Eisenberg Institute Alumni Update: Spring 2014


By Gregory Parker
Feb 21, 2014 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 fourteen 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.

 

After fourteen months of field research, Davide Orsini (Eisenberg Graduate Student Research Fellow, 2010-11; Graduate Student Liaison, 2010-11) returned to Ann Arbor to write his dissertation, titled "Living in the Nuclear Archipelago: Cold War Technopolitics and US Nuclear Submarines in Italy." He is currently in his sixth year in the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History and writing the third chapter of his thesis. He recently submitted a chapter (under revision) for an edited volume that will be published with the University of Toronto Press, based on his research in the Archipelago of La Maddalena. Davide will obtain a graduate certificate in the program in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Michigan at the end of this term.

 

Raymond Grew (Faculty Fellow, 2006-07) continues his activities with the Toynbee Prize Foundation and its programs in global history and is working on a manuscript on Italian political history.

 

Edward Murphy (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-07) is an assistant professor in the Department of History and Global Urban Studies Program at Michigan State University. His book, A Home of One’s Own: Property and Propriety in the Margins of Urban Chile, 1960-2010, is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. He served as the managing editor for the volumes Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge, Questioning Discipline (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011) and The Housing Question: Tensions, Continuities, and Contingencies in the Modern City (London: Ashgate, 2013).

 

Marcy Sacks (Residency Research Fellow, 2006-07) is now a full professor and chair of the History Department at Albion College. She recently published the article, “Behind the Brown Mask: Joe Louis’s Face and the Construction of Racial Mythologies,” in ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity (Michael Fuchs, ed.; Intellect, Ltd., 2013), which was based on research enabled by her Institute fellowship.

 

Edgardo Perez Morales (Eisenberg Graduate Student Research Fellow, 2012-13) is an assistant professor on a three-year faculty fellowship at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.

 

Leslie Page Moch (Residency Research Fellow, 2010-11) and Lewis Siegelbaum (Residency Research Fellow, 2009-10) report that their collaborative venture, supported by their Eisenberg Institute fellowships, will be published by Cornell University Press later this year under the title Broad Is My Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia’s Twentieth Century.

 

Janam Mukherjee (Eisenberg Graduate Student Research Fellow, 2009-10) completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan in 2011 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University in 2012-2013. There, he completed the manuscript, Hungry Bengal: War, Famine and the End of Empire, scheduled for simultaneous release in summer 2014 by Hurst Publishers, Oxford North America, and HarperCollins India. In August 2013 he joined Ryerson University in Toronto as an assistant professor.

 

Since her 2008-2009 Residency Research Fellowship, Kidada E. Williams has published They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I (New York: NYU Press, 2012), which she worked on during her time at the Institute. Wayne State University awarded her tenure and promoted her to associate professor in 2012. She is currently engaged in writing articles and researching a book project on the sociological and psychological impact of racial violence on southern African American families during Reconstruction.

 

Robyn d’Avignon (Eisenberg Graduate Student Research Fellow, 2011-12) is conducting field research through August 2014 in the Republic of Senegal. After receiving funding from the Eisenberg Institute for a summer of preliminary research, she was awarded SSRC and Wenner Gren grants to fund her current long-term efforts.

 

Ilya Vinkovetsky (Residency Research Fellow, 2006-07) is an associate professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His book, Russian America: An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire, will be published in paperback by Oxford University Press in April; a revised Russian-language edition will be published by NLO later this year. He is now working on two studies: one on the history of transportation and logistics in the Russian Empire prior to the advent of the railroad and another on the comparative history of the Russian-American Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company.

 

Karen Miller’s book, Managing Inequality: Northern Racial Liberalism and Urban Politics in Interwar Detroit, will be published by NYU Press in the fall of 2014. Miller was a Residency Research Fellow in 2010-11.

 

Alexander Follansbee Day (Residency Research Fellow, 2010-11) is now an assistant professor in the Department of History at Occidental College in Los Angeles. His book, The Peasant in Postsocialist China: History, Politics, and Capitalism, was published by Cambridge University Press in August 2013.