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Radcliffe names 2005-06 fellows

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Drew Gilpin Faust, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Lincoln Professor of History, has announced the names of 51 women and men selected as 2005 – 06 Radcliffe Institute fellows. While at the institute, the fellows – among them creative artists, humanists, social scientists, and scientists working on projects ranging from cancer treatments to installation art – will work individually and across disciplines on projects chosen for both quality and long-term impact. Together, the fellows’ distinguished academic, professional, and creative endeavors are the center of a scholarly community convened to pursue and generate new knowledge.

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The Radcliffe Institute is unique among its peers because it accepts scholars from all academic disciplines and the creative arts into its residential community. “The purpose of a residential fellowship like ours is to bring artists and scholars together to interact in ways that will change both them and their work,” said Dean Faust. “We strive to offer enough similarity – clusters of common intellectual concern – and enough difference to generate intersections that are predictable as well as ones that are unanticipated and even surprising.”

This year, Radcliffe fellows in the creative arts will include director Lee Breuer, a co-founder of the Mabou Mines Theater Company; journalist and fiction writer Geraldine Brooks, author of “March,” a recently published novel about the largely absent father in Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”; and visual artist Sarah Sze, whose large-scale sculptures and installations have earned international acclaim.

Each year, a group of fellows converges within the larger fellowship program to focus both individually and collectively on specific areas of study. In the past, these thematic clusters have studied cosmology, computer science, immigration, and implicit bias. The 2005 – 06 class of fellows includes clusters in linguistics and economics.

In 2004, the Radcliffe Institute was designated as one of 11 host communities for the prestigious Burkhardt Fellowships. Stacy Klein, an associate professor of English at Rutgers University, will be Radcliffe’s first Burkhardt Fellow. In her project, “The Militancy of Gender and the Making of Sexual Difference in Anglo-Saxon Literature,” Klein will examine how sexual difference was represented through war and militancy in Old English literary, historical, and religious writings between 700 – 1100 A.D. Awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars support an academic year (normally nine months) of residence at a designated national or international residential research center.

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The 2005 – 06 Radcliffe Institute Fellows are as follows:

Katrin Becker, University of Utah, physics: “Flux Backgrounds in String Theory and the Standard Model of Elementary Particles.”

Melanie Becker, Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park, physics: “Flux Vacua of M-theory, Cosmology, and the Standard Model of Elementary Particles.”

Suzanne Preston Blier, Evelyn Green Davis Fellow, Harvard University, art history: “Antiquities at Ife: Violence, Disease, Power, and Art in Ancient Africa.”

Elizabeth Brainerd, Hrdy Fellow, Williams College, economics: “Red Mother, Red Worker: The Changing Lives of Russian Women over the 20th Century.”

Lee Breuer, Mabou Mines Theatre Company, playwriting: “La Divina Caricatura.”

Geraldine Brooks, Vera M. Schuyler Fellow, fiction writer, historical novel.

Vincent Brown, Lillian Gollay Knafel Fellow, Harvard University, history: “Specter in the Canes: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery.”

Ann Carlson, independent artist, dance: “CAke.”

Pierrette Cassou-Noguès, Institut de Mathematiques de Bordeaux, Universite Bordeaux I, mathematics: “Newton Trees and Algebraic Curves.”

Abigail Child, David and Roberta Logie Fellow, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, filmmaking: “The Suburban Trilogy: Part 3 ‘Surf + Turf.’”

Rey Chow, Brown University, cultural studies, “Sentimental Fabulations: Magical/Critical Thinking, Contemporary Chinese Films.”

Andrew Wender Cohen, American Fellow, Syracuse University, history, “Smuggling and Empire: The United States, 1870-1917.”

Rina Dechter, Emeline Bigelow Conland Fellow, University of California, Irvine, computer science: “Strategies For High-Performance Graph-Based Reasoning.”

Sharon Dolovich, UCLA School of Law, “The Eighth Amendment, Judicial Deference, and Constitutional Interpretation.”

Margarita Estevez-Abe, The Joy Foundation Fellow, Harvard University, political science, “Gendering the Varieties of Capitalism: Explaining Occupational Segregation by Gender in Advanced Capitalist Democracies.”

Alice Flaherty, Helen Putnam Fellow, Harvard Medical School: “All in Your Head: Brain Mechanisms of Denial and Disease.”

Mary-Louise Gill, Brown University, Classics: “Plato’s Missing Dialogue.”

Claudia Goldin,* Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow, Harvard University, economics: “Transitions: Career and Family in the Life Cycles of College Men and Women.”

Rachel S. Goldman, Augustus Anson Whitney Fellow, University of Michigan, materials science: “Directed Matrix Seeding of Semiconductor Nanostructure Arrays.”

Eva Haverkamp, “Walter Jackson Bate Fellow,” Rice University, history: “Christians and Jews at the Time of the First Crusade: Contours of Interactions.”

Tony Horwitz, independent author, nonfiction: “A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World from Viking Vinland to Pilgrim Plymouth.”

Tera W. Hunter, Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, history: “The Marriage Covenant Is at the Foundation of All Our Rights: Slave and Free Black Marriages in the 19th Century.”

Grazyna Jasienska, Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University, Collegium Medicum (Poland), anthropology, “The Fragile Wisdom of the Female Body: An Evolutionary View of Trade-Offs in Health and Disease.”

Nadira Dharshani Karunaweera, Ford Foundation International Fellow, University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), Biology: “Study of Genetic Diversity of Plasmodium Vivax Malaria Parasites in Sri Lanka.”

Lawrence F. Katz,* Harvard University, economics: “Transitions: Career and Family in the Life Cycles of College Men and Women.”

Stacy Klein, Burkhardt Fellow, Rutgers University, English literature: “The Militancy of Gender and the Making of Sexual Difference in Anglo-Saxon Literature.”

Vyvyane Loh, fiction author, novel.

Margaret McMillan, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow, Tufts University, economics: “Globalization and Labor Market Outcomes.”

Salem Mekuria, Wellesley College, filmmaking: “Ende Senbalaet (Grass in the Wind).”

J. Russell Muirhead, Harvard University, political science: “Left and Right: A Defense of Partisanship.”

Nancy J. Nersessian, Benjamin White Whitney Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, multidisciplinary, humanities: “Human Creativity in Science: An Integrated Look.”

Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts, mathematics: “Dynamic Networks with Applications: The Unified Theory of Projected Dynamical Systems and Evolutionary Variational Inequalities.”

Su Fang Ng, Bunting Fellow, University of Oklahoma, literature: “Translating Empire: Classicism and Colonialism Between East and West.”

Claudia Olivetti,* Boston University, economics: “Transitions: Career and Family in the Life Cycles of College Men and Women.”

Kathy Peiss, Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania, history: “The Librarian’s Secrets: Books, Intelligence, and Cultural Reconstruction in the World War II Era.”

Naomi Pierce, Harvard University, biology: “Life History Evolution of Blue Butterflies.”

Rebecca Jo Plant, Bunting Fellow, University of California, San Diego, women’s and gender studies: “The Repeal of Mother Love: Momism and the Reconstruction of Motherhood in Philip Wylie’s America.”

Geoffrey Pullum,** Constance E. Smith Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz, linguistics: “New Logical Foundations for Linguistics.”

Julie Reuben,* Harvard Graduate School of Education, education and economics, “Transitions: Career and Family in the Life Cycles of College Men and Women.”

James Rogers,** Jeanne Rosselet Fellow, Earlham College, computer science, “New Logical Foundations for Linguistics.”

Barbara C. Scholz,** Frieda L. Miller Fellow, San Jose State University, philosophy: “New Logical Foundations for Linguistics.”

Betty Shamieh, Marymount Manhattan College, playwriting: “Table of Honor.”

Diane Souvaine, Tufts University, computer science: “Impact of Computational Geometry on Depth-Based Statistics.”

Michael F. Suarez S.J., Fordham University, literature: “Mock Biblical Satire in England from Dryden to Fielding.”

Susan Suleiman, Marian Cabot Putnam Fellow, Harvard University, multidisciplinary, humanities: “Creativity and Childhood Trauma: Innovative Writing and Film by Child Survivors.”

Sarah Sze, Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow, Columbia University, visual arts: “The Art of Losing.”

Susan Terrio, Rita E. Hauser Fellow, Georgetown University, Anthropology: “Judging Mohammed at the Paris Palace of Justice.”

Eve M. Troutt Powell, Sargent-Faull Fellow, University of Georgia, history: “What Slaves Teach Us: Lessons on Race and Servitude from the Life of Saint Josephine Bakhita.”

Dmitri Tymoczko, Princeton University, music composition, “A New Tonality.”

Mary C. Waters, Harvard University, sociology, “The Transition to Adulthood.”

Luke Whitesell, Grass Fellow, University of Arizona and Whitehead Institute, MIT, biology: “An Essential Role for Heat Shock Protein Function in Cancer Evolution.”

* Economics cluster; ** Linguistics cluster