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.

Samuel Otter
Samuel Otter, English
Professor
2013-2014

Professor Samuel Otter's research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century United States literatures. He is particularly interested in the relationships between literature and history, the varieties of literary excess, and the ways in which close reading also can be deep and wide.

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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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Tristram Wolff, Comparative Literature
Dissertation Fellow
2012-2013

In his dissertation Romantic Etymology and Language Ecology, Tristram Wolff (Comparative Literature) traces an alternate history of theories of etymology and the discourse of language origin through literatures of Romanticism.

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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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