All Townsend Fellows
Saira Mohamed’s work on deviance in international law originates in an understanding that the perpetrator of mass atrocity is different from the perpetrator of the ordinary, domestic crime. Mohamed seeks to understand how institutions responsible for developing and applying international criminal law characterize individuals before them as deviant rather than normal.
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.
Erica Weitzman received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in the spring of 2012. Her current project focuses on the notion of the obscene as a problem of representation in German realism, particularly in terms of the crossing of the “reality effect” and the waning of anthropological framing devices.
Ryan Bochnak received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. Bochnak’s dissertation, "Cross-linguistic Variation in the Semantics of Comparatives," investigates the interpretation of comparative constructions (e.g. Joe is taller than Bill) in two understudied and typologically diverse languages, Luganda and Washo.
In her book project, "James Joyce, Walter Benjamin and the Matter of Modernity," Catherine Flynn (English) takes a comparative approach to understand how Joyce’s formal innovations engage with the problems of the modern capitalist city.
In her dissertation, "Technologies of Expression: Writing Poetry in Postwar America," Rebecca Gaydos (English) examines the relation between the literary arts and technoscience in post-World War II America.
In her project, "Companion Planting: The Publication History of Varro’s De re rustica and Its Interpretive Implications," rare books and special collections librarian Jennifer Nelson tests the hypothesis that publishing conventions have influenced modern readers’ interpretations of Varro, which erroneously assume that Varro, like Cato, is concerned primarily with technical farming advice.
In her book project, "New Same Things," Cori Hayden (Anthropology) argues that generic pharmaceutical developments in Mexico offer strong evidence countering arguments that Latin American popular politics are no longer organized around “the domestic copy,” the famous hallmark of consumption, production, and national identity in the era of 20th century import substitution.