Spring 2016 Fellows

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Participant , University of Iowa* , Spanish & Portuguese
Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez is an associate professor specializing in Early Modern Spanish Literature. She has published articles on Christian-Muslim relations in the Mediterranean during the 16th and 17th centuries, and a book exploring Spanish textual manifestations of the phenomenon of captivity during this period (Letras liberadas: Cautiverio, escritura y subjetividad en el Mediterráneo de la época imperial española. Madrid: Visor Libros, 2013). She is currently writing a book on Spanish presence in the Philippines during the first centuries of Spain's colonial rule of the...
Participant , University of Iowa , Urban & Regional Planning, Graduate College
Dr. Charles Connerly joined the University of Iowa planning program in 2008 as professor and director. His research has been published in top journals, and he authored a book published by the University of Virginia Press, The Most Segregated City in America: City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920-1980 (2005). Most recently, he co-edited Growth Management in Florida: Planning for Paradise (2007). The Most Segregated City was named one of the top 10 planning books in 2006 by Planetizen. In 2007 the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning named the...
Participant , University of Iowa , English
Author of Where My Heart Is Turning Ever: Civil War Stories and Constitution Reform, 1861-1876, Dr. Diffley has also edited To Live and Die: Collected Stories of the Civil War, a volume drawn from stories that first circulated in the magazines of the 1860s and 1870s. Both books have been funded by the NEH, and her continuing research has been supported as well by a Howard Foundation Fellowship. She has just edited Witness to Reconstruction, a collection of essays about Constance Fenimore Woolson’s sojourns in the mysterious and ravaged postwar South. During her...
Participant , University of Iowa , Rhetoric
Mary Trachsel is an associate professor in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of Iowa. She is a native Iowan, having grown up on a family farm near Sumner in Bremer County, Northeast Iowa, where she developed a lifelong interest in the natural environment and in human-animal relationships. Now, as a rhetoric scholar, she studies human-nonhuman animal communication and the rhetoric of environmental advocacy. Her current project is called Reviving Biophilia, a book that explores the historical development of human-animal relations in academic settings and considers academic...
Participant , Grinnell College , English
Shanna Greene Benjamin, Associate Professor of English at Grinnell College, is a literary critic and biographer who studies the literature and lives of black women. She has published on African American literature and black women's literary history in MELUS, African American Review, Studies in American Fiction, and PMLA. While in residence at the Obermann Center, Professor Benjamin will complete Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay. In January 2006, Nellie Y. McKay, the Evjue-Bascom Professor of American and African-American Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...