2018-2019 CHAT Fellows
CHAT is proud to announce the following recipients of fellowships at the Humanities Center for 2018-2019.
Eugene Chislenko, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Eugene Chislenko specializes in ethics and moral psychology, and in related topics in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, aesthetics, and the history of philosophy, especially Kant and existentialism. After receiving his B.A. at Harvard University and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, he came to Temple in 2016. His recent work includes “A Solution for Buridan’s Ass” (Ethics, January 2016) and “Moore’s Paradox and Akratic Belief” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, May 2016). He is now working on a book manuscript about moral motivation, entitled The Guise of the Good, and a series of essays on the ethics of blame.
Tania Jenkins, Assistant Professor, Sociology
As a CHAT fellow, I will spend the year writing my book, Doctors’ Orders: The Making of Status and Inequality in the American Medical Profession (under contract with Columbia University Press). This ethnography examines the construction and implications of status inequalities among internal medicine residents. I explore how American-trained MDs come to enjoy higher status in the profession compared to international or osteopathic graduates, who disproportionately occupy less prestigious positions. I conclude that by relying on informal status distinctions that equate status with merit, and eclipse structural disadvantages, US-trained physicians are able to remain elite despite importing some of the world’s best and brightest.
Noriko Manabe, Associate Professor, Art History
Noriko Manabe is Associate Professor of Music Studies at Temple University. Her monograph, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima, won the John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Book Award, and Honorable Mention for the Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. She is currently writing her second monograph, Revolution Remixed: Intertextuality in Protest Music, and co-editing the volumes, the Oxford Handbook of Protest Music (with Eric Drott) and Nuclear Music (with Jessica Schwartz). She has recently analyzed Kendrick Lamar and the sounds of post-Trump protests. She is series editor for 33-1/3 Japan, a book series on Japanese popular music at Bloomsbury Publishing.
Gary Mucciaroni, Professor, Political Science
Gary Mucciaroni is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Master of Public Policy Program at Temple University. He served as Department Chair from 2005-10 and 2015-16. He is the author of four books and several articles on public policymaking in the United States and specifically on policies related to employment, public assistance, taxes, trade, telecommunications, LGBTQ rights, and abortion.
Mónica Ricketts, Associate Professor, History
Mónica Ricketts is an associate professor of history at Temple University. Her fields are colonial Latin America, Spanish imperialism, cultural and intellectual history. She is currently working on the political history of the theater in the Spanish world.
College of Liberal Arts Advanced Graduate Students
Moonyoung Hwang, PhD Candidate, Philosophy
In my project, I argue that values (evaluative properties and terms) are importantly related to emotions. However, I reject the classical non-cognitivism, according to which emotions have nothing to refer to beyond themselves and are merely subjective. I claim that emotions, like belief, detect objective properties in the world. The objective properties tracked by emotions, I argue, are various relational properties between the agent and her environment regarding the agent’s well-being.
Nicole Nathan, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
Nicole Nathan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Rooted in 12 months of ethnographic research, Nicole’s dissertation, “Gifts from God: Religion, Economic Relations, and Gift Giving during Short-Term Missions”, examines the dynamics of philanthropic relations expressed through religious proselytization and economic outreach during contemporary Evangelical youth mission trips in the Dominican Republic. She argues that by exposing youths to a social and cultural experience radically different from their own, mission trips have the potential to powerfully shape youths’ worldviews, including how they conceptualize globalization and racial and economic inequality in ways that influence future economic behaviors.
Graduate Associate Fellows
James Kopaczewski, PhD Candidate, History
James Kopaczewski is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Temple University. A historian of the nineteenth-century United States, his dissertation explores Native American understandings of the American Civil War Era. For most of the nineteenth-century, violence, removal, and incarceration were the primary tools utilized by the federal government to pacify native resistance. His dissertation argues that native peoples viewed the war as an opportunity to potentially undercut this system and secure a greater degree of sovereignty. Similarly, the federal government reexamined its posture towards native peoples as a result of their mutual engagements in the Civil War Era.
Elizabeth Bergman, PhD Candidate, Dance
Elizabeth June Bergman is a doctoral candidate and University Fellow in the Dance Department. Her dissertation, Behind the Scenes and Across Screens: Michael Jackson and His Dancing Chorus, focuses on the dancing labor of Jackson, his choreographic collaborators, and backup dancers; how television and video technology affected the transmission and transformation of dances; and Jackson and his chorus’s influence on the development of the commercial dance industry in Los Angeles. Her research highlights the cultural histories of “street” and “studio” dance forms featured in music videos, the commercial imperatives of the entertainment industry, and the racial politics of the 1980s.
Rebecca Croog, PhD Candidate, Geography
I became interested in pursuing a graduate degree in geography after conducting my own research as an undergraduate in Bolivia and Cuba. My curiosity about the intersection of agriculture and social change took me to quinoa growing communities in the Andean high plateau and to urban farms in Havana. Motivated by these projects and new questions that emerged out of them, I began participating in and researching urban agriculture back in the United States, first in Baltimore and then in Philadelphia when I joined Temple’s GUS program. My doctoral research builds upon these experiences, looking at the historical geography of agriculture in Philadelphia and identifying the historical antecedents to current justice-related initiatives within the contemporary urban agriculture movement.
Elizabeth White Vidarte, PhD Candidate, English
Elizabeth is an English PhD candidate specializing in American literature and disability studies. She focuses on the cultural history of empathy and care for the mentally disabled from the late 19th century through the Great Depression. Investigating dependency relations in reciprocal and oppressive modes, she hopes to show that mind-related disability was often framed as a problem because it threatens to reveal raced and gendered autonomy as fictive fantasies of American identity. Yet despite this, it could also be framed as an imperative for ethical and reciprocal care that offered generative means for valuing difference. Elizabeth is also a currently participating in the Digital Scholars program, with plans to use textual analysis tools on her archival research.
Digital Humanities Scholars
Yang Shan Chou
My idea is to create an art project using physical computing, such as Arduino’s, to explore the idea of the uncanny valley. The “uncanny valley” is defined as a phenomenon that occurs when a humanoid object resembles a human being, causing an unsettling effect for the viewers. Our experimental process will determine the form that the Uncanny Valley phenomenon will take in our project. This project will be split into three parts: 1) starting the experiment, 2) forming it into a story, and 3) finally, creating an interactive display that will enable us to make modifications based on the audience’s feedback.
Mannah Duah, PhD Candidate, History
Manna Duah uses data and network analysis to map eight incidents of mass political mobilizations among African students in US international education programs between 1960 and 1975.
Urszula Pruchniewska, PhD Candidate, Media and Communications
Urszula Pruchniewska’s project examines the #metoo movement on Twitter, identifying and analyzing the tweets in the key moments of the movement using both an automated content analysis and critical discourse analysis.
Jessica L. Sitek, PhD Candidate, Religion
As a third year PhD student in the Department of Religion, participation in this year;s Digital Scholars program will serve as part of my dissertation work. The proposed project uses postwar chaplaincy materials (manuals, pamphlets, histories, etc.) to examine how normative definitions of religion are formed, and specifically how official definitions are formed and function in a society that supposedly maintains separation of Church and State. This project is meant to serve as a foundation for broader work that considers the institutionalization of the chaplaincy as a clinical role, and its implications for care delivery.
Vivien Wise, MFA, Fibers and Material Studies
Vivien Wise combines mapping, data, and traditional craft, to create topographies that are based on a connection between land and body, relation to care, and connection to personal history.
All faculty and graduate students holding fellowships or associateships participate in a bi-weekly set of meetings to discuss the work-in-progress of the participants. Lunch is provided, and material is pre-circulated so that discussion focuses on responses to the work.
Because participants come from a wide variety of disciplines and specialties, discussion focuses on the common-ground of methodological issues. The group brings a depth of experience and breadth of knowledge about theoretical sources that consistently offers each presenter a fresh set of ideas and references to improve their own work.
Within each discipline, we often raise new questions, unaware that research in another discipline may have already addressed the same basic issues. The interdisciplinary critique of the Fellows Seminar improves participant’s research by moving projects more quickly through the conceptual terrain that may have played a significant role in the history of other intellectual traditions. What is “new” in one discipline may be “old hat” in another.
The different perspectives of the participants and their ability to pose new questions often gives the presenter, whether faculty or graduate student, a fresh perspective on their own materials. Even when writers chose not to address the concerns of other disciplines, they develop a greater awareness of their own discplinary assumptions and the role they play in shaping their individual project.
PhD Candidate, History
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