Our Current Fellows
Lihong Liu (Fall 2018)
Assistant Professor of Art & Art History
Lihong Liu’s broader intellectual interests involve how to articulate matter, time, space, and motion in the arts as well as arts’ environmental engagement. Liu has worked on a variety of projects exploring issues related to developing an ecological art history, transcultural study of material medium, and the art of simulation. Her publications have appeared in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Getty Research Journal, Journal of Early Modern History, Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, Journal 18: A Journal of Eighteenth-Century Art and Culture, in addition to edited volumes in both English and Chinese. She is currently completing a book which deals with issues of time and place in Chinese paintings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Liu’s work has been supported, among others, by the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts in the National Gallery of Art, the Getty Research Institute, the Met Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut.
Kathryn Mariner (Fall 2018)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Professor Mariner's research examines the relationship between social inequality and intimacy in the United States. Her forthcoming book, Contingent Kinship (University of California Press), is based on her research at a private adoption agency in Chicago between 2009 and 2016. The book explores the speculative logics of domestic transracial adoption, by attending to how raced and classed exchanges of power, money, and knowledge produce notions of the child as an imagined future. Professor Mariner is also trained in clinical social work and uses that background to inform her ethnographic practice. She is currently launching a new research project investigating the relationship between race, space, and social inequality in Rochester, asking how city residents create spaces of community and healing within the context of hypersegregation.
William Miller (Spring 2019)
Assistant Professor of English
Will's work at the Humanities Center is connected to his current book project on enthusiasm and the early enlightenment. This book, provisionally titled The Enthusiast, considers ironic imitations of "religious enthusiasts" during and after the post-Protestant Reformation religious wars. It argues that these imitations are important for changing conceptions of embodied experience, language, and authority subsequently identified with the enlightenment. While at the Humanities Center, he will explore in particular the abundance of seventeenth-century polemical figurations of the Prophet Mohammed, which have a long -- and continuing -- afterlife in discourses of race and religion. He comes to Rochester from Baltimore, where he earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins in 2016. In recent semesters, he has taught courses on witchcraft, mythology, secularity, tragedy, satire, Milton, and the English Bible. He has published in New Literary History, Renaissance Drama, and Studies in Philology, among other journals.
Anna Rosensweig (Spring 2019)
Assistant Professor of French
Anna Rosensweig is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Rochester. Her research and teaching focus on early modern French literature and culture, the intersections of literature and political theory, and performance studies. She is currently completing her first book, which locates a new genealogy of rights in early modern tragedy. Rosensweig has also begun a second book project, on the figural relationship between the royal body and urban infrastructure in early modern France.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University
Chris Haufe works on problems in the history and philosophy of science. His current project examines the concept of fruitfulness and explores its role in the progress of science and mathematics.
Associate Professor of English, Louisiana State University
This year, Chris is completing a study on the polemical engagements with Romantic poetry undertaken by the American New Critics. Entering the new-critical archive in order to rethink prevailing disciplinary narratives, he shows how the study of romantic lyric between the 1930s and 1960s contributed to the formation of values (cultural and political, or pedagogical and practical) that have long dominated the field of literary studies. Chris has also written about several other intersections between literature and culture—for instance, on Keats and waste, on narrative tours of the ‘Colosseum by moonlight,’ and on poetic elegies and paper photographs. His first book, Imagining the Gallery: The Social Body of British Romanticism (Stanford, 2006), explored contradictions that continue to define the relationship between cultural production and political life, by considering how museums and literary forms functioned ideologically in a period of dramatic social change.