HRI–Mellon Emerging Areas in the Humanities

In January 2015, the Mellon Foundation awarded a grant of $2,050,000 to HRI to support the development of emerging areas in the humanities. The funds support fellowships for Illinois faculty and graduate students, and undergraduate interns, as well as post-doctoral fellows, creating robust research groups in three areas: Bio-Humanities, Environmental Humanities, and Legal Humanities.

Environmental Humanities

Faculty Fellow

  • Bob Morrissey (History)

Post-Doctoral Fellows

2018-19

  • Leah Aronowsky (PhD, History of Science, Harvard University, 2018)
    “Configuring the Planetary Environment as a Scientific Object”
  • Pollyana Rhee (PhD, Architecture, Columbia University, 2018)
    “Designing Natural Advantages: Environmental Visions, Civic Ideals, and Architecture for Community, 1920–1970”

Pre-Doctoral Fellows

2019-20

  • Douglas Jones, History “The Cult of the Yankee Mining Engineer: Engineering Nature, Race, and Labor in the US, Canada, and South Africa, 1886–1922”
  • Jessica Landau, Art History
  • “‘Critical Habitat’: Picturing Conservation, Extinction, and the American Animal in the Long Twentieth Century”

2018–19

  • Samantha Good (Spanish and Portuguese)
    “Negotiated Ecologies: Indigeneity and Ecocriticism in 19th-Century Bolivia and Chile”
  • Alexandra Paterson (English)
    “Geological Bodies: The Earth and Narratives of the Self in Romantic-Period Britain, 1784–1820”

Undergraduate Interns

2019-20

  • Alaina Bottens, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences / Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Sarah Gediman, History / Earth, Society & Environmental Sustainability
  • Amanda Watson, English / Political Science

2018–19

  • Juan Martin Luna Nunez (Urban Studies and Planning)
  • Clara Pokorny (Urban Studies and Planning)
  • April Wendling (Geography and Earth Society & Environmental Sustainability, minor in Integrative Biology)

Bio-Humanities

Faculty Fellow

  • Samantha Frost (Political Science / Gender and Women's Studies)

Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Rosine Kelz (PhD, Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, 2014)
    “Beyond the human?’: Concepts of Humanity, Responsibility, and Agency in Political Theory and Biotechnology”
  • Daniel Liu (PhD, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016)
    “Vision and Calculation of Living Matter”

Pre-Doctoral Fellows

2016–17

  • Lydia Crafts (History)
    “Empire’s Laboratory: Race, Ethics, and Medical Experimentation in Guatemala during the Cold War”
  • Rebecah Pulsifer (English)
    “Signifying Nothing: Intelligence and Intellectual Disability in British Modernism”

2017–18

  • Robert Rouphail (History)
    “Disastrous Kinships: Nature, Gender, and Resilience in Moder Mauritius, 1892–1980”
  • Michael Uhall (Political Science)
    “Companion Ecologies”

Undergraduate Interns

2016–17

  • Sneha Adusumilli (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
  • Miranda Dawson (Bioengineering)
  • Sana Khadri (English and Integrative Biology)

2017–18

  • Victoria Halewicz (Psychology, minor in Communication)
  • Hyun Park (Psychology and English)
  • Henry Yeary (English)