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The Stanford Humanities Center announces new fellows for the 2017-18 academic year

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The Stanford Humanities Center will welcome new fellows this fall.

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce its class of 2017-18. It includes 23 new fellows representing a diverse array of humanities fields. Their topics range from slavery in Brazil to the history of the scientific method to Native American poetry to post-industrial labor in Sumatra.

Starting in fall 2017, the fellowship cohort at the Stanford Humanities Center will also include the new and continuing Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows. Since 1974, the Mellon program has brought outstanding recent Ph.D.s in the humanities to Stanford for residencies of two to three years.  The program has now moved under the administrative umbrella of the Humanities Center, which will enhance the scholarly, mentoring, and professional development of the Mellon Fellows. The Mellon program will continue to operate under the aegis of its own faculty director.  Adrian Daub, professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature,will assume this role in September 2017.

The Humanities Center’s year-long fellows are joined by eight undergraduate seniors writing their theses, and by six to eight international scholars who stay for month-long visits. 

“We are thrilled with our new, larger class of fellows,” said Caroline Winterer, director of the Humanities Center. “They represent a wonderful diversity of projects and methodological approaches. And now, with the addition of the Mellon postdoctoral scholars, Stanford University houses a unique resource: the only humanities center in the world that offers year-long fellowships to nearly every stage of academic life, from undergraduates to advanced graduate students to postdoctoral scholars to faculty at every point in their careers.”

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, Marta Sutton Weeks, the Mericos Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the offices of the Dean of Research and the Dean of Humanities and Sciences.

The full list of fellows for 2017-18 is included below: 

Asad Ahmed, External Faculty Fellow
Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Islamic Rationalism in the Age of Decline 

Eli Alshanetsky, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2015)
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University
PhD: Department of Philosophy, New York University
Articulating a Thought 

Colleen Anderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2017) 
Department of German Studies, Stanford University
PhD: Department of History, Harvard University 
'Two Kinds of Infinity': East Germany, West Germany, and the Cold War Cosmos, 1945-1995 

Ann Atura, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of English, Stanford University
Getting Distance: American Feminism and the Jewish-American Novel 

Rebekah Baglini, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2015)
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University 
PhD: Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago
States in Semantic Ontology 

Ian Beacock, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
The Head and the Heart: Passionate Republicanism in Weimar Germany, 1918–1933 

Heather Brink-Roby, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2016)
Department of English, Stanford University
PhD: Harvard University
Reason’s Stories: Type, Example, Paradigm

Giovanna Ceserani, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Classics, Stanford University
A Sicilian Journey: In Search of the Cosmopolitan Enlightenment 

Willie Costello, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2015)
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University
PhD: Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto 
From Causes to Forms: The Phaedo and the Foundations of Platonic Metaphysics 

Henry Cowles, Distinguished Junior External Fellow 
Department of History, University of Michigan  
The Scientific Method: Evolution and Experiment from Darwin to Dewey
 
Lukas Dovern, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Investing in Socialist Poland: A Transnational History of Global Finance in the Cold War, 1944-1991 

Charlotte Fonrobert, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Re-Placing the Nation: Judaism, Diaspora, and the Politics of Neighborhood 

David Gilbert, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Anthropology, Stanford University 
Cultivating Post-Industrial Life on a Sumatran Volcano 

Alanna Hickey, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2017)
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
PhD: Department of English, Northwestern University
The Forms of National Belonging: The Politics of Nineteenth-Century Native American Poetry 

Katherine Hilton, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
The Social Perception of Overlapping Speech 

Nicole Hughes, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2017)
Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University
PhD: Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University 
Stages of History: New World Spectacles and the Theater of the World, 1500-1600

Shawon Kinew, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2016)
Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University
PhD: History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
The Vision in Stone: Melchiorre Cafa in the World, 1636-1667 

Mélanie Lamotte, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2017)
Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University
PhD: Department of History, University of Cambridge 
Colour Prejudice in the Early Modern French Empire, c. 1635-1767

Krista Lawlor, Donald Andrews Whittier Fellow
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University
The Reasonable Person Standard 

Philippa Levine, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow 
Department of History, University of Texas at Austin
The Tree of Knowledge: Science, Art, and the Naked Form 

Glory Liu, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Political Science, Stanford University
Inventing the Invisible Hand: Adam Smith and the Making of an American Creed 

Kristin Mann, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow
Department of History, Emory University
Transatlantic Lives: Slavery and Freedom in West Africa and Brazil 

Elizabeth Marcus, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2017)
Department of French and Italian, Stanford University
PhD: Department of French and Comparative Literature, Columbia University 
Difference and Dissidence in Lebanon: French, Arabic and Cultural Conflict, 1943-1975 

Alison McQueen, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Political Science, Stanford University
Absolving God: Religion and Rhetoric in Hobbes’s Political Thought 

Richard Meyer, Ellen Andrews Wright Fellow 
Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University 
How to Make a Modern Primitive: The Case of Morris Hirshfield 

Benjamin Morgan, External Faculty Fellow 
Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago 
In Human Scale: Form and Aesthetics in the Era of Climate Change 

Aileen Robinson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2016)
Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University 
PhD: Department of Theater, Northwestern University
Technological Wonder: The Theatrical Fashioning of Scientific Practice, 1780-1905 

Londa Schiebinger, Violet Andrews Whittier Fellow 
Department of History, Stanford University
Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment 

Luca Scholz, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2016)
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University 
PhD: Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute
The Enclosure of Movement. Safe-conduct and the Troubles of Transit in the Holy Roman Empire 

Kyla Schuller, External Faculty Fellow
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Gender Studies After Gender: Toward Interactionist Feminism 

Miranda Spieler, External Faculty Fellow
Department of History, The American University of Paris
Slaves in Paris: Scenes From an Imperial Capital, 1700-1815 

Justin Tackett, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of English, Stanford University
Listening Between the Lines: Sound Technology and Poetry, 1816-1914

Kate van Orden, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow
Department of Music, Harvard University 
Songs in Unexpected Places

Sixiang Wang, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Autumn 2016)
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
PhD: Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Co-constructing Empire in Early Choson Korea : Knowledge Production and the Culture of Diplomacy, 1392–1592 

Colin Webster, External Faculty Fellow
Department of Classics, University of California, Davis
Technology and/as Theory: Material Thinking in Ancient Science and Medicine 

Renren Yang, Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University 
Rising from the Ashes: Dynamics of Authorship in Digital China