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Stanford Humanities Center Welcomes Hume Fellows

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Ariela Algaze
Art history major Ariela Algaze is one of 14 undergraduates awarded a Hume Humanities Honors Fellowship this year. (Image courtesy of Ariela Algaze)

The Stanford Humanities Center announced the 14 undergraduates who have been awarded Hume Humanities Honors Fellowships for the 2020–21 academic year. Established eight years ago, the Hume Fellowship Program has grown from eight seniors to its largest cohort yet.


Nominated by faculty advisers early in the fall quarter, each of the students receiving a fellowship is writing an honors thesis in one of Stanford’s humanities departments. Their research topics include substance use in the criminal justice system, the historical consciousness of Korea’s working class, and the cinema of Kelly Reichardt, among others.

Each fellow will receive a stipend for research project materials, and, while the shared office at the Humanities Center will not be available this year due to restrictions associated with COVID-19, they will have the opportunity to participate virtually in a variety of tailored group activities to promote intellectual engagement with one another as well as the broader SHC community. Despite the unconventional structure of the 2020–21 academic year, the students will receive continued support from the Humanities Center even as their research and writing are happening from afar.

“None of our fellows are having quite the year that we anticipated,” says Humanities Center director Roland Greene. “And so I want to recognize not only the dedicated work of these Hume Fellows, but their adaptability in confronting a lot of challenges. It's a pleasure welcoming them to our community, and it’s my hope that they will continue to think of the Center as one of their intellectual homes as they develop their careers.”


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Ariela Algaze
Art History, Minor in Medieval Studies and Classics
The Poetics of Baptism: Liturgical Performance and Ekphrasis in the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence

Sophia Colello
Classics and Archaeology
Imperial Substance: Ancient Numismatics and the Malleable Conditions of Sovereignty

Ayelet Drazen
Political Science and Philosophy
Addiction, Agency, and Responsibility: Substance Use Disorders in the Criminal Justice System

Megan Faircloth
East Asian Studies
Precious Threads of Time: Tracing the Historical Consciousness of Korea’s Working Class through Literature

Kory Gaines
African and African American Studies and Political Science
Shirley Graham Du Bois and the Politics of Truth

Eunice Jung
Anthropology and International Relations, Minor in Education
Undesirable Girls: The Politics of Desire, Love, Self-Making in Dropping Out of School to Work

Paloma Moreno Jimenez
Urban Studies
The Effects of Testimonio on Migrant Mothers: A Closer Look at Desahogamiento

Allison Oddman
African and African American Studies, Minor in Film and Media Studies
Performance as Liberation: Theatrical Possibilities of De-Labored Black Womanhood

Emilia Porubcin
History, Minor in Computer Science
Inequality in a Socialist Utopia

Maggie Roache
Political Science, Minor in Human Rights
Controversy in the Classroom: An Analysis of Spanish Secondary School Education on the Civil War, Franco, and the Democratic Transition

Will Shao
Classics, Minor in Modern Languages and International Relations
When Worlds Collide: Prophecy in Greek Tragedy

Angel Marie Smith
African and African American Studies, Minor in Creative Writing
The (Dis)Order of Race: Historical Limitations and Fictional Liberations

Julianna Yonis
Science, Technology and Society, and Theater & Performance Studies
Performative Algorithms: Content Recommendation and the Shaping of Self-Identification

Anqi Yu
Film and Media Studies, Minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Politics of Place in the Cinema of Kelly Reichardt


Hume Fellowships are made possible by gifts from George H. Hume and Leslie P. Hume.