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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows

The Cogut Center has been the chosen recipient for a second five-year $1.2+mil grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that supports two year postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities, humanistically oriented social sciences, or in new fields with close ties to the humanities. This generous grant enables the Cogut Center to bring visiting faculty working in new fields to campus to enrich the curriculum and provide students with new areas for study and research. These Fellows teach one class per semester for their home departments and participate in the weekly Fellows' Seminar series to discuss their research and that of the Faculty, International Humanities Postdoctoral, Graduate and Undergraduate Fellows.

2012-14 Mellon Fellows

John Moreau
PhD, Princeton University

Research Interests: John Moreau has a BA in Languages and Literatures from Marlboro College, an MA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in French from Princeton University. His work has focused on medieval literature in a number of European languages, and he is presently completing a book on the representation of divine judgment in French poetry of the fourteenth century. His current research project is on hostages and prisoners of war in medieval literature. Other particular research interests include the ethics of literature, modern critical theory, medieval debate poetry, and the troubadours. John has taught French language for several years, as well as courses in French theatre and English composition. This year, he looks forward to offering courses at the Cogut Center based on his research on hostages and prisoners of war (Fall) and medieval literary ethics (Spring). When he is not working, he enjoys exploring the wilderness in his home state of Maine.

Richard Parks
PhD, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Richard Parks is an historian of medicine, with a particular interest in the public health of Jewish communities in North African during the colonial era.   As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, he is currently working on an article examining the medicalization of childbirth and motherhood in colonial Tunisia's Jewish community.  He has published several articles, including "The Jewish Quarters of Interwar Paris and Tunis: Destruction, Creation, and French Urban Design," in Jewish Social Studies and "Divide et Impera: Public Health and Urban Reform in Protectorate-era Tunis," in the Journal of North African Studies.  Richard's next project will be a monograph examining the reception of Darwinian social science in colonial North Africa.

2013-15 Mellon Fellows

Stefano Bloch
PhD, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Stefano researches urban subcultures, low-level crime, and the everyday unsanctioned use of public space. He has an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA and a BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz. His dissertation, The Changing Face of Wall Space (2012) for which he earned a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota, is based on several years of ethnographic fieldwork conducted among members of the Los Angeles graffiti community. He is currently working on articles discussing the destruction of freeway murals and a piece co-authored with Edward W. Soja on the Occupy movement and its protest aesthetic. His recent work has appeared in the Radical History Review (2012) and City: analysis of trends, culture, theory, policy, action (2013). Stefano has taught courses on qualitative research methods, the political economy of urbanization, geographic theory, and global cities. He is currently working on a monograph focusing on the production of illicit graffiti-murals and street art in the context of the contemporary urban space economy. Stefano will be teaching a course entitled “Crime and the City” in the Urban Studies Program in the fall.

Lesley Jacobs
PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington

Research Interests:Lesley Jacobs received her A.B. in English and Classics from Brown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. Her dissertation examined the themes of kinship and violence in comparative medieval literatures, which will also be the focus of her upcoming book project, Around the Irish Sea. Other scholarly interests include the doubled themes of incest and sister’s sons in medieval literature and the modern reception and fictional uses of the Middle Ages. Lesley’s published articles include “Trouble in the Island of the Mighty: Kinship and Violence in Branwen uerch Lŷr,” which appeared in Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and “Idealized Images of Wales in the Fiction of Edith Pargeter/ Ellis Peters” in the edited collection Mass Market Medieval: Essays on the Middle Ages in Popular Culture. Lesley has taught general introductions to medieval and Renaissance literature and to fiction and drama, as well as a graduate course on Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Ovid. She looks forward to offering courses here on early Irish, Welsh, and Norse prose sagas, as well as Old English and the history of the English language.