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Meet Our Long-Term Fellows

2019-20 Long-Term Fellows

Nicholas Abbott
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Nicholas J. Abbott is Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University. He earned his PhD in South Asian history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His work on conceptions of statehood and sovereignty in early modern South Asia has appeared in the edited volume State Formations: Global Histories and Cultures of Statehood (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and an essay on eunuchs and masculinity in late-Mughal India will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. His current book project, Sarkars into States: Language, Family and Politics in Early Colonial India, explores household formation, political culture, and languages of sovereignty and statehood in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century North India.

Heather J. Allen
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Heather J. Allen is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Mississippi. She earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of Iowa. Dr. Allen’s writing on early modern Spanish American and Mesoamerican historiography, material and textual culture, weeping and affect, Don Quijote, and boar hunting in medieval epic poetry has appeared in journals such as Colonial Latin American Review, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, and La corónica. She has co-edited (with Andrew Reynolds) Latin American Textualities: History, Materiality, and Digital Media (University of Arizona Press, 2018).

Dr. Allen’s research project at the Newberry, The Authority of Literacies in New Spanish Historiography, examines how early modern historians utilized Mesoamerican and European record-keeping objects to legitimate their chronicles vis-à-vis those written by official historians or approved by the Spanish Crown. By juxtaposing conflicting versions of conquest episodes focused on a Mesoamerican or European record-keeping object (e.g. prayer book, native pictographic annals, tribute scroll) she demonstrates how and why these historiographers assigned cultural, political, and religious authority to different types of literacy. This project intervenes in the fields of early modern Spanish American history, literature, and book history by clarifying our understanding of attitudes toward literacies in New Spain, thus better defining the role of historiography in forming Mexico.

Tom Arnold-Forster
Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Tom Arnold-Forster is a Research Fellow in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. He works on the political, intellectual, and cultural history of the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. His current work explores debates about democracy from the early twentieth century, and at the Newberry he will be researching the journalism of the Chicago Renaissance. His articles and reviews have been published in Modern Intellectual History, the Journal of American Studies, Global Intellectual History, and elsewhere.

Karen-edis Barzman
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Karen-edis Barzman is Professor in the Art History Department at Binghamton University, where she is affiliated with the Fernand Braudel Center and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature. Formerly director of the University’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2006-2011), Karen also served as Discipline Representative for Art History and Architecture at the Renaissance Society of America and on the editorial board of the Society’s journal, Renaissance Quarterly (2011-2018).

Much of Karen’s scholarship is informed by continental philosophy. The Florentine Academy and the Early Modern State. The Discipline of Disegno (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Limits of Identity: Early Modern Venice, Dalmatia, and the Representation of Difference (Brill, 2017) deal with the articulation of difference in shaping shared identity in early modern Italian states, and the role of visual and material culture and spatial practice in that process. Her Newberry project, inspired by archive and media studies, addresses the emergence of mapping as an information technology and its systematic incorporation in government chanceries. It focuses on fifteenth-century Venice, the first state to recognize the efficacy of visualization in the storage and delivery of geospatial data. Karen will address the Venetian ministries that commissioned maps, the “engineers” who made them, the maps themselves, which comprised a new modality of representation (text, symbol, and topographic image drawn to scale, in a “nested” format), and circulation and storage before the advent of the filing cabinet and protocols for preserving works on paper.

Federica Caneparo
Monticello College Foundation Fellow

Federica Caneparo is a historian of literature and art. She received her Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, and her Diploma di Specializzazione (Italian postgraduate degree) in Medieval and Early Modern Art History from the University of Pisa.
Her research specializes in literary themes in Renaissance art, with particular attention for Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, Boiardo’s Inamoramento de Orlando, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Erasmus’ Adagia. Her monograph Di molte figure adornato. L’Orlando furioso nei cicli pittorici tra Cinque e Seicento (Officina Libraria, Milano 2015) collects and analyzes frescoes inspired by Ludovico Ariosto’s poem Orlando furioso, many of which previously unknown, and investigates their role in the canonization of the poem as a classic.

She has taught and carried out her research at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the École Normale Supérieure, the Warburg Institute, and the Houghton Library, and she has
collaborated in organizing various exhibitions in Italy. At the Newberry Library, she will investigate the impact of vernacular translations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses on frescos and paintings in the second half of the 16th and 17th centuries. She will focus on tales with a strong and continuative visual tradition (such as Perseus and Andromeda, Ariadne, Bacchus), and analyze iconographical shifts determined by vernacular translations that modified the perception of these mythological stories, and their meaning.

Deborah Cohen
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Deborah Cohen is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She is a historian of modern Britain and Europe. She is currently at work on a book (under contract to Random House and in the UK, to William Collins) about American foreign correspondents who reported from interwar Europe and Asia. Her subjects include John and Frances Gunther, H.R. Knickerbocker, Vincent Sheean, Louis Fischer and Dorothy Thompson.

Cohen has written books on veterans after the First World War (The War Come Home), British consumerism (Household Gods) and on secrecy, privacy and families (Family Secrets). She writes regularly for The Atlantic and has published reviews in the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books and the Wall Street Journal, as well as serving as a section editor for Public Books.

Laura Edwards
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Laura F. Edwards is the Peabody Family Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University as well as an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation. She works on the nineteenth-century United States with a focus on law, gender, and race.; Her most recent book is A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Nation of Rights. She is also the author of The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South (2009), which was awarded the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold prize for the best book in law and society and the Southern Historical Association’s Charles Sydnor prize for the best book in southern history; Scarlett Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era (2000); and Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction (1997). At Duke University, she has received the Howard D. Johnson award for distinguished undergraduate teaching and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring. She began her career working at the Newberry Library as the administrative assistant for James Grossman in the Family and Community History Center. Her work for the coming academic year is also supported by an award from the American Council of Learned Societies.

While at the Newberry she will be working on her new book project Only the Clothes on Her Back:Textiles, Law, and Commerce in the Nineteenth-Century United States, which tells the history of law and commerce in the United States between the Revolution and the Civil War by foregrounding textiles. Textiles figured prominently in the new republic because of their legal status, widely understood at the time, but overlooked in the scholarship. Longstanding legal practices recognized the attachment of clothing to its wearer, which extended to cloth and applied even to married women and enslaved people who could not claim other forms of property. When draped in textiles, people assumed distinct legal forms that were difficult to ignore: they could own textiles, trade them, and make claims to them. That was what they did, using textiles as leverage to include themselves in the new republic’s economy and governing institutions.

Elisa Garcia
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Elisa Frühauf Garcia is a Professor of Latin American Colonial History at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, since 2009. She has specialized in Native Peoples history and has received many fellowships and grants, most notably from: Fundación Carolina – Spain and Max Planck Institute for European Legal History – Germany. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “As diversas formas de ser índio” (The Diverse Ways of Being an Indian), received an award by the Brazilian National Archives and was published in 2009. She has also published her research results in many book chapters and articles in reviews.

Garcia´s current project seeks to analyze the conquest of the River Plate basin in the middle of the sixteenth century focusing on the Tupi-Guarani women. Spanish and Portuguese men became entangled in the native social dynamics through relationships with Indian women. Iberians managed to turn to their favor aspects which linked the practice of polygyny in order to access a series of political and economic benefits. Centering on the two most important colonial hubs in the region, São Paulo and Asunción, the research aims to understand how Indian women were essential for the functioning of slavery and other forms of compulsory labor, as well as for the social projection of Iberians who became local leaders.

Kim Hedlin
National Endowment for the Humanities and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Kim Hedlin recently earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles and has her B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Her teaching and research—including her recent article in Renaissance Drama (2018)—explores the intersection of early modern literature and religion. As a lecturer at UCLA last year, she spearheaded the English department’s community engagement initiative, including coordinating a two-day event entitled “Shakespeare’s Plays, Refugees’ Stories” and cultivating a partnership with Foshay Learning Center, an LAUSD school in south LA.

Hedlin’s book-in-progress, The Book of Job from Luther to Milton, illuminates issues at the heart of the Reformation by examining how early modern writers used the famously obscure Book of Job. Situated at the intersection of intellectual history, literary criticism, and religious studies, her project suggests how Protestantism turned the exegetical tide from using Job as hagiography to imagining Job as a model for thinking and living in a world permeable to transcendence.

Thomas J. Kernan
Rudolph Ganz Fellow

Thomas J. Kernan, is Assistant Professor of Music History and Head of the Honors Bachelor of Musical Arts program at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. He earned his PhD in musicology from the University of Cincinnati, where he wrote his dissertation, “Sounding ‘The Mystic Chords of Memory’: Musical Memorials for Abraham Lincoln, 1865–2009.” That dissertation earned the Abraham Lincoln Association and Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 2016 Hay-Nicolay Prize. Tom has published articles, essays, and chapters in the American Musical Instrument Society Newsletter, Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., and the edited collections The Modern Percussion Revolution (Routledge, 2014), Music and Tyranny (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), and Music and War in the United States (Routledge, 2018). His research focuses on matters of audience reception and the use of music in tracking changes in historical memory. Tom’s teaching has earned awards from both the University of Cincinnati and Roosevelt University.

As the Rudolph Ganz Fellow, Tom is completing a two-part project that looks historically at Ganz’s own questions about what twentieth-century audiences gleaned from their concert hall experiences and then proposes methods for gathering empirical data about the experiences of audiences in the years to come.

Emily E. LB. Twarog
ACLS/Burkhardt Residential Fellow

Emily E. LB. Twarog is an associate professor of history and labor studies at the University of Illinois’ School of Labor and Employment Relations – Labor Education Program, affiliate faculty in the Gender in Global Perspective Program and European Union Program, and Co-Director of the Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference. She earned her doctorate in American History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s in Labor Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Labor Resource and Research Center. Her book Politics in the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in 20th Century America (Oxford University Press, 2017)examines the ways in which housewives in America used food protests as political tools to gain political influence both locally and nationally. She is also the author of several articles and book chapters related to the evolution of working-class women’s leadership development as well as gender violence in the workplace.

There is a long history of sexual violence against women in the workplace. This book is the first historical monograph to examine how women workers have resisted sexual harassment in service industry jobs: work that is gendered female, union and non-union, typically low-waged, and often requires some form of intimate labor between the worker and the recipient. It shifts the narrative from the victimization of women workers, and instead focuses on how women have demanded agency in their workplaces through public campaigns like the recent union campaign in Chicago to pass a panic button ordinance for hotel workers, and also through acts of micro-resistance that are often invisible to outsiders. Without understanding the historical nuance and the patterns of perpetration of and resistance to sexual harassment in the past, it is not possible to influence policy and movement building to end workplace sexual violence in the present.

2018-19 Long-Term Fellows

Katherine Bank
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Dr. Katie Bank recently completed her PhD in musicology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is an early modernist music historian with strong interests in renaissance literature and the history of ideas. Her research reflects an interdisciplinary attention to the role of music within frameworks of knowledge in early modern England, particularly music’s intersection with natural philosophy, the passions, and concepts of sense perception. Dr. Bank’s forthcoming book, Knowledge Building in Early Seventeenth Century English Music (Routledge), considers musical-textual relationships, aesthetics and musical meaning in singing, as well as the idea of historical experience. Dr. Bank has recently taught at both University College London and the University of Oxford and is an associate of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at UCL.

While at the Newberry, Dr. Bank is beginning research for a book on non-lexical vocables and musical meaning in early modern English song. Her initial research demonstrates that contemporary use of the non-lexical vocable refrain, for example ‘fala’, was far more meaningful than our current understanding permits, an argument with robust implications for musical-textual relationships and the creation of meaning in performances of English song. This study aims to deepen our understanding of music’s communicative functions in early modern England, which operated on symbolic and expressive levels. Having hardened into a symbol of national heritage, these ‘phatic’ tropes are still relevant to modern audiences and remain a part of current-day musical practice, particularly when invoking historical Englishness.

Jodi Bilinkoff
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Jodi Bilinkoff is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A New York native, she has now lived for 35 years in the state of North Carolina. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. and PhD from Princeton University. Dr. Bilinkoff is the author of The Avila of Saint Teresa: Religious Reform in a Sixteenth-Century City (1989, updated edition, 2014); Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750 (2005); and co-editor (with Allan Greer) of Colonial Saints: Discovering the Holy in the Americas, 1500-1800 (2003). Her research and teaching focus on religion, gender, life-writing, and constructions of memory in early modern Europe and its colonies, especially Spain.

Dr. Bilinkoff’s current project, John of the Cross (1542-1591): The History, Mystery and Memory of a Spanish Saint, takes a fresh look at a figure lionized in modern times as a mystic, spiritual guide, and one of the finest poets in the Spanish language. Yet relatively little is known about him as a person, and few historians have examined his life or cult as a Catholic saint. Her goal is not to write a conventional biography, but rather, undertake a critical study of the manifold, at times, conflicting meanings that John of the Cross has held for individuals and communities, both during and after his lifetime. While at the Newberry, Dr. Bilinkoff plans to examine the politics and personalities involved in John’s beatification (1675) and canonization (1726).

Christine DeLucia
Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History, Monticello College Foundation Fellow, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Christine DeLucia is an Associate Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, and will be joining the History faculty at Williams College in 2019. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University (2012), and completed an M.Litt. in Environmental History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (2007) and an A.B. in History and Literature at Harvard College (2006). She is the author of Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast, published by Yale University Press (2018) in the Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity. Her writing on Indigenous histories, memories, placemaking, and material culture has appeared in The Journal of American History, The William and Mary Quarterly, Early American Studies, and other publications.

Dr. DeLucia’s current research project revisits Native American and African American communities in eighteenth-century southern New England and their entanglements with the colonial minister, educator, and President of Yale College Ezra Stiles. It explores the myriad ways in which tribal nations and communities of color responded to, shaped, and resisted Euro-American efforts to contain, manage, and assess them. The project centers Indigenous forms of knowledge-keeping and history-making, and draws upon oral traditions, material culture, the built environment, and archival as well as print sources in order to bring to light under-recognized histories of maintaining sovereignty, culture, and community in the era preceding and following the American Revolution.

Jamie Forde
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Jamie Forde is a curatorial assistant at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2015, and his research focuses on indigenous societies of Mexico during the Late Prehispanic and Early Colonial periods. His archeological field research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and National Geographic, and he has previously held long-term fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the John Carter Brown Library. His written work has appeared in scholarly journals including Ancient Mesoamerica and the International Journal of Historical Archeology.

Dr. Forde’s book project, Ruination and Renewal: The Lives and Afterlives of Sacred Space at San Miguel Achiutla, Oaxaca, Mexico examines how indigenous residents of a single community in southern Mexico have continuously manipulated, dismantled, and repurposed sacred space and architecture, including Prehispanic temples and Christian churches, over one thousand years. This study is framed as a narrative “biography of place,” and is based on original archeological and archival research at the community of San Miguel Achiutla, located in the highland Mixtec region of Oaxaca. The project traces how sacred spaces have remained bound with notions of identity and negotiations of power from pre-Hispanic times to the modern day. In broad terms, the manuscript is designed to make interdisciplinary interventions in Anthropology, Ethnohistory, and Art History by highlighting the importance of space, materiality, and social memory in the maintenance of communities.

Christine Göttler
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Christine Göttler is Professor emerita of Art History at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Bern. Her research interests concern collecting practices, the interactions between various arts (including the so-called alchemical arts), and the visual and spatial imagery of interiority and the imagination. She has published widely on diverse topics ranging from Reformation iconoclasm, post-Tridentine spirituality, the relationship between art, nature, and the senses, to historical aspects of early modern artists’ materials (wax, papier-mâché, copper, silver, gold). Her professional awards include fellowships from the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (Wassenaar), the International Research Centre for Cultural History (Vienna), the Centre for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (Washington, D.C.), the J. Paul Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, CA), and the New York Public Library. Her most recent books include Last Things: Art and the Religious Imagination in the Age of Reform (Brepols, 2010); Knowledge and Discernment in the Early Modern Arts, edited with Sven Dupré (Routledge, 2017); The Nomadic Object: The Challenge of World for Early Modern Art, edited with Mia M. Mochizuki, Intersections 53 (Brill, 2017); and Solitudo: Spaces, Places, and Times of Solitude in Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture, edited with Karl A.E. Enenkel, Intersections 56 (Brill, 2018).

Göttler’s book-length study on the ‘imaginaries of gold’ investigates the ways in which painters (such as Goltzius, Rubens, Van Mander, Ketel, etc.), imitated and competed with each other and with related social and professional groups (goldsmiths, alchemists, natural philosophers, etc.), as they fashioned their artistic identities in regard to the values, qualities, and effects of the materials and processes used in their craft. How was gold used, imagined, theorized, and metaphorized in the pictorial arts at the turn of the seventeenth century and at a historical moment when New World silver was flooding into the market? It will be argued that gold – both as a material and as a ‘material metaphor’ of transmutation – became a primary reference point for thinking about the painterly arts. Gold is here defined as a ‘site of mediation’ between experiments in color, the desire for honor and wealth, and reflections on the values of artifice and craft. Her study aims at a reevaluation of early seventeenth-century painting as a site of exchange where artificial and natural creation, ingenuity and wealth, and the moral, material, and aesthetic values of art are reconfigured and redefined in an increasingly interconnected world. It responds to a disciplinary need for early modern studies connecting histories and historiographies that have often been treated as separate from each other.

Carmen Hsu
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Carmen Y. Hsu is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research on early modern Spanish theater, Cervantes, relaciones de sucesos (news pamphlets), and Iberian-Asian relations has appeared in leading literary journals and edited volumes. She is editor of Cervantes y su tiempo and author of Courtesans in the Literature of the Spanish Golden Age. She has also received fellowships and grants from the University of Melbourne, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities (UNC-Chapel Hill), and the Council for Cultural Affairs (Taiwan).

Dr. Hsu’s Newberry project, Asia in the Making of Early Modern Spain, explores how the Spanish understood different Asian worlds in relation to the perception they had of themselves in the historical narratives of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This work examines the effect that Spain’s East and Southeast Asian enterprise had on these writings, and its goals include how literature, myths and hearsay dialogued and negotiated therein with historical events as well as socio-political and religious concerns.

Doug Kiel
Newberry Consortium for American Indian Studies Faculty Fellow

Doug Kiel (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2012) is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and studies Native American history, with particular interests in the Great Lakes region and twentieth century Indigenous nation rebuilding. He is working on a book manuscript entitled Unsettling Territory: Oneida Indian Resurgence and Anti-Sovereignty Backlash. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, a community that had been dispossessed of their New York homelands in the early nineteenth century, yet again suffered devastating land losses as a result of the Dawes Act of 1887—a policy that President Theodore Roosevelt once called “a mighty pulverizing engine to break up the tribal mass.” Kiel’s book examines how the Oneida Nation’s leaders strengthened the community’s capacity to shape their own future by envisioning, deliberating, and enacting a dramatic reversal of fortune during the twentieth century. His book also examines the origins of recent litigation between the Oneida Nation and the Village of Hobart, a mostly non-Native municipality that is located within the boundaries of the Oneida Reservation and seeks to block the tribe from recovering land that was lost a century ago.

Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty, he taught at Williams College, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Middlebury College. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the American Historical Association, the American Philosophical Society, and the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM, among others. In addition to his research and teaching, he has worked with several museums and served as an Indigenous Fellow at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Anne Koenig
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Anne M. Koenig is a medieval historian specializing in the history of medicine in society. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA and Ph.D. In History from Northwestern University. She is a past recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and for the past five years has taught at the University of South Florida. Her primary fields of research and teaching involve the history of medieval Europe, the history of madness and mental illness, and the social history of late medieval Germany. She is the author of several articles and book chapters related to the history of medieval madness and recently completed her first book manuscript,Wandering Minds: Madness, Medicine and Society in Southeastern Germany from 1350 to 1500.

Dr. Koenig’s project focuses on a fifteenth-century manuscript owned by Sigmund Ortel, a wealthy but largely unremarkable member of Nuremberg’s merchant class, that is today held at the Newberry Library. Comprised of German and Latin texts that offered basic instruction in both spiritual and medical matters, this manuscript was a valued possession of the Nuremberg burgher and was eventually passed down to his son. It thus taught generations of Ortels how to pray, what psalms to memorize, when to have their blood let, and what foods to avoid based on the seasons. Using this manuscript as a lens into the intellectual interests of the late medieval “everyman” and into the larger corpus of German crossover texts that married spiritual and medical knowledge, Dr. Koenig explores the spread of medical literacy, particularly related to bloodletting, into vernacular spaces and the popular culture in late medieval Germany.

Cynthia Nazarian
Monticello College Foundation Fellow

Cynthia Nazarian is an Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. Her work focuses on the imagery of violence in early modern French, English and Italian literature, analyzing the rhetorics of suffering and brutality that shape the politics of the early modern Self and State. She is the author of Love’s Wounds: Violence and the Politics of Poetry in Early Modern Europe (Cornell University Press, 2018).

Dr. Nazarian’s current book project takes an interdisciplinary, cross-temporal approach to an enduring problem: the political challenge posed by sympathy. It investigates the ways that sympathy counterintuitively enables force when shifted from victims onto perpetrators or institutions. This book brings early modern literature into conversation with contemporary political and critical theory to suggest that fellow feeling has long posed an important political problem, one that channels broader concerns regarding national identity, elite privilege, personal sovereignty and the state’s monopoly over violence and law-making.

Brian O’Camb
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

An associate professor of English literature at Indiana University Northwest, Brian O’Camb received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published articles on Old English wisdom literature, manuscript studies, and medieval artworks in The Review of English Studies, Philological Quarterly, and English Studies, as well as chapters in The Genesis of Books: Studies in the Scribal Culture of Medieval England in Honour of A. N. Doane (2011) and Anglo-Saxon England and the Visual Imagination (2017). His most recent article in English Literary History considers the modern reception and editions of Old English proverb poems by the antiquarian George Hickes, and thus lays the foundations for his research at the Newberry.

Scribes, Proverbs, and the Making of Early English Poetry, Dr. O’Camb’s first book-length project, reimagines the early English poetic canon by exploring the intersection of proverbs and poetry in the scribal culture of early medieval England-as well as the reception of Old and early Middle English proverb poems and collections by modern print editors. His project’s cross-period engagement with scribal culture (broadly conceived) aims to revise our understanding of early English poetic style and canon formation by articulating an extended history of early medieval proverb culture in England between 700-1250 AD.

Iain Quinn
Rudolph Ganz Fellow

Iain Quinn was born in Cardiff, Wales. He grew up as a chorister at Llandaff Cathedral, also studying the organ, piano, and trumpet. At fourteen, he was appointed Organist at St. Michael’s Theological College, Llandaff. He later joined the faculty of the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music, London. In 1994 he moved to the USA for study at The Juilliard School, the University of Hartford (BM summa cum laude) and the Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University (MM), returning to the UK in 2009 as a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Durham (PhD historical musicology). He holds the diplomas of Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and the Royal Schools of Music (with distinction), and is the recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship. During 2011 he was a Visiting Composer at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and in 2012 a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. In the Spring of 2017 he was a Fulbright Scholar teaching at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has held church appointments in New York and Connecticut, and from 2005–2010 served as Director of Cathedral Music & Organist at the Cathedral of St. John (Episcopal), Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is presently Director of Music and Organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Thomasville, Georgia.

As an organist and conductor he has released fourteen CDs on the Chandos, Hyperion, Naxos, Paulus, Raven, and Regent labels. His most recent recordings include the complete CPE Bach sonatas, and organ works of Czerny (Naxos) and works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Hummel (Regent). He has also completed Editions of the previously unpublished organ works and early Christmas cantata of Samuel Barber (G. Schirmer), the complete organ works of Carl Czerny (2 volumes, A-R Editions) and the complete anthems of John Goss (A-R Editions). He is the author of two books: The Genesis and Development of an English Organ Sonata (Routledge –Royal Musical Association) and The Organist in Victorian Literature (Palgrave). He has given guest lectures at universities across the USA and papers for the American Musicological Society and the Royal Musical Association. Dr. Quinn is Assistant Professor of Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music at Florida State University.

Tatiana Seijas
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Tatiana Seijas is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her first monograph Asian Slaves in Colonial Mexico: From Chinos to Indians (Cambridge University Press 2014) won the Berkshire Conference Book Prize. Seijas is co-author of Spanish Dollars and Sister Republics: The Money That Made Mexico and the United States (Rowman & Littlefield 2017) and co-editor of Victors and Vanquished: Spanish and Nahua Views of the Fall of the Mexica Empire 2 ed. (Bedford/St. Martin’s 2017). She is co-editor of book reviews for the Hispanic American Historical Review (2017-22) and serves on the board of Ethnohistory.

As a historian, Seijas seeks to cross historiographical and geographical frontiers to reconstruct the everyday experiences of people who were born without the privileges of power. Her aim is to include their stories in the historical narratives of the early modern period and nineteenth century, when indigenous peoples around the world confronted European colonialism. More specifically, she focuses on the economic and social lives of people who lived in the Philippines and Mexico. Her Newberry project is a monograph titled “First Routes: Indigenous Trade and Travel in Early North America,” which recovers the history of native merchants who forged routes of exchange between the Rio Grande Valley and the Mesoamerican highlands from circa 1400 to the late 1800s.