Connecticut College Fellows
Seema Golestaneh, Assistant Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2015 in Anthropology
Seema Golestaneh’s research interests include Anthropology of Religion in Iran, Politics of Cultural Heritage in Iran, Knowledge Production and the Everyday, Anthropological and Aesthetic Theory, and Intersections of Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory. Golestaneh earned her Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology at Columbia University and holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.A., also from Columbia.
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2016 in Slavic Studies
Middlebury College Fellows
Alexsia T. Chan, Assistant Professor of Government, Hamilton College
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-2016 in Political Science
Alexsia T. Chan’s research focuses on the political economy of development, authoritarian politics and Chinese politics. Currently she is working on a project examining public service provision for migrant workers and methods of social control in China. Her other research explores the relationship between international trade policy and protest. Chan holds a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Rutgers University. She was a Mellon C3 postdoctoral fellow at Middlebury College in the Department of Political Science.
J Finley, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Middlebury College
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2016 in American Studies
J Finley joined Middlebury College as Assistant Professor of American Studies in 2016, after completing a two-year C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013, and her undergraduate degree in black studies and legal studies from Hampshire College in 2004. She has taught courses in American and African American Studies, such as African American Life and Culture, Race, Class, and Gender in the U.S., and Black Women’s Bodies in Popular Culture.
Her research interests include the articulations of race, gender, and sexuality in black women’s expressive culture, the history of African American comedic practices, and black feminist politics and performance. J is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Firespitters: Sass, Womanhood, and the Making of a Black Comic Tradition, which uses oral history interviews, archival data, and ethnographic fieldwork to explore the aesthetic practices, lived experience, and political expression of black women stand-up comics in the 20th century. Her forthcoming articles explore black women’s raunchy sexual humor in the 1970s and 90s, as well as black women’s satire as postmodern performance.
Alvin Henry, Assistant Professor of English, St. Lawrence University
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2016 in English and American Literature
Alvin Henry earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of California Berkeley. He is finishing his first book, an analysis of how African American novels depict the challenges of growing up under racism. His next book project asks how novels narrate the lives of the elderly. At St. Lawrence, Henry will teach courses in literary theory as well as minority literature.
Nathaniel G. Nesmith
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2016 in Theater
Williams College Fellows
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2016 in Latina/o Studies
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2016 in English
Jamie Parra, Assistant Professor of English, Skidmore College
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-2017 in American Studies
Jamie Parra is Assistant Professor of English at Skidmore College. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 2016. He is currently working on a book titled “Prisoners of Style: Slavery, Ethics, and the Lives of American Literary Characters.”
Adam Romero, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-2017 in Environmental Studies
Adam Romera is an environmental geographer, master gardener, and assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. Originally trained as an environmental toxicologist, he has broad interests in environmental issues, particularly those related to agriculture. His current research focuses on the transmutation of industrial waste into critical industrial agricultural inputs. Covering the 75 years prior to WWII, this research highlights the role of agriculture as a non-point source consumer of industry’s toxic waste and has implications for U.S. environmental policy and current conceptions of waste and pollution.
Reginold Royston, Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2017) and
Assistant Professor of African Studies and Library and Information Studies (2017-)
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
C3-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2015 in Africana Studies
C3 Postdoctoral Fellowships