Yasser_ElhariryYasser Elhariry
Department of French, GSAS
“Flights from Egypt: Literary Itineraries and Poetic Languages (Georges Henein, Edmond Jabes, Joyce Mansour)”

Yasser Elhariry received his BSc and MA from Purdue University, and has studied at the Université Marc Bloch (Strasbourg, France) and the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. He completed his doctorate in the Department of French at NYU, where he presented his dissertation on francophone Egyptian literature. In it, he establishes the place of the œuvres of Georges Henein, Edmond Jabès, and Joyce Mansour in relation to contemporaneous French poetics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  He has presented numerous papers on the topic, and has a forthcoming article on Jabès and classical Arabic poetry.  His future projects involve delving deeper into the comparative poetics of French and Arabic literatures in the Near and Middle Easts. He improvises electronic music in his free time.

Yasser is currently an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College in the Department of French and Italian.

Laura_Fisher_Laura Fisher 
Department of English, GSAS
“Pedagogies of Uplift: Reform Institutions and U.S. Literary Production”

Laura Fisher completed her doctorate in English and American Literature at NYU. She earned her B.A. at McGill University and her M.A. at NYU. Her dissertation, “Pedagogies of Uplift: Reform Institutions and U.S. Literary Production,” explores the mutual relationship between social reform institutions and American literature in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Looking inside organizations—the settlement house, the working girls’ club, and the African American college—that have rarely been addressed by American literary history, her work seeks to illuminate patterns of cultural production and consumption that took shape at the nexus of professional and intellectual arenas of literature, philanthropy and reform. Laura has an article on the settlement house and Jewish American literature forthcoming in MELUSand an essay forthcoming in a volume on Contact Spaces of American Culture, both in 2012. She is a recipient of the English Department’s Millicent Bell and Carnwath-Callender Fellowships.

Laura is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at NYU.

Max LiboironMax Liboiron 
Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt
“Defunct Models of Pollution: Body Burdens and Ocean Plastics”

Max Liboiron received her BFA from Mount Allison University with an emphasis on biology, and an MFA and certificate in Cultural Studies from SUNY Stony Brook. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. Her research focuses on how 21st century plastic pollution such as ocean plastics and persistent plastic chemicals that accumulate in human tissue, defy 20th century concepts of what pollution is and how it works. Max is an author on the Discard Studies Blog and a founding member of the East Coast branch of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. As an artist, her work focuses on trash as a site of intersection for environmentalisms, non-capitalist economies and participation, and has been funded by the NSF and the American Association of University Women.

Max will spend the 2012-13 academic year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing (NYC, NY), as well as a Research Residency Fellow through an Allington Fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA).

Jeannie_MillerJeannie Miller
Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, GSAS

Jeannie Miller received her BA from Harvard University’s History and Literature program, studying early modern France and England.   She received her doctorate from NYU’s Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, in the field of classical Arabic literature.  Her dissertation analyzes the performative presentation of a new approach to matter and physicality in The Book of Animals by al-Jahiz (d. 868), a polymath who has been famously called the father of Arabic prose.  Her analysis falls between literary criticism and the history of science.  Her research interests also include the circulation of narrative in the pre-modern Mediterranean, particularly between Romance Hebrew and Arabic.

Jeannie will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto starting in January of 2013.

Sandra_RozentalSandra Rozental
Department of Anthropology, GSAS
Mobilizing the Monolith: Patrimonio, Temporality and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico

Sandra Rozental has a Bachelors’ degree in Culture and Politics and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She worked as an exhibition researcher and curator at the National Museum of Popular Cultures and at the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City from 2001-2004. She completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at NYU, working on the anthropology of objects, cultural property, history, memory and science studies. Sandra spent her year as an honorary fellow at the Humanities Initiative writing her doctoral dissertation Mobilizing the Monolith: Patrimonio, Collectivity, and Social Memory in Contemporary Mexico. This project explores competing claims around ancient artifacts in Mexico, where archaeology is central to national identity. It describes the effects of the transportation of a colossal pre-Hispanic monument from the town of Coatlinchan to Mexico City. The monolith was rendered heritage and enshrined in the National Museum of Anthropology in 1964. Forty-five years later, townspeople are remobilizing the monolith and archaeology to substantiate local claims to land and resources. Sandra has taught a seminar on the anthropology of objects at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City, and is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS fellow for 2011-2012. She is also co-directing a feature-length documentary with filmmaker Jesse Lerner titled “The Absent Stone” that is currently in production.

April_StricklandApril Strickland
Department of Anthropology, GSAS
Mediating Mãoritanga: Television, Video, and the Construction of Identity in New Zealand

April Strickland is a documentary filmmaker and received her PhD from the Anthropology Department at New York University. She earned her B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and a Certificate in Culture and Media from New York University. Her dissertation research considers how sites of Maori media production in New Zealand create, negotiate, and sustain Indigenous subject formation, reclaim Maori political and cultural agency, and contest state-legislated identities. As 2009–2010 Teaching Prize Fellow, Ms. Strickland taught undergraduate courses at New York University on The Anthropology of Media and Sovereignty and Civil Disobedience. She is also an avid sports fan.

Pu_WangPu Wang 
Department of Comparative Literature, GSAS
The Phenomenology of Zeitgeist: Guo Moruo and the Chinese Revolution

Pu Wang received his BA and MA in Chinese literature from Peking University.  He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from NYU. His research interests include modern Chinese literature and thought, Marxism and critical theory, aesthetic modernity from romanticism through realism to the avant-garde, and translation studies. His dissertation attempts a comprehensive study of Guo Moruo (1892-1978), a poet-scholar-politician of central importance to the making of creative mind and intellectual radicalism in revolutionary China. By focusing on this controversial figure, this study aims to examine some cultural-political phenomena of the Chinese Revolution — translation, political lyricism, the autobiographical self, the rewriting of national history, social scientism, and revolutionary romanticism — both as intensified patterns of a socio-historical experience and as deep linkages with Western traditions. Pu’s essay, titled “Enlightenment as ‘Romantic Science?’ Cultural Politics and Guo Moruo’s Rewritings of Ancient Chinese History,” appears in Rethinking Enlightenment in Global and Historical Contexts (ed. T. Nakajima et al. Tokyo: 2011). Pu also published widely on modern Chinese poetry in China. As a translator, he is currently participating in a collective project of translating Walter Benjamin’s Passagen-Werk into Chinese. Pu is a recipient of the Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and joins the Humanities Initiative as an honorary fellow.

Pu is currently an Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, Language and Culture at Brandeis University.