Graduate Fellows 2013-2014

Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi
Department of History, GSAS

Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History. With a strong interest in West African urban history and colonial cartography, her research pairs historical and visual narratives in order to reconstruct the past, in place. She earned her B.Sc. at Northeastern and her M.A. at NYU.  Her dissertation explores the local spatial practices of the women and men living, trading, working and proselytizing on the western coast of Africa in the Bight of Benin. In particular, she analyzes how they imagined, manipulated and represented the spaces they lived in, how they built their homes and cities, and even how they destroyed them, in tense competitions for political and economic power in Lagos between 1845 and 1870.

Ademide is the recipient of the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in History for 2013-14, and joins the Humanities Initiative as an honorary fellow.

Dwaipayan Banerjee
Department of Anthropology, GSAS

Dwaipayan Banerjee is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Anthropology at NYU.  His research interests include the anthropology of health and science, the anthropology of South Asia, and the relationship between ethnographic and philosophical concepts.  His doctoral research concerns the shaping of the concepts of life, pain and care in the contexts of biomedicine and postcolonial law in India.

Prior to his doctoral work at NYU, he graduated with an M.A. and an M.Phil in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics.  His research has been funded by a Wenner Gren Foundation Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Fellowship, a Social Science Research Council and Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship (DPDF), a NYU Media and Culture Fellowship and a NYU McCracken Fellowship.  His writings have been published in Contemporary South AsiaSocial Research and Biosocieties, among other journals.  Dwaipayan also studies and produces documentary and ethnographic films.

J.M. DeLeon
Department of Performance Studies, Tisch

J. M. DeLeon is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies. Previous education includes an MA in Performance Studies at NYU (2009), and a BA in theatre directing and critical theory, with a minor in queer studies, at UCLA (2004). Research interests include feminist and queer theory; identity politics and separatist movements; aesthetics and spectatorship; collaboration, rehearsal and amateur performance. In addition to the Humanities Initiative fellowship, DeLeon has received NYU’s Corrigan Fellowship, the Performance Studies MA Departmental Fellowship, and the Paulette Goddard Award. DeLeon is former managing editor of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory (2010-11).

DeLeon’s dissertation project is titled “Let Me Listen To Me”: The Politics and Aesthetics of Self-Indulgence. The accusation of “self-indulgence” functions as a subtle disciplining of artists who demonstrate an improper investment in the value of the non-normative self—in particular: queer, feminist and/or artists of color. This dissertation moves to transvalue these degraded selves by examining self-indulgence in performance, and arguing for the radical potential of self-indulgence, both personal and aesthetic, as a strategy for flourishing beyond the bare subsistence of normative survival.

Jennifer Heuson
Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt

Jen Heuson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Her research interests include sound and sensory ethnography, heritage studies, American West tourism, critical phenomenology, and experimental filmmaking. Her award-winning films have screened internationally, and she has published works in Sensate, Contemporary Music Review, and Experimental Film and Anthropology (Berg 2014). Jen’s dissertation examines the production of frontier aurality at heritage sites and events in South Dakota’s Black Hills. Her dissertation research has been funded by The Wenner-Gren Foundation, NYU’s Council for Media and Culture, and a LeBoff Research Grant. She holds an MA in Film and Television Studies and an MA in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis, both from the University of Amsterdam, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dania Hueckmann
Department of German, GSAS

Dania Hückmann is a doctoral candidate in the German Department. She received a B.A. in Comparative Literature and European Studies from New York University and a M.A. in Comparative Literature from the Freie University in Berlin. Her research interests include discourses of law in literature and film, narratology, and representations of trauma and violence, from German Classicism to the post World War II period. Her dissertation examines revenge as a subjective mode of justice that threatens established secular and sacred authorities in German Realist literature. She has published on metaphor in Jean Améry’s essays and fiction, Heinrich von Kleist and revenge, Thomas Bernhard’s Extinction, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, and co-authored an article on 9/11 and the NYU community for the journal Traumatology.

Dania joins the Humanities Initiative as an honorary fellow. She is the recipient of the 2013-14 GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship.

Delia Solomons
Institute of Fine Arts, GSAS
“Constructing the Idea of Latin American Art: Discourse and Discord in the U.S. in the 1960s”

Delia Solomons is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts specializing in 20th-century art of the Americas and Europe. She earned her BA in Art History and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Art History from New York University. Her dissertation examines the reception and exhibition of Latin American art in the United States from 1959–1966, the years directly following the Cuban Revolution. She has worked as an Adjunct Professor at NYU, Writer/Researcher/Editor at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Curatorial Assistant at the Grey Art Gallery. Her writings have been published in In the Distance (MIT, 2011), Notation: Contemporary Art as Idea and Process (Washington University in St. Louis, 2012), Encuentros con los ’30 (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2012), and Journal of Curatorial Studies (forthcoming).


Cara Shousterman
Department of Linguistics, FAS

Cara Shousterman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics. She began her linguistic studies with a BA from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Her research interests are centered around variation and change in American English, and the ways in which language interacts with ethnicity. Her dissertation “Speaking English in Spanish Harlem: Language Change in Puerto Rican English” is a sociolinguistic study of New York-born Puerto Ricans affiliated with a neighborhood community center in East Harlem, New York. This study explores how community change is reflected in language, both in terms of discursive content as well as the structure of the language itself. Her work has appeared in English Today and the Journal of English Linguistics. Cara’s dissertation research has been supported by the GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation.