Our Current Fellows
Peter Christensen (Fall 2016)
Assistant Professor of Art & Art History
Peter holds a BArch from Cornell University (2005), a MDesS from Harvard University (2009), and a Ph.D in Architecture from Harvard University (2014). He is the editor of several volumes including Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (with Barry Bergdoll, The Museum of Modern Art, 2008) and Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent Through History (with Vimalin Rujivacharakul, H. Hazel Hahn, and Ken Tadashi Oshima, University of Hawai’i Press and Hong Kong University Press, 2014). He will use his time at the Center to complete his first book Germany and the Ottoman Railways: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure, to be published by Yale University Press in 2017.
Margarita Simon Guillory (Spring 2017)
Assistant Professor of Religion & Classics
Margarita earned a BA in Chemistry from Emory University (1995) and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University (2011). Her latest article, “A Search for Gnostic and Countercultural Elements in Zora Neale Hurston’s Hoodoo in America,” is forthcoming in Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies. She will use the Humanities Center Fellowship to complete a book chapter that examines how Spiritual Churches use ritual performances as response mechanisms to the major shifts in New Orleans’ social, political, economical, and geographical landscapes caused by the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Dahpon Ho (Spring 2017)
Assistant Professor of History
Dahpon is a third-culture kid (TCK) and Chinese-American who has moved around the world before finally settling in Rochester to raise a family. He is a proponent of unconventional teaching methods, research & role-playing in the digital humanities, which we might call "Living History." The highlight of his Spring 2016 semester came when one of his students built a coffin with his own hands and staged his own state funeral inside the classroom as the Great Leader of North Korea (with weeping bystanders). Did we mention that a tiger was present? Surely the Health Code was trampled. At the Humanities Center, he will labor to complete his first book manuscript on Chinese maritime history, Sealords Live in Vain, plus a related ecological study called "Scorched Earth and Manufactured Wilderness: The Forced Depopulation of Coastal Fujian (1661-1683) as Social and Ecological Crisis." He is also happy to share ideas (however flawed) for teaching the humanities and "real" music to the millennial generation. Dahpon earned a B.A. in History, Economics, and Asian Studies from Rice University (2002) and a Ph.D. in History from UC San Diego (2011).
Llerena Searle (Spring 2017)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Llerena has a BA from Williams College (1999) and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (2010). Her first book, Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India, will be published in September 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. As a Humanities Center fellow, she will work on her next project on changing forms of domesticity in urban India.
Assistant Professor, Cinema Studies Institute and Department of History, University of Toronto
Brian holds a Ph.D. in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California, where he also earned a graduate certificate in Visual Studies. He is the author of Studios Before the System: Architecture, Technology, and the Emergence of Cinematic Space (Columbia University Press, 2015). At the Humanities Center, he will work on a book about cinema's role in the development and promotion of competing energy technologies after World War II and a second project about the visual culture of environmentalism.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Colgate University
Elana has an AB from Brown University (1999) and a MA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (2001, 2008). Her first book, Resources for Reform: Oil and Neoliberalism in Argentina, was published by Stanford University Press in 2012. She also has articles in American Ethnologist and Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and a chapter in a School for Advanced Research edited volume. While a fellow at the Humanities Center, she will work on the project " Prehistoric Traces and Popular Icons: The Cultural Politics of Dinosaurs in the United States."