Faculty Fellows Profiles

2019-20 Faculty Fellows 
The 2019 faculty fellows

Clockwise from top left: Javier Cikota,
Herrlinger, Jennifer Clarke Kosak,
Dharni Vasudevan,
Willi Lempert, Adanna Jones

Javier Cikota – History and Latin American Studies

Javier Cikota is an Assistant Professor of History and Latin American Studies.  He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2018.  He is a historian of Modern Latin America, with a special interest in state formation and nationalism, race and belonging, the history of family and gender.  In the fall of 2018 he is teaching a seminar on “deviancy” in Latin America, and a course on Revolutions which includes a large role-playing component to give students the possibility to embody historical actors at critical moments during revolutionary periods. During this year-long fellowship Javier will focus on deploying interactive activities (role playing/ simulation/etc) to build equity. 

Page Herrlinger – History

Page Herrlinger is Associate Professor of History. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1998. Her research focuses on the intersection between religious belief and everyday life in modern Russia, especially the relationship between faith, class, and gender.  She is designing a new lecture course on women in modern Europe to be offered in Spring 2020, with an emphasis on learning through visual culture (art, photographs, posters, and film). During her fellowship, she will be exploring new techniques to help foster an inclusive, collaborative learning environment in class, while working to design on-line activities to inspire students to engage with - and learn from - each other outside the classroom as well.

Adanna Kai Jones (aka Dr. J) - Dance

Adanna Kai Jones (aka. Dr. J) is an innovative educator, who values any chance to critically grow and expand her pedagogy. She received her Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and her BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts—Rutgers University. Thereafter, she performed in professional dance companies based in NYC, including Souloworks with Andrea E. Woods. Currently, her book project uses multi-sited, transnational ethnography to track the ways in which Caribbean dance and dancers play an integral role in the support and preservation of contemporary Caribbean identity politics within the US. Overall, she is excited to be a B.C.L.T. Faculty Fellow, especially because it gives her the time and opportunity to curate a course that intentionally promotes and supports students with diverse learning backgrounds and skills.

Jennifer Kosak- Classics

Jennifer Kosak  is an Associate Professor of Classics. She specializes in Greek language, literature and culture, with particular research interests in Greek tragedy and epic poetry, Greek medicine, and gender in the ancient Mediterranean world. As a faculty fellow, she is interested in learning new ways to create an engaged, dynamic classroom environment in which students participate actively in their own learning. She will focus especially on her Ancient Greek Theater course, in an effort to find ways to develop an inclusive experience in which students of diverse backgrounds connect to the material and grow intellectually.

Willi Lempert - Anthropology

Willi Lempert is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bowdoin College and has conducted over two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Broome and Balgo with Goolarri and PAKAM media organizations. Through collaboration on production teams, he aims to understand the social life of Aboriginal filmmaking to better understand the relationship between Indigenous self-representation, sovereignty, and everyday life. His research engages the paradoxical relationship between the production of films that vividly imagine hopeful and diverse Indigenous futures, and the defunding of Aboriginal communities and organizations. He is especially excited to develop a collaborative curriculum for his spring course on the anthropology of gesture. 

Dharni Vasudevan - Chemistry and Environmental Studies

Dharni Vasudevan is a Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies.  Her research is concerned with the fate of pharmaceuticals and pesticides in the natural environment. Specifically her research group focusses on how these chemicals interact with mineral surfaces in soils and aquatic environments. Dharni team-teaches Introduction to Environmental Studies and Perspectives in Environmental Science.  She also teaches Environmental Chemistry, and advanced courses on the environmental fate of chemicals.  During this fellowship, she would like to design ways to enhance the level of engagement in the Environmental Science course by leveraging active learning approaches to reach all students irrespective of their academic interests, background and experience.  Further, she would like to create mechanisms to continually self-reflect and identify pedagogical techniques that create an inclusive classroom dynamics.