Victoria Cain – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D.,
Columbia University; A.B., Harvard University. Selling Nature: America’s
Natural History Museums, 1869-1942. An analysis of how the rise
of consumer capitalism and new forms of exhibits deepened the schism between research
scientists and those engaged in the popular study of nature and redefined the American
approach to the natural world. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor/Faculty
Fellow of Museum Studies, New York University.
M. Taylor Fravel – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant
Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Stanford
University; B.A., Middlebury College. The Long March to Peace-China’s Settlement
of Territorial Disputes. An exploration of why and how China has
settled its territorial disputes since the establishment of the People’s Republic
in 1949, demonstrating that leaders are more likely to compromise when confronted
by internal threats to regime security, including rebellions and legitimacy crises,
and suggesting that domestic conflicts often create incentives for cooperation.
Current Affiliation: Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Associate Professor
of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ajay Mehrotra – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Associate
Professor of Law and of History, Indiana University, Bloomington. Ph.D., University
of Chicago; J.D., Georgetown University; B.A., University of Michigan.
Sharing the Burden: Law, Politics, and the Making of the American Fiscal State:
1880-1930. An investigation of the roots and consequences of a dramatic
transformation in American public finance from a system of regressive indirect national
taxes to a progressive income tax regime that was guided not only by the need for
greater revenue but also by concerns for equity and social justice. Current Affiliation:
Professor of Law and History, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History,
Co-Director, Center for Law, Society & Culture Indiana University, Bloomington.
Anthony Mora – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant
Professor of History, Texas A&M University. Ph.D., University of Notre Dame;
B.A., University of New Mexico. Race Rivals: African-Americans, Mexican-Americans,
and Ideologies of Racial Difference, 1890-1940. An attempt to shift
historical studies of race away from the “white” and “other” dichotomy by examining
the relationship between these two groups in Chicago, where they lived in close
proximity to each other and how they created their own understanding of race in
America. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of American Culture and History,
University of Michigan.
Bethany Moreton – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D.,
Yale University; B.A., Williams College. Wal-Mart World: The Globalization
of the Sunbelt Service Economy. An examination of how Wal-Mart
and its philanthropic foundations harnessed evangelical Christianity to foster trust
in corporate actors and the free market. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor
of History and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia.
Laura Thiemann Scales – Affiliation during Fellowship Year:
Ph.D., Harvard University; B.A., Yale University. Speaking in Tongues:
Mediumship and the American Narrative Voice. A study of the pervasive
influence of prophets, spiritual mediums, and psychics in the works of Stowe, Hawthorne,
James, Faulkner and other novelists from the Second Great Awakening to the modernist
movement. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of English, Stonehill College.
Anne Stiles – Affiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D.,
University of California, Los Angeles. A.B., Harvard University. Neurological
Fictions: Brain Science, and Literary History, 1865-1905. A consideration
of the complex relationship between neurology and literature at the fin de siecle
when such scientifically trained novelists as Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson,
Silas Weir Mitchell, and H.G. Wells intervened in controversies spawned by late
Victorian neurology and actively shaped public opinion about neurological innovations.
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of English, Saint Louis University.
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