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2008-09 Graduate Fellows

The Cogut Center for the Humanities sponsors academic-year-long Graduate Fellowships each year for Brown graduate students in the humanities. Doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible and encouraged to apply. Fellowships are not exclusively for students who are completing their dissertations; those who are at earlier stages of research are also eligible.

We are pleased to announce the 2008-09 Graduate Fellows Kelley Kreitz, Sarah Moran, Kathryn Rhine and Sarah Wald.


Kelley Kreitz is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature.  Her dissertation, "On the Beat in the Modern City: Literature, News, and the Mass Press in Nineteenth-Century Latin America and the United States," considers foreign correspondents as early navigators of the mass print market that took shape as a result of the increased circulation of newspapers in the nineteenth century.  The writings of foreign correspondents of the 1880s and 1890s, such as José Martí in Cuba, Rubén Darío in Nicaragua, and Richard Harding Davis and Stephen Crane in the United States, provide a window on this international print market in which literature and journalism had not yet become distinct fields.  Further, since many of these foreign correspondents sought literary careers, their writings reveal the pre-history of the professionalization and separation of literature and journalism in the twentieth century.  Taking a comparative view of the print cultures of Latin America and the United States in the nineteenth century—and of the literary movements of modernismo and realism—Kelley's project seeks to historicize literature and journalism, while revealing the transatlantic and transamerican dimensions of the early mass press.

Kelley has studied modernismo and Cuban literature at the Centro de Estudios Martianos in Havana, Cuba.  The 2007 Anuario of the Centro de Estudios Martianos includes her first publication: "Mirar el mundo como corresponsal: ecos de la prensa en el modernismo de Martí y Casal."


Sarah Moran is pursuing her PhD in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. Her dissertation, “Un-Conventual Women? The Visual Culture of the Flemish Beguinages, 1585-1700”, confronts the art and architecture of Beguinages, a type of female semi-monastic community, in Dutch-speaking provinces of the Spanish Netherlands during the early modern period. Their members, the Beguines, lived in community and adopted a semi-monastic lifestyle without taking the permanent vows of nuns. As a subject of study the Beguinages offer a rich field in which to deepen our understanding of early modern urban life and, in particular, to further the debates about religious reform, female experience and agency, and the roles played by images during the Counter Reformation.

Because of the conservatism of related historical traditions as well as language barriers, both the early modern Beguines and early modern Flemish women in general have elided the gaze of critical scholarship. Sarah plans to redress that oversight in her work, which uses the spaces of the Beguinages as a vantage point from which to analyze the Beguines’ social and religious experiences and their political status vis-à-vis the Counter Reformation Church.


Kathryn Rhine is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology and the winner of the prestigious Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.  Her research focuses broadly on the intersection of medical anthropology and the emergent sub-discipline of anthropological demography, with an emphasis on gender and health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Her dissertation, entitled, “Positive Living and Antiretroviral Therapy:  Marriage, Divorce and the Life Course of HIV-Positive Women in Northern Nigeria” is based upon ethnographic fieldwork among northern Nigerian women, focusing on HIV-positive individuals enrolled in an antiretroviral treatment program.  She argues that HIV-positive women, facing a future of ill health, stigma and certain death, hold the same goals as all Nigerian women. They desire home, family, social responsibility, and offer us — as scholars of the human experience — a profound example of the ways in which individuals negotiate the powerful personal aspirations and cultural expectations surrounding marriage and reproduction in Nigerian society.  Specifically, her research reveals how sexual and social relationships become even more important in the face of HIV and the increasing accessibility of diagnostic testing and treatment.  And yet, these very biotechnological developments and public health projects often complicate these aspirations and pose difficult social and ethical dilemmas for HIV-positive women.  Kathryn’s dissertation aims to develop the concept of domestic ethics as a way to characterize the array of dilemmas, values, motivations and practices she has observed.


Sarah Wald is a PhD candidate in American Civilization. Her dissertation "The Nature of Citizenship" examines literary representations of agricultural laborers in California from the 1930s through the 1950s, analyzing the moments in which workforce demographics shifted including the Dustbowl migration, Japanese-American internment and the Bracero program. She examines the relationships between national belonging and natural belonging articulated in texts by Japanese-, Filipino-, Mexican- and Anglo-Americans, all key constituencies composing California's migrant labor stream and racialized in popular understandings of that workforce. Sarah contends that these textual relationships between labor and landscape intimate the subject's relationship to the nation. Her dissertation interrogates the ways landscape depictions function to blur the distinction between legal and cultural notions of citizenship. Her project suggests areas of discursive continuity as well as cultural change between 1930s images of migrant farmworkers and images prevalent in immigration debates today.

Sarah, winner of the 2009 Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award, has accepted a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies and English at Drew University. In academic year 2009-10 she will teach two courses: "Space and Place in Ethnic American Literature" and "Beyond Nature Writing: Race, Gender and Landscape."