The Humanities Teaching Fellow program is designed to enhance pedagogical skills and extend research training for recent graduates of the Humanities Division’s PhD programs. Fellows participate in a two-year program of professional development under the joint supervision of the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) and a faculty mentor in a relevant Divisional department. Fellows teach four courses—including at least two courses in the Humanities or Arts Core—while working to advance their own research, and are active members of the University’s intellectual community.
Chloe Blackshear received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago in 2018. Her current book project treats the reception of the biblical books of Samuel (King David) in 20th-century American and European Jewish fiction, tracing unusually philological authorial methods and their literary and political affordances. Blackshear teaches courses on biblical texts and literary adaptation and in the Human Being and Citizen sequence of the Humanities Core.
Michael Dango teaches and researches 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture, aesthetics, and the politics of emotion. His book in progress, Styles of Repair, explores how emerging styles in art and literature respond to contemporary anxieties, from environmental pollution to political polarization. His writing has appeared in Novel, Post45, Social Text, New Inquiry, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. At the University of Chicago, he also teaches in the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality on topics including queer theory and sexual violence.
Andrew Horne (PhD Classics, University of Chicago in 2018; Rome Prize Fellow, 2016–17) works on the history of moral and political ideas, with a focus on ancient Rome. He has two ongoing projects: a monograph on ancient approaches to the meaning of life and a study of the concept of freedom in Cicero and Horace. This year, Horne is teaching in the Greece and Rome first-year sequence, as well as upper-level classes in ancient humor and ancient sports.
Rachel Kyne received her PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 2017, with a dissertation examining narrative responses to the slow time of the First World War and its aftermath in modernist writers. She has a BFA in Painting from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver (her hometown), and an MA in English and Creative Writing (Poetry) from Concordia University in Montreal. With a perpetual struggle raging between her left-brain and right-brain, Kyne frequently turns to visual and multimedia approaches to teach classes on art, literature, history, war, time, race, and nation in the early 20th century.
Zach Loeffler is a musicologist and guitarist whose work explores the affective components of musicking in globally mediated scenes of performance since the late 18th century. He earned his PhD in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago in 2018. His dissertation, “Speaking of Magic: Enchantment and Disenchantment in Music’s Modernist Ordinary,” tracks a pervasive fantasy of music in modern liberal-capitalist cultures: music as “the only real magic.” Loeffler’s work has been supported by the University of Chicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities, and a portion of his dissertation research will be appearing in a January 2019 special issue of Popular Music. He currently teaches philosophy and music courses in the College Core.
Rory O’Connell is a London native, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at King’s College London. In 2011, he came to the University of Chicago to complete a PhD in Philosophy. His areas of expertise are primarily in the Philosophy of Action and Ethics, but O’Connell also has strong interests in Ancient Philosophy and Immanuel Kant. His research is devoted to a series of fundamental questions that concern practical reason: the capacity through which we decide what we should do, and how we should do it.
Nell Pach received her PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 2018. Her current book project incorporates non- and post-human theory and cognitive philosophy in investigating the presence of magical and numinous elements in 20th- and 21st-century transnational fiction. Pach teaches literature courses on the fantastic, the virtual, and the conspiratorial, as well as teaching in the Human Being and Citizen sequence of the Humanities Core.
Carmen Merport Quiñones
Carmen Merport Quiñones received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2018, where she was also a Senior Graduate Fellow of the Chicago Center for Teaching and a Mellon Foundation Fellow in the Humanities. Her dissertation, “Ripped from the Pages of Life: The Mass Public, the Avant-Garde, and Magazine Aesthetics in Postwar American Art,” examines the political implications of the work of Andy Warhol, James Baldwin, Asco, and General Idea in the context of the visual culture developed by American mass-circulation picture magazines in the 20th century. Writing related to the dissertation and on visual culture more generally has been published by or is forthcoming from the Los Angeles Review of Books, Criticism, PMLA, the David & Alfred Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art.
James Rosenow received her PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago in 2018 and her Masters in Art History from Williams College in 2010. Her interdisciplinary research traces histories of American modernisms through the interwoven development of 20th-century art, film, and popular culture practices. Currently, Rosenow is working on a book manuscript that seeks to unflatten the narratives of and discourse around interwar experimental filmmaking through a consideration of how formal techniques functioned across entangled networks of diverse media.
Sam Rowe teaches classes on 18th-century and romantic Anglophone literature as well as in the Humanities Core. Much of his scholarship and teaching are focused on the relationship between the literature of the long 18th century and economic and political developments in the period. His book manuscript, "Imaginary Wants: Avarice, Luxury, and the Rise of the Eighteenth-century Villain," is about villain characters, political economy, and insatiability in the 18th-century novel.
Jordan Schonig received his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago in 2017. He is broadly interested in the intersections between philosophical aesthetics, phenomenology, and film studies, and his work on such topics has been published in Synoptique, Discourse, and New Review of Film and Television Studies. Currently, Schonig is working on a book manuscript that rethinks central debates in film theory by examining the aesthetics of cinematic motion.
Adam Singerman’s research focuses on morphosyntactic variation and on the intersection between typology and formal theory. He conducts fieldwork with the Tuparí, a native Amazonian people who reside in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. Only approximately 350 people speak their language.
Cheryl Stephenson specializes in theater and cultural studies in 19th- and 20thcentury Central and Eastern Europe. She teaches courses on identity in Slavic literature, historical and theoretical approaches to theater and film, and conceptions of spectatorship, as well as Czech and Russian languages. Her research interests include collaboration and adaptation as modes of creative work, negotiations between theater and the state, and the modern legacies of traditional or folk-based cultural forms. Currently, Stephenson is working on a book about the Czech puppet theater’s performance of Czech nationhood between the world wars. Both this book and her research more broadly explore ideas of subjectivity in constructed bodies, theater censorship, theater as popular culture, and the place of theater in national or nationalist discourses.
Kaitlyn Tucker Sorenson
Kaitlyn Tucker Sorenson is a Humanities Teaching Fellow in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her research and teaching focus on the intellectual and cultural history of late socialism in Central and Southeastern Europe. She has taught courses on Russian and South Slavic Literature and Culture, Slavic Social Thought, and Media Theory, in addition to teaching in both the Humanities and Civilizations (Historical Methods) Core Curricula at the University of Chicago.
Lindsay J. Wright is a music educator and a scholar of musicology and education. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, performance studies, disability studies, African-American history, and American musical traditions of the past two centuries. Her dissertation, “Discourses of Musical Talent in American Culture,” which received a fellowship from the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation, demonstrates how the concept of musical talent has been used to perpetuate systems of racial and socioeconomic privilege.
Anqi Zhang recently obtained her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in August 2018. She is primarily interested in semantics, syntax, pragmatics, cross-linguistic comparisons, and East-Asian linguistics. More specifically, Zhang studies and compares the semantics of tense and aspect, and lexical semantics of verbal predicates cross-linguistically, mostly in Mandarin and Cantonese, often comparing these two languages with Japanese.