Department of Classics
2019 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Yates received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her project titled “The ‘Chain-Saw’ in Archaic Greek quarries on Naxos and Paros”.

Investigating the mysterious grooves in the stone surrounding the unfinished Apollonas Colossus on Naxos, this project proposes the ancient Greeks’ usage of a large ‘chain saw’ in marble quarrying. It sheds light on the poorly understood marble quarrying and carving processes of ancient Greece, and suggests that the production of large-scale marble statues was very much a team or even a community effort.

Department of English
2019 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Yan received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her project titled “Correspondences on the Human Frame: Anatomy, Literature, and Form in the Victorian Era”.

In 1828, a national crisis erupted in Britain following the revelation that the unmet demand for anatomical subjects in medical schools had prompted two body-snatchers, William Burke and William Hare, to commit murder for profit from sales of “fresh” bodies. As a result, the British government and public were suddenly plunged into a new era where the value and practices of anatomy needed to be redefined for a modern age. In Correspondences on the Human Frame, Yan traces this critical reshaping of anatomy as subject by uncovering a forgotten history of collaboration between scientific and literary writers attempting to negotiate what “anatomizing” should mean in the face of a major biomedical ethics scandal. Reading nineteenth-century scientific treatises alongside short stories, novels, and literary essays on anatomizing as representational practice, she argues that nineteenth-century thinkers of diverse intellectual and class backgrounds were attempting to promote “anatomy” as more than just a material practice of dissection. Recovering a series of such “lost correspondences,” Yan locates in the scientific and literary prose an idealized concept of anatomy as a universal practice aligning artists, philosophers, and scientists in the common pursuit of an ethical approach to studying and representing bodies.

Department of English
2019 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Steverson received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her project titled “African American Literature and Disability: Toward a Black Critical Disabilities Studies Approach”.

Representations of disability permeate African American literature, from the beginning of the African American literary tradition to the contemporary period. In African American Literature and Disability: Toward a Black Critical Disabilities Studies Approach, Steverson examines the myriad ways that African American authors conceptualize black identity through disability rhetorics, which particularly focus on theories of embodiment. Throughout history, disability as an identity has been largely stigmatized. Yet, the black body since its inception in the western world, as Steverson argues, has been constructed as inherently disabled. In her project, she attends to how, in African American literature, race and disability collude at a given historical period. She suggests that the ways in which narratives about race and disability are constructed historically both subconsciously and consciously affect the way African American authors consider notions of black identity in their works. Situating the texts historically, using a methodological approach which labelled a Black Critical Disabilities Studies Approach, Steverson examines how black authors construct the black self as posited through narratives of race and disability.

Department of History
2019 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Caputo received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her project titled “A Jew in the Margins: Petrus Alfonsi and the Figure of the Medieval Convert”.

Petrus Alfonsi converted from Judaism to Christianity in the early 12th century and quickly rose to a position of significance in Iberia and beyond. Shortly after converting, he penned Dialogi contra iudaeos, a dialog between Petrus and his pre-conversion Jewish self, Moses. Both events took place at a time when converts to Christianity played an increasingly active role in shaping the public discourse concerning the legal and theological role of Jews and Judaism in the Christian world. Yet, the convert was an ambivalent figure among Christians and Jews alike. This book examines the religious and cultural factors that informed the way Alfonsi crafted a textual self-representation first as a convert and then as a Christian, which shaped the reception and interpretation of his work from the twelfth through the sixteenth century.

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Japanese)

2018-2019 Library Enhancement Grant

Christopher Smith, on behalf of the Japanese program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures received a Library Enhancement Grant to acquire materials necessary to expand the library’s collection of primary source material and scholarship in the fields of Japanese comics and animation, manga, and related visual cultural fields. The grant will add to the UF Smathers Libraries’ comics collection with more foundational primary and secondary sources in manga studies, focusing mainly on primary source material from the 1950s to the 1980s. Adding both English language and Japanese language materials will benefit faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students studying and doing research in Japanese, English, or Film and Media Studies Programs.

Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science
2018-2019 Rothman Doctoral Fellow

Alexandria Wilson received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation project titled “Framing Exploitation: The Women’s Movement and Anti-trafficking Policy in East Central Europe.” She used her funds to conduct fieldwork in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.

Ph.D. Candidate, History
2018-2019 Tedder Doctoral Fellow

J. Lucien D. (Luc) Houle is the Program Coordinator at the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.  He was awarded the 2019 Waldo W. Neikirk Award for the Graduate Student Summer Residency at the National Humanities Center.  He earned his B. A. in History from University of North Florida and his M. A. in History from the University of Florida.

Luc received a Tedder Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation project titled “On the Margins of Medieval Power: Ramon Berenguer V and Mobility,” which explores how power functioned in thirteenth-century Provence and the implications of this for a broader understanding of mobility and power in the Middle Ages. Read More “Luc Houle”

Ph.D. Candidate, Religion
2018-2019 Rothman Doctoral Fellowship

In her dissertation, The Goddess and Dancing Śiva in the Multiple Ritual Worlds of Chidambaram Shaw takes a Goddesscentric approach to the stories and life of Chidambaram, which is a temple town famous for being home to Dancing Śiva. This approach allows her to explore a myriad of narrative layers, which are often overlooked when a study focuses upon a male deity and the elite males who worship him. Her overarching research questions ask: how does turning to Goddess stories, to the Goddess within the God stories, to marginalized voices along with elite ones, and to the practices of regular people enrich the historical archive? How does this grow our understanding of Hindu temples and Hindu Traditions? Read More “Jodi Shaw”

Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology and Criminology & Law
2018-2019 Rothman Doctoral Fellow


Tameka Samuels-Jones addressed questions about conflicting state regulations and indigenous cultural beliefs in the Blue and John Crow Mountains of Jamaica in her talk. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 the site is still threatened by illegal deforestation, water pollution, and poaching. Focusing on three groups — the maroons, Rastafarians, and local coffee farmers — Samuels-Jones’ work provided insight into the cultural and legal factors that determine how to govern natural resources successfully. Read More “Tameka Samuels-Jones”

Department of Religion and Center for Jewish Studies
2017 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

During the summer of 2017, with the support of the Rothman Fellowship, Dr. Kawashima began research on his proposed book project, The Pentateuch: An Interpretation, his attempt to read that narrative stretching from Genesis through Deuteronomy as if it was a novel, while also taking into consideration the Documentary Hypothesis, according to which the Pentateuch was written by four principle writers and later combined by an editor. Read More “Robert Kawashima”