2015/2016 SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY HUMANITIES CENTER DISSERTATION FELLOWS
Li Kang is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Syracuse University. Prior to her PhD study, she received her MPhil from the University of St Andrews (UK), and her BA from Wuhan University (China).
Kang’s current research is in structuralism. Roughly, structuralism says that inter-relations between things are important; often they are more important than the things themselves and their intrinsic nature. Structuralist ideas are popular in philosophy of physics, philosophy of mathematics, social and political philosophy, Buddhism, etc. In her dissertation, “Spreading Structures,” Kang explores new applications of structuralism in philosophy. Part of her work connects philosophy to science, and to Buddhism.
Melissa Welshans is a PhD Candidate in English who specializes in early modern English literature. Her research interests center on gender and temporality in the seventeenth century, with an emphasis on the ways in which marriage shaped the temporal experiences of men and women in early modern literature and culture. She is currently working on her dissertation project, "The Many Types of Marriage: Gender, Marriage and Biblical Typology in Early Modern England," which argues that the life cycle event of marriage, especially for early modern women, could be understood to follow the same pattern of fulfillment and supersession usually ascribed to biblical typology. Considering marriage in this light raises provocative questions regarding marriage's impact on an individual's social standing and spiritual salvation, particularly for those who exist on the periphery of the married state.
HUMANITIES (SPRING) FACULTY FELLOWS
Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Lightning Field, published by (Scribner, 2001); Eat the Document (Scribner, 2006), which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Stone Arabia (Scribner, 2011), which was a National Book Critics Award Finalist in fiction; and Innocents and Others, which will come out from Scribner in 2016. Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in 2009, and she won the 2008-9 Rome Prize form the American Academy in Rome. She is an Associate Professor in the Syracuse University MFA program.
Dawn Marie Dow is an assistant professor in the sociology department of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Professor Dow earned a Ph.D. in sociology from University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Columbia University, School of Law. She is a Faculty Fellow in the both the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media and the Humanities Center. Professor Dow’s research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and class within the context of the family, the workplace, educational settings and the law. She is currently preparing a book manuscript that examines African American middle-class mothers’ views and decision-making about work, family and childcare and how they approach parenting their children.
Steve Parks is an associate professor of writing and rhetoric. His work explores how marginalized communities can use writing and publication to gain increased political and cultural efficacy. He is author of Class Politics: The Movement for the Students' Right to Their Own Language as well as Gravyland: Writing Beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love. He is also co-editor of Circulating Communities, Listening to Our Elders, and Republic of Letters (scholarly edition).
Currently, he is the Editor of the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series, Conference on College Composition and Communication, as well as the Executive Director of New City Community Press (www.newcitycommunitypress.com). For the past five years, he has been working with the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers to create a print/digital archive of self-published working class writing in the United Kingdom.
2015/2016 GRADUATE STUDENT PUBLIC HUMANITIES FELLOWS
Through a partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities, the Central New York Humanities Corridor supports the Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship program. These fellowships are designed to encourage humanistic scholarship in the public realm and to foster the development of skills for engaging in community-based scholarship. For more information, click here.
Paul Arras is a Ph.D. candidate in American cultural history at Syracuse University. He researches community fragmentation in late 20thcentury America – the decline of civic participation, the culture wars, and other problems and barriers impeding social interaction. His dissertation, The Lonely Nineties: Visions of Community on Television from the End of the Cold War to 9/11, examines how television grappled with fragmentation, reimagining traditional community structures and values to produce new visions of social interaction. During the Fellowship, Paul will be working with the Near Westside Initiative in Syracuse to develop a public history project for the neighborhood.
Scarlett Rebman is a Ph.D. student in the history department at Syracuse University where she is specializing in modern American social and political history. She received her bachelor’s degree in history and education from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her research interests include the history of social movements; federal anti-poverty and civil rights policies; and the construction of race, gender, and citizenship. Her dissertation explores the intersection of grassroots activism and federal policies in Syracuse, New York between 1935 and 1970. With the Public Humanities Fellowship, she plans to design a curriculum on Syracuse civil rights history for high school students.