Bates College Fellows
Nina Hagel, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Politics
Nina Hagel received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and her BA, also in Political Science, from Johns Hopkins University. Her research investigates questions of identity politics, recognition, and resistance, with a particular focus on theories of democratic belonging. She has taught classes on modern political theory, classical theories of political economy, theories of justice, and political freedom.
Her book project considers how appealing to a “true self” may have social and political value, even if such a self does not exist. Intervening in long-standing debates in feminist theory, critical race theory, and political theory, Nina’s book responds to various critiques of authenticity appeals, and argues for a renewed appreciation of the term in political life. Through a series of engagements with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Michel Foucault, and writings from American social movements in the sixties and today, her book offers a framework for appealing to the term that departs its problematic ontological grounds and is attuned to its political risks.
The Politics of Authenticity, Fall 2016
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Ian Shin, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in History
Ian Shin received his PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University. He also holds an AB, magna cum laude, from Amherst College. A historian of the 19th- and 20th-century United States, Ian is interested in how “culture,” broadly defined, reflects but also shapes the politics of its time; his research on the politics of culture concentrates in particular on the history of U.S.-China relations and Asian American history. His dissertation, “Making ‘Chinese art’ Knowledge and Authority in the Transpacific Progressive Era,” explores how Chinese art in the United States emerged in the early twentieth century through a contested process of knowledge production, and analyzes its significance for questions of U.S. imperialism and exceptionalism during this period. As he continues to revise his dissertation into a book manuscript, Ian is excited to develop a second project on the history of empathy as a catalyst for social change in American life.
China in the U.S. Imagination, Fall 2016
U.S. Immigration History, Spring 2017
Rohan Sud, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Philosophy
Rohan Sud is a recent graduate from the philosophy department at the University of Michigan. His research lies at the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophy of language and aims to understand what the structure of language can teach us about the world it represents. His dissertation focuses on vagueness in language and arguments that there is vagueness “in the world.” Rohan’s teaching interests also include the philosophy of religion, epistemology, and decision theory.
Hoang Vu Tran, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Education
Hoang Vu Tran’ research and teaching interests include critical race theory, whiteness, and education. Particularly, he is interested in how educational stakeholders understand race and racial subordination in the ‘colorblind’ era. He received a PhD in Education from University of California, Berkeley, MA in Education from California State University–Long Beach, and BA in History from University of California, Irvine. He completed his dissertation with the support of the University of California’s Chancellor’s and Dissertation Year fellowships.
His study, “The Betrayal of Brown v. Board of Education: How Brown’s promise is unfulfilled and what it says about the continuing problem of race in education,” examines the history of the Supreme Court’s interventions on race since Brown and the Civil Rights Era. Utilizing a critical race framework, he argues that contemporary political movements opposed to race positive policies, in and beyond education, are discursive progenies of segregationist cloaked in colorblindness. He enjoys teaching and working with students examining issues of race, policy, and the democratic promise of education.
Race & Education, Fall 2016
Democracy & Education, Spring 2017
Connecticut College Fellows
Ellen Cole Lee, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Classics
Ellen Cole Lee’s teaching and research interests include cognitive approaches to the ancient world, gender and sexuality in Latin literature, and classical reception in the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds. She completed her Ph.D. in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan, where she successfully defended her dissertation, “Lethaeus Amor: Love and Memory in Latin Elegy,” in 2015. Lee is continuing her research on Roman memory and reception through projects on the rhetorical ars memoriae and late antique centos. At Connecticut College, she is excited to be teaching courses like “Medieval Latin” and “Ancient Rome in Film.”
Marcelle Medford, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Sociology
Marcelle Medford received her PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago in 2016. As a scholar of immigration, race and ethnicity, Marcelle’s research investigates how groups use cultural meanings to produce inter and intra ethnic social boundaries. With support from the Social Science Research Council and The Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture, she completed her dissertation The Culture of Distance: Rethinking Black Ethnic Relations. This work draws on three years of ethnographic data from Jamaican immigrant entrepreneurial and leisure organizations in the Midwest. Marcelle finds that rather than acting to establish boundaries between themselves and African Americans, the most salient boundaries produced through these immigrants’ cultural practices are those of competing Jamaican nationalisms between immigrants of different generations and political ideologies. This work forces us to address how cultural practices relate to how we have traditionally thought about identity among immigrants.
Marcelle is a trained ethnographer who teaches students qualitative methods and provides them with hands-on field experience by hiring them to collect data for her ongoing research projects. Beyond the classroom, she is a committed mentor in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. This fall, Marcelle will be teaching a course on contemporary urban immigration at Connecticut College.
Siri Colom received her PhD in Sociology at University of California, Berkeley, in 2014. She holds a BA in English and Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University, and MA in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an MA in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley. Her work emerges from an interest in urban sociology and social change and touches on issues of class, race, environment, space, politics of the everyday, and urban political apparatuses. She spent 18 months engaged in ethnographic fieldwork for her dissertation “Beyond Defeat: the Politics of Visibility in Post-Katrina New Orleans”. Prior to her work on New Orleans, she researched the intersection of Afro-Cuban religions, tourism, and the state in Havana, Cuba. Before her academic career she taught music at an elementary school, ran a program for Latino high school students, was a staff photographer for Boston’s Black newspaper, worked for a dialogue organization, and traveled solo for a half a year.
- Urban Sociology, Fall 2014
- The Invisible/Visible City, Spring 2015
- Sociology of the Wild, Fall 2015
- Contesting the City: Capitalism, Race, and Nature, Spring 2016
- External mentor:
- Caroline Lee (Sociology, Lafayette College)
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Lindsay Crawford completed her Ph.D. in philosophy at University of California, Berkeley, in 2015. She received her B.A. in philosophy (summa cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College in 2005. Her dissertation, “Epistemic Obligation in Perspective,” aims to make sense of the norms that underwrite prescriptive claims we make about what people ought to believe. She has additional research interests in areas at the intersection of epistemology and ethics. She has recently been working on the topic of epistemic injustice: the idea that one can wrong another person by not according that person’s word sufficient credibility, owing in part to an identity prejudice against that person. She looks forward to developing this work further in a senior seminar on epistemic injustice at Connecticut College in Spring 2016.
- David Hume, Fall 2015
- Belief, Responsibility, and Epistemic Injustice, Spring 2016
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Sookyoung Lee received her Ph.D. in English from University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. from Swarthmore College. Her research concerns the intellectual history of the decades leading up to WWI and its relationship to mid-century cultural studies. Homing in on interstitial moments — between nineteenth-century realism and an emergent aesthetics yet to be called modernism, between the modernist avant-garde and a postwar formal exhaustion yet to be called postmodernism — her dissertation, “The Prosaics of Weak Modernism,” reads twentieth-century novels with the lens of historical linguistics to describe how a new style comes into being. As she works this into a book manuscript under the auspices of the postdoctoral fellowship, she will also start her next project on Joseph Conrad and theories of imperialism. She is currently teaching a course required of all English majors, “The Theory and Practice of Literary Study.” In the spring, she will teach a seminar called “Just What is English?” on contemporary poets and novelists’ use of the English language, and how decolonization and postwar politics influenced the evolution of English.
- The Theory and Practice of Literary Study, Fall 2015
- Just What is English?, Spring 2016
- For more information:
- Connecticut College faculty profile
- Departments / programs of interest
- Political Science
- International or Global Studies
- Democracy and Its Critics, Fall 2015
- What is Justice?
- Quest for Justice
- Europe in Crisis
- The European Union: the Politics of Legitimacy
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Middlebury College Fellows
Sony Coranez-Bolton, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Spanish & Portuguese
Sony Coráñez Bolton received his PhD in American Culture and Ethnic Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also holds an MA in Foreign Language and Literature from Marquette University. Sony researches and teaches at the intersection of postcolonial disability studies, queer-of-color-critique, transnational feminism, and comparative ethnic studies. His dissertation “Crip Native Woman: the Hispanic American Philippines and the Postcolonial Disability Cultures of U.S. Empire” explores the Hispanophone cultural production of Filipinos under U.S. colonial rule during the early 20th century and diasporic Filipino cultural politics that cite Spanish cultural archives. As a disability studies scholar he has published work on the coloniality of Chinese footbinding in Filipino travel literature in Spanish. Drawing on Fulbright research performed the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, during his time at Middlebury Sony will explore how Philippine queer theorists prove the “indigeneity” of alternative sexuality and gender presentations as autochthonous native practices ironically using U.S. translations of Spanish colonial archives. This research will be the topic of his course “crip.native.queer”, which will be offered in the Spring term, 2017. During the Fall term 2016, he will offer a course on “Comparative Borderlands”, which will have students draw connections between Filipina/o and Latina/o cultural politics and literature.
Erica Morrell, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Sociology-Anthropology
Erica Morrell earned her PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan. She holds a BA in Sociology from Boston University. Her research regards how different types of knowledge and knowledge-holders clash and come together to shape socio-political change, why, and with what impacts. Her dissertation, “The Politics of Urban Food Policy: Knowledge, Power and the (Trans)Formation of American Governance,” explores battles over expertise and influence specifically in relation to food (re)localization. Erica has also examined these issues in the context of intellectual property rights in agriculture, research involving human subjects, and environmental impact assessments. Additionally, Erica has written for the popular national magazine Urban Farm, and she spent several years working and volunteering with housing insecure populations, at a major food non-profit, and on rural and urban farms. At Middlebury College, Erica will further develop her dissertation research and launch a new project concerned with the emerging “first food” movement, which challenges food systems inequities affecting infant nutrition, particularly in minority and lower-income communities. Erica is excited to teach Sociology and contribute to Middlebury’s Food Studies and Privilege & Poverty areas, and she looks forward to engaging across the bucolic campus on these and other issues.
Daniel Rodriguez-Navas, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Philosophy
Daniel Rodríguez-Navas was awarded a PhD degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2016. Before coming to the U.S. for his doctoral studies, he received an MA in Philosophy (Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris-Sorbonne), a Magistère in Contemporary Philosophy (Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris-Sorbonne, and École Normale Supérieure), and a BA in Philosophy and Logic (Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris-Sorbonne). He has worked as a lecturer at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Daniel’s philosophical interests center around the normative dimension of human existence, on human behavior insofar as norms apply to it. His doctoral dissertation, The Ethical Views of Michel Foucault, focuses on Foucault’s attempt to account for the normative force of ethical claims without relying in a teleological conception of human being.
A passionate pedagogue, Daniel has taught a number of courses on ethics, the history of philosophy, the intersection of ethics and aesthetics and, most recently, on philosophy and film. Both in his research and in his teaching, he draws from ‘continental,’ ‘analytic,’ and ‘non-mainstream’ sources alike.
Between Freedom and Despair (or the Joys of Self-Constitution): An Introduction to Existentialism, Fall 2016
Subjugation, Discrimination and Political Transformation, Spring 2017
Abhijeet Paul’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of ethnography, globalization, and literature. He received his Ph.D. in South and Southeast Asian Studies from University of California, Berkeley, in 2015. In 2003, Abhijeet received a Ph.D. in English (American Literature) from Calcutta University, India, for which he was awarded a USEFI-Fulbright fellowship in 2000. His entry on “dependency theory” is forthcoming (Blackwell). One of his current dissertation chapters on the real and the fake in global cultures is forthcoming in an edited volume on globalization and deterritorialization (Brill). He frequently reviews books for Critical Inquiry. He is preparing two monographs for publication. The first one is on the relationship between technology, work, and ethics in the global South and the other is on “political test” in the Bengali novels of Jibanananda Das, a modernist Bengali author. In 2014, he was interviewed in New Philosopher in a special issue on “Work.” This fall, Abhijeet is teaching a course exploring the relationship between municipal spaces and the literatures of the global South. In the spring, he will teach a course on globalization and cinema.
- Municipal Fictions, Fall 2015
- Cinema in a Globalizing World, Spring 2016
- For more information:
- Middlebury College faculty page
Trinh Tran received her Ph.D. in sociology at University of California, Berkeley, in 2015. She received her M.A. from Unviersity of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. from the University of Chicago, both in sociology. With the support of the National Science Foundation and the University of California’s Chancellor’s Fellowship, she completed her dissertation, Overlapping and Disconnected Social Spheres: A Multi-Contextual Model of the Link Between School Choice and Neighborhood Effects on Adolescents. This work, which is based on 74 in-depth interviews with students across five Philadelphia public high schools, shows how school choice fragments local adolescent community networks and exacerbates the violent conditions that children face at their local neighborhood schools. Trinh has worked in several large urban school districts, including Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco.
- Departments / programs of interest:
- Public Policy
- Social Welfare
- Gender, Adolescents, and Violence, Fall 2015
- Education and Social Policy, Spring 2016
- For more information:
- Middlebury College faculty page
Williams College Fellows
Lloyd Barba, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Latina/o Studies and Religion
Lloyd Barba earned his PhD from the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2016. Lloyd completed his BA in History and Religious Studies from the University of the Pacific in his hometown of Stockton, California.
He enjoys research and teaching on various topics of American history, but chief among those are two hotly debated matters: race and religion. Thinking about the two in tandem produces fascinating conversations, as the two show to be an increasingly relevant topic. Public history and archives are critical components to his teaching since he believes that even the most chronologically distant narratives can be brought alive by the meaning we place in them as stories, myths, truths, and “histories.” His research on Pentecostalism offers new ways of conceptualizing the history of farm workers and representations of marginalized groups. In the fall 2016 semester he will offer a course titled “Religion and Migration.” Lloyd is always willing to try any tea as a latte, any food that doesn’t have horseradish, and any sport except for free climbing.
Religion and Migration, Fall 2016
Kailani Polzak, C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018 in Art History
Kailani Polzak received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 and received a BA with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2007. She specializes in European visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is particularly interested in the pictorial politics of race and colonialism in Oceania. Her dissertation, Inscribed Distances: Picturing Human Difference and Scientific Discovery Between Europe and Oceania focused on English, French, and Russian exploratory voyages in the Pacific in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and how the printed works resulting from these voyages were marshaled in arguments on the origins of human difference. Kailani is interested in how these works manifest encounters between differing ideologies and aesthetics and also reveal the gaps between imagistic theories of race and picture making practices.
To complement her research and writing in the United States, she has conducted research abroad in France, Germany, England, Aotearoa – New Zealand, and Australia with the support of fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Georges Lurcy Foundation. Kailani looks forward to joining the Art Department at Williams College where she will work on turning her dissertation into a book manuscript. In Fall 2016, Kailani will be teaching a seminar on the relationship between the origins of aesthetics and the origins of racial theories in the eighteenth century.
Anicia Timberlake received her Ph.D. in History and Literature of Music from University of California, Berkeley, in 2015. Her dissertation, “The Politics and Practice of Children’s Music Education in the German Democratic Republic (1949-1989),” investigates music pedagogy in socialist Germany beyond state-mandated propaganda songs, showing how music teachers, musicologists, and composers used non-texted forms of music to shape children to their own ideals of the socialist citizen. Anicia’s other research interests include Schlager (a German pop genre) and child stars in contemporary America. Outside of work, she plays the viola, the violin, and the bass, and enjoys the outdoors. Anicia is from Santa Cruz, CA.
- Musics of the Twentieth Century, Fall 2015
- Music and the Cold War, Spring 2016
- For more information:
- Williams College faculty profile
C3 Postdoctoral Fellowships