Announcing the 2021–22 Humanities Institute Fellows

The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) is proud to announce its incoming class of humanities fellows. This year, as UCHI celebrates its twentieth anniversary, we are excited to host two visiting fellows, four dissertation scholars, and nine UConn faculty fellows—including the Henry Luce Foundation Future of Truth fellow and the Mellon UCHI Faculty of Color Working Group Fellow. We have fellows representing a broad swath of disciplines, including History; English; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology; Communication; Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Africana Studies; Asian & Asian American Studies; Human Development & Family Sciences; and Art & Art History. Their projects span from the Renaissance to the present and cover a wide range of topics from racism in the academy to environmental justice. For more information on our fellowship program see our Become a Fellow page. More details about our twentieth anniversary 2021–22 fellows and their projects are forthcoming. Welcome fellows!


Visiting Residential Fellows

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Sherie M. Randolph (History and Sociology – Georgia Institute of Technology)
“‘Bad’ Black Mothers: A History of Transgression”

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Shiloh Whitney (Philosophy – Fordham University)
“Emotional Labor: Affective Economies and Affective Injustice”

UConn Faculty Fellows

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Meina Cai (Political Science and Asian and Asian American Studies)
“The Art of Negotiations: Legal Discrimination, Contention Pyramid, and Land Rights Development in China”

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Haile Eshe Cole (Anthropology and Africana Studies)
“Belly: Topographies of Black Reproduction”

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Shardé M. Davis (Communication; Africana Studies; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
UCHI Faculty of Color Working Group Fellow
“Being #BlackintheIvory: Contending with Racism in the American University”

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Prakash Kashwan (Political Science)
“Rooted Radicalism: Transformative Change for Food, Energy, Water, and Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Change.”

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Laura Mauldin (Human Development & Family Sciences; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; and Sociology)
“For All We Care”

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Micki McElya (History)
“No More Miss America! How Protesting the 1968 Pageant Changed a Nation”

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Kathryn Blair Moore (Art & Art History)
“The Other Space of the Arabesque: Italian Renaissance Art at the Limits of Representation”

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Fiona Vernal (History and Africana Studies)
“Hartford Bound: Mobility, Race, and Identity in the Post-World War II Era (1940-2020)”

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Sarah S. Willen (Anthropology)
Future of Truth Fellow
“‘Chronicling the Meantime’: Creating a Book about the Pandemic Journaling Project”

Dissertation Research Scholars

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Erik Freeman (History)
Draper Dissertation Fellow
“The Mormon International: Communitarian Politics and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1890”

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Carol Gray (Political Science)
“Law as Politics by Other Means: An Egyptian Case Study as a Template for Human Rights Reform”

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Drew Johnson (Philosophy)
“A Hybrid Theory of Ethical Thought and Discourse”

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Anna Ziering (English)
“Dirty Forms: Masochism and the Revision of Power in Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literature and Culture”