Humanities Center Faculty Fellows
Each Spring, we support outstanding faculty research with up to four (4) highly competitive Faculty Fellowships (three from the College of Arts and Sciences — one for research that directly relates to the Symposium theme — and one from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs). Visit our Fellowships page for details on how to apply.
Joan Bryant Associate Professor, African American Studies and Undergraduate Studies Director. Humanities Center Symposium Faculty Fellow from Arts & Sciences
Project title: Kinship, Labor, and the 19th-Century Worlds of Asa Valentine, FMC
In her project, Bryant explores the meanings of place using the record book of Asa Valentine, a free man of color in southwestern New Jersey. The journal, which he began in 1845, documents eighteen years of his life. This unpublished, never-referenced document is a starting point for mapping the contours of Black life in a place situated on the edge of the free North.
Joan Bryant is associate professor of African American history and author of the forthcoming book, Reluctant Race Men: Black Opposition to the Practice of Race in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2016). Her research focuses on northern free people of color. She is currently working on the historical meanings of free labor, kinship, and racial identity in antebellum New Jersey.
Roger Hallas Associate Professor, English. Humanities Center Faculty Fellow from Arts & Sciences
Project title: A Medium Seen Otherwise: Photography and Documentary Film
For this project, Hallas examines the significant, but critically neglected, relationship between photography and documentary film through analysis of an international range of documentary films, photobooks and web documentaries.
Roger Hallas is Associate Professor of English, and author of Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness and the Queer Moving Image (Duke University Press, 2009) and co-edited The Image and the Witness: Trauma, Memory and Visual Culture (Wallflower/Columbia University Press, 2007). He was 2011 Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Syracuse University and co-directs the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival. During the 2016-17 academic year he will also serve a Howard Fellowship, awarded by the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation through Brown University.
Scott Manning Stevens Associate Professor, Native American Studies and Director. Humanities Center Faculty Fellow from Arts & Sciences
Project title: Indian Collectibles: Encounters, Appropriations, and Resistance in Native North America
Stevens’ research traces the colonial legacy’s direct influence on modern Native American self-expression in literature and the visual arts, organized around a series of case studies exploring cultural appropriation (and resistance to it) as manifested in natural history museums, fine arts collections, and libraries.
Scott Manning Stevens is a citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and Director of the Native American Studies Program. He has co-authored the books Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North (U of Chicago Press, 2013) and The Art of the American West (Yale UP, 2014). Dr. Stevens was also co-editor and contributor to the recent collection Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians (U of North Carolina Press, 2015) and has contributed a chapter on museums to the newly released Oxford Handbook of American Indian History (Oxford UP, 2016).
Dawn M. Dow Assistant Professor, Sociology. Steve Parks Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric.
Currently, he is the Editor of the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series, Conference on College Composition and Communication, as well as the Executive Director of New City Community Press (www.newcitycommunitypress.com). For the past five years, he has been working with the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers to create a print/digital archive of self-published working class writing in the United Kingdom.
Dana Spiotta Associate Professor. Arthur Flowers Associate Professor, Creative Writing. William Robert Assistant Professor, Religion. Samantha Kahn Herrick Associate Professor, History. Karina von Tippelskirch Assistant Professor, Languages, Literature & Linguistics.
Professor von Tippelskirch’s fields of interest include 20th century and contemporary German literature and culture, translation, transnational literary and cultural movements. Her research areas are German exile literature, German-Jewish and Yiddish literature and culture. Her publications include books and articles on Rajzel Zychlinski, a major Yiddish poet, whose poems she also translated, articles on Rose Ausländer, Anna Margolin, Mascha Kaléko, Marica Bodrožić and Daniel Kehlmann. Her current research project is on the American journalist Dorothy Thompson who befriended and ultimately helped to rescue many German and Austrian writers and intellectuals from Nazi-occupied Europe.
Kevan Edwards 315-443-5821. Undergraduate Director and Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Kevan spent two years at the University of Kansas after competing his graduate work at Rutgers, under the supervision of Jerry Fodor.
Ken Frieden Professor, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and B.G. Rudolph Chair of Judaic Studies. Kwame Dixon Assistant Professor, African American Studies. Rania Habib Associate Professor, Arabic and Linguistics; Arabic Program Coordinator . Stefano Giannini Associate Professor, Italian; Italian Program Coordinator. Amy Kallendar Arsalan Kehnemuyipour Professor, Linguistics. (former SU faculty)
His areas of expertise are syntax (sentence structure), morphology (word structure) and the interface between syntax and phonology (the sound system). He has worked on a number of languages including his native Persian, as well as English, Armenian, Turkish, Niuean, among others. He has published a book with Oxford University Press and articles in top ranked journals such as Natural Language and Linguistic Theory and Linguistic Inquiry. His project while serving his Humanities Center fellowship was cross linguistic investigation of verb agreement in copular sentences.
Bruce Smith Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. Elizabeth Cohen Associate Professor, Political Science. Amos Kiewe Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies.
Kiewe has published in such journals as Communication Studies, Legal Studies Forum, Journal of American Culture, Argumentation and Advocacy, and Southern Communication Journal. He is the author of several books, including FDR’s First Fireside Chat: Public Confidence and the Banking Crisis (Texas A&M Press, 2007), co-authored FDR’s Body Politics: The Rhetoric of Disability (Texas A&M Press, 2003), A Shining City on a Hill: Ronald Reagan's Economic Rhetoric, 1951-1989 (Praeger, 1991), co-edited Actor, Ideologue, Politician: The Public Speeches of Ronald Reagan (Greenwood, 1992), and edited The Modern Presidency and Crisis Rhetoric (Praeger, 1994).