All Townsend Fellows

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Michelle Wang, History of Art
Dissertation Fellow
2012-2013

Michelle Wang’s dissertation in History of Art, entitled Characters of Design: Writing and Materiality in Early China, examines the interplay of design and material technology in the construction of characters found on bronzes, textiles, and eaves tiles dating from the Warring States period (472-221BCE) to the Eastern Han Dynasty (9-189 CE) in China.

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Travis Wilds, French
Dissertation Fellow
2012-2013

In his dissertation The Science of the Future: Epistemic Virtues in the Literary and Scientific “Milieux” of Post-Enlightenment France (1780-1840), Travis Wilds (French) examines the intrinsic links between the questions “What is literature?” and “What is science?” at the inception of literary and scientific modernity in France in an effort to re-write a historiography largely based on a transhistorical distinction between the two.

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Damon Young, Film & Media
Dissertation Fellow
2012-2013

In his dissertation entitled In the Realm of the Sexes: The Political Theory of Sex on Screen, Damon Young (Film & Media) explores how sexual difference, sexual relationality, and the look itself emerge as properly political figures that also shape new cinematic languages.

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Dissertation Fellow
2012-2013

In his dissertation, Mechanical Reproduction in the Age of Immediacy, Daniel Clinton (English) argues that the fascination with optical devices in the writing of antebellum American authors provides a model for their reconceptualization of literary artifice.

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Jake Kosek, Geography
Assistant Professor Fellow
2011-2012

In “The Making of the Modern Bee: Towards a Critical Natural History of the Honeybee,” Assistant Professor of Geography Jake Kosek uses the honeybee to examine both the complex relationships between society and the environment and the roles of nature in the making of forms of social difference.

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Tom Recht, Linguistics
Dissertation Fellow
2011-2012

Tom Recht’s research in Linguistics traces the linguistic formation of cultural identity in ancient Greece. His dissertation, “Linguistic and Cultural Convergence in the Creation of Ancient Greek,” questions the common assumption that the Ancient Greek language entered Greece in a unified form already well differentiated from the Indo-European parent tongue

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Scott Millspaugh, Italian Studies
Dissertation Fellow
2011-2012

Scott Millspaugh’s research examines the nationalist, Romantic notions of the origins of Italian literature that have gone largely unchallenged since the decade after Italian unification.

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Ramona Martinez, Law Library
Library Fellow
2011-2012

The research of Ramona Martinez (Law Library) will trace the history of legal publishing in California to uncover the reasons for the legal battle between Eugene Casserly and George Fitch, who vied for the office of State Printer, which was created by the second law passed in the first session (1849-50) of the California Legislature.

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