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.
Dana Byrd, B.A. (Yale), M.A. (Delaware), Ph.D. (Yale), CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History, is a scholar of American art and material culture. Her research engages with questions of place and the role of objects in everyday life. Her book manuscript, "Reconstructions: The Material Culture of the Plantation, 1861-1877," examines the experience of the plantation during the Civil War through the end of Reconstruction. She is presently developing a project that examines the nineteenth-century representations of sociable interiors in three cosmopolitan cities: New Orleans, Paris, and London.
Bing Chen, B.E. (Shandong University), M.E. (Tsinghua University), M.A. (Duke), M.A., M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. (Michigan), Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics, researches household consumption and asset management, macroeconomics, and financial markets. He will teach financial analysis in the fall semester.
Crystal Hall, B.A. (Cornell), M.A., Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, scholary interests lie in early modern science and literature with a focus on Galileo Galilei. Her current projects investigate research and pedagogy in the digital humanities. Crystal is a member of the College's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative Steering Committee.
Yun Kim, B.A. (Baltimore), M.A., Ph.D. (American), Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics, research projects deal with the macroeconomic implications of household debt. His research investigates the effects of consumption emulation through borrowing on income distribution and economic growth; the interplay of financial deregulation, income distribution, aggregate demand, and the consumption emulation motive to understand the mechanisms of macroeconomic cycles; the implications of different consumption behaviors for macroeconomic stability.
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 233: Functions of a Complex Variable during Fall Semester 2013.
Casey Meehan, B.S. (Wisconsin-Madison), M.Ed. (Minnesota-Twin Cities), Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Madison), Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Education, is excited to teach courses that help students think deeply about the processes and goals of education. His scholarly work explores how U.S. high school curricula and teachers conceptualize the topic of global warming. Before coming to Bowdoin, Casey supervised student teachers and taught social studies methods courses at the University of Wisconsin.
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.
April Morris, B.A. (Hood), M.A. (Southern Methodist), Ph.D. (Texas-Austin), Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History, primary scholary interests lie in the Crusades, and include representations of Crusading ideology and cross-cultural influences. Currently, April is developing her dissertation monograph for publication and beginning work on an article and second monograph on the visual record of the Knights Templar in southwestern France. This fall she'll be teaching Art of Three Faiths and a seminar, The West and Its Easts: Form and Fantasy from Pliny to Ingres.
Katherine O'Doherty, B.A. (Notre Dame), M.S., Ph.D. (Vanderbilt), Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology, will teach Infant and Child Development and Introduction to Psychology. Her research examines how young children learn from one-on-one social interaction as compared to indirect social experiences such as overhearing a conversation or watching people on television. Kate is currently conducting a study on how young children learn pro-social skills (e.g., sharing) from television.
Laura Premack, B.A. (Wesleyan), Ed.M. (Harvard), M.A., Ph.D. (North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies and Latin American Studies, will be teaching seminars on Afro-Brazilian culture; global Pentecostalism; and demons and deliverance in the Atlantic world. 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), CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist who works in Puerto Rico. She is broadly interested how intentional communitities 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).
Nathaniel Rothschild, B.A. (Yale), M.Litt. (St. Andrews), Ph.D. (Chicago), Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, works primarily on Plato's and Aristotle's psychology. His interests include: non-rational thought in Plato and Aristotle, the ancient conception of psychic unity as virtue, and the central place of eros in Plato's account of the mind.
Nishtha Singh, B.A, M.A. (Delhi University), M.A., Ph.D. (Princeton), Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Asian Studies. Her scholarly interests lie in South Asian history, with a particular focus on South Asian Islam. Her dissertation looks at the making and un-making of Delhi as a center par excellence of Indo-Muslim urban culture between the late eighteenth and the early twentieth century. Her research suggests connections between the changing cultural profile of Delhi and the rooting of later nationalisms in South Asia.
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.
Kristina Toland, B.A., M.A. (Ohio State), Ph.D. (Northwestern), Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian, last worked at the American University of Central Asia where she has taught courses on Russian literature, art history and visual culture. Her scholarly interests include autobiographical writing, theater, visual arts, Russian modernism, and literary theory. Kristina is currently working on the post-Soviet period, but her scholary interests also include the in-depth study of Russian 20th century literature, identity politics, and media studies. She is working on a book project that probes the new aesthetics of electronic art and literature, focusing on autobiographical subjectivity as constituted through its relation to technics.