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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
Advisors: Dassia Posner and Marcia Grabowecky

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: Evan Mwangi

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. 

José Chavez

José Chavez

Graduate Affiliate - English, Comparative Literature, entered 2020
Advisors: Jim Hodge and Patrick Noonan

josechavez2025@u.northwestern.edu

José Chavez is a PhD Student in Comparative Literature, specializing in Media Theory and Visual Culture. He is interested in intellectual histories of computation, information theory, and cybernetics, across the Americas and Asia. His work attempts to bridge these histories and genealogies with theories and works in visual culture.

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.

Mariana Charry Esguerra

Mariana Charry Esguerra

Research Fellow, History, entered 2022
Advisor: Paul Ramirez

maremoto@u.northwestern.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Mariana is a doctoral student in the History department. Her areas of interest include women, gender studies and family history. She explores how history, religion, medicine & science have defined and regulated women and children in Colonial Latin America.

Ryan Fajardo

Ryan Fajardo

Graduate Affiliate - Sociology, entered 2020
Advisor: Bruce Carruthers

ryanfajardo2025@u.northwestern.edu

Ryan Fajardo is a doctoral student in the Sociology department. His interests lie at the intersection of economics, technology, everyday life, labor, and consumption. He explores the attempted implementations of economic ideas through novel technologies, and focuses on the obscured or hidden labor that supports them.

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.

Fatima Gaw

Fatima Gaw

Graduate Affliate - Media, Technology & Society, entered 2022
Advisor: Pablo Boczkowski

fatima.gaw@u.northwestern.edu

Fatima's research centers on the mediation of digital platforms & algorithms in cultural production, politics, and public discourse in the Global South. She holds a master's degree in Digital Communication & Culture from the University of Sydney and bachelor's degree in Broadcast Communication from the University of the Philippines.

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. 

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.

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.

Elizabeth Koselka

Elizabeth Koselka

Graduate Affiliate - Anthropology, entered 2019
Advisor: William Leonard

lkoselka@u.northwestern.edu

Elizabeth is a PhD candidate in Anthropology studying food systems, social inequality, and the health consequences of their intersection. She was awarded an NSF DDRIG and a Wenner-Gren Foundation dissertation grant to complete her project in Spain. She earned a BA from the University of Michigan.

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.

Meng-rung Lin

Meng-rung Lin

Graduate Affiliate - Anthropology, entered 2021
Advisor: Hirokazu Miyazaki

Meng-Rung Lin's research interests focus on the extraction of value and the accumulation of capital in renewable energy. She also examines the socio-political aspect of renewable energy, especially how these kinds of infrastructures introduced to Taiwan are related to the role of the country in geopolitics and the global market. She is especially interested in economic anthropology and political economy, in the topics of green capitalism, climate finance, and labor relations.

Hugh Milner

Hugh Milner

Cluster Fellow - History, entered 2022
Advisor: Lydia Barnett

hughmilner2022@u.northwestern.edu

Hugh has an MA in Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University and a BA in Envir. Studies & Greek Lang & Lit from Oberlin College. He's interested in the construction of the medieval and early modern landscape, particularly with regard to land clearance, water management, and technological lock-in along the North Sea Coast.

Jorge Ochoa

Jorge Ochoa

Cluster Fellow, Sociology, entered 2022
Advisor: Steven Espstein

jorgeochoa2027@u.northwestern.edu

Jorge Ochoa's research interests are at the intersection of science, technology, and social inequality. Jorge received his BA from Columbia University and has previously worked in public health, bioethics, and science and technology policy roles.

Phoebe Pan

Phoebe Pan

Cluster Fellow - English, entered 2021
Advisor: Laurie Shannon

phoebepan2027@u.northwestern.edu

Phoebe studies early modern literature with a focus on poetic and scientific texts relating to processes of metamorphosis and change. She is interested in modes of perception, shifting epistemologies, and speculative writing

Gabriel Restrepo Parrado

Gabriel Restrepo Parrado

Cluster Fellow - Spanish & Portuguese, entered 2020
Advisor: Emily Maguire

GabrielRestrepoParrado2025@u.northwestern.edu

Gabriel is a PhD student. He obtained a double B.A in Philosophy & Literature from Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia, where he also received an M.A in Philosophy. He's  interested in Latin American science fiction, ecocriticism, and the intersection between sciences & literature.

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

Graduate Affiliate - 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.

Facundo Suenzo

Facundo Suenzo

Graduate Affiliate - Media, Technology, Society, entered 2020
Advisor: Pablo J. Boczkowski

Facundo Suenzo is a Ph.D. student interested in urban sociology, technological infrastructures, and inequalitie. He received a BA in Communication (Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA), MA in Sociology (Universidad Nacional del General San Martín (IDAES/UNSAM), and a MA in Media, Technology, and Society (Northwestern University). He is affiliated with the Digital Apothecary Lab, led by Dr. Moya Bailey and coordinator for the Center for Latinx Digital Media.

Adam Syvertsen

Adam Syvertsen

Cluster Fellow - English, entered 2017
Advisor: Julia Stern

adamsyvertsen2025@u.northwestern.edu

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

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.

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