2014-15 Newhouse Resident Fellows

Arthur Bahr
 is Associate Professor of Literature at MIT. He is the author of Fragments and Assemblages: Forming Compilations of Medieval London (University of Chicago Press, 2013), the co-editor of a special issue of The Chaucer Review (April 2013) on the intersection of book history and the recently resurgent interest in form, aesthetics, and the idea of the literary, and author of essays in Studies in the Age of ChaucerStudies in Philology, and The Chaucer Review, among other venues. While at the Newhouse Center, he will continue work on his current book project, Pleasurable Forms and Speculative Histories in the Pages of the Pearl Manuscript. Outside academia, he serves as a National judge for the United States Figure Skating Association.

Cristelle Baskins
is Associate Professor of Art History at Tufts University and the author of Cassone Painting, Humanism and Gender in Early Modern Italy (Cambridge, 1998). She edited: The Medieval Marriage Scene: Prudence, Passion, Policy with Sherry Roush and Allegory in Early Modern Visual Culture with Lisa Rosenthal. In addition, she co-curated an exhibition for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, 2008 – 2009: “The Triumph of Marriage: Renaissance Painted Wedding Chests,” with an accompanying catalogue and symposium volume (forthcoming). Her articles on Turkmens, Syrian Christians, and Baroque travelers have appeared recently in MuqarnasRenaissance Studies, and Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. At the Newhouse Center she will be working on a book, "Lost Originals: Portraits and Print in the Early Modern Mediterranean."  

Joel Burges is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Rochester, where he is also affiliated with Film and Media Studies, Digital Media Studies and the Graduate Program in the Digital Humanities, and the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies. He is the author of essays and reviews that have appeared in New German Critique, Post45, and Twentieth Century Literature. He is completing a book entitled Out of Sync and Out of Work: Temporal Sensation in the Culture of Obsolescence, 1973-Present, and working on ongoing essays and projects about what it means to lose interest in an object of critique, the bioeconomics of Magic Mike, the emergence of televisual time, the aesthetics and epistemologies of data visualization, and the fate of literature after TV. With Amy J. Elias, he has co-edited Time:A Vocabulary of the Present, which is forthcoming from New York University Press.

Brigid Cohen is Assistant Professor of Music at New York University and received her Ph.D. from Harvard University.  Her research and teaching center on twentieth-century musical avant-gardes, migration and diaspora, cosmopolitanism, jazz, and intersections of music, the visual arts, and literature. Her book Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diaspora won the 2013 Lewis Lockwood Award from the American Musicological Society.  It turns to the case of one German-Jewish émigré composer to explore how dilemmas of migration and cultural plurality shaped modernist movements from the Bauhaus to bebop to Black Mountain College. Supported by an NEH Fellowship, she is currently writing her second book Musical Migration and the Global City: New York, 1947-1965.  This project explores questions of displacement and citizenship in the early Cold War through a study of New York concert avant-gardes, electronic music, jazz, and performance art.

Lianne Habinek is an Assistant Professor of English at Bard College, where she teaches 17th and 18th century British literature.  She received her M.Phil. in Renaissance Literature from King's College, Cambridge University, and her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.  She has published articles on Shakespeare and film, Donne and early modern neuroanatomy, and Hamlet and head wounds.  While at the Newhouse Center, she will be working on her book project, Such Wondrous Science: Early Modern Literature and the Birth of Neuroscience, which addresses a question that lay at the heart of intellectual work in the early modern period: what was the relationship of immaterial soul to material body, and how could that relationship be expressed and understood? The inception of modern neuroscience in the 17th century depended on metaphors drawn from literature to articulate a sophisticated understanding of the body’s relationship to the soul.

Ao Wang is an Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at Wesleyan University. He received his B.A. from Peking University, M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and Ph.D. from Yale University. His main academic interest is classical Chinese poetry. He has also published five books of his own poetry, and has been the recipient of prizes such as the Anne Kao Poetry Prize and most recently the New Poet Prize from People's Literature. He has translated the work of poets such as Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane, and W.H. Auden into Chinese. At the Newhouse Center, he will complete a book-length study titled “Remapping the Empire: Spatial Practices in the Chinese Literary World from 790 to 830.” 

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Duncan White received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and is the author of the forthcoming Coarse Print, Durable Pigments:  Vladimir Nabokov's Bibliopoetics. His new research project is about the Russian cultural influence on American literature during the Cold War, with a particular focus on Jewish-American fiction. In his research he is interested in the intersection between formal, historical and sociological approaches to literature. He is a literary critic for The Daily Telegraph.