American Studies & Ethnicity // 2016–2018
Rhae Lynn Barnes is a cultural historian who specializes in the history of North America with particular interests in the history of racism, racial formation, gender, sexuality, book history, and representation in popular culture.
Art History // 2016–2018
John R. Blakinger received his Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University. He studies the history, theory, and criticism of modern and contemporary art, with a focus on the intersection of aesthetics and politics with media, design, and visual culture.
Classics // 2016–2018
Jessica Wright works at the intersection of the history of medicine and religion in late antiquity. Her doctoral dissertation, “Brain and Soul in Late Antiquity,” explores constructions of the brain in Christian texts from the fourth and fifth centuries CE.
Art History // 2017–2019
Jason Nguyen studies early modern architecture, urbanism, and landscape in Europe and its colonies, with particular interests in the relationship between theory and practice, the impact of science and technology, archeology and antiquarianism, and early modern aesthetic philosophies.
English // 2017–2019
Christopher Findeisen’s research centers on American literature and critical theory. Using the academic novel as its point of entry, his current book project–under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press–considers what it means for our culture to imagine higher education as an institution of social equality in an increasingly unequal world.
Philosophy // 2017–2019
Monica Solomon received her Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the Reilly Center and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Her main research is at the intersection between the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mathematical practice. She is interested in topics in the history of the philosophy of space, time, and gravity research, early modern philosophy, and the ethical and political dimensions of the scientific practice.