Fellows, 2007-2008

at the NYU Center for the Humanities

Michael Birenbaum Quintero

Michael Birenbaum Quintero

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of Music, Graduate School of Arts & Science

Project: 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 atwww.laguayabita.blogspot.com.

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).

 Jane Burbank

Jane Burbank

Faculty Fellow; Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts & Science

Project: Russian Law in Fiction, Fact, and Fantasy

Jane Burbank is Professor of History and Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. Her current research addresses the intersections of empire, law and political practices in Eurasia. At present she is writing, with Frederick Cooper, a study of empires in world history. Her recent publications include Russian Empire: Space, People, Power 1700-1930, edited with Mark von Hagen and Anatolyi Remnev (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007); “An Imperial Rights Regime: Law and Citizenship in the Russian Empire,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 7, 3 (Summer 2006): 397-431; and Russian Peasants Go to Court: Legal Culture in the Countryside, 1905-1917(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004); Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference, with Frederick Cooper. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010, pb 2011) Winner of 2011 World History Association Book Prize; “De Rome à Constantinople, penser l’empire pour comprendre le monde” and “Paris et l’Afrique, citoyenneté et nation (1945-1960),”  with Frederick Cooper (Le monde diplomatique, décembre 2011, 16-17); “Traektorii imperii [imperial trajectories],” with Frederick Cooper, in Mify i zabluzhdeniia v izuchenii imperii i natsionalisme [Myths and Errors in the Study of Empires and Nationalism] (Moscow: Novoe izdatel’stvo, 2010), 325- 361; “Un sistema imperiale dei diritti: legge e cittadinanza nell’impero russo,” in Ruth Ben-Ghiat, ed.,  Gli imperi:  Dall’antichità all’età contemporanea (Bologna: Società editice il Mulino, 2009), 245-282; “‘Nouvelles colonies’ et ‘vieux empires’,” with Frederick Cooper, Mille neuf cent 27 (2009), 13-35; “The Well-Ordered Peasant Village: Law and Sanitation at Russian Local Courts,” in Belinda Davis, Thomas Lindenberger and Michael Wildt, eds., Alltag, Erfahrung, Eigensinn (Frankfurt/NewYork: Campus Verlag, 2008), 218-231; “Empire, droits et citoyenneté de 212 à 1946,” with Frederick Cooper, Annales HSS, mai-juin 2008, no. 3, 495-531; “Securing Peasant Society: Constables and Courts in Rural Russia, 1905-1917,” in Alf Luedtke and Michael Wildt, eds., Staats-Gewalt: Ausnahmezustand und Sicherheitsregimes Historische Perspektiven (Goettingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2008), 91-116; “Traektorii imperii [Imperial Trajectories]” with Frederick Cooper, Ab imperio 2007, no. 4 (pub 2008), 47-85; “From Middletown to Tatarstan,” in Roger Porter and Robert Reynolds, eds., Thinking Reed: Centennial Essays by Graduates of Reed College (Portland: Reed College, 2011), pp. 89-103; “The Challenge and Serendipity of Writing World History through the Prism of Empire,” Interview with Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, Ab Imperio 2010, no. 2: 22-45; “The Imperial Turn in Russian Studies: Ten Years Later,” Contributor to Discussion, Ab Imperio 2010, no. 1: 64-88.

She was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin from 2010-2011. She has been a Panel Member of the Scientific Council in the European Research Council since 2008 and was Panel Chair from 2010-2011. In 2011 she became a member of Annales, International Academic Committee.

Marcela Echeverri

Marcela Echeverri

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of History, Graduate School of Arts & Science

Project: 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.

Alexander Galloway

Alexander Galloway

Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Project: On Failure

Alexander R. Galloway is an author and programmer. He is a 2002 winner of the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica and coauthor of The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (Minnesota, 2007). Alex is Assistant Professor of Culture and Communication in NYU’s Steinhardt School.

Janet Neipris

Janet Neipris

Faculty Fellow; Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts

Project: Senzeni Na, the Mending of a Country

Janet Neipris, a playwright, screenwriter, and composer, is the author of more than twenty plays with productions at major regional theatres, in New York, and internationally. Her plays are published by Samuel French UK and U.S., Broadway Play Publishing, and are in the collection of the Houghton Theatre Library at Harvard. A recipient of two NEAs and two Bellagio Fellowships, she has taught writers in China, Indonesia, South Africa, Prague, London, Paris, and Italy. She won a 2008 New York University Presidential Fellowship for her play about the apartheid years in South Africa, “A Question of Country.” Professor Neipris is Chair of Graduate Studies, the Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts.

Cyrus Patell

Cyrus Patell

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Science

Project: A Cultural History of New York City

Cyrus R. K. Patell is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Honors in the English Department at NYU. He is the author of Negative Liberties: Morrison, Pynchon, and the Problem of Liberal Ideology (Duke University Press) and recently finished a book, U.S. Multicultural Literatures: An Introduction to Emergent Writing since 1940, for NYU Press. His website is http://www.patell.org. His project for the Humanities Initiative is a cultural history of New York City, co-authored with Bryan Waterman. Their blog for the project can be found at A History of New York. He is a two-time winner of the Golden Dozen Award for Undergraduate Teaching and is a recipient of NYU’s highest pedagogical award, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Gabriella Petrick

Gabriella Petrick

Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Project: The Arbiters of Taste: Producers, Consumers, and the Industrialization of Taste in America, 1900-1960

Gabriella M. Petrick was an Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. Her current research and writing focuses on the industrialization of taste and dietary change in twentieth-century America. Her article “In Good Taste: Rethinking American History with Our Palates” is forthcoming in The Journal of American History in September 2008. Her Ph.D. is in the history of Technology and Industrialization from the University of Delaware, where she focused on the history of food science and technology. She is also interested in the history of agriculture, food systems, and sustainability.

Professor Petrick is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. She has two forthcoming manuscripts,Industrializing Taste: Food Processing and the Transformation of the American Diet, 1900-1965 (working title), (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press), and Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter: Taste in History (working title), (University of Illinois Press).

Karen Santos Da Silva

Karen Santos Da Silva

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of French, Graduate School of Arts & Science

Project: 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.

Bambi Schieffelin

Bambi Schieffelin

Faculty Fellow; Collegiate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts & Science

Project: New Words, New Worlds: Missionization and Cultural Transformation in Kaluli Society

Bambi Schieffelin, Collegiate Professor and Professor of Anthropology, completed a book entitled New Words, New Worlds: Missionization and Cultural Transformation in Kaluli Society (University of California Press) while a fellow at the Humanities Initiative. A member of the NYU faculty since 1986, she has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the NEH, and the National Science Foundation.

Her books include The Give and Take of Everyday Life: Language Socialization of Kaluli Children (Cambridge 1990), and she co-edited Language Ideologies: Practice and Theory (Oxford, 1998), Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies (Oxford, 2007), Anthropological Linguistics: Critical Concepts in Language Studies. 5 volumes. London: Routledge. (with P. Garrett in 2010), and most recently, The Handbook of Language Socialization. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. (with E. Ochs & A. Duranti in 2011). She also contributed the chapters Anthropological Linguistics/Linguistic Anthropology: An IntroductionIn Anthropological Linguistics: Critical Concepts in Language Studies. 5 volumes. Pp 1-10. London: Routledge (with P. Garrett), When friends who talk together stalk together: Online gossip as metacommunication. In Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media. C. Thurlow & K. Mroczek, eds. Pp. 26-47. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (with G. Jones & R. E. Smith).  The theory of language socialization. In The Handbook of Language Socialization. A. Duranti,  E. Ochs, B. B. Schieffelin, eds. Pp 1-21. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. (with E. Ochs). A linguistic anthropologist, her publications on language in cultural context include work on literacy, translation, time, place, and gender. She was Associate Editor of The Annual Review of Anthropology (1991-2001), and has lectured widely in the United States and Europe, in addition to holding visiting professorships at Stockholm University and the University of Vienna.

In 2012, she won the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Bryan Waterman

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Science

Project: A Cultural History of New York City

Bryan Waterman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at NYU. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University in 2000. A historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature, he also researches and teaches courses on New York City’s many literary cultures. His book Republic of Intellect: The Friendly Club of New York City and the Making of American Literature was published in early 2007 by Johns Hopkins. He has published several articles in such journals as The William and Mary QuarterlyAmerican Literary History, and Early American Literature. Professor Waterman’s current research involves seduction stories and sex scandals in the revolutionary Atlantic World; he is also at work, with Cyrus Patell, on a cultural history of New York City, and together they maintain the weblog A History of New York.