Spring 2019 Fellows

Catherine Stewart
Participant , Cornell College , History
The recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship, Stewart is working on project titled “The New Maid: African American Women and Domestic Service During the New Deal," which provides a much needed social and cultural history of African American women who labored as household workers during the New Deal.
Jason Radley
Participant , University of Iowa , Psychological & Brain Sciences
Jason Radley’s work focuses on identifying neural pathways in the brain that are capable of reducing the negative effects of stress on the individual. His laboratory has recently identified a novel circuit in the rodent brain, whose malfunction may improve understanding of stress-related mental disorders. During his semester as an Obermann Fellow-in-Residence project, Dr. Radley will investigate the clinical literature to identify links between his findings and human brain imaging data, and complete a manuscript for publication and presentation at professional meetings.
Jenna Supp-Montgomerie
Participant , University of Iowa , Religious Studies and Communication Studies
Supp-Montgomerie is working on a book project titled "Fault Lines:  The Religious Infrastructure of the World’s First Cabled Network, which traces the involvement of religion—particularly American Protestantism—in creating and defining networks. At the advent of network technology, missionaries marketed telegraphs around the world, Christian tropes infused sustaining enthusiasm into American public discourse about telegraphy, new religious communities indelibly affiliated networks with utopianism, and religious forms of communication marked the idiomatic conventions of networks.
Mariola Espinosa
Participant , University of Iowa , History
Espinosa is working on a book project, "Fighting Fever in the Caribbean: Medicine and Empire, 1650-1902." This work introduces the development and application of key medical ideas of yellow fever from 1650 to 1900—from the benefits of elevation to the presumed threat of filthy conditions, from the idea of acclimatization to theories of racial immunity—into the study of how that disease shaped the struggle for empire at this intersection of the Atlantic world.