Eisenberg Institute Alumni Update: October 2013


By Gregory Parker
Oct 03, 2013 Bookmark and Share

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Since its inception in 2006, more than 125 scholars have joined the Institute as fellows and affiliates. Below are the latest accomplishments from ten Institute alumni. Link here for a list of all alumni and known current affiliations. Contact eisenberginstitute@umich.edu to share alumni news, publications, and other accomplishments.

Kevin Jones (Eisenberg Graduate Student Research Fellow, 2011-12) finished his dissertation in August and is now a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University. In Fall 2014 he will be Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Georgia.

Maria Paz G. Esguerra (Lack Graduate Student Fellow, 2010-11) is currently a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College in Comparative American Studies.

Leslie Page Moch (Residency Research Fellow, 2010-11) and Lewis Siegelbaum (Residency Research Fellow, 2009-10) report that the Eisenberg Institute enabled their collaborative venture, Moving in Russia: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in the Twentieth Century, which was recently sent off to a press.

John Carson (Faculty Fellow, 2011-12) is spending the year in Berlin at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Wissenschaftskolleg.

Gabrielle Hecht's (Faculty Fellow, 2008-09) book, Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade, which she completed during her tenure as an Eisenbeg fellow, has received three awards: the 2013 Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship, the 2013 Robert K. Merton Prize from the American Sociological Association, and the 2012 Martin A. Klein Prize in African History from the American Historical Association.

Ronen Steinberg (Residency Research Fellow, 2011-12) is spending 2013-14 as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he will be completing his book manuscript. He recently published an article in the International Journal of Transitional Justice and a book chapter in Experiencing the French Revolution (David Andress, Ed; Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2013).

Sasha Pfau (Lack Graduate Student Fellow, 2007-08) reports that she is Assistant Professor of History at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. her most-recent publications include “Warfare, Trauma, and Madness in French Remission Letters” (The Hundred Years War (Part III): Further Consierations, edited by L.J. Andrew Villalon and Donald J. Kagay; Leiden: Brill, 2013) and “Ritualized Violence against Sorcerers in Fifteenth-Century France” (Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft Volume 8, Number 1 (Summer 2013), pp. 50-71).

Joshua Cole (Faculty Fellow, 2007-08) notes that the Institute supported his work on local politics and violence in interwar French Algeria. Since his fellowship, he has published work related to this project in French Politics, Culture & Society, Vingtième siècle, The Journal of North African Studies, and in The French Colonial Mind vol. 2 (Martin Thomas, ed.; Omaha:  University of Nebraska Press, 2012). He also has a forthcoming article in Société et représentations. His book is almost complete and he hopes to submit it to a publisher in the coming year.

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga (Lack Graduate Student Fellow, 2006-07) was promoted to Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in July 2013. His first book, Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Africa, is in press with MIT Press and coming out in spring 2013. His second book, on the tsetse fly as history-making agent, is nearing completion.

Ernest Young (Faculty Fellow, 2007-08) remains retired in Ann Arbor. This past spring, Oxford University Press published his book, Ecclesiastical Colony: China's Catholic Church and the French Religious Protectorate, which he worked on during his Eisenberg Institute fellowship.

TJ Boisseau (Residency Research Fellow, 2006-07) is Director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of History, at Purdue University. Since her Eisenberg fellowship, she has published two books: Gendering the Fair:  Histories of Women and Gender at World's Fairs (co-edited with Abigail Markwyn; University of Illinois Press, 2010) and Feminist Legal History (co-edited with Tracy T. Thomas; New York University Press, 2004). She has also published several articles and book chapters that center visual history analyses, such as “How Did Turkish Women Look?  Excavating Women’s Cinematic Experience in Istanbul, 1922-1950,” co-authored with Ozgün Basmaz and appearing in Women’s Memory: The Problem of Sources, edited by Fatma Türe and Birsen Talay Kesoglu (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011). She is currently engaged in a book project supported by historical research that revolves around visual issues related to women's representation in U.S. media, entitled Modern Giant: Amelia Earhart and the Politics of Celebrity Feminism.