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Elisabeth Camp

2d Faculty Fellows Elisabeth CampThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. She obtained her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to Rutgers in 2013. Her research focuses on thoughts and utterances that don’t fit within the standard philosophical model of the human mind as a propositional operator. In the realm of communication, this includes phenomena like metaphor, sarcasm, and slurs. In the realm of minds, it extends to maps, non-human animal cognition, imagination, and emotion. Recent publications include “Why Metaphors Make Good Insults: Perspectives, Presupposition, and Pragmatics” (Philosophical Studies, 2015) and “Wordsworth’s Prelude, Poetic Autobiography, and Narrative Constructions of the Self” (, 2011).

Area of Interest: Cognitive perspectives and imagination, metaphor, sarcasm, slurs, maps, concepts, and animal cognition.

Manu Chander

ChanderCroppedThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, and a PhD from Brown University. He has published essays on Immanuel Kant, Pierre Bourdieu, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Percy Shelley and has recently completed a monograph titled Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century, which traces the influence of British Romanticism on South Asian, Australian, and Guyanese poets. He is currently developing a second book project on literary controversies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Areas of Interest: British Romanticism, world literature, postcolonialism, poetry, and aesthetic theory.

Lynn Festa

2d Faculty Fellows Lynn FestaThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France (2006) and the co-editor of The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory (2009). Her current project explores the way Enlightenment authors elaborated the distinction between human and animal around the relation each takes to things such as tools or works of art. She argues that eighteenth-century writers saw humanity not as a known quantity to be mimetically represented, but as something that had to be defined and produced through the manual and the liberal arts— through work understood as labor, as crafted artifact, and as aesthetic object.

Areas of Interest: Eighteenth-century British and French literature; material culture; art history (still life and trompe l'oeil); work and labor; definitions of humanity; distinctions between humans and animals.

Jeffrey Friedman

FriedmanCroppedThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor of Dance Studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts. He holds a professional B.Arch (Cornell/Oregon, 1979), was a working dance artist in San Francisco from 1979-1997, and received the PhD in Dance History and Theory from University of California-Riverside (2003). He has created over forty performance works, including his solo work Muscle Memory based on Legacy, his oral history archive held at the San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design. His publications include book chapters for Oxford, Routledge, Palgrave, and Epodium (Germany), and refereed articles in the UK, New Zealand, Korea, Germany, Spain and U.S.

Areas of Interest: Dance philosophy and aesthetics; oral and kinesthetic modes of cultural transmission; phenomenological time and temporal modes of art-making and performance; interdisciplinary performance practices, including dance and architecture (specially site-sensitive and site-specificity).

Suzy Kim

2d Faculty Fellows Suzy Kim croppedThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor of Korean History in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University. Her publications include a guest-edited volume of Cross-Currents: East Asian History & Culture Review on “(De)Memorializing the Korean War” (March 2015) and Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 (2013), which received the 2015 James Palais Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. She is currently preparing a monograph on the cultural history of gender formations in North Korea during the Cold War.

Areas of Interest: Modern Korean history, gender studies, cultural studies, and critical theory.

Jane Sharp

pic template femaleJane Sharp is Associate Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, where she also acts as Research Curator of the Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Her research focuses on Russian avant-garde and Soviet unofficial art. Her book Russian Modernism between East and West: Natal’ia Goncharova and the Moscow Avant-Garde, 1905-14 (2006) won the 2007 Robert Motherwell Prize from the Dedalus Art Foundation. She is currently completing a book manuscript on abstract painting in Moscow during the Thaw, as well as a catalogue for her exhibition “Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptualism in the Dodge Collection,” which will go on display at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University from September 6-December 31, 2016).

Abigail Zitin

2d Faculty Fellows Abigail ZitinThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. joined the English Department at Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor in 2013. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago and was the 2014–15 Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. The relation between art and the aesthetic is at the heart of her current book project, Hogarth and the History of Form, which takes the artist’s 1753 manifesto The Analysis of Beauty as an invitation to consider how the version of philosophical aesthetics that originated in eighteenth-century Britain might have developed differently had it theorized beauty from a practitioner’s point of view. Her essays on Hogarth’s practical formalism have appeared in Eighteenth-Century Studies, ELH, and differences.

Areas of Interest: Eighteenth-century Britain, aesthetics, beauty, and formalism.

Jocelyn Rodal


Jocelyn Rodal received her PhD in English from U.C. Berkeley. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled Modernism's Mathematics: From Form to Formalism. Her project reads literary modernism alongside a contemporaneous modernist movement in mathematics, because literary modernists at once anticipated and responded to that mathematical modernism. Looking at authors such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Virginia Woolf, she argues that modernists were using mathematics to create and elucidate form. Modernism's Mathematics uses modernist mathematical theories of syntax and semantics to renegotiate and theorize literary formalism, arguing that literary formalism has structural and historical roots in mathematics.

Areas of Interest: Transatlantic modernism, form and formalism, mathematics, philosophy, literature and science, and gender studies.

Daniel Villegas-Vélez

villegas velezCroppedDaniel Villegas-Vélez received his PhD in Historical Musicology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. His work addresses the political aesthetics of sonorous performance and musical thought, focusing on the early modern period and the present. His research centers on the question of the materiality of sound, displacing issues of affect, mimesis, representation, and historicism towards a baroque sensibility that embraces multiplicity, historicity and dissemination. As a postdoctoral associate, Daniel will be working on a book project entitled Mimetologies: Aesthetic Politics in Early Modern Opera. Forthcoming publications include an essay on timbre and materiality for the Oxford Handbook of Timbre and a paper on affect and mimesis in Athanasius Kircher’s Musurgia Universalis.

Areas of Interest: Early modern opera, spectacle, deconstruction, performance, affect theory, mimesis, aesthetics, and politics.

Colin Williamson

WilliamsonCroppedColin Williamson is an Assistant Professor of Film and Screen Studies at Pace University. He received his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago and was a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Harvard University. His research focuses primarily on aesthetics and visual education in the proto- and early-cinema periods. He is the author of Hidden in Plain Sight: An Archaeology of Magic and the Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2015) and has published articles in Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Leonardo, and The Moving Image.

Areas of Interest: Nineteenth-century visual culture, proto-cinema, American film history, animation, the history of science and technology, film aesthetics, and visual education.

Giuditta Cirnigliaro

2d Graduate Fellows Giuditta CirnigliaroGiuditta Cirnigliaro is a PhD student in the Department of Italian at Rutgers University with a concentration in Art History. She holds a Laurea degree in Italian Literature from the University of Milan, a BA in Painting from the Brera Academy, and an MA in Fine Arts from the Glasgow School of Arts. Her dissertation centers on Leonardo da Vinci’s compositional methods in drawings and literary writings, and she analyzes recurrent patterns in the production of contemporary creative projects. She has curated art exhibitions and presented at conferences in Italy, Germany, the UK, and the United States and has received various scholarly awards, including the Baden-Württemberg-Stipendium and an Andrew W. Mellon research grant.

Areas of Interest: Early modern studies (including mathematics, libraries, and art), fables and emblems, Leonardo da Vinci, word and image combinations in Renaissance and contemporary art, and drawing and the digital humanities.

Amy Cooper

2d Graduate Fellows Amy CooperAmy Cooper is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Rutgers University whose work focuses on theories of the image in pre-modern aesthetics. By retracing the role of the image in the history of aesthetic formalism, her dissertation seeks to recover the sensory-cognitive foundations of early modern poetics. She has received summer research support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Rutgers TA/GA Professional Development Fund. From 2013 to 2016, she acted as co-organizer for the Rutgers Medieval-Renaissance Colloquium, and she is the recipient of the 2016 Catherine Musello Cantalupo Essay Prize in Literature and Religion.

Areas of Interest: Early modern literature, the art of memory, the history of science, historical phenomenology, skepticism, and aesthetics.

Bakary Diaby

DiabyCroppedBakary Diaby is a PhD candidate in the Rutgers English Department specializing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a specific focus on Romanticism and Continental Philosophy. His research interests include cognitive science, social theory, poetics, and the relationship between the Enlightenment and contemporary critical theory. As a fellow at the Center, he will be further developing his dissertation, tentatively titled “Sensing Meaning: Vulnerability and the Aesthetic in the Romantic Age.” Detailing the evolution of the concept of “aesthetics,” the project revalues Romanticism’s “aestheticization of the world” by examining the role vulnerability played regarding gender, poverty, and slavery. Bakary is eager to participate in interdisciplinary dialogue on “Arts & Aesthetics,” matters of renewed concerned in our present moment.

Areas of Interest: Romanticism, eighteenth-century British and German philosophy, poetics and aesthetics, cognitive science, sociology and social theory, and contemporary critical theory.

Hudson McFann


Hudson McFann is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and a Rutgers Presidential Fellow. Using archival research, oral history interviews, participatory mapping, and discourse analysis, his research explores everyday life in Khao I Dang (1979–1993), a refugee camp established near the Thai–Cambodian border in the wake of the Cambodian genocide. Before coming to Rutgers, he completed his BA at Ohio State University and MA at New York University. McFann’s postgraduate work has been funded by the Beinecke Scholarship Program, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Center for Khmer Studies.

Areas of Interest: Discard studies, politics of memory, everyday life, discourse, conflict urbanism, and Cambodian diaspora.

Florencia San Martín


Florencia San Martín is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University, where she is completing a dissertation titled “The Art of Alfredo Jaar within a Latin American Framework.” She received an MFA from NYU in Creative Writing in Spanish and a BA in Studio Art from Catholic University in Chile. A contributor to ArtNexus and Artishock, she has written book chapters and exhibition catalogues on artists such as Pedro Lemebel and Jorge Tacla and has curated exhibitions in both Chile and New York. Prior to joining the CCA, Florencia taught courses in art history at the College of Staten Island-CUNY.

Areas of Interest: Latin American studies, contemporary art, Chilean art, decoloniality, gender and performance studies, and the history of photography.

Aresty Undergraduate Research Fellows

Sam August (class year, major)

Christopher Cote (class year, major)

Eloise Gayer (class year, major)

Cristina Sanchez (class year, major)

Jun Ho Yoon (class year, major)


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