You are here

Humanities Center Welcomes New Career Launch Fellows


The Humanities Center's four new Career Launch Fellows (clockwise from top left): Anubha Anushree, Riley Brett-Roche, Jeff Nagy, and Hannah Smith-Drelich.

The Stanford Humanities Center has awarded a newly created Career Launch Fellowship to four Stanford PhD candidates for the upcoming 2021–22 academic year. Established in April 2021 to address the conditions that late-stage graduate students currently face on the job market, the program is intended to serve as a bridge between the end of the university’s formal support and the transition to a postdoctoral or faculty position, one of the most difficult periods in the course of a PhD.

Next year’s Career Launch Fellows were selected from a pool of humanities graduate students, whose work demonstrates the highest distinction and the promise of future achievement.

Anubha Anushree is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. Her dissertation, "The Moral Republic: Corruption in Colonial and Postcolonial India," examines the vicissitudes of the term "corruption" in nineteenth and twentieth century South Asia to understand how it was repurposed to produce moral authority. 

Riley Brett-Roche is a PhD candidate in Chinese history. Her project, "Sources of Chinese Modernity: A History of Archives, Access, and Authenticity," explores the history of the conservation, organization, and accessibility of the archives of modern China. The study highlights how the creation of national repositories is a global story and reconsiders the history of the idea of information as public good and human right across the twentieth century. 

Jeff Nagy is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication. His dissertation, "Watching Feeling: Emotional Data from Cybernetics to the Present," uncovers how computer scientists, psychologists, marketers, and others came together to make emotion computable over the second half of the twentieth century. 

Hannah Smith-Drelich is a PhD candidate in English literature. Her dissertation, "Altered Appetites: Food and Metaphor in Early Modern England," argues that appetite was a crucial and, in many cases, existential concept in early modern discourse. Her work situates appetite as a metaphoric nexus of early modern experience.

"One of my first priorities on becoming director was to find new ways of supporting our graduate students so we don’t lose them to the profession when they are at that last, often vulnerable phase," says Roland Greene. "I think this new program will make an enormous difference for the first class of fellows and their departments, and I look forward to welcoming these promising scholars to the Humanities Center community."

In addition to completing the dissertation, the Career Launch Fellows will pursue professional development part-time during one quarter, such as teaching a course connected to their research profile or cultivating new skills in the digital humanities, and will have the opportunity to connect with other fellows at scholarly- and professionally-oriented events at the Stanford Humanities Center. 

View the full roster of 2021–22 fellows >>

About the Stanford Humanities Center

Established in 1980, the Stanford Humanities Center sponsors advanced research in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences by investing in experiences—fellowships, workshops, lectures, and other events—that enrich research in and across the disciplines. Through a partnership with the renowned Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the Humanities Center embraces emerging digital methods to complement traditional kinds of analysis and interpretation. Together, the Stanford Humanities Center and CESTA serve as the hub of an international network of fellows, visiting scholars, students, and alumni. For further information, please visit

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 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.