in southern Spain.  The book explores how people mobilize narratives of Spain’s Muslim history in order to make sense of renewed religious pluralism today, with complex political implications for Muslim inclusion in contemporary Spain. She is also the book review editor for the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. 

Candidates of the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Gil Ben-Herut
 (Graduate Division of Religion) is completing his dissertation, "Sainthood in the Making: The South Indian Shaiva Movement in Thirteenth-Century Kannada Literature." His project explores religious and social dispositions in the nascent devotional Shaiva movement in the Kannada-speaking regions as expressed by a hagiographical corpus from the early thirteenth century.  His dissertation treats this literary culture as mediating between antithetical elements: temple culture versus personal devotionalism, equalitarianism versus sectarianism, and traditional poetics versus non-elite oral cultures. 

Luke Donahue
 (Comparative Literature) is completing his dissertation, "The Annihilation of Romanticism: Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats.”  Reading romanticism as the advent of the major concerns of poststructuralist thought and its assertion of the impossibility of final ends, Donahue asks whether the figures of absolute annihilation that permeate romantic discourses are monstrous figures or hopeful ones, whether they are alibis or promises, and whether they should be contextualized and exposed for what they are or whether they should guide our thought today.  

Kira Walsh
 (Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts) is completing her dissertation, "From Mars to Oprah," which explores issues of authenticity, authorship, and originality through case studies of the phenomenon of "cryptomnesia," or unconscious plagiarism. The dissertation draws on and contributes to the history of science, feminist science studies, psychoanalysis, and psychology to consider how expectations of objects and evidence shift in relation to cryptomnesia over time. During her time at the Fox Center, Walsh will also work to outline an extension of the dissertation that focuses on the history of books--frequently "forgotten" in case studies of cryptomnesia--as objects of cultural permanence and impermanence.

Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE), Undergraduate Humanities Honors, 
and Dean's Undergraduate Humanities
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Max Ashton
 (Departments of English and Classics), a senior in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, assists Dr. James Morey in the English Department with his edition of the seven extant Middle English translations of St. Jerome’s Abbreviated Psalter by searching for and investigating evidence of exegetical influence by ecclesiastical scholars from Late Antiquity through the later Middle Ages. He is also producing a commentary arguing the primary authority behind the composition of a unique and currently unstudied abbreviated Psalter.  His honors thesis considers three obscure Late Latin poems as possible source material for the Old English poem The Phoenix.   Advisor: James Morey

Steffi Delcourt
 is a senior in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, double-majoring in English and Psychology. She is currently working on an honors thesis that examines creativity’s function within utopias and dystopias. By comparing how creativity is portrayed and utilized within the societies in Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and Walden Two, she will explore what creativity’s true role is in this genre, and specifically if it is a desta bilizing force that works against organized society or if it is an essential part of human nature that utopias and dystopias fail to account for. When she’s not immersed in utopias and dystopias, she is devouring anything to Arthurianliterature. 
Advisor: John M. Bugge

Zachary Domach
 (BA/MA candidate in Classics-History and Music) is completing his thesis “Classical Literature and Christian Teaching: Greek and Roman Receptions in early Christian Education and Moral Traditions.” The thesis branches history, classics, religion, patristics, and philosophy to investigate how Greek and Roman concepts were transmitted to Christianity in Late Antiquity; it also considers the reactions to such appropriations among pagan aristocrats and philosophers. Domach specifically examines gnomic literature such as the Sentences of Sextus and Distichs of Cato, parallels between Cynicism and ascetic thought in early monasticism, and the writings of highly educated Christian Fathers such as Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, and John Chrysostom. Advisor: Judith Evans-Grubbs

Hyeok Hweon Kang
 is a senior in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. Double majoring in history and music, he has pursued research under the guidance of historian Dr. Tonio Andrade and ethnomusicologist Dr. Tongsoon Lee. His honors thesis, tentatively titled "A Korean Military Revolution? Revisiting Late Chosŏn as a Gunpowder Kingdom," was inspired in fall 2009 when he worked with Dr. Andrade through the SIRE partners program. His research strives to answer why and how the Western powers rose to global dominance in the modern era, by comparing the development of gunpowder technology and firearms military tactics in Europe and East Asia. This spring at the Fox Center, he will examine the socio-political ramifications of adopting gunpowder technology in Chosŏn Korea during the seventeenth century.   Advisor: Tonio Andrade

Hannah Kim
 is a senior in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Philosophy and English. First encountering the philosophy of time and eternity in St. Augustine’sConfessions in spring 2011, Hannah has since pursued this topic in Hegel’s Science of Logic, contemporary analytic philosophy, and medieval philosophy. She is currently working on her honors thesis, which looks at the relationship between metaphysics and moral philosophy. Based on a belief that with knowledge comes certain imperatives, she will investigate in her thesis the nature of time and eternity, and how only with temporality arises the possibility for co-creation, participation, and moral agency.  
Advisor: Frederic Marcus

Ping Chu Lin 
(Departments of Philosophy and French Studies) is a senior in the Emory College Honors Program. He is currently working on his honors thesis, “Hegel’s Absolute Knowledge.”  His project attempts to answer the question: how is the Hegelian Absolute, absolute? He believes the master key to this question is Hegel’s conception of the true infinity [das wahrhafte unendliche] in his Science of Logic, and Chinese philosopher Laozi’s [老子] thinking about Dao in his Tao Te Ching [道德經].    
Advisor: Donald Verene

Natalie Marshman
 (Departments of English and French) is working on her thesis in English Literature. Her project focuses on D.H. Lawrence's reinvention of the love story within the context of World War I in the novels The Rainbow and Women In Love. She is examining Lawrence's model of love as a reaction to the wartime violence of the time period. Her project also incorporates Freud's psychoanalytical theory in Beyond The Pleasure Principle and Civilization and Its Discontents. This spring at the Fox Center, she will examine both Lawrence and Freud's theories of psychoanalysis and their influence on Lawrence's model of desire.  Advisor: Erwin Rosinberg

Mia Schatz
 is a senior in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in History. Inspired by the late historian Eric Hobsbawm’s argument for the contemporary relevance of Marxism, her honors project focuses on the world of post-Second World War British Marxist intellectualism.  She examines the ideological crisis precipitated by the dual events of Khrushchev’s “secret speech” and the successive suppression of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. She is particularly interested in whether the decision to leave the Party or to remain loyal to the Soviet Union had a lasting effect on individual conceptions of Marxism.  In her project, she aims to understand how we might reconcile the enduring effects of Western conceptions of Marxism in both the intellectual and cultural realms with the tendency of contemporary historiography to reject Marxism altogether.  Advisor: Walter Adamson

Deborah Schlein
 (Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies) is working on her honors thesis in medieval Islamic history. Her project focuses on the portrayal of ‘Abbasid women in Muruj al-Dhahab, or The Meadows of Gold, a tenth-century historiographical text by the Muslim scholar al-Mas'udi. In order to shed light on his tolerance and respectful treatment of the other, she compares al-Mas’udi’s portrayal of slave girls, singers and dancers, as well as Caliph’s wives to Ibn al-Sa’i’s portrayal of these same women in his thirteenth century biographical dictionary Nisa’ al-Khulafa’, or The Women of the Caliphs.  Advisor: Devin Stewart


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

Bracht Branham teaches in the Departments of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Philosophy at Emory University. His books include The Bakhtin Circle and Ancient Narrative, ed. and intro. (Groningen: Barkhuis 2005). Bakhtin and the Classics, ed. and intro. (Evanston: Northwestern University Press 2002). Petronius’ Satyrica (with D. Kinney). English translation with introduction and commentary (Berkeley: University of California Press 1996; J.M. Dent in the UK; paperback by Everyman and University of California Press 1997). The Cynics: The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and Its Legacy, co-editor Goulet-Cazé (Berkeley: University of California Press 1996). Second Printing 1998. U. S. paperback edition (Berkeley 2000). His project for the coming year at the Fox Center is to complete Inventing the Novel: Mikhail Bakhtin and the Evolution of Fiction in Antiquity for Oxford University Press.

Roberto Franzosi is professor of Sociology and Linguistics at Emory University. Franzosi’s main interests have been in social protest (e.g., The Puzzle of Strikes, Cambridge University Press, 1994). He has had a long-standing interest in issues of language and measurement of text and narrative, with several articles published and three books From Words to Number (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Content Analysis (Sage, 2008), and Quantitative Narrative Analysis (Sage, 2010). He is currently working on two historical projects: the rise of Italian fascism (1919-22) and lynchings in Georgia (1870-1935). At the Center he will complete the book Trilogy of Rhetoric, on the rhetorical roots of three social science approaches to text: content analysis, frame analysis, quantitative narrative analysis.

Benjamin Reiss is Professor of English at Emory University, where he specializes in nineteenth-century American literature through the lenses of cultural studies, disability studies, and the history of medicine. He is the author of The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America (Harvard University Press, 2001; paperback ed. 2010) and Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2008), with recent articles on psychiatry and contemporary culture in Social Text, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and American Quarterly.  While at the FCHI, he will be working on a new book about sleeping in the modern world – braiding literary, philosophical, and scientific understandings of human sleep and its vicissitudes from the Enlightenment to the present.

Randall Strahan is professor of political science at Emory University.  He received a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia in 1986. He has held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies in Denmark. He is the author of two books:  New Ways and Means and Leading Representatives: The Agency of Leaders in the Politics of the U.S. House.  Current research interests include partisanship in contemporary American politics and the methodological foundations of Tocqueville’s political science.  In 2009 he was awarded the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University's highest award for teaching excellence. 


Bartholomew Brinkman (Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois) specializes in modern poetry, print culture, and digital humanities. He has recently published articles in Modernism/modernity, Journal of Modern Literature, and Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, and is co-editor of the Modern American Poetry Site (MAPS).  While at the Fox Center he will be completing his current book manuscript, “Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print,” which argues for the importance of book collecting and scrapbooking on the production and understanding of modern Anglo-American poetry.  


Natalia Cecire (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) specializes in American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her current book project, "Experimental: American Literature and the Aesthetics of Knowledge, 1880-1950," draws on feminist history and philosophy of science in theorizing "experimental" writing as a epistemologically oriented literary mode that cuts across naturalism, modernism, and the avant-garde. Other areas of interest include childhood, media theory, and visual culture. She is also a managing editor for the digital salon Arcade (

Darren E. Grem (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is a U.S. historian who comes to the Fox Center after a year as a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University.  His research and teaching interests include politics, business, religion, and popular culture, with particular interest in American conservatism.  While at the Fox Center, he will continue preparing his book manuscript, The Blessings of Business: Corporate America and the Rise of Conservative Evangelicalism, which explores how conservative evangelicals strategically used corporate America – its leaders, businesses, money, ideas, and values – to advance their religious and political aspirations in the twentieth century.   

Angie Heo (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is an anthropologist of religion, specializing in public cultures of imagination, media technologies, and religious minority politics in the Arab Middle East.  Since 2004, she has conducted fieldwork in greater Cairo, with particular focus on modern forms of Christian imagery in Egypt. Her interests include the politics of public religion, as well as histories and theories of signs, visual sensibility, and material aesthetics.  At the Fox Center, she is preparing a manuscript that explores the popular dynamics of Coptic Orthodoxy in relation to broader fields of majority-minority politics and national public culture.


Candidates of the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Elizabeth Bouldin (Department of History) is completing her dissertation, “'Chosen Vessels': Protestant Women Prophets and the Language of Election in the Early Modern British Atlantic.” Her project examines expressions of election, or chosenness, among more than one hundred women who claimed to speak for God as prophets. “Chosen Vessels” contends that how women prophets negotiated discourses on election was key to how they worked out their own beliefs about their elect status. More broadly, it was also central to how women shaped ideas about the role of election in the lives of individuals and communities in the diverse religious environment of the Atlantic world.

Angela LaGrotteria (Department of Women's Studies) is completing her dissertation “Engendering Regions in Contemporary Novels of Appalachia and the U.S. Southwest." Examining narratives in which Appalachia and the Southwest are juxtaposed as sites of origin and relocation, she critically traces transformations of women's identities and community allegiances in each region.  These complex intersections of gender and region, as they are inflected by race and class, challenge binaries of essentialism versus social construction.  "Engendering Regions" conveys how women's narratives portray emerging individual and communal identities that are tied to local places yet resist traditional gender stereotypes.

Christine McCulloch (Department of English) is completing her dissertation, “‘A Profane Miracle’: Modernity and the Accident in American Literature and Film, 19251934.”  Foregrounding the automobile accident as one of the most significant—and strangely ubiquitous—tropes in both media, her project explores the site of the crash as the site of newly convergent philosophical, eschatological, and aesthetic paradigms that emphasize chance, accident, and contingency as the predominant conditions of modern art and experience.

Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) and Humanities Honors Fellowships
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Kirsten Cooper (Department of History, Dance and Movement Studies Program) is working on her honors thesis in early-modern European history, titled “A Rivalry Ended? France and Austria during the Diplomatic Revolution and Seven Years War.”  She examines diplomatic correspondence for evidence of how national perceptions of the two powers were influenced by the alliance of 1756, and the long tradition of enmity which preceded this diplomatic revolution.   Advisor: James Melton, History

William (Will) Eye (Departments of Philosophy and Music), is working on his honors thesis titled “Toward Universality; the Natural Law Foundations of Human Rights.”  The project focuses on the philosophical justifications of international human rights legislation, defending its moral authority in response to the argument from cultural relativism.  In addition, he has traveled with the International Human Rights Exchange to Johannesburg, South Africa, to better understand the idea of human rights in theory and practice.  Advisor: Thomas Flynn, Philosophy

Andrew Hull (Departments of Philosophy and Classics) is a senior in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, working on his honors thesis tentatively titled "For the Truth Must be Told: The Seventh Platonic Epistle and the Mystery of the Philosophic Digression." He has also helped research and co-edit a commentary on Plato's Parmenides with Professor Richard Patterson.  His thesis focuses on the 7th letter ascribed to Plato and will include a translation, critical commentary, and essay examining the authenticity of so-called "Philosophic Digression" contained in the letter.  Advisor: Louise Pratt, Classics

Hyeok Hweon (Kevin) Kang (Departments of Music and History) is a junior in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. Double majoring in history and music, he has pursued research under the guidance of historian Dr. Tonio Andrade and ethnomusicologist Dr. Tongsoon Lee. His current project is titled “Korean Military Innovations: Influence of Manchu Cavalry on Firearms Development.” While at the Fox Center, he will examine the influences of Korean defeats to Manchu cavalry in the early 17th century on the development of firearms and infantry-based warfare in Korea.   Advisor: Tonio Andrade, History

Anda Lopazan (Department of Art History) is working on her honors thesis “For the Love of Art: Art Crime as a Response to the Cultural and Social Elements of Art.” Her interest in art crime began her sophomore year, when a conservator and visiting lecturer revealed many tricks used by forgers to fool some of the world’s most renowned museums. Since then she’s been researching how theft, looting, forging, and slashing are conditioned responses to art and the portrayal of art affected by crime in our society.  Advisor: Sarah McPhee, Art History

Melissa Mair (Department of Art History and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program) is working on her honors thesis, “The Transformation of a Goddess: An Evaluation of the Art found in the places of worship of the Goddess Isis throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World.” By evaluating the changes in the artistic depictions of Isis as the cult spread from Egypt to the rest of the Mediterranean, she is able to investigate the ways different cultures adapted the cult for their own purposes, both political and social. Her ultimate goal is to use art as a lens to view the cultural realities of religion in the ancient Mediterranean World. Melissa hopes to continue to study Egypt and Egypt’s connections to the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world after she graduates by pursuing a graduate degree in Egyptology.
Advisor: Gay Robins, Art History     
Grant Mannion (Department of History) is a senior in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. His thesis involves religion in the Civil War-era south, specifically how Southern clergy perceived the defeat of the Confederacy, as well as their role as contributors to the Lost Cause mythology. His current project represents an intersection of his interest in nineteenth-century Southern social and religious history. A previous work of his, Between Piety and Paganism: Peasant Religiosity in Late Imperial Russia, explores the religiosity of the Russian peasantry; it will be published in the Emory Undergraduate Research Journal fall 2011.   Advisor: James Roark, History 

Madhavi Seth (Department of Philosophy) is working on her honors thesis, “Exploring Friendship, Past and Present: A Comparative Analysis of Friendship in Aristotle’s Nicromachean Ethics and Social Networking Sites (SNSes),” which explores the extent to which Aristotle’s notions of friendship, as outlined in his Nicomachean Ethics, are applicable to those of Friendships manifested through Social Networking Sites, notably Facebook and Google Plus (G+).    Advisor: Ann Hartle, Philosophy     


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

Deepika Bahri is Associate Professor in the English Department at Emory University. She is the author of Native Intelligence: Aesthetics, Politics, and Postcolonial Literature and editor of Between the Lines: South Asians and Postcoloniality, Realms of Rhetoric: Inquiries into the Prospects of Rhetoric Education, and Empire and Racial Hybridity, a special issue of the journal, South Asian Review. While at the Fox Center she will be completing her manuscript on the representation of racial hybrids in postcolonial literature.

Sandra Blakely is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Director of the Program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies.  Her research focuses on the anthropology and archaeology of Greek religion, drawing on comparative ethnography and models from the social sciences.  Her publications include Myth, Ritual and Metallurgy in Ancient Greece and Recent Africa (Cambridge UP 2006), and Ancient Mysteries, Modern Secrets (Electronic Antiquity), a collection of papers from ethnographers and classicists on the social practices of secrecy. While at the Fox Center, her project is Seafaring and the Sacred: Mediterranean Networks and the Cult of the Great Gods of Samothrace, applying network models to the mystery cult of the Great Gods of Samothrace. 

Yayoi Uno Everett is Associate Professor in Music. Her research focuses on the analysis of postwar art music through the perspectives of cultural studies, film studies, literary theories, semiotics, and East Asian aesthetics. She is the author of The Music of Louis Andriessen (Cambridge University Press, 2006), co-editor of Locating East Asia in Western Art Music (Wesleyan University Press, 2004), and has published articles on music by Toru Takemitsu, Kaija Saariaho, György Ligeti, John Adams, Toshio Hosokawa, and Chou Wen-Chung. At the Fox Center she will be working on a monograph entitled Reconfiguring War and Myths: Contemporary Operas by Golijov, Saariaho, John Adams, and Tan Dun (under review by Indiana University Press).  She is currently President of Music Theory Southeast.

Jeffrey Lesser
 is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History and Director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University.  His research focuses on ethnicity and national identity in Brazil.  He is the author of A Discontented Diaspora: Japanese-Brazilians and the Meanings of Ethnic Militancy, 1960-1980 (Duke University Press, 2007), Negotiating National Identity: Minorities, Immigrants and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil (Duke University Press, 1999), and Welcoming the Undesirables: Brazil and the Jewish Question (University of California Press, 1994).   While at the Fox Center he will be completing a new book entitled Becoming Brazilian:  A History of Immigration, Ethnicity and National Identity (Cambridge University Press).

Carol Newsom is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion. Her research focuses largely on Second Temple Judaism. She has been a member of the international team of editors for the Dead Sea Scrolls, translating and publishing several major texts in the Discoveries in the Judean Desert series (Oxford University Press, 1998-2009), as well as a monograph on the Qumran sect entitled The Self as Symbolic Space (Brill, 2004). In addition, her research has focused on the book of Job, including the monograph The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations (Oxford University Press, 2003). At the Fox Center she will be focusing on the representations of good and evil in the wisdom, mythic, and apocalyptic traditions of Israelite and early Jewish thought.


Danielle Bobker (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is an Assistant Professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal.  Her interests include satire and sensibility in eighteenth-century British literature, and histories and theories of sexuality and sociability.  She is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled “Liminal Intimacies: Closets, Carriages, and the British Social Imagination, 1650-1770.”  The project explores the variety of tenuous bonds associated with peripheral private spaces in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and culture, arguing that such relationships were especially interesting to writers coming to terms with an expanding print market.

Amy Gansell (Ph.D., Harvard University) is an art historian specializing in Ancient Near Eastern visual and material culture.  She most recently taught art history at George Washington University.  Her areas of scholarly interest include aesthetics, figural representation, costume, decorative arts, and landscape.  While at the Fox Center she will be preparing a book manuscript entitled “The Beautiful Women of Ancient Assyria” illuminating the significance of women and female imagery in the royal courts of northern Mesopotamia during the early first millennium BCE.

Ross Melnick (Ph.D., UCLA) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. His research and teaching interests include media industries, media convergence, film exhibition, globalization, silent film, early radio, 1970s film and television, moving image journalism, and media and material culture. At the Fox Center, he will continue his work on a book manuscript, “When Expansion Was Paramount,” which examines how Paramount, Fox, and Loew’s/MGM operated motion picture theaters around the world and exported their American exhibition personnel, architects, and presentation methods to South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia between 1925 and 1975.


Amanda Golden (Ph.D., University of Washington) is an Acting Instructor at the University of Washington. She is completing the book manuscript, Annotating Modernism: The Reading and Teaching Strategies of Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, and Anne Sexton. This study addresses mid-century poets’ libraries and teaching notes as a resource for tracing the history and reception of Anglo-American modernism. She co-edited Virginia Woolf Miscellany’s special issue on Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath (2007) and recently published in Plath Profiles (2009). With David Trinidad, she is also editing the essay collection, “This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton (2011)  

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Lori Leavell (Department of English) is completing her dissertation, “Imagining a Future South: David Walker’s Appeal and Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature.” Her project uncovers evidence for the widespread impact of David Walker's Appeal (1829) by mapping how its rhetorical effort to catalyze fear of black violence was implemented by white and black authors. Situating this anti-slavery pamphlet at the heart of nineteenth-century southern literary history, "Imagining a Future South" illuminates submerged cross-racial and cross-regional dialogues about the correspondences among southern futurity, rhetoric, and affect.

Davis Hankins (Graduate Division of Religion) is completing his dissertation, “'Wisdom will Die with You': Job and the Limits of Wisdom.” With help especially from certain philosophical and psychoanalytic resources, his project re-examines the common conception of the book of Job as indicative of a crisis in ancient Israel's wisdom tradition. He raises ethical questions throughout that advance toward a final intervention into the enthusiastic embrace of ethics in recent biblical criticism, especially in scholarship on wisdom literature.

Emily Kader (Department of English) is completing her dissertation, “Surviving Folklore: Oral and Literary Folk Traditions from Ireland.”  Her project positions the Irish oral tradition within a transnational body of texts in order to challenge nationalist folklore canons, revealing the oral tradition to be a locus of cultural hybridity and exchange rather than a homogenous symbol of national essence.  By examining the political assumptions and desires of folklore collectors from Ireland, Britain, and the Appalachian Mountains, “Surviving Folklore” conveys the importance of often-overlooked Irish folk forms and the movement of these texts across cultural and national borders.   


Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Jungmin Cho is a sophomore in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. While her proposed majors are Business and International Studies, her interest in philosophy and music has led her to pursue a research opportunity in neuroesthetics. Her project, under the guidance of Dr. Richard Patterson of the Philosophy Department, began in Summer 2010, with the support of the Scholastic Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) Summer Research Partnership Program. Her research, concerning human music and visual art cognition from a philosopher's perspective, asks the question: What role, if at all, does the mirror neuron system play in the human response to music and visual art? This fall at the Fox Center, she will take a closer look at the neural basis of the human experience of visual art and its possible implications.

Patrick Jamieson (Department of History) is a senior in Emory College of Arts and Sciences.  His thesis, “‘ The Delicacy of the Subject’: Creating a Proslavery Argument at Antebellum Emory”, explores the ideological defense of slavery at Emory College between 1834 and 1861.  His research shows that Emory remained a dynamic environment for proslavery thought from the time of its founding to the beginning of the Civil War and is overseen by Dr. Leslie Harris.


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

Valérie Loichot is Associate Professor of French. Her research focuses on Caribbean literature and postcolonial theory. She is the author of Orphan Narratives: The Postplantation Literatures of Faulkner, Glissant, Morrison, and Saint-John Perse (University of Virginia Press, 2007). She has published numerous essays on Caribbean literature and culture, Southern literature, race and slavery, creolization theory, transatlantic studies, and food studies. While at the Fox Center she will be completing her book manuscript entitled “Kitchen History: Food and Creolization in Guadeloupe, Martinique, and the Black Atlantic.”

Karen Stolley is Associate Professor of Spanish. She is the author of El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes: un itinerario crítico (1992), a chapter on “Narrative Forms, Scholarship and Learning in the XVIII Century” in the Cambridge History of Latin American Literature (1992), and essays on colonial and eighteenth-century Spanish American literature. While at the Fox Center she will be working on a book on the rewriting of colonial topics in eighteenth-century Spanish American narrative.

Regina E. Werum is Associate Professor of Sociology and also holds associated faculty status in the Departments of African American Studies and Women's Studies.  Her research interests revolve largely around educational policy and practices, and how these relate to social inequalities in educational outcomes (race, gender).  She has published widely, both in top Sociology journals (Social Forces, Sociology of Education) as well as in highly regarded interdisciplinary journals (Social Science History, American Journal of Education). While at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Dr. Werum will continue work on a project that examines changing home schooling policies in the United States, between 1972 and 2007.

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham is Associate Professor of Political Science. Her research focuses on social movements and contentious politics in the Middle East and the broader Muslim world. She is the author of Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism and Political Change in Egypt (Columbia University Press, 2002) as well as several articles. From 2004-2008, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the U.S. Institute of Peace, Wickham conducted research over the course of six trips to the Middle East for a new book on the causes and dynamics of Islamist movement change. At the Fox Center, Wickham plans to complete the writing, which will provide a narrative theoretical account of how, why and to what extent Islamist opposition groups in the Arab world have begun to move away from their anti-system past.


James Mulholland (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is an Assistant Professor of English at Wheaton College, Massachusetts. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in ELH, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, and Oral Tradition. His current research project, entitled Sounds In Ink: Making Poetic Voice in Eighteenth-Century Britain, focuses on the connection between oral culture and the emergence of eighteenth-century print experiments with poetic voice. He argues that poetic voice acquires coherence as a modern concept when authors strive to imitate the immediacy of traditional oral performance.


Christina B. Hanhardt (Ph.D., New York University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and a core faculty member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her interests include queer theory, critical race theory, urban studies, the history of social movements, and cultural geography. At the Fox Center, she will be working on her book manuscript about the  relationship between LGBT activism against violence and the race- and class-stratified city in the United States since the mid-1960s, entitled “Safe Space: The Sexual and City Politics of Violence.”

Benjamin Kahan (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is an Assistant Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. His research and teaching interests include gender and sexuality studies, American literature, international modernism, poetry and poetics, and psychoanalysis. He is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled “Modern American Celibacies, 1886-1969” which charts a history and theory of celibacy. This project examines celibacy both as a social form in modern America and as a central model for literary production within modernism. Kahan argues that celibacy enriches and recasts the histories of homosexuality, the women’s movement, and modernism.

Paul Stephens (Ph.D., Columbia University) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard College. He specializes in twentieth-century American poetry, cultural studies, and the history of literary criticism. While at the Fox Center, he will be at work on two book manuscripts: the first of these, “ The Rhetoric of Literary Experiment”, examines the relation of poetry to rhetoric in the context of twentieth-century American poetics debates; the second, “Minima Temporalia,” adopts experimental prose forms in order to address ideologies of time management within contemporary society.  

Candidates of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University  

Jennifer L. Brady (Department of English) is completing her dissertation, “Directed Reading, Directed Writing: Textual Engagements in Antebellum America.” Her project undertakes a case study of sentimental fiction and its readers in antebellum America to provide a historical and theoretical account of affective reading, which is characterized by its preoccupation with the production and utility of emotion. By using the historical distance of an earlier period to see the experience of reading and its emotional valences anew, “Directed Reading, Directed Writing” defamiliarizes reading pleasure in order to reveal the scaffolding that makes it possible.

Andrew Ryder (Department of Comparative Literature) is completing his dissertation, "Georges Bataille and a Materialist Ethics of Experience." Responding to the ethical turn in the humanities, he re-reads Bataille's work in order to intervene in contemporary debates regarding responsibility and singularity in psychoanalytic, phenomenological, and literary contexts. A critique of the tendency towards idealism, which covers up the radicality of an ethical encounter, is central to the project. Thorough engagements with the positions of Kojève, Heidegger, Freud, Lacan, and Levinas are included.

Angela Willey (Department of Women’s Studies) is completing her dissertation, “'Science Says She’s Gotta Have It': Monogamy, Non-monogamy, and Biomedical Discourse.” Drawing on feminist critiques of monogamy and feminist science studies, Angie’s dissertation analyzes the normalization of monogamy through processes of naturalization and how those processes are marked by assumptions about the binary and analogous nature of difference. She explores contemporary neuro-genetics, mid-19th century phrenology, and popular polyamory literature as critical sites for the biologization of monogamy.

Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Haley Steed is an undergraduate student in the Art History Department.  She is working on a senior thesis about Pirro Ligorio's 1561 map of ancient Rome.  The Michael C. Carlos Museum owns a copy of the map, and as a recipient of the George P. Cuttino Grant, Haley has already visited other copies of the map at the British Museum in London.  She is currently writing about Ligorio's sources of information about the eternal city and how he paved the way for other mapmakers.

Alexis Yalon (Department of Women’s Studies) is completing her senior honors thesis, “Massive Failure: Fat Failed Subjectivity.” Her project focuses on how weight bias impacts the subjectivity of fat people. By examining several key sites of dieting culture, including reality television and Internet weight loss support communities, Alexis analyzes the ways in which dieting serves as a normative intervention into the expression of gender, race and ethnicity, and sexuality. She also explores the relationship between citizenship and fatness in the contemporary United States.


Raanan Rein is Director of The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, and Professor of Latin American and Spanish History at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Rein is one of the most renowned historians of twentieth century Argentine political history working today, and he is the only Israeli elected to Argentina’s Academia Nacional de la Historia. He has published books on Spanish-Argentine relations, on Peronism, and on the intersection of diplomatic relations and ethnic identity in Argentina. He has lectured and taught in a wide variety of institutions around the world including Russia, Cuba, the United States, and Brazil.


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

Hazel Gold is Associate Professor of Spanish and a core faculty member in the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. She is the author of The Reframing of Realism: Galdós and the Discourses of the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Novel (1993) as well as numerous articles on 19 th-21 st century Spain. Her scholarly interests include Spanish cultural studies, narrative theory, urban literature and film, and Jewish literature and culture of the Hispanic world. While at the Fox Center she will be working on “Writing as Postscript: Epistolary Discourse in Modern Spain.”

Eric L. Goldstein is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies. His research focus is American and modern Jewish history and culture. He is the author of The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity (2006), for which he received the Theodore Saloutos Prize in American Immigration and Ethnic History, the Saul Viener Prize in American Jewish History, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Choice Award. While at the Center, he will be working on "Turning A Page: How Yiddish-Speaking Immigrants to America Were Transformed Through Reading." 
Garth Tissol, Associate Professor of Classics, is the author of The Face of Nature:  Wit, Narrative, and Cosmic Origins in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (1997) and co-editor of Defining Genre and Gender in Latin Literature: Essays Presented to William S. Anderson on His Seventy-Fifth Birthday (2005).  He has also published on Virgil and on John Dryden’s translations of Latin poetry.  While at the Center, he will work on a commentary on Ovid’s Epistulae ex Ponto, Book 1.

Michele B. Reid (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Georgia State University where she specializes in the African Diaspora in Latin America and Atlantic World history.  Her interests include race and gender relations, slavery and freedom, identity, and immigration in nineteenth-century Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America.  Her project at the Fox Center explores comparative black emigration in the Americas to illuminate how free people of African descent linked emigration, resistance, and equality during the age of revolution.

Rivka Swenson (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is the author of published and forthcoming articles on Susanna Centlivre (paratextual gender instability), Eliza Haywood (optical theory and narrative practice), and, drawing on her current project, Jane Barker (genre politics) and Tobias Smollett (diaspora and literary form). Her project engages aesthetic politics in popular and literary culture during a long British 18th century that begins with the 1707 Act of Union of England, Scotland, and Wales. It argues that formal and iconic experimentation in prose narratives by Daniel Defoe, Jane Barker, Tobias Smollett, Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson, and Susan Ferrier limns the tensions between forms of progress, restoration, integration, and fragmentation that structure competing narratives of Britishness.


David Caplan is Associate Professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has published Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form (2004; paperback, 2006) and Poetic Form: An Introduction (2005). A collection of his poems, In the World He Created According to His Will, is scheduled to be published in 2010. While at the Center, he will work on Rhyme's Challenge.

Candidates of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

E. Regina Helfrich (Department of Philosophy) is completing her dissertation, "Solidarity across Sexual Identities: Expanding the Category of the Human." Engaging with the work of Judith Butler, Martha Nussbaum, and Maria Lugones, her dissertation confronts the issue of who is understood in practical terms, through social behaviors, to be a person possessing human dignity. Focusing on issues of sexual identity, she elaborates a social practice of "solidarity" that performatively expands the notion of who counts as human.

Philip Misevich (Department of History) is completing his dissertation, "A 'Freetown' at What Cost: Abolition and the Growth of the Slave and Produce Trades in the Southern Sierra Leone Hinterland, 1787-1900," which explores how the establishment of Britain's first West African colony affected commercial, social and political developments in the region's interior.  His research demonstrates the vital role that rural regions play in the growth of large urban centers and examines the impact of antislavery initiatives at the regional and local levels in West Africa.


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

Harvey Klehr is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History. His research focuses on American radicalism and Soviet espionage in the United States. His most recent books, co-authored with John Haynes, are Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (2000), In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage (2003), and Early Cold War Spies (2006). He currently serves on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. While at the Center, he will work on "The Vassiliev Archive: KGB Espionage in the United States."

Judith A. Miller, Associate Professor, Department of History, is the author of Mastering the Market: The State and the Grain Trade in Northern France, 1700-1860 (1998) and co-editor of Taking Liberties: The Problems of a New Order in France, 1794-1804 (2002) with Howard G. Brown. Professor Miller is a Chevalier in the French Ordre des Palmes Académiques. While at the Fox Center, she will be working on "The Political Uses of Fear in the Late French Revolution, 1794-1815."

Laurie L. Patton is Professor of Early Indian Religions in the Department of Religion. She has conducted extensive research in Pune, Maharashtra, for the book she will be working on, Grandmother Language: Women and Sanskrit in Maharashtra and Beyond. Her scholarly interests include the interpretation of early Indian ritual and narrative, comparative mythology, literary theory in the study of religion, and women and Hinduism in contemporary India. Her translation of the Bhagavad Gita is forthcoming.

Polly J. Price, Professor of Law, is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, and holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in American History from Emory. She has taught torts, legal methods, American legal history, and Latin American legal systems. The author of numerous articles as well as a book, Property Rights, Professor Price will use her FCHI fellowship to complete a biography of the late Judge Richard S. Arnold, Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rebecca R. Stone, Associate Professor in the Art History Department and Faculty Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas in the Michael C. Carlos Museum. She has published Art of the Andes from Chavín to Inca (1996), and Seeing with New Eyes: Highlights of the Michael C. Carlos Museum Collection of Art of the Ancient Americas (2002). Professor Stone’s research focuses on the role of shamanic visions in ancient Central and South American art and architecture and she is writing a book to be entitled Flowers in the Dark: Visions and the Artistic Enterprise in Ancient Central and South America. 


Mary Dzon (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Tennessee and an active member of the Marco (Medieval/Renaissance) Institute. Her interests include the medieval life cycle, romances, theology and devotional literature written in both Latin and Middle English. Building upon her Ph.D. thesis, Professor Dzon is currently working on a monograph on late-medieval images and conceptualizations of the child Jesus.

Robin L. Thomas (Ph.D., Columbia University) is an art historian specializing in Italian architecture. His interests include early-modern urbanism, the social function of buildings, music and space, and the intellectual formation of the architect. His current project examines the remaking of Naples under King Charles Bourbon (1734-59), and addresses the political, social, economic, and cultural importance of the royal building program.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Anthony F. Mangieri (Department of Art History) is completing his dissertation, "The Virgin Sacrificed: Images of Iphigeneia and Polyxena in Greek and Roman Art." In his dissertation, he explores the representations of Iphigeneia and Polyxena within the historical, political, social, religious, and gendered contexts in which they were created. He aims to write a cultural history of the figure of the sacrificial virgin in Greek and Roman art that focuses on iconological questions of interpretation and meaning.

Cathy Marie Ouellette (Department of History) is completing her dissertation, "The Nation Triumphs: Region and Nation-Building in Postcolonial Republican Brazil," which examines emerging collective consciousness and state-building in the Americas through the history of one region in postcolonial Brazil. These sources reveal how elites in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, utilized discourses of cleanliness, war, gender, and positivism to construct a republican state in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Lauren Rule (Department of English) is completing her dissertation, "Romantic Revisions: Novels of the Americas De-scribing Empire." By examining the intersections between British Romantic poetry and more recent writing of the Americas, this dissertation illuminates how and why novelists' engagement with Romantic poetry contributes to critiques of empire in an American, postcolonial context.


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

Kevin Corrigan is Professor of the Liberal Arts in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. The focus of his research and teaching has been upon Classics, Philosophy, History, Religion and Literature. His most recent books are Reading Plotinus: a practical guide to Neoplatonism (Purdue, 2004) and Plato's Dialectic at Play: structure, argument, and myth in the Symposium (Penn State, 2004) – with Elena Glazov Corrigan. At present he is finishing a manuscript on the topic of mind, soul and body in the 4th Century CE.

Stephen Crist is Associate Professor of Music History in the Department of Music. His publications have appeared in many journals and books, including Bach in America and Historical Musicology: Sources, Methods, Interpretations, for both of which he served as contributing editor. His interests include music in eighteenth-century Europe, musical consequences of the German Reformation, and jazz in the 1950s and 1960s. His CHI project is a monograph that explores how Johann Sebastian Bach employed and transformed the conventions of aria form in his cantatas, passions, and other vocal works.

Richard Rambuss is Professor of English. His research and teaching moves back and forth between early modern literature and contemporary culture. He is especially interested in gender and sexuality studies. At the CHI he will be working on a new book about Stanley Kubrick and "the men's film," especially the war or military film.

Deborah Elise White is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Emory University. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale University where she wrote a dissertation on the British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her book, Romantic Returns: Superstition, Imagination, History (Stanford, 2000) draws on the work of William Collins and William Hazlitt as well as Shelley to show the continuing importance of romantic concepts of imagination for theorizing the historicity of literature. She has also published essays on Freud, Coleridge, and Hugo, and is currently writing a book on the rhetoric and poetics of dates in nineteenth-century writings on revolution.


Rebecca Bamford (Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Durham) is working on a critical account of the relationship between culture and mind in Nietzsche. Her project explores the influences upon which Nietzsche drew in order to develop his views on mind, as well as identifying some striking contemporary resonances in Nietzsche's account. She was previously Andrew Mellon Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy at Rhodes University in South Africa.

Chad Lavin (Ph.D., Political Science, Pennsylvania State University) is writing a book that examines food anxieties as symptoms of wider concerns about individual sovereignty in a global economy. Prior to joining the CHI, he was visiting assistant professor at Tulane University.

Shane Vogel (Ph.D., Performance Studies, New York University) is Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he teaches performance studies, queer studies, and American studies. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled "Against Uplift: The Cabaret School of the Harlem Renaissance," which examines how writers and performers made use of Harlem's cabaret to imagine alternatives to the narratives of racial uplift and sexual respectability offered by the Harlem Renaissance's leading organizers.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Joel LeMon, a student from the Graduate Division of Religion, is completing his dissertation, "The Iconography of Yahweh's Winged Form in the Psalms." The study explores the image of divine protecting wings in ancient Near Eastern literature and art, and in doing so, refines methods for integrating visual materials and biblical texts. His research interests include ancient Egyptian and Semitic languages, music in the ancient Near East, and poetic parallelism in ancient and modern cultures.

Anjela Cannarelli Peck , from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is completing a dissertation entitled, "Caving Subjects, Wonderful Monsters. Inquisition, Honor and Alchemy in the Birth of Spain". She interrogates the premise that with the 1492 decline of al-Andalus and rise of the Universal Catholic Monarchy, the Iberian Peninsula lost all cultural intertwinement of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Through an analysis of gaps and metaphorical caverns deployed in Spanish, Arabic, Aljamiado, and Latin texts from the late 15th- through mid-17th centuries, she suggests the existence of new and unique identities produced in Spain other than the officially prescribed Old Christian. Her research revolves around marginal voices and their roles within power structures.

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, of the Graduate Division of Religion, examines the theological problem of ‘seeking after' that which is mysterious, non-evident, and ineffable.  In his dissertation, "Seek and You Shall Find": Divine Simplicity and the Early Christian Quest for God from Ptolemy to Gregory of Nyssa, he argues that the view that God is a simple unity placed great pressure upon early Christians to articulate how the complexity of human concepts could point to such a God, that is, to develop an adequate theological method. His work places early Christian theology within the context of ancient philosophy, with particular attention to the relations between Christians and Pla tonists.

Kathryn Wichelns, from the Department of Comparative Literature, is completing a dissertation titled "Engendering the Author: Duras and Dickinson Read Henry James." She argues that references to James and his fiction by Emily Dickinson and Marguerite Duras give us insight into his investigations of sexual difference. Moreover, Dickinson's letters and Duras's theatrical adaptations suggest new ways of understanding each author's engagement with gendered performance. Kathryn's research interests include late 19th and early 20th century American literature, 20th century French literature, and post-structural feminist philosophy.


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

William Beik, Professor of History, is a specialist of early modern French society and institutions. His publications focus on the social interpretation of absolutism and the culture of popular protest. He plans to spend the year at the CHI completing a social history of France, 1400-1800, in which he will attempt to synthesize for a new generation the wealth of insight and information developed by social historians in the past thirty years.

Thomas R. Flynn is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy. His research is primarily in the area of recent Continental, especially French, Philosophy. He has just published the second of a two-volume study, "Sartre, Foucault and Historical Reason", subtitled "A Poststructuralist Mapping of History". His project while at the center is to complete an intellectual biography of Jean-Paul Sartre.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Associate Professor of Women's Studies, works in feminist theory, American literature, and disability studies. She is the author of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Literature and Culture, editor of Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body, and co-editor of Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities. She is currently writing a book on the dynamics of staring and one on the cultural logic of euthanasia.

Richard C. Martin is Professor of Religion, specializing in Islamic Studies. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World and author of numerous publications on comparative religions and Islam, including Defenders of Reason in Islam. His current research is on Islam and Secularism, and while at the Center, he is working on a book titled "A Debate within the Mosque and the Academy".


Ruth Mack (Ph.D., English,  Johns Hopkins University) is Assistant Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. While at the CHI she is completing her book manuscript, "Literary Historicity: Structuring Historical Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century Britain", which examines how eighteenth-century writers used literary form to conceive of history. She is interested also in the legacy of Enlightenment views on history and literature in current historiography.

Mark Meyers (Ph.D., History, Brown University) is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. As a CHI fellow, he will begin a new project, Representing Fascism, Remaking the Republic: France, 1944-1969, which focuses on how the memory of fascism influenced the reconstruction of republican political culture in postwar France. He is especially interested in how postwar conceptions of ideal republican manhood were shaped by representations of fascism as a political pathology linked to effeminacy and homosexuality.

James P. Woodard (Ph.D., History, Brown University) has taught at the University of Maryland, Brown University, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He has written widely on twentieth-century Brazilian history, including articles published or forthcoming in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Journal of Latin American Studies, the Luso-Brazilian Review, Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, and the University of São Paulo's Revista de História. While at the Center, he will be continuing work on a book-length project entitled Consuming Cultures: The Making of Brazil's 'American Century'.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Anthony K. Jensen, from the Department of Philosophy, is completing his dissertation entitled "Friedrich Nietzsche: Psychologist of Antiquity". His thesis illuminates the sometimes overlooked early academic career of Nietzsche in an effort to better estimate both the quality of Nietzsche's scholarship and the profound influence of that scholarship upon his later philosophy. His other research interests include ancient philosophy, classical philology, and 19th century philosophy generally.

Raina Kostova, from the Department of Comparative Literature, is completing a dissertation entitled "The Power of the Word and the Author/Reader Pragmatics in the Poetics of Osip Mandelstam". She examines the new science of language--"reflexology of speech"--envisioned by Mandelstam, which investigates the physiological effect of the literary word on the reader. She places Mandelstam's understanding of this new science of receptivity within the theoretical context of contemporary poetics.

Tanya Weimer, from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is completing her dissertation "Beyond the Imperial Gaze: The Cuban Diaspora in Mexico". Her research explores Cuban literature and culture as it has developed within Mexico in the last fifteen years as an alternative to the dominant discourse emanating from Miami. Her research, which has also been funded by the Social Science Research Council, also includes Latin American and Latino narrative and film.


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

Carla Freeman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, works on gender, globalization, and the relationships of production, consumption, and class in the Caribbean. The author of High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy: Women, Work and Pink Collar Identities in the Caribbean, she is working at the CHI on a book entitled "Creole Respectability", a study of middle-class entrepreneurs in Barbados.

Mark A. Sanders, Associate Professor of African American Studies and English, specializes in the Harlem Renaissance and American Modernism and has published two volumes on the poetry and prose of Sterling A. Brown. His current research explores the ways in which Harlem Renaissance writers incorporate and develop "mainstream" concepts in modernism, particularly, pragmatism, pluralism, nativism, psychoanalysis, and first-wave feminism.

Niall W. Slater, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Classics, publishes largely on the ancient theatre and prose fiction, with previous books on Plautus, Petronius, and Aristophanes. His project at the CHI this year is a study of Euripides' earliest surviving work, the Alcestis, a play which challenges audience expectations of both Athenian gender roles and the tragic genre of performance.

Stephen D. White, Asa G. Candler Professor of Medieval History, has published on violence, anger, feuding, kinship, law, dispute-processing, trial by battle, trial by ordeal, and law and literature in medieval France and England. He is working at the CHI on a book on the representation of treason trials in twelfth- and thirteenth-century French and Anglo-Norman literature.


Jonathan Eburne (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania) is working on his book manuscript, "Surrealism and the Art of Crime", which studies a critical juncture in modernist thinking of the interwar period. Approaching the surrealists as politically committed interpreters of culture as well as poets and artists, this project examines how the group's interest in crime characterizes its response to pressing political and cultural events of the twentieth century.

Ernest Freeberg (Ph.D., History, Emory University) is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee whose research explores the relationship between public opinion, mass media, and the law. At the CHI, he is working on a book about the World War I imprisonment of socialist leader Eugene Debs, and the national debate that this incident inspired over the value of free speech.

Kathryn T. Gines (Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Memphis) is working at the CHI on her book entitled "Alexander Crummell and Anna Julia Cooper: Constructions and Constrictions of Womanhood in Black Scholarship". Through the lens of contemporary scholarly debates about race, gender, and culture studies, she examines the intersecting paradigms of gender, race, and class in the works of Crummell and Cooper.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Nicholas Ealy, from the Program in Comparative Literature, is completing a dissertation entitled "Speculations of Desire", in which he explores the influence of Ovidian narcissism in texts by Chrétien de Troyes, Alanus de Insulis, and Fernando de Rojas, as well as in manuscript illuminations from France and Iberia. His interests include medieval culture, theories of desire in philosophy and theology, the relationship between literature and medicine, and psychoanalytic studies.

Gilles Glacet, from the Department of French and Italian, is completing a dissertation entitled "Francis Ponge's Workshop". Ponge's workshop is not the painter's studio (as indicated by the French term), but more like that of a mechanic, a clockmaker. Each text, an intricate device, functions according to the writer's mechanistic vision. Rather than a pure literary composition, Ponge assembles a vehicle of precise engineering with which he endeavors to repair a world thrown out of order.

Saul Tobias, from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, studies the relationship between the moral problem of suffering and the history of systems of thought. His dissertation, "Homo Patiens: Suffering and German Sociology 1875-1920", explores the ways in which human suffering both motivated and troubled attempts to construct sociology as a legitimate and autonomous science. His other research interests include contemporary moral and political philosophy.


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

Steve Everett is Associate Professor of Composition in the Department of Music. His compositions are often focused on two areas of exploration: interaction of live performance with automated sound structures and methods of effectively utilizing cross-cultural content in the creative process. The project to be developed at the CHI in 2003-2004 is the composition of an oratorio for vocal soloists, chorus, chamber orchestra, real time electronics and visual projections based upon 16th-century Islamic poetry and historical narratives from Central Java.

Ann Hartle is Professor of Philosophy. The focus of her research is philosophical anthropology, humanism, and the nature of philosophy. Her most recent book is a study of Montaigne's Essays, entitled Michel de Montaigne: Accidental Philosopher. As a CHI fellow, she is working on a second book on Montaigne, "Montaigne and Modern Rationalism".

Candace Lang, Associate Professor of French, specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century French narrative fiction, autobiography, and literary theory. The author of Irony/Humor:Critical Paradigms, she will be working at the CHI on a book entitled "Settling Accounts", a study of the relationship of guilt and narrative in the autobiographies of Gide, Sartre, and Robbe-Grillet.

John Sitter, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English, has written and edited several works concerning 18th-century English literature, including Literary Loneliness in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England and Arguments of Augustan Wit. His interests include satire and poetry from the Renaissance to the present. His project at the Center is a book on "The Knowledge of 18th-Century Poetry," a primarily cognitive study of writers from Pope to Blake.


Moneera Al-Ghadeer (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley) is Assistant Professor in the Department of African Languages and Literature at UW-Madison. At the CHI, she is working on her book manuscript, "The Inappropriable Voice: Bedouin Women's Oral Poetry," which consists of the first English translation and theoretical analysis of Arabian Bedouin women's oral poetry. It examines technology and postcoloniality, and the rhetoric of mourning and melancholy.

Paulina Bren (Ph.D., Modern European History, New York University) is working on her book, "Closely Watched Screens: Ideology and Everyday Life in Communist Czechoslovakia" , which explores mass culture as the primary vehicle for redefining socialist citizenship in the post-Prague Spring Czechoslovakia of the 1970s and 1980s. She has been the recipient of various research fellowships, including the Fulbright-Hays and the SSRC, and has published a number of essays on 20th century Eastern Europe.

Caroline Goeser (Ph.D., Art History, Rutgers University), on leave from the Art Department at the University of Houston, is working on "Making Black Modern in Harlem Renaissance Print Culture". Her study examines Harlem Renaissance illustration, a medium that uniquely worked the interstices between visual imagery, literary texts, and the commercial enterprises of publishing and advertising. Within this commercial and artistic milieu, she asks how Harlem Renaissance illustrators challenged singular depictions of racial identity through racial uplift and demanded that representations of race, sexuality and gender be reconceived as interdependent.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Anthony Cuda, from the Department of English, is completing a dissertation entitled "The Unread Vision in Dante, Yeats, and Eliot", in which he suggests that a common theological understanding of the soul's inscrutability underlies modern and medieval theories of poetry. His research interests include British and American Modernism, Medieval Literature and Theology, contemporary philosophy.

Christian Paul Holland, from the Program in Comparative Literature, is completing a dissertation entitled "Time for Paul: Lyotard, Agamben, Badiou". He argues that contemporary theorists are turning to Paul not only because he embodies the force of religion in an era of imperial hegemony, or globalization, but more fundamentally because he inaugurates a new thinking of temporality.

Dan B. Mathewson, a student from the Graduate Division of Religion, examines the relationship between cultural values and the representation of death. In his dissertation, "Death and Divine Justice in the Book of Job", he examines the book's complex and heterogenous representation of death in light of the depicted collapse of a dominant ethical-theological system from ancient Israel. His interests include Ancient Near Eastern "Wisdom" literature, hermeneutics, and pop-cultural readings of the Bible.


Tenured Faculty of Emory University

Angelika Bammer, Associate Professor in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and the Program in Comparative Literature, is an author of Partial Visions: Feminism and Utopianism in the 1970s and Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question. Her CHI project, The Work of Memory, is a study of the "effortful labor" involved in the production of personal and collective memories and the ways in which contemporary memorial projects acknowledge or ignore the significance of such labor.

Matthew Bernstein, Associate Professor in the Film Studies Program. His research includes classical Hollywood cinema, Japanese cinema, film comedy, nonfiction film, postwar European film, and African-Americans in film, and he is the author of Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent. His project at the Center is "Segregated Cinema in a Southern City, Atlanta 1895 - 1996," a history of movie culture across the color line in Atlanta that received a NEH Collaborative Research grant.

Mikhail Epstein, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature, specializes in postmodern cultural theory, Russian literature and intellectual history, contemporary philosophical and religious thought, ideas and electronic media, and interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities. The author of 15 books and 400 articles and essays, at the CHI he is working on "A Futurology of Human Sciences: Paradigmatic Shifts and Emerging Concepts".

Barbara Ladd, Associate Professor of English, specializes in the literatures of the U.S. South. Author of Nationalism and the Color Line in George W. Cable, Mark Twain, and William Faulkner, she is working on a new book "Migrations, Memory, and the Transfiguration of Body and Place in Southern Literature, 1919 - 1989", in which she explores the ways that the engagements of southern writers with cultures outside the South have shaped southern literature.


Jeffrey Mullins (Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University), on leave from the History Department at the St. Cloud campus of Minnesota State University, is working on "Racial Affect: Emotions, Environment, and the Corporeal Foundations of Social Reform", which uses an 1846 cross-racial murder trial in New York to examine nineteenth-century understandings of human nature and moral agency. In particular, he explores the ways in which issues of race re-cast the dialogue on how best to shape society and its members.

Philippe Rosenberg (Ph.D., History, Duke University) examines the early-modern history of the British Isles and Western Europe, 1450-1750 through such topics as propaganda, ethno-religious interactions, linguistic politics, and early strains of modernization. His CHI project centers on the polemics of violence in the seventeenth century, exploring the manner in which cruelty and aberrant forms of aggression were politicized in the aftermath of the British civil wars.

Tabitha Sparks (Ph.D., English, University of Washington) is at the CHI working on a monograph entitled "Family Practices: Medicine, Gender, and Literature in Victorian Culture", which examines the moral and literary foundations of Victorian medicine. A previous NEH grantee, she held a Marion L. Brittain fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology, and has taught courses primarily in Victorian culture, intellectual history, and science and culture.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Aymeric Glacet, from the Department of French and Italian, addresses the relationship between writing and photography in the novels of Claude Simon. In his dissertation Claude Simon Chronophotographe, he reads the Nobel Prize-winning author's work as the activity of a literary camera in dialogue with the visual arts and the history of science.

Aimee L. Pozorski, from the Department of English, is completing a dissertation entitled "Figures of Infanticide: Traumatic Modernity and the Inaudible Cry". She contends that the infans--from the Latin meaning "before speech"--serves as an over-determined rhetorical figure depicting twentieth-century traumatic events. Her research interests include twentieth-century American literature, trans-Atlantic modernism, and theories of trauma and ethics.

Frank (Trey) Proctor III is finishing his dissertation entitled "Slavery, Identity, and Culture: An Afro-Mexican Counterpoint, 1640 - 1763" in the Department of History. It explores African slavery as an institution and master-slave conflicts from the perspective of slaves, using Inquisition records for bigamy, blasphemy, and witchcraft. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship to Mexico in 2000-01.