Meet Our Long-Term Fellows
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.