Graduate Fellows 2007-2008

Michael Birenbaum Quintero Michael Birenbaum Quintero
Department of Music, GSAS

“The Musical Making of Race and Place in Colombia’s Black Pacific”
Michael Birenbaum Quintero is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Bowdoin College. He received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from New York University’s Department of Music. He is the recipient of various awards, including the Fulbright International Institutional Exchange Grant, The New York University Humanities Fellowship, the New York University Presidential Service Award, and the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Charles Seeger Prize. He has published in English and Spanish academic journals and edited volumes, and has worked closely with musicians on concerts and workshops as well as on a recording by the Smithsonian Folkways label. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Colombia and is the founder and director of NYU’s Afrocolombian Marimba Ensemble. He has been an Associated Investigator with the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History and a consultant with the Colombian Ministry of Culture and the PCN, an Afro-Colombian activist organization. He dissertation examined the Afrocolombian music known as “currulao” and the black political movement in Colombia, titled: “Déjame Subir/Let Me Rise: The Musical Making of Race and Place in Colombia’s Black Pacific.” His blog, La Guayabita, can be found

In 2010 he published “Turf Wars. Territory and Citizenship in the Contemporary State. By Bettina Ng’weno [Review Article].” E-Misférica 6.2 and “Las poéticas sonoras del Pacífico Sur.” [“The Poetics of Sound in the Southern Pacific”], in Músicas y Prácticas Sonoras en el Pacífico Afrocolombiano. [Musics and Sonic Practices in the Afro-Colombian Pacific], ed. Juan Sebastián Ochoa Escobar, Carolina Santamaría Delgado, Manuel Sevilla Peñuela. (Bogotá: Universidad Javeriana). In 2011, he published “Música afropacífica y autenticidad identitaria en la época de la etnodiversidad” [“Afro-Pacific Music and Identitarian Authenticity in the Era of Ethnodiversity”], in En nombre de la diferencia. Redes, experiencias urbanas y acciones afirmativas de la negridad en Colombia. [“In the Name of Difference. Networks, Urban Experiences and Affirmative Actions of Blackness in Colombia”], ed. Eduardo Restrepo and Axel Rojas (Popayán: Universidad del Cauca)He has also contributed to the “Latino Music” section of the forthcoming Grove Dictionary of Music(2013).

Marcela Echeverri Marcela Echeverri
Department of History, GSAS
“Popular Royalists and Revolution in Colombia: Nationalism and Empire, 1780-1840”

Marcela Echeverri has a background in Anthropology (BA, Los Andes University, 1997) and Political Theory (MA, New School for Social Research, 2001) and received her Ph.D. from New York University’s Latin American and Caribbean History program with a dissertation entitled “Popular Royalists and Revolution in Colombia: Nationalism and Empire, 1780-1840.” She has been a fellow of the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (ICANH) in Bogotá, Colombia (2004-2005); of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Fundación Mapfre in Madrid, Spain (2005-2006); of the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI (2007); and was recipient of an NYU Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship for writing (2007-2008) as well as an honorary fellow of NYU’s Humanities Initiative.

Her publications include a contribution to The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, 1750 to the Present, ed. Peter N. Stearns (OUP, 2008), and the articles “Conflicto y hegemonía en el suroccidente de la Nueva Granada, 1780-1800,” in Revista Fronteras de la Historia 11 (2006); “Antropólogas pioneras y nacionalismo liberal en Colombia (1941-1949),” in Revista Colombiana de Antropología 43 (2007); “‘Enraged to the Limit of Despair’: Infanticide and Slave Judicial Strategies in Barbacoas, 1789-1798,” in Slavery & Abolition Vol. 30, No. 3, September 2009, pp. 403-426; “Los derechos de indios y esclavos realistas y la transformación política en Popayán, Nueva Granada (1808-1820)” (“The Rights of Royalist Indians and Slaves and the Political Transformation of Popayán, New Granada (1808-1820)”), in Revista de Indias Vol LXIX, No 246 (2009), pp. 45-72; and “Popular Royalists, Empire, and Politics in Southwestern New Granada, 1809-1819,” in Hispanic American Historical Review. 91:2 (2011), pp. 237-26.

Echeverri is currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. In 2011, she was awarded the James Alexander Robertson Prize by the Conference on Latin American History. She was also given the Mellon Residential Fellowship for 2011-2012 by the Center of the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Echeverri is currently completing a book manuscript, In Favor of the King: Popular Royalists, Empire, and Revolution in Colombia, 1780 – 1820.

Karen Santos Da SilvaKaren Santos Da Silva
Department of French, GSAS
“From Maxims to Novels: The Modern Ethics of Subjectivity in the Work of Madame Riccoboni”

Karen Santos Da Silva received her Ph.D. from the Department of French Literature and Civilization in GSAS at NYU. Under the direction of Professor Anne Deneys-Tunney, she completed her dissertation entitled “From Maxims to Novels: The Modern Ethics of Subjectivity in the Work of Madame Riccoboni” in which she studies the interplay between Riccoboni’s novel of sensibility and the seventeenth-century classical moralist discourses that Riccoboni integrates in her fictions. In addition to finishing this project, Karen is beginning the process of looking for a university position somewhere, alas, outside of New York City.

Santos Da Silva currently is a Lecturer of French at Barnard College, and she previously was a guest faculty member of the Department of French at Sarah Lawrence College.