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Past Visiting Scholars (2008–2009)

Daniel FosterAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of Theater Studies, Duke University. Ph.D., University of Chicago; B.A., St. Johns College. The Transatlantic Minstrel Show: British Romanticism and American Blackface. A history of blackface minstrels as a movement bringing together scholarship and art, parody and emulation, social misfits and social reformers, black and white, England and America. Current Affiliation: Senior Lecturer in Drama, University of East Anglia.

Louis HymanAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., Harvard University; B.A., Columbia University. Debtor Nation: How Consumer Credit Built Postwar America. An analysis of the political and economic institutions, consumer behaviors, and legal framework that converged, by the 1970s and 1980s, to bring about a major personal debt crisis with deep implications for American society. Current Affiliation: Associate Consultant, McKinsey & Associates.

Rocío MagañaAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., University of Chicago; B.A., California State University, Fresno. Bodies on the Line: Life, Death, and Authority on the Arizona-Mexican Border. An examination of the complex social, economic, moral, and political space that constitutes the U.S.-Mexico border and the tension among securing the border, procuring the safety of those who try to cross it illegally, and managing the bodies of those who die in the attempt. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University.

Erez ManelaAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Dunwalke Associate Professor of American History, Harvard University. Ph.D., Yale University; B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The Eradication of Smallpox: An International History. A study of the World Health Organization’s Global Smallpox Eradication Program that provides insight into the history of the Cold War, postcolonial international relations, the role of transnational organizations in globalization, and the development of modern medicine and international public health. (SPRING 2009). Current Affiliation: Professor of American History, Harvard University.

Michael PasquierAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., Florida State University; B.A., Louisiana State University. Catholic Creole Frontier: Religion and Colonialism in the Lower Mississippi Valley. An analysis of religion in the frontier society of the Lower Mississippi Valley, illustrating the impotence of state-sponsored Roman Catholic officials in controlling the religious beliefs and practices of European missionaries and settlers, displaced Native Americans, and free and enslaved persons of African descent. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Louisiana State University.

David SingerAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ph.D., Harvard University; B.A., University of Michigan. International Finance within Families: Migrant Remittances in the Global Economy. An examination of migrant remittances that will contribute to our understanding of the financial implications of immigration, the influence of global capital flows on government policymaking, and the dilemmas facing U.S. policymakers as they consider immigration policy, foreign aid, and financial deregulation. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Victoria SolanAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., Yale University; B.A., Oberlin College. Healthy Design: Modernist Architecture in Los Angeles in the 1920s. An examination of health and the American house within the context of twentieth-century California architecture, focusing on the persistence of seemingly anti-modern, folkloric or homeopathic elements among proponents of some of the most technologically advanced and aesthetically forward-looking design in America. Current Affiliation: Lecturer in Art History, Tufts University.

Thomas StaplefordAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame. Ph.D., Harvard University; B.A., University of Delaware. Home and Market: Women, Economics, and the Study of Consumption, 1910-1960. An exploration of the discipline of home economics in universities and government agencies, focusing on the work of female social scientists and their influence on the understanding of modern consumption. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame.

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