Fellows

Whitney Laemmli

Lecturer in History
Columbia University

Whitney Laemmli received her PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Her research explores data recording and storage, the body, and the interactions between technical practice, artistic endeavor, and politics in the twentieth-century United States and Europe. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled The Choreography of Everyday Life: Labanotation and the Making of Modern Movement, which explores how a tool developed to record dance on paper in Weimar Germany found new life in the corporate boardrooms, robotics laboratories, and psychiatric hospitals of the mid-century U.S. and U.K. Other projects have investigated the material history of the ballet pointe shoe, the sexual rehabilitation of paraplegic World War II veterans, and the scientific study of primate art-making behavior. She has received support from the Social Science Research Council and the ACLS/Mellon Foundation. Her work has appeared in Technology and Culture, Osiris, and Limn.

Ana Paulina Lee

Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies
Columbia University

Ana Paulina Lee is Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian and Latin American Studies. Her research interests intersect across the fields of literary and cultural studies, political theory, performance, and memory studies. Her forthcoming book, Mandarin Brazil: Race, Representation and Memory. (Stanford University Press) is a historical study of Asian racial representation and formation in the nineteenth and twentieth-century context of Sino-Brazilian relations.

Celia Naylor

Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies
Barnard College, Columbia University

Celia E. Naylor is an Associate Professor in Africana Studies and History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Before joining the Barnard College faculty in 2010, she was Assistant Professor and then promoted to a tenured Associate Professor of History at Dartmouth College (2002-2010). 

Sean O’Neil

Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History
Columbia University

Sean O’Neil is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, where he studies the history of science in early modern Europe. His dissertation examines how the credibility of symbolic notations (e.g. algebraic symbolism, chemical formulae, stenography, etc.) was established during the Scientific Revolution, often despite trenchant critiques of their limitations. Prior to coming to Columbia, Sean earned bachelor’s degrees in linguistics and English literature at Truman State University in Missouri and a master's degree in folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. He also worked for five years as a high school instructor, teaching in the United States and Japan. 

Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Assistant Professor in Classics
Princeton 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.

Leah Pires

PhD Candidate in the Department of Art History
Columbia University

Leah Pires is a writer, curator, and educator currently completing a Ph.D. in the Department of Art History at Columbia University. Her research centers on questions of power, institutions, and critique as they have been engaged by artists since the 1960s, and her dissertation focuses on New York artist Louise Lawler and her collaborators. As a 2017-18 Public Humanities Fellow at the Heyman Center, Leah is continuing her work with the Center for Justice's Justice-in-Education Initiative by developing a workshop that shares exhibitions from New York museums with young women at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island.

Carmel Raz

Lecturer in Music
Columbia University

Carmel Raz is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows and a Lecturer in Music at Columbia University. She received her PhD in music theory from Yale in 2015, and holds a Masters degree in composition from the University of Chicago and a Diplom in violin performance from the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. Her research interests focus on the music and neural science of the early Romantic period, in particular the influence of different theories of cognition on musical works, instrument design, and aesthetics. She is also interested in eighteenth-century theories of attention, music theory in the Scottish Enlightenment, and the interaction between philosophical conceptions of volition and musical performance. Her academic work has been recognized and supported by the Theron Rockwell Field Dissertation Prize, a Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, a Mellon Graduate Achievement Award, and the Baden Württemberg Stiftung. She has published articles in 19th-Century Music, Laboratoire italien, Current Musicology, the Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, and the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies.Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Journal of Music Theory, 19th-Century Music, Laboratoire italien, Current Musicology, the Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, and the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies, and her chapters have appeared or are forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Opera and the Scientific Imagination, The Power of Music: Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Music, Emotions and Wellbeing, and Al-Andalus and its Jewish Diasporas: Musical Exodus. Starting in July 2018, she will be a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, leading a group entitled “Histories and Practices of Musical Cognition."

Anjuli Raza Kolb

Edward W. Said Fellow
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Williams College where she teaches postcolonial literature and theory. Her research areas include colonial science, medical history, the Gothic novel and horror, comparative literature, poetics, gender and sexuality studies, literary and critical theory, globalization and sovereignty, natural philosophy, and political Islam. Her current book project, Terror Epidemics: Islam, Insurgency, Colonialism, Disease uncovers the history of a ubiquitous metaphor rooted in nineteenth century colonial practice that figures Islamist terrorism as a twenty-first century epidemic. Concurrently with the Edward W. Said Fellowship, she will serve as an expert scholar in the Women’s Studies Program at City College New York in Fall 2017. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Discourse, The Boston Review, Triple Canopy, BookForum, Public Books, The Bennington Review, Syndicate, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.