Fall 2014 Fellows

Participant , University of Wisconsin, Madison , Anthropology
Dr. Frank Salomon is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He currently resides in Iowa City. As a 2014 Fall Obermann Fellow-in-Residence, Prof. Salomon will work to complete his current book project, which is a detailed study of Rapaz, a community at 4000 meters over sea level, which guards some 263 khipus in a house of traditional ritual from which villagers serve the deified mountains. The project combines close study of these khipus with archaeological, ethnographic, and architectural study of their context. Khipu research bears on questions of "proto-writing,"...
Participant , University of Iowa , College of Pharmacy
Jonathan Doorn is an associate professor with the Division of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy. He received his Ph.D. in Toxicology at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. As a 2014 Fall Obermann Fellow-in-Residence, Prof. Doorn used his time to advance his current research program by learning approaches and methods to study the role of non-neuronal cells in pesticide-mediated neurodegeneration. With this work, he seeks to identify causative agents and mechanisms for the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, in hopes of...
Participant , University of Iowa , History and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies
Leslie Schwalm is a historian and feminist scholar who teaches in the History and Gender Women’s, & Sexuality Studies departments. As a historian of women and American gender relations, her published work has focused on slavery, the Civil War, emancipation, and their aftermath. She also studies the relationship between the history of medicine and the histories of ideas about race in nineteenth-century America. 
Mary Lou Emery
Participant , University of Iowa , English
Mary Lou Emery is a professor in the Department of English whose research explores intersections between Modernist Studies and Caribbean Literatures. As a 2014 Fall Obermann Fellow-in-Residence, she examined literary portrayals of a style of housing—the bungalow—that has circuited the globe over the course of more than four centuries. She contends that, through an obsession with houses and, in particular, the bungalow, twentieth-century fiction engages with ongoing dilemmas of modernity. Previous publications include Modernism, the Visual, and Caribbean Literature (Cambridge University...
Participant , University of Iowa , School of Music
Dr. Matthew Arndt is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory. As a 2014 Obermann Fellow, Arndt will work on his book project, which looks at the works of Heinrich Schenker and Arnold Schoenberg, two of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. These composers spar with one another over various musical issues, and for the past 50 years, scholars have presented their ideas and music as diametrically opposed. His book argues that their conflict reflects tensions within their ideas rather than between them. By elucidating the commonality of these musical giants, his book sheds light on...
Participant , University of Iowa , English
Michael Hill's research focuses on post-Harlem Renaissance African American literature. As a 2014 Fall Obermann Fellow-in-Residence, Prof. Hill worked on his book project, Kinky Bourgeois: Sexual Initiation and Democratic Potential in Black Civil Rights Novels. Specifically, he worked on two chapters of a book—A Little Child Shall Lead Them: Adolescence in African American Novels, 1941–2008—that studies adolescent characters in African American novels. Focusing on the period from World War II to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., these chapters consider how...