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Simpson Center for the Humanities

2021-2022 Fellowships

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The Simpson Center for the Humanities announces our fellowship awards for 2021-2022 after receiving many strong proposals from University of Washington faculty and graduate students during our most recent fall funding round. We expect to make an announcement about our pilot initiative of First Book Fellowships in late April or early May.

Generally speaking, the Simpson Center Executive Board makes awards decisions twice during each academic year. During the spring funding round, the Simpson Center welcomes proposals for collaborative projects and graduate research clusters. Check back for announcements on upcoming funding round dates, instructions, and deadlines.

Congratulations to our award recipients and our warm thanks to all who applied.

2021-2022 Fellowships

Barclay Simpson Scholars in Public

Kaitlyn Boulding (PhD Candidate, Classics)
The Death and Afterlife of Cleopatra, a Radical Audio Guide

Sarah Choi (PhD Student, Cinema & Media Studies)
Exploring Elevated Dance Enjoyment through the Hybridity of the Lights Dance Festival

Sarah Inman (PhD Candidate, Human Centered Design & Engineering)
COASSToryLines: Weaving Narratives of Public Science and Attachment to Place

Barbara Krystal (PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature)
Knowing Water

Caitlin Postal (PhD Candidate, English)
Stitching Time: A Making Project

Society of Scholars Fellows

Mika Ahuvia (Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies)
Beyond the Rabbis: An Inclusive History of Ancient Jews

José Alaniz (Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures)
Comics and Chicanx Art (1960-1980)

Jessica Bachman (PhD Candidate, History)
Reading Soviet Books in Postcolonial India, 1951-1991

Dan Berger (Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Stayed on Freedom: One Family's Journey in the Black Freedom Struggle

Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld (PhD Candidate, Classics)
‘Someone Get a Whip!’ Enslaved Women and Violence in Athenian Oratory, Comedy and Curses

Stephanie Clare (Associate Professor, English)
Non-Binary/Woman: An Auto-Theory

Hajin Jun (Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies)
Protestantism and the Politics of Ritual Change in Colonial Korea

Louisa Mackenzie (Associate Professor, French & Italian Studies)
Becoming Non-Binary in Contemporary French Culture

Leigh Mercer (Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese Studies)
Identity by Design: The Role of Catalan Nationalism in Barcelona’s Touristic and Cultural Productions

Xin Peng (PhD Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies)
The Yellowface of Interwar American Cinema: Technology, Aesthetics, and Transnational Media Practice

Richard Watts (Associate Professor, French & Italian Studies)
Reclaimed Waters: Literary History, Translation, and Resource Decolonization in the Francophone Post/colonial World

Society of Scholars Summer Dissertation Fellowships

Katia Chaterji (PhD Candidate, History)
The Archive Performs: Narratives of Islam and Islamic Identity Construction in Sumatra through Malay Performance Traditions

Joseph Concannon (PhD Candidate, English)
The Now Criticism: Vernacular Poetry Scholarship, 1990-2005

Grace Funsten (PhD Candidate, Classics)
En versus facio: Rewriting Augustan Elegy in Latin Epitaphs, Maximianus, & Louise Labé

Erin Gilbert (PhD Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies)
Feral Narratives: More-Than-Human Voices in the Margins of Twentieth Century Europe

Justin Mohler (PhD Candidate, Germanics)
Beastly Specters: From Hubris to Hybridity in German Romanticism and Beyond

Matthew Poland (PhD Candidate, English)
Collecting Works: Eliot, Dickens, and the Institutions of Literature

Mellon Summer Fellows for New Graduate Seminars in the Humanities

Anis Bawarshi (Chair and Professor, English) and Charles LaPorte (Associate Professor, English)
Genre as/for Social Action (Barwarshi); What We Talk About When We Talk About Genre (LaPorte)

Linda Nash (Professor, History) and Lynn Thomas (Professor, History)
Environmental Histories in the Anthropocene

Michael Blake (Professor, Philosophy) and Sara Goering (Professor, Philosophy)
Ethics Matters: Reinventing the Graduate Certificate in Ethics to Emphasize Public-Facing Work

Mellon Summer Fellows for Public Projects in the Humanities

Alec Fisher (PhD Candidate, English) and Alexandra Meany (PhD Candidate, English)
Creative Commons in the Crisis of the “Prison Fix”: Thinking New Publics across Incarcerated and Homeless Communities

Madison Heslop (PhD Candidate, History) and Anna Nguyen (PhD Candidate, History)
Intersections: Mapping the History of Asian Migration onto Coast Salish Lands

Anna Bates (PhD Student, Philosophy) and Paul Tubig (PhD Candidate, Philosophy)
Fostering Respect across Publics: A Documentary on the Mixed Community of Philosophical Inquiry at the Washington Correctional Center for Women

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships

Beatrice Arduini (Associate Professor, French & Italian Studies)
Tracing Representations of Domestic Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Italy

Juliet Shields (Professor, English)
Nineteenth-Century Scottish Novels Database

Maya Smith (Associate Professor, French & Italian Studies)
Reclaiming Venus: Story Map Walking Tour

Jin-Kyu Jung (Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) and Nora Kenworthy (Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, UW Bothell)
Unmapping and Remaking Digital Health Data: Creative Strategies for Disrupting Narrative and Affect in the Crowdfunding Ecosystem

Yandong Li (PhD Student, Cinema & Media Studies)
Mediating Energy Past and Present: Infrastructures of Standard Oil

Hope Reidun St. John (PhD Candidate, Anthropology)
Picturing the City: Photographic Practice and the Constitution of Urban Place

Ayda Apa Pomeshikov (PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Near & Middle Eastern Studies) and Gözde Burcu Ege (PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Near & Middle Eastern Studies)
Digitized Ethnographies: Humanitarianism(s) and Forced Displacement in the Middle East