All Townsend Fellows

Majel Connery
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
2013-2014

Majel Connery completed a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Chicago in June 2013. A scholar of contemporary opera, Connery’s academic work explores the relationship between music and movement, and visual aspects of the modern operatic stage.

Jessica Maxwell
Jessica Maxwell, History of Art
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
2013-2014

Jessica Maxwell earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University in 2013. Her monographic dissertation, "Heterogeneous Objects: The Sculptures of Martin Puryear," explores the central analogy between subject-making and object-making in Puryear's studio work.

Letha Chien
Letha Chien, History of Art
Dissertation Fellow
2013-2014

In her dissertation, "Tintoretto's San Marco Cycle," Letha Chien (History of Art) examines the complex interrelation of civic identity, pictorial imaging, and the nature of the miraculous in sixteenth-century Venetian painting.

Klaus Corcilius
Klaus Corcilius, Philosophy
Associate Professor Fellow
2013-2014

In his book project, "Aristotle’s Conception of Animal and Human Agency," Klaus Corcilius (Philosophy) reevaluates Aristotle’s theory of animal and human agency. Corcilius argues that this theory is embedded in Aristotle’s natural philosophy and that Aristotle is able to defend the existence of autonomous human and animal agency in a causally closed universe.

Erica Weitzman
Erica Weitzman, German, , Comparative Literature
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
2013-2014

Erica Weitzman received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in the spring of 2012. Her current project focuses on the notion of the obscene as a problem of representation in German realism, particularly in terms of the crossing of the “reality effect” and the waning of anthropological framing devices.

Catherine Flynn
Assistant Professor Fellow
2013-2014

In her book project, "James Joyce, Walter Benjamin and the Matter of Modernity," Catherine Flynn (English) takes a comparative approach to understand how Joyce’s formal innovations engage with the problems of the modern capitalist city.

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Dissertation Fellow
2013-2014

In her dissertation, "Technologies of Expression: Writing Poetry in Postwar America," Rebecca Gaydos (English) examines the relation between the literary arts and technoscience in post-World War II America.

Cori Hayden
Cori Hayden, Anthropology
Associate Professor Fellow
2013-2014

In her book project, "New Same Things," Cori Hayden (Anthropology) argues that generic pharmaceutical developments in Mexico offer strong evidence countering arguments that Latin American popular politics are no longer organized around “the domestic copy,” the famous hallmark of consumption, production, and national identity in the era of 20th century import substitution.

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