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Seth Garfield, Director GAR 1.104, Mailcode B7000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3261

Institute Fellows for 2013-2014

Posted: May 29, 2013
Carel Bertram, Dominic Yang, Leslie M. Harris, and Ronen Steinberg

Carel Bertram, Dominic Yang, Leslie M. Harris, and Ronen Steinberg

The Institute for Historical Studies is pleased to announce the fellows for the 2013-14.  Selected from a diverse and highly competitive pool of more than one hundred applicants, four new visiting research fellows – Carel Bertram, Leslie M. Harris, Ronen Steinberg, and Dominic Yang – will examine topics related to the year’s intellectual theme of “Trauma and Social Transformation.”  Professor Seth Garfield, the incoming IHS director, notes that “ranging over three continents and three centuries, the research interests of this wonderful cohort of scholars offer fresh perspectives on the multilevel and multigenerational impact of trauma on communities and societies.“

Carel Bertram (Ph.D., UCLA) is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University.  Trained as an art and architectural historian, Professor Bertram’s interests focus on urban history and historical consciousness in the Islamic world. She will work on a project entitled “A Generation of Pilgrims: Fragmented by Trauma, Descendants of Armenian Genocide Survivors Travel to Anatolia in search of Wholeness.

Leslie M. Harris (Ph.D., Stanford) is an Associate Professor of history at Emory University whose research has focused on African American history before and after the Civil War.  She is also the principal investigator for the New Orleans After Katrina Project, a digital initiative chronicling the history of the city.  She will finish a book entitled “Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History” that explores the trauma of Hurricane Katrina for the city’s residents and that will be published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the storm in 2014.

Ronen Steinberg (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is an Assistant Professor of history at Michigan State University.  His research focuses on the intersections of political violence, transitional justice, and social theory in modern Europe.  He will be working on a book that analyzes these themes in the context of the French Revolution, entitled “The Afterlives of the Terror: Dealing with the Legacies of Violence in Post-Revolutionary France.”

Finally, Dominic Yang (Ph.D., University of British Columbia) specializes in the political and social history of modern China and Taiwan, Japanese colonialism, Cold War historiography, and Chinese diaspora.  At IHS, he will revise his dissertation into a book manuscript with the title, “Writing the Exodus, Writing Trauma: Forced Relocation, Return, and the Politics of Chinese Mainlander Identity Formation in Taiwan.”

We all join Professor Garfield in “welcoming these scholars into the intellectual community at the Institute for Historical Studies and at the University of Texas.”

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