Connecticut College Fellows
Siri Colom received her Ph.D. in Sociology at UC 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.
This fall, Siri is teaching Urban Sociology.
Seema Golestaneh is a PhD Candidate in socio-cultural anthropology at Columbia University. She holds a BA from Barnard College and an MA also from Columbia. Her research interests include the anthropology of Islam, knowledge production and the everyday, and anthropological and aesthetic theory.
This fall, Seema is teaching Anthropology of Religion.
Tony Lin received his PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley in 2014, with a dissertation on the history of Fryderyk Chopin’s reception in Russian and Polish literature and culture. He has published on topics ranging from Russian literature and music to Polish theater. A recipient of fellowships such as the IIE Fulbright and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant, Lin has also been recognized for his excellence in teaching, winning the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award at Berkeley in 2010. In addition, Dr. Lin is an accomplished pianist, having graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Music and given numerous recitals in the United States and Europe. He speaks six languages besides English (Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, Polish and Russian fluently; German at an advanced level; French at the intermediate level), and he looks forward to learning many more.
This fall, Tony is teaching a first-year seminar, “The Absurd.”
Middlebury College Fellows
J Finley earned a BA at Hampshire College in 2004 and completed her doctorate in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley in 2013. Her research focuses on black women’s history and performance, particularly representations and the circulation of black womanhood in expressive culture. Her dissertation, “Firespitters: Performance, Power, and Payoff in African American Women’s Humor, 1968-Present,” explored the social, cultural, and political production of black women comics. As a postdoctoral scholar, her goal is to produce a book manuscript looking at the political and cultural significance of black women’s comedy. In addition to her scholarly work, she had the opportunity to work as a research fellow at the African American Museum in Philadelphia in 2012-2013, where she was a curatorial assistant for the exhibit Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection, which used The Supremes’ performance gowns to tell a story of how black women helped transform American popular culture in the 1960s.
This fall, J is teaching Black Comic Cultures.
Alvin Henry joins Middlebury College’s Department of English and American Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. As a scholar of African American culture, Henry’s book project investigates the question of black identity after slavery. Drawing on literary and cultural archives from the twentieth century, Henry argues that the black Bildungsroman ends not with the formation of a coherent black subject and her integration into society, as in the Western Bildungsroman, but with her deformation. He shows how African American authors, performers, and politicians sought to cast off the identities given to them from white culture before beginning to forge their own. Thus, his project reclaims a tradition that rejected the narrative of racial uplift that dominated the last century. Besides the academic study of African American culture, Dr. Henry has worked for the NAACP as a teacher and for an urban school district helping to bring after school, summer school, health services, and community services to low-income families. Dr. Henry also trained as an ethnographer and worked with unhoused youth in San Francisco. He looks forward to exploring Vermont by bike and in the snow.
This fall, Alvin is teaching Emergence of Black Modernism.
Nathaniel G. Nesmith, who earned a B.A. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is a 20th– and 21st-century drama specialist with an M.F.A. in playwriting and a Ph.D. in theatre from Columbia University. He has published articles in American Theatre, The Dramatist, The Drama Review, The New York Times, The Yale Review, Text & Presentation, African American Review, and other publications. His Columbia University dissertation, Freedom and Equality Now! Contextualizing the Nexus between the Civil Rights Movement and Drama, explores issues that were central to the American Civil Rights Movement.
This fall, Nathaniel is teaching Dramatizing Black Experience.
Williams College Fellows
Alma Granado received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 2014. She completed her dissertation with the support of the University of California’s Chancellor’s Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. She has extensive experience teaching reading and composition, Latino and multiethnic literature, immigration, and ethnic studies. Her work broadly examines how post-1960s Chicano literature has depicted immigration and migration not only in their physical and geographical dimensions, but also as a psychological, gendered, queered, often violent, ideological movement that is shaped by contradicting sources of power and material realities. Through the lens of women of color, queer, and political theories, she argues that these stories and novels necessarily reproduce the tension between globalized circuits of power and the simultaneous reinforcement of territorial sovereignty in fractured narrative forms that theorize power and lay bare how Chicana/o writers posit both literary and embodied protests to hegemonic formations of power. She will work to turn her dissertation into a book manuscript while at Williams and looks forward to teaching in the Latino/a Studies Program.
This fall, Alma is teaching “Queering the Color Line”: Queer Black and Latina/o Literature.
Seulghee Lee is a C3 Program Postdoctoral Fellow in English at Williams College, his alma mater. He received his Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley in 2014. His dissertation, “Other Lovings”: Abjection, Love Bonds, and the Queering of Race, explores the function of love in contemporary African-American and Asian-American literature, discussing works by Audre Lorde, Amiri Baraka, David Henry Hwang, Chang-rae Lee, Adrian Tomine, and Gayl Jones, as well as the cultural phenomena of “Linsanity” and “Afro-pessimism.” His research interests include queer theory, psychoanalysis, and the Frankfurt School, in addition to his fields of black and Asian American studies. At Berkeley, he taught courses on experimental writing, hip-hop culture and poetics, black visual art, autobiography, and the Black Arts movement, in addition to assisting in courses on Shakespeare, the American novel, disability studies, American poetry, and African-American fiction. He graduated from Williams with highest honors and as a Mellon Mays fellow in 2007.
This fall, Seulghee is teaching Amiri Baraka and Audre Lorde.
Reginold Royston received his PhD in African Diaspora Studies with a designated emphasis in New Media at UC Berkeley in 2014. Reginold’s areas of interest include Science & Technology, media, modernity and race, Online education, and IT for Social Change. His dissertation, “Trending in Ghana: Homeland, Diaspora and New Media Publics,” investigates how diaspora is deployed in discourse on development; in news, social and entertainment media; and in the social imaginary of Ghana.
This fall, Reginold is teaching Digital Diaspora: Interrogating Race, New Media, and Black Cultural Production Online.
C3 Postdoctoral Fellowships