Fellows

Rachel Adams

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Rachel Adams is a writer and Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous academic articles and book reviews, as well as three books: Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (Yale University Press, 2013), which won the Delta Kappa Gamma Educators' Award; Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination and Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (both published by the University of Chicago Press). She is co-editor (with Benjamin Reiss and David Serlin) of Keywords for Disability Studies (NYU Press, 2015), (with David Savran) of The Masculinity Studies Reader (Blackwell, 2002) and editor of Kate Chopin's The Awakening (Fine Publications, 2002). Her public writing has also appeared in such places as the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education and the Times of London. In 2012 she won a Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty award.

Mary Grace Albanese

PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Public Humanities Fellow at the Heyman Center Mary Grace Albanese is a doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.As a Public Humanities Fellow, Mary Grace will create a forum for the collection, translation, and publication of Haitian history as told by Haitians themselves. Through a trans-lingual oral history initiative, the project aims to preserve and transmit contemporary Haitian narratives.

Maggie Cao

David F. Grey Assistant Professor, Art Department
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities 2015 -16 Maggie Cao is a scholar of American art and material culture. She received her doctorate in art history from Harvard University in 2014 and did postdoctoral work at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows before coming to UNC in 2016.

Brian Goldstone

Post-doctoral Fellow
Columbia University

Justice-in-Education Fellow Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities 2012 - 15 Brian Goldstone is a social-cultural anthropologist of contemporary Africa.

Emily Hainze

PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Public Humanities Fellow Emily Hainze is a doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she writes and teaches about 19th- and 20th-century American literature. As a Public Humanities Fellow at the Heyman Center, Emily will work to develop an online repository for digitized archival records of women and imprisonment, with an eye towards classroom use.

Hidetaka Hirota

Visiting Assistant Professor
The City College of New York

  Hidetaka Hirota is a historian of the United States with particular interests in immigration, race and ethnicity, political economy, and transnational history. Before joining City College, he was a Mellon Research Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in History from Boston College, where his dissertation was awarded the university’s best humanities dissertation prize.

Murad Idris

Assistant Professor of Political Science

University of Virginia

Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities  Murad Idris received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. His current research focuses on issues of war and peace in ancient, modern, and contemporary thought, in both Euro-American and Islamic traditions.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Lecturer in the Classics
Columbia University

Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities 2015 -16 Dan-el Padilla Peralta studies the history of the Roman Republic and Empire, with a particular focus on trends in religious practice. He received his PhD in Classics from Stanford University in 2014 and holds previous degrees from Princeton and Oxford. While at Stanford, he held the university’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, intended to reward and encourage work across the disciplines.