PhD Princeton University
Dissertation: "Distributions in Postwar Mathematics"
Michael Barany examines how modern societies produce abstract, systematic, and theoretical knowledge, and how that kind of knowledge affects modern societies. His dissertation identified a sudden shift in the scale of professional mathematics immediately following the Second World War, when it became common for leading mathematicians to traverse multiple continents to pursue their research. He argues that this meant that for the first time institutions in Latin America, South Asia, and other regions beyond Europe and the United States were integral parts of a global mathematical community, rather than mere outposts or exceptions. His primary research focus at Dartmouth will be to consolidate and elaborate this research, and organize an international symposium on the emergence of "global mathematics." He is also pursuing a secondary track of research on the global history of the blackboard.
PhD Columbia University
Dissertation: "To the Mine I Will Not Go: Freedom and Emancipation on the Colombian Pacific, 1821‐1852"
Yesenia Barragan's work examines the history of race, slavery, and emancipation in Colombia, Afro-Latin America, and the Pacific. Her dissertation tells the story of the abolition of chattel slavery in Colombia, currently the country with the third-largest population of people of African descent in the Western Hemisphere after the United States and Brazil. Her work seeks to unravel the struggles over freedom and bondage during this protracted process of gradual emancipation in the households, courtrooms, streets, and gold mines of the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Her work examines the history of 19th-century abolition and emancipation, arguing that the freedom generated through the gradual abolition of slavery constituted a modern form of racial governance. Colombia, she says, represented a groundbreaking early model of emancipation in the Atlantic world whose importance has been largely overlooked.
PhD Yale University
Dissertation: "Poetic Revolution and Political Isolation: Haiti's Literary Avant-Garde, 1957-1971"
Nathalie Batraville's work focuses her studies on gender, class, and racialization in the Black Atlantic. In her dissertation she explores how poets and novelists, especially those who came of age during François Duvalier's dictatorship, developed innovative forms that grew out of an increasing awareness and anxiety regarding the isolation of Haiti's working poor within global capitalism, focusing on writers Marie Vieux, Frankétienne, Davertige, and Jacqueline Beaugé. Her next research project examines how "blackness" functions within existentialist philosophy. Using the writings of Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir, Fanon, Marie Vieux, Senghor, and de Vastey, she interrogates the ways in which blackness and black womanhood come to signify abjection and become the non-being against which being is constructed and represented. She is also working to complete a project that delves into France's defense of slavery between 1788 and 1794.
PhD Penn State University
Dissertation: "Numerical Modeling of Leader Discharge Mechanisms in Lightning, Blue Jets, Gigantic Jets, and Sprites"
Caitano da Silva studies lightning. Specifically, he is interested in lightning events that can propagate by tens of miles toward space and discharge a thunderstorm to the ionosphere. His research combines a wide variety of experimental data in atmospheric and space sciences with novel computational methods to examine the electrodynamic coupling between thunderstorms and the near-Earth space environment. At Dartmouth, da Silva is also investigating the source mechanism of electromagnetic whistler-mode waves in the magnetosphere, and production of energetic radiation (i.e., X- and gamma-rays) by thunderstorms.
PhD Washington University in Saint Louis
Dissertation: "Binding Freedom: Cuba's Black Public Sphere, 1868-1912"
Alexander Sotelo Eastman's dissertation studies the cultural, social, and political associations linked to the civil rights movement in Cuba at the turn of the century, which witnessed the abolition of slavery, the crumbling of colonialism and the entrance of black intellectuals into formal politics. His research explores how collective consciousness is articulated through print culture and converted into social movements, in particular among marginalized communities that have not historically had full access to citizenship and literacy. A major thrust of the study centers on the limitations of antislavery narratives as well as the social and economic hurdles the black press encountered. The second half of the project focuses on the transition from colonialism to "colorblind republicanism" to map how the black press and organizations—from mutual aid societies and baseball clubs to veterans' associations—adapted their discourse and tactics to confront new forms of social and political oppression.
PhD University of Minnesota
Dissertation: "Lethal Surveillance: Drones and the Geo-History of Modern War"
In her dissertation, Katharine Kindervater examined the historical development of drone technology from the start of the 20th century to the present. At Dartmouth, she is further developing one of the central arguments of her dissertation—that the increasing use of drones reflects intersecting histories of modern scientific development and Western violence.
PhD University of Maine
Dissertation: "Atmospheric Dust Deposition in West Antarctica over the Past Two Millennia"
Bess Koffman is interested in understanding how and why Earth's atmospheric circulation changes over time. Her dissertation examined changes in wind patterns and climate, as well as ash deposition from volcanic eruptions, in the Southern Hemisphere. At Dartmouth, Koffman is analyzing atmospheric dust deposited on polar ice sheets and mountain glaciers to advance understanding of climate and wind patterns.
PhD University of California at Santa Cruz
Dissertation: "Encountering Memory and Trauma: Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma in Cambodian Americans"
Yvonne Kwan's dissertation focused on trauma experienced by Cambodian refugees, exploring the ways that trauma and histories of violence were transmitted from one generation to the next. At Dartmouth, she is continuing to study the influence of transnational legal and racial politics on the mental health and education of disadvantaged groups, and she's adding an historical dimension to her work.
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation: "A Place Altogether: Planning and the Search for Unit Landscapes, 1816–1956"
Garrett Nelson is a geographer whose work focuses on the history of landscape planning in the United States. His dissertation takes a historical approach to the question of what size areas are appropriate to plan as a whole. By following debates among planners, scientists, social reformers, and politicians about how to evaluate unity and diversity in spatial terms, Nelson examines both the institutional and the moral consequences of calling some part of the Earth's surface a "single" place. His work explores how the different kinds of "unit" geographies in which planners operate—from neighborhoods and towns to metropolises and eco-regions—bear the traces of socially-contested processes of inclusion and exclusion. More broadly, Nelson is interested the ways that groups come to organize themselves geographically, and how these patterns trace onto ideological arguments about justice, community, state power, and environmental regulation.
PhD University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: "Latino Print Cultures in the U.S., 1970-2008"
Tatiana Reinoza's dissertation analyzes U.S. Latino graphic art and its relationship to collective identity formation. Using archival research, oral history, and visual analysis, she charts the development of collaborative printmaking and its contribution to the formation of "latinidad" over a forty-year period. She is interested in understanding how artists articulate this identity through tropes of exclusion: the political prisoner, the colonial subject, and the undocumented, as well as how workshops function as engines of identity formation. Of the more than 300 workshops founded during the golden age of the collaborative press movement in the United States, the contributions of Latino graphic workshops remain largely unexamined and her study shows some of their socio-political functions. At Dartmouth, she will continue investigating visual print cultures and audience development.
PhD Brown University
Dissertation: "Violence and Violins: the Social Resonance of Classical Music in Venezuela"
Yana Stainova's dissertation explores the transformative power of music practice for youth as they aspire to craft their lives amid violence and state repression. At Dartmouth, Stainova plans to prepare her dissertation for publication as a book and to embark on a new ethnographic project, "Migrating Music," which focuses on how Latino youth at Youth Orchestra Los Angeles reach out to music and other art forms to navigate the challenges of immigration—especially to build identities straddling cultures, languages, and generations.
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