All Townsend Fellows

Nakamura Image
Karen Nakamura, Anthropology
Senior Fellow
2016-2017

Karen Nakamura researches disability, sexuality, and other minority social movements in contemporary Japan.

Miller Image
Dissertation Fellow
2016-2017

In his dissertation “Public Enemies,” Christopher Patrick Miller (English) seeks to understand two related questions regarding the popular and intellectual fascination in America with transient culture and its antagonistic relationship to existing concepts of democracy.

Mathew Image
Associate Professor Fellow
2016-2017

Nicholas Mathew’s book project brings urban studies and a material history of commerce and commodity circulation to the study of the late eighteenth century music of Joseph Haydn.

Ahmed Image
Asad Ahmed, Near Eastern Studies
Associate Professor Fellow
2016-2017

Asad Ahmed delineates in his book project the contours of post-classical rationalist trends in the Islamic scholarly tradition by focusing on the sociopolitical and intellectual history of a notable South Asian school of thought.

Zhang Image
Dora Zhang, Comparative Literature
Assistant Professor Fellow
2016-2017

Zhang (English, Comparative Literature) traces a transformation and revaluation of literary description in Anglo-French fiction around the turn of the twentieth century, when many modernist writers denounced the descriptive “excesses” of the nineteenth century realist novel.

Largier Image
Niklaus Largier, German and Comparative Literature
Senior Fellow
2016-2017

Niklaus Largier is currently working on two book projects: one on imagination, practices of figuration, aesthetic experience, and notions of possibility; and the other on the history of practices and the poetics of prayer.

Budner Image
Keith Budner, Comparative Literature
Dissertation Fellow
2016-2017

Keith Budner’s dissertation provides a new account of how medieval and early modern Spain studied the Iberian Peninsula’s classical-colonial past with an eye toward defining Spain’s emerging national culture.

Block Image
Kevin Block, Rhetoric
Dissertation Fellow
2016-2017

Kevin Block’s dissertation argues that after the Civil War a coalition of New York architects, architectural pedagogues, and critics determined what it meant for Americans to "know" architecture.

Pages