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“The fellowship provided me with that rarest and most valuable commodity to a scholar: uninterrupted time to think and write. … I was able not only to complete my manuscript but also to do so in the rigorous, thorough, and meditative way that successful scholarship in the humanities requires.” — Seeta Chaganti


The Faculty Research Fellowship is designed to help faculty make significant progress on a research or creative project. Fellows spend a quarter meeting weekly with colleagues in other departments and disciplines whom they would not meet in any other setting. Awards are based on the scholarly merit and originality of the projects. The fellowship provides recipients with a quarter research leave and provides them with time to work intently on their projects. Each fellow is expected to give a public lecture on their work in the academic year following their “residency” at the institute.

The 2014-2015 Faculty Research cohort was made up of faculty from anthropology, English, history, music and French. Unlike in previous years when the fellowship was constructed around a central theme, this year the participants worked on individual projects that were not necessarily connected. Their topics ranged from the cult of relics to lawsuits against Chevron. Nevertheless, the fellows found that there were plenty of unexpected links.

2014–2015 FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOWS Seeta Chaganti Medieval Dance and Poetry (English)

Katie Harris Proving Sanctity: Evidence and the Cult of Relics in the Early Modern Spanish Mediterranean (History) Danielle Heard Mavericks of Masquerade: Comic Strategies of Post-Blackness (English)

Katherine Lee Dynamic Korea, Dynamic Samulnori: An Ethnography of a Transnational Percussion Genre (Music)

Suzana Sawyer The Valence of Crude: The Intractable Lawsuit Against Chevron in Ecuador (Anthropology)

Tobias Warner Aesthetics after Austerity: The “Work” of Literature in Neoliberal Senegal (French and Italian)

“I learned a great deal from the other members of the cohort. The weekly discussions on how to shape book proposals and critically engage research projects helped me to refine my own research questions and sharpen my book proposal.” — Katherine Lee



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