Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Society of Fellows names nine new members

The Michigan Society of Fellows has selected eight new fellows out of 896 applications to serve three-year appointments as postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors, beginning this fall.

A ninth fellow, Chelsea Wood, will join the society in September 2014.

The fellows were chosen for the importance and quality of their scholarship and for their interest in interdisciplinary work. During their tenure at U-M they will teach selected courses in their affiliated departments and continue their scholarly research.

The new fellows, with their affiliated department at U-M, their degree-granting institution and their research project, are:

• Lawrence Cathles, atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, and earth and environmental sciences; University of Chicago; Glaciology.

• Anmol Chadha, public policy; Harvard University; Urban Change in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods.

• Tarek Dika, comparative literature; Johns Hopkins University; Theology and Skepticism: Finitude, the Self, and the Problem of Others.

• Lauren Gutterman, women's studies; New York University; The Lives of Wives Who Desired Women in the U.S. from 1945-1979.

• Sarah Loebman, astronomy; University of Washington; Constraining the Milky Way's Potential.

• Jennifer Nelson, history of art; Yale University; Simulating Everything: Encyclopedic Images in the Northern Renaissance.

• Martha Sprigge, Germanic languages and literatures, and School of Music, Theatre and Dance; University of Chicago; Communist Diasporas, 1980-2009: Music and Memory in Post-Socialist Europe.

• Chelsea Wood (2014 start), ecology and evolutionary biology; Stanford University; Ecology of Schistosomiasis.

• Damon Young, screen arts and cultures; University of California, Berkeley; The Pathological Gaze: Media, Sexuality and the Body Offscreen.

The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 with grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. In 2007, the Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to add four Mellon Fellows annually in the humanities, expanding the number of fellowships awarded each year.