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Past Visiting Scholars (2004–2005)

Christopher CapozzolaAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ph.D., Columbia University; A.B., Harvard University. Uncle Sam Wants You: Citizenship and Obligation in World War I America. A study of military conscription; voluntary associations and their dual roles in war mobilization and home front repression; and the rise of legal understandings of civil liberties and citizenship rights, demonstrating how political obligation was tied to coercive practices of citizenship in early 20th-century American political life. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Cheryl FinleyAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Assistant Professor of the History of Art, Cornell University. Ph.D., Yale University; B.A., Wellesley College. Committed to Memory: The Slave Ship Icon in the Black Atlantic Imagination. An examination of the history, meaning, and use of the leading visual image associated with slavery, the engraving: Description of A Slave Ship, from its emergence in 1780 as a propaganda tool of the abolitionist movement to the present day, when it remains an icon of remembrance and identity in 20th-century black Atlantic literary, political, and artistic spheres. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Cornell University.

Hsuan L. HsuAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., University of California; Berkeley; A.B., Harvard University. Scales of Identification: Geography, Affect, and Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature. An analysis of two sets of writings-texts that deal with the colonization of Africa by freed American slaves and Japanese and American writings on the opening of Japan to Western commerce-which exemplify how 19th-century literature reflected changes in the geographical scale by which events are influenced and interpreted. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of English, University of California, Davis.

Christopher KlemekAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Ohio State University. Urbanism and Transition: Modernist Planning and the Crisis of Urban Liberalism in Europe and North America, 1945-1975. A survey of the development of the interdisciplinary field of urban studies, focusing on institutions such as the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies, public policies including the Federal Model Cities Program, and individuals such as neighborhood activist and author, Jane Jacobs. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of History, George Washington University.

Robert MacDougallAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., Harvard University; B.A., Queens University. The People’s Phone: Rewriting the History of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. A history of the telephone and telephone networks in the United States and Canada from the 1880s to the 1920s, demonstrating how the political struggles of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era were inextricably intertwined with technological changes. Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of History, Associate Director of the Centre for American Studies, University of Western Ontario.

Asif SiddiqiAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University; M.B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.S., Texas A&M University. Science and Repression in the 20th Century: Revisiting Soviet Science. A historical study of the oppositional relationship between the state and the scientific community focusing on four themes: the organization of science under repressive regimes, the possibility of non-state supported science in totalitarian states, the “success” of science under the threat of terror, and the use of science in support of terror. Current Affiliation: Professor of History, Fordham University.

Lisa SzefelAffiliation during Fellowship Year: Ph.D., University of Rochester; M.A., University of Virginia; A.B., Mount Holyoke College. The American Poetic Community, 1890-1920. An analysis of the transformation of American poetry in the early 20th century brought about by the interaction of organizations and publications that linked poets, readers, and editors in new ways, resulting in fresh creative possibilities for poets and new expectations in readers. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of History, Pacific University.

Associate Scholar

Matthew LindsayAffiliation during Fellowship Year: J.D., Yale Law School, Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago; B.A., University of California, Irvine. Market Competition as Equal Citizenship: The “Colorblindness” Ideal and the Meaning of Race Since the Second Reconstruction. An investigation into the ascendance of the “colorblindness” ideal in American political and constitutional discourse, focusing on the increasing equation over the past three decades of racial justice with social and economic competition among individuals. Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Law, University of Baltimore.

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