Fall 2017 Fellows
Blaine Greteman earned his MA in Renaissance literature at Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and his PhD from the University of California–Berkeley. For three years he was a staff writer for TIME Magazine in London, and he continues to write for popular magazines like TIME and The New Republic, as well as scholarly publications, including English Literary History and Renaissance Quarterly. His book, The Poetics and Politics of Youth in Milton's England, was published in April 2013 by Cambridge University Press.
Darrel Wanzer-Serrano is an associate professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy in the Department of Communication Studies, and a founding member of the Latina/Latino Studies Minor Advisory Board. Focused on communication and culture, he studies the ways in which colonialism continues to structure social relations—particularly with regard to Latina/o/x contexts, and issues of race and ethnicity—even after specific colonial administrations have crumbled.
Jessica Welburn Paige is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on how African Americans think about inequality and social mobility in the post-Civil Rights Era, including their experiences with racism and discrimination and urban inequality. She is the co-author of Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel (Princeton University Press 2016).
Kim Marra is a theater historian whose books include Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in American Theatre, 1865–1914 (University of Iowa Press, 2006, winner of Joe A. Callaway Prize) and three co-edited volumes from the University of Michigan Press: Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater History (1998), its sequel Staging Desire (2002), and The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Figures in American Stage History in the Pre-Stonewall Era (2005).
Hannah is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Obermann Center. He earned his PhD from the University of Oregon in June 2015. He studies Anglo-American modernism, twentieth-century literature, and digital humanities. His dissertation, Networks of Modernism: Toward a Theory of Cultural Production, analyzes modernism as the product of diffuse transatlantic interactions among individuals.
Dr. Pérez is Assistant Professor of Early Modern Spanish Literature at Grinnell College, where her research interests include Spanish drama, visual culture, transatlantic studies, and art. During her semester at the Obermann Center, Pérez will work on two projects. One uses digital tools in a large-scale metadata investigation of publishing networks, asking how universities used strategic funding of festivals, celebrations, and festival books to shape early modern Spanish culture; the other is a graphic memoir that explores the challenges faced by women of color in higher education.
Naomi Greyser is associate professor of Rhetoric, English, and Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa, where she is also executive director of the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry. Greyser’s research and teaching span the areas of American literature and culture, critical race and gender theory; affect studies and new materialism; the rhetorical arts; and critical university studies.
Dr. Kyle is an associate professor of Humanities and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is the author of Medicine and Humanism in Late Medieval Italy: the Carrara Herbal in Padua (Routledge, 2017). Kyle's work focuses on illustrated botanical manuscripts (herbals) as sites of convergence for Pan-Mediterranean medical and artistic traditions and humanist enterprises, particularly in the courts of northern Italy and in Venice during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.