The Institute for the Humanities has awarded fellowships to 10 faculty members and eight graduate students to support research projects they will pursue during 2017-18.

Michael Awkward

Pamela Brandwein

Par Cassel

Aileen Das

Anita Gonzalez

Laura Kasischke

Alexandra Murphy

Douglas Northrup​

Ruby Tapia

Magdalena Zaborowska

Anoff Nicholas Cobblah

James Hammond

Filipa Melo Lopes

Benedito Luis Machava

Josh Morrison

Michael Schachter

Ana Maria Silva

Duygu Ula

The fellows and the topics of their research projects are:


Michael Awkward, John Rich Fellow, professor of English and Afroamerican and African studies, “A Horribly Mangled Monstrosity: Disfiguring/Refiguring Black American Masculinity after Emmett Till.”

Pamela Brandwein, Helmut Stern Fellow, professor of political science, “Antislavery and the Formation of American Capitalist Democracy.”

Par Cassel, History-Richard and Lillian Ives Fellow, associate professor of history, “Sovereignty in China: The Careers of a Concept.”

Aileen Das, Classical Studies-Charles P. Brauer Fellow, assistant professor of classical studies, “Classical and Medieval Traditions of Transdisciplinary: Plato’s Timaeus in Arabic.”

Anita Gonzalez, Hunting Family Fellow, professor of theatre and drama, “Shipping Out: Transatlantic Maritime Performance and Ethnic Cultural Exchange.”

Laura Kasischke, Hunting Family Fellow, professor of English language and literature, “Time Machine: A Book Length Poem.”

Alexandra Murphy, Helmut Stern Fellow, assistant professor of sociology, “When the Sidewalks End: Poverty & Race in an American Suburb.”

Douglas Northrop, Helmut Stern Fellow, professor of Near Eastern studies and history, “Four Days That Shook the World: Earthquakes and Empire Along the Eurasian Frontier.”

Ruby Tapia, Women’s Studies-Steelcase Fellow, associate professor of English and women’s studies, “The Camera in the Cage: Prison Photography and the Abject Sentimentality of the Exception.”

Magdalena Zaborowska, John Rich Fellow, professor of American culture and Afroamerican and African studies, “Archiving James Baldwin’s House: Digital Writer’s Museum, Chez Baldwin in St. Paul-de-Vence, France.”

Graduate students

Anoff Nicholas Cobblah, Richard & Lillian Ives Graduate Fellow, English, “The Work of Scientific Play in Nineteenth-Century Britain.”

James Hammond, James Winn Graduate Fellow, English, “Composing Eugenics: Race and Ability in the History of Writing assessment, 1869-1938.”

Filipa Melo Lopes, Sylvia “Duffy” Engle Graduate Fellow, philosophy, “Gender, Fundamentality and the Social World.”

Benedito Luis Machava, A. Barlett Giamatti Graduate Fellow, history, “The Morality of Revolution: Urban Cleansing, Re-education Camps, and the Politics of Morality in Socialist Mozambique, 1975-1988.”

Josh Morrison, Richard & Lillian Ives Graduate Fellow, screen arts and culture, “Reveling in Uselessness: Queer and Trans Media, Emotional Labour, and Cultural Capital.”

Michael Schachter, Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow, composition and music theory, “The Black Clown: a Vaudeville Oratorio for Bass-Baritone, Chorus, and Orchestra.”

Ana Maria Silva, David and Mary Hunting Graduate Fellow, history, “Roots in Stone and Slavery: Permanence, Mobility, and Empire in 17th Century Cartagena de Indias.”

Duygu Ula, Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow, comparative literature, “Aesthetics in Dissent: Queer Cultural Productions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey.”