Patrick Smyth is a Ph.D. student in English and Digital Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His thesis project is /Negotiated Access/, an argument on the need for citizen technology to express and preserve community values. As a Fellow, he will produce Apps for Activists, a set of materials showing activists how to create digital rhetoric using open data.
Stephen J. Pallas is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at Stony Brook University. His research is centered in the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley and British Romanticism and politics of the nineteenth century. As a Fellow, he will develop art and literary workshops for local d/Deaf artists in the community; the project will culminate in an exhibition and special issue publication of poetry, fiction and nonfiction prose, and visual media produced by local d/Deaf artists and writers.
Anastasia Nikolis is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Rochester. Her dissertation looks at the construction of confession as a poetic style in postmodern and contemporary poetry. As a Fellow, she will be organizing a participant-led discussion group in which the participants bring poems, song lyrics, or fragments of other literature to share with the group to foster more engaged dialogue across different racial and cultural communities within the city of Rochester.
Kayla Hardy-Butler is a Ph.D. student in Binghamton University’s English department specializing in creative writing. Her Fellowship project is titled “The Minority Youth Writers Lab”, a literary outreach project that seeks to bring writing access— the traditional workshop model along with the constructive criticism and feedback—to minority or otherwise under- represented youth in the Broome County area of New York.
Chelsea Haines is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation, “Staging the Modern, Building the Nation: Israeli Art Exhibi- tions, 1939-1965,” explores the role of art exhibitions in Israeli nation-building during the state’s first decades. As a Fellow, she explores the early history of the United Nations in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, where the General Assembly voted to adopt the UN Partition Plan for Palestine.
Declan Gould is a Ph.D. candidate in English. Her dissertation focuses on recovering a lineage of experimental disability poetry from 1960 to the present. As a Fellow, she will bring together Buffalonians to write about their experiences living with illness and and/or disability. Participants will share this writing alongside public talks by local healthcare and disability scholars and advocates.
Adele Fournet is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at New York University where she is writing about the intersections of gender, technology, labor, and aesthetic values in popular music production, as well as pursuing activist research methodologies in critical music studies. She directs a web series about female music producers called Bit Rosie (bitrosie.com), which became the NYU library’s first music-related streaming video archive in 2017.
Katryn Evinson is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American & Iberian Cultures concentrating on nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century Spain. As a Fellow, she will engage senior citizens in Ithaca to explore creative coexistence with technology. In collaboration with a reuse center in Tompkins County, they will develop unusual uses of machinery through broken and obsolete devices, producing artistic pieces that challenge our ideas of instrumentality.
Amarilys Estrella is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at New York University. Her research examines the role of human rights law and discourse in transnational activism against anti-Black racism. As a Fellow, she will work closely with the New York City collective We Are All Dominican in designing a transnational campaign to address the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic, and global anti-immigrant and anti-Black sentiment.
Julia Devin is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. History at Binghamton University. Her dissertation explores why early public school sex education abandoned moral topics and, instead, focused exclusively on science. As a Fellow, she will host a dialogue between women’s historians, community health leaders, and residents in the Southern Tier; explore the legal and political history of birth control, abortion, and sterilization; and analyze current efforts to restrict women’s reproductive rights.