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Current Fellows

Post-doctoral Fellow 2018-2019

Cory Hunter

Cory Hunter received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Eastman School
of Music in 2006, a Master of Divinity and Certificate of Music from Yale Divinity
School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in 2009 and his PhD in musicology from
Princeton University in 2016. His current book project, The Politics of Spiritual Realism
in Gospel Music Discourse and Practice, examines black gospel music in the twenty-first
century and the ways in which gospel artists use various musical and discursive practices
as strategies to communicate their theological commitments. Cory also examines how
gospel artists employ music and discourse as mechanisms to reconstruct their
subjectivities and to challenge how their followers experience God. Upon the completion
of the post-doctoral fellowship program at the Frederick Douglass Institute, Cory will
begin a dual tenure track appointment as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of
Rochester and Assistant Professor of Musicology at Eastman School of Music.


Post-doctoral Fellow 2018-2019

Zebulon Dingley

Zebulon Dingley received his PhD in Anthropology and History, MA in Anthropology, and BA in African and African-American Studies and History from the University of Chicago. He is an Anthropologist and Historian of “the Occult” in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean from the 19th century to the present. Taking “occult” in the expansive sense of “things hidden,” his research explores the variety of ways coastal Kenyans speculatively engage the unseen forces felt to structure and drive the world of everyday events and experience. His current book project, Mumiani: Bodies, Rumor, and History in Coastal Kenya, analyzes persistent rumors of organized blood and body part theft as archives of ecological disruption, medical innovation, and political extraversion over the last 200 years of regional history. A second project on “rituals of enclosure and exposure” examines the repertoire of practices regulating the permeability and opacity of bodies, houses, and settlements among the Mijikenda peoples of the southern Kenyan coast. He has taught social theory and African studies at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, and will teach a seminar in Spring 2019 on “‘Witchcraft’ and ‘The Occult’ in Modern African History” at the University of Rochester.



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