Congratulations to the former IRH fellows who received H.I. Romnes Fellowships and the Kellett Award

Four former IRH fellows have been awarded H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships and one former fellow has been selected for the Kellett Mid-Career Award by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for the 2022-2023 academic year. Romnes Fellowships recognize faculty with exceptional research contributions within their first six years from promotion to a tenured position. The award is named in recognition of the late WARF trustees president H.I. Romnes and comes with $60,000 that may be spent over five years. Kellett Mid-Career Awards support those promoted to tenured positions seven to 20 years ago who have made key research contributions in their fields. The award, named for the late William R. Kellett, a former president of the WARF board of trustees and president of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, provides support and encouragement to faculty at a critical stage of their careers and comes with $75,000 to be spent over five years.

Congratulations to the Romnes Faculty Fellowship recipients:

  • Mercedes Alcalá Galán (Resident Fellow, 2018-2019; Honorary Fellow, 2019-2020) professor of Spanish literature and culture and president of the Cervantes Society of America. Her most recent book explores the sexual and reproductive bodies of women in early modern Spain, while her research has also been oriented toward visual culture in Spain during that time period.
  • Ian Baird (Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow, 2014-2015) professor of geography and director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Most of his research, focused on fisheries and fish ecology, is centered in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.
  • Ramzi Fawaz (Resident Fellow, 2017-2018) professor of English and affiliated faculty in the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. He explores the relationship between popular culture and social movements in the modern U.S. and is interested in the ways that movements for women’s and gay liberation, Black power, AIDS activism, and the third world left have used literature, film and visual media as vehicles for giving voice to commonly marginalized groups.
  • Lori Kido Lopez (Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow, 2016-2017) professor of communication arts and director of the Asian American Studies Program. Her research examines the way minority groups use media in the fight for social justice, and especially the ways grassroots/activist media, digital media and consumer culture play a role in transforming identities and communities.

Congratulations to the Kellett Mid-Career Awardee:

  • Aparna Dharwadker (Resident Fellow, 2016-2017) professor of English and interdisciplinary theatre studies. She has expertise in British, postcolonial, modern Indian and contemporary world theatre. Her scholarship and teaching have focused on the complex effects of European colonialism in South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Click here to see the full list of recipients.