Graduate Fellows 2010-2011

Jonathan Cottrell
Department of Philosophy, GSAS
“Contradictions and Absurdities” in Hume’s View of the Self

Jonathan Cottrell received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, before joining NYU’s Philosophy Department in the Fall of 2005. He completed his Ph.D. in August 2012, and spent his Fellowship year with the Humanities Initiative writing a dissertation chapter about David Hume’s view of the self, which will put forward an interpretation of Hume’s claim that “the identity which we ascribe to the mind of man is only a fictitious one,” and use this interpretation to defend a new account of the reasons why Hume would later come to retract his own view of the self in a notoriously obscure passage of his Appendix to ‘A Treatise of Human Nature.’ Jonathan also plans to begin work on a paper explaining and evaluating the conception of the imagination that informs Hume’s conception of the fictitious.

Jonathan is the recipient of a 2011-12 ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for“Fictions of the Imagination” in Hume’s ‘Treatise’ . As of Fall 2012, he is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at NYU.

Michael GallopeMichael Gallope
Department of Music, GSAS
“Immanence and Singularity in Modernist Philosophies of Music, 1910-1980”

Michael Gallope received a BA in Visual Arts and a BM in Piano from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he was recipient of the John Elvin Piano Prize. He completed his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at NYU and was a recipient of an Advanced Certificate in Poetics and Theory. His research centered on the philosophy of music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His dissertation, entitled “Immanence and Singularity in Modernist Philosophies of Music, 1910-1980” was a four-part comparative study of the way Bloch, Adorno, Jankélévitch, and Deleuze each renew the Hegelian tradition of speculative thought in relation to shifting ontologies of what constitutes the proper foundation of musical technique. He has published articles on Cavell, Deleuze, Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, and the phenomenology of music. His future projects include an archival study of modernist self-consciousness in the work of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and an analytical and theoretical study on the role of chant in experiences of the demand for political change.

Gallope is currently a Collegiate Assistant Professor of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, and is working on an article on Richard Taruskin and speculative historiography, and another on the punk experimentalism and vernacular intellectual culture.

Jessica GoethalsJessica Goethals
Department of Italian Studies, GSAS
“Renovatio: The Literature of Revival and Reform after the Sack of Rome (1527)”

Jessica Goethals received her Ph.D. from the Department of Italian Studies. She completed her BA at Northwestern University and her MA at NYU. Her areas of interest include fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italian literature and intellectual history, prophecy and apocalypse, the intersection between Spanish and Italian literature, and the twentieth-century novel. Her dissertation, “Renovatio: The Literature of Revival and Reform after the Sack of Rome (1527)” explores representations of the apocalyptic fall of the Eternal City and attempts to rejuvenate Italian letters in its aftermath. She is also co-editor, with Valerie McGuire and Gaoheng Zhang, of the proceedings of the 2006 NYU graduate conference, “Power and Image in Early Modern Europe” (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).

Goethals is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Italian Studies at NYU.

Scott SelbergScott Selberg
Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt
“The Matter With Old People: Visual Culture and Alzheimer’s Disease”

Scott Selberg earned his BA in Art History from Williams College and his MA in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. His research and teaching interests include visual culture, critical theory, cultural memory, science and technology studies, and cultural studies. His dissertation explores the visual culture of Alzheimer’s disease, focusing in particular on the intersections of cognition, age, and bioethics. Scott also has a background in film and radio production and as a curator and programmer at film festivals and museums.

Aaron Tugendhaft Aaron Tugendhaft
Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, GSAS
“Baal is Our King”: Politics and Narrative at the End of the Bronze Age”

Aaron Tugendhaft received his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic studies at New York University, with a focus on the Hebrew Bible and its ancient near eastern context. His research centered on the relationship between theology and politics in the myth of Baal from the ancient Mediterranean city of Ugarit. He also taught courses on political philosophy and religion at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he has been a part-time faculty member since 2007. In 2008, he curated the exhibition Idol Anxiety for the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art in Chicago. Before coming to NYU, he received a B.A. in Art History and an M.A. in Social Thought, both from the University of Chicago, and studied philosophy and Jewish thought respectively at the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In his spare time, he makes handmade books with The Crumpled Press and attends operas at the Met.

Aaron was awarded the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Learned Practices of Canonical Texts Seminar by the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte for Summer 2012. He also published “On ym and A.AB.BA at Ugarit,” Ugarit-Forschungen 42 (2010 [2012]).

Tugendhaft’s first book, Baal and Bronze Age Politics , is in preparation and will be published De Gruyter.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and managing editor of The Crumpled Press.

Matthew WatkinsMatthew Watkins
Institute of French Studies and Department of History, GSAS
“Mendésisme and Modernization: The Making of an Indissoluble Association in Post-Liberation France, 1944-1975”

Matthew is pursuing a joint Ph.D. in History and French Studies. His dissertation, “Mendésisme and Modernization: The Making of an Indissoluble Association in Post-Liberation France, 1944-1975,” considers the origins and social uses of the remarkable proliferation of public celebrations of Pierre Mendès France, the Prime Minister of France for a mere seven-and-a-half months in the mid-1950s. Rather than the traditional biographical focus on Mendès, this work contends that the so-called “mendésistes” played a key, and under-appreciated, role in the diffusion of a potent postwar discourse of “modernization”: a kind of magical thinking associated with technocratic expert leadership, the panacea of productivity, and the elevation of the economy into the master-realm from which all other social change would necessarily flow. Matthew earned a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. at the University of Toronto. He was awarded a Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship for 2010-2011 and joined the Humanities Initiative as an Honorary Fellow.