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Past Visiting Scholars (2006–2007)

Victoria CainAffiliation 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 FravelAffiliation 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 MehrotraAffiliation 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 MoraAffiliation 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 MoretonAffiliation 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 ScalesAffiliation 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 StilesAffiliation 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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