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Faculty Fellows - Fall 2019

Six faculty members make up the fourth cohort of Mellon Faculty Fellows hired for tenure-track positions

Colorado College

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Baran Germen

Baran Germen

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Ph.D: Comparative Literature, University of Oregon

M.A.: Comparative Literature, Istanbul Bilgi University

B.A.: American Culture and Literature, University of Baskent

Research: Transmedial queer aesthetics, modern Turkish literature and film, melodrama, affect, queer theory, French critical theory, secularism, and phenomenology

Teaching: Global cinema and comparative media studies cutting across melodrama, queer theory, and Islam and secularism

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Cornell College

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Khristin Landry-Montes

Khristin Landry-Montes

Assistant Professor in Art History

Ph.D: Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A.: Art History, Northern Illinois University
Research: Teaching: art and architecture of ancient Mexico, global contemporary art, and the art of border walls and spaces.

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Grinnell College

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Nicky Tavares
Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies

M.F.A.: Film/Video, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
B.A.: Photocommunications, Saint Edward’s University
Research: Sheds light on systemic inequalities through personal storytelling via photography, film, video, animation, sculpture, VR 360, as well as across film genres and presentation formats such as documentary, installation, GIFS, and moving image projections for live performance.
Teaching: Introduction to the Moving Image and Experimental Filmmaking

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Knox College

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Yannick Marshall

Yannick Marshall
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Ph.D.: African Studies, Columbia University
M. Phil.: African Studies, Columbia University
B.A.: Political Science and Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto
Research: Police power, race, colonial sexualities, anti-blackness and urbanity especially in East Africa and the United States
Teaching: Police Power; Anti-blackness; Racialized Violence; Colonial Masculinities; East African Studies; African American Studies; Race, Space, Urbanity and the Built Environment.

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Lawrence University 

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Vanessa D. Plumly

Vanessa D. Plumly
Assistant Professor of German

Ph.D: German Studies, University of Cincinnati
M.A.: German Studies, University of Kentucky
B.A.: German & History, Bethany College
Research: Afro-German culture, film, and gender and sexuality studies across Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, and Gender Studies
Teaching: Black German Studies, Jewish German Studies, Queer Studies, postwar and post-Wall Germany, film and visual culture, Fin-de-siècle Vienna

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Macalester College

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Michael Prior

Michael Prior
Assistant Professor of English

M.F.A.: Poetry, Cornell University
M.A.: English Literature, University of Toronto
B.A.: English Literature, University of British Columbia
Research: Poetry, politics of poetic form, Asian American poetries, creative nonfiction, intergenerational memory, literary citizenship
Teaching: Introduction to Creative Writing and Crafts of Writing: Poetry

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