Francesca Ammon – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D.,
Yale University; M.E.D., Yale University; B.S.E., Princeton University.
Culture of Clearance: Waging War on the Landscape in Postwar America.
A study of bulldozers, building demolition, and land clearance, examining how the
war-inflected ideology, technology, policy, and practice of large-scale destruction
dramatically transformed the landscape of post-World War II America. Current Affiliation:
Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania.
Melinda Baldwin – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D.,
Princeton University; M.Phil., Cambridge University; B.S., Davidson College.
Making “Nature,” Making Science: The Scientific Community in Print, 1869-1995.
An examination of the development of the scientific journal Nature from its foundation
in 1869 through the retirement of influential editor John Maddox in 1995, focusing
on Nature’s place in the history of the specialist scientific journal and its role
in reflecting and shaping ideas about the scientific community. Current Affiliation:
Lecturer in History of Science, Harvard University.
Hillary Chute – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Neubauer
Family Assistant Professor, University of Chicago. Ph.D., Rutgers University; B.A.,
Oberlin College. “Disaster is My Muse”: Visual Witnessing, Comics, and
Documentary Form. An examination of how the comics medium, with
its ability to defamiliarize received images of history and yet render them broadly
accessible, functions as a documentary form, paying particular attention to genre-establishing
figures such as Art Spiegelman, Joe Sacco, and Keiji Nakazawa and to historical
antecedents. Current Affiliation: Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, University
Matthew Karp – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D.,
University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Amherst College. The Foreign Policy of
Slavery, 1833-1865. An exploration of how Southern slaveholders
shaped U.S. foreign relations in the Civil War era, challenging the familiar portrait
of Southern elites as states’ rights conservatives, and illuminating the ways that
slaveholders confidently enlisted the power of the federal government to achieve
their own version of nineteenth-century modernity-through territorial expansion,
bold military reforms, and diplomatic ties with fellow bound-labor regimes throughout
the hemisphere. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University.
Christopher P. Loss – Affiliation during Fellowship Year:
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., University of Virginia; M.A.,
University of Virginia; B.A., Pennsylvania State University. Front and
Center: Academic Expertise and its Challengers in the Post-1945 United States.
An examination of the emergence and impact of interdisciplinary research centers
on American universities, politics, and society since World War II. Current Affiliation:
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Vanderbilt University.
Nikki Skillman – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D.,
Harvard University; B.A., Brown University. The Lyric in the Age of the
Brain. A study exploring how poetic representations of inner life
reflect and resist the increasingly physiological conception of the mind promoted
by philosophy, psychology, and brain science since the mid-twentieth century, with
special attention to poets’ acknowledgment of the embodied mind in the material
constructions of lyric form. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of English,
Peter Wirzbicki – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D.,
New York University; B.A., Swarthmore College. Black Intellectuals, White
Abolitionists, and Revolutionary Transcendentalists. A history
of abolitionist thought that unites the stories and ideas of fugitive slaves and
canonical Transcendentalist writers, asserting the importance of black intellectuals
to the history of New England ideas and the American anti-slavery movement. Current
Affiliation: Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Harper Societ y of
Fellows, University of Chicago.
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