All Townsend Fellows

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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.

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Kristen Whissel, Film & Media
Senior Fellow
2016-2017

Kristen Whissel's research focuses on cinema and technological change, silent cinema and modernity, digital cinema, visual effects, and the history and theory of the stereoscope and 3D cinema.

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Laurie Wilkie, Anthropology
Senior Fellow
2016-2017

Professor of Archaeology Laurie Wilkie (Anthropology) explores how nineteenth- and twentieth-century expressions of social difference, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, socioeconomics, and politics can be understood through the materiality of everyday life; and how a sense of material herit

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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.

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Rita Lucarelli, Near Eastern Studies
Assistant Professor Fellow
2016-2017

In her monograph on demonology, Rita Lucarelli addresses this central, though neglected, aspect of ancient Egyptian religion.

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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.

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Andrew Shanken, Architecture
Senior Fellow
2016-2017

Andrew Shanken is Professor in the Department of Architecture, where he teaches courses in architectural history and American Studies.

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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.

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