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Postdoctoral Fellows Program

here-header-art-836x268.pngThe 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.

2019-2021 HERE Postdoctoral Fellows


Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities

John R. Ladd

Ph.D. in English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis

John Ladd is a postdoctoral fellow at the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, where he uses archival research and digital methods to investigate the ways early modern material practices and social networks shape literary forms. His current project, Network Poetics: Studies in Early Modern Literary Collaboration, reflects these interests by arguing that despite the rise of authorial individuation throughout the early modern period, collaborative, networked forms of writing persist and continue to take new shapes even after the Restoration. As part of his fellowship at Northwestern, he's helping to improve and analyze digital transcriptions of early printed books as a member of the EarlyPrint project. John's writing has appeared in Milton Studies, The Shakespeare Newsletter, and The Programming Historian, and he previously worked as research fellow for the Six Degrees of Francis Bacon digital project. His teaching interests include early modern literature and culture, digital humanities, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, Milton and Restoration literature, and the history of the book. His website is here.

zeynep-oguz-168x210.jpgPostdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities

Zeynep Oguz

Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, The City University of New York

Zeynep Oguz is a Postdoctoral Fellow with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. Located at the intersection of environmental anthropology, political geography, and Science and Technology Studies (STS), her work examines the ways in which politics and earth intersect. Her current project, Sedimenting Territory: Political Geologies of Oil, Resource Nationalism, and Colonial Violence in Turkey, examines how oil, petroleum geology, and energy infrastructures have played a role in the making and unmaking of territorial formations in Turkey, especially in relation to the Kurdish and Cyprus issues. Zeynep’s articles are forthcoming in Political Geography and several edited collections. Her teaching interests include postcolonial science and technology studies; multispecies anthropology; time and temporality; space and power; and energy humanities.

Past Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellows

Explore the range of research interests of past Kaplan Institute postdoctoral fellows.

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