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Humanities Institute names fellows

Seventeen faculty members, graduate students and undergraduate students have been named as inaugural fellows for The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH).

“We have a fantastic group of fellows,” said Bat-Ami Bar On, IASH director and professor of philosophy and women’s studies. “It’s diverse in terms of projects.”

IASH was formed last year to advance original work in the humanities while offering faculty and students opportunities for research. The fellows will present a lecture on their research topic during the upcoming academic year and also will be expected to participate in the discussion of the work of others. “It will be interesting how we learn about each other and how we can help each other intellectually,” Bar On said. “There is value added to being with others and chatting about the work.”

Bar On said she is pleased that student fellows will be able to share their work with faculty fellows.

“Research goes all the way through the University — all the way to the undergraduate ranks,” she said. “The undergrads are not just absorbing knowledge, but they are producers of knowledge.”

The 2010-11 IASH fellows and their topics are:

Faculty members:

  • Gisela Brinker-Gabler, Comparative Literature, fall 2010, “Figurations of the Modern: Gender, Politics, and Aesthetics.”
  • Randy Friedman, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, fall 2010, “Transcendence, Dialogue, and Philosophical Eschatology in 20th Century Jewish Thought.”
  • Leslie Gates, Sociology, spring 2011, “The Politics of Neoliberalism in Mexico and Venezuela.”
  • Praseeda Gopinath, English, fall 2010, “Scarecrows of Chivalry: The Literature of British Masculinities after Empire, 1935-1965.”
  • Scott Henkel, English, spring 2011, “Leaves of Grassroots Politics: Democracy, the Swarm, and the Literatures of the Americas.”
  • Kelly Kinney, English, fall 2010, “Rhetorics, Politics, and the Teaching of Writing.”
  • Wendy Martinek, Political Science, spring 2011, “Judging as Human Behavior: The Social Psychology of Decision Making on Appellate.”
  • Luiza Moreira, Comparative Literature, fall 2010, “Gender and the Career of a Public Intellectual: The Journalism of Cecília Meireles (1941-1945).”
  • Michael Pettid, Asian and Asian American Studies, fall 2010, “Women in Rural Chosŏn Korea: An Exploration of Women’s Autonomy in a Patriarchal Society.”
  • Ana Ros, Romance Languages and Literatures, fall 2010 and spring 2011, “Inheritance: Living Memory, Leaving Countries. Uruguayan and Argentinean Fictionalization at the Turn of the Millennium.”
  • Benita Roth, Sociology, fall 2010 and spring 2011, “Anti-AIDS Activism in Los Angeles from the 1980s to the 2000s: The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA.”
  • Paul Schleuse, Music, fall 2010, “Patronage, Print Culture, and the Music of Orazio Vecchi in Late Sixteenth Century Italy.”
  • Thomas Wilson, Anthropology, spring 2010, “The Europeanization of the Irish Countryside.”

Graduate students:

  • David Gutman, History, fall 2010 and spring 2011, “Rethinking the ‘Global Village:’ The Social, Political, and Economic Impact of Overseas Migration on Eastern Anatolia, 1880-1915.”
  • Lewis Trelawny-Cassity, Philosophy, fall 2010 and spring 2011, “Plato’s Demiurgic Politics: The Role of the Chōra in the “Timaeus” and “Law.”


  • Jan DeWitt, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, spring 2011, “(Un)common Blood: The Romanization and Alienation of Italian Allies (200-87BCE.)”
  • Jieun Jang, Music, fall 2010, “Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 9 and Musical Freedom”

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