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Past Visiting Scholars (2012–2013)

Francesca AmmonAffiliation 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 BaldwinAffiliation 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 ChuteAffiliation 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 of Chicago.

Matthew KarpAffiliation 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. LossAffiliation 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 SkillmanAffiliation 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, Indiana University.

Peter WirzbickiAffiliation 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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