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Oct. 20, 2004
Postdoctoral scholars join Princeton's interdisciplinary
Five new postdoctoral scholars have joined the Society
of Fellows in the Liberal Arts this year.
The society, created in 2000 by a gift from Charter Trustee Lloyd Cotsen,
is an interdisciplinary community that seeks to bring innovative approaches
to scholarship and teaching at Princeton. It offers outstanding young scholars
who have recently received their Ph.D. the opportunity to enhance their teaching
and research over a period of three years.
This past June, the society celebrated the success of its second group of
Cotsen Fellows -- Paul Heck, Jonathan Gilmore, Heather O’Donnell and
Jonathan Tan -- who each completed their three-year fellowship term and moved
on to a new position. Heck and Gilmore took up assistant professorships at
Georgetown University and Yale, respectively. O’Donnell will be a visiting
research fellow in the English department at Princeton. Tan received a Zwicky
Fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and then
will take up an assistant professorship at the University of Florida.
The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts is directed by Leonard Barkan,
the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature, and includes
Princeton faculty members as faculty fellows. The Cotsen and faculty fellows
meet regularly in the Joseph Henry House for informal and formal discussion,
seminars and lectures. The full complement of 12 postdoctoral fellows is drawn
from a range of disciplines in the humanities, related social sciences and
The Cotsen Fellows for 2004-07 were selected from a pool of about 800 applicants
in 20 disciplines. They teach half-time in their academic department or the
Humanities Council and pursue their own research. They are:
Bianca Calabresi (comparative literature
and humanistic studies), who received her Ph.D. from Columbia and has been
teaching at Kenyon College. Her dissertation is titled "Gross Characters:
The Unseemly Typographies of Early Modern Drama," and her research
will be devoted to "Renaissance Women’s Writing Technologies"
and "Refugees and Textual Migrations in Early Modern Europe."
She will be teaching in the comparative literature department in the spring.
Dominic Johnson (Woodrow Wilson School
of Public and International Affairs), who holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University
in evolutionary biology and a Ph.D. in political science from the Université
de Genève. Most recently, he was a science fellow at Stanford's Center
for International Security and Cooperation. His doctoral research explored
"Models of Coexistence, Conflict and Cooperation." He will continue
to pursue his research on the implications of evolutionary theory for political
science, with a focus on cognitive bias and conflict in international relations.
Benjamin Kafka (history), who recently
finished his Ph.D. dissertation for Stanford University on "The Imaginary
State: Paperwork and Political Thought in France, 1789-1860." His research
project will be to revise and expand on his dissertation for publication
and begin a new study of Pierre Larousse's Grand Dictionnaire Universel
du XIX siècle.
Andrea Schatz (religion), who has a Ph.D.
from the Institute of Jewish Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf,
where she wrote her dissertation on "Language in the Diaspora: The
Secularization of Hebrew in the 18th Century." Her research project
is titled "Translating the Orient: Cultural Difference and Diaspora
in the 18th Century." She most recently was a fellow at the Center
for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Martin Scherzinger (music), who received
his Ph.D. from Columbia University with a dissertation on "Musical
Formalism as Radical Political Critique: From European Modernism to African
Spirit Possession." He has been teaching at the Eastman School of Music.
His research plans include projects on "Globalization and the Making
of Music History in the 20th Century" and "Writing Music Theory
in a Transnational Context."