Current Fellows 2017-2018

President's Humanities Fellow

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 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. Post-Doctoral 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

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


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. 

HASTAC Scholars at the Fox Center

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

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.  

Halle Institute - FCHI Undergraduate Global Research Fellows

Conducting Research, Summer 2018; and Fellows at the Center, Fall 2018

BATTERMAN, Christopher         Music and Psychology   

Il Guarany: Indianismo and Brazilian national identity in the music of Antônio Carlos Gomes

CONTI, Bea                            History and English        

The Sassoon Family: Jewish Engagement with British Imperialism and the Opium Trade

GONZALEZ, Daniella               Spanish and Portuguese and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology         

Legislation regarding family planning and its lasting effects on the perception of preventive healthcare

LLOVET, Alexandra                  Spanish and Portuguese and Biology      

Perception and Representation of Hansen’s Disease Patients in Brazil

MCGHEE, Cana                       Music and French          

The Sound of a Nation: How Symbolist Poetry and French Art Song Affected the French Language

REED-GUEVARA, Camila          Classics and Philosophy

Seneca’s Stoicism:  The Ancient Case for the Unethical Nature of Slavery and the Divine Right to an Education

SHUSTER, Zach                      Jewish Studies  

Rashi’s Influence on the Wycliffite Translations of the Psalms                                        

STEKL, Misha                         Philosophy and Comparative Literature 

The (Trans-)Valuation of Knowledge in Nietzsche and Foucault