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Present Postdoctoral Fellows

Victoria Aschheim
Rebecca Clark
James Godley
Yui Hashimoto
Hiroko Kumaki
Elizabeth Lhost
Monica Nesbitt-Williams
Jeemin Rhim
Nicholas Rinehart
Whitney Barlow Robles
Amy Schiller
Danielle Simon
Glorieuse Uwizeye
Yi Wu

Victoria Aschheimvictoria

PhD Princeton University

Dissertation: "David Lang's Archive"

Victoria Aschheim studies American music and its relations to civic life. Her research focuses on contemporary music, social thought, and comparative arts. Her writing appears in Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, Staging History: 1780-1840 (Bodleian Library Publishing), program notes for Sō Percussion, and the Bulletin of the Society for American Music, and is forthcoming in American Music and the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Rebecca Clarkbecky

PhD Univeristy of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:  "American Graphic"

Rebecca Clark’s research and teaching focus on twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and visual studies. Her first book project, American Graphic, explores what it means—in terms of form, content, and affect—when we recognize moments in written and visual texts as “graphic,” at once viscerally grotesque and coolly clinical, particularly in a post-’45 American context. She is planning a second project about uninvited guests in contemporary American literature and film and is particularly interested in scholarly work that is not just about the relationship between image and text, but created using both. Publications include an article on Teju Cole and bed bugs in the journal Narrative and an original comics adaptation and analysis of Thomas Hoccleve’s 15th-century poem “My Compleinte” in the journal postmedieval.

James Godleygodley

PhD University at Buffalo, SUNY

Dissertation:  "Against Infinite Grief: Mourning and Speculative Invention in Postbellum American Literature"

James Godley’s work explores mourning as a process of retroactive invention in literary and philosophical works, particularly in relation to questions of community, solace, inheritance, and infinity. His current book manuscript, "Structures of Mass Mourning: The Potentiality of Loss in Post-Civil War American Literature" examines how the Civil War's massive death toll, disruptions to funerary rituals, and postwar racial violence combined with the advent of secular modernity to reconfigure the structural consequences of death and grief in the latter half of the nineteenth century, as contemplated in the work of US literary authors. 

In addition to work on this project, Godley has co-edited (with Joel Goldbach) the volume Inheritance in Psychoanalysis (SUNY Press, 2018) and published "On Infinite Grief: Freud, Hegel, and Lacan on the Thought of Death" in Angelaki and an article on the potential space of mourning in the afterlife of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps in Nineteenth Century Women Writers and Theologies of the Afterlife, a collection forthcoming with Routledge. Work under review or in progress explores the paradoxes of enjoyment in authoritarian populism, the foreclosure of mortality in contemporary biopolitics, and the concept of the frontier layered into psychoanalytic theories of the lost object. 


Yui HashimotoYui

PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dissertation: "The Tale of Two Cities: A Feminist Critique of Economic Development and Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Milwaukee"

Yui Hashimoto is a feminist economic geographer whose research focuses on how race, class, and gender intersect with the contested terrain of urban economic change. She is examines how urban economic change both shapes and is shaped by multiracial solidarities, labour organizing, and socially reproductive work. In particular, she focuses on how different scales of racial politics of American cities contour such economic change and movement building. In her dissertation, she specifically highlights how colourblind redevelopment strategies, in fact, work to exacerbate already-existing racial and class inequalities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Moreover, colourblindness elided the contradictions in the City of Milwaukee and its boosters’ strategies while also limiting labour and community organizing efforts in the city. After completing her dissertation in Geography in May 2018, she will begin a project that builds on her dissertation to interrogate multiracial solidarities between Asian American and Black activists organizing around issues of urban economic change.


Hiroko Kumakikumaki

PhD University of Chicago

Dissertation:  "Reasonably Exposed: Politics and Ethics of Living Fukushima"

Hiroko Kumaki is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research and teaching lies at the intersections of health, environment, and technoscience. Her scholarship examines the affective, material, and conceptual world making around environmental change, particularly as it relates to the experience of health and well-being. Her first book project, “Reasonably Exposed,” asks what it means to live well in a world that embraces certain levels of environmental exposure as “reasonable,” to be accepted by the general public for the broader good that toxigenic practices enable. Focusing on the ongoing aftermath of the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, the project studies how knowledge and practices on environment and health interact and operate across multiple bodies, scales, and registers, to shape divergent political and ethical responses to the radioactive fallout. Hiroko is committed to ethnographic methods that engage and write “from” the lives of interlocutors, rather than “for” or “about” them. While at Dartmouth, she will begin her second project that investigates the relationship between technological innovation and environmental remediation in the U.S. and Japan.

Elizabeth Lhostlhost

PhD University of Chicago

Dissertation:  Between Community and Qānūn: Documenting Islamic Legal Practice in 19th-century British India"

Elizabeth Lhost is a historian of law and religion in modern South Asia. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in the Departments of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and History and before joining the Society of Fellows, held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Elizabeth is currently working on the manuscript for a book called "The Office of Islamic Law: Paperwork, Politics, and Possibilities in Modern South Asia (1800–1950)," which traces the history of Islamic law and legal practice in British India through everyday paperwork and writing practices. While at Dartmouth, she also plans to begin work on a second project investigating religious, ethical, and moral responses to new financial instruments around the turn of the twentieth century. In addition to the history of modern South Asia, Elizabeth's research and teaching interests also include global history, legal studies, science and technology studies, and religious studies, particularly as they relate to privacy, autonomy, and human rights. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright student program, the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon Foundation and has appeared most recently in the Journal of Islamic Studies and Itinerario. Elizabeth currently serves on the AIPS Board of Trustees and recently became a fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry. 

Monica Nesbitt-Williamswilliams

PhD Michigan State University

Dissertation: "The influence of internal social change on local phonology"

Monica Nesbitt-Williams is a linguist specializing in phonology—speech sounds and sociolinguistics—the study of how social factors impact language.  Her research and teaching focus on the impact of macro- (e.g. social class and ethnicity) and micro- (e.g. valley girl) social characteristics on language variation and change.  She utilizes a variety of experimental, e.g. priming and speech perception tasks, implicit attitudes tasks, and acoustic methods to investigate language structure and to identify the social factors that condition such patterns.  Her dissertation examined the impact of economic change (from a mostly manufacturing to service industry society) in the 20th century on the Michigan English dialect. A related project examines the loss of regional dialect features in New England and other parts of North America. She has taught English as a Second Language courses, as well as courses on language and gender, introduction to linguistics, the globalization of English, and language in society.

Jeemin Rhimrhim

PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dissertation:  "Experimental Investigations of Isotopologue Fractionation During Microbial Methanogenesis"

Jeemin is a geobiologist or, more specifically, an isotope biogeochemist. She combines microbial experiments and isotope analyses—investigations of the distribution and arrangement of atoms among and within molecules—to identify the origin and history of investigated molecules. Her PhD work focused on the isotopic signatures of methane (a potent greenhouse gas and a potential biosignature on Earth and other planets) produced by microorganisms. At Dartmouth, she will continue using the combination of experimental and analytical approaches to establish the interpretative framework for the isotopic signatures preserved in the lipid membranes of microorganisms. These signatures can remain stable in rocks up to over a billion years and can inform us about the conditions in which microorganisms produced their biomass. Jeemin is also an active advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in geosciences and broader STEM fields.

Nicholas Rinehartrinehart

PhD Harvard University

Dissertation:  "Narrative Events:  Slavery, Testimony, and Temporality in the Afro-Atlantic World"

Nicholas Rinehart is a scholar of Black literature in the Americas and the comparative history of Atlantic slavery, with additional interests in translation studies, philosophy of history, and queer theory. His first book project, The Event of Witness: Slave Testimony and Social Practice, charts an alternative cartography of enslaved testimonial expression. By centering hemispheric, multilingual archives of slave testimony that do not privilege autobiographical accounts of individual experience, The Event of Witness draws on feminist and queer theory to reveal how enslaved mystics, correspondents, poets, and storytellers, among others, produced testimony as a mode of mutual witness. The book thus frames slave testimony not as a site of memory but as a worldmaking practice—a way of imagining and enacting forms of social life beyond those imposed by regimes of enslavement and their afterlives. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Journal of Social History, Journal of American Studies, MELUS, and Winterthur Portfolio, with additional essays in the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford UP) and Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright (2019). His public writing has appeared in Transition: Magazine of Africa and Diaspora, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Public Books, and Los Angeles Review of Books. He is also a co-editor, along with Wai Chee Dimock et al., of American Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler (Columbia UP, 2017).

Whitney Barlow Roblesbarlow

PhD Harvard University

Dissertation: "Curious Species: How Animals Made Natural History, 1700-1820"

Whitney Barlow Robles is an interdisciplinary historian whose research spans early American history, environmental studies, the history of science, and material culture theory. Her first book project, Curious Species: How Animals Made Natural History, 1700–1820, positions animals like corals, rattlesnakes, fish, and raccoons as central protagonists of the history of eighteenth-century science. The project uses historical methods, ethnography, material culture analysis, and scientific research to examine how animals facilitated and foreclosed the production of knowledge. Portions of this work have received Harvard University’s Bowdoin Prize in the Natural Sciences, the Hakluyt Society Essay Prize, and Best Historical Reenactment by Bunk in their Best American History Reads of 2018. Her most recent publications have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, The New England Quarterly, the book The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, and Commonplace: The Journal of Early American Life. At Dartmouth, Whitney will continue research on a second project, tentatively titled The Collector’s Paradox, which studies the history of zoological collecting in America and its paradoxical requirement that animals must be killed and converted into museum specimens in the name of preserving species. Whitney is also an affiliate researcher with the Stanford-based Natural Things | Ad Fontes Naturae research group, a global natural history project in the digital humanities, where she is tracing the interlinked paths of food history, natural history, and empire using digital methods and historical objects like squid and breadfruit.

Amy Schillerschiller

PhD The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Dissertation:  "Caring Without Sharing: Philanthropy's Creation and Destruction of the Common World"

Amy Schiller's work explores the role of philanthropy in contemporary society, specifically the role philanthropy plays in reinforcing utilitarian and technocratic approaches to social progress, and the extent to which philanthropy can instead support human flourishing and build a common world. Her first book project examines these normative questions around philanthropy's purpose and the conditions necessary to return to its rightful place, using historical and contemporary figures from St. Augustine to Lebron James to illustrate different philanthropic mentalities. Her research has appeared in New Political Science, Society, and her public writing has been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Nation, as well as a contributed essay to The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism (Columbia University Press, 2020). 

Danielle Simonsimon

PhD University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:  "Ecco la radio:  Music, media and Politics in Fascist Italy"

Danielle Simon studies emerging media technologies and musical performance in Italy during and after the fascist period. Her current book project explores how radio generated and mediated political relationships during the first three decades of Italian radio broadcasting. She is planning a second project that responds to recent developments in studies of transnational fascism by examining radio broadcasts transmitted from Italy to the Italian diaspora living in the United States, Latin America, and the African colonies during the 1920s and 1930s. Her research has been previously supported by fellowships from the American Academy in Rome and the Mabelle McLeod Lewis Foundation. Her writing has appeared in Opera Quarterly and Representations and is forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to Music and Fascism and the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. In 2017, she produced and directed the modern world premiere of Il cuore di Wanda, the first Italian opera composed for radio, in collaboration with artist E.V. Day.  

Glorieuse Uwizeyeuweizeye

PhD University of Illinois at Chicago

Dissertation:  "Health Outcomes of Exposure to Extreme Stress Among Rwandan Adults Born of Genocidal Rape"

Glorieuse is a mental health nurse interested in studying the intersecting impacts of political, socioeconomic, and environmental factors on development and adult health. Her dissertation research examined the mental and physical health outcomes of periconceptional exposure to genocide and genocidal rape as well as adverse childhood experiences among the adult offspring of Rwandan women survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Glorieuse's postdoctoral research focuses on epigenetic mechanisms linking those exposures and health outcomes. In addition, she is initiating a prospective cohort of these young adults to track their health as they age and to study their pregnancies and offspring to assess the intergenerational consequences of politically-motivated sexual trauma. This work will expand the understanding of lifecourse and intergenerational effects of exposure to political violence and contribute to the design of effective interventions for offspring of wartime rape and similar populations. 

Yi Wuwu

PhD The New School for Social Research, New York

Dissertation:  "The Sea and the Mirror:  Essayings in Deterritorialization and Mimesis"

Yi Wu is a continental philosopher whose work intersects with world literature and global history. Her research re-interprets the terra-centric western history of philosophy from the perspective of the maritime. By holding up the sea as mirror to western philosophy understood as a form of historicity and coloniality, Yi works toward a hermeneutic method of re-writing the history of philosophy from a non-western and feminist perspective, as a genealogy and archeology of the diluvial. Yi’s writing has appeared in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Idealistic Studies, Politeia, Coriolis, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal and Clio. Her first book The Sea as Mirror (Diaphanes, 2021) traces the absence and repressed presence of the ocean from Plato to Heidegger, employing the maritime as a hermeneutic lens to understand the drive of philosophy as response to and moment within the impetus of western colonization. Yi is working on a second book project, The Concept of the Maritime: The Sea as Theory. This project investigates the maritime as a concept against concepts along four dimensions of the post-human condition: natality, wastage, differance and errancy. It argues that the maritime, utilized as the medium and agent of colonization in political and philosophical modernities, remains ultimately the un-colonizable, both the spectator and the agency of political, philosophical and psychical decolonization.