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Current Graduate Students

Current Cluster Fellows and Research Fellows

The SHC program welcomes students through all the humanities and social science departments.

Chernoh Bah

Chernoh Bah

Graduate Affiliate - History, entered 2017
Advisor: Helen Tilley

chernohbah2022@u.northwestern.edu

Chernoh is a doctoral student in the Department of History. Educated at Sierra Leone's Fourah Bay College, he holds a BA in history and sociology, and a diploma in African Studies. Before coming to Northwestern, he worked extensively in West Africa as a journalist, political activist, and writer.

Ana Diaz Barriga

Ana Diaz Barriga

Cluster Fellow - Theater and Drama, entered 2018
Advisor:

anadiazbarriga@u.northwestern.edu

Ana received a BA in Drama from the University of Glamorgan (UK) and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK). She is the recipient of a Mellon Cluster Fellowship in Science Studies.  Her research is focused on the links between cognitive science and puppetry.

Raina Bhagat

Raina Bhagat

Cluster Fellow - Comparative Literature Studies, entered 2019
Advisor:

RainaBhagat2024@u.northwestern.edu

Raina Bhagat has an MA in English Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and is interested in literatures about the future.

Colin Bos

Colin Bos

Cluster Fellow - History, entered 2016
Advisor: Helen Tilley

ColinBos2022@u.northwestern.edu

Colin specializes in the history of medicine and West African intellectual history. He has received both a CLIR/Mellon Fellowship and an SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship to support his dissertation research on West African archeological sciences next year.

John Branch

John Branch

Cluster Fellow - History, entered 2020
Advisor: Keith Woodhouse

jbranch@u.northwestern.edu

John's research areas include the history of economic life, political history, and the history of science, with a focus on the nonprofit sector in the twentieth century. He has a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College. 

Beatrice Choi

Beatrice Choi

Graduate Affiliate - Rhetoric and Public Culture, entered 2012
Advisors: Claudio Benzecry and Dilip Gaonkar

beatrice.choi@u.northwestern.edu

Beatrice completed an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU and BA in Communication and International Studies from UCSD. She focuses on technological conditions of knowledge production and narratives of innovation in the Global South.

Clay Davis

Clay Davis

Cluster Fellow - Sociology, entered 2019
Advisor: Steve Epstein

Clay has a BA from Cornell's Science and Technology Studies Program. He is interested in the processes of medical testing in the U.S. in the context of gender and sexuality studies.

Maria Dikcis

Maria Dikcis

Graduate Affiliate, English, entered 2014
Advisor: Harris Feinsod

MariaDikcis2014@u.northwestern.edu

Maria's areas of intrestest are poetry and poetics; African American, Asian American, and Latinx literature and culture; critical race theory; media and technology studies; histories of the carceral state and prison abolition.

Gil Engelstein

Gil Engelstein

Graduate Affiliate - History, entered 2017
Advisor: Deborah Cohen

gilengelstein2020@u.northwestern.edu

Gil is a doctoral student studying twentieth-century European history. His interests are International and Global history, Oral History and the history of gender and sexuality. He earned his BA in history and literature (magna cum laude) at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Dexter Fergie

Dexter Fergie

Cluster Fellow - History, entered 2017
Advisor: Daniel Immerwahr

dexterfergie2023@u.northwestern.edu

Dexter has received a coveted 3-year SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship from the Canadian government to support his graduate training on post-WWII international platforms.

Matthew Foreman

Matthew Foreman

Graduate Affiliate - History, entered 2016
Advisors: Peter J. Carroll and Melissa Macauley

MatthewForeman2021@u.northwestern.edu

Matthew received a BA in History and Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong and an MSt in Global and Imperial History from Oxford. His interests lie at the intersection of knowledge production, the human sciences and biopolitics.

Claudia Garcia-Rojas

Claudia Garcia-Rojas

Graduate Affiliate - Ph.D. Candidate, African American Studies, entered 2013
Advisor: Sylvester Johnson

claudiagarciarojas2018@u.northwestern.edu

Claudia is completing a dissertation titled "Blackness and the National Security Paradigm". Her research interests include Black social and political thought, security and surveillance studies, continental philosophy, and intellectual histories of race and science.

Livia Garofalo

Livia Garofalo

Graduate Affiliate - Ph.D./MPH candidate, Anthropology, entered 2014
Advisor: Rebecca Seligman

livia.garafalo@u.northwestern.edu

Livia has a BS and MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Bologna, Italy. Her research examines how lay and expert framings risk, culpability, and brain health converge in the understanding and care of Traumatic Brain Injury in public health in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Gerpha Gerlin

Gerpha Gerlin

Cluster Fellow - Anthropology, entered 2020
Advisor: Rebecca Seligman

gerphagerlin2025@u.northwestern.edu

Gerpha is a first year doctoral/MPH student & Science in Human Culture Cluster Fellow, working around issues related to psychiatric disease & disablement, knowledge-production economies, and implementation science. She received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MS from Boston University School of Medicine.

Prince Grace

Prince Grace

Cluster Fellow - Sociology, entered 2018
Advisor: Steve Epstein

PhilipGrace2023@u.northwestern.edu

Prince is a doctoral student studying the role of knowledge and technology in conflict, crisis, and accountability processes. His current research focuses on efforts to investigate, document, and redress state abuses.

Melanie Hall

Melanie Hall

Graduate Affiliate - History, entered 2015
Advisor: Ken Alder

MelanieHall2012@u.northwestern.edu

Melanie has won one of the three available prizes for "Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher" awarded by the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences for 2019.

Austin Jenkins

Austin Jenkins

Cluster Fellow - Sociology, entered 2016
Advisor: Carol Heimer

austinjenkins@u.northwestern.edu

Austin holds a B.S. in the sociology of law, criminology, and deviance from the University of Minnesota. He is interested in the development of disease notions of addiction in the American nineteenth century and their reconfiguration in contemporary forms of legally-coerced substance abuse treatment. 

E. Bennett Jones

E. Bennett Jones

Cluster Fellow - History, entered 2014
Advisors: Susan Pearson and Lydia Barnett

e.bennettjones@gmail.com

Bennett has a BFA in Fiber and Material studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Florida. Her interests include natural history, visual culture, and animal studies.  For 2019, she received a fellowship for Northwestern's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research.

Norman Joshua

Norman Joshua

Graduate Affiliate - History, entered 2017
Advisor: Haydon Cherry

normanjoshua2015@u.northwestern.edu

Norman is a graduate student in Southeast Asian history and an Arryman Scholar at the Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. He specializes in Modern Southeast Asian history, Modern East Asian history, and Modern Indonesian history.

Andrew Kim

Andrew Kim

Graduate Affiliate - Anthropology, entered 2018
Advisor: Christopher Kuzawa

andrewkim2022@u.northwestern.edu

Andrew has a B.S. in Anthropology & Human Biology from Emory University. His interests include human biology, global mental health, developmental origins of health and disease, cross-cultural psychiatry and critical medical anthropology. 

Claudia Kinahan

Claudia Kinahan

Graduate Affiliate, Theater and Drama, entered 2019
Advisor: Dassia Posner

ClaudiaKinahan2024@u.northwestern.edu

Claudia holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College- the University of Dublin, where she was awarded a gold medal upon graduation. Her doctoral research examines artificial intelligence through the lens of performance studies; particularly the performative aspects of artificially intelligent humanoids.

Juan Fernando Léon

Juan Fernando Léon

Cluster Fellow - History, entered 2019
Advisor: Lydia Barnett

Juan Fernando Léon has an MA in History from Wheaton College. He is interested in the relations of early modern science and religtion in the Spanish and Atlantic empires.

Jacob Henry Leveton

Jacob Henry Leveton

Graduate Affiliate - Art History, Global Modern and Contemporary, entered 2012
Advisor: Stephen Eisenman

jacobleveton2017@u.northwestern.edu

Jacob studies global modern and contemporary art, literature, critical theory, and ecology from the 18th century through the present.

YouJia Li

YouJia Li

Graduate Affiliate - History, entered 2017
Advisor: Amy Stanley

youjiali2014@u.northwestern.edu

Youjia is a doctoral student interested in social, gender, and immigration history in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century Asia, specifically in Japan and China. She is curious about how common people contributed to the modern transformation in Asia through cultural and material exchanges and movements.

Katya Ann Maslakowski

Katya Ann Maslakowski

Graduate Affiliate - History, entered 2017
Advisor: Deborah Cohen

katyamaslakowski2021@u.northwestern.edu

Katya is a historian of Modern Britain, the British Empire, and Science and Technology Studies. Her dissertation describes the development of counterinsurgency expertise and special forces techniques during the final decades of British Imperial power.

Jayson Maurice Porter

Jayson Maurice Porter

Graduate Affiliate - History, entered 2017
Advisor: Paul Gillingham

jaysonporter2021@u.northwestern.edu

Jayson has received has received a Fulbright-García Robles (IIE) grant for 2019-2020 to fund his dissertation research in Mexico in 2019-20 for his project on engineering modernity and extermination campaigns.

Sandra Racek

Sandra Racek

Cluster Fellow - Art History, entered 2014
Advisor: Claudia Swan

SandraRacek2014@u.northwestern.edu

Sandra received her MA from University College London in the History of Art and a BA from Fordham University. She is interested in medical imagery form the early modern period in Europe.  

Kaelin Rapport

Kaelin Rapport

Cluster Fellow - Cultural Anthropology, entered 2017
Advisor: Adia Benton

kaelinrapport2022@u.northwestern.edu

Kaelin has a Master of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland. His areas of interest are: Critical Medical Anthropology, Public Health, Cancer, Population Studies, Disease Prevention and Research Implementation.

Benjamin Riggs

Benjamin Riggs

Cluster Fellow - Screen Cultures, entered 2016
Advisor: Jake Smith

BenjaminRiggs2020@u.northwestern.edu

Ben earned a BA in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico and an MA in Communication and Education from Columbia University.  He is interested in playful experiences with science across different media, particularly narrative entertainment media, and the formation of youth science cultures.

Arnaldo Rodríguez-Bagué

Arnaldo Rodríguez-Bagué

Graduate Affiliate - Performance Studies, entered 2018
Advisor: Ramón Rivera-Servera

arnaldorodriguez2022@u.northwestern.edu

Arnaldo Rodríguez-Bagué is a transdisciplinary artist and curator. He has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico. His research practices are concerned with island geography from the intersections of Performance Studies, Environmental Humanities, Island Studies and Archipelagic American Studies.

Thomas Rousse

Thomas Rousse

Cluster Fellow - MTS and Law School, entered 2013
Advisor: Aaron Shaw

t-rousse2019@nlaw.northwestern.edu

Thomas earned a MA in Media, Technology, and Games at the University of Copenhagen, and a BA from Northwestern University in American Studies. He is studying mass media network technology as refracted through the American legal system.

Talia Shabtay

Talia Shabtay

Graduate Affiliate - Art History, entered 2014
Advisor: Hannah Feldman

talia.shabtay@u.northwestern.edu

Talia specializes in modern and contemporary art of the United States and Europe. Her research interests include intersections in the histories of architecture, urbanism, and film; histories and theories of vision and modernity; and the body’s relation to technology and urban design.

McKenzie Stupica

McKenzie Stupica

Cluster Fellow - Art History, entered 2017
Advisor: Stephen Eisenman

McKenziestupica2023@u.northwestern.edu

McKenzie is a PhD student in modern and contemporary art. She received her BA in Art History and German Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2014.

Adam Syversten

Adam Syversten

Cluster Fellow - English, entered 2017
Advisor: Julia Stern

adamsyversten2025@u.northwestern.edu

Adam's interests are: 19th-century American Literature, New Materialisms, Post-humanisms and the  History of Science.

Arielle Tolman

Arielle Tolman

Cluster Fellow - Sociology and Law School, entered 2013
Advisor: Carol Heimer

atolman@northwestern.edu

Ari has a BA from Wesleyan University in Sociology & Neuroscience, and has done research for the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She received a Doctoral Fellowship from the American Bar Foundation to complete her dissertation, “Criminal Prosecution of Prisoners with Mental Illness.”

Omri Tubi

Omri Tubi

Cluster Fellow - Sociology, entered 2015
Advisor: Wendy Espeland

OmriTubi2015@u.northwestern.edu

Omri's areas of interest are: Historical Sociology, Political Sociology and Science & Technology Studies.

Dinara Urazova

Dinara Urazova

Graduate Affiliate, Political Science, entered 2018
Advisor: Hendrik Spruyt

dinaraurazova2024@u.northwestern.edu

Dinara's research interests are regime transformation and change; informal institutions and their relationship to citizens' conceptions of justice.

Rachel Wallner

Rachel Wallner

Cluster Fellow - History, entered 2015
Advisor: Peter J. Carroll

RachelWallner2020@u.northwestern.edu

Rachel studies discourse on science and the formation of academic disciplines in twentieth-century China.  Her research focuses on the politics of Chinese geographic knowledge production during the Second World War. 

Devin Wiggs

Devin Wiggs

Graduate Affiliate - Sociology, entered 2017
Advisor: Carol Heimer

DevinWiggs2023@u.northwestern.edu

Devin's fields of interest are: Economic Sociology, Historical Sociology, Sociology of Knowledge, Science & Technology Studies, Theory and Pragmatism.

Guangshuo Yang

Guangshuo Yang

Graduate Affiliate - History, entered 2017
Advisor: Peter J. Carroll

gy@u.northwestern.edu

Guangshuo is a Ph.D. student working on the modern history of East Asia. He received a grant from the NU-SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development to research the entangled history of human-animal relationship in China, exploring the changing conception of animals and its complex relationship with colonialism, nationalism, and modernity.

Vincent Yung

Vincent Yung

Cluster Fellow - Sociology, entered 2012
Advisor: Jeremy Freese

vincentyung@u.northwestern.edu

Vincent received a BA in Sociology and a BS in Genetics and Plant Biology from UC Berkeley. His interests lie at the intersection of laboratory research, knowledge commodification, and higher education.

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