Postdoctoral Fellows Program
The Mellon Kaplan Postdoctoral HERE Program: Humanities Education, Research, & 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.
2018-2019 HERE Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities
Ph.D. in Latin American History, Emory University
Andrew Britt is a historian of modern Latin America and a digital scholarship developer. His research and teaching center on geography, ethnoracial identity, and racialized inequalities, especially in postemancipation Brazil. His book manuscript, “I’ll Samba Someplace Else”: Planning Dislocations in Ethnoracial São Paulo, 1930s-1980s, charts the compelling interwoven histories of three of the city of São Paulo’s most prominent racialized/ethnicized neighborhoods: “Japanese” Liberdade, “Italian” Bela Vista, and “Afro” Brasilândia. The project combines archival research and oral histories with less conventional methods, especially historical mapping, to show that the construction of São Paulo’s most iconic immigrant neighborhoods hinged on the dislocation of Afro-descendants and places they considered sacred. In parallel to his work on modern Brazil, Britt is active in the development of custom digital research methods, especially mapping platforms that engage marginalized populations in reconstructing hallowed histories. He worked on user experience and Portuguese translation for Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database. He is currently a member of a digital atlas project titled Paulicéia 2.0 and based at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Emory University, and the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE). He co-led a community history project about Atlanta’s English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods and is developing a web-based exhibit about São Paulo’s Brasilândia district (in production). At Northwestern in 2018-19, Britt will teach “Hitchhiking the Atlantic” and “Bulldozed: Chicago and São Paulo.”
Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sarah Dimick is a Postdoctoral Fellow with a joint appointment in the Department of English and the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. Her work is located at the intersection of climate science and global Anglophone literatures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her current project, Climatic Arrhythmias: Global Warming, Literary Form, and Environmental Time, examines how literature both documents and responds to the disrupted temporal ecologies of the Anthropocene. Sarah’s articles are forthcoming in Mosaic and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, and her discussion of the challenges of animating climatic research for a public audience can be found in the environmental humanities journal Edge Effects. In her broader research and teaching, she engages a variety of ecocritical approaches, including environmental justice, postcolonial and feminist environmentalisms, animal studies, petroaesthetics, and theories of the environmental future.
Past Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellows
Explore the range of research interests of past Kaplan Institute postdoctoral fellows.
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