Our program contained a misnomer this year, as 111 Church Street was closed, and we were all working from home. Nonetheless, our Fellows met every other week to share their projects, which included book chapters, articles, and grant proposals. This group of scholars provided more than typical workshop advice, though that is always very helpful (especially when it comes from such an interdisciplinary group). They also generously offered much-needed emotional and intellectual support, as Spring Fellow Theresa Donofrio shared with us.

2020–21 Fellows

  • Chloe Angyal, Independent scholar — Fall 2020 & Spring 2021
    A journalist from Sydney, Australia, who lives in Coralville, IA, Angyal completed a book, Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers is Saving Ballet From Itself (Bold Type Books, 2021).
  • Lucas Carr, Human & Health Physiology, CLAS — Fall 2020
    Carr designed and tested physical activity interventions to advance the health and well-being of populations at risk for sedentary-related diseases.
  • Shuang Chen, History, CLAS — Fall 2020
    Chen wrote an article, “Demography of Qing China,” that has been accepted for publication in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. It provides a comprehensive review of up-to-date research and findings about the demography of the Qing dynasty. She also researched primary sources for her book project, from published official histories to administrative documents and legal cases preserved in local archives.
  • E Cram, Communication Studies, CLAS — Fall 2020
    Cram, who works at the intersection of sexuality, land use, violence, and environmental memory, drafted an essay about the photography of so-called megafires and how these images can be used to communicate the cultural histories of landscape, labor, and intimacy. They also responded to readers’ reviews of their forthcoming book, Violent Inheritance.
  • Rodica Curtu, Mathematics (CLAS) and Iowa Neuroscience Institute — Fall 2020
    Curtu analyzed behavioral data collected by a colleague’s neurology lab from rodent experiments on how the brain evaluates the passage of time.
  • Theresa Donofrio, Communication Studies (Coe College) — Spring 2021
    Coe College faculty member Donofrio reconsidered her work on memorials and drafted an essay in the area of care studies.
  • Kendall Heitzman, Asian & Slavic Languages, CLAS — Fall 2020
    Heitzman focused on two projects: a study of a group of 1960s UI International Writing Program poets from Japan and the history of resident Japanese writers during the early days of the IWP.
  • Eric Hirsch, Earth & Environment (Franklin & Marshall College) — Spring 2021
    Hirsch drafted an essay, “Neoliberal Adaptation: Climate Change and the Reinvention of Development in Peru” and completed revisions of his forthcoming book Investing in Indigeneity (March 2022).
  • Juan Pablo Hourcade, Computer Science, CLAS — Fall 2020
    Hourcade worked on revisions to the second edition of his book, Child-Computer Interaction, which will be published in 2022.
  • Michael E. Moore, History, CLAS — Spring 2021
    Moore worked on chapters of his book project, The Cadaver Trial of Pope Formosus: The End of Carolingian World Order. 
  • Jason Rantanen, UI College of Law — Fall 2020
    A patent scholar, Rantanen analyzed the rise in writs of mandamus in cases involving big tech, which some view as aggressive attempts to move these cases to areas less familiar with their technicalities.
  • Carol Severino, Rhetoric, CLAS — Spring 2021
    The director of the UI Writing Center, Severino analyzed student writing samples, tutorial recordings from the English and Spanish Writing Centers, and UI survey results on writing across the curriculum.

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