Annie McClanahan received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. Her current book project, Salto Mortale: Narrative, Speculation, and the Chance of the Future, explores the relationship between finance capital and contemporary fiction and film. Beginning from the unprecedented indebtedness that has shaped life in the last three decades, this project argues that financialization has radically transformed our narratives of social obligation, our ability to distinguish private from public, and our ways of imagining history. Her other research interests include the history of behavioral finance; globalization and neoliberalism; allegories of debt and credit; literary representations of economic crisis from naturalism to neo-naturalism; and terrorism and contemporary warfare. She has work forthcoming in symploke and South Atlantic Quarterly.
Julie Orlemanski received her doctorate in English from Harvard University in 2010. Her scholarship engages a wide range of topics including medieval literature, histories of medicine and science, disability studies, psychoanalysis, and literary and critical theory. Her current book project, Symptomatic Subjects: Body, Sign, and Narrative in Late Medieval England, traces the interpretation and narration of sick bodies in the fifteenth-century, with a focus on the dynamic relationship between constructed and material identities. Her new research, "Leprosy’s Time: History in Malady,” analyzes the "medical medievalism" of nineteenth- and twentieth-century epidemiology, and particularly the ways in which leprosy's "pastness" became important to colonialist institutions and culture. She is also working on a study of medieval exemplarity.
Sita Steckel is a research fellow at the interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence "Religion and Politics in Pre-Modern and Modern Cultures" at WWU Muenster, Germany. She received her doctorate in medieval history in 2006 from LMU Munich, and her first book, on cultures of teaching and religious expertise in Western Europe c. 800–1150, will appear in 2010 (Kulturen des Lehrens im Früh- und Hochmittelalter). Her recent writing focused on discursive and symbolic construction of religious authority in medieval cultures and the role of conflict in such procedures. Her current project is a study of the political, religious, and intellectual clashes of the secular clergy and the Franciscan and Dominican orders in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century France, not least in the social microcosm of the medieval university of Paris. Perspectives and questions connected to this research project concern the interrelation of legal and religious argumentation in the medieval period, the role of conflicts as catalysts for long-term developments, and problems of the modern historiography with its conflicting master narratives of secularization and religious radicalization in the Western Middle Ages.
Andreas Victor Walser is Lecturer in Ancient History at the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität in Munich, Germany. He studied ancient history and economics at the University of Zurich, where he received his Ph.D. in 2006. In his book, Bauern und Zinsnehmer (2008) he examined the interactions between politics, law, and the economy in Ephesus in the early Hellenistic period (c. 300 B.C.). He is currently studying the political, social, and urbanistic implications of the creation of new political entities, so-called sympoliteiai, through the unification of formerly independent and autonomous city-states in the Greek world of the Hellenistic Period (4th - 1st c. B.C.E.). Other academic intersts include Greek epigraphy and the history and modern reception of Greek and Roman law.
Interdisciplinary Dissertation Completion Fellows
Daniela Cammack is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Harvard Government Department, where she is writing a dissertation on the central role of the popular courts in classical Athenian democracy. She received her M.Phil. in Intellectual History and Political Thought from Cambridge, where she wrote on the relation between Marx and Hayek, and studied modern history and English as an undergraduate at Wadham College, Oxford. Her interests range widely across ancient and modern intellectual and social history, political philosophy, and constitutional theory.
Ujala Dhaka is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Anthropology at Harvard University. She holds an M.A. in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi. Her research interests include community, governmentality, anthropology of the state, liberalism, politics of faith, caste-based claims, and public space in South Asia. Her dissertation examines the politics of belonging among Muslims in Mumbai who are primarily engaged in the informal sector and reside in parts of the city labeled as Muslim ghettoes. She is interested in understanding the intersections of region, caste, language and religion in minority politics and how citizenship and locality are constituted through these engagements.