Fellows | 18 May 2020

Announcing 18 New THI Graduate Fellows for 2020-2021

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The Humanities Institute is thrilled to award eighteen fellowships in support of graduate student research in 2020-2021. THI Research awards support the graduate scholarship process from initial-stage dissertation research to dissertation completion. This year’s eighteen new fellows come from departments across the Humanities, in Literature, Linguistics, Feminist Studies, History, History of Consciousness, and Philosophy.

The Fellows’ research projects demonstrate a range of intellectual commitments and interests. Several dissertations explore questions of gender and sexuality, including Brazilian lesbian resistance, matrilineal inheritance, and “carceral girlhood” in New Orleans; others delve into the fields of medical knowledges, including black and indigenous lay midwifery; trans- and settler-colonialism; race and ethnicity studies; disability studies; environmental studies; noise; and poetics. Regions of focus range from the Americas to Asia to the African continent, encompassing Mexico, Kenya, the Southern U.S., and northeast China.

“This year’s THI Research Fellow cohort brings the world to Santa Cruz through its engagement with a global range of topics and disciplines,” says Nathaniel Deutsch, Director of The Humanities Institute. “We’re excited to take part in enriching campus life by providing support to graduate students to pursue the subjects and areas they’re passionate about.”

THI supports research at all stages as fellows receive support for preliminary graduate research, summer dissertation research, and year-long dissertation writing.

See all THI Fellows on our website. Congratulations to our newest cohort of Fellows!


THI Year-Long Dissertation Fellow

Jessica Calvanico, Feminist Studies
“New Orleans’s Girl Problems: The House of the Good Shepherd and the Making of Carceral Girlhood”

THI Summer Dissertation Fellows

Christian Alvarado, History of Consciousness
“The Storm in Kenya”: Mau Mau in African Historical and Educational Thought”

Kirstin Wagner, Literature
“Matrilineal Inheritance and the Poetics of Daughterhood: A Study in Waves”

Bristol Cave-LaCoste, History
“Living Openly and Notoriously: Sexually-Nonconforming Women Navigating Immigration Control, 1852-1924”

Ka-eul Yoo, Literature
“Cold War Disability: The Biopolitics of U.S. Military Empire in Post-1945 Asia”

Kyuhyun Han, History
“Seeing the Forest Like a State: Forest Management, Wildlife Conservation, and Center-Periphery Relations in Northeast China, 1949 – 1988”

THI Summer Research Fellows

Andrew Hedding, Linguistics
“On the Relationship between Questions and Answers: Evidence from San Martín Peras Mixtec”

Matthew Smith, History of Consciousness
“The Radical Human in the Situationist International, 1957-72”

Marina Segatti, Feminist Studies
“Sapatão é Resistência: Brazilian lesbian resistance across the Americas”

Benjamin Eischens, Linguistics
“Negative indefinites in San Martín Peras Mixtec”

Amanda Huse, History
“Freedwomen, Testimony, and Ku-Klux Violence in Reconstruction Georgia”

Charles Krysinski, History
“Black Theology and the End of Time”

Gabriel Mindel, History of Consciousness
“Profanity: Performance and the Abolitionary Politics of Noise”

Anne Napatalung, Feminist Studies
“Tracing Medical Knowledges: Black and Indigenous Alabama Lay Midwives and the Tuskegee School of Nurse-Midwifery”

Meleia Simon-Reynolds, History
“Visualizing Trans-Colonial Labor: Photographic Representations of Filipino Sugar Plantation Workers in Hawai’i”

Jinghong Zhang, History
“The Making of Modern Chinese Social Welfare: Religion, Philanthropy, and the State in Twentieth-Century Sichuan”

Thais Miller, Literature
“Vaudeville to GLOW: One Hundred Years of Jewish Humor, Jewish Women, Trauma, and Discrimination in Los Angeles”

Morgan Gates, Literature
“Listening to the Frank Kofsky Archives”


See our announcement about our newest cohort of Public Fellows here.