Welcome, 2019-20 Fellows!

2019-20 Faculty Fellows

Aimee Bahng, Gender & Women's Studies
Oona Eisenstadt, Religious Studies
Amanda Hollis-Brusky, Politics
Colleen Rosenfeld, English
Tomás Summers Sandoval, History & Chicana/o Latina/o Studies
Heather Williams, Politics

2019-20 Student Fellows

Oliver Dubon, Music
Ethan Kostishak, Anthropology
Rachel Marandett, Religious Studies
Olive Maurstad, English
Skye Mitchell, Media Studies/English
Hans Zhou, Environmental Analysis/Classics

Thank You, 2018-19 Fellows!

2018-19 Faculty Fellows

Gizem Karaali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics. For the fellowship year, she will be investigating failure both in mathematics and mathematics instruction. Among her animating questions: “What kinds of failures can be desirable?” “What makes some failures better than others?” And: “Who gets to fail?”

Jordan Kirk is an Assistant Professor of English. His project for the year centers on an exploration of the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, exploring his “poetics of failure” in search of a new understanding of the whole of the Tales, the preeminent work of medieval English letters.

Joanne Nucho is a Mellon Chau postdoctoral fellow, and will join the Pomona faculty as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in July. During the fellowship year she will focus on the urgent material problem of “failed” infrastructure and the political discourses that shape the future of the built environment.

Michael O’Malley is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Art. In addition to his sculpture work that engages explicitly with the topic of failure, he will embark on a series of writings that “untangle some of the hunches and questions” he has “about the many tendrils of failure.”

Friederike von Schwerin-High is an Associate Professor of German & Russian. During the fellowship year she will continue her exploration of success and failure relating to epistemology (knowing another person), ethics (telling another person’s story), and aesthetics (telling a story well) in works of fiction that explore the dynamics of friendship.

Julie Tannenbaum is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy. Her project explores cases of “moral failure,” in which one does not deserve blame for one’s action but is nevertheless morally responsible for harming others. How can such individuals be helped to come to terms with what they have done?

2018-19 Student Fellows

Peter Brown is majoring in Politics and English, writing theses that focus on the work of Hannah Arendt and Toni Morrison. He plans to use his time in the Studio “to think more carefully with those whom historical archives and current governments alike have failed to account for”—exploring how our structures have failed us.

Jacob Lubert will work on a senior thesis for Classics in which he uses the phrase “learning through suffering” as a tool both by which to explicate the literary content of Aeschylus’s Oresteia trilogy and to analyze the psychology involved in both viewing and acting in the drama.

Natalie McDonald is a History major with a Late Antique-Medieval Studies minor who will use the fellowship year to investigate the dynamics of gendered power structures in Middle Eastern, Caribbean, and Indian women’s service in the British army during WWII. What happens when such stories fail to survive in collective memory?

James McIntyre will be writing a thesis in Philosophy complicating accounts that characterize indoctrination as education which restricts the learner’s freedom, augmenting them with an alternative account based upon the doctrine of fallibilism: that we should always keep in mind that many of our most cherished beliefs could be false.

Natalie Slater’s Environmental Analysis thesis will examine the recent breakdown of Rome’s fountains and aqueducts, symbols of society’s conquest over nature, using them to examine notions of progress, modernity, and animacy versus inanimacy in the face of global climate change—and searching for moments of hope within environmental and political breakdown.

Candice Wang, a double major in Neuroscience and Religious Studies, will be examining hymnals, Christian storybooks for girls, and illustrated Bibles, translated into various Chinese dialects, held by the Honnold-Mudd Library. Through textual, visual, and historical analyses, she will study the translation and transmission of representations of Christianity in late imperial China.

2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellows

Cristina T. Bejarano is a Mellon Chau Postdoctoral Fellow in the Anthropology Department. As a member of the Humanities Studio, she will explore how the nature/culture divide “fails” in the Anthropocene in order to shed light on the complex relationships between bodies and environments, especially in the context of long-term exposure to toxic substances.

Sheetal Gandhi is a Mellon Chau postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Theatre and Dance. During the fellowship year she will consciously engage with her body’s own failures to reimagine and reinvent what her dancing body is capable of.