Current Fellows 2018-2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emory College of Arts and Sciences
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”).
Beatrix Conti is a senior double-majoring in English and History. She is currently working on her honors thesis in History studying the Sassoons, a family of Baghdadi Jews who immigrated to Bombay, India at the beginning of the nineteenth century and by the end would become peerage in England. Specifically, Beatrix’s thesis explores the ways the Sassoons went from essential outsiders to insiders of empire by studying the role that culture, economy, and sub-ethnicity played in the family’s rise to prominence in the British imperial economy as both proxies of the informal British empire through free trade and as agents of diasporic Jewish trade networks. She hopes that her scholarship will explore a unique facet of Jewish cultural and economic history.
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.
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 a senior double majoring in Music Research and French Studies, while also seeking to satisfy the requirements for a German Studies minor. During the summer of 2018, she received funding to travel to Brussels, Belgium to conduct research for her Honors project. With guidance from Dr. Kevin Karnes, her project explores the use of the French language throughout the literary and musical exchanges between 19th century France and Belgium. Of primary interest is French composer Gabriel Fauré’s vocal music, some of which are settings of Belgian Symbolist poetry. By investigating the relationships between composers and writers from the two nations, Cana seeks to assert that Fauré’s music was used to support a burgeoning artistic community in fin-de-siècle Brussels.
Camila Reed-Guevara is a senior double majoring in Classics and Philosophy. She is currently writing her honors thesis with the support of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program on the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger’s view of education and slavery. She conducted research during the summer of 2018 on the archaeological remains of Roman slavery in six sites in the Italian Campania. In particular, she documented hundreds of graves and monuments dedicated to former slaves. Her thesis incorporates this historical understanding of the system of Roman slavery to contextualize Seneca’s philosophy.
Zachary Shuster is a senior majoring in Jewish Studies. He is conducting research with Dr. James Morey on Rashi's influence on the Wycliffite Psalter. Specifically, he is looking at how the Wycliffites utilized Nicholas of Lyra's glosses to get hold of the hebraica veritas. Zach spent the summer of 2018 reading Wycliffite Psalters in various libraries in the UK, spending most of his time at Oxford. He is curious to learn about medieval scholarly interchange between Christians and Jews at a time when France and England heavily persecuted Jews.
Míša Stekl is a senior majoring in Philosophy and Comparative Literature. His honors thesis engages 20th-century philosopher Michel Foucault’s reading of Friedrich Nietzsche, which grounds Foucault’s own understandings of history, knowledge, and power. Míša conducted his research at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, in Paris, which houses Foucault’s unpublished lectures, manuscripts, and notes on Nietzsche (among many other subjects). This visit has led him further along two interconnected paths of inquiry: firstly, what resources Foucault borrows from Nietzsche, and secondly, what resources this reading might offer to queer theorists who have in turn borrowed so much from Foucault.