Four Scholars Join Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

September 19, 2019
From left: Joanna Wuest, Joshua Freeman, Melissa Reynolds, Yelena Baraz, Tiffany Cain.

Four new postdoctoral scholars join the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts in fall 2019. The Society, initiated by a gift by the late Charter Trustee Lloyd Cotsen and under the leadership of the Humanities Council 20 years ago, is an interdisciplinary community of postdoctoral fellows and Princeton faculty members that aims to bring innovative approaches to scholarship and teaching. Yelena Baraz, Kennedy Foundation Professor of Classics, will serve as the Society’s acting director for the 2019-20 academic year. The cohort of altogether 13 Cotsen postdoctoral fellows is drawn from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. Fellows are appointed as lecturers in the Humanities Council and in their academic host departments, teaching half-time while conducting their own research over a period of three years.

The incoming fellows are:

Tiffany Cain, Lecturer in the Humanities Council and Anthropology. A scholar of political violence and collective memory, she is currently pursuing a field-work based project on “Everyday Political Violence: Materiality, War, and Daily Life in Quintana Roo, Mexico (1780- Present).”

Joshua Freeman, Lecturer in the Humanities Council and East Asian Studies, specializes in the history of 20th century China and Inner Asia and is completing a book on “Print Communism: Uyghur Official Culture Between China and the USSR.”

Melissa Reynolds, Lecturer in the Humanities Council and History, is a historian of medieval and early modern England whose research focuses on practices of reading, writing, and knowledge-making at the moment of transition from manuscript to print. She is working on her first monograph, How To: Practical Books and the Making of Early Modern English Culture.

Joanna Wuest, Lecturer in the Humanities Council and Politics, and affiliated with the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include American political and constitutional development, sexuality and gender politics, and the politics of identity and inequality. At present, she is writing a book, Born This Way: Scientific Authority and Citizenship in the American LGBTQ Movement.

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