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.

Matthew Hart

Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Matt Hart specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, with an emphasis on modernism, poetry, and contemporary British fiction. He is also interested in connections between literature and the visual arts and between literary history and political history. Recent classes have focused on the question of Late Modernism, on Contemporary Black British Literature, and on rethinking the nation-state/transnationalism relation in contemporary writing and critical theory.  

Arden Hegele

Lecturer in English
Columbia University

Arden Hegele received her PhD from Columbia University in 2016. She specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and in the medical humanities. Her book project argues that Romantic poetry and prose borrow formal methods from medical science, especially pathology and psychiatry. Other interests include the gendered body, environmental science and technology, the British colonial project, and rare books. She is the author of “Romantic Autopsy and Wordsworth’s Two-Part Prelude,” which won the 2014 North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper and was subsequently published in European Romantic Review, as well as articles published or forthcoming in Romanticism, Partial Answers, Gender and Education, The Byron Journal, and Persuasions. Her book reviews are published or forthcoming in Public Books, Review 19, Studies in Romanticism, Victorian Network, Partial Answers and Avidly. She teaches in the Romantic Century, in the medical humanities, and from Homer to Morrison in Columbia’s Core course, “Literature Humanities."

Max Mishler

Lecturer in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Columbia University

Max Mishler received his PhD in History from New York University in 2016. His current book project, The Atlantic Origins of Mass Incarceration: Punishment, Abolition, and Racial Inequality,explores the intertwined history of slave-emancipation and the birth of the modern penitentiary in the Atlantic world. This research has been recognized and supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Council on Library Information Resources, the Institute for Historical Research, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Max’s work has appeared in Social Text and New Labor Forum. Prior to graduate school, Max was as an educator at a juvenile correctional facility and spent nearly a decade working as a union organizer with the Service Employees Union, Local 32BJ.

Natacha Nsabimana

2016 - 2017 Public Humanities Fellow
Columbia University

Public Humanities Fellow | Natacha Nsabimana is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology at Columbia University. Her dissertation is concerned with the everyday aftermath of violence in post-genocide Rwanda. It examines the ways in which the violence of the genocide against Tutsi occupies the spatial memory of Rwanda's landscape and the kinds of individual and national narratives such memory allows and disavows. Her project will engage young women at the Rose M Singer Center for Women on Rikers Island to produce a literary journal discussing social justice issues such as racism, slavery, incarceration and sexual violence through the prism of art. This project expands on existing programs developed by the Justice in Education Initiative at Columbia University, a collaboration between the Center for Justice and the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Sahar Ullah

2016 - 2017 Public Humanities Fellow
Columbia University

Public Humanities Fellow | Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is a Ph.D. candidate in Arabic and Comparative Literature at Columbia University where she teaches and is completing her dissertation on the role of the erotic prelude in medieval Arabic-Islamic poetics. Her research interests also include the classical in contemporary Arabic literature and representations of Muslims in late medieval and early modern European literature. As a Public Humanities Fellow, Sahar will curate an interactive public arts project that includes the works of Muslim storytellers, poets, and visual artists with a special attention to North American minorities and immigrants with roots from regions largely portrayed as conflict zones in U.S. media outlets.