Current Fellows

Senior Fellows

Tenured Members of Emory Faculty

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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.

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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.

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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). She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Democracy Otherwise.

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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

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Adam Zachary Newton is the Bill and Carol 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.  

Professor Newton received his formal graduate training in literature and philosophy at Harvard University.  He is a cross-disciplinary literary scholar, with expertise in three primary fields: 1) ethical criticism and the ethics of reading; 2) the Novel in various national literatures; 3) Jewish Studies, with a particular focus on modern Jewish thought. 

He is the author of five monographs: To Make the Hands Impure: Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy (Fordham UP, 2014; The Elsewhere: On Belonging at a Near Distance: Reading Literary Memoir from East-Central Europe and the Levant (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005); The Fence and the Neighbor: Emmanuel Levinas, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, and Israel Among the Nations (SUNY Press, 2001); Facing Black and Jew: Literature as Public Space in 20th-Century America (Cambridge UP, 1998); and Narrative Ethics (Harvard UP, 1995). For the last mentioned book, Prof. Newton won the 24th annual Thomas J. Wilson Prize of the Board of Syndics of Harvard University Press and the International Society for the Study of Narrative’s Perkins Prize for best book published that year. An important contribution to the theoretical study of narrative, Narrative Ethics has influenced fields outside literary studies such as narrative medicine and religion.  

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. Post-Doctoral Fellow In Poetics

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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.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

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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, Ku Klux Kulture: America and the Klan 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.   

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 Fellows

Emory College of Arts and Sciences

JasonJason 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.

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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.  
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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. 
 
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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. 
 
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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. 
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