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Postdoctoral Fellows

Tuyen LeACLS Emerging Voices Fellow

Tuyen Le

Ph.D. in Geography, UCLA

Tuyen Le is a geographer whose research focuses on conservation policy, political ecology, environmental justice, and affect. Her work examines how caring about the environment manifests into action, and how the environment’s value is socially and culturally articulated. Her first book manuscript, Scentscapes: Understandings of Nature, Consumption, and Commodification through Olfaction, centers on the cultivation, trade, regulation, and consumption of agarwood, a high-value non-timber forest product derived from a genus of endangered trees native to South and Southeast Asia. This work shows how variability in understandings of “nature” in daily practice, relationships between the environment and economies, and social-natural interactions shape resource use and conservation. Her current project, Tôi Chọn Cá: Environmental Policy and Politics in Contemporary Vietnam, focuses on a growing environmental justice movement in Vietnam. This research examines how novel visions of environmental justice emerge in a communist nation with a growing capitalistic economy.

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Negar Razavi

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Negar Razavi is a political anthropologist whose work focuses on national security, expertise, gender, race, humanitarianism, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Drawing on over two years of ethnographic research in DC, her research specifically examines the role of policy experts and think tanks in shaping U.S. security policies towards Iran and Egypt. Razavi has published her research in Critical Studies on Security and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, as well as more publicly-oriented media such as GenderAvenger, Jadaliyya, the Message, and the Middle East Report. Prior to joining the Kaplan Institute, Razavi was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at William and Mary.   

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Joseph Whitson

Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Minnesota

Joseph Whitson is a Postdoctoral Fellow with a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Kaplan Humanities Institute. Whitson works at the intersection of environmental humanities, Indigenous studies, and new media, interrogating the role of settler-colonialism in the digital world. His current project, Marketing the Wilderness: The Digital Battle over Public Land in the United States, is a digitally integrated book manuscript that unpacks the colonial foundations of the outdoor industry and the ways in which Indigenous activists are using social media to challenge them. As a public historian, Joseph runs Indigenous Geotags, a social media-based organization that tells the Indigenous history of American national parks and public lands. He has previously worked on publicly engaged projects with organizations like the Humanities Action Lab, the National Park Service, and the Minnesota Historical Society. His teaching interests include environmental history, digital humanities, American culture and society, and settler-colonial studies. 



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.

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