All Townsend Fellows

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Ramsey McGlazer, Comparative Literature
Dissertation Fellow

In his dissertation, “In the Place of Abandonment: The Poetics of Counter-Progressive Pedagogy,” Ramsey McGlazer locates an alternative tradition within modernism whose commitment to outmoded educational forms constitutes a powerful critique of progress.

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Jocelyn Rodal, English
Dissertation Fellow

Jocelyn Rodal’s dissertation, “ ‘A Few Sheets of Paper Covered with Arbitrary Symbols’: Formalism, Modernism, Mathematics,” bridges this gap by considering a moment in a field strikingly similar to literary theory, although never viewed as such.

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Cullen Goldblatt, Comparative Literature
Dissertation Fellow

Cullen Goldblatt’s dissertation, “Places of Complicity in Narratives of Historical Atrocity: Thiaroye, Dakar and District Six, Cape Town,” examines the narratives in literature, film, and oral accounts concerning these two African places and their associated historical atrocity.

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Tehila Sasson, History
Dissertation Fellow

In her dissertation, “From Empire to Humanity: Technologies of Famine Relief in an Era of Decolonization,” Tehila Sasson analyzes the emergence of global humanitarian ethics in the context of empire and its loss.

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Dissertation Fellow

In her dissertation, “The Politics and Praxis of Children's Music Education in the German Democratic Republic, 1949-1989,” Anicia Timberlake examines East German educators’ and composers’ attempts to create effective socialist pedagogical practices.

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Assistant Professor Fellow

Namwali Serpell’s book project, “Faces: Unintended Pleasures,” reads the face not as a locus of subjectivity, but instead as a mediated and mediating thing.

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Julia Bryan-Wilson, History of Art
Associate Professor Fellow

In her book project, “Craft Crisis: Handmade Art and Activism since 1970,” Julia Bryan-Wilson examines how artists and activists in the U.S., Chile, and England have used textile hand-making to propose alternative economic and political models of making.

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Samuel Otter, English

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.