Summer Residents of the National Humanities Center, 2018–2023 | National Humanities Center


Summer Residents of the National Humanities Center, 2018–2023

Summer Residents, 2023

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  • William Arcé, California State University, Fresno
    Latinx/Chicanx 20th Century Travel Narratives: Crossing Boundaries
  • Christopher T. Bonner, Texas A&M University
    Unsettled Accounts: Transatlantic Literary Representations of the Haitian Independence Debt
  • Alison Bory, Davidson College
    Difficult Dance: Engaging Emotion in Contemporary (Dance) Performance
  • Gwen Bradford, Rice University
  • Hugh Cagle, The University of Utah
    Anatomy of Empire: Colonialism, Dissection, and the Making of Modern Human–Animal Relations
  • Sumita Chakraborty, North Carolina State University
    Grave Dangers: Poetics and the Ethics of Death in the Anthropocene
  • Paloma Checa-Gismero, Swarthmore College
    The Early Biennial Boom and the Making of Global Contemporary Art
  • Dawan Coombs, Brigham Young University
    Engaging the Aesthetic in Adolescent Literacy Learning
  • Carolyn A. Day, Furman University
    Uncovering the Invalid: The Social, Medical, and Personal Responses to the Illness of Princess Amelia (1783–1810)
  • Jennifer L. Derr, University of California, Santa Cruz
    The Organ that Traveled the World: Medicine, Capitalism, and the History of Liver Disease in Egypt
  • Selena A. Dickey, Furman University
    Expanding the Network Backbone: Live Network Television and the Metroplex
  • Michal Beth Dinkler, Yale University
    How to Do Things with Stories: Early Christian Narrative as Rhetoric
  • Alexei Kamran Ditter, Reed College
    Making Memories Together: Collaborative Remembering in Late Medieval China, 600–900
  • Esther Fernández, Rice University
    A Drama in Transition: The Democratization of Spanish Classical Theater
  • Leslie Clement Gutierrez, Johnson C. Smith University
    The Dauntless Dobbs Sisters: Historical Black Family Legacies, Radical Black Feminists Politics and Desegregating Global Diasporic Spaces
  • Eric Herschthal, The University of Utah
    Carbon Conscripts: Slavery and the Origins of Climate Change
  • Sarah T. Hines, The University of Oklahoma
    Mother of the Waters: The Life and Death of the Glaciers of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real
  • Peter R. Kalb, Brandeis University
    Beyond Apprehension: Artists Respond to Apollo
  • Matthew Kilbane, University of Notre Dame
    The Ends of Poetry: Writing Unreadable Archives
  • Chanté Mouton Kinyon, University of Notre Dame
    The Transatlantic Gesture: The Irish and African American Cultural Exchange
  • Heather Miyano Kopelson, The University of Alabama
    Speaking Objects: Indigenous Women and the Materials of Dance in the Americas, 1500–1700
  • Susanna Michele Lee, North Carolina State University
    Unsettling Claims: Natives and Newcomers in the US–Dakota War
  • Amy Lonetree, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Visualizing Ho-Chunk History: Cultural Performance, Tourist Encounters, and Native Survivance, 1879–1960
  • Nina Martin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Pretentious Cities: How Progressive Local Politics Can Recreate Inequities
  • Robert O. McDonald, The University of Kansas
    How Economists Argue: The Discursive Economies of Consent
  • Hugo Méndez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Gospel Truth: The Biblical Books of John as a Chain of Pseudo-Historical Texts
  • Cassie Osei, Bucknell University
    Professional Defiance: Black Women’s Labor Aesthetics & Discourses in Modern Brazil
  • Aysha Pollnitz, Rice University
    Indigenous Polities and Democratic Thought in the Americas, pre-1700
  • Gina Stamm, The University of Alabama
    Malcolm de Chazal: Mauritius and Mystic Phenomenology
  • Sara Phenix, Brigham Young University
    Maternity à la mode: Fashion, Fertility, and Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France
  • Stephanie Z. Pilat, The University of Oklahoma
    The Cultivation of Creativity: Pedagogies and Practices of the American School of Architecture
  • Alejandro Quin, The University of Utah
    Los agrimensores: tierra, literatura y demarcación en América Latina [The Surveyors: Land, Literature, and Border-Making in Latin America]
  • Jacob D. Rawlins, Brigham Young University
    Welsh Publishing in the Nineteenth Century
  • Alexander Regier, Rice University
    Awkwardness: The History and Use of Unease
  • Marsha W. Rhee, Johnson C. Smith University
    Global Kinships: A Beginners’ Community-Based Research Guide
  • Franziska Schweiger, Hamilton College
    Social Fabrics: Atlas Silk and the Making of the Bourgeoisie in Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks
  • Sam Shuman, Davidson College
    Of Mice and Hasidic Men: Populist Masculinity & the Revival of a 20th-Century Jewish Saint

Summer Residents, 2022

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  • Kristen Alff, North Carolina State University
    Levantine Joint-stock Companies and Global Capitalism, 1830–1930
  • Douglas Ambrose, Hamilton College
    Burying the Founders: Public Commemorations and Nation Building in the Early American Republic
  • Belle Boggs, North Carolina State University
    Nothing But the Truth: 150 Years of Testimony in a Small Southern Town
  • Tyler Bunzey, Johnson C. Smith University
    Fugitive Aesthetics: Hip-Hop Expression in Relation
  • Tracie Canada, University of Notre Dame
    Tackling the Everyday: Race, Family, and Nation in Big-Time College Football
  • Yinghong Cheng, Delaware State University
    “Two Lives for One Mile”: African-American Soldiers Building the Burma Road
  • Kathryn Desplanque, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Inglorious Artists: Art-World Satire and the Market Economy for Art, 1750–1850
  • Marc Dudley, North Carolina State University
    Black Masculinity in Toni Morrison’s Sula
  • Sarah Ellenzweig, Rice University
    Verse, Rhyme, and the Novel in the Eighteenth Century
  • La Donna L. Forsgren, University of Notre Dame
    Black Girlhood on the Musical Theatre Stage
  • Frederico Freitas, North Carolina State University
    Concrete Tropics, an Environmental History of Brazil’s Modernist Capital
  • Megan Gallagher, The University of Alabama
    The Lost Passions of Republican Political Thought: Politics and Emotions in the French Enlightenment
  • Will Guzmán, Prairie View A&M University
    Emmett J. Scott: Power Broker of the Tuskegee Machine
  • Eva C. Hageman, University of Maryland
    “Relatable Meets Remarkable”: Crafting Race in the Reality Television Industry
  • Ayesha K. Hardison, The University of Kansas
    Specters of Black Freedom Struggles in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination
  • T. D. Harper-Shipman, Davidson College
    Suturing Reproduction and Capitalism: Race, Population, and Development in the U.S., Ghana, and Senegal
  • Tace Hedrick, University of Florida
    The Cosmic Race: Sexuality, Esoteric Spirituality, and Race in Latin/x American Work, 1968–2021
  • Jaya Jha, Davidson College
    On Being Human—Disciplinary Reflections
  • Tugce Kayaal, Furman University
    Sexual Outcasts: Love, Intimacy, and Youth Sexuality in the Late Ottoman Empire (1800–1923)
  • Fen Kennedy, The University of Alabama
    Horizontality, Affect, Technique: A Dancer’s Guide to Choreopolitical Analysis
  • Eunice Kim, Furman University
    Formula for a Murder: An Odyssean Take
  • Peter Krentz, Davidson College
    Fatal to Liberty: The Battle of Chaironeia
  • Yi Yi Mon Kyo, Davidson College
    Chen Danqing’s Tibet Series: A Return to Realism in the Post-Mao Era
  • Neil Lerner, Davidson College
    A History of Sound and Music in Pinball
  • Juan Meneses, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Peripheries of the Impolitical
  • Sujata S. Mody, North Carolina State University
    Hindi Historical Fiction: Literary Engagements with the Past
  • Sangina Patnaik, Swarthmore College
    What We Owe: Reparations in Literature and Law
  • Alix Pierre, Spelman College
    Cultivating a Transnational Diasporan Art Consciousness
  • Wanda S. Pillow, The University of Utah
    Troubling Intimacies: Sacajawea and York as American Subjects, 1806–2006
  • Patricia L. Reilly, Swarthmore College
    Triumphalist Painting in the Age of the Italian Wars
  • Jennifer Saltzstein, The University of Oklahoma
    Song, Landscape, and Identity in Medieval Northern France: Toward an Environmental History
  • Tanya L. Shields, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Women Who Owned: Gendered Race, Place and Power on Female-Owned Plantations
  • Debra F. Terrell, Johnson C. Smith University
    Religiosity, Changes in Religiosity, and Well-Being among College Students
  • Cindi Textor, The University of Utah
    Japanese White Supremacy
  • Georgina White, The University of Kansas
    Cicero’s Philosophical Translations
  • Kimberly Wieser, The University of Oklahoma
    “War Began to Kindle and Was Cruelly Fought”: Historical Poems from The DeSoto Chronicles, The Journal of Rodrigo Rangel
  • Faye Xiao, The University of Kansas
    The Hen Cackles in the Morning: Gendered Soundscape and Female Leadership in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture

Summer Residents, 2019

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  • Rilla Askew, The University of Oklahoma
    Their Lives
  • Anne Baker, North Carolina State University
    Dear Wanderer: The Life and Revolutionary Times of Susanna Rowson
  • Manuel R. Cuellar, The George Washington University
    Performances of a Festive Mexico: Queer Embodiments and Dancing Histories of a Nation
  • Gregory Dawes, North Carolina State University
    Democratic Cross Resonances: Whitman and Neruda
  • Mariam Durrani, Hamilton College
    Unruly Mobility: Muslim Youth Coming of Age in the 21st Century
  • Ira Dworkin, Texas A&M University
    “Imperfectly Known”: Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative
  • Julie Fette, Rice University
    Gender in Contemporary French Children’s Literature
  • Erin Frost, East Carolina University
    Feminist Technical Communication
  • Daniel Giberman, The University of Texas at Arlington
    Concrete Particulars
  • Anne F. Hyde, The University of Oklahoma
    Half-Breed: A History of Mixing Blood in North America, 1600–1940
  • Susan Jarosi, Hamilton College
    Inside the Glass Cube: The Ideology of Vitrines
  • Blair L. M. Kelley, North Carolina State University
    Black Folk: The Promise of the Black Working Class
  • Jonathan T. King, University of North Carolina at Asheville
    Enacting Intimacy, Channeling Wildness, and Performing Bluegrass in Japan
  • Daniel Layman, Davidson College
    Locke among the Radicals
  • Janaka Bowman Lewis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Black Girlhood and Narratives of Play
  • Lisa Lipinski, The George Washington University
    The Pensive Photography of Sally Mann
  • Jorge Marí, North Carolina State University
    Environmental Cultural Studies, Film, and Spanish Teaching
  • Scott McGill, Rice University
    Beyond Deceit: Forgery, Value, and Ancient Rome
  • Melissa Lynn Miller, University of Notre Dame
    The Russian Medical Humanities
  • Alexander Morgan, Rice University
    From Mindlessness to Mentality: On the Origins of Subjectivity
  • Ed A. Munoz, The University of Utah
    Constructing Latinx Identity: The Hispanic Mexican Mestizo Influence in the Intermountain West, 1650–2020
  • Aman Nadhiri, Johnson C. Smith University
    In Their Own Words: Blackness, Race and Ethnicity in the Works of Pre-Colonial West African Scholars
  • Rekha Nath, The University of Alabama
    The Injustice of Fat Stigma
  • Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, North Carolina State University
    From Toundi Ondoua to Jende Jonga: 60 Years of Dreams Deferred?
  • Mairin Odle, The University of Alabama
    Skin Deep: Tattoos, Scalps, and the Contested Language of Bodies in Early America
  • Joshua M. Paiz, The George Washington University
    Queer Coming of Age Narratives in Sri Lankan English Literature
  • Jennifer Garcia Peacock, Davidson College
    Latinx Landscapes: Art and the Environment in Latinx America, 1898–2001
  • Keri Petersen, Johnson C. Smith University
    Industrial Slavery and the Economic Development of North Carolina
  • Nicholas F. Radel, Furman University
    Shakespeare: The Critical Tradition: Richard II
  • William Revere, University of North Carolina at Asheville
    The Mutualities of Conscience: Satire, Community, and Individual Agency in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
  • David S. Roh, The University of Utah
    Mediating Empire: Triangulating American, Japanese, and Korean Fictions
  • Margaret Simon, North Carolina State University
    Books and Things: Theorizing Multi-Materiality In the English Renaissance
  • Michele Speitz, Furman University
    Technologies of the Sublime and the Mechanical Supernatural
  • J. Michael Terry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Dialectal Difference and Educational Achievement
  • Trysh Travis, University of Florida
    “Lee Was a Gentleman”: Understanding Women’s Polite Racism in the Confederate Monument Controversy
  • Jennifer Wells, The George Washington University
    Prelude to Empire: State Building in the Early Modern British World

Summer Residents, 2018

  • Jaime Ahlberg, University of Florida
    Schooling and Disability: Philosophical Perspectives on a Contemporary Policy Debate
  • Scott L. Baugh, Texas Tech University
    Youth, Sexuality, Identity, Politics & Y Tu Mamá También
  • Masha Belenky, The George Washington University
    Engine of Modernity: the Omnibus and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris
  • Emily Burrill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Gender at the Crossroads: Mobility and Belonging in a Francophone West African World, 1945–70
  • Andre Cavalcante, University of Virginia
    Life in Purple: Young, Queer, and Connected in the Changing American South
  • James A. Crank, The University of Alabama
    Race and New Modernisms
  • Huiling Ding, North Carolina State University
    Global Media Construction of AlphaGo and AlphaGo Zero: Artificial Intelligence, Risk Communication, and the New AI Arms Race
  • Esther Fernández, Rice University
    The Making of Illusions: Material Performances in Early Modern Spain and Their Contemporary Legacies
  • Barbara Hahn, Texas Tech University
    Technology in the Industrial Revolution
  • Shoko Hamano, The George Washington University
    Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Structural Layering of Sound-Symbolic Vocabulary and Its Implications for the Study of Language Evolution
  • Avery E. Holton, The University of Utah
    Exploring Genetic Testing Discourses and Networks
  • Nathaniel Isaacson, North Carolina State University
    Science Crosstalk (kexue xiangsheng) and Socialist Realism
  • Héctor Jaimes, North Carolina State University
    Times of Rupture: The Contemporary Mexican Novel
  • Blair L. M. Kelley, North Carolina State University
    The Execution of Corrine Sykes: Race, Place, and Remembrance in World War II Philadelphia
  • Min-Joo Kim, Texas Tech University
    When and Why English Demonstratives Require Relative Clauses
  • Petrus Liu, Boston University
    Thinking Gender in the Age of the Beijing Consensus
  • Gordon K. Mantler, The George Washington University
    “We Have Won”? Harold Washington and Multiracial Politics in the Age of Reagan
  • Jorge Marí, North Carolina State University
    Environmental Debates & Environmental Activism in Contemporary Spain: Theory and Praxis
  • Brian McFadden, Texas Tech University
    Monsters, Vikings, and Monks: The Tenth-Century Context of the Beowulf Manuscript
  • Celeste Day Moore, Hamilton College
    Soundscapes of Liberation: Race, Music, and the Making of the Twentieth-Century Atlantic World
  • Jennifer Nolan, North Carolina State University
    Esquire, Cosmopolitan, and the Fashioning of Authorial Identity: Ernest Hemingway, 1936
  • Kwame Edwin Otu, University of Virginia
    Scrambled Palimpsests: Making Christian Heteromonogamous Subjects in Postindependent Ghana (1965–75)
  • Iván A. Ramos, University of Maryland
    Sonic Negations: Sound, Affect, and Unbelonging Between Mexico and the U.S.
  • Jeremy Rosen, The University of Utah
    Genre Bending
  • K. Merinda Simmons, The University of Alabama
    1) Race and New Modernisms; 2) Sourcing Slave Religion: Theorizing Experience in the American South
  • Pavitra Sundar, Hamilton College
    Listening to Bollywood: Sound, Speech, and Song
  • Katherine Unterman, Texas A&M University
    The Legal Foundations of American Empire
  • Noel Mellick Voltz, The University of Utah
    Chapter 4 (“The Storeroom” of My Manuscript: The Sword in Her Hands: Louisiana’s Free Women of Color and their Sexual Negotiation for Freedom)
  • Jung Yun, The George Washington University
    O Beautiful