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. Classical and Ancient Near Eastern 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 the Caribbean Novel
  • Steven Hutchinson. Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison. Imagining Africa: Early Modern Iberian Textual Cartographies
  • Lea Jacobs. Communication Arts, UW-Madison. John Ford in the Hollywood Studio System: Case Studies from the Sound Period
  • Stephen Kantrowitz. History, UW-Madison. Citizenship and Civilization: A Ho-Chunk History
  • Lawrence Shapiro. Philosophy, UW-Madison. Abusing Science: How Scientists and Christians have Misused Science to Answer the Big Questions
  • Cherene Sherrard-Johnson. (Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Senior Fellow.) Sally Mead Hands-Bascom Professor of English, UW-Madison. Mapping Blackness: An Intimate Cartography of the Archipelagic Diaspora

UW Resident Fellows

  • Andrea Harris. Dance, UW-Madison. The Roots of Dance Therapy
  • Jenell Johnson. 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. Politics
  • Jelena Todorovic. 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. Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, UW-Madison. The Labor of Images: Work and Its Discontents in Brazilian Cinema, 1975 to the Present

UW Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellows

  • Nandini Pandey. Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, UW-Madison. Diversity and Difference in Ancient Rome
  • Gloria Whiting. History, UW-Madison. Belonging: An Intimate History of Family and Slavery in Early New England

Solmsen Fellows

  • Joseph Mansky. Literature, Bard College. Seeds of Sedition: Libels, Plays, and the Early Modern Public Sphere
  • Simon Newman. History, University of Glasgow. The Invention of Runaway Slaves in the Seventeenth Century English Atlantic World
  • Richard Taylor. Philosophy, Marquette University. Aquinas and “the Arabs”: Classical Arabic Philosophy and Its Importance for the Thought of Thomas Aquinas
  • Justine Walden. Art and Science of the Image, Yale Peabody Museum. 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. Guest Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Development. 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 Political Leadership

Madeline Doran Dissertation Fellow

  • Erica Kanesaka Kalnay. English, UW-Madison. Objects of Enchantment: Oriental Intimacies and Fin-de-Siècle Children’s Culture

Robert J. Reinhold Dissertation Fellow

  • Rebecca Moorman. Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, UW-Madison. Engrossing the Reader: Functions of Disgust in Lucretius, Persius, and Apuleius

UW System Fellows

  • Rachel Ida Buff. 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

  • Ana AparicioAnthropology; Latina and Latino Studies, Northwestern University. Suburban Latinidades: Race, Politics, and New American Landscapes
  • Alainya Kavaloski. English; Humanities, State University of New York at Canton. The In/Security of Digital Form: Palimpsest, Procedure, Code
  • 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
  • Travis Proctor. Humanities, Northland College. Multispecies and Posthuman Perspectives on the Body of Jesus in Early Christianity (ca. 50-300 CE)