Franke Faculty Residential Fellows


Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations 

The History of Early Sunnism 

"I try to identify and describe Sunni Islam as a historical phenomenon."


Associate Professor, Art History  

Abundant Images: Art and the Public Sphere in Early Modern Japan 

"I am working on a book about the circulation of visual information such as scientific depictions of flora and fauna, and their relation to paintings, woodblock prints, and poetry in eighteenth-century Japan."

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Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Civilizations  

Location Shooting in Chinese Cinema 

"I study the locations and natural resources of 1970s Chinese Cinema."


Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures  

Fragile Fictions in Contemporary France 

"I explore the shifting status of fictionality since the 1990s, analyzing how hybrid modes of writing (autofiction, biofiction, docufiction, exofiction) respond to the anxieties of the contemporary moment."


Assistant Professor, History 
Sovereigns and Subjects: Indigenous Nations within the British Atlantic Empire

"I am exploring the politics of Indigenous nations within the early modern British empire and the evolution of British settler colonialism in North America and the Caribbean."

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Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures 

The Plantation Gaze: Slavery and Visual Culture in Colonial Cuba (1727-1886) 

"I am investigating the relationships between the imperatives of slaveholding surveillance and the formation of modern visual culture in colonial Cuba."


Associate Professor, South Asian Languages & Civilizations  

Enlightenment in the Colony: A Global History of the Hindoo College 

"I am working on a book on the decolonial and postcolonial, as a comparison and conversation."


Associate Professor, English Language & Literature 

Who Has Fiction? Modernity, Fictionality, and the Middle Ages 

"Histories of fiction are often told as narratives of disenchantment and epistemic progress, a tendency that this project both explores and critiques as it seeks to tell fictionality's story otherwise, through a capacious account of medieval literary fiction."


Franke Dissertation Completion Residential Fellows


Doctoral Candidate, Music

Radio Kurdistan: Iraqi Kurdish Music, Colonial Power, and the Transmission of Tradition

"I research the use of sonic technologies like recording and broadcasting in Iraqi Kurdish music since the early twentieth century, interrogating the ways Iraqi Kurds have used these technologies to resist and critique colonial and state power."


Doctoral Candidate, English Language & Literature and Theater & Performance Studies

Puppet Theory: The Mechanical Infrastructure of Personhood

"I argue that puppetry, from the marionettes of the modernist avant-garde to 'The Muppets,' is uniquely concerned with the limits of what it takes to qualify as a person."

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Doctoral Candidate, Romance Languages & Literatures

Subjected to Feeling: Slavery and Personhood in Nineteenth-Century Brazil and Cuba

"My project traces a century-long genealogy of writings concerned with the affective lives of enslaved and free people of African descent in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world."


Doctoral Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies

Music's Visual Waves: Popular Music Technology and Audiovisual Aesthetics

"I explore how innovations in music recording technology, popular music film soundtracks, and music videos influenced sonic and visual culture over four decades, from 1960s transistor radios to 1990s Auto-Tune."