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 NameFellowship YearCurrent PositionArea of StudySignificant Professional Achievement
Stephanie Hershinow  2012-2013  Assistant Professor of English, Baruch College, CUNY  Eighteenth-Century British Literature; the History and Theory of the Novel Book, Born Yesterday: Inexperience and the Early Novel, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019.
Jessica Merrill 2012-2013      
Anita Bakshi 2013-2014 CCA Objects & Environments Seminar Instructor, Department of Landscape Architecture - Rutgers Memorials / Commemoration / Heritage / Architectural design / Divided cities / Environmental loss memorials Book publication 2017 = Topographies of Memories: A New Poetics of Commemoration, Palgrave Macmillan series in Cultural Heritage & Conflict
Darryl Wilkinson 2013-2014      
Matthew Baxter 2014-2015      
Andrew Moisey 2014-2015      
Avram Alpert 2015-2016 Lecturer in the writing program at Princeton Global Critical Theory, 19th Century American, and Anglophone World Literature Book, Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki, is forthcoming with SUNY Press
Jeremy DeAngelo 2015-2016 Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College Literature of Britain, Ireland, and Iceland Book forthcoming, Outlawry, Liminality, and Sanctity in the Literature of the Early Medieval North Atlantic, published by Amsterdam University Press.
Sarah Demott 2015-2016      
Thomas Leppard 2015-2016      


 Michelle Smiley

Michelle Smiley

Michelle Smiley is a scholar of 19th-century photography and visual culture whose research investigates the intersection of aesthetics and scientific practice in the antebellum United States. Her current book project, Daguerreian Democracy: Art, Science, and Politics in Antebellum American Photography, examines how the daguerreotype became an object of technological, scientific, and commercial innovation for antebellum scientists, artisans, and political thinkers. By chronicling the contributions of these often-overlooked actors, she explores how the daguerreotype was an object of transatlantic scientific experimentation, a key component of government projects of nation-building, as well as an object of fascination for theorists of democracy. Before coming to Rutgers, Michelle held the Wyeth Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C. She holds an A. B., M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College. 

Alexander Bigman

Alexander Bigman

Alexander Bigman is a historian of modern and contemporary art. His research focuses in particular upon the emergence, circa 1980, of postmodernism as an internationally circulating set of intertwined discourses, creative practices, and political positions. He is currently at work on a book project derived from his dissertation, “Picturing Fascism in Post-Conceptual Art, 1974 - 1984,” which examines how the history and aesthetics of interwar European fascism became newly salient objects of inquiry and representation for artists associated with the so-called “Pictures Generation,” a group defined by its use of imagery drawn from popular culture and its critical engagement with the dynamics of mass media. For artists who were born after World War II and established their careers at a moment marked by rightward political shift, such taboo imagery became a provocative, if often problematic, means of addressing such matters as the representability of history, the nature of cultural memory and...

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