2017-18/19 Postdoctoral Fellows
Larissa Pitts is a historian whose research and teaching focuses on modern China. She earned her B.A. in Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke College, and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current book project “Seeing the Forest from the Trees: Scientific Forestry and the Rise of Modern Chinese Environmentalism, 1864 – 1937” narrates the rise of state involvement in defining and managing China’s woodlands. She argues that in promoting the conservation and expansion of woodlands, Chinese states fostered the rise of a modern environmental consciousness in line with contemporary developments in world history. This meant that the condition and size of China’s forestland would serve as a barometer for state capacity for both Chinese citizens and international observers alike. Dr. Pitts is also developing a second project on the imagination, management, and commodification of Manchuria’s big cats in the early twentieth century. She will use this as a lens through which to explore the effects of changing market structures on China’s relationship with its wildlife. At Austin College, she is teaching modern East Asian history, introductory Chinese language, and Chinese politics. She is particularly looking forward to introducing her students to the history of China’s environment and its northern borderlands.
Arun Brahmbhatt is a scholar of religion in South Asia whose research is focused on the use of Sanskrit in text, print, liturgy, and ritual in modern Hindu traditions. His dissertation, “Scholastic Publics: Sanskrit Textual Practices in Gujarat, 1800-Present,” examines the negotiation of language, place, and modernity in the formation of religious community in colonial and contemporary western India. Before joining the doctoral program in the Study of Religion and South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto, he received a BA in Comparative Religion and English from Tufts University and an MTS in South Asian Religions from Harvard Divinity School. His research has been supported by fellowships through the Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminar Series, the Fulbright Program, and the American Academy of Religion. At Kenyon College, he will be teaching courses on Global Hinduism, religion in Southeast Asia, and the life of Hindu Epic literature.
Layoung Shin is a sociocultural anthropologist who researches queer youth and fandom culture in South Korea. She completed her PhD at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2015. Her dissertation, entitled “Fashioning Subjectivity and Community among Young Queer Women in Seoul,” explores how neoliberal social change – both in capitalism and as an ideology – affects sexual norms, subjectivity and communities among working class queer youth in South Korea and reveals new forms of hierarchies and exclusion, including hierarchies within LGBT communities and solidifying pre-existing social inequalities. Further, she has conducted researches on young women’s same-sex sexuality in relation to pop culture, fandom and costume-play. Through ethnographic research on how young women’s sexuality is constructed through media consumption and performing like celebrities, her projects have demonstrated how both media and embodiment are vital for the construction of non-heteronormative desire.
Her researches have been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the Center for Korean Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Binghamton University, and she has taught a variety of Anthropology and Asian/Korean courses at University of California, San Diego and Binghamton University. At Lewis & Clark College she will teach Cultural Politics of Youth in East Asia, Contemporary Korean Culture, and Queer Theory in East Asia.
2016-17 Postdoctoral Fellows
Daniel Johnson (PhD, University of Chicago, 2015)
Sundar Vadlamudi (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2016)
2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellows
Ketaki Pant (Ph.D., Duke University, 2015)
Yang Wang (Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2015)
Phillip Guingona (Ph.D., University at Buffalo, 2015)
2014-15 Postdoctoral Fellows
Lauren McKee (Ph.D., Old Dominion University, 2014)
Sarah G. Grant (Ph.D., University of California – Riverside, 2014)
Kai Tang (Ph.D., Harvard University, expected 2014)
Arnab Banerji (Ph.D., University of Georgia, expected 2014)
2013-14 Postdoctoral Fellows
Hillary Snow (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2010)
2012-13 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows
Erin Kelley (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2012)
Jooyeon Rhee (Ph.D., York University, Toronto, Canada, 2011)
At Wittenberg, Dr. Rhee will be teaching Introduction to Social and Cultural History of Modern Korea, and courses in Modern Korean Literature and Film.
2011-12 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows
Davidson College: Anthropology and Asian Studies
Laura Kaehler Elder (Ph.D., University Center of the City University of New York, 2009)
Since 2012, Dr. Laura Elder has been in a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Global Studies at St. Mary’s College.
Gettysburg College: Chinese Language and Culture
Susan Chen (Ph.D., Emory University, 2009)
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater: Asian Religion
Mary Alyson Prude (Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara, expected 2011)
Washington and Jefferson College: Chinese Studies
Dewen Zhang (Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, expected 2011)
2010-11 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows
Dickinson College: Art Historian – Asian Art
Sheri Lullo (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2009)
In Fall 2010, Dr. Lullo will be teaching Introduction to the Arts of Asia. In this course students will be introduced to the visual culture of Asia by focusing on works of art and material culture from India, China, Korea, Japan and areas of the Islamic world from the 3d millennium B.C.E. through the 19th century.
Fairfield University: Asian/Japanese Studies (Humanities or Social Sciences)
Ive Aaslid Covaci (Ph.D., Yale University, 2007)
Dr. Elana Chipman (Ph.D., Cornell, 2007) is a socio-cultural anthropologist who has done fieldwork in Southeastern China and in Taiwan and studies local identity and the nation-state, ritual and popular religion, tourism, and political-ecology. Her dissertation work examines the production of locality in Taiwan through ritual and other forms of culture work, such as grass-roots historiography. Her new project looks at the ways that changing global environmental discourses are transforming contemporary ritual practices in Chinese cultures, primarily the burning of offerings. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the East Asian Studies Center at Ohio State University. Most recently she was a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Binghamton University.
Dr. Chipman will be co-teaching a general introductory course East Asian studies course and an anthropology course on environment and culture, and solo teaching a course on the anthropology of tourism in East Asia.
Randolph-Macon College: Japanese Language/Japanese Studies
Charles A. Andrews (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2008)
The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. Among the Foundation’s many grant-making initiatives are those that support increased understanding between the United States and Asia.