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.
George Adams received his PhD in Music History and Music Theory from the University of Chicago in 2019 and is a Lindsay Family Fellow. His book project, Listening to American Music: Technology, Culture, Analysis, explores the relationship of sound and music analysis with a focus on experimental musical repertories including minimalism, conceptualism, jazz, hip hop, and protest music. As a Chicago Center for Teaching Fellow in the academic year 2018–19, he conducted individual and collaborative projects on the effective and inclusive incorporation of technology in the classroom. Adams teaches courses in music history and analysis in the Arts Core, and teaches in the Media Aesthetics sequence of the Humanities Core.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick Muñoz received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2019. He works mostly in formal semantics, pragmatics, and the philosophy of language. His current interests include the grammatical encoding of experience, in psych verbs, experiential predicates, and direct evidentials; egophoric marking, especially in Tibeto-Burman; and hyperintensional operators. More broadly, Munoz is interested in metasemantics, or the conditions under which linguistic expressions get their meanings and become truth-apt, and natural language metaphysics, or how language might compel us to speak ‘as if’ the world were a certain way.
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 twentieth- and twenty-first-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.
Ahona Panda received her PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2019. She is interested in the many intellectual genealogies of philology, histories of political movements, intersections of poetry, aesthetics and politics, censorship in South Asia, and non-Western feminisms. Her dissertation "Philology and the Politics of Language: The Case of Bengali, 1893-1955" traces an intellectual history of philology in Bengal from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and reexamines the political relationship between Hindus and Muslims in South Asia through the language question. Her doctoral research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Nicholson Centre for British Studies, and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. Panda also translates from Bengali into English and writes fiction.
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.
Madadh Richey received her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2019. She works on discourses of mythology, magic, and monstrosity in ancient Middle Eastern sources, especially from the Hebrew Bible. Her current projects include a monograph on Levantine and Mesopotamian popular engagement through visual art, filled with narratives of divine combat and a queer and horror theoretical study of decapitation motifs in the Deuteronomistic History books of Judges, Samuel, and Kings. Her research has been supported by the Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies and has been published or is forthcoming in such publications as the Israel Exploration Journal, Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, and Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft.
Lauren Schachter received her PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 2019, with a dissertation that investigates eighteenth-century British writers' experiments with the grammatical structures of the English language. Her published work includes an essay on the “Romantic Preposition” for a special comparative literature issue of MLN and five forthcoming entries for the Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660–1820. Schachter teaches in the English Department and the Humanities Core, where she shares her fascination for twentieth-century counterfactual poetics with students, and her expertise in eighteenth-century and Romantic literature topics, including competing nationalisms, the apocalypse, and the origins of language.
Amanda Shubert received her PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 2019, where she was a Franke Institute for the Humanities Doctoral Fellow and Senior Teaching Fellow at the Chicago Center for Teaching. Her current book project, "Virtual Realism," explores the relationship between Victorian realist fiction and pre-cinematic optical technologies such as magic lanterns, stereoscopes, and flipbooks. While writing her dissertation, Shubert also won the Humanities Division's annual award for graduate student teaching. She teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British fiction, visual culture, cinema, and media. During 2019–2020, Shubert will teach in the Media Aesthetics Core and serves as a Lindsay Family Fellow.
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 20th century 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.