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Post-Doctoral Fellows, Listed by College

Participants in the ACM-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program are listed below (in the order that they arrived at the colleges) along with information about their academic backgrounds, faculty mentors, courses taught during the fellowships, and positions they accepted following the fellowships.

Carleton College, Grinnell College, and Macalester College had individual post-doctoral fellowships funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, so they did not apply for fellowships through the ACM-Mellon program.

 

Beloit College

Dennis Hanlon, Film Studies

  • Fellow for two years in 2010-12. Accepted a tenure-track position at St. Andrews University (U.K.).
  • PhD, University of Iowa, 2009, Film Studies; MA, University of Iowa, Film Studies; BA, Washington University, English.
  • Mentor: Shawn Gillen, Professor of English
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010: IDST 210 Introduction to World Cinema; Spring 2011: IDST 210 Urgent Cinema: The New Latin American Cinema of the 1960s-1980s; IDST 210: Screening the Senses: An Introduction to Film Analysis and Theory; Cosupervision of honors thesis and supervision of internship; Fall 2011: SPAN 320 Cinemas of Crisis: Contemporary Argentine and Spanish Cinema (co-taught in two sections with Amy Tibbitts, Spanish Department); ENG 271 Reinventing Reality: An Introduction to Film Theory; Spring 2012: IDST 210 Global Enemies: Contemporary Gangster Cinema of South and Southeast Asia.

Catherine Bronson, Arabic & Islamic Studies

  • Two-year fellowship for 2012-14. Accepted a visiting assistant professor position at the University of Notre Dame. 
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2012, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations; AM, University of Chicago, Middle Eastern Studies; BA, St. Xavier University, History.
  • Mentor: Daniel Youd, Associate Professor of Chinese Language & Literature

 

Coe College

Julie Fairbanks, Cultural Anthropology

  • Fellow for two years in 2009-11. Accepted a tenure-track position at Coe College.
  • PhD, Indiana University, 2007, Regional Studies (Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia); MA, Harvard University, Regional Studies (Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia); BA, Georgetown University, Russian and French languages.
  • Mentor: Allen Fisher, Professor of Sociology
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2009: Cultural Anthropology; Spring 2010: Cultural Anthropology, The Anthropology of Food; Fall 2010: Cultural Anthropology, The Anthropology of Russia; Spring 2011: Anthropological Theory.

Claire Kovacs, Art History

  • Fellow for two years in 2010-12. Accepted a tenure-track position at Canisius College.
  • PhD, University of Iowa, 2010, Art History; MA, Case Western Reserve University, Art History; BA, Case Western Reserve University, Art History.
  • Mentor: Peter Thompson, Marvin D. Cone Professor of Art
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010: History of Photography; Spring 2011: Early 20th-Century Art; World Impressionism; Fall 2011: Installations and Exhibitions in Contemporary Art; Introduction to 19th-Century European Art; Spring 2012: Late 20th-Century and Contemporary Art.

Evangeline M. Heiliger, Gender Studies

  • Two-year fellowship for 2011-13. Accepted a multi-year visiting assistant professor position at Oberlin College.
  • PhD, UCLA, 2011; MA, UCLA, Women's Studies; BA, Victoria University of Wellington, Gender and Women's Studies.
  • Mentor: Gina Hausknecht, Associate Professor of English
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011: Gender Studies 107 Introduction to Gender Studies; Spring 2012: The Nature of Sexualized Identities (Gender Studies Special Topics, currently undergoing approval)

Stephen Campbell, Environmental Ethics

  • Two-year fellowship for 2012-14. Accepted two-year Post-doctoral appointment with University of Pennsylvania in Medical Ethics & Health Policy. As of 2016, will be Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bentley University. 
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2012, Philosophy; MA, Texas A&M University, Philosophy; BA, University of Tennessee, Philosophy.
  • Mentor: John Lemos, Professor of Philosophy
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2012: Morality and Moral Controversies; Philosophy of Gender and Race; Spring 2013: Environmental Ethics; Fall 2013: Life, Death, Luck & Meaning; Introduction to Philosophy; Spring 2014: Environmental Ethics.

 

Colorado College

Elizabeth Havice, Environmental Security and Resource Politics

  • Fellow for one year in 2009-10. Accepted a tenure-track position at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
  • PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 2009 in Zoology, Conservation Biology, and Environmental Studies; BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in Zoology, Conservation Biology, and Environmental Studies.
  • Mentor: John Gould, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2009, Block 3: PS 253 Intro to International Development (team-taught with Takeshi Ito); Spring 2010, Block 6: PS 375 Introduction to International Political Economy (team-taught with John Gould); Spring 2010, Block 8: PS 203 Topics: Industrialization and Globalization of Resource Development.

Dan Fahey, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

  • Replacement Fellow (for Elizabeth Havice) for two years in 2011-13. Accepted an appointment ( January 2013-January 2015) by the United Nations Secretary General to serve on the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo; the Group works with the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. In early 2015, became Visiting Scholar at University of California-Berkeley.
  • PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 2011, Government; MA, Fletcher School, Tufts University, Government; BA, Notre Dame, Government.
  • Mentor: John Gould, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011, Block 2: PS 203 African Politics; Spring 2012, Block 4: PS 203 War and the Environment; Spring 2012, Block 8: PS 253 Intro to International Development (team-taught with Takeshi Ito)

Jennifer Clare, Comparative Literature

  • Fellow for two years in 2011-13. Accepted a one-year appointment at Colorado College for 2013-14.
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2011, South and Southeast Asian Studies; MA, UC-Berkeley, South and Southeast Asian Studies; BA, Brown University, Comparative Literature and Visual Arts.
  • Mentor: Corinne Scheiner, Maytag Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011, Block 2: CO 300 Literary Encounters between India and the West; Winter 2012, Block 6: CO 100 Intro to Comparative Literature; Spring 2012, Block 7: CO 200 Topics in Comparative Literature: Heroism and Morality in Literature of the Warrior.

 

Cornell College

Uri D. Leibowitz, Philosophy

  • Fellow for one year in 2009-10. Accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Nottingham (U.K.).
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2008, Physics and Philosophy; BA, Tel-Aviv University, Physics and Philosophy.
  • Mentor: James White, Professor of Philosophy
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2009, Terms 2, 5: PHI 202: Ethics (2 sections); Spring 2010, Term 9: PHI 261 Applied Ethics

Katherine Biederman, Philosophy

  • Replacement Fellow (for Uri Leibowitz) for one year in 2010-11. Accepted a tenure-track position at Bellarmine University.
  • PhD, Loyola University Chicago, 2008, Philosophy; MA, Loyola University Chicago, Philosophy; BA, Providence College, Philosophy.
  • Mentor: James White, Professor of Philosophy
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010, Term 4: PHI 202 Ethics; Spring 2011, Term 7: PHI 261 Applied Ethics; Spring 2011, Term 9: PHI 366 Ethical Theory.

Anton Daughters, Cultural Anthropology

  • Fellow for two years in 2010-12. Accepted a tenure-track position at Truman State University.
  • PhD, University of Arizona, 2010, Cultural Anthropology; MA, University of Arizona, Cultural Anthropology; BA, University of New Mexico, Anthropology.
  • Mentor: Alfrieta Monagan, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010, Term 2: ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Spring 2011, Term 5: ANT 364 Globalization and Culture Change; Spring 2011, Term 7: ANT 256 Economies, Cultures, and the Human Experience; Fall 2011, Term 2: ANT 10 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Spring 2012, Term 5: ANT 258 From Village to Factory: Culture Change in Southern Chile (Off-campus travel to Chile); Spring 2012, Term 8: ANT 365 Humanity and the Environment.

Nilay Ozok-Gundogan, Modern Middle Eastern History

  • Fellow for one year in 2011-12. Accepted a tenure-track position at Denison University.
  • PhD, Binghamton University, 2011, History; MA, Bosphorus University (Turkey), History; BA, Bosphorus University, Political Science and International Relations.
  • Mentor: Philip Lucas, Associate Professor of History
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011, Term 3: HIS 261 Introduction to Modern Middle Eastern History; Spring 2012, Term 6: Introduction to Modern Middle Eastern History; Spring 2012, Term 9: HIS 366 Advanced Topic: Social Movements and Political Mobilization in the Modern Middle East.

Aaron Hagler, Modern Middle Eastern History

  • Replacement Fellow (for Nilay Ozok-Gundogan) for two years in 2012-14. Accepted a tenure-track position at Troy University (AL).
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2011, Arabic & Islamic Studies; MA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies; BA, Brandeis University, Politics & Theatre Arts.
  • Mentor: Philip Lucas, Professor of History

 

Lake Forest College

Elizabeth Barre, Islamic Studies

  • Fellow for one year in 2009-10. Accepted a tenure-track position at Marymount Manhattan College.
  • PhD, Florida State University, 2009, Religion; MA, Florida State, Religion; BA, Bowling Green State University, Philosophy.
  •  Mentors: Lou Lombardi, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Ethics Center; Ahmad Sadri, Gorter Professor of Sociology and Anthropology/Director of the Islamic World Studies Program
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2009: Rel 218 Islam; Rel 113 Religious Ethics; Spring 2010: Rel 300 Approaches to the Study of Religion; Rel 493 Supervision of Independent Study (2 students.

James Hoesterey, Islamic Studies

  • Replacement Fellow (for Elizabeth Barre) for one year in 2010-11. Accepted a two-year post-doctoral position for 2011-13 in the ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program, University of Michigan, Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Center for Comparative and International Studies. Accepted a position at Emory University in 2013-14.
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009, Anthropology; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anthropology; M.A., University of South Carolina, Anthropology; BA, Marquette University, Psychology.
  •  Mentors: Ahmad Sadri, Gorter Professor of Sociology and Anthropology/Director of the Islamic World Studies Program; Cathy Benton, Associate Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010: Rel 213 Islam; Spring 2011: Rel 220: Islam and Pop Culture; Re 230 Religion and Politics.

Aurelia Campbell, Asian Art History

  • Fellow for two years in 2011-13. Accepted a three-year appointment at Smith College.
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2011, Art History and Studio Art; Exchange Scholar, UC Berkeley, Peking University; BA, Pitzer College, Art History and Studio Art.
  • Mentor: Ann Roberts, James D. Vail III Professor of Art
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011: ARTH 206 Chinese Art and Culture; Spring 2012: ARTH 205 Japanese Art and Culture; ARTH 306 Buddhist Arts of Asia.

 

Lawrence University

Burcu Bakioglu, New Media Studies

  • Two-year fellowship for 2011-13, plus a one-year extension for 2013-14. Will be teaching at Lawrence University Fall 2014. 
  • PhD, Indiana University, 2009, Comparative Literature ; MA, Indiana University, Comparative Literature; BA, Bogaziçi University (Turkey), English Literature.
  • Mentor: Julie McQuinn, Assistant Professor of Music
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011: UNIC 145 Introduction to Digital Cultures; Winter 2012: UNIC 345 Special Topics: Governance & Resistance in Virtual Worlds; Spring 2012: ART 345 Interarts: New Media Projects.

Evan Bradley, Creativity

  • Fellow for one year in 2012-13. Accepted a tenure-track position at Penn State Brandywine.
  • PhD, University of Delaware, 2012, Linguistics & Cognitive Science; MA, University of Delaware, Linguistics & Cognitive Science; BA, Northwestern University, Cognitive Science.
  • Mentor: Terry Gottfried, Professor of Psychology

 

Luther College

Khyl Lyndgaard, English and Environmental Studies

  • Fellow for one year in 2010-11. Accepted a tenure-track position at Marlboro College (VT).
  • PhD, University of Nevada, Reno, 2010, English/Creative Writing; MA, University of California at Davis, English/Creative Writing; BA, St. John's University (MN), English.
  • Mentor: David Faldet, Professor of English
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010: Eng 212 Creative Writing; Spring 2011: Eng/Env Studies 239 American Environmental Literature; Env Studies 130 Environmental Forays.

Andrew Hageman, English

  • Replacement Fellow (for Khyl Lyndgaard) for one year in 2011-12. Accepted a tenure-track position at Luther College.
  • PhD, University of California-Davis, 2011, English; MA, Western Washington University, English; BA, St. Olaf College, English.
  • Mentor: David Faldet, Professor of English
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011: ENG 352 American Frontiers: American Literature to 1860; January 2012: ENVS 185 Environmental Studies First-year Seminar (Eco-Media); Spring 2012: ENG/ENVS 239 Technology and Ecology in Literature

Michael O'Brien, Ethnomusicology

  • Two-year fellowship for 2011-13, plus a one-year extension for 2013-14. Accepted tenure-track position at College of Charleston (SC).
  • PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 2010, Ethnomusicology; MM, University of Texas, Austin, Ethnomusicology; BA, BM, Lawrence University, Instrumental Music Education.
  • Mentors: Juan Tony Guzman, Associate Professor of Music and Education; Brooke Joyce, Assistant Professor of Music
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011: Music 344 History of Music: Contemporary; January 2012: No course. Developing ethnomusicology-related teaching modules/components for other faculty courses; Spring 2012: Music 148 Music As Culture (pending approval); Fall 2012: Music/Athropology 139A Music as Culture; January 2013: Music 185 Whose Song Is It, Anyway? Cultural Perspectives on Ownership and Theft of Music; Spring 2013: Music 248A World Music Cultures; Music 273: Tango Ensemble; Fall 2013: Music/Anthropology 139A Music as Culture; Spring 2014: Music 248A World Music Cultures; Music 344 History of Music: Contemporary.

Evgenia Fotiou, Indigenous Religious Traditions

  • Two-year fellowship for 2012-14. Accepted a tenure-track position at Kent State University.
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010, Anthropology & Latin American Studies; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anthropology; BA, National & Capodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Communication & Mass Media.
  • Mentor: Lori Stanley, Professor of Anthropology
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2012: ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology; January 2013: REL 185 Religious Traditions of Amazonia; Spring 2013: REL239 Shamanisms; Fall 2013: REL239 Healing and Indigenous Religions; January 2014: Dominican Republic-Cuba (off-campus cultural immersion course co-taught with Rita Tejada); ANTH 239/WGST 239: Women and Indigenous Religions.

 

Monmouth College

Michael Laughy, Jr., Classical Archaeology

  • Fellow for one year in 2011-12. Accepted a tenure-track position at Washington & Lee University.
  • PhD, University of California, Berkely, 2010, Greek and Latin Literature; MA, Washington University, Greek and Latin Literature; BA, University of New Hampshire, Latin, Anthropology, Philosophy.
  • Mentor: Tom Sienkewicz, Minnie Billings Capron Professor of Classics
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011: CLAS 240/HIST 240 The Archaeology of Ancient Athens; HIST 188 Archaeology Research Lab; Spring 2011: CLAS 240/ HIST 240 World Archaeology; HIST 188 Archaeology Research Lab.

Jeremy Pool, African History

  • Two-year fellowship for 2011-13, plus a one-year extension for 2013-14.
  • PhD, Emory University, 2009, History; MA, Emory University, History; BA, Macalester College, History.
  • Mentor: William Urban, Lee L. Morgan Professor of History and International Studies
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011: History 250 Gender and Generation in Modern Africa; Spring 2012: History 102 Western Civilization II; History 304 History of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kristian Lorenzo, Classical Archaeology

  • Replacement Fellow (for Michael Laughy) for two years in 2012-14. Accepted a visiting lecturer position at the University of Richmond. 
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011, Classics; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Classics; BA, SUNY at Buffalo, Mediterranean Archaeology.
  • Mentor: Tom Sienkewicz, Minnie Billings Capron Professor of Classics
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2012: Greco-Roman Archaeology-Greek Ships and Sunken Cities; Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology-Roman Ships and Sunken Cities; Spring 2013: The Archaeology of the Clash of Cultures; The Archaeology of Mythology; Latin 200; Latin 400; Fall 2013: The Archaeology of the City of Rome-The Archaeology of the City of Rome-Foundation to Late Republic; Late Republic to Constantinople;  Greek 200; Spring 2014: The Archaeology of Urbanism; The Archaeology of Love, Sex, and Gender; Greek 200; Fall 2012-Spring 2014: Archaeology Research Laboratory.

 

Ripon College

Mark McClish, Asian Religions

  • Fellow for one year in 2009-10. Accepted a tenure-track position at Birmingham Southern University.
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2009, Asian Cultures and Languages; MA, University of Texas at Austin, Asian Cultures and Languages; BA, University of Indiana, Religious Studies.
  • Mentor: Brian H. Smith, Professor of Religion
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2009: Rel 222.01 Introduction to a Major Religious Tradition: Asian Religions; Spring 2010: Rel 252 Introduction to Buddhism; Rel 300 Theory and Practice of Nonviolence in India and Beyond

Michael Nichols, Asian Religions

  • Replacement Fellow (for Mark McClish) for one year in 2010-11. Accepted a tenure-track position at St. Joseph's College (IN).
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 2010, Comparative Religions; MA, Miami University (OH), Comparative Religions; BA, St. Joseph's College, Philosophy.
  • Mentor: Brian H. Smith, Professor of Religion
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010: Rel 222 Introduction to a Major Religious Tradition: Asian Religions; Spring 2011: Rel 242 Unity and Diversity in Hinduism; Rel 300 Dept Studies Symbols of Evil: East and West

Vincent Tomasso, Classics

  • Fellow for two years in 2010-12. Accepted a joint appointment at Ripon College and Lawrence University for 2012-13 and an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor at Ripon College for 2013-15.
  • PhD, Stanford University, 2010, Classics; BA, University of Washington, Classics.
  • Mentor: Eddie Lowry, Professor of Greek and Latin
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010: Cla 175.01 Who do you think you are? To Be a Hero: Identities in Classical Mythology; Spring 2011: Cla 130 Ancient World on Screen; Lat 320.01 Readings in Latin Literature: Catullus; Fall 2011: Cla 175 Identity: Heroes Then and Now; Grk 320 Advanced Greek: Homer; Spring 2012: Cla Emperors, Entertainment, and Edifices.

VaNatta S. Ford, African American Rhetoric/Communication

  • Fellow for two years in 2011-13. Accepted a position at Columbia College (SC); later accepted a visiting assistant professor position at Williams College.
  • PhD, Howard University, 2011, Communication/African American Rhetoric; MDiv, Howard University; BS, Illinois State University, History and Political Science.
  • Mentor: Jody Roy, Professor of Communication and Assistant Dean of Faculty
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2011: Cmm 115 Public Speaking; Cmm 212 Issues in Communication: African American Rhetoric & Communication Dynamics.

David Hutson, Sociology/Gender Studies

  • Two-year fellowship for 2012-14. Accepted a visiting assistant professor position at Whitman College.
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2012, Sociology; MA, University of Michigan, Sociology; BA San Francisco State University, Sociology; BA, Indiana University, English.
  • Mentor: Jacqueline Clark, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2012: Sociology of Gender; Spring 2013: Sociology of Sexualities; Fall 2013: Introduction to Sociology; Sociology of the Body; Spring 2014: Sociology of Gender. 

 

St. Olaf College

Matthew Rahaim, Ethnomusicology and Asian Studies

  • Fellow for one year in 2009-10. Accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Minnesota.
  • PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 2009, Music; MA, University of California-Berkeley, Music; BA, Wesleyan University, Music.
  • Mentors: Gerry Hoekstra, Professor of Music; Karil Kucera, Luce Assistant Professor of Asian Visual Culture
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2009: Asian Studies 121 Asian Cultures; Music 237 World Music; January 2010: Music 234 Indian Music History and Performance.

Julia Byl, Ethnomusicology

  • Replacement Fellow (for Matthew Rahaim) for one year in 2010-2011. Accepted a Post-doctoral position in Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean at King's College London. 
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2006, Ethnomusicology; MA, University of Michigan, 1999; MA, University of Michigan, Ethnomusicology; BA, St. Olaf College, English Literature, Religion, and Music.
  • Mentors: Karil Kucera, Luce Assistant Professor of Asian Visual Culture; Alice Hanson, Professor of Music
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010: Music 237 World Music; January 2011: Asian Studies/Music: Music/Society/Indonesia; Spring 2011: Asian Studies 267 The Islamic Voice; Spring 2011: Music 294 Academic Internshi.

Amy Borden, Film Studies

  • Fellow for two years in 2010-12. Accepted a tenure-track position at Portland State University.
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2010, Communication Studies/Film; MA, University of Iowa, Communication Studies/Film; BA, Carleton College, English/Media Studies.
  • Mentor: Mary Trull, Associate Professor of English
  • Courses taught as Fellow - Fall 2010: Introduction to Film Studies; Independent Study supervision: Advanced Screenwriting; Spring 2011: Introduction to Film Studies, Filmmakers/Film Theorists; Independent Study supervision: Political Documentary; Internship supervision; Summer 2011: Internship supervision; Fall 2011: Introduction to Film Studies; Spring 2012: American Film Realism.