Graduate Fellows 2014-2015

Dominique Jean-Louis
Public Humanities Fellow
Department of History, GSAS

Dominique Jean-Louis is a doctoral candidate in U.S. history at NYU. She received her B.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from Columbia University, where she first developed her interest in researching race and education in New York City. She is passionate about the potential of historical narratives to empower young people, strengthen communities, and support social justice. Her dissertation work will focus on Caribbean immigration to New York City in the post-civil rights era, examining the impact of schooling on the formation of racial identity. During the Fellowship, Dominique will work with Queens high school and college students to document and share the history of Carribbean communities in the borough.

Daniel Kanhofer
Department of History, GSAS

Daniel Kanhofer is a PhD candidate in Department of History.  Focusing on early America and the Atlantic world, his research interests include empire, political economy, and the cultural politics of postcolonial societies. He received his BA in History from the University of Delaware in 2007 and is also a past coordinator of the Atlantic World Workshop at NYU.  He is currently at work on his dissertation, “‘The Chimerical Scheme of a Canal’: Controlling Land, Water, and People in Mid-Atlantic North America, 1720-1830.”  It examines cultures of waterway improvement and canal building in British America and the early United States, particularly their relationship to imperial governance and to post-Revolutionary US cultural and economic dependence on the British empire. In the 2014-15 academic year, Daniel will join the Humanities Initiative as an honorary fellow and will also hold an NYU Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in History.

Nicola Lucchi
Department of Italian Studies, GSAS

Nicola Lucchi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Italian Studies. His research interests include early 20th century Italian literature, visual culture, industrial history, and the interactions between economy, ideology and culture.  Nicola’s dissertation project investigates the Fiat Lingotto automobile factory as a microcosm through which to untangle social, cultural, and aesthetic issues of interwar Italy. Prior to his doctoral work at NYU, Nicola received a BA in Art History from the University of Trieste, Italy, with a dissertation on the reception of early 20th century Italian art in the United States after the Second World War. He is also interested in translation studies, language teaching, and online learning. Nicola is an assistant editor for Allora – Corso di Italiano, NYU’s Italian language textbook. Nicola joins the Humanities Initiative as an honorary fellow. He is the recipient of a 2014-15 GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship.

Amir Moosavi
Department of MEIS, GSAS

Amir Moosavi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. He holds an MA in Near Eastern studies from NYU and a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Broadly speaking, his interests include the development of the novel in modern Arabic and Persian literatures, war and cultural production, and Arabic and Persian language pedagogy. His dissertation, “Reimagining a War: Negotiating Ideology and Disenchantment in Literary Narratives of the Iran-Iraq War,” is a comparative study of the formation of alternative narratives of the Iran-Iraq War in Persian and Arabic fiction. During the 2013-24 academic year, he was visiting instructor of Arabic at Bard College.

José Miguel Palacios
Public Humanities Fellow
Department of Cinema Studies, TISCH

José Miguel Palacios is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. Prior to his work at NYU, he earned an M.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University and a B.A. in Film & TV from Universidad Uniacc in Santiago, Chile. His research interests include cinema and memory, exile and diaspora, the history of Latin American cinema, and theories and practices of militant documentaries. His dissertation deals with the aesthetics, production, circulation, and repatriation of Chilean exile films, focusing on their transnational networks of solidarity, on how they negotiate an exilic subjectivity, and on the significance of this corpus for Chile’s cultural memory in the context of postdictatorship. His writings have appeared in Revista de Comunicación y Medios, La Fuga, The Brooklyn Rail, and in the collectionsNew Documentaries in Latin America(Palgrave, 2014) and Cinematic Homecomings: Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

Anna Reidy
Department of Music, GSAS

Anna is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Music, specializing in sonic cultures and philosophies of the western Mediterranean, North Africa and the Arab Gulf.  She joins the Humanities Initiative from NYU Abu Dhabi, where she was an inaugural recipient of the NYUAD Humanities Research Fellowship.  Anna’s scholarship combines history, ethnography and philosophy at the intersection of music and sound studies.  Its locus is sawt—an Arabic concept that fuses all forms of acoustical resonance with voice, presence and soundness of being.  She is particularly interested in how sawt is deployed within heterodox forms of Islam, and in how sound and human integrity are entangled in the civic life of port cities.  In her dissertation, she examines these dynamics through a historical ethnography of bare life, sonorous matter and technologies of the soul in Tangier, Morocco.  To aid abetting interests in North African psych rock, urban art musics of the pre-oil Gulf, and early gramophone cultures of the Islamic world, she collects old 45s and 78s produced in the region.

Calloway Scott
Department of Classics, GSAS

Calloway Scott is a sixth-year PhD candidate. He completed his BA in Greek and Latin at Kenyon College (2007) with a minor in Philosophy and a post-baccalaureate at UNC Chapel Hill. Calloway’s interest lie in the medical and religious traditions of ancient Greek society, medical anthropology and phenomenology. His research focuses on the poetics of health and sickness across a wide variety of Greek media—literary and material. His dissertation, entitled “Asklepios on the Move” explores the relationship between “rational” medical thought and healing cults in the cultural production of the concept of “health,” and in the social mechanisms which organized health-care and welfare in the ancient Greek world.

Raphael Sigal
Department of French, GSAS

Raphael is currently Assistant professor of French at Amherst College. His research interests include late nineteenth and twentieth century literature and poetry, theories of reading, ethnology and magic. Focusing on the oeuvre of Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) his dissertation proposes to question the relationship between legibility, visibility and interpretation and theorizes a ‘closed text’ that paralyzes the reader’s ability to interpret. Raphael has worked as a lecturer in Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He curated his first exhibition “Radical Jewish Culture, Musical Scene NY” at the Jewish Museums in Paris and Berlin and is currently working on “The Book as Body,” to be shown at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in 2015. He has published articles about Walter Benjamin and Gherasim Luca and is currently preparing the catalog for “The Book as Body” exhibition. Raphael joins the Humanities Initiative as an honorary fellow. He is the recipient of a 2014-2015 GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship.