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Meet Our Long-Term Fellows

2019-20 Long-Term Fellows

Nicholas Abbott
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Nicholas J. Abbott is Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University. He earned his PhD in South Asian history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His work on conceptions of statehood and sovereignty in early modern South Asia has appeared in the edited volume State Formations: Global Histories and Cultures of Statehood (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and an essay on eunuchs and masculinity in late-Mughal India will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. His current book project, Sarkars into States: Language, Family and Politics in Early Colonial India, explores household formation, political culture, and languages of sovereignty and statehood in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century North India.

Heather J. Allen
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Heather J. Allen is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Mississippi. She earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of Iowa. Dr. Allen’s writing on early modern Spanish American and Mesoamerican historiography, material and textual culture, weeping and affect, Don Quijote, and boar hunting in medieval epic poetry has appeared in journals such as Colonial Latin American Review, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, and La corónica. She has co-edited (with Andrew Reynolds) Latin American Textualities: History, Materiality, and Digital Media (University of Arizona Press, 2018).

Dr. Allen’s research project at the Newberry, The Authority of Literacies in New Spanish Historiography, examines how early modern historians utilized Mesoamerican and European record-keeping objects to legitimate their chronicles vis-à-vis those written by official historians or approved by the Spanish Crown. By juxtaposing conflicting versions of conquest episodes focused on a Mesoamerican or European record-keeping object (e.g. prayer book, native pictographic annals, tribute scroll) she demonstrates how and why these historiographers assigned cultural, political, and religious authority to different types of literacy. This project intervenes in the fields of early modern Spanish American history, literature, and book history by clarifying our understanding of attitudes toward literacies in New Spain, thus better defining the role of historiography in forming Mexico.

Tom Arnold-Forster
Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Tom Arnold-Forster is a Research Fellow in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. He works on the political, intellectual, and cultural history of the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. His current work explores debates about democracy from the early twentieth century, and at the Newberry he will be researching the journalism of the Chicago Renaissance. His articles and reviews have been published in Modern Intellectual History, the Journal of American Studies, Global Intellectual History, and elsewhere.

Karen-edis Barzman
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Karen-edis Barzman is Professor in the Art History Department at Binghamton University, where she is affiliated with the Fernand Braudel Center and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature. Formerly director of the University’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2006-2011), Karen also served as Discipline Representative for Art History and Architecture at the Renaissance Society of America and on the editorial board of the Society’s journal, Renaissance Quarterly (2011-2018).

Much of Karen’s scholarship is informed by continental philosophy. The Florentine Academy and the Early Modern State. The Discipline of Disegno (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Limits of Identity: Early Modern Venice, Dalmatia, and the Representation of Difference (Brill, 2017) deal with the articulation of difference in shaping shared identity in early modern Italian states, and the role of visual and material culture and spatial practice in that process. Her Newberry project, inspired by archive and media studies, addresses the emergence of mapping as an information technology and its systematic incorporation in government chanceries. It focuses on fifteenth-century Venice, the first state to recognize the efficacy of visualization in the storage and delivery of geospatial data. Karen will address the Venetian ministries that commissioned maps, the “engineers” who made them, the maps themselves, which comprised a new modality of representation (text, symbol, and topographic image drawn to scale, in a “nested” format), and circulation and storage before the advent of the filing cabinet and protocols for preserving works on paper.

Federica Caneparo
Monticello College Foundation Fellow

Federica Caneparo is a historian of literature and art. She received her Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, and her Diploma di Specializzazione (Italian postgraduate degree) in Medieval and Early Modern Art History from the University of Pisa.
Her research specializes in literary themes in Renaissance art, with particular attention for Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, Boiardo’s Inamoramento de Orlando, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Erasmus’ Adagia. Her monograph Di molte figure adornato. L’Orlando furioso nei cicli pittorici tra Cinque e Seicento (Officina Libraria, Milano 2015) collects and analyzes frescoes inspired by Ludovico Ariosto’s poem Orlando furioso, many of which previously unknown, and investigates their role in the canonization of the poem as a classic.

She has taught and carried out her research at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the École Normale Supérieure, the Warburg Institute, and the Houghton Library, and she has
collaborated in organizing various exhibitions in Italy. At the Newberry Library, she will investigate the impact of vernacular translations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses on frescos and paintings in the second half of the 16th and 17th centuries. She will focus on tales with a strong and continuative visual tradition (such as Perseus and Andromeda, Ariadne, Bacchus), and analyze iconographical shifts determined by vernacular translations that modified the perception of these mythological stories, and their meaning.

Todd Carmody
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Todd Carmody is a research associate at Harvard University’s Hutchins Institute who specializes in U.S. literary and cultural history. He is the author of Work Requirements: Race, Disability, and Reform in the Long Nineteenth Century, forthcoming with Duke University Press, and the recipient of postdoctoral fellowships from Harvard, UC Berkeley, the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Freie Universität Berlin. At the Newberry, he is beginning a new project tentatively titled Fieldwork: A Vocational History of Literary Studies. This book explores how an unacknowledged commitment to productive labor has long anchored the discipline of English. Connecting contemporary debates about methodology to forgotten para-disciplinary flashpoints – from the history of information to the rise of microsociology and the managerial legacy of German philology – Fieldwork asks how the need to define and defend literary studies as work shapes how we approach literature as such.

Deborah Cohen
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Deborah Cohen is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She is a historian of modern Britain and Europe. She is currently at work on a book (under contract to Random House and in the UK, to William Collins) about American foreign correspondents who reported from interwar Europe and Asia. Her subjects include John and Frances Gunther, H.R. Knickerbocker, Vincent Sheean, Louis Fischer and Dorothy Thompson.

Cohen has written books on veterans after the First World War (The War Come Home), British consumerism (Household Gods) and on secrecy, privacy and families (Family Secrets). She writes regularly for The Atlantic and has published reviews in the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books and the Wall Street Journal, as well as serving as a section editor for Public Books.

Laura Edwards
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Laura F. Edwards is the Peabody Family Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University as well as an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation. She works on the nineteenth-century United States with a focus on law, gender, and race.; Her most recent book is A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Nation of Rights. She is also the author of The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South (2009), which was awarded the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold prize for the best book in law and society and the Southern Historical Association’s Charles Sydnor prize for the best book in southern history; Scarlett Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era (2000); and Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction (1997). At Duke University, she has received the Howard D. Johnson award for distinguished undergraduate teaching and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring. She began her career working at the Newberry Library as the administrative assistant for James Grossman in the Family and Community History Center. Her work for the coming academic year is also supported by an award from the American Council of Learned Societies.

While at the Newberry she will be working on her new book project Only the Clothes on Her Back:Textiles, Law, and Commerce in the Nineteenth-Century United States, which tells the history of law and commerce in the United States between the Revolution and the Civil War by foregrounding textiles. Textiles figured prominently in the new republic because of their legal status, widely understood at the time, but overlooked in the scholarship. Longstanding legal practices recognized the attachment of clothing to its wearer, which extended to cloth and applied even to married women and enslaved people who could not claim other forms of property. When draped in textiles, people assumed distinct legal forms that were difficult to ignore: they could own textiles, trade them, and make claims to them. That was what they did, using textiles as leverage to include themselves in the new republic’s economy and governing institutions.

Elisa Garcia
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Elisa Frühauf Garcia is a Professor of Latin American Colonial History at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, since 2009. She has specialized in Native Peoples history and has received many fellowships and grants, most notably from: Fundación Carolina – Spain and Max Planck Institute for European Legal History – Germany. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “As diversas formas de ser índio” (The Diverse Ways of Being an Indian), received an award by the Brazilian National Archives and was published in 2009. She has also published her research results in many book chapters and articles in reviews.

Garcia´s current project seeks to analyze the conquest of the River Plate basin in the middle of the sixteenth century focusing on the Tupi-Guarani women. Spanish and Portuguese men became entangled in the native social dynamics through relationships with Indian women. Iberians managed to turn to their favor aspects which linked the practice of polygyny in order to access a series of political and economic benefits. Centering on the two most important colonial hubs in the region, São Paulo and Asunción, the research aims to understand how Indian women were essential for the functioning of slavery and other forms of compulsory labor, as well as for the social projection of Iberians who became local leaders.

Kim Hedlin
National Endowment for the Humanities and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Kim Hedlin recently earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles and has her B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Her teaching and research—including her recent article in Renaissance Drama (2018)—explores the intersection of early modern literature and religion. As a lecturer at UCLA last year, she spearheaded the English department’s community engagement initiative, including coordinating a two-day event entitled “Shakespeare’s Plays, Refugees’ Stories” and cultivating a partnership with Foshay Learning Center, an LAUSD school in south LA.

Hedlin’s book-in-progress, The Book of Job from Luther to Milton, illuminates issues at the heart of the Reformation by examining how early modern writers used the famously obscure Book of Job. Situated at the intersection of intellectual history, literary criticism, and religious studies, her project suggests how Protestantism turned the exegetical tide from using Job as hagiography to imagining Job as a model for thinking and living in a world permeable to transcendence.

Thomas J. Kernan
Rudolph Ganz Fellow

Thomas J. Kernan, is Assistant Professor of Music History and Head of the Honors Bachelor of Musical Arts program at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. He earned his PhD in musicology from the University of Cincinnati, where he wrote his dissertation, “Sounding ‘The Mystic Chords of Memory’: Musical Memorials for Abraham Lincoln, 1865–2009.” That dissertation earned the Abraham Lincoln Association and Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 2016 Hay-Nicolay Prize. Tom has published articles, essays, and chapters in the American Musical Instrument Society Newsletter, Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., and the edited collections The Modern Percussion Revolution (Routledge, 2014), Music and Tyranny (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), and Music and War in the United States (Routledge, 2018). His research focuses on matters of audience reception and the use of music in tracking changes in historical memory. Tom’s teaching has earned awards from both the University of Cincinnati and Roosevelt University.

As the Rudolph Ganz Fellow, Tom is completing a two-part project that looks historically at Ganz’s own questions about what twentieth-century audiences gleaned from their concert hall experiences and then proposes methods for gathering empirical data about the experiences of audiences in the years to come.

Emily E. LB. Twarog
ACLS/Burkhardt Residential Fellow

Emily E. LB. Twarog is an associate professor of history and labor studies at the University of Illinois’ School of Labor and Employment Relations – Labor Education Program, affiliate faculty in the Gender in Global Perspective Program and European Union Program, and Co-Director of the Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference. She earned her doctorate in American History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s in Labor Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Labor Resource and Research Center. Her book Politics in the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in 20th Century America (Oxford University Press, 2017) examines the ways in which housewives in America used food protests as political tools to gain political influence both locally and nationally. She is also the author of several articles and book chapters related to the evolution of working-class women’s leadership development as well as gender violence in the workplace.

There is a long history of sexual violence against women in the workplace. This book is the first historical monograph to examine how women workers have resisted sexual harassment in service industry jobs: work that is gendered female, union and non-union, typically low-waged, and often requires some form of intimate labor between the worker and the recipient. It shifts the narrative from the victimization of women workers, and instead focuses on how women have demanded agency in their workplaces through public campaigns like the recent union campaign in Chicago to pass a panic button ordinance for hotel workers, and also through acts of micro-resistance that are often invisible to outsiders. Without understanding the historical nuance and the patterns of perpetration of and resistance to sexual harassment in the past, it is not possible to influence policy and movement building to end workplace sexual violence in the present.