Public Humanities Project Explores Contemporary Issues Through Philosophic Theories

Anda brings Ethical Decision Making course to incarcerated youth Ashli Anda (Philosophy), the 2023–24 Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Public Humanities, writes about her fellowship project, what drew her to this work, and what “public humanities” means to her. What motivated you to apply for the fellowship? The description for the HRI-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Public […]

Spatial, Queer, and Temporal Analyses of the Borderland Experience

Miguel A. Avalos (Sociology) is a 2023–2024 HRI Graduate Fellow. Avalos’s interdisciplinary dissertation project, “Limitrophic Dwelling: Home, Temporal Sequestration, and the U.S.- Mexico Border Regime,” explores the unintended consequences of transborder commuting or the practice of frequently traveling between a Mexican and U.S. border city. Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship Program, which supports a cohort of […]

Movie Fan Culture and the Expansion of Literary Genres in Early 20th Century Spain

Anna Torres-Cacoullos (Spanish and Portuguese) is a 2023–2024 HRI Faculty Fellow. Torres-Cacoullos’ book project, “Writing for New Literacies: Moving-Image Storytelling and Film Culture in Silver Age Spain” is a study of these experimental practices of literary-cinematographic writing, where authors converted motion pictures into a methodological tool to explore fusing literature and film. Learn more about HRI’s […]

Research on Indentured Labor in British Empire Reexamines Cultural Narratives about Indian Ocean World

Alexandra Sundarsingh (History) is a 2023–2024 HRI Graduate Fellow. Sundarsingh’s dissertation, “Unraveling Indenture: Racial Indenture and Unfree Labour in the Indian Ocean World, 1815-1965,” argues that to understand the creation and operation of racial indenture in the British Empire as well as the expansion and racialization of unfree labor, it is necessary to examine its […]

Research Explores Influence of Obscenity Laws on Literary History

Justine S. Murison (English) is a 2023–2024 HRI Faculty Fellow. Murison’s manuscript, “American Obscenity: Realism in the Age of Comstock” examines the legal and cultural invention of “obscenity” in the United States. Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship Program, which supports a cohort of faculty and graduate students through a year of dedicated research and writing in […]

Education Policy Research Analyzes Divisive Ideologies Shaping U.S. K12 Curricula

Jon Hale (Education Policy, Organization and Leadership/Curriculum & Instruction) is a 2023–2024 HRI Faculty Fellow. Hale’s research, “I Pledge Allegiance: A History of Racist Ideas, Textbooks, and Teaching in the United States School System” provides critical historical analysis of recent efforts to control the curriculum in schools. This project builds upon the historiography around the […]

Archival Research Recontextualizes East African Cold War Propaganda

Adam LoBue (History) is a 2023–2024 HRI Graduate Fellow. LoBue’s project, “‘Preventive, Pre-emptive and Educative’: Political Literacy, Anti- Communism, and Cold War Knowledge Production in East Africa, 1948–1975,” examines the intellectual and cultural work of anti/communist print culture in East Africa between 1949–1979. Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship Program, which supports a cohort of faculty and […]

Research on Federal Food Assistance Programs Underscores Issues of Civil Rights, Politics, and Welfare

Janett Barragán Miranda (Latina/Latino Studies) is a 2022–2023 HRI Faculty Fellow. Miranda’s book, Hungry for Equality, examines how the Mexican-origin community responded to the implementation of federal food assistance programs throughout the U.S. Southwest as part of “the War on Poverty” declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship Program, which […]

Dominican Womanhood and the “Insurgent Potential of Hair”

Gisabel Leonardo (Spanish and Portuguese) is a 2023–2024 HRI Graduate Fellow. Leonardo’s project, “Melenas Malcriadas: The Black Aesthetics of Hair and Dominicanidad,” uses literature, street art, music, performance, and theory to examine hair as a means of resistance in the contemporary Dominican diaspora.  Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship Program, which supports a cohort of faculty and […]

Art History Research Connects 18th and 19th Century Spaces, Relics to Contemporary Understandings of Atlantic Africa

Hermann von Hesse (Art History, Art & Design) is a 2023–2024 HRI Campus Faculty Fellow. Von Hesse’s research focuses on the nexus between the material cultures of the African Atlantic world, the Black Diaspora and early modern European imperial and capitalist expansion and the contemporary legacies of these historical processes. Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship […]