Visiting Scholars

Visiting Resident Scholar

Peter EricksonPeter Erickson

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A., Amherst College

In Residence: September 2015-August 2017

Peter Erickson received his BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Amherst College; spent a graduate year on fellowship at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham in England; and completed his PhD at the University of California at Santa Cruz. One of the founders of feminist Shakespeare criticism in the early nineteen-eighties, Erickson is currently part of a group of scholars working to establish the study of race, including racial whiteness, in the field of Renaissance culture. His wider interests are both cross-disciplinary—with dual commitments to literature and visual art—and cross-historical—with strong investments in contemporary culture, as well as the Renaissance. Erickson is the author of Patriarchal Structures in Shakespeare’s Drama (1985), Rewriting Shakespeare, Rewriting Ourselves (1991), and Citing Shakespeare: The Reinterpretation of Race in Contemporary Literature and Art (2007). He has co-edited three volumes: Shakespeares “Rough Magic” (1985), Early Modern Visual CultureRepresentationRace,and Empire in Renaissance England (2000), and Approaches to Teaching Shakespeares Othello (2005). The working title of his new book project is Bending the Arc: Racial Iconographies in Cross-Historical Perspective.

Recent Publications

Erickson’s recent articles in the visual field involve studies of race both in Renaissance and contemporary art–from “Invisibility Speaks: Servants and Portraits in Early Modern Visual Culture” and a major review essay on “Picturing Race: Early Modern Constructions of Racial Identity” to a survey of the Black Atlantic as a subject in recent art. Other articles focus on the white South African artist William Kentridge, as well as contemporary African American artists, including Nick Cave, Glenn Ligon, Derek Walcott, and Fred Wilson, to which new work in progress adds Barkley Hendricks, Isaac Julien, and Kerry James Marshall. Erickson’s writing in the area of performance studies addresses colorblind casting and contemporary revisions of Shakespeare by Rita Dove, Young Jean Lee, Toni Morrison, and Djanet Sears. He has published a full-length interview with Harry Lennix, a graduate of the theatre program at Northwestern, and a chapter on the novelist Leon Forrest, who taught at Northwestern for many years.

Peter Erickson's Complete Publications

Postdoctoral Fellows

headshot of Hi'ilei HobartHiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart

Ph.D. in Food Studies, New York University

Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American and Indigenous Studies
In residence: September 2016-August 2018

Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American and Indigenous Studies, with a joint appointment in the Kaplan Institute, Program in Science in Human Culture, and Asian American Studies. Her work looks at the points of intersection between foodscapes and indigeneity. Hiʻilei’s doctoral dissertation applies the framework of Settler Colonialism to food culture, and shows how taste qualities and food temperature index territorial power in Hawaiʻi. She is especially interested in the history of commodity ice and refrigeration in the Pacific, the development of new technology in the nineteenth century, the affective registers of comfort and home-making, and indigenous embodiment and environmental knowledge. Before joining Northwestern, Hiʻilei taught a number of undergraduate classes at NYU where she developed syllabi on topics including critical food studies, material culture, and cuisine. She has recently published on frozen meat, localism and ‘Local’ food in Hawai‘i, and guest edited for the journal Food, Culture, and Society.

Elizabeth SchwallElizabeth Schwall

Ph.D. in History, Columbia University

Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies
In residence: September 2016-August 2018

Elizabeth Schwall is delighted to join Northwestern as a postdoctoral fellow. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching combines History and Dance Studies to examine politics and the social relations of class, race, gender, and sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her book manuscript, Dancing with the Revolution: Cuban Dance, State, and Nation, is a social and cultural history of staged dance performance in twentieth-century Cuba. Her broader research interests include modern Brazilian and Mexican History, Latin American performance, Cold War cultural diplomacy, and the histories of migration and community building through art. Her book reviews have appeared in Dance Research Journal, New West Indian Guide/ Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, and Cuban Studies (forthcoming). She has written entries to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism and Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, as well as pieces on current Cuban dance developments for Cuban Art News. She has taken many dance classes over her years of travel and research. She encourages students studying abroad to contact her for tips on dance classes in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, or Santiago, Chile.

danny snelsonDaniel Snelson

Ph.D. in English, University of Pennsylvania

Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities
In residence: September 2015-August 2017

Danny Snelson began a two-year residency in fall 2015 as our first Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities, with a joint appointment in the Kaplan Institute and the English Department. His research and teaching blend a study of poetry and poetics with work on digital and network cultures, material text studies, and media theory. His dissertation, “Variable Format: Media Poetics and the Little Database” moves away from “big data” analysis to consider relatively small online collections of digital objects, particularly noting ways that print, sound, and cinema work within the new media context of twentieth-century art and literature. Danny teaches courses that engage in digital cultures from a humanities perspective and contribute scholarly expertise to general digital humanities initiatives. His course, "Print-on-Demand Poetry: Making Books After the Internet," examines the emergence of innovative forms of writing under the influence of digital networks, inviting students to experiment with Print-on-Demand in a series of collaborative and independent scholarly projects. Visit Danny's website here.