Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Hurford Center hosts two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows each academic year. Haverford has a profound stake in ensuring continuity in the tradition of scholar-teachers. The college offers opportunities for faculty development through intimate interdisciplinary exchange and innovative pedagogy and provides an ideal setting for cultivating the creative energies of young scholars. At the same time, Haverford has much to gain from the steady infusion of fresh intellectual and pedagogical perspectives brought by the Postdoctoral Fellows.
The program offers five key instruments of professional advancement: meaningful teaching (Fellows teach one course per term); collaborative intellectual exploration (through participation during the first year in the year-long Faculty Seminar); interaction with the broader world of scholarship and public life (through the staging of a symposium connected to the Fellow's teaching and research interests, which occurs in the spring semester of the Fellow’s second year); mentoring (through association with host departments and programs); and the time and resources for scholarly endeavor (a reduced teaching load, support for research and travel).
We seek scholar/practitioners interested in the study of environment, intervention arts, sustainability, and design.
The area of specialization is open, but might include anthropology, geography, landscape design/architecture, or sustainability studies. Candidates should have broad theoretical and interdisciplinary interests.
During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar led by Professors Markus Baenziger (Fine Arts) and Joshua Moses (Anthropology/Environmental Studies), entitled Environmental Design, Sustainability, and Artistic Intervention. Applicants should make clear the nature of their potential contributions to this interdisciplinary seminar. The seminar will focus on the intersection of arts with the politics of sustainability, and will explore relationships among pedagogy, practice and theory in response to current pressing environmental challenges. We are particularly interested in candidates who have applied skills and theoretical knowledge in permaculture, restoration ecology, or other ecological design principles. (Download Seminar Description » )
In the second year, the Mellon Fellow will organize and present a spring symposium related to his or her field funded by the Hurford Center. During each of the four semesters at Haverford College, the Mellon Fellow will teach one course at the introductory/intermediate or advanced level.
Should you have any questions, please email to Kerry Nelson. email@example.com.
Deadline: January 9, 2019
Position Begins: Fall, 2019
Candidates who earned their Ph.D. no earlier than 2014 and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 9, 2019, are eligible to apply.
- Elena Guzman
Elena H. Guzman is a documentary filmmaker, educator, and anthropologist. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University. Her research focuses on the performative imaginings of the nation, state, and cross border communities on the southern border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Currently, she is working on revising her dissertation into a book manuscript entitled Entangled Borders: Performance on the Edge of Nations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In addition to her work as a scholar, Elena is also a documentary filmmaker. She co-directed a film entitled Bronx Lives (2014) that explores homelessness for Latinx and African Americans in New York. She is also the director and executive producer of the film Smile4Kime, currently in post-production, that explores the intersections of race, gender, and mental health. As a part of her work in film, she co-founded a feminist filmmaking collective called Ethnocine and is a producer of the podcast Bad Feminists Making Films.
Shannan L. Hayes is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Program in Literature and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She holds an M.A. in Continental Philosophy with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University (2012), where she also earned an M.F.A in sculpture and installation (2009). Her research and writing explores the politics of art and aesthetics in late capitalism, with an emphasis on feminist political thinking around affect, identity, social reproduction, and participatory world-building.
In addition to teaching classes at the intersection of Visual Studies and Gender Studies at Haverford, Hayes will be completing her dissertation entitled An Aesthetic Disposition: Art, Social Reproduction, and Feminist Critique. This project focuses on the work of three contemporary artists: Simone Leigh, Roni Horn, and Mika Rottenberg. The dissertation spans a range of media and content, from a work of black feminist health-care centered social practice art (Leigh), to a set of “androgynous” minimalist glass sculptures (Horn), to a series of Rube Goldberg-like video works depicting women in absurd scenes of global production (Rottenberg).
Hayes has taught undergraduate courses in studio art, writing, visual cultural studies, and women’s and gender studies since 2006. In addition to classroom teaching, she has led tours as the Mellon Teaching Fellow at the Nasher Museum of Art and served for four years as the site coordinator and academic instructor of an 8-week race and gender social justice themed immersive learning program in New York called The Moxie Project. Her publications include a forthcoming article in Women & Performance entitled “Counterpublic and Counterprivate: Zoe Leonard, David Wojnarowicz, and the Political Aesthetics of Intimacy” (co-authored with Max Symuleski), and the 2013 article “Justice Regained: The Objects and Lessons of Object Lessons” published in Feminist Formations. She will defend her dissertation in March of 2020.