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Announcing the 2023-2024 Faculty Fellows

August 14, 2023 | Kristen Chavez

The cupola on the roof above the Fellows Room, surrounded by fall leaves. An owl weathervane sits on top.

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Faculty Fellow cohorts. The Faculty Fellowship Program offers College of Arts and Sciences faculty the opportunity to pursue ambitious, exciting, artistic, and scholarly projects that lead to publication, exhibition, composition, and performance.

During a semester-long, on-campus Fellowship, Fellows meet weekly to exchange ideas with an interdisciplinary cohort of peers.

Faculty Fellows often demonstrate a track record of engaging in scholarship that breaks new ground in their respective fields, having an interest in communicating the results of their research to a broader audience, and working to bring that knowledge back into the classroom.

The Fellows’ projects are listed below.


Fall 2023

Jessica Boon, Borden Fellow

Associate Professor, Religious Studies

“Spanish Passion: Jesus, Mary, and the Jews in the Early Imperial Religious Imagination”


Brandi Brimmer, Johnson Fellow

Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

“The Other Frederick Douglass: A Black Freedom Fighter in the Post-Reconstruction South”


Samba Camara, Pardue Fellow

Teaching Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

“A Muslim Afropolitanism: The Ethics of Personhood in Senegalese Popular Music”


Youssef Jaison Carter, McGowan Fellow

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

“The Vast Oceans: Remembering God and Self on the Mustafawi Sufi Path”


Sarah Dempsey, Turner Fellow

Associate Professor, Communication

“What’s in a Wage? A Humanities Intervention into the Meaning of the Wage”


Shannon Gonzalez, Legacy Fellow – Race, Memory, and Reckoning Initiative

Assistant Professor, Sociology

“The Secrets of Silence: Black Women Speaking on Police Violence and Invisibility”


Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Ellison Fellow

Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature

“Art Above Everything: Global Women With A Singular Vision”


Pamela Lothspeich, Espy/Tyson Fellow

Associate Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

“Raslila: The Play of Lord Krishna”


Daniel Muñoz, Schwab Fellow

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

“Ethics in Policing Policy”



Spring 2024

Barbara Ambros, Taylor Fellow

Professor, Religious Studies

“Refraining from Killing and Releasing Life: Animals and Ming-Qing Religion in Early Modern Japan”


Lydia Boyd, Hyde Fellow

Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

“Maternal Health Beyond the Clinic: Reproductive Choices in Rural Uganda”


Inger S. B. Brodey, Townsend Fellow

Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature

“Jane Austen in Asia: Reckoning with Post-Colonialism, Gender, and National Identity through Adaptations”


Brian Hsu, Burress Fellow

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

“Principled Probability in Language”


Tania Jenkins, Dubose Fellow

Assistant Professor, Sociology

“Sick and Tired: The Structural Underpinnings of Satisfaction and Wellbeing in Medicine”


Suzanne Lye, Bernstein Fellow

Assistant Professor, Classics

“To Starve and To Curse: Women’s Anger in Ancient Greek Literature and Magic”


Nina Martin, Blackwell Fellow

Associate Professor, Geography

“Pretentious Urbanism: How Progressive Cities Recreate Inequities”


Caela O’Connell, Cramer/Beck Fellow

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

“Agri(cultures) of disease: people, plants, and fungi”


Erika Serrato, Friend of the Institute Fellow – Race, Memory, and Reckoning Initiative

Assistant Professor, Romance Studies

“Native Blueprint: Reading the Landscape and the Making of an Indigenous Caribbean”




The Faculty Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year through Oct. 9, 2023.

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