Fellows, 2011-2012

at the NYU Center for the Humanities

JungBong Choi

JungBong Choi

Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts

Project: The Transnational Vector of Korean Cinema and Cultural Regionalization in East Asia

JungBong Choi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. He authored Digitalization of Television in Japan: State, Economy, and Discourse (2008) and co-edited Globalization, Television and Japan (2010). Unsettling the National in Korean Cinema, a theme issue he edited for Journal of Korean Studies, was published in December 2011.

He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Trans-ing the National: Media, Culture, and Theory of Transnationality, and his first documentary, Mad about You: Yon Sama Fan Club in Manhattan, is in progress.

Yasser Elhariry

Yasser Elhariry

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

Project: 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.

Allen Feldman

Allen Feldman

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Stehinardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Project: Political Speciation and the Critique of Animality

Allen Feldman is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research on the politicization of the gaze, the body and the senses  in Northern Ireland, South Africa and on  the post 9/11 global war of terror. His  research and teaching interests include visual culture,  political aesthetics, political animality,  transitional justice, and practice-led media research. Feldman is the author of the critically acclaimed book Formations of Violence: the Narrative of the Body and Political Terror in Northern Ireland (Chicago UP 1991), numerous essays on political violence as visual and performance culture, and the forthcoming book Archives of the Insensible: War, and Aisthesis as Dead Memory (Duke UP, 2013). He teaches seminars on visual culture, war and media theory, mediated embodiment,  and the  philosophy of  media.

Laura Fisher

Laura Fisher

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

Project: 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.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Honorary Faculty Fellow; Visiting Scholar, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, Stehinardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Project: New Narratives in Digital Technologies

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, Professor of Media Studies (on leave) at Pomona College, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU.  She is author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press, and of Planned Obsolescence:  Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, forthcoming from NYU Press and previously made available for open peer review online.  She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons and is the Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association.

Dennis Geronimus

Dennis Geronimus

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

Project: Altered Grace: Vision, Devotion and Imagination in the Art of Jacopo da Pontormo

Dennis Geronimus is Associate Professor of Art History, specializing in Italian Renaissance art. In addition to broader introductions to visual culture from 1300-1700, his more specialized courses have addressed the legacy of Michelangelo, the problems of Mannerism, and the process of artistic transmission and exchange between Northern and Southern Europe. His current interests, as expressed in his own research and carrying over into the classroom, include the lure of the primitive, Renaissance representations of landscape as a dynamic narrative agent, and the arrival of Spanish artists in central Italy in the first half of the sixteenth century. He is the author ofPiero di Cosimo: Visions Beautiful and Strange (Yale University Press, 2006) and is currently collaborating with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, as a guest curator on the first-ever exhibition of Piero’s paintings. As a Humanities Initiative Fellow, Geronimus worked on his next book project, a comprehensive study of the intensely experimental Florentine master and one-time Michelangelo collaborator, Jacopo da Pontormo.

Lisa Gitelman

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Science

Project: Making Knowledge with Paper

Lisa Gitelman works in the area of American media history paying particular attention to the material conditions that have helped to structure and inform the practices of reading and writing since the mid-nineteenth century. She is a former editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers and a student of the digital humanities. Currently she is working on a monograph entitled Making Knowledge with Paper as well as an edited collection entitled “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron.

Marion Kaplan

Faculty Fellow; Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History, Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Faculty of Arts & Science

Project: Lisbon is Sold Out! The Refugee Crisis of World War II and the Port of Last Resort

Marion Kaplan is Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University.  She is the author of The Jewish Feminist Movement in Germany:  The Campaigns of the Jüdischer Frauenbund, 1904‑1938 (1979). She also wrote The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family and Identity in Imperial Germany (1991), which won the American Historical Association Conference Group in Central European History Book Prize for 1991/92 and the National Jewish Book Award. Her next book, Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, was published in 1998 and won the 1996 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library and the Institute of Contemporary History, London.  It was named a 1998 Notable Book by the New York Times and won the National Jewish Book Award. Her newest monograph, Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosúa, 1940-1945 (2008), was chosen as a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She further edited and contributed to: The Marriage Bargain: Women and Dowries in European History(1985) and Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945 (2005), and was a co-editor and contributor to: When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany (1984);Jüdische Welten: Juden in Deutschland vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart (2005); and Gender and Jewish History (2011).

Jini Kim Watson

Jini Kim Watson

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

Project: Ruling Like a Foreigner: On Postcolonial Authoritarianism

Jini Kim Watson (PhD Duke Literature, 2006) is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of the Asia-Pacific, postcolonial theory, comparative modernities, and theories of architecture and urbanism. Her first book, The New Asian City: Three-dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form (Minnesota 2011), rethinks the postwar “miracle economies” of East Asia through a postcolonial and materialist lens, engaging with literature, poetry, film and urban development. She is now at work on a new book project, tentatively titled Ruling Like a Foreigner, which investigates the problem of authoritarianism and conceptions of political modernity in postcolonial literature and theory.

Jini regularly teaches undergraduate classes on Asia-Pacific literature and culture as well as introductory courses on postcolonial studies. Recent graduate seminars have included “Theories of Architecture and Space”, “Place, Space and the Postcolonial” and “Literary Dictatorships”. She is currently co-teaching a graduate seminar with colleague Crystal Parikh on “Meeting Critical Race Theory and Postcolonial Studies.”

Max Liboiron

Max Liboiron

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Project: 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 Miller

Jeannie Miller

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Graduate School of Arts & Science

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 Rozental

Sandra Rozental

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

Project: 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 Strickland

April Strickland

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

Project: 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 Wang

Pu Wang

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

Project: 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.

Adina Yoffie

Adina Yoffie

ACLS Fellow; Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Department of History, Faculty of Arts & Science

Project: Biblical Literalism in Early Modern Europe

Adina M. Yoffie is in her second year as an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow in the History Department at New York University. She is teaching courses this academic year on the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Bible as a tool of subversion. Her research explores the meaning of the literal sense of the Bible in early modern Europe. She focuses particularly on how Protestant professors defined the term in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Germany and the Netherlands, and how their religious, political, and scholarly allegiances affected their definitions. Adina also has research experience in the field of Jewish Studies; she spent Academic Year 2009-10 as a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University, where she translated Hebrew manuscripts of the Toledot Yeshu, a medieval Jewish life of Jesus. She received her Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in June 2009.

Edward Ziter

Edward Ziter

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor, Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts

Project: Political Theatre in Syria, 1968 to the Present

Edward Ziter is Associate Professor in the Department of Drama at New York University.  His current project is a book manuscript: Political Theatre in Syria, 1967-2011: Rehearsing Civil Society.  He is the author of The Orient on the Victorian Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and the following book chapters: “Refugees on the Syrian Stage”, in Doomed by Hope, Essays on the Theatre. Eds. Eyad Houssami and Maria Ellias. Beirut: Dar al Saqi Forthcoming; “No Grave in the Earth: Antigone’s Emigration and Arab Circulations,” Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage. Eds. Erin Mee and Helene Foley. London: Oxford University Press, 2011; and “Williams Charles Macready,” Great Shakespeareans Vol. 5. Ed Richard Schoch. New York: Continuum, 2011.