New and Returning IRH Fellows for 2019-2020

Senior Fellows


  • Daniel Kapust. Political Science, UW-Madison. The Tragedy of the Imperial Republic: Narrative, Exceptionalism, and the Fate of Republican Self-Rule
  • Laura McClure. Professor of Classics, Mellon Morgridge Professor in the Humanities, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES); Faculty Affiliate, Gender and Women’s Studies, UW-Madison. Reimagining the Chorus: H.D. and Greek Tragedy
  • Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen. History, UW-Madison. The American Ways of Wisdom


  • Guillermina De Ferrari. Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison. Community under Duress: Moral Luck and Caribbean Culture
  • Steven Hutchinson. Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison. Imagining Africa: Early Modern Iberian Textual Cartographies
  • Lea Jacobs. Communication Arts, UW-Madison. John Ford at Work: the Films in their Production Context, 1934-1950
  • Stephen Kantrowitz. Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, History; Affiliate Faculty Member, Afro-American Studies; America Indian Studies Program, UW-Madison. Citizenship and Civilization: A Ho-Chunk History
  • Lawrence Shapiro. Philosophy, UW-Madison. Neither Science nor Religion: Why Philosophy Matters for Answering the Big Questions
  • Cherene Sherrard-Johnson. (Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Senior Fellow) Sally Mead Hands-Bascom Professor of English, UW-Madison. Interlapping Blackness: An Intimate Cartography

Resident Fellows

  • Andrea Harris. Dance, UW-Madison. The Roots of Dance Therapy
  • Jenell Johnson. Mellon-Morgridge Professor of the Humanities; Associate Professor of Communication Arts, UW-Madison. On Behalf of Life: Bioidentification and Bioethics
  • Elizabeth Lapina. History, UW-Madison. Knightly Culture on Crusades and in the Latin States
  • Kathryn McGarr. School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison. The Washington Consensus: Journalism and the Making of the Postwar World Order
  • Annie Menzel. Gender and Women’s Studies, UW-Madison. Birthing Paradox: Race, Colonization, and Radicalism in U.S. Midwifery
  • Jelena Todorović. Vilas Associate Professor of Italian, French and Italian, UW-Madison. Textual Authority and the History of Dante’s ‘Vita Nova:’ Revisiting Editorial Objectivity in the Era of ‘Fake News’
  • Sarah Ann Wells. English, UW-Madison. The Labor of Images: Work and Its Discontents in Brazilian Cinema, 1975 to the Present

Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellows

  • Nandini B. Pandey. Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES), UW-Madison. Diversity and Difference in Ancient Rome
  • Gloria Whiting. E. Gordon Fox Assistant Professor of History, History, UW-Madison. Belonging: An Intimate History of Family and Slavery in Early New England

Solmsen Fellows

  • Joseph Mansky. English, University of Oklahoma. Seeds of Sedition: Libels, Plays, and the Early Modern Public Sphere
  • Simon P. Newman. Sir Denis Brogan Professor of History, History, University of Glasgow. The Invention of Runaway Slaves in the Seventeenth Century English Atlantic World
  • Richard C. Taylor. Philosophy, Marquette University; annual visiting professor, Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Aquinas and “the Arabs”: Classical Arabic Philosophy and Its Importance for the Thought of Thomas Aquinas
  • Justine Walden. Ph.D., History and Renaissance Studies, Yale University. What Price Souls: Capuchin Mission in Congo, Mercantilism, and Antislavery

Kingdon Fellows

  • Nan Goodman. English; Jewish Studies, University of Colorado. Sabbatai Sevi Comes to America
  • Timothy Wright. Ph.D., History, UC Berkeley. Rituals of the Reborn: Ascetic Protestantism and Alternative Christianities in the Atlantic World, 1680-1780

Biruté Ciplijauskaité Fellow

  • Ignacio López Alemany. Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Vihuelists and Courtly Performance of Poetry in Early Modern Spain

Dissertation Fellows

Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellows

  • Jessica Cooley. Art History, UW-Madison. Crip Materiality: Disability, Plasticity, and the Art Institution after the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Galen Poor. History, UW-Madison. The Four Great Inventions: A Global History of Modern China
  • Michael E. Promisel. Political Science, UW-Madison. Paragons of Prudence: Political Leadership in Classical Political Thought

Madeline Doran Dissertation Fellow

  • Erica Kanesaka Kalnay. English, UW-Madison. Looking-Glass Worlds: Oriental Intimacies and Fin-de-Siècle Children’s Culture

Robert J. Reinhold Dissertation Fellow

  • Rebecca Moorman. Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES), UW-Madison. Engrossing the Reader: Delight and Disgust in Latin Literature

UW System Fellows

  • Rachel Ida Buff. Comparative Ethnic Studies; Cultures and Communities Program; History, UW-Milwaukee. A is for Asylum: A Historical Glossary of the Words We Use for People on the Move
  • Kimberly DeFazio. English, UW-La Crosse; Director, Center for 21st Century Studies. Datamediation
  • Jennifer Keefe. Politics-Philosophy-Law (Philosophy), UW-Parkside. Nineteenth-Century Scottish Idealism
  • Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece. English; Film Studies, UW-Milwaukee. Movies Under the Influence: Substances and Cinema

Honorary Fellows

  • Mercedes Alcalá-Galán. Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison. Writing the Museum: Pictorial Imagination in Baroque Fiction of the Spanish Empire
  • Alainya Kavaloski. English; Humanities, State University of New York at Canton. The In/Security of Digital Form: Palimpsest, Procedure, Code
  • John McGuigan. Languages and Literatures, UW-Whitewater. The Impractical Anarchist: James Joyce and the Aesthetics of Autonomy
  • Keren Omry. English Language and Literature, University of Haifa. Slipping Sideways; Or, Alternate Histories, Contemporaneity, and the Practice of Digital Posthumanities
  • Jonathan Pollack. History, Madison Area Technical College; Honorary Scholar, George L. Moss/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies. Success from Scrap and Second-hand Goods: Jewish Business in the Midwest, 1890-1930
  • Ari Şekeryan. Oriental Studies, Hertford College, University of Oxford. The Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey after the First World War
  • Mirjam Voerkelius. Independent Scholar. Evolution in Times of Revolution: Darwinism, Nature, and Society in the Soviet Union

Emeritus Fellow

  • Max Harris. Independent Scholar.