Society of Scholars Cohort Archive

Activist poetics panel at a roundtable with microphones

The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress. 

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Cohort Archives

2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars

Portrait of Megan Ybarra
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
A portrait of Raphaëlle Rabanes wearing a grey jacket.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
A portrait of Amalie Goul Dueholm standing in front of a wall.
Doctoral Candidate
Cinema & Media Studies
A portrait of Anna Nguyen wearing glasses.
Doctoral Candidate
History
A portrait of Leah Rubinsky standing in front of a body of water.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Comparative Literature
Black and white portrait of Kewi Adeyemi
Assistant Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Justin Randolph stands in front of a dark wall while wearing glasses and a white sweater.
CHCI/ACLS Visiting Scholar and Assistant Professor
History, Texas State University
Brendan McElmeel stands on a rooftop wearing a dark shirt.
Doctoral Candidate
History
Diana Molkova stands facing the right while looking into the camera and holds a huge fuzzy dog.
Doctoral Candidate
Classics
Heekyoung Cho looks to the left while wearing glasses.
Associate Professor
Asian Languages & Literature
Portrait of Gust Burns.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of English
Portrait of Alina Méndez.
Assistant Professor
American Ethnic Studies
Jingsi Shen stands outside with mountains in the background.
Doctoral Candidate
Comparative Literature
Portrait of Ariana Ochoa Camacho wearing glasses and standing in front of a bookcase.
Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma
Matthew Childs sits outside on a hill overlooking a body of water.
Doctoral Candidate
German Studies
Portrait of Carole Lee standing outside.
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Maxine Savage stands in front of a large bush while wearing glasses and a grey jacket.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Scandinavian Studies
Portrait of Madeleine Dong wearing glasses, a scarf, and a dark jacket.
Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
Mal Ahern looks at a roll of film that has been unwound.
Assistant Professor
Cinema & Media Studies
profile of Maya Smith smiling at the camera, hair pulled back with some curls along the left side, wearing a red top under a blue blazer with a necklace
Associate Professor
Department of French & Italian Studies

2021 - 2022 Society of Scholars

Profile picture of Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld: a person with short brown hair in a blue button up sitting in front of a lake.
Doctoral Candidate
Classics
Portrait of Stephanie Clare; woman wearing glasses, red shirt and black blazer
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Portrait of Hajin Jun
Assistant Professor
History
Portrait of Louisa Mackenzie
Associate Professor
French & Italian Studies
Portrait of Leigh Mercer wearing glasses and a dark jacket standing in front of a blue wall.
Associate Professor
Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Portrait of Xin Peng standing by a golden Japanese Maple tree
Doctoral Candidate
Cinema & Media Studies
Portrait of Rich Watts
Associate Professor
French & Italian Studies
Profile of Katia smiling at the camera in a dark blazer and orange shirt
Doctoral Candidate
History
Mika Ahuvia in suit jacket smiling with bookcase in background
Associate Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
Portrait of José Alaniz in wintertime New York from 2018
Professor
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Portrait of Dan Berger leaning against a brick wall
Associate Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell

2020 - 2021 Society of Scholars

A close-up portrait of Bettina Judd wearing glasses and a dark shirt.
Assistant Professor
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Portrait of Devin Naar wearing a purple shirt and tie and wearing glasses.
Associate Professor
Department of History
Portrait of Linh Thủy Nguyễn wearing an orange shirt.
Assistant Professor
American Ethnic Studies
Adair Rounthwaite sits on a blue chair wearing a pink sweater.
Associate Professor
Art + Design
Portrait of Cleo Woelfle-Erskine in front of a body of water wearing a green shirt.
Assistant Professor
School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
Portrait of Robert Anderson wearing a dark grey sweater.
Graduate Student
Department of Geography
Yuta Kaminishi stands in front of a body of water wearing glasses and a grey shirt.
Graduate Student
Cinema & Media Studies
Taylor Soja wears a black shirt and tan jacket.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
Close up of cherry blossoms.
Graduate Student
Cinema & Media Studies
Portrait of Amanda Doxtater
Assistant Professor
Department of Scandinavian Studies
Portrait of Maryam Griffin wearing glasses.
Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell
Liora Halperin stands outside wearing glasses and a blue shirt.
Associate Professor
History
Portrait of Daniel Bessner in a blue shirt and glasses
Associate Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
A close-up image of Danny Hoffman wearing a black shirt.
Professor
Jackson School of International Studies

2019 - 2020 Society of Scholars

A black and white image of Rae Paris near a window.
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Davinder Bhowmik stands outside wearing a green scarf and patterned shirt.
Associate Professor
Asian Languages & Literature
María Elena García stands outside wearing a red scarf and grey jacket.
Associate Professor
Comparative History of Ideas
Jenna Grant stands outside in front of a brick wall wearing a patterned shirt.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Belinda He stands in front of a bank of windows wearing a black shirt and gray jacket.
PhD Candidate
Jackson School of International Studies
Jang Wook Huh stands outside in front of a building wearing a blue shirt.
Assistant Professor
American Ethnic Studies
Joel Alden Schlosser sits in front of a wooden lattice wearing a collared shirt.
Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science
Bryn Mawr College
Ray Jonas wears glasses, a collared shirt, and a jacket.
Professor
Department of History
Adrian Kane wears glasses and a blue shirt with a bookcase in the background.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
Priti Ramamurthy stands outside wearing glasses and a floral shirt.
Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
La TaSha Levy wears glasses and a dark shirt with a multicolored background.
Assistant Professor
American Ethnic Studies
Lily Shapiro stands in front of a bush wearing a blue shirt.
PhD Candidate
Anthropology
Laurie Marhoefer stands in front of a white brick wall wearing a grey shirt.
Associate Professor and Jon Bridgman Endowed Professor of History
Department of History
Christopher Teuton sits in front of a bookcase wearing a maroon shirt.
Professor and Chair
American Indian Studies

2018 - 2019 Society of Scholars

Portrait of Akanksha Misra
Assistant Professor
Gender & Women's Studies
Portrait of José Francisco Robles
Assistant Professor
Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Portrait of Xiaoshun Zeng
Doctoral Candidate
History
Black and white portrait of Kewi Adeyemi
Assistant Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Portrait of Jennifer Bean
Associate Professor
Cinema & Media Studies
Headshot of Naomi Macalalad Bragin
Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell
Jean Dennison
Associate Professor
Anthropology
Portrait of Vanessa Freije
Assistant Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
Portrait of Radhika Govindrajan
Assistant Professor
Anthropology
Portrait of Jason Groves
Assistant Professor
German Studies
Portrait of Ungsan Kim
Assistant Professor
Asian Languages and Culture
Portrait of Dian Million
Associate Professor and Chair
American Indian Studies

2017 - 2018 Society of Scholars

A black and white image of Darren Byler wearing glasses.
Assistant Professor
International Studies, Simon Fraser University
Shannon Cram stands outside wearing a black shirt.
Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell
Susan Gaylard stands behind a red bicycle and in front of a bookcase wearing a light-green jacket and purple sweater.
Associate Professor of Italian
French & Italian Studies
Headshot of Olivia Noble Gunn.
Assistant Professor
Department of Scandinavian Studies
Portrait of Ana M. Gómez-Bravo
Professor of Spanish
Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Portrait of Elizabeth Janssen.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of English
Jeffrey Knight wears a plaid shirt and glasses.
Associate Professor
Department of English
Christian Novetzke wears a black shirt and glasses.
Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
A close-up image of Jesse Oak Taylor wearing a blue shirt and glasses.
Director, Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor
Department of English
Liina-Ly Roos wears glasses, a white shirt, and a black jacket.
Assistant Professor
German, Nordic, and Slavic, College of Letters & Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sarah Ross sits on a beach looking toward the water.
Doctoral Candidate
Cinema & Media Studies
Jordanna Bailkin wears a striped shirt in front of a white wall.
Jere L. Bacharach Endowed Professor in International Studies
Department of History
Yomi Braester wears a black jacket in front of a white wall.
Professor, Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities
Cinema & Media Studies

2016 - 2017 Society of Scholars

Portrait of LaShawnDa Pittman
Assistant Professor
American Ethnic Studies
Headshot of Chandan Reddy
Associate Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Portrait of Ileana Rodriguez-Silva
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
History
Close up color photo of Amanda Swarr with bookshelves behind her.
Associate Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Portrait of Sasha Welland
Associate Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Portrait of Megan Ybarra
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
Portrait of Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano
Assistant Professor
History
Portrait of Ruby Blondell
Professor Emerita
Classics
Portrait of Adriana Vazquez
Assistant Professor
Classics
Portrait of Sarah Dowling
Assistant Professor
Comparative Literature
Portrait of Jesse Meredith
Visiting Assistant Professor
History
Stephen Groening looking at a computer monitor
Associate Professor
Cinema & Media Studies
Portrait of Michelle Habell-Pallán
Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars Fellow

Portrait of Gust Burns.

Gust Burns

Doctoral Candidate

Dispensation of the Faculties: prohibition of capacity, radical persistence, Black arts, antimmanent critique

My project examines how the distribution and exercise of the human faculties, as a capitalist dispensation, relies upon and implies the prohibition of the faculties to Blackness. I theorize radical Black persistence as movement that works to suspend both this prohibition and capacity itself. Reading cinematic, media, and literary works, I pair discrete faculties with explorations of specific media as a means of theorizing each faculty and its prohibition. Over the course of this itinerary, my goal is to elaborate a materialist, immanent conception of anti-Blackness and to approach persistence as an antagonistic, antimmanent, apophatic materialism.