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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Announcing the Recipients of First Book Fellowships & Faculty Reading Groups

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Given the challenges faculty face in the pandemic, the Simpson Center is pleased to pilot support in two categories in Summer 2021: First Book Fellowships and Faculty Summer Reading Groups. Congratulations to our award recipients and our warm thanks to all who applied!

2021 First Book Fellowships

Black Power of Hip Hop Dance: On Kinethic Politics
Naomi Macalalad Bragin (Assistant Professor, UW Bothell IAS)

Unmaking the Bomb: Environmental Cleanup and the Politics of Impossibility
Shannon Cram (Assistant Professor, UW Bothell IAS)

Tears in Ice: Tracing the Body in Carl Th. Dreyer’s Art Melodrama
Amanda Doxtater (Assistant Professor, Scandinavian Studies)

Fixing the Image: Ultrasound and the Visuality of Postcolonial Care in Phnom Penh
Jenna Grant (Assistant Professor, Anthropology)

Race Matters in the GOP: Black Republicans and the Limits of Two-Party Politics
La TaSha Levy (Assistant Professor, American Ethnic Studies)

Grandmothering While Black: A Twenty-First Century Story of Love, Coercion, and Survival
LaShawnDa Pittman (Assistant Professor, American Ethnic Studies)

2021 Faculty Summer Reading Groups

Decolonizing the MFA
Faculty Lead: Amaranth Borsuk (Associate Professor, UW Bothell IAS)

Speculative Futurities from the Margins
Faculty Lead: Regina Yung Lee (Associate Teaching Professor, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)

Transnational Asian Women
Faculty Lead: LeiLani Nishime (Professor, Communication)

Death, Dying, and the Afterlife in Recent Premodern Studies
Faculty Lead: Annegret Oehme (Assistant Professor, Germanics)

Digital, Racial, Spatial Formations: Feminist, Black, Queer Futurities
Faculty Leads: Daniela Rosner (Associate Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering) & Sarah Elwood (Professor, Geography)

Abandonment & Arrival: Readings in Asian American Literature
Faculty Lead: Shawn Wong (Professor, English)