All Townsend Fellows

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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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Steven Lee, English
Assistant Professor Fellow
2011-2012

Assistant Professor of English Steven Lee’s book project, “The Ethnic Avant-Garde: American Minority Cultures and World Revolution,” emerges from two prominent emphases within American ethnic and literary studies—first, minority writers’ conceptualization of identities beyond the nation; and second, the radical, cross-ethnic ties behind struggles for civil rights and cultural recognition.

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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
2011-2012

Deirdre Loughridge completed her Ph.D. in music history at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Her thesis, "Technologies of the Invisible: Optical Instruments and Musical Romanticism," examined late eighteenth-century audiovisual media in entertainment and scientific contexts, and their impact on early Romantic music aesthetics and listening practices.

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Loren Goldman, Rhetoric
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
2011-2012

Loren Goldman received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2010. His dissertation, “The Sources of Political Hope: Will, World and Democracy,” examines how progressive teleology remains a central theme in modern political thought despite the lack of traditional appeals to metaphysical narratives, while also exporing the critical role hope plays in the work of Immanuel Kant, Ernst Bloch, Charles S. Peirce, William James, and John Dewey.

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Pedro Javier Di Pietro, Ethnic Studies
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
2011-2012

Pedro Javier Di Pietro is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department (2011-2013). He obtained his Ph.D. in the Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Program at Binghamton University (SUNY). His work focuses on decolonial ways of thinking and producing difference.

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Dissertation Fellow
2011-2012

In his dissertation in Music, “Vernacular Book Making, Vernacular Polyphony, and the Motets of the La Clayette Manuscript,” Sean Curran examines the social location of music-writing in the thirteenth century when, for the first time, a previously unknown polyphonic piece

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Natalie Cleaver, Comparative Literature
Dissertation Fellow
2011-2012

For Natalie Cleaver (Comparative Literature), Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron violates our expectations of the medieval text in many ways, marked as it is throughout by internal contradiction, moral ambivalence, and its author’s equivocal voice.

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Lara Buchak, Philosophy
Assistant Professor Fellow
2011-2012

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lara Buchak’s book project, “Risk and Rationality,” argues for a new theory for understanding risk and the decision-making process.

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