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Residential Faculty Research Fellows

Spring 2018 Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellows

Irene Chan, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, and Affiliate Professor, Asian Studies
Project: “Railroad Track of Violence: Stories about the Chinese in 19th Century America”

Railroad Track of Violence: Stories about the Chinese in 19th Century America is an interdisciplinary digital history and art project that examines and documents the forgotten history of violence against Chinese immigrants, using storytelling and new media. The proposed project will significantly expand the current multimedia collection of miniature art books to add personal narratives and songs to depict the horrific acts against the Chinese and the ways that these new Americans courageously fought back. A Dresher Center Research Fellowship would support time for extensive research of archival first-person sources that depict the lives and hardships of Chinese immigrants. These accounts will be transformed into personal narratives, read by performers, recorded and incorporated into the existing project. The final project will provide a robust multidimensional space for the audience to experience the live suffering and resistance of Chinese immigrants through personal stories and songs.

Amy Froide, Professor, History, and Affiliate Professor, Gender + Women’s Studies; Language, Literacy, and Culture
Project: “Eighteenth-Century England’s Charitable Corporation: A Cautionary Tale of Microlending, Financial Fraud, and Government Bailouts”

This project tells the story of the Charitable corporation, a forgotten experiment in eighteenth-century microfinance and a neglected example of the financial fraud endemic to the heady years of the early English stock market. I will examine the many actors caught up in this financial drama: female shareholders who lost all of their retirement money, poor artisans who lost the goods they put up to secure their loans, Scottish lairds who wound up before Parliamentary commissions, and shadowy money men skulking the streets of Exchange Alley. I will explore why the British Parliament deemed the Charitable Corporation ‘too big to fail’ and how they instituted a government bailout of the Corporation’s shareholders. And I will pursue the treasonous rumors that the Charitable Corporation was a shell company funneling money to the exiled Stuarts who were plotting to gain back the British throne.


Past Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellows 

Spring 2017

Calla Thompson, Visual Arts: “The Velvet Fist: Lesbian and Gay Liberation in 1981 Toronto”

Constantine Vaporis, History: “Sword and Brush: Portraits of Samurai Life in Early Modern Japan, 1600-1868”

Spring 2016

Denise D. Meringolo, History: “Radical Roots: Civic Engagement, Public History, and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism”

Craig Saper, Language, Literacy & Culture: “A Documentary Script Adaptation of Amazing Adventures of Robert Carlton Brown”

Spring 2015

Marjoleine Kars, History: “Freedom Marooned: The 1763 Slave Rebellion in Dutch Guyana”

Margaret Re, Visual Arts: “Design, Desire and Consumption: Contemporary American Textiles, Contemporary American Wallpaper, and Containers and Packaging”

Spring 2014

Kimberly R. Moffitt, American Studies: “Acting While Black (and Male) in Disney’s Land”

Carole McCann, Gender and Women’s Studies: “Malthus, Mathematics, and Modern Masculinity: Demographic Discipline and Mid-Twentieth Century Population Politics”

Spring 2013 (inaugural fellowship term)

Kate Brown, History: “Being There: Place, Space, and the Historical Method”

Preminda Jacob, Visual Arts: “The Painted Walls of Chennai: Street Semiotics in an Indian City”