Past Kaplan Scholars Instructors
Winter 2020: Drugs: Culture, History, Politics
Ana Arjona (Political Science) is Associate Professor of Political Science. Her academic interests include violence and conflict, the foundations of political order, state building, local governance, drug trafficking, and drug policy. Her current research projects investigate the causes and consequences of institutional change and individual agency in contexts of violence. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Colombia and has also carried out field research in Kosovo. At Northwestern she teaches on civil war, research design, and the relation between illegal drugs and politics.
Lina Britto (History) is a historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work situates the emergence and consolidation of illegal drug smuggling networks in the Caribbean and Andean regions of Colombia in the context of a growing articulation between the South American country and the United States during the Cold War. She has published in Revista Contemporánea (Uruguay), the Hispanic American Historical Review, North American Congress on Latin America-NACLA, and El Espectador (Colombia). Her book on Colombia’s marijuana boom in the 1970s will be published by the University of California Press (2020).
Mark Hauser (Anthropology) is an historical archaeologist who specializes in materiality, slavery and inequality. These key themes intersect in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries Atlantic and Indian Oceans and form a foundation on his research on the African Diaspora and Colonial Contexts. As an archaeologist who studies how people adapt to landscapes of inequality and contribute to those landscapes in material ways, he employs ethnohistorical, archaeological, and archaeometric approaches. His current fieldwork is based in the Eastern Caribbean and has focused on two communities in Dominica- Portsmouth and Soufriere. He also has research interests in 18th century Southern India and 19th century North America.
Fall 2019: Empire
Adia Benton (Anthropology) is author of the prize-winning HIV Exceptionalism: Development Through Disease in Sierra (University of Minnesota, 2015). She is a cultural anthropologist with interests in global health, biomedicine, development and humanitarianism, professional sports, and sub-Saharan Africa.
Daniel Immerwahr (History) is Associate Professor of History. His first book, Thinking Small (Harvard, 2015), offers a critical account of the United States' pursuit of grassroots development at home and abroad in the middle of the twentieth century. His second book, How to Hide an Empire (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), is a narrative history of the United States' overseas territory.
Jules Law (English) is Professor of English literature and a specialist in nineteenth-century British literature. His most recent book is The Social Life of Fluids: Blood, Milk, and Water in the Victorian Novel (Cornell, 2010). He is currently working on a book entitled Virtuality in the Victorian Age. He has received numerous teaching and public-service awards, including the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching (2007) and the Centro Romero Community Leadership award (2008).
Winter 2019: Civilization
Ann Gunter (Art History, Classics, Humanities) is an art historian and archaeologist whose research and teaching focus on the ancient Mediterranean and its neighbors in the Near East, including Mesopotamia and Iran. She is especially interested in cultural and artistic interaction between Greece and the Near East in the early first millennium BCE. She is the author of Greek Art and the Orient (Cambridge 2009) and the editor of A Companion to Ancient Near Eastern Art (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018). She is the Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities.
Mark McClish (Religious Studies) specializes in classical Hinduism, with a focus on early South Asian legal and political literature (dharmaśāstra and arthaśāstra). He holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in Asian Cultures and Languages with a specialization in Sanskrit and Indian Religions. He is the co-author of The Arthaśāstra: Selections from the Classic Indian Work on Statecraft (Hackett, 2012) and is currently completing a manuscript examining the textual history of the Arthaśāstra. His areas of teaching include Hinduism, religion in classical India, Hindu law, and politics and religion.
Cynthia Robin (Anthropology) is an archaeologist and anthropologist. Her research focuses on the ancient Maya civilization where she has been conducting archaeological research for the past 30 years. She studies the impacts that ordinary people can have on their societies and how ancient Maya society can hold answers to understanding the nature of sustainable societies. She is the author of Everyday Life Matters: Maya Farmers at Chan, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Anthropology Department, and a winner of the Karl Rosengren Faculty Mentoring Award.
Emily Maguire (Spanish & Portuguese) specializes in literature of the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas. She has taught courses on Latin American and Latina/o Literature and cultural production, Latin American science fiction, race in the Americas, and the relationship between literature and ethnographic writing. Emily is the author of Racial Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography (University Press of Florida, 2011). Her current book project explores the uses of science fiction in recent Caribbean narrative.
Juan Martinez (English & Creative Writing) is a professor of creative writing and contemporary literature. He is the author of Best Worst American, a story collection. His current work explores the fantastical in the coast of Colombia. His stories have appeared inGlimmer Train, McSweeney's, Huizache, Ecotone, NPR's Selected Shorts, and elsewhere, and are forthcoming in Mississippi Review and the anthology Who Will Speak for America?
Kelly Wisecup (English & the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research) researches and writes on Native American literatures and science, especially before 1900. She has taught courses on protest and the Native American novel, colonialism and disease, race in the early Americas, and science and literature. She is the author of Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures (2013) and is currently working on a book about Native American interventions into evolutionary and ethnographic sciences before the twentieth century.
Winter 2018: "Who Do You Think You Are?!"
Kasey Evans (PhD, University of California-Berkeley) is a scholar of English Renaissance literature who teaches in the English Department and in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her current research combines psychoanalysis and religious history to examine scenes of resurrection in Renaissance texts. She is the author of Colonial Virtue: The Mobility of Temperance in Renaissance Texts (University of Toronto Press, 2012), and a recipient of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award.
Lane Fenrich (PhD, Northwestern) is a social and cultural historian of the modern United States and teaches in both the History department and in Gender and Sexuality Studies. His research focuses especially on the period since the Second World War and he is at work on a book entitled Fear of Spying: Learning to be Normal in America's Queerest Decade. He is a winner of the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award and the Charles Deering McCormick university-wide teaching award.
Renee Engeln (PhD, Loyola University Chicago) is a body image researcher and Professor of Instruction in Psychology. Her research focuses on issues surrounding women’s body images, with a particular emphasis on cultural practices that create or enforce the frequently contentious relationships women have with their bodies. She has won numerous teaching awards at both Northwestern and Loyola University and has presented her research on fat talk, objectification, and media images of women to a variety of academic and professional groups around the U.S. She is author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women (Harper, 2017).
Doug Kiel (PhD, University of
Wisconsin-Madison) is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and studies and
teaches Native American history, with particular interests in the Great
Lakes region and twentieth century Indigenous nation rebuilding. His
current book project, Unsettling Territory: Oneida Indian Resurgence and
Anti-Sovereignty Backlash, examines how the Oneida Nation’s leaders
strengthened the community’s capacity to shape their own future by
envisioning, deliberating, and enacting a dramatic reversal of fortune
during the twentieth century. Doug is a co-editor (with James F. Brooks)
of "Indigenous Midwests," a special issue of Middle West Review.
Laura León Llerena
(PhD, Princeton) specializes in colonial Latin American studies. She
teaches courses on the discursive articulation of indigenous identities;
native Andean Empire narratives; myths and cautionary tales about the
unknown in Spanish and Portuguese colonial America; and contemporary
representations of colonial Latin America. Her scholarly interests
extend to early modern literature and history of Spain, Portugal and the
New World, translation studies, postcolonial studies, religion studies,
and the ethnography of writing. Laura’s research has been awarded a
John Carter Brown Fellowship and an Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation/Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship.
Mary Weismantel (PhD, University
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is a cultural anthropologist who writes
about indigeneity in the Americas, with a focus on Andean South America
(Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia). Her writing currently engages new
materialisms, decoloniality, and temporality, as well as [trans]gender,
sexualities, and ontologies of the nonhuman. Mary teaches about race and
racism, Latin America, and ethnographic methods and writing. Her
current work concerns the ontologies and temporalities of ancient
Pre-Columbian objects in twenty-first century places including museums
and World Heritage sites, as well as in a proliferation of online
Pre-2017-2018 — Kaplan Humanities Scholars Faculty
Mira Balberg (Religious Studies)
Kate Baldwin, (Associate Professor (American Studies; English)
Henry Binford, Associate Professor (History)
Kathryn Bosher (Classics)
Sherwyn Bryant, Associate Professor (African American Studies; History)
Kasey Evans, Associate Professor (English)
Harris Feinsod (English)
Hannah Feldman, Associate Professor (Art History)
Lane Fenrich, Distinguished Senior Lecturer (Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Ben Frommer, Associate Professor (History)
Sanford Goldberg, Professor (Philosophy)
Forrest Hylton, Assistant Professor (History)
Susan Hespos, Associate Professor (Philosophy)
Rebecca C. Johnson, Assistant Professor (AKIH; English)
Jennifer Lackey, Professor (Philosophy)
Laura León Llerena, Assistant Professor (Spanish & Portuguese)
Franziska Lys, Associate Professor (German)
Susan Manning (English, Theatre, Performance Studies)
Sarah Maza, Professor (History)
Barbara Newman (English)
Seamas O'Driscoll (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Susan McReynolds Oddo, Associate Professor (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Susan J. Pearson, Associate Professor (History)
Yarí Pérez Marín (Spanish and Portuguese)
Susie Phillips, Associate Professor (English)
Galya Benarieh Ruffer, Senior Lecturer (Political Science)
David Schoenbrun, Associate Professor (History)
Laurie Shannon, Professor (English)
Thomas Simpson, Distinguished Senior Lecturer (French and Italian)
Carl Smith, Professor Emeritus (English)
Amy Stanley (History)
Julia Stern, Professor (English)
Francesca Tataranni, Senior Lecturer (Classics)
Alejandra Uslenghi (Spanish and Portuguese)
Mary Weismantel, Professor (Anthropology; Gender and Sexuality Studies)
William N. West, Professor (English)
Jessica Winegar, Associate Professor (Anthropology)
Chloe Johnston (Theatre)
Gregory Laski (English)
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