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Humanities Center Announces 2019–20 Fellows

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Stanford Humanities Center director Caroline Winterer (Image credit: Steve Castillo)

The Stanford Humanities Center has awarded 36 fellowships for the upcoming academic year.

Included in the new cohort are scholars in history, art, philosophy, music, linguistics and gender studies, among other humanities disciplines. Fake news, Andy Warhol’s New York, gender politics in Chinese culture and amateur brass bands in Southern Benin are just a few of their projects.

“One of the many gifts that a year at the Humanities Center offers is the opportunity for connections,” says director CAROLINE WINTERER. “Over daily lunches, weekly talks or simply serendipitous meetings, our fellows enrich their understanding of their own projects and bring their unique perspectives to the work of others.” 

Resident fellows come together at different stages of their careers—faculty, postdoctoral, graduate student—to pursue individual research and writing while contributing to the Stanford community through their participation in workshops, lectures and courses. 

The incoming fellows will be joined by eight undergraduate Hume Humanities Honors Fellows, writing their senior theses on humanities topics, and six to eight international visitors to be named in the fall.

Also next year, the Humanities Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary, having been founded in 1980. A public kickoff will be announced.



The 2019-20 Fellows

Colleen Anderson, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities Department of German Studies, Stanford University
Undivided Heavens: Space Exploration and Identity in Cold War Germany 

Eleni Bastea, Marta Sutton Weeks Faculty Fellow
School of Architecture & Planning, University of New Mexico
Geographies of Loss

Jacqueline Basu, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow Department of Political Science, Stanford University
The Social Basis of Political Legitimacy: A Conceptual and Computational Account of Norms and Political Language

Ari Bryen, Faculty Fellow Department of History, Vanderbilt University
The Judgment of the Provinces: Law, Culture, and Empire in the Roman East

Geraldo Cadava, Faculty Fellow Department of History, Northwestern University
Hispanic Conservatism and the Making of Latino Politics

Lina Chhun, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Stanford University
Contested Silences and Dialectical Memory-Making: Registers of Cambodian/American Histories of Violence

Tysen Dauer, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow Department of Music, Stanford University
The Varieties of Minimalist Experience: A Study in the Roles of Psychological States in the Reception of Early American Minimalism

Brian DeLay, Marta Sutton Weeks Faculty Fellow
Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
Means of Destruction: Guns, Freedom, and Domination in the Americas

Ksenia Ershova, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
Syntactic Ergativity in West Circassian

Ramzi Fawaz, Faculty Fellow
Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Queer Forms

Rima Greenhill, Faculty Fellow
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University
Through Each Other's Eyes: Russian-English Cultural Encounters, 1553-1603

Fiona Griffiths, Violet Andrews Whittier Faculty Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Priests’ Wives: Confronting Celibacy in the Age of Reform (ca. 1040-1215)

Heather Hendershot, Marta Sutton Weeks Faculty Fellow
Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
How the News Became “Fake”: Chicago ’68, Network TV, and Conservative Outrage

Lyndsey Hoh Copeland, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities Department of Music, Stanford University
The Sound of Metal: Amateur Brass Bands in Southern Benin 

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 in the Sixteenth Century

Mei Li Inouye, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
Performing Jiang Qing (1914-1991): Gender Politics in Modern Chinese Visual Culture, Theater, Literature, and Memory

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

Joshua Landy, Donald Andrews Whittier Faculty Fellow
Department of French and Italian, Stanford University
How Literature Can (Really) Change Your Life

Haiyan Lee, Ellen Andrews Wright Faculty Fellow
Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature, Stanford University
A Certain Justice: Toward an Ecology of the Chinese Legal Imagination
 
Julian Lim, Faculty Fellow
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe
Domestic Boundaries: Marriage and Immigration Law in U.S. History

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

Yoshiko Matsumoto, Violet Andrews Whittier Faculty Fellow
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
Centrality of the Peripheries: The Language and the Users

Nick Mayhew, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University
Queer Traditions in Early Modern Russia 

Yumi Moon, Faculty Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Toward a Free State: Imperial Shift and the Formation of Post-colonial South Korea, 1937–1950

Jeff Nagy, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow Department of Communication, Stanford University
Watching Feeling: Emotional Data from Cybernetics to the Present

Peggy Phelan, Ellen Andrews Wright Faculty Fellow
Departments of Theater and Performance Studies and English, Stanford University
Warhol's New York: 1976–1987

Rhodes Pinto, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities Department of Philosophy, Stanford University
Presocratic Treatments of Motion

Kristin Primus, Faculty Fellow
Department of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley
Transformative Metaphysics: A Reading of Spinoza’s Ethics

John Tennant, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities Department of Classics, Stanford University
Proverbial Plato: Proverbs, Gnomai, and the Reformation of Discourse in Plato's Republic

Rebecca Wall, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow Department of History, Stanford University
The Rebellious River: Transnational Senegal River Management, 1920–2000

Callie Ward, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University
Past Present: The Literature of Human Rights in Postdictatorial Chile, Argentina, and Brazil

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 Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

Benjamin Wilson, Distinguished Junior External Fellow
Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
Strange Stability: Models of Compromise in the Age of Nuclear Weapons

Duygu Yildirim, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow Department of History, Stanford University
Familiar Difference: Science, Faith and Empathy in the Early Modern Mediterranean, 1650–1730

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)

Sheng Zou, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow Department of Communication, Stanford University
The Engineering of Sentiment and Desire: Unraveling the Aestheticized Politics of Ideotainment in China


The center's fellowships are made possible by gifts and grants from the following individuals, foundations, and Stanford offices: The Esther Hayfer Bloom Estate, Theodore H. and Frances K. Geballe, Mimi and Peter Haas, George H. and Leslie P. Hume, Marta Sutton Weeks, the Mericos Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the offices of the Dean of Research and the Dean of Humanities and Sciences.