Institute for the Humanities names fellows for summer and 2019-20


The Institute for the Humanities has awarded fellowships to eight University of Michigan lecturers and tenure-track faculty in the second year of its eight-week summer fellowship program.

Also, nine U-M faculty members and nine graduate students have received fellowships to support research projects they will pursue during 2019-20 academic year.

Both cohorts will take up residence at the institute during their respective fellowship periods, forming an intellectual community while pursuing original research and participating in regular, cross-disciplinary fellows’ seminars.

Fellowship recipients represent diverse disciplines within the humanities and span several colleges and schools across the university, this year including UM-Dearborn, public policy, music, art and design, and medicine.

Established in 1987, the Institute for the Humanities serves as a nationally and internationally recognized center for scholarly research in the humanities and creative work in the arts at U-M. The institute also offers a lively program of lectures, panel discussions, art exhibitions and more to the university community and to the public.

Summer Fellows, 2019

Philip Christman, lecturer II, English language and literature; “The Writing Process”

Henry Cowles, assistant professor of history; “The Scientific Method: Evolution and Experiment from Darwin to Dewey”

Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomas, professor of Spanish; “Vital Signs: Midwifing Fiction in Spain, 1540-1690”

Annette Joseph-Gabriel, assistant professor of French; “Fashioning the Citizen: Enslaved Children’s Textual Production in the Atlantic World”

Shelley Manis, lecturer IV, Sweetland Writing Center and comprehensive studies; “Beyond Metaphor: Performance and Writing”

Christine Modey, lecturer III, Sweetland Writing Center; “Ethnographic Study of the Sermon Preparation Processes of Clergy”

David Morse, lecturer IV, public policy; “The Occident, a Novel-in-progress”

Antoine Traisnel, assistant professor of comparative literature, and English language and literature; “Martha: A Life in Captivity”

Faculty Fellows, 2019-20

Charlotte Albrecht, Richard and Lillian Ives Faculty Fellow, assistant professor of American culture, and women’s studies; “An Inconsistent History: Arab American Peddlers and the Making of Sexuality, Gender, and Race”

Marlyse Baptista, John Rich Faculty Fellow, professor of Afroamerican and African studies, and linguistics; “E pluribus unum: Out of many voices, one language”

Sarah Ensor, Steelcase Faculty Fellow, assistant professor of environment, and English language and literature; “Terminal Regions: Queer Environmental Ethics in the Absence of Futurity”

Heidi Kumao, Hunting Family Faculty Fellow, professor of art and design; “Real and Imagined: Animating the Spaces Between Us”

Petra Kuppers, Hunting Family Faculty Fellow, professor of English language and literature, women’s studies, art and design, and theater and drama; “Eco Soma: Speculative Performance Experiments”

Ashley Lucas, Richard and Lillian Ives Faculty Fellow, associate professor of theater and drama, English language and literature, Residential College, and art and design; “Prison Theatre: Performance and Incarceration”

Diana Yi-Man Ng, Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow, associate professor of art history; “Roman Public Visual Culture and the Cognition of Identity and Commemoration”

Tiffany Ng, Richard and Lillian Ives Faculty Fellow, assistant professor of music; “Inequality in Public Soundscapes: The Carillon, Organ, and the Politics of Public Space in the Twentieth Century”

Scott Stonington, Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow, assistant professor of anthropology, and clinical lecturer, internal medicine; “Expanding Ethics to Account for Complex Personhood”

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-20

Alena Aniskiewicz, postdoctoral fellow, Slavic languages and literatures; “Cultural Remix: Polish Hip Hop and the Sampling of Heritage”

Graduate Student Fellows, 2019-20

Sahin Acikgoz, Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow, comparative literature; “Transgender in Translation: A Transnational Category of Socio-Cultural Analysis in the Turkish Nation-State”

Joel Batterman, Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow, urban and regional planning; “A Metropolitan Dilemma: Race, Power and Regional Planning in Detroit”

Megan Behrend, Sylvia “Duffy” Engle Graduate Fellow, English language and literature; “The Latinity of Middle English Literature: Form, Translation, and Vernacularization”

Nicholas Caverly, David and Mary Hunting Graduate Fellow, anthropology; “Restructured City: Demolition and Racial Accumulation in Detroit”

Kyle Frisina, David and Mary Hunting Graduate Fellow, American culture and English language and literature; “Thinking Theatrically: Contemporary Aesthetics for Ethical Citizenship”

Zehra Hashmi, A. Bartlett Giamatti Graduate Fellow, anthropology and history; “Biometric Belonging: Datafied Kinship and Databased Governance in Urban Pakistan”

Shira Schwartz, Richard & Lillian Ives Graduate Fellow, comparative literature; “Yeshiva Quirls: A Textual Ethnography of Jewish Gender, Sex and Reproduction”

Elizabeth Tacke, James A. Winn Graduate Fellow, English and education; “Rhetorics of Masking: Negotiating Disclosures of Disability and Trauma”


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