In recent years, Bowdoin College has been fortunate to create positions for a number of postdoctoral teaching fellows. These fellowships are connected to a variety of programs, including the Consortium for Faculty Diversity, endowed positions such as the Doherty postdoctoral fellowships in marine biology, and grant-funded positions, such as the National Science Foundation-funded Mathematics and Climate Research Network position. In 2011-12, we welcomed the first cohort of postdocs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Postdoctoral fellows form an important part of our faculty, allowing Bowdoin to offer exciting new classes in emerging fields or new sub-disciplines, as well as creating important connections to graduate programs and advisors for many of our students contemplating graduate study. The Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs works closely with academic departments and programs to provide support for our postdoctoral fellows by fostering research, mentoring teaching, and helping them prepare for academic employment following their time at Bowdoin.
Cory Charles Gooding, B.A. (Haverford), M.A., Ph.D. (UCLA), CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Government, is a scholar of race, ethnicity and politics. His research interests include political behavior, black politics, migration, and citizenship. His recent publication, "Racism, Body Politics, and Football," examines the political significance of anti-black racism in international football (soccer). His current research project examines group-based identity, socio-political attitudes and political behavior among Afro-Caribbeans in the United States during the Barack Obama administration.
Alanna Hoyer-Leitzel, B.A. (St. Olaf), M.S., Ph.D. (University of Minnesota), Ed Lorenz Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mathematics of Climate Change, researches dynamical systems as applied to physical applications. Her dissertation examined bifurcations and linear stability of relative equilibria configurations of 1+N vortices. Her research as a postdoctoral fellow focuses on applying the ideas of resilience to mathematical models in climate and ecology.
Brian Kim, B.A., B.S. (UCLA), M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D. (Columbia), Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, spends a lot of his time thinking about how we should deliberate given our limited resources. He is skeptical of the idea that there are all-things-considered best choices for human agents, and his current research explores the consequences of rejecting this notion for our theories of rationality and knowledge.
Christina Knight, B.A. (Stanford), A.M., Ph.D. (Harvard), CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Theater, is a scholar of contemporary visual art and performance. Her research interests include the connection between embodied practices and identity, the relationship between race and the visual field, and the queer imaginary. Her book manuscript, "Performing Passage: Contemporary Artists Stage the Slave Trade" focuses on representations of the Middle Passage in American visual art and performance during the 80s and 90s. She is presently developing a project that engages with drag in various sites including reality television, museums, and New Orleans "sissy bounce" music.
Justin Marks, B.S. (Westmont), M.S., Ph.D. (Colorado State), Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics, research interests center on geometic data analysis: utilizing the geometric structure of large data sets via linear algebra methods to aid in classification and clustering tasks. He will be developing means on matrix manifolds and analyzing particular real-world data sets such as hyperspectral imagery of bio-chemical plumes. Justin will teach Math 1700: Integral Calculus and Math 2206: Probability during Fall Semester 2014.
Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Museum of Art, curates exhibitions and develops interdisciplinary projects with Bowdoin faculty at the Museum of Art. Her dissertation explored creative exchanges among television and video artists from Chile, Argentina and New York City during the 1970s and 1980s. She is currently working on a research project involving science fiction and the arts of the Americas.
Laura Premack, B.A. (Wesleyan), Ed.M. (Harvard), M.A., Ph.D. (North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Studies, will teach Latin American Studies 2170/History 2270: History of Brazil during Fall Semester 2014. A global historian who does comparative and transnational work, Laura will be continuing her work on the global Pentecostal movement in Brazil and Nigeria, as well as beginning new projects on the Spiritist publishing industry in Brazil and on the cultural history of exorcism.
Melissa Rosario, B.A. (Wesleyan), M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell), Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist who works in Puerto Rico. She is broadly interested in how intentional communities and temporary resistance spaces can be mobilized to further the project of decolonizing the self and one's relationship to other subjects, species, and place(s).
Susan Taffe Reed, B.A. (Colgate University), M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell University), CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Music, is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work navigates in and between the fields of Ethnomusicology and American Indian Studies, as she shapes a holistic approach to understanding the interconnectivity of music and Native life, past and present. Her current research focuses on music and dance in relation of continuity and change, language, kinship, complementarity, and pathways to revitalization.