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Postdoctoral Fellows

2022-2024 ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowships

Chandana AnushaPostdoctoral Fellow of Environment, Race, & Ethnicity

Chandana Anusha

Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology, Yale University

Chandana Anusha is a scholar of social and environmental dynamics with a particular interest in coastal regions in India. Her first book project, The Living Coast: Port Development and Ecological Transformations in the Gulf of Kutch, Western India, focuses on how ecological and infrastructural processes intersect in an era of climate change and global trade. As a co-principal investigator of Mangroves and Tangled Futures, an SSRC-funded transregional collaboration on the Indian Ocean, she extends her attention to coastal development by tracing the connections between Gujarat and East Africa amid histories of trade and migration, expanding geopolitical agreements in agribusiness and energy extraction, and the rising influence of environmental change. She has taught courses on environmental justice, coastal built environments, and South Asia. From 2021-2022, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Princeton Mellon Initiative of Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities at Princeton University. At Northwestern, Anusha will teach a course and assist in activities across the Council for Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES), the Environmental Humanities Research Workshop, and the Program in Environmental Policy and Culture.


Trish BrederPostdoctoral Fellow in Public Humanities

Trish Bredar

Ph.D. in English, University of Notre Dame

Trish Bredar is a scholar of nineteenth-century British literature. Her research focuses on representations of physical mobility in the Romantic and Victorian periods. Her dissertation recovered the walking woman as a significant literary figure of the long nineteenth century. In spring 2022, she began work on a second project on the role of homelessness in the Victorian literary imagination with support from an Early Career Research Fellowship at the University of London’s Institute of English Studies. Bredar's work has been published or is forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture, VictoriansEuropean Romantic Review, and Modernism/Modernity Print Plus. She is also an experienced grant writing consultant and teacher of literature with particular interests in experiential pedagogy and prison education.



The Mellon Kaplan Postdoctoral HERE Program:
Humanities Education, Research, and Engagement

The Kaplan Humanities Institute is home to the Mellon Kaplan HERE Program, a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences postdoctoral initiative that brings together emerging scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines in the humanities.

HERE postdoctoral fellows play an integral role in the Institute and across Northwestern:

Humanities Education: Fellows develop and teach undergraduate courses and deliver public lectures.

Research: As scholars at the outset of their academic careers, Fellows bring fresh perspectives on cutting edge research to Northwestern. Via weekly colloquia, they engage with Kaplan Faculty Fellows from fields across the humanities and have the opportunity to present their research to receive interdisciplinary feedback on their projects.

Engagement: Within the Kaplan Institute and other departments and programs, Fellows organize campus events (symposia, screenings, performances, etc.), serve on planning committees, and engage in public cultural and scholarly exchanges in Chicago.

Mellon Kaplan HERE fellowships are two-year residencies at the Kaplan Humanities Institute. Fields of study selected for the fellowship reflect emergent areas at Northwestern or areas that bridge between disciplines. Each fellow is selected by an interdisciplinary search committee and jointly appointed within the Kaplan Institute and their disciplinary “home” department. Fellows receive mentorship both within their field and also within the larger university community. 

Funding for the Mellon Kaplan HERE Program is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Past Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellows

Explore the range of research interests of past Kaplan Institute postdoctoral fellows.