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Present Junior Fellows

Michael Barany
Yesenia Barragan
Nathalie Batraville
Alexander Sotelo Eastman
Max Fraser
Sean Griffin
Kate Hall
Jared Harris
Joshua Kaiser
Laura McTighe
Garrett Nelson
Tatiana Reinoza
Alexander Smith
Yana Stainova
Derek Woods


Michael Barany mbarany-headshot

PhD Princeton University

Dissertation: "Distributions in Postwar Mathematics"

Michael Barany examines the relationships between modern societies and the abstract and systematic knowledge they produce and use. He is currently preparing a book that identifies a rapid shift in the scale of professional mathematics in the mid-twentieth century, when mathematicians' travel and exchanges began to be organized across continents rather than just nations. 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. In addition to his own project, he is coordinating an international community of researchers on the globalization of mathematics that held a successful first gathering in July 2017 in Rio de Janeiro. He is also continuing his research on the global history and material and political culture of the blackboard, a technology of teaching, tabulating, and research that helped transform modern societies after 1800.

Barragan Yesenia Barragan

PhD Columbia University

Dissertation: "To the Mine I Will Not Go: Freedom and Emancipation on the Colombian Pacific, 1821‐1852"

Yesenia Barragan is a historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean. She specializes in the history of Afro-Latin America and the African diaspora in the Americas, with a focus on race, slavery, and emancipation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Yesenia earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History at Columbia University in 2016. Her current book project, Frontiers of Freedom: Slavery and Emancipation on the Colombian Pacific, explores the protracted process of the gradual abolition of slavery (1821-1852) and the aftermath of emancipation on the frontier Pacific lowlands of Colombia, the former gold mining center of the Spanish Empire. The first English-language study of gradual emancipation in Colombia, Frontiers of Freedom reframes the history of emancipation in the Atlantic World by centering Colombia and the northern Andes within a larger history of antislavery and abolition. Her next book project turns to the making of the African diaspora in the Americas during the long nineteenth century, looking especially to the U.S. South, Mexico, Central America, the northern Andes, and the Caribbean.

Nathalie Batravillebatraville_portrait

PhD Yale University

Dissertation: "Poetic Revolution and Political Isolation: Haiti's Literary Avant-Garde, 1957-1971"

Nathalie Batraville's main objects of inquiry are literature and history, with a focus on anticolonialism, Black feminist and queer theory, and cultural formations of the Black Atlantic. Since completing her PhD in French at Yale University in May 2016, she has begun a new project that seeks to situate and theorize Black feminist writing and politics in the Caribbean, France, and Quebec. She is also working on a monograph that conceptualizes liberation and revolution beyond independence, by taking Haiti – the "longest neocolonial experiment in the history of the West" (Michel-Rolph Trouillot) – as a point of departure. The book builds on the critical lens and the lucidity of poets and novelists who were active in Haiti during François Duvalier's dictatorship (1957-1971), particularly Marie Vieux-Chauvet, Davertige, Francis Séjour-Magloire, and Jacqueline Beaugé. Batraville's scholarship has appeared in The CLR James Journal (Special issue: Black Canadian Thought) and Francophone Postcolonial Studies, and is forthcoming in Small Axe and Tangeance. As part of her commitment to public humanities and liberatory pedagogies, she has designed this year a series of workshops called Project X that supports Black collective action at Dartmouth and in the Upper Valley.

Sotelo Eastman Alexander Sotelo Eastman

PhD Washington University in Saint Louis

Dissertation: "Binding Freedom: Cuba's Black Public Sphere, 1868-1912"

Sotelo Eastman's work examines the social, intellectual and literary history of modern Afro-Latin America and the Caribbean. His book manuscript, tentatively titled Binding Freedom: Cuba's Black Press in the Era of Colorblindness, maps a history of black intellectual thought during Cuba's abolitionist and civil rights movements, foregrounding the stories of everyday journalists and activists along with their diverse political and organizational affiliations. Through myriad materials, including an extensive collection of black press newspapers and criminal surveillance records, the book analyzes how new media technologies transformed the ways in which public opinion was formed and politically manipulated. At Dartmouth, he will continue research for a project about the construction of the public memory of slavery in the Caribbean as seen through literary materials, monuments, museums and other forms of public memorialization. Building on his examination of neoliberal narratives of empire and the fluidity of racial hierarchies across geopolitical borders, he continues to write about international sport culture, in particular surfing (i.e. The Critical Surf Studies Reader, Duke University Press, 2017).

Max Fraser Max Fraser

PhD Yale University

Dissertation:  “The Hillbilly Highway: A Social History of Transappalachia, 1918-

Max Fraser's research and teaching work focuses on American labor and working class history, American politics, and popular culture. His current book project--provisionally titled The Hillbilly Highway: Transappalachia in the 20th Century--tells the history of the "Great Migration" between the Appalachian South and the industrial Midwest, and offers a reconsideration of the roots of the conservative turn in the postwar American politics. At Dartmouth, Max will be working on a study of the rise of outlaw culture and the emergence of an anti-political impulse within white working class culture since World War II. His academic research and journalistic writing has been published in American Art, Dissent, The Nation, Raritan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere, and he contributes a regular column to the journal New Labor Forum. Along with fellow labor historian Christopher Phelps, Max is the guest editor for a special issue of the journal Labor: Studies in Working-Class History devoted to Labor and the Media, to appear in Winter 2018.

Sean GriffinSean Griffin

PhD University of California, Los Angeles

Book project: Memory Eternal: The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus

Sean Griffin is a medievalist and political-religious theorist. His research focuses on the history of religion, historiography, technologies of empire, Christian liturgy, textual criticism, and the digital humanities. He is currently finishing work on his first monograph, Memory Eternal: The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus, which is scheduled for publication with Cambridge University Press in 2018. In the book, Griffin uncovers the liturgical origins of Slavic historiography, and shows that the myth of origins for Rus, a myth promulgated even today by the Russian Orthodox church, originated in the liturgical services of the Byzantine Empire. In 2014, Griffin earned his Ph.D. from UCLA. He was most recently a VolkswagenStiftung fellow at Westfälische Wilhems-Universität in Münster, Germany, and before that he spent time as a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Katharine Hall Kate Hall

PhD University of Minnesota

Dissertation: "Lethal Surveillance: Drones and the Geo-History of Modern War"

Katharine Hall's research examines the historical development of drone technology in order to understand the longer modern histories of scientific development and Western violence that shape the use of military drones today. A second project, started while at Dartmouth, focuses on aerial violence, policing, and race. This project is initially looking at the siege and bombing of MOVE by the Philadelphia Police in 1985.  She received her PhD in Geography from University of Minnesota in 2015.



Jared HarrisJared Harris

PhD University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Dissertation: "Synthesis and Characterization of Imidazole-Containing Conjugated Polymers"

Jared Harris’s dissertation focused on synthesizing unique semiconducting plastics(polymers) for applications in basic electronic devices.  These polymers offer lightweight, flexible, and inexpensive alternatives to traditional inorganic semiconductors.  Ideally, these materials will form the heart of low cost electronic devices capable of broadening the reach of renewable and energy-saving technologies through harvesting solar energy and developing novel lighting, display, and smart window platforms.  His dissertation addressed some of these materials’ pitfalls through demonstrating manipulation of imidazole-containing polymers’ electronic structure and refining a common synthetic technique employed to access semiconducting polymers.  While at Dartmouth, his focus will shift toward incorporating stimuli-responsive molecular switches into polymers so that one may direct the properties of a bulk material through molecular inputs. 

Joshua Kaiserjkaiser_photo2

JD-PhD Northwestern University

Dissertation: "The Hidden Sentence: Understanding the Historical Rise of a Broader, Lesser Known Form of Penal Control in the United States"

Joshua Kaiser’s research uses a critical, sociological lens to study criminal law, state control, and inequality.  Thus far, he has used interdisciplinary approaches and mixed methodologies to study this subject in three main projects.  The first project investigates a vast but unknown set of 35,000 U.S. penal laws that he calls “hidden sentences,” meaning all legally imposed punishments inflicted upon criminalized people beyond their formally recognized, judge-issued sentences.  He argues that these laws form a hidden aspect of the penal system that functions to legitimize and continually reinforce race, class, and other inequalities by reifying societal assumptions. Kaiser’s second area of research on state control and inequality illuminates the social, multidimensional (racial, gendered, and criminal) process of genocide in Darfur and elsewhere.  He is also the co-author of Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War and various articles on the sectarian displacement, criminal entrepreneurship, and legal cynicism caused by the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Laura McTigheLaura McTighe

PhD Columbia University

Dissertation:  "This Day, We Use Our Energy for Revolution"

Laura McTighe's research uses multidisciplinary methods to understand and intervene at the intersections of religion, race, gender, and activism, with particular attention to the carceral state, disaster capitalism, and land dispossession. Ethnographically, she centers the often-hidden histories, practices, and geographies of struggle in America's zones of abandonment, and ask how visions for living otherwise become actionable. Her current book project, Born In Flames: Southern Black Feminisms and the Horizons of an Otherwise, is a collaborative ethnography of race, religion, and the spatiality of opposition in the Gulf South, which she has researched and written alongside Women With A Vision (WWAV) in New Orleans, a black feminist health collective founded in 1989. At Dartmouth, she is also continuing to develop a second major project, "Moral Medicine," a historical ethnography of the emerging women's carceral sphere in nineteenth century Massachusetts, New York, and Indiana that connects that period's carceral imaginaries to our current era of mass incarceration. McTighe comes to her scholarship through twenty years of grassroots organizing to end state violence and advance community healing. She is the co-founder and associate director of Front Porch Research Strategy in New Orleans, and currently serves on the boards of Men & Women In Prison Ministries in Chicago and Reconstruction Inc. in Philadelphia.

Nelson Garrett Nelson

PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dissertation: "A Place Altogether: Planning and the Search for Unit Landscapes, 1816–1956"

Garrett Dash Nelson is a geographer who studies the ways that people and the natural world come together to form spatially distinct, coherent places. In his dissertation research, currently under revision as a book with the working title How We Get To Here, he explored the history of how planners and social reformers in the United States proposed different geographic units for organizing the geography of communities and administrative jurisdictions. His work shows how the process of resolving geographic heterogeneity into a mosaic of bounded places is based on social and ideological beliefs about inclusion, exclusion, unity, and difference. Garrett also studies ways in which "natural" borders jostle against "political" borders using empirical methods. Using big data sources and GIS analysis, he has studied megaregional patterns created by commuters and the geography of gerrymandering. At Dartmouth, Garrett is teaching on critical mapping, urban studies, and the cultural and historical geography of New England. Website:

Reinoza Tatiana Reinoza

PhD University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation: "Latino Print Cultures in the U.S., 1970-2008"

Tatiana Reinoza's first book project examines the history of printmaking in Latinx communities in the U.S. Through the material specificity of prints, and their associated sites of production, she questions the historical role of printmaking in the spread of Western conceptualizations of space, but also how current notions of territoriality determine how Latinx ethnic groups are rendered as conditionally belonging or unassimilable. She analyzes the understudied print archives of Coronado Studio, Dominican York Proyecto Grafica, Segura Arts Studio, and Self Help Graphics in order to trace the rise of neoliberalism and its reinforcement of borders, the theoretical rupture of the 1992 quincentennial, and the departure from militant cultural nationalism toward panethnic identity formations. Her academic research and writing has appeared in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, alter/nativas latin american cultural studies journal, and Diálogo: An Interdisciplinary Studies Journal.

Alexander SmithAlexander Smith

PhD University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Dissertation:  "Detectors, Reference Frames, and Time"

Alexander is a theoretical physicist working in the field of quantum information science. Taking an information-theoretic approach, his research focuses on situations where both gravitational and quantum effects are important, with the aim of better understanding the interplay between the two. In particular, he is interested in how our classical notion of time emerges from a quantum theory of gravity, physical measurement models in quantum field theory, how the entanglement structure of the vacuum is effected by spacetime curvature, and how recently proposed satellite experiments can better test general relativity.

Stainova Yana Stainova

PhD Brown University

Dissertation: "Violence and Violins: the Social Resonance of Classical Music in Venezuela"

Yana Stainova's work focuses on artistic expression and social transformation in Latin America. Her first book project explores what it means to be touched by music, to experience wonder, hope, and creative possibility, for young people living in the margins of Venezuelan society. She traces the reverberations of musical enchantments in people's everyday lives, and follows their trajectories as they collide with the larger forces, such as state and institutional power, that sway human destinies. The ethnographic site of her research is El Sistema, a classical music education program for youth living in the barrios of Venezuela. Her second book projects extends her interests to questions of immigration, citizenship, identity, and belonging by exploring the works of women artists from Latino communities in East Los Angeles. It studies the link between artistic creativity and social and political aspirations.

Derek WoodsDerek Woods

PhD Rice University

Dissertation: "What Is Ecotechnology? Biopolitics and Trophic Form in U.S. and Canadian Cultures of Science"

Derek Woods works on modern environmental literature in English and contributes to the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies. Entitled What Is Ecotechnology?, his first book project describes the role of technology in the cultural reception of the ecosystem concept following the Second World War. Each chapter offers a different answer the project’s central question, addressing topics such as the influence of cybernetics on ecological science writing, the terrarium as an experimental technology and literary setting, the terraforming genre in science fiction, and the biopolitics of industrial chemistry. These sites shape the politics, aesthetics, and ontologies operative as humans wake up inside a biosphere that exceeds our control—up to and including the recent framework of “Earth system science” and its role in understanding climate change. At Dartmouth, Derek is starting a second book about the techniques through which writers and artists represent scales outside the human sensory world. The Poetics of Scale is an anatomy of these techniques, emphasizing their relationship with concepts of scale from the philosophy of science and new materialist theory. 


Last Updated: 1/18/18