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Past Visiting Scholars (2005–2006)

Chip Colwell-ChanthaphonhAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., Indiana University; B.A., University of Arizona. The Advance of American Archaeology and Resurgence of Native America. A study of the shifting moral landscape of professional archaeology, focusing on the discipline’s complex social and intellectual relationship with native America. Current Affiliation: Curator of Anthropology and NAGPRA Officer, Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Jenny DavidsonAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of English, Columbia University. Ph.D., Yale University; A.B., Harvard University. Breeding: Nature and Nurture Before Biology. An investigation of modern British debates about human nature before the coinage of modern scientific terms like biology and genetics that traces eighteenth-century writers’ use of the term “breeding” to negotiate questions about education and inheritance in relation to the physical workings of people, plants and animals. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University.

Elizabeth LymanAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University. Ph.D., University of Virginia; A.B., Stanford University. Performing Visual Information: Stage Directions Past, Present, and Future. An interdisciplinary exploration of how elements of visual information combine to communicate complex performance ideas that are fundamentally non-verbal in nature. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance, Southern Illinois University.

Jennifer MarshallAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.; B.A., University of Arizona, Tucson. The Stuff of Modern Life: Formalism and Pragmatism in Interwar American Aesthetics. An examination of the crucial role that ordinary things played in the formation of American modernism during the interwar decades, focused on the Machine Art Exhibit held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1934. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota.

Jason PuskarAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., Harvard University; M.Phil., University of Oxford; B.A. and B.S.J., Ohio University. Underwriting the Accident: Narratives of American Chance, 1871-1936. An analysis of the ways that changes in thinking about chance and accident influenced American literature and culture from Reconstruction to the New Deal, particularly the new opportunities that American ideas about social and economic uncertainty created for narrative and the novel. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jennifer Ratner-RosenhagenAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of History, University of Miami. Ph.D., Brandeis University; B.A., University of Rochester. Neither Rock nor Refuge: A History of Nietzsche in America. An account of the influence of Friedrich Nietzsche’s ideas and image on 20th-century American society, including the American appropriation of Nietzsche’s “Ubermensch” (Superman), his claims for the death of God, and his critique of Christianity and democracy. Current Affiliation: Merle Curti Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sarah SongAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Yale University; M.Phil., Oxford University; A.B., Harvard University. The Pursuit of Equality: Justice, Gender, and Multicultural Politics. An examination of the theory and practice of group rights, including special accommodations for religious and cultural minorities, with a focus on the tension between group rights and gender equality. Current Affiliation: Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.

Sharon WeinerAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of International Politics and Foreign Policy, School of International Service, American University. Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., University of Lancaster; B.A., Truman State University. Our Own Worst Enemy? U.S. Bureaucracies, Nonproliferation Policy, and the Former Soviet Union. A critique of the United States’ recent funding of efforts to reduce the risk that scientists from the former Soviet Union’s weapons of mass destruction complex will sell their knowledge to proliferant states or sub-national groups. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, School of International Service, American University.

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