2016 – 2017 Dissertation Fellows
Melina Moore is a doctoral candidate in English whose dissertation is entitled “Trans Life Writing from the 18th Century to the Present: Genres in Transition,” examining the way transgender subjects engage with and revise existing narrative forms in the Western autobiographical tradition to tell stories of gender crossing.
Madison Priest is a doctoral candidate in English whose dissertation, “Women We Don’t Want to Be: The Female-Authored Antiheroine in American Modernism,” borrows and adapts methodologies from middlebrow and periodical studies to offer a theoretically and historically robust account of female-authored antiheroines – “the woman we don’t want to be.”
Jennifer Chancellor is a doctoral candidate in English whose dissertation is entitled “Portrait of the Artist, as an Ad Man: Advertising, Masculinity, and the American Postmodern Novel,” examining the work and lives of Joseph Heller, Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, and Thomas Pynchon.
Daron Jabari Howard
Daron Jabari Howard is a doctoral candidate in Sociology whose dissertation is a group biography of several chess players in Washington Square, entitled “The Chess Hustlers.”
Meredith Benjamin is a doctoral candidate in English whose dissertation is entitled “Creating Feminist Identities: The Autobiographical across Genres in the 1970s and 1980s.”
Christopher Silsby is a doctoral candidate in Theatre whose dissertation is entitled “African American Performers in Stalin’s Soviet Union.”
Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages
Adrian Izquierdo is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages whose dissertation is entitled “Translating History, Translating Lives: Pierre Matthieu and the Translation of Political Biography in 17th Century Spain.”
Anna Simonson is a doctoral candidate in History whose dissertation is entitled “‘Call
Peter-Christian Aigner is a doctoral candidate in History whose dissertation is entitled “Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the Reconstruction of Liberalism, 1965-1996.”
Lauren Kaplan is a doctoral candidate in Art History whose dissertation is entitled “Crossing the Atlantic: Italians in Argentina, 1916-1946.”
Thomas W. Hafer
Thomas W. Hafer is a doctoral candidate in American History. His dissertation explores art, identity, and sexuality from the 1930s through the 1970s by examining the lives and works of such bohemians as Parker Tyler and Charles Henri Ford.
Ikuyo Nakagawa is a doctoral candidate in Art History. Her dissertation will examine all aspects of the career of Japanese-born painter, Tsuguharu Foujita, in the international context of the historical avant-garde.
David J. Gary
David J. Gary is a doctoral candidate in American history. His dissertation explores the life of Rufus King (1755-1827), an anti-slavery U.S. Senator, through his reading and the use of his library, which grew to about 3,500 volumes at his death.
Anna Mecugni is an Italian doctoral candidate in contemporary art. Her dissertation—”A Voyage of Identities: Luigi Ontani and the Postmodern Question in 1970s Italy”—deals with Ontani and the early emergence of postmodernism in the visual arts.
Helen Decker recently received her doctorate in English literature. Her dissertation focused on the writing Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes produced during the eight years of their marriage.
Lars Kokkonen is a doctoral candidate in art history. His dissertation examines British artist John Martin in light of the scholarship of the past thirty years.