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Past Visiting Scholars (2011–2012)

Benjamin CoatesAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., Columbia University; M.A., Columbia University; B.A., Stanford University. Judging Empire: The United States and International Law in the Early 20th Century. A study of the confluence of law and empire in American foreign relations between 1898 and 1919, exploring international law as an academic discipline, a political ideology, and a diplomatic project, and revealing the roots of America’s contradictory utopian and unilateralist impulses. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of History, Wake Forest College.

Benjamin FaganAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., University of Virginia; M.A., University of Virginia; B.A., University of Iowa. The Black Newspaper and the American Nation. An inquiry into how early black American newspapers grappled with questions crucial to national definition-including class character, providential design, and international alliances-and reimagined the very notion of an American nation. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies, Univeristy of Arkansas.

Daniel GearyAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Lecturer in United States History, Trinity College Dublin. Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of California, Berkeley; B.A., University of Virginia. Tangled Ideologies: The Moynihan Report Controversy. A history of the Moynihan Report controversy, demonstrating that the controversy revolved not only around competing notions of race, but also around emerging ideas about feminism and changing attitudes about the Cold War, the federal government, and middle-class values. Current Affiliation: Mark Pigott Lecturer in U.S. History, Trinity College Dublin.

Chin JouAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., Princeton University; M.A., Princeton University; B.A., Cornell University. Fat and Poor: A History of Obesity, Poverty, and Government Food Programs. A study of the class dimensions of obesity, and the complicated history of the government’s role in the obesity epidemic, including three case studies that indicate the unintended consequences of federal food policy. Current Affiliation: Lecturer in History of Science, Harvard University.

Melissa MilewskiAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., New York University; M.A., Brigham Young University; B.A., Stanford University. From Slave to Litigant: African Americans in Court in the Post-War South. An examination of civil cases involving African Americans in state courts from the end of the Civil War through the worst decades of the Jim Crow years, focusing African Americans’ ability to access civil courts providing a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of the American legal system. Current Affiliation: ACLS New Faculty Fellow in History, Columbia University.

Matthew RuberyAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Queen Mary, University of London. Ph.D., Harvard University; M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; B.A., University of Texas at Austin. The Untold Story of the Talking Book. A history of recorded literature since Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph in 1877, tracing the tradition of recorded literature from Edison’s conception of phonographic books played on wax cylinders, to talking books for blinded veterans of the First World War, to the advent of commercial audiobooks. Current Affiliation: Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Queen Mary, University of London.

Lisa SiraganianAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of English, Southern Methodist University. Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; B.A., Oxford University; B.A., Williams College. Technicolor Textuality: Corporate Aesthetics, Literature, and Experiential Color. An examination of the influence of American corporations in both high and mass media art debates during the middle of the twentieth century, exploring the depth and scope of corporate-aesthetic interpenetration in different art forms. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of English, Southern Methodist University.

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