Residential Fellows

Institute for Advanced Study Fall 2017 Residential Fellows

Shannon Gayk is Director of the Medieval Studies Institute and Associate Professor of English. Her research focuses on the relationships among religious practice, material culture, and literary texts in late medieval England. During her semester as a residential fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study she is completing a book, Instruments of Christ: Performing the Passion in Early England, which considers the social, formal, and theological uses of the arma Christi in image and text from 8th century liturgical expressions to 18th

century protestant hymns.


Timothy Hallett received his PhD from Northwestern University in 2003 and researches at the intersections of social psychology, organizations, and culture, coalescing in a called “inhabited institutionalism.” In other words, he examines how institutions such as education are inhabited by people doing things together—at times in concert and at times in conflict—and how these interactions matter for organizational functioning. He argues that a focus on these interactions is essential for our understanding of how organizations work. Such research typically involves field observations of what people actually do inside of organizations, and interviews with the “inhabitants.” For example, he has published research on institutional “recoupling” in organizations (American Sociological Review 2010), the inhabited nature of institutions (Theory and Society 2006 with Marc Ventresca), how people gossip at work (Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 2009 with Brent Harger and Donna Eder), how emotions “blow up” in organizations (The Sociological Quarterly 2003), symbolic power and organizational culture (Sociological Theory 2003), and how symbolic power is created in social interactions and used to shape organizations (Social Psychology Quarterly 2007). Currently he is developing an inhabited institutional approach to understanding professional socialization, based on a two-year ethnographic study of a Masters of Public Affairs program.


Giovanni Zanovello is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He specializes in the history of fifteenth-century musical institutions and the composer Heinrich Isaac. He has received research grants and awards from various institutions, including the University of Padua, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the Swiss Society of Musicology, and Indiana University.

Prof. Zanovello regularly participates in national and international conferences in Europe and the US. He has published in different languages and on a number of specialized venues, including the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Musicology, and MusikKonzepte.


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Institute for Advanced Study Spring 2017 Residential Fellows

De Witt Douglas Kilgore, Associate Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of American Studies. He is the author of Astrofuturism: Science, Race and Visions of Utopia in Space (2003). His recent work includes, “Seeking the Galactic Club: Fred Hoyle, Carl Sagan and the C/SETI Novel” in The Palgrave Handbook of Society, Culture and Outer Space (2016), a review of Past Futures: Science Fiction Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas for the Los Angeles Review of Books (24 September 2015), and “Afrofuturism,” a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, edited by Rob Latham (2014).

My primary interest is the expressive traffic between science and culture in the twentieth century. I am particularly fascinated by how futurist narratives in science and technology engage contemporary struggles around race and gender. While twentieth century science and literature is my general field the core of my practice is science fiction studies.

My first book, Astrofuturism: Science, Race and Visions of Utopia in Space, is an incisive engagement with the science writing and science fiction produced by the modern spaceflight movement. As a history it takes seriously the (sometimes progressive) hopes of those scientists and engineers who wrote the space age into being as a great cultural project. As a critique it turns a cold eye on those narratives of disciplined futurism to which I, as an ordinary native of the 1960’s and ’70’s, was (and still am) vulnerable. My general research agenda is to recoup the liberatory potential of sciences and narratives ordinarily prescribed as closed to non-white, non-male, and non-middle-class people.

My current project, The Galactic Club: Seeking a Post/Racial Universe in Science/Fiction, is concerned with the philosophical and social narratives that have emerged from SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence), a relatively new science founded by astronomers in the late 1950s. SETI science brings my research down to earth, so to speak, focusing on the expressive work of writer-scientists who explore the universe from home, building both new knowledge and the audiences for it. This work follows the general thrust of Astrofuturism in that it exploits my fascination with the process of how new sciences gain credibility as adjuncts to the social imperatives of our time. However, in this study my concern is less with the making of the future (even though this is never far away) and more with the genesis, structure and meaning of the social narratives we employ to explain its emergence. If we can sustain disciplined arguments about the existence of life and intelligence elsewhere then how do we make the search relevant to the way we live now? What effect would it have on us to encounter an actually alien race, a species unrelated to our biology and history, to whom we could talk and from whom we could, perhaps, receive answers? Would first contact with unearthly Others force maturity on the human species, opening the way to some blessed age? Would we instead falter and fall into decline, having lost the assumption of uncontested intelligent supremacy? As it argues for its place in our culture SETI science explores these questions and proposes a future in which a new human commonwealth transcends current investments in culture, nation and race. It should not be a surprise, therefore, that the hypothetical scenarios produced within SETI are a consequence and, in some cases, a self-conscious dissent from the legacy of terrestrial exploration. Therefore, it is the historical tradition of race and empire that sets the stage for SETI and sparks my engagement with this particular intersection between science and social thought.

Ayana Okeeva Smith, Associate Professor of Musicology

Drawing on both my training as a singer and my background in classics, my research focuses on intersections between literature, reception of the classical past, and interpretation. Currently I am examining several facets of visual and intellectual culture in Rome during the late seventeenth century as a way of creating an historical and interpretive context for opera.

My first book manuscript, Dreaming with Open Eyes, investigated the importance of visual culture to theories of literature and music drama within the Accademia degli Arcadi in late seventeenth-century Rome. This project analyzes several monuments to visual culture—Annibale Carracci’s frescoes in the Palazzo Farnese, Alessandro Guidi’s play L’Endimione (1688), Gianvincenzo Gravina’s treatise Discorso sopra l’Endimione (1691), Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera La Statira (1690), and Carlo Francesco Pollarolo’s opera La forza della virtù (1693)—while tracing the influence of Queen Christina of Sweden on the Roman aesthetic environment and constructing theories of interpretation for today’s scholars and performers. Currently, I am working on my second book, provisionally titled Specularity: Opera, Art, and Science in Rome, 1680-1710. In it, I am reconstructing the catalogue of Giovanni Giacomo Komarek, a publisher in late seventeenth-century Rome, and analyzing it with respect to ocularcentrism and its impact on operatic production of the same time period.

Marissa J. Moorman, Associate Professor of History

I am a historian of southern Africa. My research focuses on the intersection between politics and culture in colonial and independent Angola. My book Intonations (Ohio University Press, 2008) explores how music was a practice in and through which Angolans living under extreme political repression imagined the nation and how the particularities of music and historical moment cast this process in gendered terms. In other words, I am interested in the ways that cultural practice is productive of politics and not just derivative of it. Much of my evidence comes from interviews with musicians and consumers of music and I explore how memory, experience, and pleasure shape politics and history.

My current book project entitled Powerful Frequencies: Radio, State Power, and the Cold War in Angola, 1933-2002 looks at the relationship between the technology of radio and the shifting politics of southern Africa as anti-colonial movements established independent states in the context of a region newly charged by Cold War politics. This book attends to state dynamics of consolidation through techno-political processes and the human interferences that jam those grand plans.

My work looks at different media and how their uses, the practices and meanings people develop around them, and their relationship to power shift over time. Whether music, radio, film, or photography (sound or visual), I am interested in questions of mediation of presents that become pasts and the past as a discipline of study.

I have published on music, fashion, film, radio, and urban space. I serve on the editorial collective of the Radical History Review and on the editorial board of Africa is a Country where I also contribute as a blogger.

Mary Waldron, Associate Professor of Human Development

After receiving my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric genetics and genetic epidemiology at Washington University School of Medicine. My research interests include family formation and dissolution risks associated with substance use and substance use disorder, with a focus on alcohol and alcoholism. Working from an intergenerational life course perspective, I examine how substance use impacts timing and stability of reproductive relationships, and how risks for related outcomes in offspring unfold over time.

Institute for Advanced Study Fall 2016 Residential Fellows

Dionne Cross Francis, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University and Director of the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration.

I hold a BA in Mathematics from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.

I study the relationships among psychological constructs such as beliefs, identity and emotions and the impact of these constructs on teachers’ instructional decision-making prior to and during the act of teaching (mathematics). Understanding teacher-specific factors that motivate actions as teachers plan and instruct is critical for designing professional development initiatives that will lead to meaningful change. Additionally, I have designed and implemented curricula to promote equitable mathematics instruction.

In my role as Director of the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration, I serve as principal investigator on several grants focused on career readiness for first generation, underrepresented students and on improving instructional quality within Indiana schools. A core strategy of the Center is building partnerships with a range of organizations so as to expand educational opportunities that will meet the needs of Indiana’s ever-expanding workforce.


Ranu Samantrai, Associate Professor of English, author of AlterNatives: Black Feminism in the Post-Imperial Nation (2002) and co-editor of Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice (2010).

I study the process of decolonization in England, the former heart of the British Empire, in the second half of the twentieth century.I’m interested particularly in the changes occasioned by the growth of the postcolonial diasporas that now crosscut the once-imperial nation. I trace the resulting transformations primarily in the nation’s literary culture and legal framework.

For my first book, AlterNatives: Black Feminism in the Post-Imperial Nation, I focused on the black British feminist movement in London in the 1970s and ’80s. In that project I attended to sites of conflict between, for instance, anti-racist and feminist politics to articulate a theory of the radical potential of a democratic community that thrives on heterogeneity, conflict and dissent.

In my current project, After Empire:Decolonizing England, England again serves as a test case to further our understanding of the transition from an imperial to a national to a transnational world.The contradictions of the post-imperial period, generated by collisions between the residue of empire and the emergence of a post-national formation, have proven simultaneously disturbing for nationalist rhetoric and productive for artistic commentary. In this study I have two aims:to investigate the tenacity of English nationalism, and to assess the adequacy of postcolonial and diaspora theory as a frame for the arts of post-settler generations. England was shaped profoundly by its colonial adventures: as the glue of the national collective, imperialism informed structures of feeling, attachments to locality, even gendered identities.In After Empire I ask what happens to imperial Englishness as a mode of being when the conditions of its existence become obsolete, when nation and national subjects are unmoored from a once definitive public narrative.The book traces the rearticulation of the fundamental tropes of imperial Englishness—the nation as homeland, as heritage, and as folk—across a constellation of literary and visual artifacts drawn from high and popular culture.It thus participates in the long project of the decolonization of the heart of empire.


Institute for Advanced Study Spring 2016 Residential Fellows

Lingling Chen (Ph.D. Stanford University, 1996) is Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Indiana University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1996 with Dr. Keith Hodgson. She was a Helen Hay postdoctoral fellow at Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University in the laboratory of the late Paul Sigler. She joined IU Biology Department in 2001 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associated Professor with tenured in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Chen transferred her appointment to Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry when the department was founded.

My research has focused on mechanistic understanding of important biological functions and the associated processes at the molecular level. We are particularly interested in a variety of biological functions and processes with the aim of intervening them for antimicrobial purpose. Our research lines include bacterial communication, bacterial-host interaction and cellular homeostasis with specific focus on quorum sensing, Type III secretion system and molecular chaperone, respectively. To investigate the mechanism of function, we apply an interdisciplinary approach using techniques from molecular biology, protein chemistry, genetics, biochemistry and structural biology. Our studies reveal molecular details of how the biological functions are executed by macromolecules and the molecular steps in the biological process. Our results are informative for designing reagents to intervene with bacterial communication, bacteria-host interaction and bacterial homeostasis. The designed reagents could be further developed as novel therapeutics to combat antimicrobial infections.


Judah Cohen is Associate Professor of Musicology at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and also Lou and Sybil Mervis Professor of Jewish Culture in the Borns Jewish Studies Program.

My training as a musicologist and an anthropologist, and my professional activity within Jewish studies, has allowed me to explore many aspects of Jewish culture and history. As a child, I spent two years in St. Thomas, USVI; and I returned to this island in my first book (Through the Sands of Time: A History of the Jewish Community of St. Thomas, USVI [Brandeis University Press, 2004]), which is both a historical narrative and a meditation on writing the history of a small community. In my second book, based on my doctoral project, I explored the meaning of becoming a Reform Jewish cantor at the turn of the twenty-first century (The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor: Musical Authority, Cultural Investment [Indiana University Press, 2011]).Subsequent shorter projects have led me to investigate the history of Jewish music scholarship in the United States, musical theater works that address Nazi-era narratives, contemporary forms of Jewish musical expression, and musical representations of Anne Frank and Shylock.

Throughout my research, I have focused on the idea of Jewish cultural expression as a dynamic and ever-changing process, created and recreated over time by artists, religious leaders, philosophers and activists. I have aimed to understand this idea largely through the prism of sound, and its relationship to ideas of Jewish identity.

My current project extends my work on Jewish liturgical music backward chronologically into 19th century America, an era largely dismissed by contemporary scholars in favor of musical reforms taking place in central Europe. I aim to portray this period as a self-sustaining scene worthy of investigation on its own terms. Jewish music research—and liturgical music in general—has frequently straddled the line between disinterested scholarship and communal identity politics. New religious initiatives have consequently come with their own filters that scholar/practitioners have used to edit the past, thus aiming to excite their membership.By looking at these discussions as layers of discourse, rather than as definitive history, we can gain a better sense of what has not been remembered, and why.Taking this approach can only enhance our understanding of the traditions that have come to define the parameters of liturgical music ever since, both in the American synagogue and beyond.

Institute for Advanced Study Fall 2015 Residential Fellows

Beth_Buggenhagen_RF_Fall2015.jpgBeth Buggenhagen, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

My research analyzes the politics of social production and value, material culture, visuality, gender, Islam, and globalization. These interests have emerged from my fieldwork in Senegal and with Senegalese migrants in New York City and Chicago. My fieldwork in Senegal from 1999-2000 resulted in the book, Muslim Families in Global Senegal (Indiana University Press 2011). I analyze Muslim trade networks and the transmission of enduring social value though cloth and religious offerings. Highlighting women's participation in these networks and the financial strategies they rely on, I consider the connections between economic profits and ritual and social authority. I argue that these strategies are not responses to a dispersed community in crisis, but rather produce new roles, wealth, and worth for Senegalese women in all parts of the globe.

In New York City my research has considered the predicament of Senegalese Muslim traders who deal in grey market goods (designer purses, CDs and DVDs). My work has considered the political dimensions of official and unofficial economies to address topics that are gaining attention within and beyond academia such as Islam, civil liberties, immigration reform, debates over new media technologies, unregulated economic networks and the U.S. led global War on Terror. I published this work in a chapter in Hard Work, Hard Times: Global Volatility and African Subjectivities (U. California Press 2010), which I edited with Anne-Maria B. Makhulu and Stephen Jackson.

Currently I am working to complete a book manuscript, The Global Circulation of Photography in Muslim Senegal. My book focuses on the global movements of photographers through the colonial cities of St. Louis and Dakar in the French Soudan, and ways in which present day photographers re-envision narratives of colonial history and build on their personal family archives and albums of photography to grapple with urban transformations.

*The photo is credited to Boubacar Toure Mandemory. The portrait installation is by Zanele Muholi at the Raw Material Company in Dakar, Senegal


Elizabeth_Dunn.jpgElizabeth Dunn, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and International Studies

My work focuses on the effects of large bureaucratic systems during periods of cataclysmic social change. Looking at industrialized humanitarianism, business management, and the government regulation of agriculture, I ask how people both use, modify and circumvent rationalized managerial systems as they rebuild their lives after disaster or large-scale social transformation.

My current project focuses on humanitarianism and displacement. Using a theoretical lens derived from Alain Badiou and Jean-Paul Sartre, I look at the effects of international aid among internally displaced people (IDPs), victims of ethnic cleansing who have been forced to become refugees in their own countries. Between 2009-2012, I conducted 16 months of fieldwork in IDP settlements in the Republic of Georgia, where nearly 30,000 people were ethnically cleansed during a 2008 war with Russia. A forthcoming book, Unsettled: Humanitarianism and Displacement in the Republic of Georgia, has emerged from this work, as well as articles in Humanity, Slavic Review, American Ethnologist, and Antipode. I have also conducted research among the family and friends of the Boston Marathon Bombers, who were part of a community of Chechens displaced to Kyrgyzstan. Articles from that project are forthcoming in Ab Imperio and American Ethnologist.

In the past, I have looked at another cataclysmic change: the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. My first book, Privatizing Poland, looked at what happened when a multinational corporation took over one of the first Communist-run factories to be privatized after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Using a Foucauldian approach, I looked at how neoliberal management practices sought to remake workers as individuals of varying qualities--and how workers resisted being deemed as nothing more than low-value labor. I have also looked at the ways that standards and regulations in the food industry label entire countries as low-value, contaminated or disease-producing, and how those standards are used as non-tariff trade barriers to keep farmers from reaching European and American markets.


Ford_RF_Fall2015.jpgPhilip Ford, Associate Professor of Music (Musicology), Jacobs School of Music

Phil Ford (Ph.D University of Minnesota, 2003) is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a fellow of the University of Texas Humanities Institute, and at Stanford University, where he was a fellow of the Stanford Humanities Fellows Program. His published work has focused on postwar American popular music (especially jazz and film music), American cold war culture, radical and countercultural intellectual history, and sound and performance.

He is the author of Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture (Oxford University Press, 2013), a cultural and intellectual history of hipness in American life from the 1940s through the 1960s. His essays have appeared in Representations, Journal of Musicology, Jazz Perspectives, Musical Quarterly, and other scholarly journals. He is also the co-author (with Jonathan Bellman) of the musicology blog Dial ‘M’ for Musicology, which he founded in 2006 and maintains to this day. His current interests center around music and philosophy and, more particularly, on magical and occult styles of thought; at present, he is working on a book on this topic.

Institute for Advanced Study Spring 2015 Residential Fellow

Ivan Kreilkamp, Associate Professor of English

My main research interests focus on the British novel over the long nineteenth century and on the literature and culture of Victorian Britain more generally. I also have research and teaching interests relating to print culture, media studies, contemporary fiction and popular culture (I’ve published on pop music in places like the Village Voice and the Nation), literary theory, and animal studies. My book, Voice and the Victorian Storyteller (2005), aimed to complicate our thinking about Victorian literature’s relationship to and representation of speech and orality by, for example, considering literary texts in relation to shorthand manuals, phonographs, and oral storytellers. Lately I’ve been working on the links between domestic fiction and domestic animals in Britain, considering animals as objects of sympathy and enmity, as companions and co-habitants, as subjects of experiment, as minor or vulnerable characters, and as figures of radical alterity. This project involves attention to historical topics, such as the rise of the animal welfare or anti-cruelty movement in Britain in the early Victorian period, and of the anti-vivisection movement in later decades; it also asks theoretical and philosophical questions regarding the relationship of animals to personhood, subjectivity, and ethics. I have also published recently in Public Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books , and elsewhere on such contemporary novelists as Jennifer Egan, Michael Chabon, Elena Ferrante, William Gass, Chris Ware, and Kazuo Ishiguro. I am also co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal Victorian Studies.

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IMG_4914.JPGProfessor Emerita of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Comparative Literature, Sumie Jones is author of Retorikku to shite no Edo (The Rhetoric of Edo, 1992), co-editor of Visions of the Other, Volume 2 of the Proceedings of the Thirteenth Congress of the ICLA (1995) and Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, Volume 54 (2008), editor of Imaging/Reading Eros (1996), and author/translator of The Shirokoya Scandal: Two Ways of Looking at the Case Judged by Magistrate Ō’oka Tadasuke (2010). Her articles have appeared in journals such as the The Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, Hikaku Bungaku Kenkyu, Critica, Poetica, Bungaku, and Edo Bungaku. Currently, she directs a collaborative project on translating early modern Japanese literature. An Edo Anthology: Literature from Japan's Mega-City, 1750-1850 (2013) was the first volume of the project, coedited with her colleague, Professor Kenji Watanabe, a former IAS fellow. The following volume, A Tokyo Anthology: Literature from Japan's Modern Capital, 1850-1920, coedited with Professor Charles Inouye of Tufts University, is forthcoming. Jones has now begun the third and final volume of the anthology.