Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows
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.
Jennifer Baca, B.A. (Stanford), Ph.D. (UCB), CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Studies
Matthew Goldmark, B.A. (Maryland), M.A., Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Spanish
A scholar of colonial Latin American studies with an emphasis on Iberian empire, Andean texts, and gender and sexuality studies. His research interests include colonial formations of gender and sexuality, Indigenous cultural productions, U.S. Latina/o studies, and relations between Eruopean colonialisms in the early Americas. His current book project, Bad Examples: The Troubled Futures of Kinship in Colonial Spanish America, explores the role of non-biological theories of reproduction in disputes over inheritance and authority in 16th- and 17th-century Spanish America. His research has appeared in Colonial Latin American Review and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Morten K. Hansen, B.A. (University of Copenhagen), M.A., Ph.D. (Virginia), Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English
Sarah Kingston, B.A. (William and Mary), M.S. (College of Charleston), Ph.D. (Maryland), Doherty Marine Biology Postdoctoral Scholar
A molecular ecologist studying gene flow across species boundaries as well as changing selective pressures associated with climate change. She utilizes natural population variation to link genotype and phenotype and has conducted research on many different taxa, from cetaceans to birds to molluscs. Currently, she is focusing on marine calcifiers in the Gulf of Maine and their adaptive potential in the face of ocean acidification. Her work on dolphin phylogenetics has appeared in BMC Evolutionary Biology and Journal of Heredity. Her hybrid zone work has appeared in the journals Evolutionary Ecology and Ecology and Evolution. Ongoing research leverages the genomic gradient across the blue mussel hybrid zone (Mytilus edulis and Mytilus trossulus) in the Gulf of Maine to link genetic variation with variance in calcification rates in response to lower pH, higher temperatures, and reduced food availabiltiy. She teaches Marine Molecular Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 2330 / ENVS 2233) in the newly founded Bowdoin Marine Science Semester.
Christina Knight, B.A. (Stanford), A.M., Ph.D. (Harvard), CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Theater
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. Courses taught: THTR 2503 / AFRS 2502 / DANC 2503 - Introduction to Black Performance Studies and THRT 2504 / GLS 2504 / GWS 2504 - American Queen: Drag in Contemporary Art Performance
Michael Kowal, B.A. (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts), M.A., Ph.D. candidate (Massachusetts-Amherst), Fellow in Digital and Computational Studies
A scholar of politics and computational scocial science. His research focuses on role of social and political networks, text, and public opinion in American politics. His dissertation examined the role of corporate trade association networks on the decision of firms to engage in political giving and lobbying. His research on campaign finance networks has appeard in the American Journal of Political Science and his work on the press event networks in the United States Senate has appeared in the journal Social Networks. Currently, his research projects include influence networks in the Senate, representation of minorities in the speech patterns of Members of Congress, campaign event networks, and the effect of ideological primary challengers on roll-call voting for Members of Congress. Course taught: DCS 2016 / GOV 2081 - Campaign Data in the Twenty-first Century
Brittany Lewis, B.A. (Macalester), M.A., Ph.D. (Minnesota), CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
A scholar of gender, sexuality and women's studies with specialities in black feminist thought, theroy, and social activism. Her book manuscript, A New Black Feminist Citizenry, argues that black women in North Minneapolis, MN are the most understudied resistant agents of change in the contemporary struggle over the rights of citizenship in urban America. In much scholarship on inner-city renewal, black women are figured as either culprits or passive subjects of urban decay. Her book proves contrary to this dominant discourse. She found that instead of simply acting as intermediaries on behalf of low-income black women and their families, black women organizers in the 1990s and 2000s committed their life's work to organizing the publically marginalized communities with which they identify to bring them to the local decision-making tables and make visible the uneven lanscapes of power in urban city governance. Courses taught: GWS 1035 / AFRS 1034 - Black Women's Political Activism and GWS 1101 - Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies
Karla Padron, B.A. (UCLA), M.A. (California State-Los Angeles), Ph.D. (Minnesota-Twin Cities), CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
A migration, labor, and gender studies scholar. Her community-based participatory research examines the social conditions of transgender Latina immigrants living in the U.S. today. Her book manuscript, Legal Injuries: Deportability and U.S. Immigration Policy in the Lives of Transgender Latina Immigrants examines the impact of immigration legislation and structural inequality in the lives of transgender Latina immigrants in the U.S. Through engaged ethnography and legal analysis, this project unpacks and makes visible the ways in which transgender Latina immigrants embody, internalize, contest, and mitigate the administrative power that U. S. immigration policy, social alienation, and the constant threat of deportation have on their daily existence. Courses taught: GWS 1101 - Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies and GSWS 2305 / LAS 2305- Transgender Latina Immigration: Politics of Labor and Belonging
Larisa Reznik, A.B. (Bowdoin), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion