Diane Wong is a Ph.D. candidate in Government at Cornell University and a visiting scholar at the Asian Pacific American Institute at New York University. As a Fellow, Diane will continue her partnership with The W.O.W. Project based at Wing On Wo & Co to build the Chinatown Women’s Oral History Collection, an interactive digital media collection that would make neighborhood stories of displacement accessible to a wider public.
Katherine Thorsteinson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at Cornell University where she is writing her dissertation, “Narratives of Disposability: agency, ambiguity, ethics,” which brings together narrative theory with critical race and ecocritical studies. As a Fellow, she will establish an online, open-access, and truly “peer” reviewed platform where incarcerated researchers, academics, and armchair theorists can come together on issues that matter to us all.
Annette Daniels Taylor is an Arthur A. Schomburg fellow with the Department of Media Study, SUNY University at Buffalo. As a Public Humanities Fellow, her project will engage visitors at Underground Railroad sites in Buffalo, New York with an experimental sound walk shared through a digital web-app and public walks.
Tracy Stuber is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her dissertation looks at artists in the United States in the 1970s who used photography to remediate the relation of personal and political. As a Fellow, Tracy will develop a series of workshops and public conversations about the history and present of racial representation in color photography as viewed through the lens of Rochester, NY.
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.