Institute for the Humanities names fellows for summer, 2023-24


Eight U-M lecturers and tenure-track faculty members have received 2023 summer fellowships at the Institute for the Humanities. A cohort of eight U-M faculty members and eight graduate students will be fellows at the institute during the 2023-24 academic year.

The two cohorts will take up residence at the institute during their fellowship periods, forming an intellectual community while pursuing original research and participating in regular, cross-disciplinary fellows’ seminars. Fellowship recipients represent diverse disciplines, this year including Middle East studies, political science, architecture, anthropology and American culture.

The Institute for the Humanities facilitates work that examines humanities traditions broadly across space and time, deepens synergies among the humanities, the arts and disciplines across the university, and brings the humanities to public life.

Each year it provides fellowships for U-M faculty, graduate students and visiting scholars who work on scholarly and artistic projects. It also offers a wide array of public and scholarly events, including public lectures, workshops and discussions.

The Institute for the Humanities Gallery is known for bringing to campus artists whose work directly addresses current social issues and concerns.

Since its inauguration in 1987, the institute has granted fellowships to over 400 U-M faculty, U-M graduate students, and visitors.

The fellows and the topics of their research projects are:

2023 Summer Fellows

Adi Bharat, assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures, and of Judaic studies; “Figural Jews and Muslims in Contemporary France.”

Sascha Crasnow, lecturer II in the Residential College; “The Age of Disillusionment: Palestinian Art After the Intifadas.”

Jessie DeGrado, assistant professor of Middle East studies; “Authors of Empire: Assyria, Judah, and the Dynamics of Imperial Exchange.”

Renee Randall, assistant professor of comparative literature, and of Middle East studies; “Laying Claim: Atrocity and Narrative in Lebanon’s Civil Wars.”

Gina Reichert, lecturer III in architecture; “Marking Time.”

Mary Rodena-Krasan, lecturer IV, Germanic languages and literatures; “The Afro-pessimistic Ghost in the Machine in Damir Lukacevic’s 2010 film ‘Transfer’.”

Cody Walker, lecturer IV in English language and literature; “Poor Devil.”

Andrea Zemgulys, associate professor of English language and literature, and of women’s and gender studies; “For Insufficiency: Literature, Worlding, and Graphic Arts in Late Modernity.”

2023-24 Faculty Fellows

Manan Desai, associate professor of American culture, and of English language and literature; Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow; “Pandit Plays America: Race, Exotica, and the Cold War.”

Sandra Gunning, professor of English language and literature, of American culture, of women’s and gender studies, and of Afroamerican and African studies; Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow; “Expanding the Black Civil War: Gender, Sexuality, Community.”

Jennifer Hsieh, assistant professor of anthropology; Steelcase Faculty Fellow; “The Hearing Subject: Noise and Sociality in Urban Taiwan.”

Nancy Khalil, assistant professor of American culture; Charles P. Brauer Faculty Fellow; “Imams of Us: Decentralized Religion, Religious Freedom, and the Establishment of US Islam.”

Greta Krippner, associate professor of sociology; John Rich Faculty Fellow; “Preferred: Race, Gender, AIDS and the Individualization of Risk”

Erik Mueggler, professor of anthropology; Richard and Lillian Ives Faculty Fellow; “The Book of Cunning and Treachery: Writing, Sovereignty and Bondage in a Qing Native Domain.”

Mireille Roddier, associate professor of architecture, and of women’s and gender studies; Hunting Family Faculty Fellow; “Radical Vernacular.”

Jessica Walker, assistant professor of Afroamerican and African studies, and of American culture; Hunting Family Faculty Fellow; “Her Kitchen is the World: Black Women and the Culture of Soul Food.”

2023-24 Graduate Student Fellows

Anna Almore, English and education; James A. Winn Graduate Fellow; “Care in Containment: The Geography of Black and Indigenous Encounters within the Captivity of School.”

Carlina Duan, English and education; David and Mary Hunting Graduate Fellow; “Towards a Disobedient Poetics: The Generative Practices of Eight Contemporary Documentary Poets of Color.”

Elisabeth Fertig, comparative literature; David and Mary Hunting Graduate Fellow; “Radiopoetics: On Sound as Literary, Critical and Pedagogical Practice.”

Amanda Kubic, comparative literature; Sylvia ‘Duffy’ Engle Graduate Fellow; “Animating Antiquity: Classical (Dis)embodiments by Modern Women.”

Qian Liu, Romance languages and literature; Richard & Lillian Ives Graduate Fellow; “Urban Exergue: On Blackness, Spectrality, and the Poetics of Landscape in Contemporary Italy.”

Pau Nava, American culture; Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow; “The Artist as Community Archivist: A Chicago Case Study.”

Merisa Bahar Sahin, political science; Marc and Constance Jacobson Graduate Fellow; “Anticolonial Cosmopolitanisms: Young Ottoman Anticolonial Thinkers and Projects of Global Integration,1884-1914.”

Cengiz Salman, American culture; Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow; “The Universal Fix: Computation as Mistaken Remedy.”


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