Franke Graduate Fellows 2021-2022
April 26, 2021—Congratulations to the new cohort of Graduate Franke Fellows for 2021-2022!
Department of Political Science, JD-PhD Program; Law and Science Fellow; Graduate Fellow in Legal Studies; Critical Theory Cluster
Project: The Spirit of Caste: Recasting the History of Civil Rights
"My dissertation examines how caste discourse shaped the development of civil rights law and politics in the U.S. during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I argue that Black and abolitionist activists used caste language to critique forms of racial subjugation, to imagine solidaristic, post-caste futures, and to theorize novel legal and political strategies for their realization."
Department of Art History
Project: Unsettling the Museum
"Unsettling the Museum traces the transition of Native American objects from artifacts in anthropology, ethnography, and natural history museums into primitive art presented in modern art contexts to Non-Western art alongside objects from Africa and Oceania in the United States throughout the 20th century. Disentangling these objects from their museological frameworks reveals a liveliness that the term 'object' cannot account for.
Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre & Drama (IPTD)
Project: Bringing the Bible to Life: Biblical Simulacra in the United States of America During the Twenty-first Century
"My research tracks how three narratives—the story of Noah’s Ark, the Passion of the Christ, and the narrativization of the Bible’s production and circulation—are adapted using theatrical apparatuses at popular Christian tourist destinations. My work theorizes how theatricality functions as an immersive preaching technique which conflates religious and political beliefs for contemporary American Christians. I critique how these sites imply white, heteronormative, patriarchal societal structures are willed by God and underpin America’s morality."
Department of English
Project: Writing Home Economics: Globalization, Household Labor, and Racial Form
"My dissertation provides a historicist account of multiethnic U.S. literature in the 1990s, arguing that a cohort of writers including Harryette Mullen, Karen Tei Yamashita, Myung Mi Kim, Junot Díaz, and Edwidge Danticat were significant commentators on the emergent discourses of post-Cold War economic globalization, with particular emphasis on the racialized and gendered economy of household labor."
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