Fellows

Students outside the Social Sciences and Humanities building

2020-21 Faculty Research Fellows 

Ryan Cartwright, American Studies

  • Friendless and Infirm: Material Relations of Care and the Gendered Emergence of Chronic Illness in the Twentieth Century U.S.

Stacy Fahrenthold, History

  • Working Class Cosmopolitans: Syrian Textile Workers in the Arab Atlantic, 1890-1934

Liza Grandia, Native American Studies

  • Kernels of Rebellion: Maize, Food Citizenship, and Political Agency

Milmon Harrison, African American and African Studies

  • The Sunset Limited: California Stories of the Great Migration, 1940s-1980s

José Juan Pérez Meléndez, History

  • Amazon Bounty: State Power and Extractive Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Brazil

Archana Venkatesan, Religious Studies and Comparative Literature

  • Poetry Makes Worlds: The Festival of Recitation in Tamil Nadu, India

Gina Werfel, Art and Art History

  • Excavation and Aggregation

2020 Magrit Mondavi Summer Fellows

Gretchen Le Maistre, Studio Art

  • Museum of Southern History

Sarah Hart, Performance Studies

  • Affective Facilitation: Applied Theater in Contexts of Displacement and Violence

Zunaira Komal, Cultural Studies

  • Psychiatric Life of Azad Kashmir: Healing, Liberation, and Islam

Alejandra Cano, Native American Studies

  • Embodied Knowledge: the Archive that Conserves Native Honeybees

2020 DHI Summer Graduate Fellow

Maria Jose Gutierrez, Spanish and Portuguese

  • Mobile Archives: Affect, Migration, and Storytelling in Twentieth Century Ecuador

2020 Podcasting Fellows

  • Cinthya Ammerman is a 5th year PhD student in Native American Studies. Cinthya's research focuses on the historical links between Mapuche and California Indians, and the possibility for emerging responses to climate change that may arise from hemispheric collaboration. Cinthya has increasingly used digital storytelling in her work in the classroom and with indigenous communities and will use her new podcasting skills to further both her pedagogical and service work.
  • Beshara Kehdi is a 3rd year PhD student in Cultural Studies. Beshara’s research focuses on Arab-American history and social movements, ethnic studies education and curricula, and writing and rhetoric.  He has worked for over 10 years with Arabic and non-Arabic speaking immigrants and refugees in a variety of arts, literacy, and empowerment programs in and out of schools. Beshara has a forthcoming podcast in Arabic called Grandma's Advice: Things You Wish You Asked Your Arab Grandma, But Never Did.
  • Ashley Teodorson-Taggart is a 2nd year PhD student in Performance Studies, with DE’s in Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Theory and Research, and Studies in Performance and Practice. Her research interests emerge from a decade-long career as a birth doula. Her current project involves the creation of a weekly podcast where local scholars, birth workers, and policy experts are drawn into contemporary, cross disciplinary dialogue around the state of birth care through pandemic time.