Stanford Humanities Center announces its new fellows

Humanities Center
Stanford Humanities Center

The HUMANITIES CENTER has announced its new class of 33 fellows for the 2018-19 academic year.

The scholars’ research topics include analysis of abstract medieval art, the redesign of American suburbs, the portrayal of war in Old English poetry, religious traditions in modern Egypt and the state of work and industry in Mexico and Kyrgyzstan, among other subjects.

The center sponsors advanced research into the historical, philosophical, literary, artistic and cultural dimensions of the human experience. It offers year-long fellowships to Stanford undergraduates and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty members from Stanford and other universities around the world.

“We are thrilled that the 33 projects represent the diversity of humanities scholarship,” said historian CAROLINE WINTERER, director of the Humanities Center. “We look forward to our fellows connecting with one another and with Stanford scholars across all of the schools on campus.”

Priya Satia
Historian Priya Satia is among the new Humanities Center fellows. (Photo: Steve Castillo)

In addition to the new class of fellows, the center will also welcome eight undergraduate seniors writing their theses as part of the Hume Humanities Honors fellowship and six to eight international scholars who will make month-long visits to Stanford.

Since the 2017-18 academic year, the center has started supporting the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities program, which brings 12 postdoctoral scholars in humanities disciplines to Stanford.

The fellows for 2018-19 are:

Colleen Anderson, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of German Studies, Stanford University
Two Kinds of Infinity: Outer Space Travel in Cold War Germany

Max Ashton, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of English, Stanford University
Signs of War in Old English Poetry

Michael Bratman, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University
Shared Agency, Institutional Agency

Heather Brink-Roby, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of English, Stanford University
Reason’s Stories: Type, Example, Paradigm

Joseph Cadagin, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Music, Stanford University
Composing Nonsense: Lewis Carroll Settings by György Ligeti and Unsuk Chin

Vincent Debiais, External Faculty Fellow
École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
Abstract Colors and Shapes in Non-Figurative Medieval Art

Omnia El Shakry, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow
Department of History, University of California, Davis
Encountering Traditions: Islam and Catholicism in Modern Egypt

Kathryn Gin Lum, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
The Heathen World and America’s Humanitarian Impulse

Victoria Googasian, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of English, Stanford University
The Character of Animality: Species Difference and Narrative Form in American Fiction

Rachel Heiman, External Faculty Fellow
Department of Urban Studies, The New School
Retrofitting the American Dream: An Ethnography of Suburban Redesign

Lyndsey Hoh, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Music, Stanford University
The Sound of Metal: Music, Emotion, and Materialities in Benin

Sam Holley-Kline, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
Entangled Archaeology, Industry, and Labor in El Tajín, Mexico, 1880–2017

Elizabeth Hoover, External Faculty Fellow
Department of American Studies, Brown University
From “Garden Warriors” to “Good Seeds”: Indigenizing the Local Food Movement

Nicole Hughes, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University
Stages of History: New World Spectacles and the Theater of the World, 1500–1600

Edward Kelting, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Classics, Stanford University
The Greek Face of Roman Egypt

Mélanie Lamotte, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University
Before Race Mattered: Prejudice and Assimilation in French Colonialism, c. 1608–1767

Elizabeth Marcus, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of French and Italian, Stanford University
Difference and Dissidence in Lebanon: French, Arabic and Cultural Conflict, 1943–1975

Nick Mayhew, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University
Marriage and Brotherhood in Muscovite Russia

Karen Melvin, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow
Department of History, Bates College
Local Alms, Global Catholicism: Jerusalem and North Africa in New Spain

David Plunkett, External Faculty Fellow
Department of Philosophy, Dartmouth College
Metalinguistic Negotiation and the Nature of Normativity

Annette Richards, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow
Department of Music, Cornell University
C. P. E. Bach, The Musical Portrait, and the Making of Music History

Aileen Robinson, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Technological Wonder: The Theatrical Fashioning of Scientific Practice, 1780–1905

Priya Satia, Violet Andrews Whittier Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
The Global Left: Prophets of Union and Poets of Partition Since the American Revolution

Jennifer Scappettone, External Faculty Fellow
Department of English, University of Chicago
From Pentecost to Babel: Wireless Imaginations in Modern Poetry and the Dream (or Nightmare) of a Transnational Language

Luca Scholz, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University
The Enclosure of Movement: Safe-Conduct and the Troubles of Transit in the Holy Roman Empire

Matthew Smith, Donald Andrews Whittier Fellow
Departments of German Studies and Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
The Idea of Virtual Reality

Alexandra Stern, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
The Darker Side of E Pluribus Unum: The Unraveling of Indian Territory and the Reconstruction of Native America, 1860–1907

Simon Todd, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
Asymmetries in Spoken Word Perception and Sound Change

Astrid Van Oyen, External Faculty Fellow
Department of Classics, Cornell University
Storage and Empire: Negotiating the Future in the Roman World

Sixiang Wang, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
Co-Constructing Empire in Early Choson Korea: Knowledge Production and the Culture of Diplomacy, 1392–1592

J’Nese Williams, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of History, Stanford University
The Texture of Empire: British Colonial Botanic Gardens, Science, and Colonial Administration in the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries

Adrien Zakar, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of History, Stanford University
Framing Perception: Landscape Images and the Politics of Geographical Information in Syria and Lebanon (1900–1946)

Grace Zhou, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
Market Intimacies: Work and Welfare after Socialism in Kyrgyzstan