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Current Fellows 2013-2014

Faculty Fellows

Jonathan Best

Professor of Art History

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      Jonathan Best received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1976; unusual for its time it was a joint degree from the Department of Fine Arts and the Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations. Subsequently he has taught East Asian art history at the University of Virginia and Wesleyan University, but his research and publications-all focused on early Korea-have addressed religious history, diplomatic and political history, as well as art history. His current research centers on the critical historiographic analysis of the Samguk sagi, the oldest surviving history of Korea. Initiating what promises to be a long-term, multi-volume project is his monograph, A History of the Early Korean Kingdom of Paekche-together with an annotated translation of the Paekche Annals of the Samguk sagi (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center Press, 2006).

      Scholarly Keywords:

      East Asian art history, early Korean and Japanese Buddhist art and cultural history

Javier Castro-Ibaseta

Assistant Professor of History

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      Public forms of literature (satire, theater) and the formation of the public sphere in early modern Madrid. The Spanish Empire as a global entity.

      Scholarly Keywords:

      Early Modern Spain and Spanish Empire Satire and political life (16th-17th centuries) History and literature

      Academic Associations:

      American Historical Association

      Javier Castro-Ibaseta

Natasha Korda

Professor of English

Rashida Shaw

Assistant Professor of Theater

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    • Originally from the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dr. Shaw's current book project is an expansion of her dissertation, THEATRICAL EVENTS AND AFRICAN AMERICAN AUDIENCES: A STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY CHITLIN CIRCUIT THEATRE, in which she examines Chitlin Circuit (a.k.a. Urban Circuit) theatrical productions and the reception practices of African American spectators through interdisciplinary methods of research that span across theatre, performance studies, sociology, film and dance studies. Her scholarship has appeared in the journals THEATRE SURVEY and THEATRE TOPICS. In addition, her interviews with playwrights and actors of Chitlin Circuit Theatre have been published by TIME OUT CHICAGO magazine.

Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock

Assistant Professor of History

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Sinkwan Cheng

Visiting Fellow

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    • Sinkwan Cheng is the editor of Law, Justice, and Power: Between Reason and Will (Stanford University Press). Contributors to this volume include Julia Kristeva, Slavoj Žižek, J. Hillis Miller, Alain Badiou, Nancy Fraser, and Ernesto Laclau. Her writings have also appeared in MLN, Cardozo Law Review, American Journal of Semiotics, Law and Literature, and Literature and Psychology. Besides publishing in refereed journals and books in the U.S., the U.K., France, Canada, and Russia, she has a book chapter solicited  for an edited volume in Germany.

      In addition to her cross-Atlantic teaching experience, she has given faculty seminars and lectures in England, Germany, the United States (including Columbia University), the Netherlands, China, South Korea, Macau, and Hong Kong.

      Over the past thirteen years, she has been awarded nine external fellowships and grants in several countries in Europe and North America (including a Rockefeller Fellowship, a DAAD Fellowship, and an Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Durham University in the U.K.)

      She was also the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award in a campus-wide competition at SUNY Buffalo.

Aaron Paige

Visiting Fellow

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    • Aaron Paige (M.A. Wesleyan University, 2009) is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University. His research interests include popular and classical musics of South and Southeast Asia, Tamil language and literature, film music, transnational and diaspora studies, and minority studies.  He is currently working on his dissertation From Kuala Lumpur to KollywoodThe Politics and Poetics of Belonging in Tamil Hip-HopThis project examines the production, circulation, and reception of Malaysian-Tamil rap and its impact on Tamil youth culture globally. His research has been supported by a Fulbright IIE Fellowship, a Society for Asian Music Fieldwork Grant, two Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships in Malay and Indonesian, and two American Institute for Indian Studies Advanced Tamil Language Fellowships. 

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow

Katherine Brewer Ball
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    • Katherine Brewer Ball received her PhD in Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and BA (Honors) in Women's & Gender Studies at Occidental College. Her research and teaching interests include performance and media studies, queer studies, contemporary art and critical ethnic studies. Her book project, The Only Way Out Is In: Performing Escape in Contemporary American Art, proposes escape as a paradigm for imagining activist politics beyond political pragmatism.

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Student Fellows

Aaron Chilewich

Nicholas Myerberg

Rain (Tianyu) Xie

Julian Theseira