Current and Previous Fellows

 Visiting Residential Fellows

Kornel Chang

“The Lost Dreams of Liberation: A Story of Decolonization in U.S.-Occupied Korea, 1945-1948”

Kornel Chang teaches history and American Studies at Rutgers-Newark, State University of New Jersey. His research has centered on the intersections of race, labor, migration, and borders in the Americas, and the history of the United States in the Asia-Pacific world. His book Pacific Connections: The Making of the U.S.-Canadian Borderlands (UC Press, 2012) was the winner of the 2014 Association for Asian American Studies History Book Prize and runner-up finalist for the 2013 John Hope Franklin Book Prize.

He is currently working on a book on the U.S. Occupation of Korea, tentatively title, Beyond North and South, which focuses on the different ways Americans and Koreans imagined independence and how they struggled over its meaning. His research and writing have been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, and the American Academy of Arts and Science.

Daniel A. Cohen

“Burning the Charlestown Convent: Private Lives, Public Outrage, and Contested Memories in America’s Civil War Generation”

Daniel A. Cohen is an Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University whose work focuses on crime, religion, gender, sexuality, childhood & youth, and popular culture in early America through 1860.  Cohen’s publications include Pillars of Salt, Monuments of Grace: New England Crime Literature and the Origins of American Popular Culture, 1674-1860 (Oxford University Press, 1993; paperback: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006); “The Female Marine” and Related Works: Narratives of Cross-Dressing and Urban Vice in America’s Early Republic (University of Massachusetts Press, 1997); “Hero Strong” and Other Stories: Tales of Girlhood Ambition, Female Masculinity, and Women’s Worldly Achievement in Antebellum America (University of Tennessee Press, 2014); as well as articles in William and Mary Quarterly, American Quarterly, Journal of Social History, Journal of the Early Republic, Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, New England Quarterly, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, and other journals.  He has held long-term fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Antiquarian Society.


Cohen’s current project, Burning the Charlestown Convent: Private Lives, Public Outrage, and Contested Memory in America’s Civil War Generation, examines a Protestant mob’s burning in 1834 of an Ursuline convent in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and contested efforts over the next twenty years to shape memories of the event and to obtain financial compensation for the victims from the state legislature.  This prolonged controversy culminated in 1854, with the nativist Know-Nothing movement sweeping into power in Massachusetts and elsewhere—smashing the Bay State’s political order, shattering the nation’s Second Party System, and setting the stage for the U.S. Civil War.  Cohen is writing a microhistory of the Charlestown convent riot and its long aftermath, offering a revisionist generational analysis of sectarian conflict, political rivalry, gender relations, and popular culture in antebellum America.

Joseph Ulatowski

Joseph Ulatowski is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Director of the Experimental Philosophy Research Group at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.  His research has focused on notional variants of the truth-concept, and he has employed empirical studies to uncover that there is more than one concept of truth employed by non-philosophers. A consequence of that research was Commonsense Pluralism about Truth: An Empirical Defence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Joseph’s current project explores the nature of facts, what they are, how we understand them, and why we value them. Scholars and journalists have lamented the obfuscation of facts in the cry of “Fake news!” and in the appeal to “alternative facts” without necessarily giving due consideration to an underlying assumption concerning our fidelity to facts. His book, Why Facts Matter: Pluralism about Facts in the Age of Fake News, aims to ameliorate that intellectual blindspot by confronting the legitimacy of misinformation, fake news, alternative facts, and chicanery and by arguing that facts matter precisely because of what our best philosophical understanding of facts is.

Faculty Residential Fellows

Emma Amador

“Contesting Colonialism:  Puerto Ricans and the Politics of Welfare in the 20th Century”

Emma Amador is a jointly appointed Assistant Professor of History and Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies.  Her work focuses on Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans, and U.S. Latina/o/x History with an emphasis on women, gender, and race.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from UConn, and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.  She held a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in American and the History Department (2016-18). Her work has also received support from the SITPA Scholar Mellon Program at Duke University, the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY, Hunter College, and the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.

As a UCHI fellow she will be completing a book manuscript, Contesting Colonialism: Puerto Ricans, Migration, and the Politics of Welfare in the 20th Century that explores the history of welfare, territorial social citizenship, and struggles for social rights in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora.  This project examines how the U.S. welfare state became a site where Puerto Ricans have fought for social justice, labor reform, and decolonization.

Her article “Organizing Puerto Rican Domestics: Resistance and Household Labor Reform in the Puerto Rican Diaspora after 1930” was published in ILWCH: International Labor and Working-Class History and a second article, “‘Women Ask Relief for Puerto Ricans’: Territorial Citizenship, the Social Security Act, and Puerto Rican Communities, 1933-1939” was published in LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History.

Alexander Anievas

”Race to Rollback: Far-Right Power in America’s Global Cold War”

Alexander Anievas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at UCONN and his research interests lie at the intersection of historical sociology, political economy and international relations. He previously held fellowships at the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. Anievas is the author of Capital, the State, and War: Class Conflict and Geopolitics in the Thirty Years’ Crisis, 1914-1945 (University of Michigan Press, 2014), for which he was awarded the Sussex International Theory Book Prize, and co-author (with Kerem Nişancıoğlu) of How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism (Pluto, 2015), winner of the ISA’s International Political Sociology Section Best Book Award and BISA’s International Political Economy Working Group Book Prize.

Anievas is currently working on a manuscript provisionally titled ‘Race to Rollback: Far-Right Power in America’s Global Cold War’. Through a theoretically-informed empirical analysis, the manuscript shows how the far-right contributed to the crystallization of a racialized anticommunist politics at home crucial to US power-projection abroad. As such, the project offers a reconceptualization of US hegemony that problematizes existing accounts of the Cold War, while demonstrating the structural interconnections between the far-right and liberal order-building projects more generally. Anievas is also finishing a related co-authored manuscript (with Richard Saull) entitled ‘Legacies of Fascism: Race and the Far-Right in the Making of the Cold War’.

Andrea Celli

“Hagar the Outcast.  Reappraisals of a Biblical Theme in the Context of Post-Tridentine Culture”

Andrea Celli is an Assistant Professor of Italian and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Connecticut. Before joining UConn, he lectured at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland). Celli has published several monographs, articles and book chapters on topics ranging from the history of literary criticism, to the history of modern Islamic studies in Italy, Spain and France, and the often-contradictory representations of Islam and the Islamic world in medieval and early-modern sources.

Celli has translated into Italian and edited essay collections by authors such as Louis Massignon and Ali Ahmad Said Esber (Adonis). In collaboration with the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (University of London), he co-edited (with D. Scotto)
a collection of essays on representations of Islam in early-modern Mediterranean Europe, published in 2015 (Rivista di Storia e Letteratura religiosa, LI/3). Currently he is working on two projects: a book dealing with critical trends and emerging questions in debates on Dante and Islam; and a monograph on early-modern treatments of the Biblical story of Hagar –servant of Abraham and mother of Ishmael– as symbolic of the outcasts. Celli has also submitted for publication a long essay on the early-modern legend of Saladin and the ‘captive Holy Bread.’

Patricia Morgne Cramer

“What Are the Wild Waves Saying:  Virginia Woolf, Bloomsbury, and the Public Schools”

Patricia Morgne Cramer is an Associate Professor of English at University of Connecticut, Stamford. Her current UCHI project draws on her prior publications on Woolf and sexuality, especially those reading Woolf as lesbian author alongside her homosexual male peers. These include “Virginia Woolf and Theories of Sexuality” in Virginia Woolf in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and “Woolf and Sexuality” in The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf (2010). Morgne Cramer is also co-editor of Virginia Woolf: Lesbian Readings (1997).


While at UCHI, Cramer will work on her book entitled, “What are the Wild Waves Saying”: Virginia Woolf, Bloomsbury, and the Public Schools. This project reads Virginia Woolf’s The Waves alongside a surge of memoirs, novels, and diatribes against public schools by Bloomsbury men and other moderns. Condemnations of their alma maters by “old boys” target their narrow classics curriculum; pressure to conform to type; cult of athletics; corporal punishment; bullying and sexual abuse of boys. Reading men’s exposés of boyhood trauma through Woolf’s eyes and The Waves through theirs, this book understands boys’ coming to manhood inside Victorian and Edwardian public schools as a particular instance (albeit a brutal one) of an ancient patriarchal paradigm of male initiation. This project asks, has Woolf captured in The Waves a nascent shift in the collective consciousness of European men? A “return of the repressed” boy longing for what he might yet become if he just shed the mask of virility? Did Woolf read this countercurrent of truth-telling about their tortured boyhoods as the glimmerings of a more profound revolution than the would-be rebel male modernists actually achieved?

Debapriya Sarkar

“Possible Knowledge: The Literary Forms of Early Modern Science”

Debapriya Sarkar is an Assistant Professor of English and Maritime Studies at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in 2014 and was awarded the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize from the Shakespeare Association of America. Before coming to UConn, Sarkar taught at Hendrix College. Her research interests include early modern literature and culture, poetry and poetics, epic and romance, utopia and science fiction, history and philosophy of science, and environmental humanities. She is co-editing a special issue of Philological Quarterly called “Imagining Early Modern Scientific Forms,” and her work appears or is forthcoming in Shakespeare Studies, Spenser Studies, Exemplaria, and in several edited collections.

While at the UCHI, Sarkar will work on completing her book manuscript, “Possible Knowledge: The Literary Forms of Early Modern Science.” This project traces how literary writing helped to re-imagine the landscape of epistemic uncertainty at the time of the Scientific Revolution. It is a scholarly commonplace that scientific probability was an Enlightenment-era phenomenon. Possible Knowledge, however, uncovers a prehistory of scientific probability that had a deeply literary life, one that was sparked by the imaginative allure of possibility in early modern poetics. This project ultimately offers a defense of poiesis as a vibrant philosophical endeavor: at a moment when astronomers and natural philosophers were grappling with new accounts of the cosmos, literary writing was generating the forms of thinking vital to the early modern exchange of ideas about natural and imaginary worlds.


Nu-Anh Tran

“Disunion: Anticommunist Nationalists in the Republic of Vietnam, 1954-1963”

Nu-Anh Tran is a jointly appointed Assistant Professor in the History Department and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013. While there, she held the Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, the Fulbright-Hays DDRP (Vietnam), and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies. She previously taught at the Asian University for Women (2011-12) in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Academia Sinica (2013-14), in Taipei, Taiwan.

Her research interests broadly include the political, intellectual, social, and cultural history of the Vietnam War. While at UCHI, she will be completing her book about opposition politics and debates on democracy in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) during the rule of regime’s first president, Ngô Đình Diệm (1954-1963).


Dissertation Research Scholars

Nathan Braccio

“Parallel Landscapes: Algonquian and English Spatial Understandings of New England, 1500-1700”

Nathan Braccio is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department and received his BA and MA in American history from American University. His research focuses on the history of Algonquian and English interactions and the history of cartography in the early colonial period. In 2017, Nathan was awarded the J.B. Harley Fellowship in the History of Cartography to research in London archives. In February 2019, Nathan’s work on the history of mapping was part of an exhibit at Stanford University’s David Rumsey Map Center. Nathan has presented at numerous conferences, including the Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and the Northeast Conference on British Studies. Nathan has also published book reviews in several journals and his blog posts have been featured on websites including Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History. More about Nathan can be found on his website.

While at UCHI, Nathan will complete his dissertation “Parallel Landscapes: Algonquian and English Spatial Understandings of New England, 1500-1700.” This project explores the interwoven development of English and Algonquian spatial knowledge of New England.  In the process of researching this project, Nathan has analyzed hundreds of manuscript maps from archives in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, Hartford, Providence, Portland, and London. Among these maps, Nathan has found several indigenous made maps that had hitherto been attributed to English creators.

Hayley Stefan

“Writing National Tragedies: Race and Disability in Contemporary U.S. Literature and Culture”

Hayley C. Stefan is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department. She received her M.A. in English in 2013 at Trinity College, Connecticut, where she was awarded the Paul Smith Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. In addition to completing the Graduate Certificate in Human Rights at UConn, Hayley focuses on contemporary U.S. literature, comparative ethnic studies, digital humanities, and mad/disability studies. She has chaired and presented at multiple conferences in English and the humanities writ broadly, including the American Literature Association, Association for Asian American Studies, Children’s Literature Association, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, and the Northeast Modern Language Association, among others. Her research has been published recently in Disability Studies Quarterly and MELUS. You can read more about her research, service, and teaching on her website.

While at UCHI fellow, Hayley will complete her dissertation, “Writing National Tragedies: Racism and Ableism in Contemporary U.S. Literature and Culture.” Using an interdisciplinary archive of literature, legislation, and other cultural artifacts, her dissertation redefines the concept of the “national tragedy” as an affective, political tool that cultivates community through mourning while obscuring other acts of violence. Using specific moments of crisis across 20th- and 21st-century U.S. history, she examines how artists and activists access rights-based critique to protest the dehumanization of people of color and disabled and/or neurodivergent individuals. She argues that the concept of the “national tragedy” allows the state to authorize some acts of violence while criminalizing others in order to facilitate U.S. imperialism and ableist white supremacy.

Jessica Strom

“Financing Revolution: Adriano Lemmi and the Struggle for Italian Unification”

Jessica Strom is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History. Her research focuses on Italian Unification in the mid-nineteenth century, particularly the radical nationalism of Giuseppe Mazzini and his followers. She received her BA in Italian Studies and American Studies from Wesleyan University in 2007 and her MA in Italian Literature from UCLA in 2010. She has published an article on Italian Futurism in Carte Italiane and translations in the document reader Sephardi Lives. She received a research grant from the Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture in 2017 and has presented her work at the German Historical Institute in Rome and the American Historical Association. She was also a graduate intern at UConn Archives and Special Collections where she worked on the Italian Risorgimento broadside collection.

At UCHI, Jessica will complete her dissertation which explores Italian merchant Adriano Lemmi’s (1822-1906) position in the clandestine networks that funded radical nationalist leaders, military actions, and political newspapers during the Italian Risorgimento. She argues that Lemmi played a critical role in fundraising efforts during the Risorgimento, which were essential to realize the visions of influential public figures including Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi. By looking at a different type of revolutionary leader, her dissertation illuminates the process, and not just the ideals or outcome, of the physical and political unification of Italy. Her work places Italy in a wide body of new scholarship on the financial underpinnings and material demands of revolutionary activity and, more broadly, considers what motivated individuals to support revolutionary movements and the specific actions they took to realize a new and better world.

Laura Godfrey

“‘Be Wholly Out of Body’: Astonishment in Late Medieval English Literature”

Laura Godfrey is a Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Studies. Her work considers disability and sensory experiences in late medieval English literature. She has presented her research at numerous conferences, including the International Congress on Medieval Studies. She has published in the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures and has contributed to a forthcoming article in the Harvard Library Bulletin. She was also a recipient of Ahmanson Research Fellowship for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2018.

While at UCHI, Laura will complete her dissertation “‘Be Wholly Out of Body’: Astonishment in Late Medieval English Literature.” This project examines how late medieval English literature uses medical discourse to illustrate the body’s centrality to writers’ imagined transformations. By understanding how medieval medical texts describe disease, she interprets how medieval authors may have understood how the mind, body, and soul are affected by illness. Uniting literary criticism and the history of medicine, she argues that medieval authors drew from popular medical knowledge to ground and extend their investigations into the limits of embodiment and achieving spiritual insight.